On Valentine’s Day, while I was cooking carbonara for breakfast, I heard Randy call Raviv to go out.
A few seconds after, Raviv gave me a bouquet of flowers. Awww. Of course, that was from Randy. It was the first time in a long time that Randy gave me flowers, so I cherished my flowers.
So much that I even brought it with me to our Valentine’s staycation in Hidden Valley Springs.
Raviv absolutely loved our staycation! Of course, having him with us significantly reduced my and Randy’s lovey-dovey couple moments. But it was our (Randy and my) second time here already, and it’s been some time since we had a familia lamyerda. Plus Raviv reached that age where he is obsessed with swimming pools.
Here’s Raviv with his Tatay en route to the natural spring swimming pools of Hidden Valley:
Here’s a closer look at his pre-swimming outfit:
- polo shirt from Bangkok, Thailand
- green lounge shorts: Uniqlo
- rubber shoes: Native
- hat: SM Dept Store
- sunnies: Dickies
I love what I made him wear because everything was stylish yet practical. The lounge shorts were very lightweight and the design had that “pambakasyon” theme. Actually, he also has something similar in yellow but it’s much bigger (it was on sale, so I hoarded ;)). I just looked for something that would look baggy with the shorts, and voila it’s his polo from Thailand (ordinary shirts ruin the look). His super duper favorite Native shoes were easy to wear and remove, comfortable and waterproof so there was no reason why he had to wear any of his less favorite shoes. And the sunnies and abaca hat sealed the deal.
The clear water of the pools in Hidden Valley proved too irresistible for our preschooler. Once he saw them, there was no turning back.
Can’t really blame Raviv for wanting to frolick in the cool, clear, clean, natural water of the swimming pools in Hidden Valley!
Randy actually wanted Raviv to take advantage of the Hidden Valley Springs swimming pools. Unlike ordinary “artificial” pools, the water here is really clean. No chlorine or other drying and itchy chemicals. Moreover, we were assured that we were not swimming in pools of urine, spit, sweat or (gulp!) excrement. Keywords: RUNNING. WATER.
After a long time swimming and another long time convincing him to get out of the water, we trekked to the Hidden Falls.
En route to the Hidden Falls is this fallen centuries old tree. When Randy and I first came here years ago, it was standing majestically. But alas, it was ravaged by Typhoon Glenda two years ago. It was sad seeing it like this.
It was a loooong walk but our energetic little boy didn’t seem to mind.
Even the sharp edges of the rocks didn’t deter him from exploring to reach the spot where we could see the hidden falls!
After the trek, we went to our cottage. Check out his review of our Hidden Valley cottage here:
Afterwards, we had afternoon merienda at the Hidden Valley Springs gazebo.
After eating, guess where Raviv forced us to go again?
Clue: This is what he wore when we were walking towards where he wanted to go:
Nope, he did not sleep. Nor did he want to just stay in our cottage to chill, relax and watch TV. And just like earlier, we had to goad and bribe him just to get out of the water.
Come dinner time, he was famished! To the point that when we got to the candle-lit dinner outside the gazebo, he broke the stillness of the evening with his, “I’m really hungry na!” declaration.
Shortly after dinner at our cottage, the little boy went up the loft. And to my astonishment, he slept there. Alone.
I couldn’t believe it, to be honest! When he was saying earlier that he was gonna sleep there by himself, I mocked him, thinking he can’t. But he did.
After Randy and I finally had time to be a couple on V-Day, I tried to sleep. But I couldn’t! And so I went up the loft, crept up beside Raviv and slept fitfully for a few hours. Then I decided to return to Randy.
The following day, I expressed my astonishment to my Ravivo. He just said, “‘Di ba ‘Nay I told you I was gonna sleep there by myself and kaya ko na? And I didn’t even call you for ‘Itchy sa back’ (he usually can’t sleep until after I’ve scratched his back)!”
Sa totoo lang, I was brokenhearted. Proud, but brokenhearted. Just like when he stopped crying when going inside his classroom—alone– at toddler school.
The following day, after swimming (again!), we finally checked out, and this was what Raviv wore:
- yellow jumper: Alfonso
- polo: Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends at SM Kids’ Fashion
- rubber shoes: Native
- sunnies: Dickies
- abaca hat: SM Dept. Store
I packed Raviv another “going-home” outfit, but I chose to have him wear the jumper, because the jumper makes him look like a little boy still (and because it was getting too tight). With his jumper on and his naughty poses, at least I know that I still have many nights where I will hear Raviv’s insistent “Itchy sa back!” demands.