A Trip to Misty Tagaytay

“In nature, nothing is perfect
And everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted,
Bent in weird ways, and
they’re still beautiful.”
– Alice Walker

A bit of back story for this Thursday Tree Love post. This tree can be found in Tagaytay which is located in a mountain ridge in Batangas (a province in the Philippines just an hour or so away from Manila). This city provides a cool refuge to the people of the busy Manila and Makati CBD. This is also where the famous Taal Volcano is located. Taal Volcano is situated on an island in the middle of a lake and is one of the smallest volcanoes but is the second most active volcano in the Philippines. The last eruption was only in January of 2020, a few weeks before the pandemic.

The ash muted and mangled the landscape. EZRA ACAYAN/GETTY IMAGES

Now back to my Thursday Tree Love post – A Trip to Misty Tagaytay. I don’t know how this place looks like now after the eruption but this tree photo was taken in Tagaytay, a few years ago in a charming restaurant called Bag of Beans. The tall tree is beautifully decorated with birdcages. And from the restaurant you get a lovely view of the misty greeneries on the nearby mountains.

This is their lovely signage as you leave the place, which say “Salamat Po”, in English meaning Thank You.

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