23 April 2005

Tagay 'Tay!


There's this rather obscure story that explains how Tagaytay got its name. A group of foreigners (either the Spanish conquistadores or the U.S. ... take your pick) was travelling in these parts and he did not know where he was. He then chanced upon a father and his son drinking along the roadside. They were quite intoxicated already, so they did not take notice of the strangers approaching them. They then asked the drunken duo, "Where are we?" (translate this in Spanish if you picked the former in the above choices).

They did not hear him, but rather the son said "Tagay, 'Tay!" (Cheers, Father! Ole'! Aye Caramba!). The group thought his question was being addressed and hence they christened the place Tagaytay.

And what a wonderful place it is indeed to have a couple of drinks. The weather is cool (people who'd like a weekend retreat amongst nature and cool climate would go here rather than make the six-hour trip to Baguio), and you get to see the famous Taal Volcano. It is situated within a lake, and within the dormant (I pray it is) volcano is a small lake. This is the lake-within-a-lake.


I was there last Thursday and Friday for a rather rushed assignment (I was notified only last Wednesday) to assist in our presence in a convention there).

Last Thursday, we bought some fruits at a roadside stand on the way back to Manila. And it was my first time to taste mangosteen! It was like Atis (Starapple)





Then yesterday, our colleague treated us to bulalo (soup-based beef dish), crispy pata (deep fried pork), and a couple of drinks. It was a fitting ending to a rather engaging couple of days. Chu the Man agrees. Tagay!


[Hmmm. I managed to turn this post into another food blog. :-) We didn't get to taste the small fish that lives only in Taal Lake, but I hope there'll be another time!]

11 comments:

  1. "tagay tay!" ha ha ha...that was a good one. first time i've heard of it. i like eating at josephine's whenever i'm at tagaytay! grabe this made me hungry and i've just had my lunch!

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  2. Haha. This story is so you. Your caller ID pic on my cell is still the one where you were holding up a bottle of beer. (That was when the orc, the ent, the hobbit, the bambi, and I visited you years ago).

    PS Your skill at coming up with titles is improving. Remember "From the Womb of The Tomb?" hehe.

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  3. Kuya Watson salamat po sa pagdalaw sa blog ko kaso di po ako si Ate Sienna. Hehehe. Paki inform naman mga taga blogkadahan para macontact nila si G. Thanks!
    Btw sarap ng pic ng manggosteen! Natatakam tuloy ako! Sluurrpp!

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  4. You have areally nice blog here. Keep it up.

    PS: Parang gusto ko tuloy ng bulalo.

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  5. asan pasalubong ko??? hmmm...

    hehehehehehe

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  6. naaalala ko tuloy yung bulalo at crispy pata. bakit hindi ko inubos?! nagugutom nako ulit!

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  7. totoo ba 'yang story mo, watson? ngayon ko lang narinig eh.

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  8. Hello Amie! We were supposed to go to Josephine's but we missed it.

    Hello Cherry! Oh yes. The Womb of the Tomb. Don't you love the title? hahaha. Uy change the photo naman na. That's so old already. hehehe

    Ate Fionski! Sowee po! Masarap nga yung mangosteen.

    Hello John! The best talaga ang bulalo.

    Fisherpau, obvious bang naubos pasalubong mo sa daan? ehehehe

    Kaya nga nanghihinayang rin ako dun sa iniwan natin Chu. Kaya lang bondat na rin ako ...

    Hi Dessagirl! Bilib it or not, sa TV ko pa yan unang narinig.

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  9. hello...

    been doing nothing all morning but following links from the blogkadahan site. it has been a very enjoyable morning. love your blog. :)

    just one thing... atis is custard apple, not star apple.

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  10. oh ... ok. my wide just informed me that star apple is caimito. thanks for the info!

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  11. hi... mangosteen is my most favorite fruit of all time. :)

    but it does not taste like atis. atis is sweet and grainy. mangosteen is smooth and tangy in a sour-sweet kind of way.

    also atis is not star apple. atis is the green fruit na may bumps yung balat nya. star apple is medyo sweet na medyo bland, and it's outside is smooth and greenish violet... :)

    yun lang. nice blog, by the way.

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