Monday, May 24, 2010

sunday getaway

it was a hothothot weekend! on saturday, we spent part of the evening at people's palace's 10th anniversary party at greenbelt 3. and wouldn't you know it, it was one of the hottest days of the year! and there was colin mckay, owner of people's palace, in a big blonde wig con todo makeup and false eyelashes, wearing a white three-piece suit ala tony manero that we had to ask, are you a boy or a girl??

so the next day, sunday, we decided to drive up to tagaytay, hoping for a respite from the heat and wouldn't you know it, it was just as hot as manila!! we booked an overnight stay at one of our favorite places, sonya's country bed & breakfast.
we remember when this used to be called sonya's garden. back in the mid-90s, it started out with just a dirt road leading to one cottage surrounded by, yes, sonya's garden of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. there was a small living/dining room and sonya's bedroom in the upstairs loft. and you couldn't just show up; you had to make a reservation. that cottage is now the country store:
through the years sonya's has grown into a sprawling property that includes lots of shabby-chic cottages...
a bakery (they bake their own breads and pastries)...
a spa (if you like strong, firm hands, ask for josie)...
a "ballroom" where wedding receptions can be held (this looks really pretty at night when it's all dressed up)...
and a whole collection of natural, chemical-free beauty and home-fragrance products...
and pet lovers will be happy to know that doggies are welcome! so we brought our little doggy who, after we entered our cottage, promptly peed, pooped, and puked on the sisal rug! well, not all at the same time, but all on the same spot. nakakahiya! (there goes our toothbrush—we had to use it to get into the crevices...)
when it comes to food, if you're fussy, be warned that you have no choice. the food has always been the same: for lunch and dinner, she serves salad (leafy greens and accompanying ingredients like boiled eggs, cheese, cucumbers, mango slices, etc) and pasta with a selection of sauces and toppings (pomodoro, mushrooms, olives, salmon, etc). all washed down with freshly squeezed dalandan juice. we like it all! makes us feel healthy hehe...
and as we were served dessert, oops! an uninvited guest popped up! sorry, not for doggies!

for rates and reservations, go to www.sonyasgarden.com

3 comments:

jennifer said...

Love it! The last time I was there was the "Garden" era. I need to go back!!

Kitchy said...

That's great!
BTW, do you know any other places that allow dogs? Hotels and such? Thanks!

Rhea said...

ay ang cute naman ng baby nyo! licking the nose & all :))