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 Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City Bag of Beans is one of the must visit places in Tagaytay City. I am witness to how Bag of Beans has grown from a small coffee shop to an established dining place that it is now today.  Bag of Beans has also opened several branches along the Tagaytay City tourist stretch with six branches as of this writing. Bag of Beans caters as events venue and is one of the preferred wedding venues in Tagaytay City. Bag of Beans is also now into Bed and Breakfast accommodation. For this particular visit, me and my Family came for lunch. The food is really nice! Of course coffee and dessert after lunch is a must!  It was definitely worth the travel! Photo Credits: Bag of Beans Here is a short video of our latest visit to  Bag of Beans (Main) in Tagaytay City. Here are some photos taken during our last visit to Bag of Beans. This is an alfresco area with Italian theme. This is another side with English County vibe. This is an alfresco area with Italian theme. This is the

Summer Time! Swimming Time at Los Banos, Laguna!

Today the Kids requested to go to our Subdivision Swimming Pool. Its just around 1-2 minutes drive so we decided to go there and at the same time pay our monthly dues. It's Summer Time and guess what! The pool of course is one of the favorite destination this time around... and we find the place too crowded!


We then decided to move to Splash Island in South Woods... anyway it's just a short drive away from our place (La Marea, San Pedro, Laguna). Well, off we go! This was an impromptu swimming expedition, so we don't have anything much. I drove and enter SLEX via the San Pedro Toll entry point. Guess what! It's Summer Time people and everybody seems to be going out of town! The traffic is heavy and there's an on-going SLEX rehabilitation project, which made the travel slower.


I dropped by the Petron Station to withdraw some cash... just enough to get us through the day. The queue to the ATM machine it not that bad and I was able to withdraw some cash pretty quickly.


I drove again and exited at the SouthWoods exit and drove straight to the Splash Island Entrance. Lo and Behold! The place is too crowded! There were several buses parked outside and the parking space area is already cramped! This is too crowded so... not too disappoint the Kids we decided to move to Los Banos, Laguna! We planned to going to the Dona Jovita Resort which have cold, luke-warm and hot-spring pools.


I drove back and re-enter SLEX via the SouthWoods Toll. The traffic is expectedly slow. It's already 11:00am so we decided to drop by the next gas station (Caltex Service Station South Bound). I drove-thru the McDonalds and ordered some food. This will be our lunch!


I drove again all the way to the Calamba Exit and kept right towards Los Banos. As I was driving along the National Road, we noticed several people holding a "Private Swimming Pool" sign along the road side. It then crossed our mind to try it out just to know how much is the rental rates. We though histated at first since it's Summer Time and we expect that the demand for such place is high and the rental is expected to be higher than usual. In any case, nothing will be lost anyway, so I then stopped by this man and checked how much normally a "Private Pool" rental is. I told him that it's just the four of us (Me, My Wife and 2 Kids) to use the pool so we don't need a really big place. The man told us that it will be something from Php 2,000 and up. It will also depend on how we can negotiate it down with the Owner or CareTaker.


The man rode his motorbike and requested us to follow him. We did and we checked the first "Private Pool". The place is okay, the pool is medium sized... just good for us, though I found the water not yet cleaned. I asked the CareTaker how much the rental is, considering that there will be only the four of us to use the place... his answer was Php 4,500.00! Well, this is too much for an impromptu swimming escapade! I tried to negotiate it lower but it was the lowest he can give us... so we decided to just move on.


I approached our contact and told him that we just need a small place and our budget is pegged at Php 2,000.00. It's actually a longshot budget and I don't really think that we can get a place this low on a peak swimming period. Well, "manong" replied that we can try other places and that we may be able to negotiate within our budget. So he drove again and we followed him to the next "Private Pool".


The second "Private Pool" was more or less the same in size as the first one. The water is luke-warm and noticeably clean. I met with the Owner and she was so nice. She agreed for the Php 2,000.oo rental and we can have the place until 7:00pm. Wow! What luck we have here! So we agreed to take the place!


It was already almost 12:00 noon, so we decided to have our take-out food and have lunch! The Kids were so excited that they both went straight to the pool after taking their lunch. Me and my Wife followed next.


We have the pool all by ourselves. We had games, swimming lessons for the kids, and we just talk and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon. We also had snack at around 4:00pm. We had "Buko Pie", "Aspasol", "Panutsa" and "Cashew Nuts". We really enjoyed the rest of the afternoon!


At around 6:00pm, we tought we had already had enough and a good day already so decided to pack up. Traffic was expectedly slow and we just patiently drove and go with the flow. We arrived home at around 7:00pm had dinner and that's all for the day!


The Kids enjoyed the day and that's what really is important!


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