Friday, July 15, 2016

Our Little Popy's Jampacked 5-day Vacation: Day 3 at Nawawalang Paraiso, Tia Meling's House and Mainit Hot Spring

We checked out from the boarding house already, and luckily, got  a standard-type cottage good for 4 persons (because my sister and her boyfriend went back to Manila the day before) at Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel.

There's an inside joke among residents in Tayabas and nearby towns how there's a Natagpuang Paraiso since there's a Nawawala. But it's real. Natagpuang Paraiso is in the outskirts of Lucban.

Our cottage had two beds, en suite toilet and bath, mini bar, a small dining set for two and cable television. I wasn't able to get a lot of proper pictures (like, you know, when it was still untouched), but here are a few:

Photo courtesy of Nawawalang Paraiso FB Page

Pool on the right.

And dinosaur on the left. Yeah! Who would have thought?

We have a lot of stuff. Sorry, hihi.

Nawawalang Paraiso has a nice restaurant. We had breakfast there, twice; and dinner, once. I don't remember what we had anymore, but I never had an ill feeling towards the food I ordered. Definitely, there was pancit. I live for that. I can never go to Quezon and not have one.

We tried to look for laundry shops, but lo and behold! They were all fully booked, and by fully booked, I mean we could get them the next week. We should really consider putting up a laundry shop business there. Mukhang malaki ang market.

My dad borrowed my aunt's owner-type jeep, and we drove to Mainit Hot Springs. Mainit na, hot pa. :) Nawawalang Paraiso's pools are cold, so we thought of bringing Popy to warmer pools.

The boys are having fun.

And you can tell Popy's loving the pool, too.

Yes, I breastfeed everywhere. :)
There are a lot of pools in Mainit. Temperatures vary per pool. There was a small one that has a bridge over it and a warning that said it was really really hot. My husband (who was so bad at following directions) dipped his toes and yelped. At least, he found out it was true. People used to boil eggs there.

He tried the hottest pool where there was no warning of any sort. :) The trick to getting in was to jump right in the water, because if you use the stairs, you'll end up backing out. If you jump in, your whole body gets dipped and your temperature adjusts. Kapag paisa-isang hakbang, masakit sa balat yung paunti-unti na umiinit yung katawan mo. Anyhow, my husband got out immediately because he said it felt like the helmet diving experience we had in Boracay. It was a bit hard to breathe

Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

We passed by Tia Meling's house near our farmhouse on the way to the city proper. Tia Meling is my mom's maternal aunt. It was the first time I met her. Why? My grandmother had a brother who rarely showed up who was Tia's husband, so we never got to meet her. She lives beside my family's property in a quaint little house with a nice garden.

Here were the boys enjoying our short stop:

After our visit to Tia, we drove back to the city. The jeep failed us terribly and stopped along the road. Good thing we were already near.

It was off to the next adventure on Day 4. :)

Click here if you haven't read Day 1 and Day 2

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

To my son on his 1st birthday

In the 90s, there was a song by Savage Garden that went:

“I knew I loved you before I met you. I think I dreamed you into life.”

That’s you, my dream come true.

You don’t know how often I am told that I should go back to work because I have so much ahead of me. After all, Mum was already a manager in one of the biggest companies in the country when I conceived you.

But here I am. Always, always choosing you.

A week before your birthday, our neighbor asked if I have finished something health-related in college. I said, “Hotel and Restaurant Management”, and she replied “But you’re doing breastfeeding counseling. Isn’t that a bit far?”

I got into that because I love you.

Thank you, Popy. I have achieved so much more because of you. While it is true that I have given up my career to be with you, you have allowed me to pursue old and new dreams. You made me better at multi-tasking (like carrying while breastfeeding while doing the laundry). You gave way for me to pursue a writing career. You gave me an opportunity to become an advocate in things I have not even given much thought when I was single. And most of all, you allowed me to love you.

Breastfeeding. Photo courtesy of my husband, Kevin Gabriel

Babywearing at Glorietta, Makati

Finishing my BFP and Arugaan Breastfeeding Peer Counselors Training with Doula Velvet, Nanay Rich and Popy.

I can wish you a lot of things like be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer or the president of this country, but mum only wants you to be a good man, and I pray that I will always find the strength to raise you as one.

You will one day be a student, an employee, a boss, a husband, a father… And Mum’s only wish is that whatever path it is that you will pursue, pursue to be good and happy at all times.

Khale, in behalf of your Bubba, I want you to know that our love will always be the greatest force in your life. Our love has and will pacify your cries; put you to sleep when you’re tired; and feed you and quench your thirst. It has taught you how to crawl, to sit, to stand, to walk and to run.

Your happiness will be our happiness. Your every victory will be our pride; and when you’re defeated, we will be the one to pick you up. We are your safe place when the world scares you.

There may be many women who will one day come into your life, but Mum will always be the one who stays for the longest time.

Because, darling, my love is you and my heart will forever protect you.

I may not be able to give you the world, but you will always have the best of me.

I love you forever, Popy.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our Little Popy's Jampacked 5-day Vacation: Day 2 at Lucban's Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon happens every 15th of May in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Patron Saint of Farmers.

It's supposedly a showcase of the families' harvest, although I'm not sure anymore if that's still what they do.

Having been a resident of the neighboring Tayabas City for eight years, Pahiyas Festival was not new to the Nada Family, but it was for Popy, Gab, and my sister's boyfriend.

We checked in a boarding house from the 14th. We occupied a room with three double decks. Popy and I shared one. Gab stayed on the upper bunk. The room was warm despite Lucban's cool weather outside. Sigh.

I'm a great planner in trips. I kept telling my parents to book ahead, but we don't seem to be in the same page. The nearby hotels and even the ones in our hometown had been booked way way way back.

We got up early on the 15th and had breakfast in a small restaurant called Pizza Veloce right in front of the Southern Luzon State University. The staff who called us from the street was so entertaining, he convinced us to eat there.

Image courtesy of Pizza Veloce
We all ordered the breakfast set, and we were all full. I wasn't able to take photos of the food. I find that I'm always unable to do this because I'm always always too hungry (even after eating) to do so.

It was a good less than a kilometer walk to G. Cadelina St. where the festive houses start. Mind you, when it's Pahiyas, a long stretch of road is closed to private cars. So we opted to rent a room in Lucban itself and even that took sometime to get to the town proper. Even if you do get to drive into the city, there are no parking spaces. Lucban's streets are narrow, just enough for two lanes (one for each direction). It's advisable to book hotels in advance because they get fully-booked early on.

The traffic, again, was so bad. My sister and her boyfriend went ahead of us to Manila, and the travel from Lucban to Tayabas (which was normally 30-40min) took them 3 hours. 3 hours! Beware! I think, the fact that it was a weekend added to the traffic.

It's a bit hot that morning. Thanks to babywearing, by the way. Khale slept 75% of the entire walk. It was a great thing that there were 6 adults in the group. When he became wiggly and irritated while worn,  Gab and Papa took turns in carrying him.

Another good thing about the festival is that you can go inside the houses and their displays to have your photo taken. And the greatest thing is that people invite you to eat, even when they're not part of the route. I love how they're so hospitable.

Here's our photowalk:

It will probably be a different trip next year. We're looking forward to it. :)

If you haven't seen Day 1 yet, click here. :) Days 3-5 are coming up soon.