Parenting Pressure: Am I A Bad Mom?

I faced a wailing toddler last night because she didn’t want to get her bum washed after she pooped. I tried everything that I can to woo her.

I asked her nicely, bribed her with the promise of milky time after I wash her bum, pretended to wash her Teddy Bear’s bum, put up my angry face, but nothing worked. I just looked at her point blank as if asking why, why won’t she come with me? The answer is very simple, she was too tired and all she wanted was to sleep. I can’t let that happen, so as much as I would want her to rest, I scooped her up and asked Ha (my brother’s partner) for help.

What followed was a tantrum storm, so I just allowed her to cry. I know that she had to deal with her emotions on her own. I explained to her in a sing-song manner that I had to wash her bum even if she was sleepy because it was the right thing to do. This produced a follow-up tantrum scream to which I answered a big warm hug. It was all that I can do to calm her down.

After this boo-ha-ha of an event I felt guilty, should I just have wiped her damn bottom instead of washing it? Should I have just bribed her with her favourite, Kinder Egg or perhaps an episode of Pocoyo? Thinking about offering her screen time, however, made me feel bad – because some might see it as a bad parenting decision. I felt the parenting pressure build up in my throat last night that I just decided to nurse my daughter to sleep.

Living Up to Today’s Parenting Standards

What I experienced last night was another episode of my “Am I a Bad Mom” guilt trip. Believe me, it wasn’t the first time that I went through the whole should I do this or that, I should have anticipated this and that phase. I know that I am not alone in this battle as well.

Case in point, I saw a post on a private Facebook Group about screen time for kids. Most moms commented that they didn’t allow their kids to watch TV or even hold gadgets. I felt a bit guilty (okay, A LOT) because I allow Bunny to watch TV and even play gadgets (must be supervised and under 30 minutes). It made me question my whole belief on whether kids should be exposed to technology. It was all thanks to E that I was slapped back to reality that it is okay. I just muttered under my breath, it is okay – to each her own.

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Aside from technology control, moms are now also pressured to feed their kids organic food or healthier food options. I originally wanted to feed Bunny all organic snacks and get her used to eating fruits and veggies.

Holy moly, it is HARD. I tried everything that I can to get that toddler to eat fruits and veggies but she has a mind of her own. Fine, some would say that I’m the adult but really have you ever tried making a picky eater consume food? I cried to E about it and we both resolved to just ensure that she consumes food every day.

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Another parenting issue I dealt with is choosing to breastfeed Bunny. Day in and day out I would hear people say that it’s great that I was able to breastfeed her. This complement could end there or have a follow up of, but wouldn’t you think it is best to switch her to formula, or aren’t you afraid that your boobs will look bad, or she’s too big to still be latching. This is a sensitive part for me, mostly I just smile and ignore but deep inside I am stopping myself from screaming. I honestly worked hard to continue breastfeeding my daughter for 2 years while working full time. Hearing discouraging and judgmental statements aren’t helpful, it’s just plain disrespectful.

My Own Parenting Style

To help relieve myself from the pressure I experience as a first time mom, I will now approach each situation in my own style.

I will accept criticism and pieces of advice with caution. I will only apply what I think is good for my daughter since I would always know what is best for her.

To other moms out there, I know that sometimes you question decisions that you have made for your child. There are times that you may have doubted your “mom instinct” but please don’t. There’s too much pressure coming from different areas of your life to be the best mom. The only thing that your child need though is you and your love. So the next time you question yourself if you are a bad mom, just take a breather, remind yourself that you are an amazing woman and mom-on!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9: Work!

Over the weekend, I witnessed amazing lip-sync battles from the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9. This was the first time the show had back-to-back-to-back lip-sync battles from the top 4. Well, because it is also the first time in the show’s history that it had a top 4 instead of a top 3.

One of the Best Seasons

I have been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race since its third season. The primary reason I tuned in was because of Manila Luzon #PinoyPride. After that season, I was hooked.

I loved the transformation the queens go through in each episode. Changes weren’t just through the way they dressed up, but you can see queens become better with their craft. They have to work their bums off to show Mother RuPaul and the other judges, especially Michelle, what they can bring to the table.

I tuned in to as many episodes as I can get my hands on, but my favorite so far was season 6 (with Bianca del Rio, Adore Delano, and Courtney Act) and the current one.

Personally speaking, this is one of the best seasons of the queens. So I’ve rounded the reasons why I think it is one for the books!

Best Moments from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9

I’ll just enumerate my favorite moments here!

Sasha and Peppermint’s lip sync battle!

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Sasha’s lip-sync battle – all that pazzaz! The passion in her face while she was performing was very evident!

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Peppermint’s “Stronger” performance – I thought Trinity had it in the bag but girl you came through!

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The reunion read over the “Miss Congeniality” award was epic!

Valentina’s lip-sync boo-ha-ha. Girl, I believed that you can go all the way, I seriously did.

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Lady Gaga’s appearance in the first episode!

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Trinity’s 9021HO and Sister Mary Koont performances!

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Crew makeovers that gave us Winter Green!

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How about you? What are your favorite moments from the recently concluded season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

 

Korean Drama Fever: The Highs and Lows of Watching Korean Novelas

I’m on my third Korean Novela this year. This is a big achievement for me because the last time I’ve watched Korean Novelas was 2013 or 2014. The long hiatus was due to my work schedule and series preference. From 2013 to early 2017 I watched American series such as; Big Bang Theory, FRIENDS, Scandal, How To Get Away From Murder, Jane The Virgin, Rupaul’s Drag Race, Devious Maids, Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Drop Dead Diva, The Good Wife, and so on.

Somehow, I got tired of watching shows that progressed slowly. I missed the “kilig” or romantic excitement that I had whenever I watched Korean Novelas. I missed the lightness that RomCom (romantic-comedy) K-Novelas had.

This year, I was lured back to K-Novelas because of Gong Yoo.

He owned my heart ever since I saw him in Coffee Prince, where he played the role of Han Kyul. Perhaps it was his dreamy eyes that made me go crazy – this was before I met E, my husband, and the love of my life – back in college. Because of that show, I started watching more K-Novelas, I started studying Hangul, and I cut my hair short (inspired by the lead actress’ haircut in the show).

Because of Gong Yoo, I decided to watch Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin). To me and my husband’s surprise, I finished the entire show in 4 days! I’ll try to write a review about it, but because of that show the spark of my Korean Novela loving soul came back.

Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

K-Novelas are different from telenovelas and western series. It usually has less than 20 episodes shown for three to four months. Each episode is at least an hour long, packed with ups and downs, and ends with a major cliffhanger.

In an episode, you will usually experience a lot of “kilig moments.”

You will try to keep it inside because people will think you are crazy. Just imagine yourself commuting in a bus or service van smiling like a high school girl.

At times, you will feel a need to scream because the two leads are just so damn cute! Or because you are frustrated with the guy lead for being too mean.

But there will also be moments when you will find yourself crying. Tears will fall down your eyes and you don’t even know why it happened.

Antagonists make you feel the need to scream.

Cliffhangers make you crave for the next episode which ultimately leads you to binge watch as much episodes as you can in a day.

 

When you finally finish the series, you are left with a hole in your heart. You start questioning yourself, why did you watch it all at once?

To fill that hole, you end up asking for recommendations from your friends or you start watching series that star the leads of the last one you watched. Then you start a new cycle again, promising yourself that you will watch the new series slower.

You might succeed at first, perhaps for the first five or ten episodes. But then cliffhanger after cliffhanger you are left with no choice but to binge watch again!

Oh My K-Novelas

I just shared a glimpse of the ups and downs that you might experience when you start watching K-Novelas. Remember, once you start it will be difficult to stop. So if you are ready to start your journey to the land of never ending “kilig” or romantic excitement, venture on and watch any of the K-Novelas below:

Enjoy!

Set Meals Galore: Botejyu MOA Review

In my last post, I mentioned that we had dinner before Britney’s Concert here in Manila (still trying to recover from this once in a lifetime experience). We dined in at Botejyu. The Botejyu branch in Mall of Asia is located at the Galleo Wing. It is near IMAX for easier reference.

I didn’t really have any special reason as to why I chose Botejyu for dinner. It was between Basil and Botejyu, the latter won because E said so. Really, he did in a not so direct way.

See, the day before Britney’s concert I was looking at possible restaurants where I can treat my brother. I checked Booky.Ph and saw that they had a special deal for Basil.

While strolling around the Galleo Wing of MOA, sipping on Mango Slushie Tea, I chanced upon Botejyu. I told E that it was between the two. He looked at reviews for both restaurants, then shared that Botejyu had better reviews, and the food looked better.

Good for Your Tummy and Your Pocket

So here’s my short Botejyu MOA review!

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While we were waiting for my brother and for his partner to arrive, I snapped photos of their rice bowl and set meals. Most are priced just below P400 (USD 9). The price can be a bit too much for a daily meal but for a special date or occasion, the price is just right. You can check out their menu here.19401197_10213129403732413_265764815_o

 

 

We ordered a total of five dishes. I chose the Beef & Tamagotoji Egg Rice Bowl (P365 or USD 8).

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The serving size was good enough for sharing, to be honest. I wasn’t able to finish off everything in my bowl! The dish was delectable. Something I imagine myself craving for over and over again. I have to credit it all to their special sauce!

E ordered the Pork Cutlet Curry Rice Bowl (P395 or USD 8.5).

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As all married couples do, we shared our dishes with each other. In this case, though, I only had a bit of his because I loved mine so much! From what I can remember, E was very much fulfilled with this dish. As he shared, the curry flavor blended well with the pork cutlet and sticky rice.

Aside from our two rice bowls, we also ordered their Premium Moonlight Yakisoba (P375 or USD 8).

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It was just okay for me, maybe because we didn’t mix it as soon as it was served. It was a little on the dry side. Taste wise though it was still good.

My brother ordered their Garlic Rice with Bacon & Egg Set and Kushikatsu Platter (P370 or USD 8), while his partner ordered their Beef Sukiyaki Rice Set (P395 or USD 8.5). I can’t really give you any feedback for their dishes but they did say that it was okay.

Post for Free Ice Scream

What I love about Botejyu MOA is their special promo. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the mini-standee but you get a free Ice Cream (match/vanilla/sesame flavor) when you post about your Botejyu experience.

I had poor signal that night but I was able to charm my brother’s partner to post on his Facebook. True enough, we were given a free serving of ice cream!

Final YUM Verdict

For my final YUM verdict for Botejyu MOA, I give it a yum factor of 4 out of 5 stars. I love their rice bowls and I honestly think that their set meals are worth it. I will definitely come back for more! The ambiance was good and the staff were so nice too.

Do make sure that you post about your experience when you dine in so you can get a free ice cream too!

Britney Spears Live in Manila

Britney’s concert here in Manila was 19 years in the making, it was a dream come true!

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I’m a big fan of Britney. My room was filled with posters you would think that it’s my wallpaper! Through her, I was introduced to the world of pop.

I followed Britney’s career since 1999. I fell in love with her songs, rejoiced whenever I watched her music videos, sang along to her live performances, cried when she stumbled, and cheered for her to get back to her feet again. So basically I’m a big fan.

The Road to Watching Britney Live

When it was officially announced that she will have her first ever concert here in the Philippines I knew that I would do everything to watch her perform live. Thankfully a good friend of ours knew the promoter. He helped us secure good tickets minus the hassle of lining up or waiting for the online selling to begin. My mind was basically like this.

I can only afford to shell out P6,000 for her tickets (USD 111) which was good for Upper Box tickets. Thank heavens for my brother! He was kind enough to upgrade my tickets to Lower Box B (P10,500 or USD 233). I was shouting out loud, in my mind, when he said that he will sponsor the upgrade for my tickets.

I had a sudden flashback of my high school days, when my free time would be spent memorizing her music video choreography, watching her concert DVD over and over again, or reading magazines to get the latest news about her.

April came and we finally received our tickets. I almost cried when I held it in my hands. In my mind, it was my passport to an event I had been waiting for 19 years.

See you soon , @britneyspears ! ❤❤❤❤❤

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Experience of a Lifetime

The day finally came, there were butterflies in my stomach. I will finally see Britney, in the flesh, performing live in front of me.

My brother, his partner, and I walked from Botejyu to the Mall of Asia Arena after dinner. Each step we made brought us a step closer to my queen. I knew that in just a few hours her show will start.

Shortly after arriving at the concert venue we made our way to our seats. After locating our seats I left my brother and his partner.

Amazing seats! Ang lapitd See you soon @britneyspears ❤❤❤

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I wanted to take a closer look at her official concert merchandise. I knew that I would regret not buying anything. At first, I only bought an armband. In my mind, at least I have something tangible to save aside from the ticket.

My husband thought otherwise, he urged me to buy a shirt because this is just a once in a lifetime concert. I happily lined up again to get a shirt! The long wait to get the shirt was worth it! I have something special from her first ever concert here in Manila!

Merch! ❤❤❤ #britneyspears #britneyinmanila

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Our Queen

After waiting for more than an hour, the show started. You could hear people screaming, going wild when they caught a glimpse of Britney taking her position on the stage. When the beat dropped the crowd went mad.

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My eyes were glued to her the entire time that she was performing. She had a certain aura that would make you just focus your eyes on her. Each move was on-point, she was amazing!

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I won’t go into detail of each song she performed because you will just read the word amazing over and over again. One thing is for certain, she is an incredible performer. The crowd would go crazy every time she comes out of the stage. You would hear each person singing along to her hits, even the newer ones from her latest album.

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When you look at her, you would see the same old Britney from the 90’s. She is the same charismatic girl who owned our hearts.

Britney Hangover

Everyone was on a high after the concert ended. People lined up like crazy at the merchandise booths. We were all singing along to the songs played by the brand booths. People coming down from the escalators were singing, those who were waiting for their turn in the merchandise booth were singing, and those who were exiting the concert grounds were singing too!

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Everyone left with a smile on their face knowing that we are part of her first concert in Manila. This is something I would remember forever.

How about you?Have you attended the concert of your favorite artist? How was your experience? Share it with me below!

 

 

Dealing with My Picky Eater

Ah, terrible twos. I personally wanted to rename it terrific twos but with Bunny’s tantrums and eating habits, I can’t. Every day is a struggle. It’s not because she’s eating air but because she’s very particular about what she wants to consume! Red flags started to rise last year. She would choose oatmeal over rice, puffs over veggies, and biscuits over fruits.

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We tried every trick we can think of. Some would work well but most don’t. I even found myself crying in a corner thinking where I went wrong.

Why Are Toddlers Picky Eaters?

Partly Bunny’s eating habits are my fault. I was a picky eater too when I was young. I recall that my food choices were limited to hot dogs, lugaw (rice porridge), bread (I preferred eating the crust vs. the actual pizza), and rice. I’ve read some articles which pointed out that genes have something to do with it.

Aside from hereditary issues of my little fickle eater, I shielded her from poultry and seafood. Bunny has mastocytosis and would have allergic reactions to poultry and seafood. I hated the itchy red bump she had on her arm. So with her dermatologist’s help, we were able to control it from spreading.

As per her derma, the only way to help lessen the itch was if I slowly introduce poultry and seafood to her diet through my breastmilk first then to her diet. I hovered too much and decided to introduce poultry and seafood a bit too late.

Lastly, toddlers are naturally picky eaters. They know now that they can say no or throw a tantrum fit when you force food to them. Knowing this helped me tone down a bit on the where did I go wrong rant to E.

How I Dealt with My Picky Eater

  1. Don’t force feed your toddler. Your toddler will be traumatised whenever you force feed her! Believe me, Bunny would look terrified and would avoid our dining table whenever she can. She dreaded meals for 2 days because I force fed her. There was even a time when she tried to force feed me too!
  2. Identify her favourite food. For Bunny its oatmeal, pizza, and biscuits. Now we have a steady supply of her go-to snacks. In our minds, it’s better than an empty stomach.
  3. Don’t deprive your toddler food. No, please don’t. If your toddler drinks milk (whether it is formula or breast milk) she is getting nutrients that she needs. Add supplements to the mix and your toddler would be fine. Just please don’t deprive them just because they don’t like what you offered.
  4. Eat with them. This is my current tactic. I would make sure that I eat breakfast and dinner with her. Seeing mommy eating the food served in front of her made her more comfortable. This is my best move so far. Now she’s eating rice again! Just be prepared to share your plate with your toddler.19243541_10213076301844899_544503411_o
  5. Supplement with Milk and Vitamins. This is how we tackle Bunny’s low food intake in her bad days. We ensure that she takes her vitamins daily and that she latches at night when I come home.
  6. Be patient. Toddlers would like one food today and hate it the next day. Bunny loved noodles before! Now she hates it and wouldn’t even touch it! Just make sure you have enough reserve of her go to food.19263907_10213076295084730_658694920_o

Hope my tips above helped. Do drop your personal tips in the comments section below!

How To Deal With Toddler Tantrums

Time flies by so fast, my once prim and proper little girl is now throwing tantrums left and right! Yes, that cute baby girl who would welcome me home with warm hugs and kisses is now a tantrum monster. Well, tantrum monster might be an exaggeration but you get the picture.

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It started last May; her tantrums became frequent and longer than before. Gone are the days when I can easily pacify her with my boob (she’s still breastfed) or sway her with a tickle fight.

There are times when I have no clue as to what I should do to make her stop crying. I just look at her and scratch my head.

Why Are You Crying?

So why do toddlers experience tantrums? Observing bunny, it would happen when:

  • We don’t understand what she’s saying – this is the usual suspect. We would ask her to repeat what she’s saying, but there are times when we just don’t understand. We will ask her to show it to us which just leads to a crying toddler on the floor.

  • We ask her to do a specific activity and she’s just not in the mood.

  • She wakes up not feeling good. This happens to toddlers too! We would make her smile by giving her favourite things but to no avail. No smile no giggle, just a grumpy toddler.

  • She can’t deal with her emotions. She’s still a toddler and big emotions are sometimes too much for her.

How to Deal with Tantrums

I am no expert in dealing with tantrums but I do try my best every time she has one. At times it would be difficult and you might want to cry along to her tantrum fit. DON’T. Just breathe and be the mommy. Here are my tips so far:

  1. Remain calm. Seeing a tiny toddler crying, wailing, and lying down on the floor is not a pretty sight to see. I’m sure that most of the time you are tempted to scold that precious baby of yours but don’t. Believe me, it will just get uglier when you start scolding that toddler. She will try to match the volume of your voice with a higher – ear scratching – pitch. Just try to stay calm.
  2. Wait It Out. It might be short but it can also be long, no matter what happens, wait until she stops crying. Just sit down right beside her or at a distance close enough for you to observe her. Your toddler is dealing with big emotions, allow them to experience it first hand and discover how they can deal with it. Just wait for her to settle down, it will come. Remember, they can’t cry forever.
  3. Be ready to offer hugs. As the mommy or daddy of that wailing toddler, you should be ready to offer her a hug. She just dealt with big emotions and she needs a reassuring hug from the persons she trusts the most in the world. Your hug will make her feel safe and secure. You are not spoiling them by hugging them after a tantrum.
  4. Talk. Try to explain what has happened after the tantrum storm. Did she cry because you turned off the TV? Simply explain to her that her eyes needed rest. She might not have liked it because she was watching her favourite show but she can’t always get what she wants. Share with her that you understand that she got mad and that it’s okay to feel that way. Next time though she can say that she’s mad or say please, instead of crying. In this process, you’re helping her understand what she experienced. She’s learning her emotions so make sure you assist them in this process.
  5. Take note of what induces a tantrum storm. You will see a pattern every time your toddler throws a tantrum. Bunny would usually have a tantrum when we tell her we don’t understand what she’s saying, so now we try different ways to communicate with her better. It’s a learning process so be patient, it’s part of adulting.

So those are my tips on how you can deal with your toddler’s tantrum. Do you have any tips for me? Leave it in the comments section.

Toddler Tales #4: Singing Bunny

When I was pregnant with Bunny I listened to songs from different genres. It would range from pop songs to Disney medleys. So it didn’t surprise me when she started singing along to different types of songs too! Most of the time she would dance along too.

Today in playschool ❤🐰❤. Dance bunny, dance! #alexcutiepie

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She would switch from Bang Bang to Better When I’m Dancing depending on her mood. She also developed a liking to Clean Bandit’s Rather Be and even Crazy Frog!

Here she is singing Bang Bang just a couple of weeks ago.

Bunny's new lss this week. ❤🐰❤ #alexcutiepie

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She’s also keen on singing nursery rhymes especially the ones I sang to her before she goes to sleep before. A couple of weeks ago she was singing Head,Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.

Lss toddler version #alexcutiepie

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After getting the song out of her system, she started singing along to Johnny,Johnny, Yes Papa.

My little preschooler singing her lss this week. ❤🐰❤ #alexcutiepie

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Just recently she can’t get the song Incy Wincy Spider out of her head.

Bunny's lss this week. Incy Wincy Spider! #alexcutiepie

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I guess she also suffers from Last Song Syndrome

How about your little one? Do they have a song stuck in their head too? Or do they love singing out loud too?

Family Bonding in Escala Tagaytay

For our special family bonding activity this summer, we decided to spend a night in Tagaytay. Last weekend was filled with fun memories, most were because of our amazing stay in Escala Tagaytay. So as promised in my previous post, here’s my review.

Discovering Escala

I was looking for staycation packages last March when I heard about Escala Tagaytay. I saw posts from Facebook featuring the hotel’s amazing view. I was captivated by the unique design that the hotel had. It showcased floor to glass ceilings upon entrance and offered amazing views for all of their rooms. This was very intriguing to me. I’m all about trying new hotels also that’s why I immediately looked for their website to check out their rates.

To my surprise they had special introductory rates offer for their rooms. I immediately consulted with E if we can book a room there. I shared with him that it can be our celebration for Mother’s Day and his birthday. At first, he was hesitant but with my charm, I was able to make him say yes. After receiving his confirmation, I booked a deluxe room for an overnight stay with buffet breakfast for P4,900 (USD 109). Now if you check their rates a deluxe room would cost you P7,000 (USD 155).

I also liked that it was situated right next to Sky Ranch ( a mini theme park in Tagaytay). We can drop by for meals and after to try some kid friendly rides with Bunny.

Luxury and Child-friendly Rooms

Upon reaching the hotel, we were warmly welcomed by their staff. I was immediately impressed with their interior design. Each detail was well thought off. There was a sense of continuity in the design of their lobby. Upon arriving you will already see what they have to offer: the view of Taal and their infinity pool.

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Even my little girl was impressed with the view. Bunny instantly noticed their pool and started asking us if she can go swimming! I had to tell her that we had to settle in first in our room. Fortunately, she agreed and we proceeded to our room after checking in.

When I opened the door to our room we were welcomed with a spacious room – good enough to fit 4 adults. Even though the capacity said that max is 3 adults you can squeeze in one more! Each deluxe room had one queen bed and one single bed, a veranda with a view of the infinity pool, coffee and tea set, hot and cold shower, Wi-Fi connection, and cable TV.

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If you are travelling with a toddler like us I can assure you that their rooms are child-friendly. Bunny loved the carpeted floors and our veranda. She was smiling the entire time that we were there.

The Amenities

Aside from the room guests can also use their infinity pool and access their restaurant. The infinity pool was not that deep and had a section for kids. I guess they also thought of catering to families when they conceptualised the hotel.

My only comment for their pool is that it has no heater. It’s usually cold in Tagaytay so guests do expect the water to be warmer.

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Included in our package was buffet breakfast for two. We were told upon checking in that we will be dining al fresco in their restaurant in the morning. However, a wedding reception was scheduled so our breakfast was transferred to their other function room. This was a bit of a downer for me because the al fresco area offered a better view. Fortunately, their function room also had a good view and the breakfast buffet served was good (I recommend their tapa paired with garlic rice).

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If you want to get a massage, they also offer on call massage. This will cost you anywhere between P1000-P2000 (USD 22 – 45). I didn’t avail of this anymore because Bunny might find it weird when I woman comes in to massage me (silly thought in my head).

The Verdict

Overall, I highly recommend Escala Tagaytay. It’s a perfect venue for couples, friends, and families to bond and enjoy each other’s company. You get your money’s worth with the spacious rooms, amazing views, and accommodating staff. Interested in reading other detailed reviews like this one? Just click here for more reviews.

I do look forward to visiting them again. Hopefully, I get to dine in the al fresco area and try on a relaxing message when we come back. You can book your rooms through their website at  http://www.escalatagaytay.com/

 

 

Weekend Tagaytay Getaway

Last weekend we went away to Tagaytay for our quarterly family bonding. E and I agreed that we will have quarterly getaways with our little girl. This doesn’t need to be expensive out of the country getaways. It can be as simple as an overnight staycation or a short out of town trip. The end goal is to just spend extra time with Bunny.

We arrived at our quarterly getaway agreement after noticing how happy Bunny was during our trips. She smiles the whole day during our trips. We see a glimmer in her eye as she sees something new and different. An article we read shared that travelling with kids is a good teachable experience.

The Road To our Tagaytay Vacation

We hopped on a bus to start our trip to Tagaytay. E and I were so excited for this trip. See it had been awhile since our last staycation. Our last one was December 2016 when we celebrated our birth month at H20 Hotel.

I was thinking of rescheduling the trip to end-June because of the gloomy weather. Halfway through our bus ride it started raining. I honestly thought that we won’t be able to enjoy our trip. I even started thinking of activities we can do inside the room, short, and fun activities that Bunny can enjoy. I was glad to see that after 20 minutes or more the rain finally stopped.

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We reached our drop off point an hour and a half after we left our starting point (SM Bacoor). There was a bit of traffic but it was manageable. We rode a tricycle to get to our hotel for the weekend.

Escala Staycation

We stayed at the newly opened Escala Hotel (more on this in my next post). Check in was a breeze! We were given our access card within 5 minutes of checking in. This didn’t stop Bunny from wandering in their lobby. She immediately pointed their infinity pool exclaiming “miming I found a pool” (swimming I found the pool). I had to talk to her and tell her that we will go swimming after we leave our things in our room.

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Our room was spacious and more than what I expected. It had an amazing view and to Bunny’s liking, it was carpeted! She momentarily forgot about the pool. She started lying down on the floor before proceeding into jumping up and down on the bed – as if it was a trampoline! She would look to us and giggle out loud as if saying she’s having so much fun.

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We allowed her to take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool but only for a short bit of time. It was starting to get cold, even if it was just a little before four. I guess that’s to be expected because of the gloomy weather. We didn’t want to risk her catching a cold. We also wanted her to rest before we go out for dinner.

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This turned out to be a good decision. Fog appeared and our little bunny exclaimed, “scary.” We had to wait for the fog to disappear before we headed out to dinner at Sky Ranch.

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Dinner at Skyranch

We decided to have dinner at Mesa located in Skyranch. Skyranch was just a five to ten-minute walk from our hotel.  I didn’t want to risk going to a far restaurant that time.

The rain made it hard for us to reach our destination easily. When we reached Mesa their staff quickly escorted us to our table.

We decided to just order two dishes: Crispy Kare Kare and Crispy Boneless Tilapia with Four Sauces. The cold weather made me crave for Kare Kare (a unique Filipino dish made with beef, vegetables, and creamy peanut-based sauce) and fish. Mesa did not disappoint!

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The creamy peanut sauce complimented the crispy fried short ribs. My only comment was that there was a scarcity of peanut sauce! I wanted more! Bunny liked the Crispy Tilapia so much! She’s a picky eater and it was a rare treat to see her eat fish!

Skyranch Tour

The next day, after checking out, we went to Skyranch. Bunny smiled ear to ear exclaiming “laki playground” all the time (big playground). She wanted to try every ride but we just limited it to three. She wasn’t big enough yet to ride the other attractions. This seemed to be okay with her it was just crucial for her to ride the train (she has a thing for trains).

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She was ecstatic to ride the train. She couldn’t help but giggle and squeal during our ride. Seeing her enjoy such simple pleasures in life made our day.

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Going Home

After retrieving our luggage from Escala we told Bunny that we were going home. It was so funny because she started her way towards the elevator. Our funny bunny pressed the down button, giggling to herself. She thought that home meant our room in Escala.

I had to slowly explain to her that we were going home to her grandpa and grandma. At first, she seemed okay. She just looked a bit sad. She wasn’t crying or screaming. When we were near the bus stop she suddenly said “come back.” E and I looked at each other shocked to hear her say comeback. I guess she really had fun during our weekend getaway.

Looking back, she was always smiling and giggling. She liked lying down on the carpet and hiding from us. The room was her playground and her dad and me her playmates. I did tell her that we will try to go back but next time perhaps longer. We will surely give everything that we can to make her squealing happily again.

If I learned anything from this trip it’s that kids appreciate time away with their parents. They see the world from a different perspective while we introduce them to a new portion of our world. I highly recommend that parents go on vacations with their kids at least once to twice a year. Again, it need not be expensive. What’s important is that you spend time with them.

 

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