Posted by: Gina Idea | February 8, 2011

As a Bait in Bailen, Cavite

The Envi Team had just finished a project. After completing weeks of meeting, planning, writing and revision, our leader invited us to his home in Bailen, a small town in Cavite. Kuya Z and Jan dropped by my place early in the morning since we had to leave Manila before the rush hour. It was our first time to travel there, so Jan had to review our route many times.

Kuya Z had been our amazing driver the whole day. We really appreciate him.

We arrived in Tagaytay a little after 8 o’clock. We had to meet Doc Noel, our team leader at 9. Since it was still early, I invited Kuya Z and Jan to have breakfast in my adored place, Bag of Beans.

At 9, we had to meet Doc Noel, who led us to his town. We arrived at his handsome place, the only wooden house in the area. We were greeted by the pure flour of uraro and the fresh aroma of kapeng Bailen, straight from their coffee farm.

As we were already there, we took the time to tour their house. Their balcony was adorned by carved wooden furniture.

The atmosphere in their living room was breezy and relaxing.

We also crossed to their kubo which was attached to their house.

And of course, there was our favorite spot, the stairs.

After a quick tour of their house, Doc Noel started driving us to their farm. They had coffee, banana, coconut and a whole lot more.

It was a bumpy ride as some of the areas are not yet fully developed, but it was great to be amongst plants and trees and everything green. We were to eat together in the farm. A live chicken was transformed to lunch before our very own eyes. You probably think I preferred the fish instead.

While waiting for the food to be served, Doc Noel showed us his other kubo a few meters from where we were. Standing beside a deep brook and tall bamboos, it can house a number of bakasyonistas.

Lunch was taking a long time, as it was being prepared the traditional way. While waiting, we talked about pending plans and names of our group. Terms like Bailen, Alta and EIA came up. It was fun, but we were really craving for fresh farm food. Until, finally, our grilled fish, tinolang manok, pulang kanin, gulay, and coconut juice and meat were being served!

The wait was truly worth it. We had a sumptuous meal under the sun and trees. Eating in the province has always been a treat.

We had to leave as soon as we were done because we had to go to Nasugbu, Batangas to scout for some beach resorts for our friends’ wedding. Doc Noel gave us pabaong coconut. We are truly grateful for him and all the kuyas who made this trip wonderful.

From Bailen, our group took an unknown shortcut to Nasugbu. I passed by Batulao to see my former landlady and her family. It was so great to see them again. They helped us choose which resorts to go to. We spent  a very quick time checking out the venues. As it was getting dark, we started heading back home.

As the night drew near and the cool  breeze swept, we decided to stop by a bulalohan to cap the night. The hot soup was very comforting.

As we were driving in Tagaytay, we took an unpleasant turn to a quiet and dark subdivision. It was the scariest part of the whole trip. Our prayers heightened. Thank God, we were not harmed. We would never use that route again, well at least during the night.

We arrived in Manila from a full and fun day. Praises to God for His provision and grace. Thank you Doc Noel, Kuya Z and Jan. Such an amazing trip.





  1. Thank you for sharing this dearest. Worth my time:) it’s awesome! Keep writing.

    • Thanks too, my dearest Yon. 🙂

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