Even after attending Rachel’s wedding reception, love continued to overflow in our Tagaytay getaway. I must say that it really relaxed me and I was glowing with happiness afterwards.
This getaway wasn’t really grand, but you know that for the longest time I’ve been craving for a breather, as I’ve both been stressed drilon and haggardous versoza for a long time now.
The suite we booked at Tagaytay Crosswinds was nothing out of the ordinary—it had two queen-sized beds that we pushed together (sleeping arrangement namin sa bed: Yaya Gigi, moi, Raviv, then Randy), a regular-sized flat screen TV, and a sofa set. It also had a kitchenette; since the hotel’s restau was still in the works, hotel guests were allowed to cook inside. Definitely pang-staycation.
Yet despite that our hotel room was just your usual hotel room, we were overjoyed when, upon entering our suite, Raviv’s glee was reverberating as he ran around saying, “Wow ang ganda dito, ang ganda! Ang ganda!” Apparently my son also craved for a change of scenery. 🙂
There may be nothing special about the hotel room BUT the ambiance and scenery outside are an altogether different story! THEY.WERE.AH-MAH-ZING!!!! The relaxing ambiance and scenery Tagaytay Crosswinds provided was a real stress buster.
Indeed, it was like we were vacationing in the Alps! Randy and I have visited the place way, way back when we were scouting for a wedding venue in Tagaytay (but we ended up choosing Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang as wedding venue). We remember being in awe of the place, and seriously talked about getting a vacation place there. And now, here we were with our little boy, and our interest in Tagaytay Crosswinds was resurrected.
The view was so breath-taking that I surprised Randy by waking up early (well, still late by his standards but early on mine, especially because it felt so good to snuggle inside the blanket given the cold weather + the blast of cool air from aircon)…sleeping and not being able to go around while the sun was still gentle would have been a waste.
So we walked around clad in our night clothes (except for Randy who woke up really early and had already walked alone).
Here’s Raviv running after Randy uphill. At dahil sa picture na ‘to, sumemplang si Raviv. When Raviv saw I was lagging behind, he returned for me. And gravity did what it did best, ayun nagpagulung-gulong si Raviv downwards! I screamed but Raviv did not shed a tear. Parang wala lang nangyari. God bless my sturdy little boy!
Some meters near our hotel is this Christmas-themed house. Raviv was of course so amused and pounded on the door, begging whoever was inside (no one was) to open it for him. And yes, kahit naka-pajama naka-shades pa rin si Raviv. Isa pa ata ‘yan sa dahilan kaya siya sumemplang. Hahaha!
We did not stay that long, because we got hungry. Tagaytay Crosswinds provided complimentary breakfast for only two—good thing we had takeout from Mushroom Burger the previous night. That way, all of us were able to eat a hearty breakfast.
Before leaving the vicinity of Tagaytay Crosswinds, we drove around and took photos.
When we passed by this manmade waterfalls, we just had to stop because Raviv loves them along with fountains and any body of water. Yes, he loves even canals and imburnal. He spent a good amount of time just watching the waterflow.
Then we finally convinced him to leave. Just before we head out from Tagaytay Crosswinds we saw its Christmas Village—where it was Christmas everyday! We of course stopped.
We went into the Christmas Store where there were lotsa Christmas décor items that were for sale…most of them breakable! Raviv’s pulse was running fast because of excitement…mine was also running fast because of fear…fear that he might break something!!!
He was having such a great time that I can’t bear leading him outside. Close supervision was the answer.
There was also a coffee shop outside. Randy, a certified coffeeholic, ordered a cup and was very happy with the view.
Even just as we left the gates of Tagaytay Crosswinds, we made a stopover at the Alpine Village.
Unfortunately, something happened. As we were having our familia photo, Raviv got hit by the windmill! Randy was very, very guilty because prior to that, Tatay and son had this conversation:
Raviv: Tatay scared ako (as Randy put Raviv on his shoulders)
Randy: Don’t be scared Raviv because Tatay is carrying you. When Tatay is with you, you should not be scared.
Raviv was placated, and so we had our family picture courtesy of Yaya Gigi.
And since I was wearing yellow, I wanted to have a solo photo with the yellow sunflowers. I asked Randy to move back and then we heard a loud CLANG, followed by Raviv’s wail. The clang was so loud that even the people manning the guardhouse got concerned and suggested we get first aid fir him.
Because of Yaya Gigi’s kabagalan in taking my photo, the photo she got was of the after the clang. Above you see my poor baby crying, and of a shocked and panicked Randy. Alam ko ‘yang ganyang mukha ni Randy hindi n’ya alam ang gagawin.
It was worse than we thought, for aside from his head clashing with the yero windmill, the tip of the windmill punctured the skin beside his nose. Blood was gushing out of it! The yero even had rust on it.
I called Raviv’s pedia, Dr. Resa de Jesus. She said that we need not panic and that there was no need for an anti-tetanus shot because Raviv’s anti-tetanus shot is good for three years. Whew! I uttered a silent prayer because I realized we should also be grateful that the sharp tip only grazed the skin beside Raviv’s nose and not his eye…di ba? So God, thank you again for watching out for our boy when we failed to do so.
What was touching is that Raviv did not want Randy to be blamed or to feel guilty. Whenever someone asked him whose fault was his wound, he would change the subject. And when someone directly asks whether his tatay was to be blamed or whether he was angry at his tatay, he would firmly say, “No.”
From that moment until we got home, my guilty husband gave practically anything Raviv wanted, and swore that the bad that happened on this day will be outshone by all the fun Raviv would experience . 😉
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