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family weekend|jun 14-15

We marked Father’s Day a day in advance last June, we thought that Tagaytay would be another busy sight comes the occasion itself, we don’t want to take chances besides we wanted to rest that Sunday and there’s no place like the comfort of being at home, doing nothing. 🙂

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Leoncio, Sam & I drove ahead of everyone at the ridge, we wanted to savor a light snack first before the anticipated mass at The Little Souls. We checked on Bo’s Coffee, the coffee shop near Gerry’s Grill, only to find out that it ceased operation since last year. How come we didn’t know? 😀 We decided to drive towards Maharlika West but none that appealed to us, first we wanted something new to try on and second, something that isn’t too expensive at all. Before we knew it we’ve almost wasted our open time on the road and time was ticking fast. We then decided to drive heading to The Little Souls, there’s a small coffee nook just across the church and we thought it would probably solve our coffee fixation at the moment. The place wasn’t new to us in fact we’ve tried it twice but it was only that day that we knew the coffee shop’s name –The King’s Crumb Bakeshop. All the while I thought its name was Coconut Cream Pie which was their bestseller by the way. Leoncio and I had coffee while our little Miss got bottled iced tea, we also had chocolate crinkles, oatmeal cookies and the coconut cream pie itself.

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A slice is enough because it tends to have that “suya” factor probably from the rich coconut cream.

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We didn’t stay too long because we don’t want to get in late for the 6pm mass. We all loved attending mass at The Little Souls because it remained serene all throughout the celebration besides mass goers here remained to be observant of the supposed dress code during mass, not entirely the traditional one about no cross-dressing, people here at least dressed modestly. 🙂 We met up the entire family at the church soon after.

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Right after mass we had dinner at KFC Sky Ranch, a very simple one for Father’s Day I know but it’s the togetherness that always counts and family time, quality family time to be certain. The Sky rides of course weren’t missed by the kids; our big little P would request a train ride each time.

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While waiting for the duo to finish their train ride we strolled around the Sky Ranch activity area where Altura, the Mercato of Tagaytay is located. Unlike the first Mercato in BGC and the former Cucina Andare, Altura had a very limited choice of food items and probably because the place is big, the market seemed a bit disorganized. I hope there’s a better concept at this side of the ridge because it tends to look like a regular flea market.

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We went home early because someone had work the following day, you know who, but at the end of another day, of another family weekend, I always thank God for all His blessings, it may be so little at times other than it remained countless each day. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. 🙂

 

sundate no.29

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It’s a routine to go out with the kids everytime I’m home, it’s addiction to get a whiff of the no-longer unblemished Tagaytay sky, and it’s a must that we eat together on Sunday’s or even Saturday’s during my off. Coming home always excites me, I love it when the family is just around albeit the kids bugging me to the nth degree. 🙂

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During the first weekend of May, Leoncio and I visited home and spent Sunday lounging at Sky Ranch with Nanay, Che and the kiddos. Tho there were now plenty of restaurants at the façade of the theme park, I personally picked Tokyo Tokyo for a nice change from our usual pizza and pasta fare besides the kids never tried the resto yet. I’d love them to have a varied taste of everything so if in case the Japanese will occupy the Philippines once more they’d survive with maki and katsu. 😀

Tokyo Tokyo used to be a favorite lunch and dinner place back in the 90s, I even thought it was authentic enough because it was one of the Japanese stores I first tried when I was still working in the telco industry. I love their bento meals, and red iced tea and potato balls. During our visit we had an early dinner so we had some filling sumo meals, japadog, potato balls, California maki and pana cotta, coffee jelly & snow ice for dessert. I’d love to order everything and try again.

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SAM & I shared this Sumo Remix –Beef Misono and Pork Tonkatsu while Nanay & Che had Pork Tonkatsu and Prawn & Vegetable Tempura.

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The little big boy had a Japadog which he finished in delight.

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Leoncio tried to battle the heat with his chunky Choco Sensation Snow Ice.

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And because the Sky Ranch rides is very tempting as always to P, he requested if he can just ride the train, only that so we gave in. 😀 While we stayed at the porch overlooking the eye and this cute baby. 😛 I can’t wait for Ysa to get a little taller so she’ll be able to enjoy Sky Ranch like Ate SAM and Kuya P.

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Well, I can’t remember a time when I don’t love Sunday, it keeps getting obsessive tho not all are real fancy I don’t mind the drift. For as long as the family is all smiles and stuffed and healthy, I don’t mind cutting my own budget nor give up a shopping grant for this –Sunday love! ♥

 

 

Tokyo Tokyo – Sky Ranch
Tuy Road, Tagaytay City
 

sundate no.26 + earth hour

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March 30. A supposed happy and exciting lunch with the maternals became the conduit of that not-so-happy news, tho I’ve already had negative feelings prior to that day I remained positive and hopeful.

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We’ve initially plan of road tripping during the Holy Week, the maternals were so excited in fact and I was the one with little apprehension foremost because my BIL would be arriving from abroad and we have to keep him company during the holiday and seeing that, I worry that we might not be able to join the group the entire trip. But perhaps the hasty cancellation of the trip to north was for everyone’s good, it’s what I’d like to believe now.

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Maybe it’s not really meant to happen this year, let’s look forward to next year. 🙂 And tho it came a big disappointment to some I hope there’s no hard feelings into it. C’mon let’s just accept and let go, as simple as that. I still dream of beach bumming with you guys just like the old days when we were so much younger and innocent, and free from life’s unending trouble. I’ll see you soon. 🙂

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The eye and that feeling of home…

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The night before the fambam was out in Tagaytay to unwind and to savor the remaining cold breeze, it was warm which was expected because the promenade was packed with people then. Everyone must want to save electricity as well so they’d trooped to watch the free show; we chanced KZ Tandingan who did a very good performance. I’m not a fan but she wowed me esp when she did the Eheads songs. KZ changed a lot after her winning the first X-Factor Philippines tho I’d like her better when she first went on stage singing reggae plus raps. By the way, coincidentally that night was Earth Hour too.

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And because the temperature was rather humid, Razon’s halo-halo was the perfect ending to our night. ♥

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P.S. I miss the kiddos and the two B’s… 

 

sundate no.22

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I promised the kids last year that we’re not visiting Sky Ranch anytime soon unless the commercial area is up and running. It’s only this Feb that we had the chance to come back, I know it’s a bit overdue because it’s been a big hit during the holidays but we purposely avoided the place because of the heavy traffic and commotion it caused the entire Christmas time. I’m always complaining whenever we pass by.

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Feb 2. As expected everytime I come home the kids would request a day out or much aptly a treat to their favorite coffee shop in Tagaytay. We’ve seen Krispy Kreme opening soon announcement weeks ago so I was thinking it might be open by now. I didn’t told anyone we’re visiting KK so when I suddenly asked Leoncio to go into Sky Ranch parking area that day he was somewhat surprised because he knew how I hated crammed full places. Fortunately that Sunday the people were less numbered and parking was trouble-free. 🙂 I’m seeing P’s big grin as we alighted and welcomed by the stunning Sky Eye. But first things first, I told him that we’re not going inside Sky Ranch, we’re there to dine at KK and doughnuts and coffee will be our mains. He was agreeable to that at first but kids would always be kids no matter what amount of channeling you’ve done. In short, our initial ploy didn’t work and he won again. Sigh!

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Before the Sky Ranch thing for the two kids –SAM & P (oh yes, I still dub Ate SAM as a kid until this day), I told them that we need to order and eat first so that KK won’t throw us outside, they might think we’re just using their chairs and tables lingering while catching up the Sky’s attraction. Hehehe.

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Krispy Kreme at Sky Ranch was perfect for toddlers and kids and grown-ups, it’s all-around because the outdoor (facing the Sky Ranch) was pretty spacious and the interior –cozy. I’d love to go back here probably on a weekday and lounge and people watch. Anyhow, because it was nearing Valentine’s Day then, KK had heart shaped doughnuts to go with the theme. We got a dozen to munch paired with coffee.

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Ysabel at her cutest! 😛

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SAM and P quickly finished their food and hurriedly left to enjoy Sky Ranch once more. But because we gave them a limited budget the Sky Eye ride wasn’t part of their visit this time. But the Sky Cruiser, which is one of the newest rides, didn’t disappoint the two. 😛 They can’t contain their excitement as they drove high above. They tried a few more rides and probably spent more time walking around the compound.

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Meanwhile, we take pleasure in Tagaytay cold breeze while our little baby loved the setting. She freely walks back and forth at the porch area and make OOTD a business. Hahaha.

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I know I should be spending Sundays alone with the husband but I’m finding it hard to say no to these kids, I love them to bits almost certainly the same way I love B, except that B is of course my baby love. ♥

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Oh, I got the kids belated Christmas gift, thank you for remembering Ninang.

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Just what I needed. 

By the way, we had a simple salo-salo at home welcoming the Year of the Horse last Jan 31. We had tikoy as customary (even if we’re no chinky-eyed and Chinese) which we shared with people who dropped by that day.

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A different take on tikoy again this year, shaped like Chinese jewelry pouch.

And here’s to my equally hardworking Oxens, something to read on and guide you in 2014.

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The year 2014 for the Ox sign bearers will be better than the usual years. It might not be the life charger but it will be much more beneficial than previous years. This 2014 can be used as a stepping-stone to a fabulous 2015. There will probably be no major changes in lifestyle for 2014 but if they will do the little things that will set them up for the following year, a potential huge 2015 can be the game changer the Ox sign bearers have been looking for. Do not be afraid to rely on friends because they will be the support that the Ox sign bearers will need.

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Seriously I’m not really bothered if the horse is faster than the ox, you never assume that victory is always connected with speed, hard work and discipline still top it all. I had a lovely sundate and no horse can ever kick and spoil it! Ciao! ♥