I hope you had a love-filled Valentine’s weekend, just as I did! I loved how our Valentine’s date went. And boy, did we make the most out of it. 😉
This is a big deal for me because:
1. This was only the second time we had each other only to ourselves on an overnight date ever since Raviv was born. ‘Yung first one, ang jologs pa nung place.
2. Valentine’s Day used to be stressful for us, because February used to be super busy for us. As in sakit pa ng ulo for me because I would reluctantly heed Randy’s request na mag-date naman daw kami (#AkoNa). And after a lunch date somewhere without any reservations, we would rush back to work. Going through the motions lang talaga para hindi masabing wala na kaming romansa sa katawan.
But not this year. Five days to go before Valenrine’s Day, we already had a concrete plan (yes, prepared na kami nang lagay na ‘yan!)
In the afternoon of Friday the 13th, Randy and I dropped Raviv at Gymboree Sta. Rosa then headed to Acacia Hotel in Alabang. We got Acacia Hotel’s Valentine’s staycation package, and we also had tickets to its Valentine’s show. We chose to spend it in Alabang because Randy is allergic to MMDA and traffic. Eh haller, Saturday ang Valentine’s!
We arrived at Acacia Hotel at almost 4 p.m. I loved almost everything about Acacia Hotel, by the way. It’s a big part of why it was such a pleasant Valentine’s weekend.
I can’t help but feel extra special with Acacia Hotel’s little welcoming token, with matching “origami” of a turtle!
Randy and I just had ample time to rest and “be a couple” (wink!) before the pre-Valentine’s show cocktails at 7 p.m.
Katuwa si Randy—he usually is KJ when it comes to selfies and photo ops, but he was game that afternoon!
And then at almost 7 p.m., I changed into my “date” outfit. Here I was:
little black dress: La Copa
bag: Louis Vuitton Alma
Can I just say how much I loved my dress? It’s a little black dress that just hid my love handles, made me look slimmer, and really comfortable.
Thanks for the kind words, you all!
Aaaaaand, I love its design! See, the beads you see are actually inside a very thin and sheer black cloth.
Anyway after that photo session (that Randy good naturedly obliged to do!), we proceeded to the Acacia Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor for the High on Love Valentine’s Show .
I was surprised to see the array of food on the buffet tables. I knew there were cocktails but I thought tipid ang cocktails because it was inclusive of the show tickets (whose prices were very reasonable). Penne pasta, various sandwiches, couscous, various sushi rolls, sausage rolls on top of different kids of chocolate cakes and cheesecakes were overflowing! More than enough to fill everyone up! There was also an open bar where complimentary juices, iced tea, sodas may be requested. Cocktail drinks and other alcoholic beverages were also available at reasonable prices.
So in essence, parang libre na ang pre-Valentine’s dinner date namin ni Randy, dabah?
After eating, we went inside the venue. An usherette guided us to our seat. Some minutes later, the show began with a hilarious video where Jon Santos was impersonating Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Then he went on stage as Joseph Estrada. It was my first time to watch him, and I must say Randy and I were impressed. In fairness, ang galing n’ya! Mahirap akong patawanin, but I was laughing during his act. Randy, too!
(Image from @devantimbol’s Instagram account.) Bravo, Jon Santos! Randy and I will be on the lookout for your future shows! I wanna bring my parents, especially Dad. I’m sure he’ll really enjoy, too!
AfterJon Santos’ act, Side A went on stage. I was feeling nostalgic as they started singing, and I asked myself how come they’re no longer as sikat as they were. I mean, even if none of them had matinee idol looks and none of them were ever papampam, they were “the” ultimate lovesong crooners for a long time. I’m sure andaming may “team” song (hehe) ng Side A hits! And that’s because of sheer talent. Yes, talent, bey-beh! I was reminded of that that night, especially when Joey G. crooned their original hit, “Forevermore”.
I don’t really like concerts because of big crowds…when I’m seated at the back and the performers onstage look as small as ants, I always tell Randy, “Nanood pa tayo nang live eh sa screen lang din naman tayo titingin?” So I love intimate shows like this, where you could almost touch the artists!
We enjoyed so much that we forgot we had a complimentary aromatherapy massage scheduled at 10:30 p.m.!!! Aaayyy caramba!!! We arrived at our room at abour 10:45. At around 11 p.m, I called the spa and asked about our schedule. They said that the masseuses arrived at our doorstep at 10:30 pronto, and since we were not around, they left. Unfortunately, all the masseuses were booked until 3 a.m.
Eh we were to check out at 11 a.m. the following day. I begged and explained that I was told by the spa manager that the Valentine’s show will end at 10, so I booked at 10:30, but alas it went beyond that. The person I was talking to promised to think of something. Honestly I thought she just said that to give me false hopes and pacify me. But after a few minutes the spa called again and told me they were able to get the services of masseuses outside of Acacia, and that the masseuses were on their way. I really, really appreciated how they went out of their way to satisfy us. Super thumbs up! The relaxing massage we had perfectly capped off February 13 and greeted February 14 at Acacia Hotel.
Yummy dinner cocktails, a dose of laughter, romantic songs and aromatic massage shared with my handsome date…who says Friday the 13th brings bad luck?
Good night, and let’s stay in love!