The University of the Philippines Los Banos February Fair started last Feb. 14 and lasted until Feb. 18. Since I’ve lived in Los Banos (and near UP campus at that) for 15 years, I’d taken it for granted in the last years. But this year was especially special for us because of Raviv, and because I love our maids and boys. What’s the connection? Because they like going there.
On the first day of the fair (Feb. 14), Yaya Isay and Yaya Jocelle took Raviv there (it is held on UP grounds where they usually let the babies play). They did not know that the fair started and got a pleasant surprise when they arrived there to see all those booths, rides, and stalls. I too was mildly surprised because when Raviv arrived, he was already holding a toy wand with blinking lights, courtesy of Peter (Alona’s jowa). Yaya Isay told us that Raviv kept on pointing at things, and did not want to leave until he was bought the toy wand. This excited Randy–yeah, the fact that Raviv kept on pointing at things he want to bought from him actually excited Randy! Weird huh? Most dads would probably start getting scared, but not Randy! He actually told me he’s excited to buy stuff for Raviv! [I wanted to ask whether he’d feel the same way when I start pointing to designer bags I want bought, but I did not because I knew the answer. Hmpft, favoritism!]
Anyway, we went to the fair the following day (Feb. 15) together with our entire household help. Puno ang BRAIN TRAIN L300 van! Unlucky though because just as we reached the fair, it started to rain. Drats. We had to crash a UP student org’s booth because, hay naku, Raviv’s nannies did not bring an umbrella or his stroller (they picked me up from a meeting thus I had no hand with the “preparation”). Good thing that the people in this booth were so nice–they even offered us a bench to sit down to and the girls played with Raviv. (Whoever you are, THANK YOU!) When the rain ceased, we went to the rides. I was kinda surprised because I don’t remember the previous fairs having the usual perya rides (or I just ignored them then as I had no interest in them). And thrn Ravi started pointing to the rides, which excited his loving Tatay. We chose the most toddler-friendly. I don’t what it was called but it was put up by UPLB Grange.
It was old and paint was chipping off, perhaps even rusty, but who cares? As long as my Karbee will enjoy himself! Raviv and Randy were the first ones who showed interest in riding. As soon as they stepped in, a throng of parents and children also joined. O diba trendsetter ang mag-ama ko (as if sila ang first ever, hehe)!
This was actually Raviv’s second time on a kiddie ride (the first one was on a smaller carousel at Alabang Town Center). Alona was saying she was impressed with Raviv because he did not even show a hint of fear or apprehension. Unfortunately, the ride was cut short because it rained again! Tatay and Raviv cannot get down easily because they were quite up high, and had to wait until it was their turn to be on the low side. Good thing Dodong was prudent and entered the gate quickly with an umbrella and took Raviv with him.
As much as we wanted to stay longer, we had to leave because of the rain and because Karbee (Raviv) fell asleep.
We just returned on Thursday night. This time, Karbee pointed to something which his Tatay gladly bought. It was something like this:
Bought for P20, it lasted 10 minutes because Karbee bit it and then it was no longer a ball. Karbee’s cousin Yoona also came with us and this time, it was she who rode the Dinophant. At first, Yoona cried. Again, after the ride, it rained. Sigh. We had no choice but to tambay at this “gaming” section where you throw a ball and if it lands on top of a glass, you win the prize assigned to that glass.
We stayed there for a loooooong time because we were hoping that the rain would stop soon enough. But alas, it did not. My sociable son tried to curb his boredom by playing with hair of a girl in front of him. But we got really bored that we decided to play 4 Balls…nakakahiya naman sa may-ari nung tent. So I did. When Karbee saw me holding the ball, he wanted to hold too!
I so regret not being able to take pictures of what I am about to narrate to you. You see, we let Raviv play my first ball (you are given four balls for every P10). Randy gave him the ball and carried him near the glasses. Raviv kept on dropping the ball on the cement, but of course the 4 Balls tagabantay smilingly kept on giving him the ball and giving him more chances. Everyone was smiling and reacting loudly whenever Raviv would drop the ball. And then finally, Raviv was able to throw the ball into the mat of glasses…you could feel everyone holding his/her breath, watching whether his ball would land on top of a glass (not in between because you lose if it lands between glasses) and win a prize. So the ball rolled…and rolled…and rolled…until cheers and applause broke out: Raviv’s ball landed on the mouth of a glass and he won a Jelly Ace!!! Hahaha! With how the nakikisilong like us people reacted, you’d think Raviv were Jeremy Lin scoring miracle shots. It was such a proud moment for us 🙂 When it was my turn to throw and my throw did not land on a glass mouth, Randy was quick to say: Talo ka pa ni Raviv! You know what, it was the first time I was elated I lost to someone.
Anyway, it just rained and rained and we just decided to go home. Bummer. But still, remembering that makes me smile all the time. Raviv is indeed a joy. Not just in Randy’s and my life, but even to other people. He is so friendly and loves entertaining people. In fact, on our way home, everyone seated at the back of the L300 was laughing at his antics.
Thank you Lord for giving us Raviv. 🙂
PS: Raviv, when you get old and see these pictures, you might think we were baduy, letting you ride an unsophisticated Dinophant and letting you play 4 balls. Well, I agree with you. I never would have given this a second glance but whatever might make you happy is worth being bakya over.
Tell me what you think!
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