I have just finished going over the photos from my quick visit to Hibiscus Garden Inn and was about to write a blog on it when I realized that Hibiscus Garden was just like Casa Rosa.
I always told myself I was going to go over all of my old photos when I had the time, just to review the colors, because there was a time when I was crazy over contrast and saturation, added to the fact that my monitor was uncalibrated, so I would sometimes go through some of my old photos and I feel like hitting my head against the wall. Thankfully, I was in my right mind when I was processing the photos taken in Taytay from six years ago. I nevertheless replaced my old watermark that had my full nickname and my hyphenated name with one that just bears my website – this website, because I have had so many in the past years.
Back then I had a Pentax Optio WP point-and-shoot camera and I had it on default at a setting that the camera called “Shade” but was in effect a warming filter that made all of my shots look more orangey than they really were in reality.
If you are here on my site reading this blog hoping to find something recent about Casa Rosa, no, this is not what you are looking for. All the photos here were taken six years ago, and I’m just on a reminiscent mood because I will be posting about the Hibiscus Garden Inn shortly after this.
I was on my way back to Manila from El Nido via Puerto Princesa in April 2006 and I decided dropping by Taytay was a good idea. Casa Rosa was owned by the Blasselle family back then, three of which were my students at the school. Taytay is also a very small town and it wasn’t too difficult to find Casa Rosa.
Casa Rosa is located up a hill that provided a good view of the town, the port as well as the old fort.
The cottages are spaced widely apart in a well-maintained garden. Some of the cottages are even higher up the hill.
This was mine:
And I had to go up this path to get there:
But my cottage was really nice because it had these outside:
And in addition to a big bed and a pretty bathroom, I also had a sitting area inside:
Casa Rosa’s restaurant is also a fun place to hang out at and is famous for its good food and excellent pizza.
I stayed the night at Casa Rosa. Though the gate sign says there is a 9pm curfew, I heard live music playing somewhere down the street as I was having dinner and checked out the scene afterwards. That was a really funny evening.
I was back on my way to Puerto Princesa the next day but the kids and I took some time to take photos and have a little fun.
The twins Marius and Fanny were in my first and second grade classes back then.
While Sweety was in third grade.
Although one of their sisters, Lou, was also at our school, she was in fifth grade and was not my student. I only taught first through fourth grade. I don’t remember who took these photos of me with the kids.
Fanny and I spent more time together because she was in my advisory class.
Now they are all in high school. And although I did not get to see Marius and Fanny when I came by to visit them at Hibiscus Garden Inn because they were in school, I did get to chat a bit with Sweety and Lou. They’re still the sweet wonderful girls I always knew them to be.
Casa Rosa now is not owned by the Blasselle family anymore. The family sold their properties in Taytay and moved to Puerto Princesa where they have now established Hibiscus Garden Inn.