Last week was an eventful one: Raviv arrived on Tuesday, Randy and I celebrated our 14th anniversary on Thursday, Gymboree Summer and Kinder Camps ended on Friday, and my UPCAT review classes finally ended on Sunday. Whew! But let’s just focus on Raviv’s arrival and our 14th anniversary.
Let’s begin with Raviv’s arrival. He was away from us for almost two months, so we were very excited with his arrival. As in! The day before Raviv arrived, I went straight to S&R after a gruelling day of teaching at Brain Train’s McKinley Hill Branch in Taguig. I’m usually too tired after a long day of teaching + travel and there’s nothing more I wanna do than to just plop on bed and eat. But not on this Monday. When Raviv arrives, I want to make sure he’ll be glad to be back with us. So I bought him his favourites: chocolates, ice lollies (or in this case, ice cream sandwiches) and cookies!
My teaching assignment the following day was in Alabang, and Motherhood—en route to Los Banos—met with Randy at Festival Mall to “return” Raviv. Then both Randy and Raviv fetched me from work. Instead of sitting beside Randy on the passenger seat, I headed straight to the back seat and smothered Raviv with hugs and kisses. Grabe, miss na miss ko si Ravivo! He was unusually quiet and looked shy pa! Randy said that while they were in Festival Mall, Randy wanted to spoil our Ravivo and brought Ravivo to Pixie Forest and toy stores. Randy was ready to buy whatever Raviv wanted, but Raviv was quiet the whole time and said he just wanted to go to the car. Randy later confessed he was longing to hear Raviv call him “Tatay” again.
The following day, little by little, Raviv returned to his ebullient self.
Dumaldal na nang bonggang-bongga!
On Thursday, Randy insisted we at least have dinner to celebrate our 14th year of being a couple. Yep, we’ve been committed to each other THAT long. Akalain mo ‘yun?!? Natagalan ni Randy mga kaartehan ko. Hahaha!
Anyway, we decided to have dinner at Misto Restaurant in Seda Hotel Nuvali. Upon entry, I gasped with pleasure because we were greeted by a man playing saxophone. Saxophone!!!
I am such a fan of jazz music! Been one since college! In fact, just a few days before that my friend Munira and I were thinking of going to a jazz club.
So you may ask yourself, if jazz is so good, “why isn’t everybody listening to jazz music?”. The reason is simple, most people prefer entertainment over art.
A gossip magazine is entertainment, a good novel or poetry is art.
A soap opera is entertainment, a good theater play is art.
Wrestling is entertainment, a painting exhibition is art.
“The Fast and the Furious” is entertainment, “The Godfather” is art.
Lady Gaga is entertainment, Esperanza Spalding is art.
Art stimulate [sic] your mind and your senses, makes you think and increase your sensibility. Entertainment is just a distraction and usually has the opposite effect of art. And once you learn how to appreciate art, you’ll find out you’re also being entertained. – SOURCE
I knew right there and then it was gonna be a great night. Intimate dinner with cool jazz on our anniversary? Ah, perfect romantic dinner.
Except for the fact that Raviv was with us. Nye! But despite Raviv’s likot and ingay, we still enjoyed the night.
Great ambiance – CHECK!
Tastefully decorated, spacious yet intimate, and comfy and not crowded.
Good music – CHECK!
Misto Restaurant at Seda Hotel has a great crooner! Would have stayed longer just to listen to this lounge singer if only Raviv wasn’t demanding that we go home already.
Good food – CHECK!
Everything we ordered was delicious! Three meals plus a slice of chocolate mousse for Raviv (not in photo), plus scotch on the rocks (not in photo) for Randy and classic martini for me (not in photo) cost us P2,000+++. Not bad, considering that we were really full and had so much leftover (that we asked to be placed in takeout bag, of course!)
It was a glorious night, and on our way home, I was just so grateful to God. Fourteen years with the love of my life, union blessed with a beautiful boy…and live jazz over dinner. 🙂