Balai Taal, Tagaytay Highlands & the Animal Farm

The weekend was spent in Tagaytay to celebrate my Tita Ito and Tito Billy’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. An intimate celebration with family and friends of the couple. In this day and age, being married for 50 years is truly rare. At least I can say, I know of couples who have lasted that long. For now, that’s more than enough. They were blessed with 6 sons, 3 in laws, and 3 grand children and counting? Only Billy and John, Frankie and Elizabeth were not able to attend this celebration as they live in the US. Debbie and Rocco were in Singapore.

I was told that we were spending the weekend in Tagaytay and that was it. No details except that it was for the wedding anniversary. Normally, I am very OC when it comes to planning but lately I’ve been down with headaches, dizziness, and george among other things. Bahala na si Batman again just go with the flow. To my surprise, my mom, two of her sisters, and us cousins, nieces and nephews were going to stay in Balai TaaL. It was perfect since were a total of 19 people including the yayas and drivers all with their own quarters. A three story house with five generous rooms, open living areas, big kitchen space which caterers loved I was told and sprawling gardens overlooking the volcano.

The view from the 3rd floor balcony. Imagine how perfect it would be if it was cold? Snuggle weather. Our names were posted on the sliding door were we were assigned. I was suppose to sleep with my niece Cristina but some aunts backed out so it was really a room for each family and kids. I really love these family vacations. Truly blessed too. Thank you.

Having breakfast while watching the NBA game. My cousin Tonico made kick-ass French Pressed coffee black. Initially too strong for me but once you get passed that bitter sip, the real flavor comes out. I think I can handle black coffee once in a while. I’m still into the sweet creamy coffee though.

Because we had young kids and toddlers and even baby Mateo, they all wanted to go to the zoo. Even the doting lolas joined as well. A bunch of cousins chose to watch the Paquiao fight leaving their kids with their yayas. My titas were so surprised of how I was walking faster and better and being able to hack all the climbing up and down steps. I’m more surprised that they were able to catch up. (Imaginary hammer on the head) Hehe. “Pobrecita Bettina. Ella esta cansada.” No. tita, I’m not tired. No pain. Thank you. Besides Yaya Helen was with me. Testing the goods remember.

Those who went to the zoo were invited for lunch at the China Palace by the Velhagens. Thank you very much. The kids were playing with the camera and the iPods thus the funny pictures. I know whose eye belongs to who. After lunch we headed back to Balai and packed up to go home. Wonderful weekend with the family. I look forward to more weekends like this. On the way home my mom had to pass by LZM in Nuvali for the Chicharon Bulaklak for Xavier to try. Oh boy was it good. Sorry Lapid’s this one is better.




Because I couldn’t make a final decision based on my healing ankle, I couldn’t promise whether or not I could join the girls for the long planned “staycation”. My friend was able to purchase a great deal via Deal Grocer of 4 Deluxe Rooms at Holiday Inn, Manila Galleria. I let them do the planning, and for them just to let me know what I have to do and how much I needed to pay. I knew it was less than P2000.00 (P1575.00) so whether it was a “go” or not for me, the damage wouldn’t be too bad.

Since I was able to get my new brace and new shoes and I have been pretty much back to my old “self”. Meaning, I think I can start going around and going about my daily grind without my yaya, I decided to join the girls and I honestly, needed this time around and with them. Last minute, I said yes and just informed the other girls that I was not and could not bring my yaya to help me. Well, my friends have always always been there to help. Originally, it was just supposed to be the girls. No husbands, no boyfriends, no kids. But one backed out, so 3 girls brought their whole families while Monica and I shared a room. Except, we got the long end of the stick, we don’t know why but our original twin bed deluxe was upgraded for free, to a 2 queen size beds and breakfast buffet. Yahoo. We were wondering why they did so. Was it because they lady in the front desk saw that I was disabled or was it… hmm. I really don’t know why. Whatever the reason was, THANK YOU! 

It felt like we were in Singapore or Hong Kong where the hotel is connected to a major mall. It was Dine-Sleep-Shop adventure. It was a “girl” thing. Fun fun fun. Despite walking so much, going up and down escalators, my ankle did not complain. I didn’t feel pain except the discomfort of breaking in new shoes. Even my friends noticed that I was walking better and faster. I myself was surprise that I was able to manage. Tired yes but I just needed some rest. After dinner at Mr. Choi Express, and some shopping, the girls congregated in our room, with two toddlers and had some chips and bubbly! Thank you Ianne. Love these “adventures” with the girls. Here’s to our next and many many more adventures. I love you all. Cheers!