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Cafe Apolonio

Café Apolonio sa Bahay na Bato is an underrated restaurant situated in Bustos Bulacan. The Restaurant has this unique genuine ambiance of the bygone generation from almost everything you see around the place, it will take you back to the distant past and imagine you’re part of it which I find really amusing. It was suggested by a blogger friend Karl of The Tursita Trails. At first I was reluctant to try it since I didn’t know how much the meals cost, I checked it out over the internet and the restaurant’s features were a bit intimidating, still, we took the opportunity since we were already there and just budgeted 1000Php for each of us for my peace of mind, you know when you’re not sure of the restaurants target market and you couldn’t go inside (it will cause shame once you checked the menu and found it’s expensive that  will leave you with no choice but to go out and find another cheaper restaurant) that’s something I would least want to happen. But again, I over calculated the worth of its menu and got surprised it was fairly inexpensive, since we budgeted 1k each imagine how we excessively ordered. 

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

We were wondering what this place conveyed back in the old generation, long before it became a themed restaurant. We make up some scene in our heads that maybe it was the old headquarter of Katipuneros or if Rizal had ever set foot to this place before, or maybe this place is just a typical Filipino house  back in the days. One thing is for sure, this place witnessed how our country evolved,  it chronologically witnessed the best and the worst times of our country. Now it stands to give dining pleasure to everyone, we didn't bother asking the owner and dig more information about the place as they were busy asisting other customers. We just enjoyed the meal. 



Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Sorry I couldn't share much of what we devoured. I just couldn't get enough of the restaurant, while waiting for our food to be served I just took tons of photos, oblivious of my camera's battery running out. Now I only have 2 shots of food taken, the rest were just good old memories now. We ordered sinigang, bagnet sisig, gambas, spicy beef caldereta, and leche flan for dessert. It was a mouthful banquet for the three of us. 
My favorite was the Sinigang. It was marvelous! I coudn't figure out what's in there but it wasn't a typical tamarind broth I tasted, we all know the taste of tamarind broth cube our mom uses for sinigang yeah? Probably they used a real tamarind or something similar to achieve that distinct taste. I am no expert to cooking so I'm not even sure of what I thought they put there. All I know is I enjoyed every bite and next time I set my foot on their resto I will surely order it again. 

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

Cafe Apolonio

I will give this place a ten out of ten rating for making our Bustos weekend escape more unforgettable. 

How to get there? 

·  Take a bus from Manila heading to Baliuag, Bulacan (Baliwag Transit) 75Php

·  Once reached Baliwag, walk toward Petron gas station. There you will find the tricycle station to Bustos and just tell the driver that you are heading to Cafe Apolonio sa Bahay na Bato. 75Php for the three of us. 




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Nordics Homestay Tagaytay
Staycation during the holidays is fun especially if it would be spent with you family or friends. Once a plan is for a staycation is concrete, the next step is to look for a place to stay. The place should be comfortable and accessible, a home away from home. Or, if you will be spending it with your friends, it should look nice enough to to take pictures and to have them posted in Instagram or Facebook.
Nordic Homes  Tagaytay located in Cityland Prime Residences in Tagaytay is both comfortable and Instagram-worthy. We were greeted by Miss Eya, the very warm and welcoming care taker of the units. She first showed us the Nordic’s Crystal room, which can accommodate 2-5 pax. 


We easily warmed up to the place and spent a good 15-minute taking photos of the displays of the room and the beautiful Tagaytay scenery. We were already thinking of captions for the photos we took to be posted later on our Instagram account. Next, Miss Eya led us to the Nordic’s Breeze room which can accommodate 5-7 pax. It had a striking black and white theme, perfect for monochromatic lovers


Nordics Homestay Tagaytay


Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

She ushered us to our room for the night, the Nordic’s Azul. We were all left in awe after seeing the room. The interior design, the calming blue and white theme of the room and the beautiful scene by the terrace welcomed us and we were all glad to comply. What sets this room apart from the other room was the walls, they were shaped like brick walls and felt as if you were transported to a cottage in Santorini, facing the Aegean Sea. Of course, we were informed that there is another room called Nordic’s Santorini but the room we had felt like we were in Greece.

After putting our bags down, we immediately started scanning the room and spent a good 2 hours (or more) setting up the room for a mini photo-shoot. We were hesitant to jump on the bed (it was too pretty to be messed up) so we decided to take photos around it. It was also good that the place is very accessible to a lot of establishments, we placed a delivery order from McDonald’s without any hassle. We were famished because of the en route travel so we devoured our food as fast as we can and resumed our photoshoot.

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Another plus point for Nordic Homes is its access to the rooftop deck. It gave us a majestic view of the Taal Lake and the whole of Tagaytay. It was very windy when we got up there and we were not prepared. We had to get back to our room to warm up and prepare for dinner.

Approaching the entrance of the City Land property is an eye catching cafe with a cozy playful ambience from the outside filled with Paintings and calligraphy, Cafe Nativo. Their tapa and corned beef breakfast meal are really good. We also enjoyed their pasta bolognese.

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Cafe Nativo

Nordic Homes in Tagaytay is not only a picturesque place for you to stay over the weekend, it can also be a getaway if you are tired from the hustle and bustle of Manila. With different room themes to choose from, it would be as if you are staying in another country or another time. Each corner of the room would have a place in your phone’s gallery because everything is just well-thought off to be photographed.

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

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Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

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Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordics Homestay Tagaytay

Nordic Homes Tagaytay

They have 4 smaller units for 2-5 pax and 3 bigger units for 2-7 pax
Price for small units  25.5 sqm for 2 pax  

AVERAGE  price for smaller room for 2 pax
weekdays 2100 , weekend (Saturday ) /holidays  3500, friday, Sunday 2700 , extra head over 2 is P300 per head

Prices vary depending on weekdays, weekends and seasons.

Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies,  2 bottles water
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
Additional pax at 300/head
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

Parking fee:
P50 whole day Monday to Thursday
P50 per entry Friday to Sunday and holidays

Nordic Jewel for 2pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17916136
Nordic Pearl 2 pax
http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17270634
Nordic Gem 2 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17270569
Nordic Dream 2 pax
https://abnb.me/EVmg/kp7wnObJ3G

Check in time: 2PM  Check out time: next day 12:00 pm

For BIGGER units33.5 sqm for 2 -7pax , Nordic Grande, Nordic Soleil, Nordic Santorini

Prices vary depending on weekdays, weekends and seasons.

Average price for bigger rooms  2 pax
weekdays 2500,  weekend ( Saturday )/holidays 3500  friday sunday3000,h extra head over 2 is  P400 per head



Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies,  2 bottles water
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

 North Soleil 2-7 pax
http://abnb.me/EVmg/S5ZFUOuTmE
Nordic Grande 4 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18263230
Nordic Santorini 4 pax

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/19938572?s=51

  
How to book:

Payment via bank deposit /transfer BDO to secure the room


Video

Nordic Homes
https://youtu.be/85V1QP84s-8

Soleil
https://youtu.be/qk-vt7rVv90

Santorini
https://youtu.be/ClzVHTV5N7I

Grande
https://youtu.be/KEGafLs0LA4

Pearl
https://youtu.be/D0KCNrwoJGY

Jewel
https://youtu.be/_UjLZuPeFWo

Gem
https://youtu.be/nAQEKbytR

Nordic Penthouse Suites!
The Nordic Crystal (2-5 pax  25 SQM)
The Nordic Paradiso  2-7 pax  33.5 SQM
The Nordic Breeze  2-7 pax  33.5 SQM
The Nordic Mykonos 2-7 pax  33.5 SQM

Features:

FREE NETFLIX
FREE Wifi (5mbps) 
FREE Cookies
FREE use of swimming pool (closed on Thursday)
FREE Fresh ground coffee
Very accessible to public transportation
Nearby places: 711, New Mcdonald’s, etc
No hidden charges!👍
2PM check-in time, 12 noon the next day check-out

Smaller unit is similar to.
Nordic Jewel for 2-5 pax

3 Bigger units are similar to
Nordic Grande 2-7 pax
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18263230
Nordic Santorini 2-7 pax
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/19938572?s=51/


 How to get there?
From Manila take a bus with directly routed to Tagaytay (180Php), drop off point is at Olivarez then ride a tricycle (20Php) to Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café.
The restaurant is very accessible to other popular landmarks in Tagaytay like the Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, Sky Ranch, etc.

Address: Cityland Prime Residences, Brgy. San Jose, 4021, Tagaytay City.

For booking and inquiries

https://facebook.com/NorthernComfortsTagaytay 

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Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe is situated along Calamba Road in San Jose, Tagaytay. This Kitsch Restaurant is ideal for a social media brag for its unique concept and interiors a lot of customers are coming-in out of curiousity. From the outside, driving pass the road of Tagaytay I bet you will not notice the restaurant, it isn't too colorful and winsome to get noticed from the outside. We had our staycation at Nordic Homestay Tagaytay (CityLand, Prime Residences), I realized we had our luck on hand as it sits beside DreamLand Arts and Crafts Cafe along with two other good restaurants (Cafe Nativo and the Red Bus cafe). When we all thought we had the luck on our side reality suddenly hit us when we found out it was closed the day we were there, I heard my gasp echoed. I just hoped it open the next day. As a good alternative to the cafe of our choice we just checked some other restaurants around and settled for a Bulalo dinner, it wasn’t a bad day after all.

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

The next day we gave it until noon time to guarantee that we were not just too early to dine in, we then checked the cafe at around 12NN and good heavens it was open! Once we entered the cafe we were astounded by its engrossing dreamland theme. Dream catchers in different unique styles were all over, there were figurines, jars, quotable quotes in frames, silhouette hanging fabrics on the ceiling and other teeny-weeny adornments placed everywhere. They also sell locally made products in the cafe.

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

I was expecting a waiting game, I anticipated a long queue before they get our orders but it seemed we were over thinking. It took us summers and winters to place our orders. We couldn't choose what to order, there are good number of food options on their menu that we couldn't decide what to get. When we finally placed our orders that's when the waiting game came in the picture, that's the only feedback I'd like them to improve, though I never knew what was happening behind their kitchen but yeah we waited too long or maybe they could have given us a heads up as a courtesy, at least, so we can set the expectation right. We noticed people coming in and giving out their orders, to our surprise the ones ordered after us got their food in no time, we also had our number queued (placed on our table) so I assumed no way we didn't give it. When I made a follow up they looked at each other puzzled only to find out that we were waiting for nothing, again, they provided us our number in queue therefore orders should have been made.

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Our disappointment slowly extinguished when the food finally arrived, we didn't order much but we relished the food we ordered. It is inexpensive yet delightful. The Jammin’s Spicy Herby Potato Wedges only cost 135Php and it's already for sharing (sharing for 3-4), the yema cake is only 85Php for a big slice (sharing for two),  Sans Dreamvals for 160Php, Mocha Belle (Mocha Blend) for 150Php, Mango Smoothie Patothie (1 flavor only) for 125Php. The food compensated the entire experience we had at Dreamland Crafts and Arts Cafe, I couldn't set aside the existing charm of the place wherever I turn my head, it's a blend of sheer allure and artistry in one spot. However, I will only rate Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café a 7 out of 10 rating.
Shout out to the lady crew who seemed annoyed when I was taking photos of their place and when I was making a follow up for the orders that in the first place never our fault delayed, sorry for the bother.     

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe

Dreamland arts and crafts cafe


  • Dreamland arts and crafts cafe


How to get there?
  • From Manila take a bus with directly routed to Tagaytay (180Php), drop off point is at Olivarez then ride a tricycle (20Php) to Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café.
The restaurant is very accessible to other popular landmarks in Tagaytay like the Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, Sky Ranch, etc.

Address: Purok 157Brgy. San Jose, 4021, Tagaytay City.

Call: 0917 652 9075

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