The fact that Taytay is so close to where I stay makes Club Manila East a welcome treat. The place is kinda huge with different levels of accomodations. You can go for a day tour (which is actually enough since the place closes at 10 pm anyway) or you can stay in one of their villa for the night. The place has kiddie pools, some slide and a kayaking pool. It also has a covered swimming pool which is unusual in this part of the world. I know of one in Tagaytay but that's about 2 hours drive from where we are.
If you're coming from Marikina, Antipolo, cainta or pasig, this place is certainly very accessible to you.
There's an entrance fee of 250 per person but that is consummable. Yup, you can use your coupons to buy food. Isn't that a bargain?
Taytay is now being besieged by all the corporate fastfood chains. It's impact may diminish local homegrown cuisines and restaurants.
Taytay does not have much of its own distinct cuisine. But it has improvements or versions of the other popular dishes. Some of the dishes I experienced here that I havent seen somewhere else is Barutak, Buro or Balaw-balaw, and other "I forgot the name dishes."
One restaurant that is (or was) popular here, which until now is my favorite is Bahay Kawayan (House of Bamboo). Its located near NCBA after the public market. Prior to Bahay Kawayan, Pawid was a popular restaurant, but it eventually folded up. There is no much of an ambiance but I would say their food can already speak for itself.
Try their sinigang sa miso (I wonder if this is a fake Pinoy version of the japanese miso soup). Kandule is one popular fish in the Southern Rizal area. Their rich ginataang sugpo. Kare-kare and the fried dalag (Dalag is the grown up version of Bakule).
Favorite Dish: Dalag and Ginataang Sugpo
Each town has historical places and even historical restaurants. Usual restaurants in Taytay, then popularly known as eateries, are Chinese restaurants established by instik behos'- Chinese migrants, the first wave- hard working, cash strapped compared to the current Chinese investors who goes around town buying and setting up businesses they can think of.
There are two popular Chinese eateries here- the one from Dho and another one from Ching. Both of them are already dead, but i had the opportunity to eat in their restaurants during the time when they themselves were doing the cooking. I also often goes inside their kitchen to watch how they use walis ting-ting to clean the talyasi after one set of order to the next. Just to witness the "cleanliness" the Chinese restaurants are notorious of.
Right now its Ching's restaurant that remains but it is run by the 3rd generation offsprings of Ching. They were also not that lucky in terms of hitting it big so the restaurant does not look decent at all but never mind that- it's taste and tradition we are talking here. The children has grown literally inside the kitchen that the taste havent changed since then.
Chings has relocated a couple of times. They were once located near Plaza cinema, the first time I have witnesses a true house burning- their restuarant. Then thay have transferred a couple of places. Now they are located in Rizal Ave- Kay Bural and a second branch nearby- I guess its called an annex rather than a branch.
Favorite Dish: All kinds of pancit (for the Manila boy, yes there are more than pancit canton and pancit bihon), the best for me is the pancit bihon guisado (fried pancit) but it deminishes its appeal as it gets cold. I also like their versions of torta and morisquetta (not sure if I spelled it correctly) but that is how they call fried rice before.
Just recently, Taytay was able to create its own night scene- ala Metrowalk or Libis but in a so-small scale. It's a group of bars and restaurants near Tikling- from Max's, Shakey's Pizza and the youth (and trying hard to be in- the loop) place to be- the Ice Monster area (forgot the name). Another place, the Mayfair arcade hosts the first franchised coffe shop- Mocha Blends and a smaller casino- Pagcor Internet based casino.
But Lo and Behold- the true monster is arriving- SM is building up its mall at the Manila East hi-way. And everyone is looking forward to its opening mid 2007.
Another cluster of restaurant is near the new public market- McDonalds, Jollibee, Chowking, Red Ribbon- all commericalized fastfood.
Now let's see who will surive 2007!
If you want to know about the "real" night life- then sorry, Taytay is a virgin town. Just go to the neighboring Cainta- still notorious for its night life scene- yes master, your wish is my command...
Dress Code: No dress code, people still consider this as province so you can go to these places in flip flops- as the Brits call them.
Airsoft, which is fast becoming popular has arrived in taytay. There are two game sites, one is near San Beda campus in Taytay and the other is a CQB site beside the Manila East Hospital. There is also a store run by the popular motocross champion, Ernie Leongson near Siena College which is near Tropical Hut in Taytay. You can visit the store to get more information on the local airsoft community.
Equipment: What else, airsoft guns.
Club Manila East boast of the first professionally organized surfing school held in an artificial wave pool. The group handling the facility is some sort of a "Philippine Surfing School ek ek" to that effect (note:they call themselves "The Philippine..."). According to them, its better to master the waves on an artificial pool as fresh water is more difficult so going to the real ones after your lesson will be easier.
Equipment: Equipment can be rented.
Richard Gomez, friend of the current mayor, Joric Gacula set up a clay shooting range (his sports flavor of the month). I think the name is Team Goma Shooting Range. I have'nt been there because I am not a gun or shooting fan (except the other kind). But I would take the opportunity to try it if given be. Anyways, I would just like to inform the public that yes, there is such a place in Taytay (or maybe in the Philippines- but of course I know Chavit also does this so something like this may also be in existence in Ilocos).
Equipment: Gun whatelse?