We just came from school from our 9 P.M. classes and decided to hang out at Molito.
There we were, chilling out at Starbucks Molito just chatting about the upcoming UP Fair and exchanging scary stories while drinking hot chocolate.
We didn’t have a clue about the trip ahead of us.
After relaxing at Starbucks, we got hungry because most of us haven’t had dinner yet, so we decided to go eat at BF homes at Parañaque. Halfway there, Pring asked us if we wanted to eat bulalo.
That’s where she got the idea to go to tagaytay, because where’s a better place to eat bulalo than Tagaytay?
Since our classes tomorrow are pretty late, we all didn’t hesitate and said yes.
It was exciting because it was spontaneous.
TIP NUMBER ONE: Always charge your phones to a full or bring a car charger.
We were going to Tagaytay and almost all of our phones were drained. Questions raced my mind like: “How can we take pictures?”, “How can we use Waze if we get lost?”, or “How can I tell people where I am if they’re looking for me?”
Good thing our car had a charger!
TIP NUMBER TWO: Gas up when going to far-away places.
We gassed up before going to Tagaytay so that we’re confident we won’t get stranded and get killed by a guy with a chainsaw.
It was 2:30 A.M and as expected, there was no traffic to be seen. We passed by SLEX like the wind. It took only 30 minutes to get to Tagaytay.
Our first stop…7-11 along the round-about.
Restaurants and attraction places aren’t open at 3 AM of course, so we decided to just drink and eat chips. And where better to buy these things than 7-11?
After buying our chips and beer, we wanted to have a spot that has a view and is free to stay in.
There along the round-about was a viewing deck of sorts. It had a huge space and lightings so it was a good place to stay at for the while. And don’t worry about getting mugged there, the police station is literally just a scream away.
TIP NUMBER THREE: Bring your jackets!
Again, this trip was unexpected so most of us didn’t bring any jacket with us. And it was cold, especially when the wind breezes in.
We drank beer and ate chips until it was all gone, but still, we didn’t know where to go.
I decided we could go to Caleruega since most of ’em haven’t been there yet.
4:30 A.M. and we went back to the car and continued our trip to Nasugbu.
TIP NUMBER FOUR: If you’re going to drive on trips like this, be sure you have plenty of sleep.
All of my friends were pretty much banged up from school, so on the way to Caleruega, they were asleep.
Good thing I had music to expel my sleepiness away.
We got there by 5:30 A.M. and it was still pitch black.
Driving the way to Caleruega that dark? You gotta be out of your minds.
It was so damn scary.
TIP NUMBER FIVE: Drive slowly.
There were no other cars to be seen, no living soul was there, you hear stories about retreat centers that can scare the bejeesuz out of you, and the creepy houses that can be seen there.
I wanted to floor the gas but I can’t because the road was very rocky, I’d damage the tires.
After the scary part of the trip, we got to the church.
We got there earlier than the opening time so we decided to go back and search for another place to go. We stopped by the entrance to Nasugbu and just rested for a while.
There, I thought if we needed to get home by 10 A.M., we only have one place left to go. If we wait for other attractions that open at 9 A.M., we’d be late for our classes (because we still had to sleep, you know?).
So we decided to head back to the church, now there was a bit of sun peaking out of the clouds. On the way to the church, we stopped by to take pictures of the beautiful moment just before the sunrise. Then we continued our drive, with the sun present, it wasn’t scary anymore.
Then we saw this Recreational Center and decided to stop to see it. When we got there, we can see nature at its finest. So many trees, flowers, the smell of freshly-watered grass, and the sun starting to rise.
TIP NUMBER SIX: When visiting Caleruega don’t take the shortcut.
After taking pictures, we continued the drive until we got to the church. We were still a little bit early, so we waited at the car until they opened.
When it did, we paid the entrance fee which is 30 pesos per person.
I’ve been to this place before, but I’ve always walked through the short-cut (opened only when there’s a wedding or it’s Sunday).
It’s my first time since I was a kid to really enter the proper way. Upon parking, you’ll see the facade of the church.
Upon entering you’ll see a fancy stairs where a lot of people take pictures. Continuing the walk, at the right is a dining hall where we saw students on their retreat.
The path to the church has a lot of statues of saints, gazebos, flowers, and an awesome garden.
It was nature right before your very eyes, which is very rare in the city.
Then we saw the church. It was magnificent as the first time that I saw it when I was a kid.
When you see church along with the rising sun, fresh air that you breathe in, and your friends with you… You’ll feel serene.
We went inside and prayed in silence.
The church is so beautiful that a lot of people do their weddings there. The walkway to the altar maybe a little short, but it doesn’t matter as long as you see the inside of the church.
After praying, we went outside and went to the veranda at the right side of the church. This place is a great place to take pictures because of the overview.
Near the veranda is a stairs of sorts that lead you to a whole other overview.
Then we decided to tour around the place a lot more. We went to the “Tuktok” and “Plaza De Aza”.
There’s a restroom there and a place to chill in.
There’s a stairs right beside it that leads to a huge plaza.
After touring the place, we decided to go down and go home, but we saw people going to a path that I’ve never went to before so we decided to check it out for ourselves.
TIP NUMBER SEVEN: Bring your water when going to the tent chapel.
The way seems to lead to the tent chapel which I’ve never seen before.
Along the way, you’ll see on the right side the stations of the cross.
Don’t forget to bring your water because the walk there is a pretty long walk.
When we got there, we saw the entrance which is full of koi ponds.
Continuing the walk, you’ll cross a hanging bridge, so be careful when taking pictures.
After the bridge, there’s an uphill battle to the tent chapel. Don’t worry about being tired though, there’s benches along the way.
The climb was worth it seeing the chapel.
You can actually pray in peace here because not a lot of people can climb up steep mountains, so there’ll be fewer people.
Afterwards, we looked at the time and realized we have to go now.
We went down, crossed the bridge again, and walked a loooooong way.
We got to the car and started the trip home.
Before going home, we stopped for a few souvenirs and pasalubong for our families.
All of us were pretty tired from the trip especially that we had no sleep.
So we energized by driving-thru Mcdo on the way back.
The whole trip was exhausting, but the trip was as usual…