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So many sad things have been happening all around:
1) The security guard in our neighborhood convenience store was shot dead by a robber.
2) The motorcycle of my hairstylist’s husband was stolen by a 16-year-old neighbor.
3) The brother of my assistant was killed for the payroll.
4) So I read KLM is pulling out flights to Manila because of high taxes slapped on the airline by the Philippine government. Not good for my Dutch family. Is it true that Philippine Airlines is not allowed to land on Schiphol because it owes the Dutch airport $2 million in fees?
5) The other night I had an argument with a traffic enforcer who wanted to confiscate my driver’s license. I am still confused whether confiscating of drivers licenses is legal or not?

More than ever, I feel like this country is going to the dogs.
I’m confused because I love this country, there’s no place like home. And yet—where do we take some Dutch and Japanese to see and experience the beauty of the Philippines?
A group of us planned a day trip to Tagaytay via Black Fleet and specifically to dine at Antonio’s Garden.
We decided to meet up at The New World Hotel where our Japanese friends were staying.

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Back: The Dutch contingent (my father-in-law, Joris and Jeroen)
Front: Kristine, Sayoko, Keri, Junko, Jay, Jude

To make it more fun, I hired the highly imposing Black Fleet to take us to Tagaytay.

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I first saw the Black Fleet outside the hotel Justin Bieber was staying at and wondered what the hell it was. Besides Justin Bieber, The Black Fleet recently had Westlife as passengers.
The Dutch boys hung out in the back.

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While the rest of us behaved like school kids in the front seats. We enjoyed the fully stocked minibar and DVD movie with Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The driver and “conductor” were very courteous and professional. Though the ride was a bit too bumpy for comfort, these two plus the company of friends and family made the journey very exciting.

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But first, Keri needed to find buko pie for her son along the way. We were frantically searching for Colette (not the legendary French boutique as the Japanese thought) but the legendary buko pie baker.
After passing by four Colette stores (they are everywhere but on the wrong side of the road), Keri mentioned that Rowena’s had better buko pie. Within five minutes, we were parked at Rowena’s store.
What a relief to get down for a bit. I think we all bought something. The store is nicely stocked with all  kinds of interesting products, definitely worth a stopover.

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Kristine and I planned the trip with Sayoko

Jay found the most exotic dried fish we have ever seen

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Joris and Jeroen tried the apple pie

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Love this bus

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We stopped by the Cliffhouse to view the Taal Lake

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Jude and I dress like twins, almost

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We also toured one of the four rooms in the Inn at the Cliffhouse

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Had a quick snack at Café Breton

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Must-have: butter and sugar crepe!

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And back to the bus

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We arrived a bit early at Antonio’s Garden. This is Junko

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Joris and Jan

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They prepared this beautiful table setting for our party of nine

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A view of Antonio’s Breakfast, open from 7 AM to 4 PM only

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Romantic brick lane

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Huge garden, good enough for a small wedding

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Jude suggested we spend some time exploring the compound before dinner

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Indoor dining area

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We also had a choice to sit indoors, just in case it rained

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But Chef definitely loves the outdoors

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Dinner was served

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I had the best fresh mango juice served in a glass of mango ice (made me think about making Coke ice cubes at home)

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We shared a small lechon ordered in advance

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Jeroen’s steak

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A trio of panna cotta

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plus a host of other dishes I didn’t photograph.

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Chefs Jude and Jeroen

All done

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And we’re back at the New World Hotel at 10:45 PM.

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Thanks very much to Sab Jose of The Black Fleet for the special arrangement.
To know more about them, go to http://www.theblackfleet.com.ph/.

To know more about Antonio’s, go to http://www.antoniosrestaurant.ph/.

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Great feature! Nakakagutom yung food sa Antonio’s. I wanna go there now and eat!

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I want to om nom nom that cafe breton sweetieee! :p
And the mango ice cubes for mango juice … tempting! Mas masarap nga siguro hehe.

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Stella

Keri is a boy?

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pusangkalye

the KLM issue annoys me so much. another blow to our tourism efforts. our government talaga is full of idiots!!!”:D

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You can also try staying overnight at Corregidor and their guided tours.  I’m sure tourists, local and foreign alike, will enjoy the experience. 

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CVS Reply:

i have a hotel problem

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Hi Ms C!  Did you read today’s Inquirer?  Gov Vilma Santos proposed to have “BATANGAS” put up on Taal Volcano itself!  It’s sooo ridiculous if not absurd!  

(click on http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/79089/hooray-for-hollywood-on-taal-volcano-island)

It is just a waste of public funds, time and effort.  This will only destroy nature.  Hope this doesn’t push through.  Yun lang po…

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Maggmaggq Reply:

lol at all the comments re: pag nag-erupt ang taal at natanggal ang ‘BA’ and ‘S’

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Jude Lopez Mancuyas Reply:

Heto ang sagot ko dyan. 🙂

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Maggmaggq

lol at all the comments re: pag nag-erupt ang taal at natanggal ang ‘BA’ and ‘S’

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Heto ang sagot ko dyan. 🙂

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Sa totoo lang, the Philippines is really blessed abundantly – gorgeous beaches, wonderful vistas, a rich culture and heritage, friendly people (kung hindi ka lolokohin :D), great food, etc. But what we really lack is the sense to maintain/upkeep and to consistently improve ourselves and what we have. And thus, biglang lumabas ang news na gusto pala ibenta ang NAIA after that “Worst Airport” report came up. Another tagpi (aka bandaid) solution. And having an international airport at Clark?! Who are they kidding? NLEX may be much better because of the recent improvements but seriously, that route is still very… Read more »

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Jon_gero

sad news that KLM will pull out their flights in Manila.is it only the european airline that lands in NAIA??

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kristine

That limo bus looks really cool! 🙂

Re driver’s licenses – the mmda said that generally, your license can’t be confiscated. You can find it here: http://mmda.gov.ph/faq.html and click on 10 Things a Driver Should Know. So unless the violation falls under one of the categories listed, they can’t take it. I have this printed out and kept in our car just in case we get caught and run into a stubborn officer :p It’s also in the MMDA app. 

Unless you were in Makati and caught by MAPSA though. They seem to love trying to confiscate people’s licenses :-s 

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I also had an encounter with traffic enforcers in Macapagal Blvd just last week. They’re so rude. Accused me of beating the red light when I was in the middle of the intersection already when it turned yellow. They immediately and repeatedly asked for my license in that arrogant tone.  So I asked them first and foremost what my violation was. I told them, yellow means to slow down! How can I slow down in the middle of the intersection and at 60kph???  I started filming our argument then he got defensive. He said I have no right. But I… Read more »

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spell W.O.W #blackfleet =) great photos!
 

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agree, a lot of bad things are happening to Philly. I am a bit paranoid whenever I’m in the city prang you can’t trust anybody na.

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Hi Ms CVS, my law professor  told me that MMDA has no authority to confiscate licenses. They also do not have authority to remove license plates.  It’s not part of their mandate. MMDA does not possess police power nor the power to legislate, but because it is an admin agency it has the power to issue rules and it also the power to deliver the seven basic services provided under its charter. I hope this helps 🙂 

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Hi Ms. C!  Did you see the Inquirer this morning? Apparently, someone (Gov. Vilma Santos) proposed to have “BATANGAS” put on the Taal Volcano itself. This is soooo ridiculous if not absurd! It’s an eyesore! Besides, why waste government funds on useless things as this??! Spend the money somewhere else where people will benefit from. Here’s the link: 
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/79089/hooray-for-hollywood-on-taal-volcano-island

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I forgot all about the negative “happenings” after scrolling down and reading/browsing your photo essay…I felt like I was there on the road trip with you! :)))
Inggit super coz I’ve never been to Antonio’s (loser ba?)  🙁
The Black Fleet is awesome!

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Pink MagaLine Reply:

I felt the same thing. I totally forgot about the “bad happenings” after seeing the lovely photos taken in Tagaytay. Been there like twice, but never been to Antonio’s Garden. Wow, so pretty ng ambiance. The dishes looks good too! 🙂

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I felt the same thing. I totally forgot about the “bad happenings” after seeing the lovely photos taken in Tagaytay. Been there like twice, but never been to Antonio’s Garden. Wow, so pretty ng ambiance. The dishes looks good too! 🙂

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1. if you have a violation under RA 4136,  pwede po, if the traffic enforcer is an LTO Officer or  deputized po siya ng LTO, but if he is not deputized by LTO – NO WAY . 2. The traffic enforcer can confiscate your driver’s license , even if he is not deputized by LTO, IF HE/SHE  is  a traffic enforcer of the said city/municipality   and YOU VIOLATED A MUNICIPAL/CITY ORDINANCE but if you did not violate any ORDINANCE – NO WAY 3. if your motor vehicle is involved in a crime or traffic accident. EXAMPLE  – reckless imprudence resulting… Read more »

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The news about KLM is so disappointing! 🙁 What the hell is the government thinking?!?! The country will be the bigger losers if this happens. Our OFWs in Europe will have to find other ( and probably more expensive) ways to come home. And tourists will be turned off from coming here because they’ll have to take less direct routes to visit the country. Ano ba ‘yan! Kakainis! And I agree about the butter and sugar crepe from Breton. BUT. Try it with lemon next time. The lemon just takes the whole dish to a new level, I think. I… Read more »

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As always, what a beautiful spread of treats at Antonio’s!  The mango ice was a nice touch, though I can’t seem to decide whether I like the steak photo or the lechon photo more…  Hahaha!   So what’s the verdict on the buko pie?  Collette’s or Rowena’s?  Just curious… By the way, sorry to hear about the unfortunate incidents you mentioned.  Add to that all the calamities we’ve been facing, and I, too, feel like we’re left with a pretty sad picture of the state of affairs here in the country.  🙁 [Reply]sky Reply:October 20th, 2011 at 11:26 AMof course, my… Read more »

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of course, my ate rowena’s tastes better plus her tarts. 😀

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dinah

hindi masarap ang collete’s.too sweet and puro flour lang.rowena’s ok pero the best buko pie is in los banos- The Original Buko Pie or yung katabi nya Lety’s buko pie

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Nice ride.. it would be a nice surprise for someone.. hmm.. lemme think hehe 😀

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chyng Reply:

john, you can afford this too! isakay mo ko ha =)

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john, you can afford this too! isakay mo ko ha =)

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Wonderful pictures specially the foods. What brand and model of camera BTW are you using?

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CVS Reply:

canon s95

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Cathy Reply:

Hi. I’m also using s95 but the quality of the image is not the same as yours. May I ask what’s your usual setting in taking photos? Thanks

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