September 16, 2021

Tired of the Big City? Here are the Top Properties to Explore

 

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Suburban real estate developments are steadily meeting the demands of today’s homeowners and investors as top properties. The question is: what’s the best option for you? Image from Yura Lytkin on Unsplash

 

Living in the big city surely comes with many upsides. First off, local commerce and business districts are accessible in minutes. Mixed-use developments lined up with popular shops, top-rated restaurants, and big offices are within a stone’s throw of most urbanites’ luxury houses. If you have been a city-dweller for a while, you know that the appeal and benefits of urbanization also come with a cost. Living in a busy capital means dealing with the daily bustle that comes with urban congestion and having limited access to greener spaces, among others. This leaves many affluent homeowners with a viable option: heading out to residential properties outside Metro Manila

Despite the unexpected economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in real estate properties remains strong. And the more peaceful environs of the suburbs appeal more in the market, especially to homeowners who are searching for fresher air and less crowded spaces. So if you are thinking of buying a luxury house and lot outside the Metro, whether it is for your next lucrative business investment or your next home, now is a great time as any. 

But of course, leaving the big city life and buying a property are both major life decisions that need thorough contemplation. Here are some factors and options to consider before making your big move. 

Why Suburban Living Might Be For You

There are many reasons why investing in residential properties outside Metro Manila is gaining attention from property seekers. Most assume that suburban life equates to isolation and a boring lifestyle. But here’s a reality check: times are changing. Developed suburbs are now becoming real estate hot spots that can go on par with premier residential districts situated in the big city, and for several reasons. 

You Get More Space

First off, suburban real estate properties offer a bigger living space. In most cases, the accessibility and proximity of residential properties in Metro Manila come at the cost of your floor and lot area. Most homes outside the Metropolis are significantly bigger, allowing space for more bedrooms, one’s very own garage, and even gardens or lawn areas. 

You Have More Access to Green Spaces

The grass is indeed strikingly greener on the suburban side. Moving out of the big city means you will have more access to nature. Most suburban neighborhoods are situated in breathtaking locations in the country. Fresh air, lush greeneries, and a relaxing view of verdant mountain sides are just a few of the usual things you can enjoy from the comfort of your suburban abode. 

You Can Enjoy Lesser Congestion

One of the best things about prominent suburban communities is they are less crowded. You do not have to deal with the bustling and swarming city crowds. This is especially relevant today as social distancing protocols are strictly implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, incessant traffic jams are also milder in the suburbs compared with the road congestions in the Metropolis. 

Owning a luxury house is one of the most rewarding experiences someone can ever have in their life. Finding the next address for your home or your next big real estate investment always boils down to your lifestyle, preference, and priorities. And now that premier communities in the suburbs are steadily meeting the demands of today’s homeowners and real estate investors, the next big question follows: what residential properties outside Metro Manila should you add to your watch list? 

Best Luxury Residential Properties Outside Metro Manila

Brittany Corporation, the luxury residential arm of the real estate giant Vista Land, understands the new demand for luxury houses and lots that offer the best of both urban and rural lifestyles. Here are some of the most promising Brittany developments to put on your property watch list as you search for your next suburban home.  

The Pine Sanctuary of Crosswinds Tagaytay

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The luxurious highland enclaves of Crosswinds Tagaytay can be found at Crosswinds Drive, Tagaytay – Calamba Road, Iruhin, Tagaytay City.

 

Homeowners looking for the best suburban address to settle in do not need to travel far. A quick drive from Metro Manila, Tagaytay has always been one of the most-loved destinations not only by tourists but also by property investors and affluent city-dwellers searching for the best place to live—and understandably so. Tagaytay has everything a mix of urban and rural worlds has to offer. With its cool climate, stunning landscape, and strategic location, the place is a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of city life without sacrificing accessibility from urban amenities like malls, hospitals, cafés and restaurants, schools, beautiful parks, and wide bike trails, among others. 

One location that presents various luxury real estate properties in the area is Crosswinds Tagaytay. The 100-hectare mixed-use development by Brittany is nestled on the highlands of the stunning city, surrounded by the breathtaking view of 35,000 homegrown pine trees. 

Another feature that elevates the luxury houses of Crosswinds Tagaytay from other residential properties outside Metro Manila is its Swiss-themed architecture. Think of chalet-type homes that charm with high gabled roofs, spacious interiors, and a warm ambiance. Crosswinds Tagaytay offers four distinct residential enclaves. See what Brittany home will match your needs and preferences by exploring these luxury condos and luxury lots for sale in the area: 

The Alpine Villas

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A fully-furnished 32 square meters luxury condominium unit at The Alpine Villas

Right at the gateway of Crosswinds Tagaytay stands a row of mid-rise residential buildings of The Alpine Villas. It offers one-bedroom, pre-selling luxurious condo units (floor areas start at 32 sq.m.) and studio units with a balcony (floor areas start at 30 sq.m.), making them the ideal choices for single-occupancy. The place works as a perfect holiday home for families or a rental vacation property for investors too. The Alpine Villas always welcomes its residents and guests with the idyllic and warm ambiance of Swiss chalets, alongside the relaxing view of Tagaytay. 

Of course, unparalleled security, efficiency, and leisure also await every homeowner and guest at The Alpine Villas. The luxurious residential district is protected by strict safety protocols, including CCTV systems installed on the place’s common areas, and its team of concierge and security personnel catering to every concern of residents and guests. A Well-equipped fitness gym, swimming pool, and clubhouse with designated function rooms are also available for moments of relaxation and leisure. 

 

The Grand Quartier

Imagine waking up to the scenic view and interiors of a luxury resort every single day—that is exactly what awaits you at Crosswind Tagaytay’s The Grand Quartier.  Also known as the Crosswinds Resort Suites, The Grand Quartier’s luxury condotel units elevate the meaning of suburban life further by combining the convenience of high-rise living with the unmatched vacation experience that only luxury resorts can offer. You can choose to invest in pre-sold or ready-for-occupancy condominium units that feature both a wide floor plan and a balcony. The studio unit comes with a floor area that starts at 45 sq.m. The one-bedroom units, on the other hand, comes with a bigger floor area that starts at 67 sq.m. Owning a luxury house in The Grand Quartier also means gaining access to its amenities. Have fun exploring the amenities floor that welcomes you with an infinity pool, a spa, a café, and a fully equipped gym. 

Lausanne

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The possibilities are endless in Lausanne as it offers luxury lots for sale in Tagaytay.

 

If you are looking for a low-maintenance real estate investment outside Metro Manila, you will never go wrong with the right piece of vacant land. After all, it’s a long-term and tangible asset that does not wear out, requires minimal to zero upkeep, and does not depreciate. This puts the lots for sale in Lausanne as high-valued properties for potential homeowners and real estate investors. Lausanne is a premier residential development by Brittany. The 24-hectare area within the lush hills of Crosswinds Tagaytay offers lot-only packages that feature 300 to 500 sq.m. in size. 

Considering the exciting developments in store for Lausanne, not to mention its strategic location and sweeping panoramas, investing on the grounds of the area truly promises a bright future to the affluent few.

 

The Quaint Old-English Charm of Brittany Sta. Rosa

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The undisrupted and sophisticated residential district of Brittany Sta. Rosa stands at Provincial Rd, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, 4026 Laguna

 

When you think of residential properties outside Metro Manila, you shouldn’t skip on the growing real estate developments in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Known as the “Lion City” of South Luzon, Sta. Rosa is no longer just a sleepy town—its rising economy, vast fields of greens, and proximity to the country’s key metropolis make it a premier spot to supplant luxury houses and leisure hubs in the suburbs. Topping the list is Brittany Sta. Rosa.  Situated in the heart of the distinct city, the 300-hectare community of Brittany Sta. Rosa wows the country’s elite with luxurious dwellings that are reminiscent of classic American homes. Ahead are the luxury enclaves to explore inside this thriving space.

Augusta

Augusta is an ideal living space for a growing household. This 15-hectare residential sanctuary offers homes that enchant with a secure community, a spacious living space, and the serene backdrop of Sta. Rosa’s natural beauty. Case in point: Audrey, a model luxury house unit inside Augusta that boasts a wide 249 sq.m. lot area. Plus, Audrey’s 211 sq.m. floor plan covers a two-car garage, a front porch, a spacious living and dining area, a powder room, the utility area, and a maid’s room on the first flow. Above are two bedrooms, a common toilet and bath area, and a master bedroom with a designated bathroom and a walk-in closet.  

 

Georgia Club

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The spacious Carolyn luxury house and lot model are ready for occupancy at Augusta and Georgia Club.

The 15-hectare Georgia Club offers two signature homes with wide floor areas and distinct architectural details. Carolyn is the biggest luxury house for sale in Georgia Club as it stands atop a 242 sq.m. lot and features a floor area of 265 sq.m. The Allison luxury house model follows closely with its 200 sq.m. lot area and 211 sq.m. floor area. 

Belle Reve

If you are looking for larger-scale real estate investment in the suburbs, then, the luxury houses and lots for sale in Belle Reve might be one of the best fitting Brittany Homes for you. Belle Reve is a home for luxurious mansions in the Philippines. Literally translated as “beautiful dream,” Belle Reve offers a total of 20-hectare space where a custom-built luxury mansion with a French-Mediterranean ambiance proudly stands. 

Promenade

A huge model house in Promenade that features fresh hues and a lush open garden.

The beautiful ready-for-occupancy Elliot house and lot is nothing short of elegance and sophistication—the true marks of a Brittany home.

Another beautiful Brittany home is set inside the prolific forest and orchards of Brittany Sta. Rosa is the Promenade. Anyone looking for their own slice of English Countryside living will be enthralled in settling in on the luxury mansions of Promenade, which are all inspired by the rustic appeal of grand homes in the English countryside. Affluent homeowners and large-scale property investors can choose from three Promenade luxury mansions that feature top-grade architecture. Eliot is an expansive luxury house model (with floor area starting at 302 sq.m.) that stands on a 697 sq.m. lot area. Those who prefer a more spacious abode can go for Lawrence and Milton. These quaint English mansions are situated on top of an 803 and 759 sq.m. lot, respectively.  

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Do the luxurious abodes Crosswinds Tagaytay and Brittany Santa Rosa sound like the perfect choice for your new suburban home? The serenity of green spaces, fresh air, and world-class amenities of suburban Brittany homes are definitely hard to resist. To see more of what the country’s most luxurious suburban enclaves have to offer for you, Explore Brittany’s official website, reach out to Brittany by clicking here or by following Brittany’s official socials: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

The Most Beautiful Parks Around the World

 

We may not be able to travel the world these days, so the next best thing to go to somewhere refreshing are garden parks. Majority of them are free, have expansive outdoor spaces enough for you to truly stretch out and take in the air without worrying over health risks or bumping into other people. Garden parks are also healing spaces as well. The Japanese even laud the wonders of “forest bathing” in these beautiful parks.

However, not all residential communities have garden parks. And as social distancing and quarantine guidelines become more restrictive, so are the options that for some, they can only subscribe to garden parks that are within the vicinity of their neighborhood or community. Some of these garden parks do not have the elements of the of the world’s most beautiful parks. As such, luxury homes in residential communities that are build near nature or within a natural environment are coveted nowadays not just only because of their natural aesthetics. Aside from the most diverse plant collections and fauna, nature offers the most breathtaking ethereal landscapes that can truly inspire the soul.

In this article, we will help you enjoy the stunning aesthetics (and appreciate the most diverse plant collections) of the world’s most beautiful parks. These beautiful parks on the list runs the full gamut, and will also include parks with natural formations such as volcanoes, rock clusters, and even desert foliage.

Not your average garden parks: Most beautiful parks in the world

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its very distinct red monolith. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is considered a sacred site of the local Aboriginal people called the Anangu. The park, which is located in the Northern Territory of Australia, actually has signs of the earliest human settlement from over 10,000 years ago. Nowadays, it is a popular park for folks who love to camp and be awed at the majestic monolith, or inselberg, thanks to its very intense red color. Moreover, the colors do change from ochre one moment to burnt orange, depending on the position of the sun. If you aspire for the intense heat and colder nights of the outback, camping at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park will be perfect for you.

Yosemite National Park, California

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This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include Yosemite National Park. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

 

A popular tourist attraction, especially among locals who travel across the United States via its extensive, interconnected highways, Yosemite National Park offers some of the most spectacular landscapes in all of the country. It has towering groves of sequoia trees, cascading waterfalls, and wild, lush meadows. Moreover, climbers who attempt to climb at Yosemite’s most famous summit, El Capitan, will definitely enjoy the staggering views of the park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Moutains.

Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

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The Cinque Terre National Park is a breathtaking piece of landscape that offers amazing views of the mountains, terrain, and sea all in one. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

 

Located along the Ligurian coast of Italy, the Cinque Terre National Park is a national park that offers majestic views of land and water. With multiple panoramic trails running from village to village, the park is any walker’s delight. Who doesn’t want to put in their exercise while marveling the amazing coast, which stretches from the village of Monterosso al Mare in the north to the village of Riomaggiore in the south?

And if you are tired from all of that walking, you can simply head down to any of the park’s beaches for a cool dip. You can even partake a long lunch of trofie al pesto, which is the park’s speciality.

 

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

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The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is the most beautiful during sakura season. Image from Forbes.com.

 

Mount Fuji is touted as one of the most beautiful places in the world. So it makes sense that any park that optimizes the mountain as a backdrop will also be deemed the most beautiful. The Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is located just at the foot of the sacred, active volcano. 

However, locals and foreigners are not simply making a pilgrimage to this series of garden parks just because of Mount Fuji. Fuji-Hakone-Izu, which consists of Hakone and its hot springs, and the Five Lakes of Fuji, gets an uptick of guests during the sakura season, which is in the spring and summer months. Imagine an entire place filled with these blush-tinted cherry blossoms. But if you happen to visit in the offseason, the park is still a marvelous sight with waves of these wildflowers showing off different hues of color.

Jasper National Park, Canada

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Here’s another national park that made the list because of a popular mountain. Image from the Lonely Planet.

 

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in all of Canada. Jasper is a favorite spot for folks who wanted to experience the rich wildlife like  grizzly and black bears, coyotes, moose, bald eagles and Canada geese. If you happen to visit its sister park, which is the Banff National Park, do make the trip from Banff and pass through the scenic Icefields Parkway. From this route, experience the breathtaking views and stunning aesthetics of the snow-capped Rocky Mountain.

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

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Formerly known as one of the seven wonders of the world back in 2018, Torres Del Paine should be on your list if you ever visit Chile. Image from Wikivoyage.

 

Located in the Chilean Patagonia, the Torres Del Paine National Park is a popular destination for hikers, kayakers and walkers. The striking three peaks of the Paine mountain range is an invitation no hiker wouldn’t pass up. Kayakers will find delight at the natural wonders the hazy glacial lakes (and possible sightings of puma and over a hundred species of bird). And if you are a serious walker, conquering the scenic End of the World Route will definitely be a worthy addition to your bucket list. 

Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan

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Wadi Rum may look like a desert, but this protected area is a movie icon, thanks to the many films that were shot in the area.

 

Want to experience living in a different planet? Wadi Rum Protected Area is located in south Jordan and is a popular choice of backdrop for many Hollywood films. The desert landscape coupled with the amazing rock formations makes the entire protected area otherworldly. If the image above is too familiar, this is because you have probably seen Wadi Rum in films such as The Martian and the Last Days on Mars. It’s also fascinating when you camp out in the evenings and gaze up to see the surreal blanket of stars in the sky.

Guilin and Lijiang River National Park, China

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The awe-inducing views of Guilin and Lijiang River National Park has inspired so many Chinese artists and poets. Image from nationa-parks.org.

 

Guilin and Lijiang River National Park is popular as a whole and its parts. There is just so much to see as if it is a series of garden parks in a single location. Tourists who have paid homage to this national park love the limestone karsts and vast bamboo forests. There are swatches of farmed land in between, and are peppered with wave-like hills and limestone cones with names such as Dragon Head and Elephant Trunk. The national park also has its ethereal moments, especially when natural elements like the sun and fog meet with the land and its many features, creating picturesque moments. Locals suggest exploring the Guilin and Lijiang River National Park by taking a boat ride along the Li River.

Galapagos National Park, Ecuador

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The Galapagos National Park is said to have inspired scientist Charles Darwin’s work on evolution. Image from Travel + Leisure.

 

The Galapagos National Park in Ecuador may be famous for its thriving population of the huge galapagos turtles, but there’s more to be found here. Largely uninhabited by humans, the national park has abundant and biologically diverse wildlife in both land and water. You can find animals such as iguanas, finches, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions without much effort. The wildlife in the national park was said to be the inspiration of Charles Darwin in his work on the Original of Species, his evolution theory, and natural selection.

Love Your Own: Philippine’s Most Beautiful Parks

With 7,107 islands, the Philippines is abundant of natural resources in both land and water. The country also has several parks and protected areas that are worth visiting.

Arroceros Forest Park

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You wouldn’t believe where this lush forest park is located. Image from ABS-CBN.

 

The Arroceros Forest Park is a riverside park located in the heart of Ermita, Manila. The urban forest on the south bank of the Pasig River is home to 61 tree varieties and a whopping 8,000 ornamental plants. This much foliage provide a dense, and rather conducive environment for the ten different varieties of bird species that call the forest its home such as the long-tailed shrike, pied fantail, zebra dove, Pacific swallow, and brown shrike.

Aside from offering a much-needed respite from commuters who pass the the Lawton area, it is also considered the last lung of Manila, as it is the only nature park of the city. Arroceros Nature Park also houses the Manila Education Center, the central offices for the Division of City Schools.

Masungi Georeserve

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The park’s riverside walk may have attracted renewed attention, especially from young visitors, but this is not the only reason why you should visit Masungi. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area situated in the southern Sierra Madre range in Baras, Rizal. The park centers on Masungi Rock, a cluster of geological formations at an elevation of 640 meters or 2,100 feet. It was recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a Strict Nature Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, and later on was developed as a geopark for folks who wanted to hike or camp on the nature trails of the park. 

Aside from the 400 species of flora and fauna including birds, insects, cloud rats, monitor lizards, snakes, monkeys, and civets, Masungi Georeserve is also home to several caves, including a stalagmite and stalactite-filled Yungib ni Ruben.

Crosswinds Tagaytay

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ust like our beautiful parks in the list, Crosswinds Tagaytay is a convenient and welcoming escape for anyone who wants to take a break from the pressure and drudgery of everyday urban life.

 

Crosswinds Tagaytay is first and foremost a lush Swiss luxury resort community amidst lush pine tree habitat on a mountainous region. Developed by Brittany Corporation, it is home to a series of luxury condos, luxury homes, and choice gastronomical and recreational hotspots.

Because of the cool climate, it is home to over 35,000 lofty pine trees, which contributed to the breathtaking vistas and vantage points towards the aerial views of the rest of Tagaytay City and Metro Manil the property offers.

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When you live in a home or lot at Crosswinds, you will truly feel your connection with nature, thanks to the number of pine and other hardwood trees in the area. (Image from gojackiego.com)

 

But for owners and guests who call the luxury condos and luxury house and lot units in the area their home, the surrounding pine trees make it feel as if they are living in a nature park. Simply step out of their luxury condo property or home, and they immediately feel the cool embrace of the weather and the canopy of the resort community’s magnificent pine trees. And when you explore the resort community, they will find that it is a perfect place for you to do your morning or afternoon jog, bike, or hike while appreciating the natural wonder of the pine tree forest.

A Luxury Nature Park Life at Crosswinds Tagaytay

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Swiss-inspired homes sitting on top of a cool mountainous range filled with lots and lots of pine trees? Who doesn’t want that kind of life?

 

More than just a tourist destination, Crosswinds Tagaytay elevates the mountainous retreat experience you expect in the City of Character. 

Crosswinds Tagaytay is a real estate opportunity for folks who wanted to enjoy the benefits of living in a nature park while still close to the modern conveniences they are accustomed to.

Moreover, Crosswinds Tagaytay is an easy decision for homeseekers who are willing to invest in a slice of luxury, peace, and relaxation they can always come home to. 

Want to know what living in a park feels like? Explore the natural aesthetics of Crosswinds Tagaytay here.

Countries You Can Visit Visa-Free

Don’t you miss the early flights, exploring and getting lost in a city you’ve never been in, and tasting foreign food? I think we collectively miss traveling and immersing ourselves in other cultures. With the Clark International Airport Terminal 2 opening soon, travel will be more in demand more than ever.  All we can do now is plan for the time we’ll be permitted to travel again, no matter when that time may be. Visa-free countries for Filipino citizens are usually countries that are near the Philippine archipelago such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) but in this listicle, we’ve selected a few other countries outside those nearby countries.

Traveling post-COVID-19 will be tricky in the sense that there might be stricter standards for travel including making sure you are fully vaccinated and can present your vaccination card. Other than that, another obstacle we need to surpass before traveling is applying for a visa. In this article, we give you a list of countries you didn’t expect you can travel to visa-free if you are holding a Philippine-issued passport! 

Barbados 

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Barbados is a country in the Caribbean and is known to be the home of many surreal beaches. | Photo from Pexels

 

The first country on our list where Filipinos can enter visa-free is Barbados. Philippine passport holders can stay in the country for 90 days. Barbados is known for its beaches but there are a lot more activities you can do during your stay. First, you might want to check their best beaches. A highly recommended beach is the Rockley beach, which is the biggest beach in the area. 

Another must-visit in Barbados is Speightstown, which is the 2nd biggest town established in Barbados. It will charm you with its old colonial charm, being previously called “Little Bristol.” The town derived its nickname from its maritime past and commercial trading with Bristol in the United Kingdom. 

Brazil 

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Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a must-visit place in the country and one of the famous tourist destinations in the city is none other than the Christ the Redeemer statue. | Photo from Pexels

 

The second country on our list where Philippine passport holders can enter visa-free is Brazil. Just like in Barbados, Filipinos can enter and stay in Brazil for 90 days without applying for a visa. A true bucket-list destination, it’s a win for Filipinos to travel to Brazil. Though the round trip ticket fare may almost cost you a new luxury condo, it’s still going to be a bang for your buck. 

Brazil is the biggest country by landmass in South America so it’s safe to say there are many places you can visit. Before anything, you must include Rio de Janeiro in your itinerary. Visiting Rio de Janeiro will be hitting three birds with one stone because three of the most famous tourist spots in Brazil are located in this very city. 

The 38-meter tall Christ the Redeemer statue erected on the top of Mount Corcovado and the two famed beaches Ipanema and Copacobana, all found in Rio. Seems to be a bang for your buck to plan a trip to this seaside city. 

Peru 

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Peru is rich in culture, history, and civilization that is so well-preserved that we can still appreciate its beauty to this day. | Photo from Pexels

 

The third country on our list which permits Filipinos to enter visa-free is another South American country which is Peru. Filipinos can stay in Peru for travel or business purposes visa-free for 183 days. Peru is rich in history and ancient civilizations as it is the home of the Incas. One of the most famous destinations in Peru is a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, which is an ancient city of the Incas located in the mountains of Andes. 

Machu Pichu is known for its picturesque innateness but more than that, it is also a historical and monumental citadel that is part of the new 7 Wonders of the World. It is also considered an “architectural gem” because most of the structures built by the civilization were destroyed during the Spanish Inquisition

Since Machu Pichu is hidden and located 7,000 feet above sea level, it was not found and destroyed. 

 

Fiji 

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Fiji is a group of islands located in the continent of Oceania. | Photo from Pexels

 

Moving halfway across the South American continent, the fourth country on our list is located in Oceania and allows Filipinos to enter visa-free is Fiji. Filipinos can stay visa-free in their territories for up to 4 months. Similar to the Philippines, Fiji is also an archipelago that consists of up to 300 islands.  Two of the major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. 

One of the most highly recommended places to go to when in Fiji is the Coral Coast. Located in Viti Levu, It is famous for its palm-lined and family-friendly beaches. You can spend your days swimming, surfing, or snorkeling in the clear waters of the Coral Coast. 

Cambodia

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Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious temple in the world. | Photo from Pexels

 

Venturing to the Southeast Asian territories, the fifth country on our list is Cambodia. The Kingdom of Cambodia permits Filipinos to stay in their country visa-free for 30 days. Angkor Wat, also known as the Angkor Archaeological Park is a must-visit in the town of Siem Reap. The temple of Angkor Wat is considered the largest religious building in the world and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Originally built to be a Hindu temple, it was later converted into Buddhist. 

Of course, you must also stroll around the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture by exploring the hustle and bustle of the capital city.  Make sure to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek to get educated about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime.  

Mongolia  

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Mongolia is the country landlocked in between China and Russia. | Photo from Pexels

 

Traveling north Cambodia, we go to the next country on our list of countries allowing Filipinos to enter visa-free, Mongolia. The nomadic country allows Filipinos to enter visa-free for up to 21 days. The capital city, Ulaanbaatar is a popular tourist destination because of the mix of modern and traditional culture. In Ulaanbaatar, you will see many shopping malls, hotels, and also museums that will showcase the history and culture of Mongolians.  

Mongolians are also known to be nomadic people. It would be a waste to not experience living in a Yurt or Ger. There are nomadic families who allow tourists to stay over with their families to experience living like a nomad. This will give you the ultimate experience as you will be fully immersed in their way of living. 

Morocco 

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Morocco is located in the northwestern part of Africa. | Photo from Pexels

 

Going to the African continent, the last country in our list of countries that allow Filipinos to enter visa-free for up to 90 days is none other than the Kingdom of Morocco. Casablanca in Morocco is the commercial hub of the country and where the primary international airport is located. The Hassan II Mosque is situated in this city and it is the second-largest mosque in the world. Covering over 2 hectares and can accommodate approximately 105,000 worshippers. 

Another highly recommended place to visit in Morocco is the Chefchaouen. Located in the Rif mountains, the Chefchaouen is famous for its picturesque view, with the striking blue buildings snug to each other. 

Celebration to being Filipino 

Even though being a Filipino can be challenging during these times, it’s important that we don’t forget to look at the bright side. Travel may be a challenge for many of us right now because of the current health crisis but once we get back on our feet, we will be able to continue and enjoy what we were accustomed to, pre-COVID times. 

While waiting for the world to “re-open” once again, we should do everything we can to manage ourselves. To those who already have a strong wanderlust, you can plan your next travel as early as now so when the time comes, you’ll only have to worry about getting yourself on that plane to your dream destination. 

Save yourself some time by considering traveling to these countries that allow Filipinos to enter their country visa-free for days to months. We’ve previously tackled 7 territories and at the end of the day, you can visit them visa-free mainly because you are Filipino. 

Another perk if you’re Filipino is that you don’t have to leave the country to experience a world-class level vacation experience. Brittany Corporation offers luxury houses and lots for sale that is designed adhering to famous world scenic destinations. Crosswinds by Brittany is your best bet for Swiss-inspired luxury living in the cool climate up in Tagaytay.  

Brittany Sta. Rosa should be your pick for a Southern American style of living, with the abundance of green landscapes and the ambient sounds of nature. If you’re on the hunt to fulfill your Italian living fantasy, Vista Alabang checks all your boxes because they have it down from the intricate and opulent architecture to the way of life in the community and neighboring leisure hub, Evia Lifestyle Center. 

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September 9, 2021

Most Expensive Comic Book Sold

 

Comic books are one of the things that we grew up with. We had beloved characters like Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and Spiderman just to name a few. When we think of comics, we don’t immediately think of the most expensive comic book. We think of comic conventions and superheroes. We never really take into account just how much comic book prices can increase and how they can be the most expensive comic book.

Because of how well-loved comic books are, it has become a collection for other people the same way luxury designer bags are. What’s even more mind-blowing is just how much comic books could sell for. Some comic books can sell for as much as a Louis Vuitton limited edition collab piece. Some comic books can sell for even more!  

 

How to start a comic book collection

Starting a comic book collection is actually pretty easy. There isn’t an exact science on how someone can start collecting comic books. In this article, we will share with you the perks of starting a comic book collection and tips on how to start collecting your most expensive comic book collection.

 

Is comic book collecting worth it?

Yes. Collecting comic books is worth it. Like luxury houses and lots of Brittany Corporation, comic book value increases as time passes. It’s an investment that can really bring in a nice income. 

In terms of other values like sentimentality and bragging rights that you own a rare collector’s item, there’s something so satisfying about completing a collection.

 

What is a good comic to start with? 

Although any comic book would be a decent start, you can begin asking yourself what series do you like? Are you into the Marvel universe? Or maybe you prefer the nitty-gritty DC universe? What timeline do you like? What Earth universe do you like? It doesn’t have to be the most expensive comic book.

Your beginner’s comic book can really range from the old comic books that you bought with your lunch money or you can go all out and spend money on an existing collection.

If you are new to the comic book universe in general, there are some introductory series that you may want to start with. 

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Archie is a comic a lot of people grew up with. | Image from archiecomics.com

 

Archie

Archie is probably one of the most popular comic series in the world. Started in 1941 in Pep Comics #22, Archie and his friends have been making people laugh with their slapstick humor, teen antics, and romantic mishaps! You follow Archie as he navigates his life and choosing between Betty and Veronica, never-ending eating with Jughead, and Reggie not being the best person. 

There are two types of Archie comics, the classic Archie was discontinued as singles and is now in digest and double digest format (where the reader can get reprints and new stories all in one book.) It’s a more slice-of-life thing than the actual progress of stories. The shorts end up being episodes in a comedy series. 

The second type of Archie comics is the newer, darker Archie that started in 2015. The characters of Archie were placed in a more modern and darker reality where continuous story-telling is the focus. 

Either Archie is great for anyone who wants to get into comics. 

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Superman: American Alien focuses on Clark Kent’s Childhood. | Image from DC Fandom Webpage

 

Superman: American Alien

While most people know who Superman is, only very few know who Superman was. What was he like in his childhood? How did he react to having superpowers? Who was Clark Kent before Superman? 

Superman: American Alien tells the story of Clark Kent and his journey as he becomes Superman, the Man of Steel. 

As ubspectrum shared:

“Each of the seven issues follows a different chapter of Clark’s life, from when he developed his powers during his childhood, to when he first moved to Metropolis. Each issue has its own distinct art style that correlates with the themes of each case, ranging from a bubbly Pixar-esque style when Clark was a child to grimy, bloody artwork that depicts his life of fighting crime. 

Fun and full of heart, “Superman: American Alien” is a fantastically unique interpretation of the Last Son of Krypton’s story that is a great way for both newbies and comic book veterans alike to see Superman in a completely different light.”

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You would literally want to start with this just for Frank Miller. | Image from IMDb

 

The Dark Knight Returns

The Dark Knight Returns begins at the end of Batman’s journey. Some people might say that this isn’t a good beginning into the Batman world, ubspectrum tells this:

“The story is entirely independent of the rest of the overly complicated DC multiverse, but it helps for readers to know of some basics of the Batman lore, such as his sidekick Robin and relationship with police commissioner Jim Gordon. The series also inspired Ben Affleck’s interpretation of Batman in the 2016 film, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” as well as its 2017 sequel, “Justice League.” It also has its own 2013 animated adaptation of the same name. “

It’s a great introduction to who are the key players in the Batman universe. Because it’s independent of the DC multiverse, there are fewer variables to consider and the focus is solely on Batman.

 

Where to keep a comic book collection

Now that you have your initial collection, comic books need space to be stored. The most expensive comic book sold would be best kept in a room without direct sunlight, preferably in a cool, dry place with a lot of space. A lot of collectors, especially those that don’t value the value of their comic books tend to just keep it underneath their bed or in a cabinet without any special protection. 

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The interior of Brittany RFOs are ready for big comic book collections.

 

Not all houses are designed to house expensive comic books. Luxury houses and lots like Brittany Santa Rosa’s Eliot have the space needed to keep big comic book collections.  Although that’s not entirely bad, it does not preserve the value and condition of the comic. This is especially true for the most expensive comic book. Those kinds of valuable comics can sell for as high as a million dollars!

 

How do you take care of a comic book?

Taking care of comic books really is not that difficult. It just seems daunting because it’s something that you can use. It’s functional and it has parts that can bend. But taking care of comic books is really just the same as taking care of any kind of collectors’ item. 

Taken from loc.gov, these are their suggestions on how to take care of expensive comic book collections:

“1. A cool (room temperature or below), relatively dry (about 35% relative humidity), clean, and stable environment (avoid attics, basements, and other locations with a high risk of leaks and environmental extremes)

  1. Minimal exposure to all kinds of light; no exposure to direct or intense light
  2. Distance from radiators and vents
  3. Supportive protective enclosures”

You will need to store your expensive comic book collection in a cool, dry place. You have to make sure that the environment where you store your collection is controlled. The luxury houses and lots for sale by Brittany corporation have rooms that can accommodate collections that need specific environments. Things like leaks and other environmental extremes are non-existent and even in the off chance that there is, Brittany Corporation would gladly help out!

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The RFO luxury home Carolyn in Georgia Club has a lot of airconditioned space for your comic book collection.

How much space do I need for my comic book collection?

Depending on the collection size, some comic book collections can need big, luxury homes by  Brittany Corporation or they can also need small, boxes. The luxury houses in Portofino Alabang, Brittany Santa Rosa, and Crosswinds Tagaytay are the perfect type of home to house your expensive comic book collection. 

The luxury homes from Brittany Corporation’s projects are designed with spacious rooms. There is a lot of storage space designed to keeps important collector’s items like expensive comic books. It’s very important to Brittany Corporation to be able to support your own type of luxury. Whether this luxury is taking long hot baths or even collecting comic books, there is surely a luxury home in Brittany that can cater to your needs.

 

What is the most expensive comic book sold?

The most expensive comic book sold was Action Comic #1 with a Certified Guarantee Company grade (CGC) of 9.0. It was sold for $3.2 million! That’s about as expensive as two Da Vinci Model Luxury Home in Portofino Alabang, a luxury condominium in Alpine Villas, and a Georgia Club Carolyn luxury house and lot in Santa Rosa combined!

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Action Comics 1 with CGC grade 9.0 is the most expensive comic book because this is where Superman was first introduced. | Image from USA Today Website

What is the comic book grading system?

As I’ve mentioned earlier, one of the reasons comic books can be so expensive is because of the CGC or the Certified Guarantee Company Grade. The CGC is the official company that judges the quality and the legitimacy of comic books. Their grading system can also work on other collectibles like trading cards or even historical documents.

Here is a comprehensive guide to the CGC:

 

Gem Mint

10

The highest grade assigned. The collectible must have no evidence of any manufacturing or handling defects.
Mint

9.9

The collectible is nearly indistinguishable from a 10.0 but will have a very minor manufacturing defect. It will not have any evidence of handling defects.
NM/M

9.8

A nearly perfect collectible with negligible handling or manufacturing defects.
NM+

9.6

A very well-preserved collectible with several minor manufacturing or handling defects.
NM

9.4

A very well-preserved collectible with minor wear and small manufacturing or handling defects.
NM-

9.2

A very well-preserved collectible with some wear and small manufacturing or handling defects
VF/NM

9.0

A very well-preserved collectible with good eye appeal. There will be a number of minor handling and/or manufacturing defects.
VF+

8.5

An attractive collectible with a moderate defect or a number of small defects.
VF

8.0

An attractive collectible with a moderate defect or an accumulation of small defects.
VF-

7.5

An above-average collectible with a moderate defect or an accumulation of small defects.
FN/VF

7.0

An above-average collectible with a major defect or an accumulation of small defects.
FN+

6.5

An above-average collectible with a major defect and some smaller defects, or a significant accumulation of small defects.
FN

6.0

A slightly above-average collectible with a major defect and some smaller defects, or a significant accumulation of small defects.
FN-

5.5

A slightly above-average collectible with several moderate defects.
VG/FN

5.0

An average collectible with several moderate defects.
VG+

4.5

A slightly below-average collectible with multiple moderate defects.
VG

4.0

A below-average collectible with multiple moderate defects.
VG-

3.5

A below-average collectible with several major defects or an accumulation of multiple moderate defects.
G/VG

3.0

A collectible that shows significant evidence of handling with several moderate-to-major defects.
G

2.5

A collectible that shows extensive evidence of handling with multiple moderate-to-major defects.
G

2.0

A collectible that shows extensive evidence of handling with numerous moderate-to-major defects.
G-

1.8

A collectible that shows extensive evidence of handling with numerous major defects.
Fa/G

1.5

A collectible that shows extensive evidence of handling with a heavy accumulation of major defects.
Fa

1.0

A very poorly handled collectible with a heavy accumulation of major defects.
Poor

0.5

A heavily defaced collectible with a number major defects. Some pieces will also be missing.

Conclusion 

When starting out a hobby like collecting comic books, it is best to prepare for it. You can start with any comic book you want. Buy singles, or sets- it doesn’t matter. What matters is you are prepared to own your expensive comic book collection. 

Having a spacious luxury home is a step you can take to ensure the gem mint quality of your collection. Brittany Corporation offers luxury houses and lots with your happiness and luxury in mind. 

With everything going on, living in your own definition of luxury is one of the most important things. It keeps us grounded and it keeps us moving forward. If you are looking for the sign to start your expensive comic book collection, this is it. 

This is the sign to start it. Just like how this is the sign that it’s time to live in your luxury. Embrace and define your own luxury. Brittany Corporation will be within every step of the way. 

Learn more about what we offer by sending us a message or contacting us at +63917 883 8103

Hotline for Inquiries: 55-8BRITT | LOC 0335-36. Because you deserve to live in your luxury.

 

Premier Brands of Swiss Chocolate

Chocolates have been the number one favorite snack for kids and stress reliever for adults. Although chocolates receive accounts that it is high in fat and sugar, it has a lot of benefits that made people change the way they think about chocolate making them enjoy it more. There are many chocolate manufacturers in the world but let’s focus on the premier brands of Swiss chocolates, the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Swiss chocolate brands are known for producing different types of chocolate to choose from milk, dark, and white chocolate.

The Aztecs were the first to discover cocoa beans, believing it to be a divine gift. These beans were dubbed “meal of the gods” by them. The Aztecs made a drink called “xocolatl,” or chocolate water, out of cocoa. It was characterized as bitter and salty. The Spanish were the first to find cocoa beans, and they were blown away by their nutritional value and energy. And from cocoa beans comes tasty Swiss chocolates that are now imported from all over the world.

 

Let us take a look at these Swiss chocolate treats.

 

Cailler

Cailler is Switzerland’s oldest chocolate manufacturer founded in 1819 by François-Louis Cailler. He was born in Vevey, a town near Lausanne in the early 1800s, which had seven chocolate factories. François bought a factory in 1820 to create chocolate on a large scale after having a small shop.

Cailler makes a variety of 100 g and 200 g chocolate bars, mostly in milk but also in dark and white. Individual chocolate bars are also produced. The Branche, a branch-shaped chocolate and hazelnut bar with a praline filling, is one of the oldest still commercialized items. Kohler’s recipe books initially referenced the original Branche in 1896, and it has been made since 1904. Often stuffed into a bread roll or bun, it is still a popular and extensively replicated product today. Cailler also makes praline boxes, including Ambassador (since 1890), Fémina (1902), and Frigor (1923), which have been duplicated by others.

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A visitor to Maison Cailler is educated about the brand’s history, ingredient sourcing, and the art of chocolate-making; after tours, visitors are allowed to sample chocolates in the tasting room. Photo by Cailler

 

Nestle

Nestle is founded by Henri Nestle which started in 1867 as a small business that initially focused on baby formula and has now expanded to a Swiss multinational food and drink corporation located in Switzerland.

Nestle promotes wellness as well as providing balanced treats for everyone. Nestlé’s tale began through experimenting with various mixtures of cow’s milk, wheat flour, and sugar to manufacture milk for mothers who were unable to breastfeed. After that, he was successful, and his brand became well-known and needed for all mothers. Years passed, and Henri Nestlé and his crew came up with new items such as cereals, water, coffee, beverages, and even chocolates. Nestlé’s chocolate is one of the most well-known product lines of the corporation that has made them wealthy and famous.

Nestle not only focuses on providing sweet treats to their customers but also cares for their farmers. Today, they have a project called “Cocoa Plan” which aims to help create a better future for Cocoa farmers. The goal is to provide farmers a productive and profitable farms for their family’s good life.

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One of the most famous chocolate products of Nestle is Kitkat. Photo by Nestle USA

 

Toblerone

Emil Baumann and Theodor Tobler founded Toblerone in Bern, Switzerland, in 1908. Emil Baumann, Theodor Tobler’s cousin, devised the original recipe, which included milk chocolate, nougat, almonds, and honey. The unusual triangular design and packaging were created by Theodor Tobler. Toblerone derived its name from an Italian term torrone which is a type of nougat.

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Toblerone is one of the most iconic Swiss chocolate brands worldwide | Photo by Alibaba

 

The Matterhorn’s triangle shape in the Swiss/Italian Alps is commonly credited as inspiring Theodor Tobler to design the Toblerone shape. Nonetheless, as seen in the photo above right, a silhouette of the Matterhorn appears on modern Toblerone packaging.

Because of its stability, iconic design, and stylistic features that appropriately fit the brand’s values and attributes, Toblerone has maintained its popularity and success. Despite being over a century old, the brand’s characteristic shape, packaging, and emblem have never changed. Over time, this remarkably simple marketing approach has allowed the brand’s packaging to transcend the chocolate sector and maintain its appeal as one of the world’s most popular and fascinating chocolate bars.\

 

Lindt

Lindt is a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company that was founded in 1845 and is famous for its chocolate truffles and chocolate bars, among other things. It is headquartered in Kilchberg, which also houses its primary manufacturing and museum.

Lindt tried and failed to make his chocolate more edible for numerous days and nights, but it wasn’t until he left his equipment running overnight that he found the conching process. Instead of discovering a heap of spoiled rubbish in the morning, Lindt discovered that the chocolate smelled delicious and melted in the tongue, revealing rich flavors.

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Lindt is one of the premium Swiss chocolate brands known around the world | Photo by Lindt Chocolate

 

Lindt & Sprüngli now has roughly 370 chocolate stores, cafes, and businesses around the world. Their reputation as one of the world’s best chocolate producers is secure, owing to the man who was the first to figure out how to make the delicious stuff melt in our mouths.

Chocolates provide everyone a bundle of joy and will give us a sweet treat. And along with your Swiss chocolates, In the country’s favorite weekend getaway, a Swiss village comes to life. Vista Residences is building a community of Swiss villas on Tagaytay’s highest point, concealed by a city of pines, in one of the country’s most stunning places. Crosswinds Tagaytay offers an enjoyable and memorable experience that is perfect for your Swiss-inspired experience.

Switzerland is a dream come true for mountaineers and city dwellers alike who desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You may appreciate the splendor of rolling green meadows, intriguing pine forests ideal for exploration, and a quiet environment that is always ready to enfold you in its refreshing embrace when you visit Switzerland. Fortunately, this fantasy can come true if you attend Crosswinds in the comfort of your own country.

 

Crosswinds Tagaytay

Crosswinds is a huge 100-hectare luxury property in the south of Metro Manila that is primarily inspired by the Swiss lifestyle and has the Philippines’ only Swiss-themed luxury houses. It is adjacent to the Tagaytay Picnic Grove, which can be reached in less than 5 minutes, and is less than 7 minutes from the Tagaytay Rotunda, which has the most popular recreational areas and greatest restaurants in Tagaytay.

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More than that, Crosswinds in Tagaytay personifies the Swiss way of life. Birdsongs and the rustle of leaves moving in the breeze replace the hectic buzz of Metro Manila out from the metropolis. The stale, smoke-filled air is replaced by the crispest mountain breeze, scented with pine and earthiness. The never-ending din of a city that never sleeps is replaced with the tranquility of rural mountain life, apart from the stresses of the outside world.

 

What Crosswinds Tagaytay Offers

 

Swiss-inspired Properties

Brittany developed swiss-inspired properties your family can enjoy while staying at Crosswinds Tagaytay. You may choose from several luxury houses and lots for sale and mid-rise condos inspired by the tall-peaked roofs of Swiss chalets. You can also book a nice weekend getaway room in the Grand Quartier or take advantage of the activities available on the Lausanne Terraces. Choose from Crosswinds’ Chatelard and Lucerne models, both 600-plus square meter residential apartments with the most current conveniences and the most stunning designs, if you and your family require the highest comfort.

 

Breathtaking Scenery

Crosswinds’ luxurious homes and lots are situated on a mountainside, providing a panoramic view of Tagaytay’s rolling hills and dipping valleys. In the daylight, you may gaze at the cityscape below, while in the darkness, you can wonder at the city’s swirling light shows.

Crosswinds dubbed the country’s premier “pine estate,” is a rare temperate haven amid a tropical country. The nature lover in all of us can look forward to a feast as we experience Crosswinds, which is blanketed by 35,000 home-grown pine trees that improve not only the scenic value but also the air quality and mood of the location.

Tagaytay is likewise spared of the concerns that afflict the lower lands. It is situated at a high enough height to avoid flooding, which is a common and seasonal annoyance in the cities below. You’ll never have to be concerned about storms and water ruining your property or disrupting your life. It is also an environmentally sensitive city, which means that its scenery and air are less polluted.

Furthermore, Tagaytay has near-perfect weather throughout the year. This location has rich trees and a steady breeze that keeps it cool even in the middle of the summer, making it a terrific vacation spot and ideal home area.

Crosswinds Tagaytay is undeniably the country’s pride of real estate providing comfort like no other. Experience the best with only the best. Experience Crosswinds Tagaytay and the Swiss-inspired luxury homes and amenities.

Luxury Living in Tagaytay

 

Luxury living in Tagaytay is the best investment you will make in your lifetime.

If you want to get away from the hassle and bustle of the metro, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tagaytay. The province is known for numerous tourist spots you can visit in the area. But setting aside the tourist destinations, Tagaytay is also becoming one of the prime locations for luxury properties. Take Alpine Villas or luxury living in Tagaytay for example. This soon to raise luxury condo in Tagaytay is a hidden gem in the city that allows you to explore the famous getaway destination. That’s not all! You’ll not only get to live in one of the best luxury condominiums in the Philippines, but you’ll also get a change of scenery, which is refreshing in today’s world where traveling is banned in most countries, it’s nice to live in a luxury house.

 

There’s Less Traffic and A Laid Back Atmosphere in This Province

The province is not that far away from the capital, Manila. It’s about an hour and a half to two hours’ travel time to Manila. It’s also easier to travel now than before because of the emergence of different expressways like CALAX, CTBEX, SLEX, and more. There might still be a traffic jam during weekends and long holidays but on ordinary days you can sit back and relax while driving to Tagaytay. You won’t only have extravagance; you’ll also be more comfortable!

In the metro, you spend a good chunk of your day stuck in traffic. You could have a done a lot of things during the times you’re sitting in your car listening to the radio.  This is probably why most of the people living in Tagaytay are laid back. Don’t get us wrong, this doesn’t mean they’re not hard workers. It’s just that the sound of chirping birds when you wake up and the refreshing cool air would give you nothing but rainbows, sunshine, and good vibes. I’m sure of it!

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Tagaytay is also close to Batangas, another popular tourist spot.  So, if you want to visit the nearby province you can. After all, Batangas is known for its breathtaking beaches, which you can visit any time you like.

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Living in Tagaytay is the embodiment of luxury.

 

Tagaytay Has a Cool Weather and Relaxing Ambience

Summers in the Philippines can be brutally hot. During this time, Filipinos usually visit Tagaytay.  Maybe, you’re wondering why this is the case? It’s because it’s located on top of a high-altitude mountain ridge, giving it year-round cold and misty weather.  This is why numerous people search and invest in properties for sale in the province.

Thanks to climate change Manila can be very humid during its dry season, which is why people visit colder regions like Baguio or Tagaytay. Besides the climate, the house and lots that can be found in the area are surrounded by nature, which most people find relaxing. Living in an area with a lot of greenery will help you refresh your mind, serving as a respite in your fast-paced life.

  

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The beautiful view of Tagaytay remains unmatched!

                                                                                                

Tagaytay is a Developed Community with Investment Opportunities

Having a condo unit is a fantastic investment. Nowadays luxury living in Tagaytay has become a real estate hotspot. Numerous real estate investors and developers develop new houses because of their fantastic location and weather. Clients can take full advantage of this province by buying and renting condominium units. This will be a worthwhile business considering that numerous tourists stay in the province for a short time.

 

Over the years, Tagaytay is becoming more and more developed with commercial hubs, business establishments, and luxury condominiums like Alpine Villas. Alpine Villas will be a well-designed and space-efficient vertical residence, which has a 24/7 safety protocol like CCTV system in common areas. Of course, this luxury condominium in the Philippines has wi-fi for working and student residents. It also has a fitness gym and swimming pool if you want to stay fit.  There’s also a clubhouse with a function room that residents can use on special occasions.

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The tall spires of the building in Tagaytay a beautiful and functional.

 

It has Scrumptious Restaurants and Beautiful Tourist Spots

Aside from looking at luxury real estate, there are countless restaurants one can choose to visit in Tagaytay. These restaurants offer different dishes that suites anyone’s palette. The province offers various al-fresco restaurants and cafes that can fill your stomach and provide heat in Tagaytay’s cold weather. The province is also a hotbed for tourists and a good reason. There are numerous tourist spots you can visit for visitors and residents as well.

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People’s Park

First-time visitors often go to this famous tourist destination. Why do you ask? It’s because this is one of the highest points of the province. Therefore, it will give you a view of the entire province and Taal Lake. For only 50 pesos, you’ll have a full view of the wonderful landscape the province has to offer.

 

Sky Ranch

This equally famous tourist spot has an amusement park that has exciting rides and social media-friendly attractions. This is a perfect spot for families and friends that want to have a thrilling experience other than sightseeing.

 

Picnic Grove

This is probably the most popular tourist destination in Tagaytay. Like the name says, it’s where you enjoy a picnic while overlooking Taal Lake. Besides eating packed food or takeout, you can also enjoy other amenities like horseback riding, zipline, and cable cars.

 

Paradizoo Tagaytay

Now, this is something you’re probably not aware of but Tagaytay has a zoo. The Paradizoo sits in a 10-hectare land that has educational and outdoor activities for animal lovers. You can learn sheep-shearing and cow and goat milking while enjoying the fragrance of blooming flowers all around you.

 

Nurture Wellness Village

If you want to relax Filipino style, you can try going to Nurture Wellness Village. It’s a spa that offers Filipino spa treatments namely Nilaib, which is a Filipino-style hot stone massage that contrasts the cold climate of the province. The spa has trained and licensed therapists that will ensure that you have the best spa experience that’s you can only find in the Philippines.

 

Puzzle Mansion

Do you love puzzles? Then, you’ll like the puzzle mansion. It’s a museum of the largest collections of finished puzzles in the world. Its owner puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna even earned a Guinness World of Record for her mansion in 2012. The mansion has 2D and 3D puzzle sets in various forms and sizes. There is also puzzle reproduction of various paintings from Picasso, Degas, and Gaudi.

 

Tierra de Maria

We have numerous ways to show our faith as a Christian nation, one of those is through Tierra de Maria. It’s a 50-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary with outstretched arms welcoming the visitors into her arms, which will surely make anyone into a prayer mood. The mood is amplified by the breathtaking panoramic deck that will surely make everyone spiritually refreshed and invigorated.

 

Fantasy World

The Philippines has no Disneyland but it had Fantasy World, which is considered by many as the Filipino version of Disneyland. Sadly, it was never fully constructed or become operational. But, what’s constructed remains to be an attraction on its own. It has colorful structures and Bavarian-inspired castles, which will be great for pictures for your socials.

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The view of Taal volacano from Tagaytay is a view that cannot be compared with anything.

 

Tagytay is a Good Retirement Place For Expats and Filipino Residence Alike

Tagaytay is also a fantastic place to retire. The living standard is higher in this province than in most towns and cities in the country. The government has worked hard in promoting tourism in the place, which is why the local economy is higher than other places.

There are numerous luxury homes for sale in the area, where several foreigners chose to stay. English is the second language of the Philippines. Therefore, you won’t have a problem communicating with us.

For health-conscious retirees, there are several spas and fitness centers in the area. You can also eat organic foods available in various markets in Tagaytay. There is also very good medical care service available in the province.

In Tagaytay, you’ll be breathing fresh air. Most of the places in Tagaytay still have forest and fruit trees. There is no thick smog surrounding the area unlike the metro, which is good for retirees’ overall well-being.

For foreigners, the cost of living is low in this province. A foreign couple could have a comfortable life with just a budget of US$1000 per month. You’re probably wondering how is this possible? It’s because Tagaytay is one of Cavite Province’s top food producers.  If you want to live more comfortably, you can do so. Numerous real estate companies offer luxury condos that you can own in the country at an affordable price. 

It is also important to know that residency is not that hard to obtain in the Philippines. Being a citizen also has its perks like duty-free importation of your belongings and having the chance to have your own business.

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Have a one of a kind living in Tagaytay experience by visiting Crosswinds Tagaytay.

 

Whether you’re a Filipino or a foreigner, you can experience a fine life in this wonderful province. What are you waiting for? Why don’t you visit and invest in luxury living in Tagaytay? Nature and a Cool Climate await you!

 

September 2, 2021

Iconic Travel Spots to Visit in the Philippines

Filipinos are famous for being hospitable and resilient. Filipinos have a lot to offer, with over 7,600 islands that cover the Philippines. Travelers from all over the world come to the Philippines to explore the country’s rich beauty and culture. Its landscapes are home to many natural attractions, including volcanoes, rice terraces, underwater rivers, limestone caves, and stunning beaches. Are you a traveler looking for Iconic Travel Spots to visit? Continue reading because we will guide you to the most Iconic travel spots to see in the Philippines.

Individually, the islands each have something unique to offer, whether you’re looking for the best diving and snorkeling spots or want to visit places with strong colonial roots like Manila or Vigan.

 

1. Intramuros and Fort Santiago, Manila

Intramuros, one of the most iconic travel spots to visit to experience the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, is a great way to learn about and appreciate the country’s rich history. Intramuros, with its old-fashioned elegance, is also a romantic backdrop for a date.

Intramuros was built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi during the Spanish Colonial period and was destroyed by the end of World War II. On the other hand, the ruins are still very much alive today and maybe explored on Intramuros tours. The Intramuros, or walled city, is home to many of the city’s most notable tourist attractions, sites, and monuments.

The gates of Intramuros in Manila is one of the most iconic travel spots in the Philippines | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Photo by World Map

 

Several universities and institutions have established themselves in the area. The majestic Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church, the Philippines’ oldest church, are centuries-old churches.

Fort Santiago, a stronghold that served as a headquarters for troops and foreign powers, is another Intramuros attraction. It is a historically historic location where Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero, was imprisoned before his execution.

 

2. Hanging Coffins, Sagada

The Sagada Hanging Coffins are undeniably one of Mountain Province’s most prominent tourist attractions. Visiting this ancient world burial place requires a short stroll, but you will have to pass through an American-influenced cemetery named Echo Valley, which is set on a mountaintop.

The Hanging Coffins in Sagada | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Photo by Trip Zilla

 

Hanging coffins have been suspended from cliffs as part of the Sagada people’s Igorot indigenous culture and burial tradition. Although this old tradition is also practiced in some parts of the world, like Indonesia and China, the Philippines has its distinct culture.

Each cadaver was smoked over the 5-day pre-burial feast to avoid speedy decomposition. Coffins are built of hollowed-out logs that are generally crafted by the elderly Igorots before they die. The traditional method of burial for a qualified individual is to hang the coffins in high elevated cliffs. Pushing the bodies into the narrow gaps of the coffin for them to fit into the coffin space created from Pine tree planks is also part of the indigenous death ceremony. In Sagada, the Igorot ancestors believed that the higher your body was laid, the closer you were to ‘heaven.’ Another motivation was to keep the bodies safe from natural calamities like earthquakes and floods, as well as from wild animals.

 

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3. Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue

The rice terraces at Batad were erected 2000 years ago and contain stone walls instead of mud walls in other parts of the province. Farmers worked these fields for generations, practicing remarkably similar methods today as they were first built. It’s beautiful to witness such consistency in farming operations over such a long period. And it’s incredible to think that what their forefathers built all those years ago is still paying off now, A remarkable legacy that will be passed down for many generations.

The Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue is one of the most iconic travel spots to visit in the Philippines

Photo by Culture Trip

 

In Banaue, seeing the Batad rice terraces at sunrise is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Landscape photographers who want to produce stunning shots of Philippine agriculture should try this out. Some of these terraces are almost 2,000 years old and represent a traditional farming method in the country. 

 

4. Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

One of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines is Pagsanjan Falls, also known as Cavinti Falls (local name: Magdapio Falls). The falls are one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations, being in the province of Laguna. A river ride on a dugout canoe, known locally as Shooting the rapids, is required to reach the three-drop cascade, which originates in the Pagsanjan municipality. A short hike from Cavinti will get you to the waterfall.

Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Photo by Escape Manila

 

The Shooting the Rapids boat cruise, which departs from any of the resorts along the Bumbungan and Balanac Rivers, is the most popular method to see the falls. Two competent and licensed boatmen transport one to three guests to the falls in long, narrow wooden or fiberglass canoes, which may take more than an hour to paddle upstream depending on traffic and water level. Passengers will go through the narrow and lush Pagsanjan Gorge, lined with massive boulders, rocks, and little waterfalls. The upstream ride stops in a natural pool below the falls, where guests can take an optional raft ride through a curtain of cascading water to the Devil’s cave beyond the falls. Shooting the Rapids, the return trip, is a thrilling ride through fourteen rapids as the skillful boatmen navigate the boat through the narrow rocks as it heads downstream.

 

5. Mt. Pulag

The provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya are all bordered by Mount Pulag. It is the Philippines’ third highest mountain and the highest peak on the island of Luzon. There are around 500 plant species on the hill. The dwarf bamboo, for example, is a mountain endemic. It also holds several endangered mammal species. Mount Pulag is a naturalist’s dream come true.

Mount Pulag | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Photo by Wow Cordillera 

 

Mount Pulag, as Luzon’s tallest peak, attracts a large number of mountain climbers. The alpine forests and the grassland peak with its “sea of clouds” phenomena highlight the climb. The Ambangeg, Akiki, and Trawangan paths from Benguet and the Ambaguio trail from Nueva Vizcaya are the four major trails that lead to the peak. The Mount Pulag National Park, controlled by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is in charge of these paths.

 

6. Temple of Leah

The tale of the Temple of Leah is similar to that of the Taj Mahal, an Indian mausoleum created as a symbol of eternal love. Teodorico Soriano Adarna’s devotion to his late wife Leah Albino-Adarna, a life companion for 53 years, is the Temple of Leah. They own the Queensland motel business in Cebu and are the grandparents of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna. 

The temple is said to be made up of 24 chambers, including an art gallery, museum, library, and bar, as well as life-size statues of Roman gladiators, lions, and angels adorning the walls. A set of large stone steps leads up to the entrance and into the foyer, where a brass 10-foot statue of Leah stands. 

The Temple of Leah in Cebu is one of the most iconic travel spots in the Phililppines known for its unique story | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

Photo by True Local

 

The temple’s construction located in Cebu City’s highland barangay of Busay started in 2012 and is expected to be finished by 2020. Though the building is still ongoing, the place is already open to the public from 6 AM to 11 PM with an entrance fee of Php50 per person.

 

7. Trone Giant Chair, Crosswinds Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a destination outside the busy metro, be sure to put Crosswinds, Tagaytay on your bucket list. Crosswinds Tagaytay is a project by Brittany Corporation, a subsidiary of Villar’s Vista Land and Lifescapes. Crosswinds Tagaytay is a Swiss-inspired project with a lot of Iconic Travel Spots to enjoy.

 

Along with the cafes in the area, Brittany built a giant throne chair like Geneva’s chair sculpture that is very famous to those who visit Crosswinds. It’s one of the many photo-worthy locations that tourists like. This adds to the enjoyment and thrill of their stay at Crosswinds. 

Tagaytay is well-known for its cool, breezy weather, in addition to the magnificent Taal Volcano and mountain ranges. Because it is only a few hours from the metro, it is ideal for fast getaways. Crosswinds is a Swiss-inspired community with over 35,000 pine trees that spans 100 acres. This neighborhood is recognized for its high-end residential complexes. Crosswinds Tagaytay also has a 365-day Christmas celebration, which is even longer than the national holiday. As a result, it’s the ideal country vacation spot! 

Christmas is about to come, and we know that you are now planning to spend the holidays with your family. Have you listed down Iconic Travel spots to visit yet? The Philippines has a lot to offer. You can choose whether beach, adventure, or historical places.

What are you waiting for? Crosswinds is expecting your arrival to share all of these Christmas adventures with your loved ones. This Christmas season, there’s no better spot to go than the ones that make you feel enchanted!

September 1, 2021

Hosting a Perfect Virtual Wine Tasting at Home

Many of us have missed different occasions, such as meeting with friends and enjoying other outdoor activities. COVID-19 has left us to stay at home and taught us to do the things we love while staying safe at home. One of the many outdoor activities you might miss is visiting wine bars and enjoying wine with friends. Didn’t you know that you can host your perfect virtual tasting at home? It may be slightly different from face-to-face wine tasting, but you will discover its advantages when you start your virtual wine tasting at home.  

 

NAPA at Crosswinds 

 

Brittany knows your dilemma. That’s why they established a restaurant that is inspired by the NAPA valley in California. While Crosswinds Tagaytay is known for its Swiss-inspired residences, a newly-opened place in the area will transport you and will give you a glimpse of another side of the world. With its rustic wooden décor, calm environment, and stunning outside dining area, this new café, inspired by rural residences in Napa Valley, California, will make you feel like a vineyard owner. 

 

Why Should You Visit NAPA at Crosswinds? 

 

People from every place want to visit this newly-opened café at Crosswinds. The ambiance will get you into the other side of the world with a taste of luxury and relaxation. With wooden floors, rustic décor, and a fantastic view of the surrounding hills, the café seems like a home. Everyone wants to see this new fashionable establishment, and it becomes crowded quickly. If you’re going to enjoy the place, its food, and take photos, arrive early. 

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Feel the Tagaytay breeze as you sip your wine at NAPA.

 

NAPA at Crosswinds welcomes its guest with a huge parking lot where customers coming from a long ride can park their bicycles. A unique NAPA will greet the customers at Crosswinds gate. Around the place, there are wooden benches that will invite you to enjoy the scenery. Some barrels surround the area that can be used as tables and unique chairs. 

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Enjoy al fresco dining with tasteful, quirky decor only at NAPA.

 

You can choose from their wide range of food, including coffee, cheese, meat, and wine. The whole place is instagrammable. That’s why people are going crazy about NAPA at Crosswinds. Although it’s hard to get a good seat, the best seats would be near the windows and outside the balcony because the scenery will welcome you. Tourists like to sit upstairs to get a good view of the whole Crosswinds and take some good photos.  

The café provides excellent food and drinks and a pet-friendly café that caters to your pet and pet parents’ need for relaxation. Pets are allowed outside but not inside the café. The café also offers free WI-FI, which you can request from the staff at the counter and have it get done in your gadget. 

NAPA at Crosswinds gets more attractive at night. It gives out a romantic ambiance perfect for couples who want to spend time together and families who want to sit down and talk about life. Fairy lights are beautifully spread in the area that adds to the serenity mood of the place. Aside from the scenery, NAPA provides delectable food in an alfresco setting perfectly paired with Tagaytay’s chilly weather at night and glasses of wine. 

Still haven’t experienced the NAPA Valley-inspired experience? Don’t forget to add NAPA at Crosswinds in your next adventure.  

If you are likely to stay at home because of the pandemic, you don’t need to worry because you can still experience a beautiful wine tasting at home and enjoy it with the rest of your family. This blog, we will give you some tips on hosting a perfect virtual tasting at home. 

 

What is a Virtual Wine Tasting?  

 

Some other outdoor activities can’t be adapted to our homes, and there are plenty of things we can still do in the comfort of our homes. It may not be as perfect and as enjoyable as what it offers in the natural setting, but what’s beautiful about it is that we can always try and tweak it to our liking and preference. Sound exciting? Keep on reading as we go ahead and list down tips on how to host a perfect virtual wine tasting at home. 

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Have your virtual wine tasting at NAPA in Crosswinds Tagaytay. | Photo by WineDirect

 

Before going into hosting a virtual wine tasting, let’s start by identifying this new concept. The pandemic has brought several changes to the way we live our life even with some of the activities we enjoy. Virtual wine tasting is similar to a regular tasting where participants taste and learn about different wine selections from a winery. Both regular and virtual wine tasting has the same purpose except how they will perform the wine tasting. Rather than going to a winery, the winery comes to you. Wineries handle the entire experience in both circumstances. It is their responsibility to manage the wine shipment and ensure that it arrives on time. The organizers will then provide additional information on how to participate in the virtual wine tasting and platform capabilities for a better experience. 

 

How to Host a Virtual Wine Tasting at Home 

 

Set Date and Time 

In every activity, the first thing you need to consider is the availability of your virtual wine tasting participants. Ask each participant if when is the perfect time to enjoy and taste their wines. Instead of selecting a day and time for yourself, allow your audience to do so. Nowadays, there are so many online platforms today that can be used to your advantage. Consider utilizing a tool that will enable you to choose a date and time that works for everyone to prevent the back-and-forth texting from seeing when everyone is available. 

Choose a tasting theme. 

Choosing and deciding what wines you want to taste in your virtual wine tasting is also a top priority.  

1. The regional Wine tasting theme means participants are only going to taste wines from a particular region. 

2. A vertical tasting necessitates a little more work because it contains a producer’s wine from different years. The most important aspect of a proper vertical tasting is to ensure that the wine bottles have been appropriately preserved. However, suppose you successfully put together this type of tasting. In that case, the results may be fantastic, as your audience will learn about a winemaker’s style while also being familiar with several vintage types and how they have developed over time. 

3. Horizontal tasting is a popular concept in both virtual and real-life wine tastings. It includes wines from several producers that were produced in the same year. Because all new releases can be added, it provides additional flexibility. 

4. When evaluating different varieties of grapes, such as Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir, blind tasting works best. It can be used as an icebreaker for large-group virtual wine tastings. The wine labels are hidden, and participants must estimate the nation, grape, and even price range based on the wine’s flavor. 

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There are different types of wine to choose from when doing a virtual wine tasting. | Photo by Napa Valley

 

Custom shipments for your participants 

All of the essential supplies are provided for an in-person wine tasting. Why not customized shipments for your participants? Allow your audience to pre-order their wine supplies to make things easier. You can add a variety of wines to try, meal combinations, and possibly some wine glasses in each bundle. You can have it posted on your website and make your audience choose. Use a tool that can view their choices in real-time.  

Decide what platform to use. 

Deciding on what platform to use is also a priority. There are a lot of platforms which depends on how large your participants you are going to host. Choosing the best platform for your audience should be well taken care of because this is where your audience will interact and exchange their thoughts.  

Adapting to new normal experiences can sometimes be challenging. But as time goes by, little by little, we’ll get used to it. We will be surprised that it’s no longer new to us one day because we have already embraced it and have come to live through it. Who said that regular wine tasting and other regular outdoor activities couldn’t be replicated in a virtual environment? The pandemic may have hindered some of our plans, but people are also taught to respond and act differently. Many physical locations, including wineries and other stores, remained closed due to the pandemic; virtual events have been on the rise and busy. The virtual environment is a new way of interaction and a unique place of growth and learning. It won’t be perfect on the first try, but we can continuously improve. 

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August 27, 2021

Best Bike Trails in the South

Biking has always been an activity that a lot of people enjoy. Whether they are new at it or professionals, bike enthusiasts have grown in number in the past year. Although there was a brief hiccup in biking activities due to the enhanced community quarantines, bike riders and enthusiasts opted to wait it out. Now that the strict quarantines are over, popular bike trails are being filled once again since they never really closed down and it’s an activity that is done with nature and open spaces. 

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The popularity of biking increased even more in the past year because of the lack of public transport. People opted to use the bike as an alternative to going to work.

 

Biking is such a simple activity. Take a bike, and you can start whenever you want. We may have been hindered by the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, but at the end of the day, biking will always be a part of our lives. Biking is truly a luxury that we took for granted. Riding along bike trails without a worry in the world as the wind hits our face is such a nostalgic feeling. With the fear of Covid-19 always lingering, we need to find bike trails where we feel safe and those that are close to our luxury homes and luxury condos.

Finding good bike trails may be difficult, but living in the south brings you closer to these safe bike trails. With the proper protocols followed, we’ll surely still be able to ride our bikes, get the exercise we need, all while staying safe. We try to take every simple luxury we can these days and biking is one of them.

If you’re thinking of making the move from the north to the south, or you just want to know if there are biking trails in the south, Brittany Corporation compiled frequently asked questions about bike trails and placed them all here.

Pristine blue swimming pool with clubhouse from luxury houses and lots in Portofino Alabang. | Luxury homes by brittany corporation.

Brittany Corporation’s exclusive enclaves are situated within key locations in the south to maximize comfort, luxury, and practicality.

 

Brittany Corporation’s master-planned, themed, exclusive communities, Crosswinds in  Tagaytay, Portofino Alabang, Brittany Santa Rosa, and La Posada in Sucat are key locations of the Philippines’ best bike trails and we would love to share the best bike trails we have in the south.

 

Is the South bike-friendly?

The south is super bike-friendly!

When we think of the south, we think of glamorous opulence. Lethargic days slipping by while we’re lounging in our pools atop a bed floaty. We think of big houses with manicured lawns and giant gates. Although that is true, especially for master-planned, themed, luxury communities like Portofino in Alabang, we forget that how the south is defined today in our almost borderless world, is very much different. 

The south is now known for the eco-living movement where nature and development meet. Homes are designed with nature surrounding them. This creates nature-inclusive recreational spaces like bike trails for biking enthusiasts. Properties from Brittany Santa Rosa and Crosswinds in Tagaytay are particularly bike-friendly. They have the perfect marriage of nature and development that having purchasing luxury houses and lots here would really benefit those that love nature and being active.

 

Is Santa Rosa a bike-friendly community?

Brittany Santa Rosa projects Promenade, Georgia Club, Augusta, and Belle Reve are the perfect communities for cyclists! Santa Rosa’s community is so bike-friendly that you can take your bike on a ride either within the gated communities where your luxury house and lot is, the spine road that takes you to the luxury houses and lots for sale in Santa Rosa, or even the main road! Although biking on the main road is possible, it would still be best to take extra caution to avoid accidents.

Santa Rosa’s temperate weather in the morning and in the afternoon really makes bike trails in Santa Rosa a must-go-to on anyone’s lists. People who live within the community even boasts of free-to-use, readily available, bike trails that homeowners and visitors alike may use. Although because of the pandemic, biking rules may have been updated, for the most part, we are still allowed to use our bikes, thankfully.

 

When is the best time to bike in Santa Rosa’s bike trails?

Some enthusiasts might say that anytime is a good time to bike in the bike trails of Santa Rosa. From the opinion of doctors at Harvard University, apparently, we need sunlight exposure between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm! That goes against everything we know! We need the UVB rays from the sunlight at this hour to produce the optimal amount of vitamin D! 

This, of course, should be done with caution! We only need exposure to these harsh rays of the sun for about 30minutes to an hour. Anything more than that can cause undesirable effects of the sun. If we need 30minutes to an hour of UVB rays, it would be best to have your bike riding start at around 8:00 am or 9:00 am so by the time you are done, you only have around 30 minutes to an hour of exposure to the harsh rays of the sun.

 

Where are the bike trails in Santa Rosa?

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One of the more popular bike trails in Santa Rosa is what is called the AUP trail. It is named after the Adventist University of the Philippines. | Photo from Google Maps

 

The AUP trail is a 10.6km bike trail that goes around the property of the Adventist University of the Philippines. It boasts beautiful scenery and lots of trees. Because it is private property, some of the bike trails, like this one here would require you to present identification before using the bike trails. It is also closed on Saturdays. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are strictly not allowed.

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The talahiban trail is an off-road bike trail that spans 2.7km! | Photo from Google Maps

 

Talahiban trail is a 2.7km bike trail that leads riders beside the fences of Montecito before exiting the entrance of NuZealand Trail. It is a long but low-grade, technical climb. After the climb, there is a portion of a flowing trail amidst tall grasses. If you want a more rugged bike experience the Talahiban trail is perfect for you.

 

Does Santa Rosa have mountain bike trails?

Three men riding a bicycle in Santa Rosa Luxury Communities | Luxury homes by brittany corporation.

Mountain bike trails have always been popular among bike enthusiasts. With the different terrains and views, mountain bike trails are a good addition to any community. | Photo by Dorothy Castillo from Pexels

 

Santa Rosa actually has some mountain bike trails! They’re not a steep as Tagaytay for sure, but the dirt track along with the slopes and greenery really give the trail a mountain (hill-like) feel. 

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Steep inclines can be found in the mountain bike trails of Santa Rosa. | Photo by dwightdeato from singletracks.com

 

This trail is great for beginners and more technically inclined riders. There are flat singletracks and technical trails with steep ascents and descents. Reviews claim that this trail is versatile and is completely free to use. This trail crosses over to nearby cities such as Cabuyao, Laguna; Calamba, Laguna; and Silang, Cavite. 

Best check out what other people have to say about this mountain bike trail (MBT) here

 

Is Tagaytay a bike-friendly community?

Tagaytay is one of the most bike-friendly communities there is! Especially when it’s not raining. Taking on the bike trails in Tagaytay may seem intimidating, but in reality, it is quite fulfilling. Tagaytay is popular bike rider’s destination. This is because of the proximity of Tagaytay from Manila.

On weekends, cyclists would take a Manila to Tagaytay long bike ride. Once they arrive in Tagaytay, they would then go to various bike trails. These would sometimes be off-road mountain trails, city bike trails, or even a hybrid of city and mountain bike trails.

 

Where are the best bike trails in Tagaytay?

One of the best bike trails in Tagaytay is within Crosswinds Tagaytay. A 100-hectare master-planned, Swiss-inspired, luxury community surrounded by 35,000 pine trees. Crosswinds Tagaytay’s topography is a balance of nature and development. If you want a mountain bike trail with the streets of a city bike trail, Crosswinds Tagaytay is the perfect place for you to bike. 

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The natural landscape of Crosswinds Tagaytay along with the perfectly placed developments make Crosswinds Tagaytay a go-to bike trail.

 

Crosswinds’ natural landscape includes rolling hills and greenery from the 35,000 pine trees surrounding the property. The slopes and inclines that are cemented with streets are perfect for ascents and descents. The level of technicality needed to finish this bike trail is almost zero, but you will need strong stamina. 

Because Crosswinds in Tagaytay has a higher altitude compared to Manila and its surrounding province, the air quality tends to be thinner. The cool air will feel majestic while you take a seat on the gutters of Crosswinds.

 

Where can I eat after riding my bike in Tagaytay?

This must be the most important question of them all when it comes to biking. Where do we eat? Bikers can usually be found having breakfast at various restaurants. Some even orders drive-thru even without having a car. 

Luckily, when you go biking in Crosswinds at Tagaytay, there are restaurants ready for bike riders. The Pinecone Trail in Crosswinds house some of the best restaurants in the Philippines. You have Coffee Project, the most Instagram-able restaurant in Manila. Ruined Project? Can also be found in the Pinecone Trail. We also have NAPA, a Napa Valley-inspired cafe and lastly, we have Cafe Voila that serves some of the best Filipino fusion food in the Philippines.

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Some of the best restaurants of Tagaytay can be found near the Tagaytay bike trails.

 

I’m from Alabang, are there bike trails near me?

Yes, in fact, one of the best bike trails is right along the street of a luxury house and lot development by Brittany Corporation, Portofino. Portofino is located along Daang Hari and apart from connecting Cavite to Las Pinas and Muntinlupa, Daang Hari is frequently used by bike enthusiasts.

 

Is it safe to bike around Alabang?

Alabang is one of the safest neighborhoods around. Pair that with developers like Brittany Corporation that takes security seriously. Security and safety are important dealmakers today. 

As for riding in Daang Hari, a little bit of caution should be practiced. Although used as a biking trail, Daang Hari is a stretch of road that has fast cars in it. If the cyclist is not careful, an accident may occur.

 

Conclusion

A lot of the luxuries that we’ve taken for granted have disappeared in a blink of an eye. We crave to be what we were before the pandemic hit. But like in life, we need to grab every opportunity that can make us feel like our definition of luxury has not been compromised. 

Just like finding the best bike trails, finding the best community that would foster your hobbies and small luxuries is something that well all dream of doing. When living in the south, not only are you living in a community that allows you to practice what you love doing most, you are also surrounded by the beauty of nature.

With Brittany Corporation’s luxury homes, you are sure to find not only the best biking trails but also the perfect home that would suit your lifestyle. Get to know more about the best bike trails and luxury homes by contacting us at +63917 883 8103 Hotline for Inquiries: 55-8BRITT | LOC 0335-36 or sending us an email at [email protected].

Your golden moments await you. It is time to live in your luxury.

 

August 26, 2021

Best Big Bike Brands in the Philippines

There is a certain appeal to riding a beautiful and obviously expensive big bike; whether you’re the dashing knight in shining armor, his date, or a strong, independent woman with an affinity for the majestic motorcycle. Besides its show-stopping beauty, it can also be faster and more convenient than your average car. You can even take it to high places and skip through traffic: the open air as you travel might even be safer than the confined spaces of other transport vehicles. Weekend getaways or date nights may be elevated: imagine taking one of these big bikes out to your trip to Tagaytay for homecoming or leisure. Save on parking space so you can buy an Alpine Villas condo unit or a house and lot surrounded by the 35,000 pine trees of Crosswinds Tagaytay. When it comes to housing Brittany Corporation is the top choice, but with big bikes, there is competition. Of course, with a wide array to choose from, we took it upon ourselves to help you with your shopping by rounding up the best big bike brands available for in the Philippines. By the end of this article, you probably already have your top pick!

 

Here are some of the best bike brands available in the Philippines

Ducati

One of the most famous brands when it comes to big bikes, the Italian brand, Ducati, has shops around the metro showcasing the fine Italian handiwork also associated with the Lamborghini, some units are even available for test rides! It’s also a big bike widely known in the world of racing because of their modern engines and pleasing-to-the-eyes design. It’s the luxury of motor bikes: people from all over the world will pay to own for its premium quality. In February, they released the brand new DesmosediciGP 2021. It’s almost too intimidating to take out for a spin.

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The Ducati Superleggera V4 in its red variation

 

Harley-Davidson is one of the most iconic bike brands in the world

Did you know that the cheapest Harley-Davidson big bike in the Philippines is around P800,000? Being founded in 1903 in Wisconsin, it’s one of the motorcycle brands that survived the Great Depression. The other one was Indian. Harley-Davidson has a reputation for their quality and beautiful bikes, a luxury brand as well. They only have limited stocks and show rooms in the Philippines because their prices could go up in millions! Despite the size, these big bikes with various types are sleek: perfect for an out-of-town trip without the bulk. Check out the Heritage Classic for that all-around yet vintage vibe!

Harley-Davidson Street 750 Matte Black is one of the most iconic big bike brands | Luxury Homes by Brittany Corporation

The Harley-Davidson Street 750 with its sleek and elegant Matte Black finish.

 

Kawasaki

This Japanese brand, Kawasaki, is widely known in the Philippines. It’s considered as the top-selling bike brand because of their reasonable prices. They’ve garnered success from patrons for their Ninja 400 big bike that’s perfect for everyone: the daily commute, a long solo ride, or date night to spots like Cafe Voi La at Crosswinds Tagaytay. Yes, this big bike looks so fancy, you might as well also look the part! Compared to the first two brands, there are various motorcycle dealers in the Philippines that carry this reputable brand. If you want an expensive unit, the Kawasaki Nija H2 is sold at 1.3 to 1.8 million pesos!

 

Yamaha

Also a Japanese brand, Yamaha sorts their big bikes into categories in their website, all fit for the customers needs like Motorcross, Cross Country, Trail, SuperSport, Hyper Naked, Sports Heritage, Trancontinental Touring, Adventure Touring, Sport Touring, and Scooter! When it comes to durability and range: Yamaha has it! The Yamaha XSR155 is a beautiful big bike with the vintage vibe, while the Yamaha Xmax looks more ready for adventure.

 

Honda is one of the most reliable bike brands in the country

Honda is also well-known in the Philippines for their cars, but in the motorcycle world, they also got the goods with a wide range to choose from. Their latest big bike models are the Honda X-ADV and the Goldwing. One of their best and most expensive models is the Honda Rebel. For a little bit affordable big bike that looks straight out of a racing motorcycle magazine, the Honda CBR150R in red is a beauty. They also sometimes hold events for big bike enthusiasts to gather and check out their product offerings.

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The 2020 Honda Rebel 500 on the road.

 

KTM

Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofren: KTM is an Austrian brand that is deeply rooted and involved in the motorsport tradition with their traditional orange look. They are manufactured and available in the Philippines, being versatile and the embodiment of sports riding. Their brand values include the words: purity, performance, adventure, and extreme that show commitment to their products. Their KTM RC 200 is one of the most recommended big bikes in the country, while KTM 390 Duke is included in the list of beginner-friendly big bikes.

 

The Suzuki bike brand is one of the most recognizable internationally

Suzuki is also one of the motorcycle brands in the Philippines that has many locations all over the country: making it accessible and easy to browse through for every driver. It’s also big on being good for sports or leisure! There are 29 new motorcycles offered by Suzuki. A recommended model is the Suzuki GSX 750. However, one of their models, the Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa is one of the most expensive big bikes in the world. Still, even without splurging on the top of the list, Suzuki can provide a big bike for trail trips and other needs.

 

KYMCO

This Taiwanese brand might not be that familiar to the common folk, but to big bike enthusiasts, this could be one of the best yet underrated motorcycle brands in the Philippines. They’re gaining traction for their scooter types, but their maxi scooters are convenient big bikes that are durable and may be easier to navigate. The Kymco Xciting S 400i is one of their more expensive models, but definitely worth its price at more than around P300,000.

 

So why invest in a big bike? It’s convenient, cost-efficient, and beautiful. It’s not the usual choice, either, but something to try to get out of your comfort zone: much like the condominium units at Alpine Villas Tagaytay! In the age we live in, it’s important to think about where your money’s going: make the choice and the call for your newest purchase today.

 

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