On my travels I came across this wonderful Swiss restaurant, Vieux Chalet. Set back far from Manila, in the hills of Antipolo, this charming place brings a slice of Europe to the locals and has a wonderful ambience and setting. Outside there is a lovely atmosphere of silence, only broken by the sound of nature. Inside friendly hosts and relaxing music compliment the wonderful food and intimate surroundings, the Beef Filet Mignon is definitely recommended.
There is another reason to head over to the restaurant and that is to photograph the skyline of Manila. Sadly it was too challenging for my photography skills and the scope of the phone camera too. The openness of the view is impressive, especially during the sunset and reminds the diner that it is good to be out of busy city and appreciating life in peace.
Then there was this amazing doggie, named Beast. He happily and patiently accepted all of our attentions despite the heat, which must be intolerable in the summer. He was last seen ambling off into the distance to where, we were told by the owners, he knows of a cooler place to rest. That ambling backside was perhaps the most enduring image of an altogether wonderful experience.