Being in the education supplement business, we only get to have a vacation after everyone’s vacation. To cap off our summer UPCAT Review Season, Familia Brain Train went to…the exclusive, members-only Tagaytay Highlands! Too bad because several members of the Brain Train borgata (hehe, mafia ang peg namin) cannot make it. The notice was quite short and several have already made plans. We cannot afford to move this outing to another date because everyone was also swamped.
Anyhoo, the outing must go on. We cannot let this chance to unwind go by.
We started off by having our traditional picture-taking against the most recent Brain Train UPCAT passers.
On our way, we picked up more Brain Train teachers.
Because our Sta. Rosa office was en route to Tagaytay Highlands, we stopped there to have breakfast and of course, for some photo ops.
The fairest of them all
As we were waiting for the other vehicles to arrive, Randy realized something: nagkasama-sama sila ng mga ka-level niyang teachers! Magka-level ng ano? Ng kaguwapuhan daw. So he said it deserved a moment.
(By the way, I posted this on Facebook. Sabi ko, “Sino’ng pinakagwapo? Like if Randy; Comment if Marco [the one showing off his biceps] and Share if Melvin [the Budoy and Boy Pick-up Lookalike]. Puro Likes. Haha. Panalo si Randy [though ‘yun naman pinakamadaling gawin. Hihi])
But then we realized someone was missing…another handsome lad was missing! In fact, I think he’s the most handsome in all of Brain Train. So of course, picture again. This time with the soon-to-be Brain Train capo…
And before finally leaving, another picture-picture!
Welcome to Tagaytay Highlands!
And then finally, we have arrived at Tagaytay Highlands!
Before we did any activity, we first—you guessed it right—took even more pictures!
Tagaytay Highlands was really a sight to behold. The first time Randy and I visited the place (another Brain Train outing about four years ago), we were in awe. It was as though we were in Europe! The rolling hills, the cool crisp air, and the well-manicured grounds really took our breath away.
First Stop: The Clubhouse
Our first destination was supposed to be the Tagaytay Highlands petting zoo. But we got lost along the way, and ended up at the Clubhouse. It was a welcome distraction because it wasn’t just Raviv who played around.
Second Stop: The Petting Zoo at Tagaytay Highlands
Not long after we got to the zoo. Entrance fee to Tagaytay Highlands zoo was about P130++ per head. There were the usual and not-so-usual farm animals, plus snakes, tortoises, monkeys, fishes, etc. Here are photos of the animals:
Hukhukhukhukhuk! Joke! Anyway our favorite part were the cockatoos that perched on us.
By the way, Raviv lost his hat in that zoo. Sigh. He and that went through a lot.
After a tiring tour in the zoo, everyone’s tummies grumbled and we all craved for lunch.
Third Stop: China Palace
Ahhh, China Palace. Just the name makes my water mouth. A couple of days before our outing I ordered two set menus for our group. I chose this restau amid the other restaus in Tagaytay Highlands because Randy and I are fans of Chinese cuisine. And I think we converted the people with us into being Chinese food groupies as well. Everyone agrees that we had a really great meal there. And it was not just because we were hungry. Food was really good! My personal favorite was the sweet and sour pork!
Aside from the delicioso food, the ambiance in and out of the restau was also great. It was cool, spacious, and elegantly decorated inside; outside was a view of rolling hills and lush, verdant foliage.
After our stomachs and ears were filled with both great food and chika, we went outside to have even more group photos!
Fourth Stop: The Cable Cars
Hay naku. On that day, the cable cars were under repair. Too bad. That was one of the main selling points of a Tagaytay Highlands tour. We really, really wanted to ride that we were even willing ride even though there was a glitch. Literal na buwis-buhay, ika nga. 😉
Fifth Stop: Basketball, Swimming, and Senti
This time around, our group separated. Randy and the rest of the basketball-lovin’ guys played basketball; my group went swimming (Raviv was with me), and another group just drank coffee at the Clubhouse Restau while watching us (or just Marco and his abs? Hmmm).
There was also this jacuzzi cradled in the most splendid background!
Sixth Stop: More Camwhoring!
But wait!!! On our way home we passed by this area where the breeze was billowing and the Taal Lake vista was just perfect! So we had to stop and take even more photos!!! It seemed like wherever we go, Tagaytay Highlands offered an endless picture-worthy sights!
Of course, we had our Familia Brain Train shot, wherein our expressions seem to say, “If looks could kill.”
And the team-by-team photos.
Our team (Team English) had the most dramatic shot of course. After all, everyone on my team was stage actors! Do you want to see another pose?
Of course you do! So here:
And of course, may picture din ang loveteam namin ni Randy. Yiheee!
After Tagaytay Highlands, we headed to our main HQ where we had dinner, awarding ceremony, and singing. Perfect way to celebrate the end of the grueling summer. 🙂
Though these trips cost quite a lot, we’ve been willing to shell out because this lot is really our family. We are way more than their bosses, and they, more than our employees. I consider my time with them among my happiest, thus we also want to make them happy. 🙂
Tell me what you think!
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