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Not too long ago, I decided to take a break after long hours of work-from-home by having the so-called “taxi tour”. This drove my driver crazy as I didn't alight from the vehicle during the road trip unless it was necessary.

It’s just a change of scenery that I needed. I mostly stayed inside the vehicle to cover more spots and behaved like a tourist watching the city or the countryside.

Twice, I did this in January: one weekend to experience the new seven-lane milestone in celebration of the birthday of industrialist Ramon S. Ang or RSA, the president and chief operating officer of San Miguel Corp.

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Last Monday, we drove around Tagaytay to do an ocular of what the place could offer for a day.  As Dr. Leticia Padua reminded us often, don’t be a stranger in your own country.

The Monday drive was both heart wrenching and heart warming. It pained me to observe that some touristy spots in the Pine City of the South had closed down, although a prominent eating place still managed to survive. 

It is disconcerting that most restaurants that used to surround the large Ferris wheel in Sky Ranch were closed. The area used to be teeming with people, especially on weekends.

A mushroom burger joint that was the craze in the early 1980s is a survivor. It has evolved and is now offering fried mushroom fries. I tried it, and it’s yummy. The portabella mushroom burger, one of the most expensive in the Shake Shack menu that I shared with my fave persona, was still superb and definitely cheaper. An order for the American burger was like four orders of the local versions, and it came with a cucumber-shake drink and fried mushroom fries.

Then, our taxi tour took us to the other side of Cavite through Kaybiang Tunnel, touted as the country’s longest subterranean road tunnel. It connects the towns of Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas, cutting through Mount Palay-Palay, which is also known as Mt. Pico de Loro because it is where the Sy-owned Pico de Loro Resort is located.

The 300-meter tunnel, which opened about eight years ago, reduced the travel time to a little over an hour from the usual four hours as it cuts through the mountains of Nasugbu and Calatagan via Tagaytay.

The other end of the tunnel opens to inspiring sea sights and offers the smell of the salt water, which the oldies say is a good free medicine for the lungs. A number of vendors were selling fresh catch of the day--blue crabs and fish.

Still without going down the vehicle, I requested my driver to buy some fish and blue crabs for dinner. In the trip back home, we passed by Nasugbu-Batulao-Calariaga-Tagaytay-Twin Lakes.  

Sometimes, it’s best to heed the advice of the oldies.  Yhank you Dr. Padua for reminding me: Don’t be stranger. Taking a taxi-tour or road trip every now and then makes a lot of difference.


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