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2019 BTS Summer Package Vol. 5 (Korea Version)

12.20.2019

My First Airbnb Experience + Tagaytay Food Trip.

Last week, our sixth-graders had their spiritual retreat at the Carmelite Missionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City. Worried about the fact that our kids will be out of town, on their own, for the first time in their lives (yes, yes, we're paranoid stage mothers like that, lol) my mom squad and I tagged along. We did not spend the night with them at the retreat house, of course. But we did stay close by, at a vacation home along Kabangaan Road which we rented through Airbnb.
Roadside sign to show you the way.
Secured fence + front entrance to the balcony.
Listed as 'Modern Splendor Tagaytay', this charming bungalow is everything you'll want in your dream home - immaculate interiors, posh furnishings, wide hallways, a spacious and modern kitchen. I fell in love with the place as soon as the caretaker, Kuya Dan, ushered us in!
The living room with extra beds on the side,
plus a 55-inch curved Smart TV with Netflix.
The dining area and kitchen.
Side by side fridge with ice cubes dispenser.
Kitchen bar counter.
Love their fully-equipped kitchen!
And the Himalayan Salt Lamp for that zen effect, haha.
The house has 2 bedrooms fully en suite (ergo, there's an adjoining bathroom), each with beautifully dressed beds. Both rooms are air-conditioned, as well as the common area. 
One of the rooms inside Modern Splendor.
The bathroom, complete with towels for the guests.
There's hot water, and a hair dryer, too.
Guests are allowed to cook in the kitchen, and can use all the utensils in the kitchen cabinet. We chose to dine outside, though, but we did use the some of the plates and cutlery, and the electric kettle for coffee and tea, which were provided by the hosts, Letecia and Donald.
Pool table + outdoor dining area. 
Garden + undercover carport.
This swing seats two! :)
Aside from the classy interiors, Modern Splendor also boasts of an outdoor entertainment area complete with a pool table, dart board, videoke machine, and a barbecue grill. There's also a wicker swing to complete that country home feels!
With my Mom Squad. :)
Groufie mirror shot!
Sweater weather. :)
My mom squad and I truly enjoyed our overnight stay at Modern Splendor. Our hosts were nice and very responsive to my inquiries, and the caretaker was quite attentive to our needs. The place is cozy and commodious, and is situated in a quiet area that's close to the city market, restaurants and convenience stores, and just minutes away from Picnic Grove. I would definitely recommend this home if you need a place to stay while in Tagaytay.

Oh, and speaking of restaurants, here's a glimpse of our Tagaytay food trip. We pretty much did nothing but eat and shop in Tagaytay, I felt like I gained a kilo overnight, haha!
Carmela's Banana Cakes.
Banana Chips by Carmela's.
Lining up for Ube Jam at Bahay Pastulan.
Special Ensaymada by Cecilia's.
One of the best buko pies in Tagaytay.
Grilled Seafood platter.
Crispy Pata.
Bulalo.
Dinakdakan.
Best piaya ever at Balay Dako.
Balay Dako Deli.
Pasalubong goodies at Balay Dako.
Shopping for flowers while watching the Tagaytay sunset. :)
We had planned to have dinner at Balay Dako, but alas, the restaurant was closed because they were having their staff Christmas party that night. We visited them the following morning so we can buy piaya for take-out. My friend's mom had raved about their piaya so much, and boy oh boy, she was not kidding. Balay Dako's piaya is exceptionally good! Another reason to visit Tagaytay again soon! :)

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