I was especially happy on this day, because our family got to do what normal families do on Sundays: make it all about God and family. See, our work entails us to work on weekends. Not complaining here, because we are relatively from Monday to Friday. And pasyal on weekdays has its perks, because that meant tourist spots and malls are not crowded. But still, there’s a part of me that makes me long to have a special Sundate with my family.
For some reason, the Sundays of October free for Randy and me. And I revel these Sundays. I make sure we at least attend the Sunday service. But on this day, Randy learned that there was a back-to-back dog show in Tagaytay City! Back when Randy and I were still bf-gf and our business wasn’t this huge, we had several Sundays off and we used to spend it attending and joining dog shows. So even though we were still a tad sick from God-knows-what sickness the previous day (buuut, we still taught!), Randy and I got excited at the thought of being at a dog show again, even though we do not have any entry.
Here’s what I wore to church and then to our pasyal by the way:
And here’s a much closer look at the outfit details:
- Dress from Blessed Online Shop (this cost only P300+++!)
- Leather sandals from Outland (I’ve recently rediscovered Outland! I have forgotten how comfy and sturdy they are, not to mention affordable!
- Two-way bag (can be shoulder and can be handbag) from Relic
- Leather belt from a thrift shop Randy and I passed by in Cavite
- Sunnies from Charles and Keith
Cockroach for a day
Before I share details and photos of our pasyal, let me share with you first what the Sunday service was all about—it was about how much God loves us that He sent His only son to pay for our sins so we could be with Him. The pastor asked us, “Would you like to be a cockroach even for a day?” Of course, no one does. He then said that God becoming human was akin to that—a human becoming a cockroach. We are kadiri like that because of our sins. Jesus endured that just to save us. As Christians, let’s not put to waste what Jesus did for us: spread the Gospel, and don’t stop until every human being alive knows, understands, and believes that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Not-so-much a pig out
After the very enlightening and fun Sunday worship service, we headed to Tagaytay. With us were our helper Gina and Yaya Isay. We stopped over Nuvali in Sta. Rosa City to have lunch. Randy and I decided to try Pig Out Restaurant.
Since Pig Out was beside the lake where cois abound, Raviv got giddy. No amount of telling him, “It’s hot out here Raviv!” can make him leave the fish.
We had white adobo and pork spareribs at Pig Out.
Honestly, it was a letdown. There were plenty of restaurants in the area whose food was cheaper but definitely more delicioso (King Bee, Rose and Grace, Kanin Club…and the list goes on). The only upside was its proximity to the fish.
Who let the dogs out?
After lunch, we proceeded to Tagaytay Crosswinds (again!) for the dog show. Randy and I were exhilarated because it has been years since we last attended one. Our former dog handler, Mario Palicpic, was pleasantly surprised to see us. He said that the last time he saw us was when I was still pregnant with Raviv.
Randy I missed the thrill of watching our dogs in the show ring! I remember how proud we were whenever our home-bred dobermann and pug beat their expensive, imported rivals in the ring!
I also remembered how I would just use my old make-up to groom Vanguard (Randy’s champion dobermann) while the others used expensive, specialized dog make-up…yet we would still win! The other trainers/handlers even lamented: Ang sikreto pala ni Vanguard magandang babae ang taga-make-up n’ya!
Sigh. All the more that Randy got bent on importing a bull mastiff!
Bring home goodies
To cap off our Sundate, we bought some goodies on our way home.
That’s turtle pie from the Purple Oven, and Loumar’s tarts and organic lettuce from Tagaytay City. Yum!
It was a simple Sunday, one that most families take for granted. But Sundates are a rare occasion for us weekend busy bees, thus this Sunday definitely is blog-worthy!
Before I go, let me share something with you guys:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus’ difficult task was done—he has already suffered for and paid for our sins; now, it is our task not to waste his sacrifice—it is our duty to let everyone know of his sacrifices.
Good night guys! Remember, God loves you!
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