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I just find this word too cute! ;)) Funicular: a railway on a steep slope, used to transport passengers up and down in special cars by means of a moving cable.

But I’m getting way ahead of my story! :P

Yesterday was a holiday. And you know me, I drag my kids places whenever I get the chance haha! Seeing it was a holiday & malls were bound to be packed, I decided that we’ll go further south & provincial so it’s not as crowded. We went back to tagaytay! :P

Whenever we go to highlands, it’s always rush-rush lunch or dinner that we don’t have time to enjoy the beautiful scenic view, or enjoy the rides such as the cable car & the (dundundun) funicular train! ;P So since we had a leisurely day, I asked the kids if they can indulge me with a sight-seeing trip of highlands that day.

LEGEND
1) Main Entry Gate2) Upper Helipad3) The highlands Peak4) The Woodlands5) The Spa & Lodge6) The Highlander Steakhouse7) The Highlands Golf Clubhouse8) Highlands Golf Driving Range9) Upper Tram Station 10) Highlands 18-hole Golf Course11) Funicular Station12) The Belle View13) Pinecrest Village14) The Villas15) The Country Clubhouse16) The Country Clubhouse Grounds17) Lower Tram Station 18) Highlands China Palace19) The Gardens20) The Sports Center21) Horseback Riding Ring22) The Vegetable Store23) Animal Farm24) Kids Biking Course25) Camp Highlands & Cottage Grove 26) Geraldine’s Soda Fountain and Diner27) Highlands Cinema28) Highlands Amphitheater29) Lower Helipad30) The Midlands Golf Clubhouse31) Midlands 18-hole Golf Course32) Lakeview Heights33) The Alta Mira

DIRECTORY
INFORMATION CENTER11) Tours and Information Center7) Highlands Homes Information Center/Marketing Office7) Tagaytay Highlands Golf Clubhouse15) The Country Clubhouse30) Tagaytay Midlands Golf ClubhouseFOOD AND BEVERAGE OUTLETS7) The Golfers Lounge at the Highlands Golf Clubhouse- Asian/Continental specialties30) The Golfers Lounge at the Midlands Golf Clubhouse- International cuisine30) The Midlands Veranda- Asian specialties with fresh seafood as special feature15) The Country Club Veranda- Filipino specialties with Regional Filipino buffet on weekends20) The Sports Center Veranda- Food for the health conscious“SOMETHING SPECIAL”6) Highlander Steakhouse- Enjoy succulent prime cut steaks amidst a log cabin atmosphere7) Marbella- Spanish restaurant7) Salzburg- Swiss-Austrain restaurant7) Bali- Indonesian restaurant7) Ginza- Japanese noodle house7) Chosun- Korean restaurant7) La Belle Brasserie- French fine dining restaurant & piano bar15) Toseana- Italian pizza and pasta place15) Willie O’s- Authentic Irish Pub15) Chiang Mai- Thai restaurant15) Akasaka- Essential for any sushi, sashimi or tempura lover15) Cafe de Paris- French Cafe16) Genghis Khan- Mongolian Barbecue16) Trellis Grill- Poolside cookout with grilled specialties18) The Highlands China Palace- Two-level Chinese restaurant featuring the Summer Garden & Winter Garden
      Summer Garden-Cantonese buffet & dimsum
      Winter Garden- Authentic Cantonese specialties
“SOMETHING DIFFERENT”3) The Highlands Peak- A videoke bar situated at the highest point of Tagaytay Highlands6) Tabacalera Cigar Divan- For cigar aficionados6) Xanadu- Ballroom dance club with private karaoke rooms6) The Wine Cellar- For private gourmet dining15) Zsa Zsa’s- Family karaoke bar25) Nick’s Safari Disco- The perfect place for drinks & disco dancing26) Geraldine’s Soda Fountain and Diner- Ice cream parlour with the 60′ atmosphere“CONVENIENCE MEALS/SNACK BARS”16) Poolside bar- Specialty sandwiches & thirst-quenchers16) Lagoon Snack Bar- Floating snack bar in the midst of the Fishing Pier19) Bibingkahan- Traditional Filipino delicacies25) Greg’s Grill- Barbecued goodies, snacks & thirst-quenchers at the Camp HighlandsHIGHLANDS HOMES4) The Woodlands12) The Belle View13) Pinecrest Village14) The Villas5) The Spa & LodgeMIDLANDS HOMES33) The Alta Mira32) Lakeview Heights
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
5) The Spa7) 15) 20) 30) Locker Rooms with Spa and Massage Rooms15) The Library16) 25) Swimming Pools16) 25) Children’s Swimming Pools16) Fishing Pier16) Children’s Playground16) Mini-Golf Course16) Skating Rink19) Highlands Hiking Trail20) Video Arcade20) Billiard Hall20) Kidsports Play Center20) Children’s Recreation and Learning Center21) Horseback Riding Ring21) Pony Trail24) Kid’s Biking Course24) Go-cart Racing Track25) Camp Highlands & Cottage Grove27) Highlands CinemaSPORTS FACILITIES
10) 18-hole golf course at Tagaytay Highlands31) 18-hole golf course at Tagaytay Midlnads8) Golf Driving Range16) Tennis Courts20) Indoor Lap Pool20) Table Tennis20) Basketball/Volleyball Courts20) Squash Courts20) Badminton Courts20) Bowling Center20) Aerobics and Fitness CenterCONFERENCE FACILITIES
7) The Business Center12) 13) 14) All-Suite Accommodation15) The Boardroom15) The Library27) Highlands Cinema/AuditoriumOTHER FACILITIES
19) The Garden19) highlands Chapel23) The Animal Farm23) The Pet Shop28) Highlands Amphitheater2) 29) Helipads9) 17) Cable Cars11) Funicular7) 20) 30) Pro Shop20) Beaty Salon20) 24-hour Medical Clinic22) Vegetable Store20) The Deli & Souvenir Shop
FOR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS:Food & Beverage- (046) 4130818
Public Relation & Membership Services- (046) 4132033
Golf Services- (046) 4132639
Sports & Recreation- (046) 4130848
Executive Conference Center- (046) 4130877
Highlands Homes Information Center (046) 4130824
Marketing Office (02) 6353016-24 loc. 426, 427, 127
CLUBHOUSE NUMBERSTagaytay Highlands Golf Club- (046) 4130888
The Country Club- (046) 4130853
The Sports Center (046) 4130848
Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club- (046) 4133808
The Spa & Lodge- (046) 4130838
24-HOUR EMERGENCY NUMBERSMedical Emergency- (046) 4132185
Fire Emergency- (046) 4130841
Security- (046) 4130797

First order of business.. lunch at the clubhouse! ;) We seldom eat in the clubhouse because our top highlands favorites are: 1.) Steakhouse 2.) China Palace 3.) Bistro Saratoga. The kids said I don’t have pictures yet from the clubhouse veranda haha (they are learning!) so we all voted for lunch at the clubhouse! ;)

Spicy tuna sashimi from Akasaka Japanese Restaurant
(There’s a bunch of conjoined restaurants on the 2nd floor where you can have your pick.
Fast food setting at fine dining price! @_@)
Salmon sushi..
Assorted sushi..
Ate’s Donburi..
Ebi Tempura..
Ravioli from Toscana Italian Pizza & Pasta
Quattro Formaggio Pizza
My takaw family hahaha! ;P
Behind us is the view of the poolside.. so refreshing. Makes you want to jump in! :)
Another cake blowing for my babyson! <3
Our beautiful, refreshing background! <3
TH is such a beautiful, exclusive place. We will never tire of it.
We made the right decision in investing here.
Pool area with several jacuzzis.. this is the life!!! m/

Cable cars behind us.. which made me want to ride! hahaha…
So here we are! ;))
Hamming it up. My kids are crazy! <3 <3 <3
My sweet Lavinia! <3
Okay, not to diss it? But TH cable car is soooooo not like the one in Picnic Grove.
I think TH is the only one in the Phils that has a real cable car…
Upon disembarkation (hehe).. Stopover at the golfer’s Lounge..
(where you can board the funicular)
Such beautiful unobstructedview! <3
My babyson.. in a pensive mood. Mwahaha!!! ;))
Spotted: COLEHAANS!!! ;))
Beautiful, healthy, free-range ducks.
Lovers in paradise! ;P
The funicular station, a short walk away from the golfer’s lounge.

Front seats are the best seats! :)
And guess who we spotted at the reception in midlands! Chris Tiu (whose father is the manager of TH)!!! ;) I thought he was taller. So, babyson.. you have pag-asa, hahaha!!! ;))

On your way back home, don’t forget to pass by Solenad 1 (nuvali, where the fish-feeding is. More of dining/recreation such as biking)) & Solenad 2 (better shopping) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for some outlet shopping (you won’t miss it)!!! They carry famous expensive international brands such as M&S, Nine West, 158 Design Blvd., Nike/Adidas and many more!

Thank you kids for a beautiful day, and for bearing with me with all the riding, the waiting, and the shopping, hahaha! :P 

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