Lake Taal and Tagaytay is to Manila what Lake Tahoe is to San Francisco and the Bay Area — the weekend getaway spot for city folk. Last weekend I went to Tagaytay with some coworkers for the second time. And I’m going again in November — so I’m averaging one trip to Tagaytay per month. Not bad. I do need to extend my exploration of the Philippines a bit, but Tagaytay is a nice, quick getaway. It’s cooler than Manila, and the surroundings are just generally more pleasant and laid back.