Montero Diaries: Nuvali

Today, I drove my mother, sisters, niece, nephew and boyfriend to Nuvali and I experienced a number of firsts, namely:

  • navigating our narrow and tricycle-laden streets (drove up the curb as I was turning down a blind corner, too)
  • highway driving (maximum speed ever at 80kph) and
  • almost hitting a post (A POST!)

Yup, I subjected my loved ones to a near miss/death situation.  My tarantaciousness and kabig reflex were to blame.  I freaked out when I thought the approaching bus to my left was too close and since it’s going so fast, I veered to the right, trying to avoid it.  I was still glued to my left side view mirror and was cruising at around 40-60kph when I heard Moche’s strangled voice telling me that we’d be hitting a post.  It was the only time that I snapped out of my trance and immediately steered back to the left and got us back on track.

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this is me (photo courtesy of my sister)

I think Moche almost had a heart attack.  His killers definitely broke out in sweat.

My sister said it was like she swallowed her tongue so she didn’t get to scream or yell.  She just felt herself letting go of the breath she didn’t realize she was holding when I was already back at my lane.

My mother said she was texting and when she looked up, she briefly saw the post then I was already turning back to our lane.

The thing was, I found the whole thing funny.  I was trying to contain my laughter because I knew Moche was ready to kill me for what I did.  Everyone was telling me that there was plenty of space on my left side so I shouldn’t have worried (and almost got the car totalled).

I was just relieved that we didn’t hit any oncoming car.  But Moche later on told me that a Ford drove up to us, rolled down its window and glared at us.  It’s a good thing I didn’t see that.

Read more Montero misadventures here.

Another new experience was driving up the toll booth.  I was so much in the center that I had to take off my seatbelt and lean out of the window just to reach the card.  Then, I couldn’t get the seatbelt back on and Moche had to do it for me.  I was taking so long and I think the whole thing took five whole minutes. I still found that really amusing.

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Then we arrived at Nuvali where I let Moche take the burden of parking off my hands.  Then we went on to chill.  Moche started reviewing our near miss and I begged him to stop because I just wanted to relax for a bit while I still found the event funny.  It was a half hour later that I started getting flashbacks of how I almost rammed our vehicle into a post that was minding its own business.  Stressful.  My sister would later console me by telling me that it was a good thing that I kept on driving because she knew someone who got off the car and refused to go on.  That didn’t even occur to me.

At Nuvali, we visited various stores that were on sale, drank some milk tea, looked at the koi and took lots of photos.  Then we had dinner at Kanin Get It which smelled really funky.  Hehe.

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taxi boat: P30 per head round trip

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cutie pie Carla

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lazy saturday

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rental fee: P60/hour

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Kanin Get It!

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longganisa breakfast plate

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danggit trio breakfast plate

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crispy boneless chicken

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sardines breakfast plate

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tapa breakfast plate

Then it was time to go and we had agreed earlier that Moche would be the one to drive back.  I couldn’t have been any happier, sitting at the passenger seat, spacing out and going online.  My sister tried driving for a bit but panicked when we got to the highway so she switched back with Moche.  It was (thankfully) an uneventful ride, then it was home sweet home.

I am so, so, so very grateful that we all got home safely.  And even more so, I am so grateful that Moche can drive a hundred times better than I do.

Conclusion:  More practice.

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.


  1. I was in Nuvali just this weekend and it was fun biking there as you can bike until the far end south of Nuvali. The place is just an outdoor paradise.

  2. How I wish I could be as lucky as you are when it is my time to drive. I already got my driver’s license but I still need more practice. By the way, Nuvali looks really lovely and it looks like the perfect place to settle down.

  3. What an adventure and misadventure of yours… in spite of those misadventures, you got home safely.

  4. Thanks GOD you’re all okay. Be extra careful next time. GOD bless to the whole family.

  5. Wow! I’ve never been to nuvali and now I know this is how it looks like. I believer you enjoyed your day so much. The food photos made me salivate and hungry. oh!

    • It was also my first time to go there. There are lots of places to eat but we tried one of the cheapest ones. Hehe.

  6. All the right reasons why I never dare drive on Skyway/Coastal expressway from Alabang. Six-wheeler trucks freak me out and im dying a little inside everytime i had to take the car with me on events. But really, kaloka your tarantaciousness that you almost hit a post ha! haha But i feel you my friend. PS. CUTE SI MOCHE! hehe 🙂 xo

  7. Once a month, nagpupunta ako ryan, just to unwind, so nice din watching those coi.

  8. Glad you’re safe, I have never been there in Nuvali, I will suggest my hubby to go there. And the pictures of foods, oh my those really made me hungry, hehe i feel like I wanna eat danggit trio breakfast plate.

  9. the most food I love most are those served in breakfast… simple, so pinoy, appetizing… just love it. Yahweh bless.

  10. Glad you visited that place. I’d like to do so as well (sans driving, if I can help it). I love your storytelling, too.

  11. I haven’t been to Nuvali though I have read a lot of good posts about the place. Now I have another must-consider-things to do or visit there when I have the chance.

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