First Time to Taal: Driving Through Fog in Tagaytay

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22 Responses

  1. Kristina says:

    There’s something truly magical about seeing a place laced in fog like this. What a wonderful sight that must have been to see in person! I’m well jealous. Wonderful post, I really enjoyed this; your candor is lovely!

    “Travel is made of these moments. The rest is called touring.” I adore this quote. Well said!

  2. Steph says:

    “Travel is made of these moments. The rest is called touring.” – love this. Great piece on friendship. I love a caldera lake, but long chats with a friend in a cafe trump caldera lakes for me every time :)

    • Teja says:

      Yes. It doesn’t matter quite so much what happens in life, does it, if you are with the right people when it happens?

  3. The Red Riding Hood says:

    Why muted excitment?

    • Teja says:

      That’s a good question. I’m not sure, actually. Maybe two super-diligent women, always the responsible, reliable ones, just hadn’t simply gone off somewhere without our dependents for a long time. I had basically slowly gone into hibernation, adventure-wise, through my short-lived marriage, and was then only just learning a new way to be. She juggles so many things, her time is very rarely her own. I guess maybe we didn’t want to jinx it by being obviously excited?

      It feels like half a lifetime away, but it was just over a couple years back!

  4. Love how honest your writing is. I too think that people’s situations and which country they live in dictate how their lives turn out, and what the choices they can make. It also puts things in perspective for others who can see the bigger picture, and accept other’s struggles. Sorry that the fog ruined your view.


    • Teja says:

      Thank you. It’s my hope to represent these stories that people in the ‘visited’ countries leave unsaid, because we think they’re the stories no one wants to hear.

  5. Agreeing with you that travel is privilege, I can corelate with me especially after having kids and the decision of stay home mom. Sometimes I miss my job and my personal time and wish could travel as per my convenience.

  6. you.theworld.wandering says:

    Tripping into a Typhoon you guys are definite adventurers! Visiting the volcano sounds like a beautiful experience and one I am hoping to do in Bali next week! And thank you, I now know the word for young coconut in Philippines + Maldives!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering :)

    • Teja says:

      Here’s another one then! “Kelapa muda” literally “coconut young” in Malay. (We put the noun in front of the adjective).

  7. Leigh says:

    Any place with Coconut pie is on my bucket list :) The scenery is great, I would have loved more pictures!

  8. What amazing photos! I love fog so I think it’s not so bad. And the food sounds delicious too. I like regular coconut tart, but I love the idea of eating young coconut tart as well. The Philippines do really sound like a magical country.

  9. Abby says:

    You’re right, we always have to make time for friends. And bibingka. It sounds delicious. And the Taal Volcano emerging from the fog looks almost like the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes. Don’t you think?

    • Teja says:

      It brought Avalon to mind for me. But yeah, it had that emergent effect when the threads of fog swept back for a while.

  10. Thanks for writing such an honest piece about you emotions along with combining work and pleasure travel – it is hard to switch from one version of ourselves to another. Traveling like a local and experiencing the ‘mundane’ aspects of daily life somewhere new is also so important.

    • Teja says:

      I found that people live in conditions so very different from my country and my situation. I am quite privileged. These things affect how people make choices and how they react to things. It helps you understand why people and nations do apparently inexplicable stuff, when you understand the daily conditions and concerns they are in.

  11. Emily says:

    Wonderful post – but so unfortunate that the fog ruined your plans (apart from the fact you got to experience it in a other way that is!) but at least you got to visit it the following year :)

  12. Linda says:

    It’s a shame you didn’t get the view you wanted but honestly, the fog makes it look really dramatic! I think it still looks incredible!

    • Teja says:

      It does! That’s why I’m not fussed anymore if my travel plans shift (well, I try not to). I think if you put your experience with people as the priority, rather than fix on what you think you want, the universe likes that and gives you better, more unique experiences. There were many firsts I could give my friend, and that made me happy.

      I did get to Taal the following year anyway, which I will write about later.

  13. Gina says:

    I guess when typhoons are part of your life the way they are in the Philippines you tend to look at the bright side. It reminds me of the people in Okinawa who will go to work despite their homes and roads being flooded.

    • Teja says:

      Wow. That’s some work ethic. My country doesn’t have very many natural disasters so we go embarrassingly batshit when a tremor or something reaches us from Indonesia, or the tail end of a tsunami. :p