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Sunday, November 21

Weekend Fun

Yesterday's post of Daddy Day Care were not posted because we did have a whole day affair... out of town, so instead of posting it under Daddy Day Care it will lined up with the family activities.

So what was the weekend fun? Well it's a visit to my wife's cousin, Nuvali, and Splash Mountain, all done in a day. Unfortunately, we did wake up around 2:30 AM just to get there as early in the morning as possible because we need to have breakfast first on the house of my wife's cousin. Together with my wife's relatives we went off to Laguna. Leaving our place at around 4:00 AM.
I think we traveled about more than two hours before we arrived in Calamba, Laguna. During the travel most of the kids were sleeping, getting some more energy for the day. The adults also did get some sleep. There were some photos taken during the travel, experimenting with the different features of the camera. Hahaha! I did get some cool shots while the jeep is running along the expressway.

The subdivision were pretty small but we did get lost because of some minor miscommunication. A little vague on the directions and details of the place. Anyway we did find the place. We had our breakfast. It's not that much according to Ate Recelie (my wife's cousin) but it sure fill up our empty stomachs. After the breakfast followed by a little chit chat, introductions, and play of the kids. It's good to meet them again and of course great for them also to see us. It's quite some time since the last time we meet. As I can remember it was five years ago and that was during our wedding.

After a few hours everyone prepared for our first destination... NUVALI! I haven't heard the name nor seen something about it, at first I thought it was NEW VALLEY. Anyway no matter what's the spelling as long as it sounded like it. Everybody got on board the jeep and according to Ate Res it's a few minutes away from Calamba. Indeed it was really a few minutes ride away from their house if you took the expressway. Hehehe! Since that's the shortest possible and fastest way then we used the expressway.
We did got to the place and everyone was amazed. Everyone I think were in awe, dropped their jaws. We got shy of our ride because most of them or should I say we were the only jeep in the place but it's good to know that the guards were pretty much accommodating. Their uniforms were quite different from the regular guards. It looked like a sheriff's uniform in the US. Maybe they did that to have a good standard on the place.
Since all the kids were very much excited to get into the boat ride most of them already run-off. Each boat can have twelve passengers including one free passenger ages from 2 or 3 I guess. Since we are twenty seven (27), we got two boats with two free one passenger and one will be left behind. Ate Res give way for that and she just watched all the belongings while waiting for us to come back. It was a 10 minute ride of the boat inside a man-made lake which surrounds the developed area of Nuvali. You can see that they really put a very much effort on making the place. I really don't know the idea if it is a theme park or a commercial hub but I find it very cool to visit especially on sunset. Since we don't have much time, we just took the opportunity to visit, do the boating and of course the fish feeding which I think all the kids enjoy doing. I don't know the numbers of the Kois but it was amazing to look at those fish waiting to be fed. It was like painting the water with yellow, orange, and red when feeding those fishes. When we did finish everything we went back to Calamba and went straight to Splash Mountain to have fun, swim and relax.

 While my wife and her cousin are negotiating I did find some few interesting subjects. I took the shot and experimented with the features of the digital camera. For me that's another thing to relax and rejuvenate my whole being. The delight in taking those photos.
 After a few minutes (I think) of negotiating we went inside the resort and settled ourselves. Since it's lunch time, we took our lunch and rested for a while. The place is good and it is not crowded. Unlike the other resort that we were going to check, you can clearly see outside of the gate that there were lots of people. By the way since it's Laguna, it is well known for hot springs.

Some of the kids really couldn't wait any longer that they decided to change clothes already and jump into the pool. The temperature of the pools were really great specially for my in-laws. Also it's good to relieved those annoying stress. So we did really get relaxed and relieved the stress. Maki was enjoying it too. We tried to teach him how to swim but we didn't get any luck of making Maki swim but he did to know how to wiggle his feet and sway his hands while riding his floats (I couldn't get the term for "salbabida"). We enjoyed the whole afternoon swimming without noticing that it was 5 PM already. We took the shower, packed up and went back to Ate Res house to wait for the traffic to subside.

We had our dinner on Ate Res house. Not much but it was good enough to fill those hungry tummies. We waited for a few hours before we left Ate Res house. I think it was 8:30 PM when left good enough to travel and to ease the driver from breaks and clutches during traffic.

While cruising the expressway, thinking that we will be in Quezon City in no time, an engine problem occurred. The driver were forced to drive it very slowly until we made it to the exit. Thank God that we made it safe. When we find a spot for them to check under the jeep they couldn't really say what's wrong but the jeep is running perfectly except for those clanking sounds. Since we don't have any means of transportation we were forced to take it very slowly. We went back in the expressway hoping not to be caught of driving really slow and since it is the only shortest way to reach Manila. When we reach the service area, the driver parked and for the second time tried to look for the problem. Then that was the time that they've noticed that it wasn't the engine but it was the tire. Some portion of the tire were already peeled off and that portion is the once banging which makes the clanking sounds. Thank God that we were safe. So they fixed it and a few minutes we're off again. This time they take it a little slower and with caution. It was 11:30 PM when we reached our home. It was really a tiring day but we were thankful to God that He did brought us back home safe and sound.
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