Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Family fun at Taal Vista Hotel: Day 2

The fun continues! The next day at Taal Vista, the clouds cleared up enough to give us a better view of Tagaytay's most famous attraction. (The volcano within the lake within the volcano within the lake, in case you didn't know!)

But it was still really foggy and cold so we bundled up the boys before we headed out for breakfast.

Taal Vista's breakfast buffet is excellent. Tons of warm bread, crispy cereal, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs any way you want, rich jams, jellies, marmalades and sauces, steaming rice, mountains of bacon and sausages and adobo, and taho!

Sigh! Every breakfast should be that delicious. I loved every bite. So did Vince. So did our kids. Plus, make sure you ask for the tsokolate-ah. Yes, it's not a very thick chocolate drink but it is sooo good. I prefer it to the thick one, which coats my throat in a bad way. Anyway, look at the boys loving their breakfast!

After our big breakfast, Vince took off for a run. He was super looking forward to running in Tagaytay.  The weather was being gloomy again but he was determined to go running. He came back later super drenched, energized and happy with his run. Yey!

While he was out, we went to the Kiddie Center. It was nice and cozy. The kids loved it!

On our way back to Café on the Ridge for lunch, we passed by the lobby. Lotsa people checking in! And this was a weekday. A stormy weekday! I wonder how the hotel is like during weekends! Business is good.

This is me and Ro Manalo, the director of marketing communications for SM hotels. She's also been my friend since 2002! We both started out in Summit Media as PR associates. She handled the adult magazines (FHM, Entrepreneur, Cosmo, Preview, Good Housekeeping, Yes!) while I handled the kiddie titles (Candy, Seventeen, W.I.T.C.H., K-Zone, Total Girl). She and I have been through a lot! Then we lost touch when she left Summit and I got married.
It was really nice to catch up, Ro! Let's do this more often. You work so near my house na. Come visit!!!

Anyway, back to Taal Vista. Check out the ceiling. That's timber-frame and a steeped ceiling. It's an architecture style called Tudor Revival. This is what inspired the hotel's logo, by the way.


That's Iñigo. He loved the lobby. He really took his not-so-wobbly legs out for some major walking, climbing and running! He was zipping here and there. (Vince and Vito stayed in our room after lunch.)

Meanwhile, I was just enjoying the beautiful lobby café. The chairs are so gorgeous! And most importantly, they're comfortable. Very inviting. I just wanted to spend the entire afternoon sipping hot tea and nibbling on cakes and biscuits.
I loved this corner best. I imagined that I wanted my dream home to have a corner exactly like this just for me. I'll write there and dream there and have long talks with my husband and my kids and my friends there. It's beautiful.

Well, I can wait for that dream house to become real. Meanwhile, my children and I get to go on adventures! Iñigo was tired by the time he joined Celine, Ro and me. Then off he went back to our room while I had a massage at Asmara Spa.

But I'll write about my spa experience and our amazing dinner next. I got tired blogging haha But check back here soon. Remember: I'm going to do a giveaway so make sure you follow our Taal Vista adventure!

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16 comments:

  1. I love how Iñigo's all bundled up but his legs are bare.:D

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  2. Can I borrow your luscious baby Inigo?!?! What a CUTIEEEEEEE!!! Grrrr.
    Haay, sarap ng Taal Vista.

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    1. Pwede bang mag-workshop and Manila WAHMs dun??? Make it happen, Martine!!! =D

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    2. Heehee! I already asked Celline for a quotation while we were there!! I'll make you kwento, wahahahaha! It will happen!!!

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  3. Your Iñigo looks like an adorable little superman! :)

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    1. He's wearing a Superbaby onesie =D

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  4. Your post made me want to spend a weekend at Taal Vista, Frances!

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  5. Gosh Iñigo. Your eyes are to-die-for. *currently melting* Hahaha! :)

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  6. Love, love, love Tagaytay! And I looove the pics of Vito and Inigo. Love those two guwapitos of yours! Miss them na. And you and Vince too, of course!

    Btw, Frances, I tagged you on a new post I wrote http://www.fromatozo.com/2013/07/a-z-blogging-style.html. My first time to do this! Hehe.

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    1. It's okay to miss just the boys so we can leave them with you and Vince and I can go on a date hehe

      I saw the tag. I'll work on it this weekend =)

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  7. I miss Taal Vista! Been wanting to use the playroom too bad I no longer pass the height requirement lol :D

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  8. Looks like so much fun! Hope you don't mind me asking - been reading your blog and read that you've been without yayas or household help for a while. How do you manage it? Working, taking care of the household and especially taking care of the kids - and always looking unstressed! I think it'll make a wonderful blog post on how you schedule your day or week :-)

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    1. Thanks! I owe it all to my husband! We both work from home, we take turns looking after the kids, and he also loves cleaning the house =) So all I need to worry about is cooking!

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    2. I have to add this!!! I have very well behaved kids. They have tantrums now and then (Vito had a meltdown at a restaurant yesterday, for example) but they're pretty much really easy to care for. My in-laws say that all the time. Everyone who's ever been with my kids for longer than 2 hours are very impressed =) So I owe a lot to Vito and Iñigo, too!

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  9. Wow! I'm very impressed too! :-) Do your kids take naps by themselves? I mean, do you need to rock them to sleep or are their sleep schedules pretty much down pat? My problem is that I have twins and it's so hard to put them down to sleep so the yayas help me rock them to sleep! I really would like to have less household help around the house but at the same time I've been blessed to have very nice household help naman :-)

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