Balay Indang at Indang, Cavite
Work has been pretty hectic these days, which is surprising considering that it's the session break. In fact just last week, I attended an overnight planning session in Indang Cavite. It was my first time in that part of Cavite and I was surprised at how lush and quiet it was, a far cry from one of my least favorite places, Bacoor. I thought all of Cavite was like overcrowded Bacoor, but apparently gems like Indang also exist within the province.
The seminar was held at Balay Indang, a bed and breakfast that also provides a venue for bigger events like weddings and corporate gatherings. Because of its lush surroundings and numerous shaded pathways, it was such a treat to go exploring around the property even in the middle of the day.
I couldn't help but compare Balay Indang to Sonya's Garden because it more or less evoked the same feel. But while Sonya's Garden boasted manicured gardens with a very strong country theme, Balay Indang had a confused, or eclectic if you're going to be kind, vibe going on which added to its charm IMHO.
Balay Indang had a very strong religious undercurrent, but there were also harlequins and buddhas mixed in with the biblical reference. Maybe it's a suggestion to keep things fun and unpredictable? Whatever it is, I found myself smiling several times during my stay there because of the blatant ironies.
Let's talk about the food now. It was awesome. Again, there was no pervading theme with the menu, but it would probably what would be served in your house if you had a fantastic cook with generations worth of recipes in her arsenal.
Balay Indang is near enough for a daytrip, but I think spending the night there would be a much better deal as you can take your time in doing nothing. Stroll the gardens, take a nap in one of the many couches and benches dotting the property and gorge yourself on the food. Solb.
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* Balay Indang, Indang Cavite is at 88 Mahabang Kahoy Cerca, Indang Cavite. There are several ways to get there, but from what the other participants said, the Tagaytay route seems to be the most convenient way to get to Balay Indang. Here's a map using the Tagaytay route: