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ysa’s happy 2nd!

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How time flies? And our baby Ysa is now two. ♥

I want to believe that birthdays are significant to our family that’s why even it’s small and minimal I’d like to celebrate it because it’s the celebration of life, nothing but that. And every birthday is a milestone, right?

When the parental marked their 40 something wedding anniversary last September we were supposed to dine at Tong Yang but with all the smash up and postponement we had to re scheduled it again and again until its October already. And concurrence to the beer month, oh and rosary month, is Ysabel’s birthday. 🙂 So we thought that it’s perfect to schedule that belated lunch date with fambam.

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Leoncio and I always make it to a point to be early when dining buffet, we want to see everything unscathed yet before the hungry pack arrives besides there’s a lot of advantage in being early (well, hello to me I wish I can observe the same during work days so I can be more productive and sympathetic to everyone, hehehe) because the early bird gets the worm, in our case the biggest share of shrimps and crabs. My family from Cavite arrived few minutes after us, they came without Tatay who decided to stay home because he finds it gruesome to travel to Makati. I remember last year’s Christmas shopping during the first day of December, he was complaining and holding his irritation to us all the time just because we can’t get enough of the shopping spree. Hay! He never changed, really, from being KJ even wayback our teen days. I wish I can bring Tong Yang in Tagaytay so he could experience and savor it, well, I guess he would definitely enjoy the unlimited beer. 🙂

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Anyhow, we all enjoyed the spread at Tong Yang for lunch but we have to remind Nanay on the crabs which she fancies amongst the spread, Kuya P had his usual big appetite perhaps the reason why Tong Yang charged us 7 adult rate (instead of 6 only) and persuasively says that there is no kid discount anymore, 😦 we had to remind Arman & Leoncio to watch their eating of innards and other raw food like oysters, remember the last time they had diarrhea for days. 😀 Since its Ate SAM’s first time at Tong Yang, I thought it’s something new to her, and appealing except that she had dose of tocino just like me. And because it’s the little miss birthday, she had a whole bun of siopao and a small bowl of ice cream to her delight. And we had gifts to her except that for the second time Che and I picked the same doll once again. The first time was Christmas wayback when SAM was a little girl, we got her the same Winx doll. This time we gave Ysa the same Baby Alive character, so, Che ended having hers replaced by a Barbie doll, probably Ysa’s first Barbie to count. The only thing we missed was to bring a blowing cake.

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Nevertheless, it’s was indeed a happy birthday lunch! 😛

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After a hefty lunch at Tong Yang we drove to Boni High so the kids can run around especially our birthday baby who’d never been to places nothing like when SAM was growing up –blame the horrible traffic and busy household and priorities (?) I only wish the family can troop back to Baguio again this season, but wait that would mean “extra gastos” which I’ll be watching cautiously this Christmas, so let this remain on my bucket list for now.

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Proud Ninang to these three, SAM, P and Ysa ♥

We had a light dinner at the lower level of Market! Market! before we bid goodbye to my folks, it was a day out I’d love to do over and over again, it’s one of those happy-go-lucky Saturdays when I don’t need to think of work and other responsibilities including the household chores.

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Ysa,

As you marked the second of your many birthdays, may you grow up to be God-fearing, loving and beautiful inside and out. You’ll always be our little miss at home who’d always lighten up the mood especially the grumpy grandfather. Kiddin’ aside, continue to be a sweetheart to Mommy & Daddy, to Ate & Kuya, to Ninong & Ninang and to Boi & Bei. And don’t grow up too fast, please. I love you baby! 

Love,
Ninang
 
 

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! ♥