A recent trip to Tagaytay for a survey/weekend getaway/quality time with my fiancé led to a deeper appreciation of this oft traveled, very popular tourist destination in the nearby South of Manila. Whereas before I’d forgo stopping by this all-too-familiar place en route to/from beaches in Batangas, this past weekend trip led to a change of heart, an epiphany of sorts. While looking for possible venues for our wedding ceremony and reception (I’m still getting used to this :)), I slowly started seeing Tagaytay again with a ‘new set of eyes’, like realizing a deep appreciation/love for an old friend. By the end of the trip, we were actually seriously considering living here!
Now, I and my fiancé are very much city people — I once stayed for 2 weeks in a small town in beautiful Bicol and couldn’t take the slowness of pace before the end of 1st week, despite seeing all the beautiful spots my relatives showed me around to. Granted, that was in my late teens/early twenties and slowing down was not an option. He, on the other hand, just enjoys the convenience, connectedness and all the city has to offer. But maybe it was Tagaytay changing to this energetic, urban yet predominantly scenic, green, relaxing haven, or maybe it’s us almost done with the excitement of life on the fast track and ready for something new. Either way, it’s given me a sort of vision of what life would look like in the next few years or longer; it looks a lot more serene and wholistic, and that’s something I can look forward to. Let’s see if this realization from a mountain top experience sticks 🙂