Monday, November 12, 2012

Got Us Some Faux Suisse Vacay

I'm 36. I had a birthday last Friday. The day before that, we went up to Tagaytay for an overnight stay at Crosswinds Resort Suites. It was gorgeous up there. The weather? More fickle than a silly lass with 10 suitors (how's that for a simile?)... Their cable channels didn't include Jack or QTV(?) so I missed Survivor, lol. I somehow missed all the replays, too. Busy weekend. I had to make do with reading recaps. Anyway, ridiculous to be going out of town and still panting to catch Survivor -- it's the only show I closely follow now. I'm so over Glee. It kind of irritates me now, in fact.

              

Looking at the pics, one thing is very apparent: I have to go on a diet. And get more exercise. Anyway, we had a picnic indoors because with the kids, we couldn't chance the weather. But our picnic stuff was ready so we just spread the blanket on the floor of our suite and had our picnic there.

 

After breakfast the following day, the sun was shining for the most part (that didn't stop the rain clouds from letting rip with seconds-long showers every now and then), so we got out of our pajamas (except the baby, who remained in his sleeper), threw some rags on and walked around. Strolled up the block to Santa's House and the village store. Took pictures.

         

Got back to shower and check out. Drove around. Found the pool and playground. Saw some really pretty birds. Naturally, I didn't get to catch any of them with the camera. Primarily because I didn't have the camera. We also hit the Christmas Store where I had to restrain myself from buying ceramic Christmas lighthouse lamp stuff and mistletoe-patterned china.

       

We were supposed to go to Bag of Beans for lunch, but ended up at Manos Greek Taverna, which had always interested me, but I never got to try eating there in the past. Food was okay. Marguerite insisted on ordering fish roe even after we'd explained that it was fish eggs and then she wouldn't have any because it was fishy. I actually liked it, better than the moussaka(?) i ordered. Anyway, thanks to the crazy weather, I got a cool birthday treat. A very, very pretty rainbow. The pictures don't do it justice. It was a long arc that ended somewhere in the trees below the hill where the taverna is on.

    

The rainbow left soon after, along with some of the fog, so we got a nice view of the lake.

 

We headed home and proceeded to hit practically every traffic jam in Santa Rosa and Metro Manila. The following day, my parents (November people as well - my mom's bday on the 7th and my dad's on the 14th) along with my family finally got to sample the newly opened Vikings at SM Marikina. Marguerite is below 4 ft, so we had to pay the kiddie amount for her. Cameron, being only a year old, got to eat for free. In the end, we should have paid for Cameron instead. Midge, very picky eater - Cameron, very enthusiastic eater...

   

3 comments:

Sharkbytes said...

Looks like a lovely time, but all those alpine/Christmas scenes in the Philippines look very odd. I suppose faux tropical locales in the US look just as phony! Midge is really skinny right now!

Lalab said...

Very lovely place and you really had a great birthday! Hoooray! Love the pictures!Happy birthday to all of you again! :d Pastor's tomorrow, right? Extend my birthday wish, please. Thanks!

spinninglovelydays said...

@Joan: I think her make-up is really on the slender side, but, of course, she's also very hard to feed. She's not at all interested in food, even if it has been my mom's mission to fatten her up. I get so amazed sometimes at how easy it is to feed Cameron, lol.

@Lalab: Thanks! And will do. :)