Mother’s Day in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas—more or less a 3-hour drive from Houston yet surprisingly my family and I have only been there a few times, less than 10 times in the 6 years that we’ve lived here. San Antonio will always have a special place in my heart, it was the first and last trip my family took with Grandmy before she passed away. God, I miss her so; remembering her just in time for Mother’s Day.

(Photo taken in 2009 at the Alamo. RIP Grandmy Emma. I miss you and Happy Mother’s Day!)

So, once again the Ramas(es) (except Paulo coz he was working) decide to take a Day-Trip out of the Houston area. My dad wanted us to do something special for Mother’s Day and of course my mom, being the selfless mom that she is, was all out in making the day not just hers but the family’s as well and that’s how we ended up in San Antonio. We weren’t too bad with our schedule this time, I think we were only an hour late and that’s already good for a big family of 9 with kids that take forever to wake up. There weren’t a lot of potty breaks in between too so we had ample time to do both the safari and the cave tour.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

First official photo of the trip. Yesss! We’re here.

Admission for Adults (12 and up) cost $17.50 each and the Kids (3-11) cost $9.00each, kids below 3 are Free. Each car is entitled to 2 bags of free animal food, if I’m not mistaken and each additional bag costs $1.00. Coupons are really handy  for a family like ours but our excitement got in the way and we forgot to hand them one, you can easily pull them up on your phone, just google it.

Driving in can be a bit overwhelming, it’s a good thing we had the animal guide to inform us which animals we were feeding. I wanted to just get down the car and pet them.

Up close and personal with John.

My personal favorite: Definitely love the Animal Prints. Haha.

Feed at your own risk, Zebras tend to bite.

Tip: Make sure you tighten your palms if you do want to feed them. (less loose skin for them to bite)

Emperor Kuzco?!?

I got it from mah momma.

My thing for chandeliers…didn’t think I’d know how to appreciate Western ones. Isn’t this grand?

A candid shot of my family at the Petting Barnyard.

And last but not the least, a picture with the animal that reminds me of my fiancè. Haha.

Next stop…

Natural Bridge Caverns

I like how these two attractions are situated next to each other, literally a hop, skip and a jump away so we headed next door and purchased tickets for the Discovery Tour. This time I did remember to pull up a coupon with my phone so we had the cashier cancel the transaction and start all over again. That saved us more or less $20 too.

The Caverns offers 3 different tours but we went with the common one which was the Discovery Tour.

My Dad looks like he’s the most excited of us all. Haha.

…And here are rules to start the tour.

No offense but our tour guide that day didn’t seem to be passionate about what she was doing. You could tell coz she was talking in a stuck-up monotone voice and she couldn’t keep her facts straight like she was second-guessing herself all the time.

St Mary’s Hall taken with my camera’s automatic settings

Imagine if all of these broke and fell down…YIKES!

Don’t they look like Giant Man-o-wars?

What I’d call Hades’ masterpiece. They look like skulls/lost souls. Pretty creepy.

Breathtaking view from the top, I can’t believe we climbed those steps.

The Caverns had an impressive array of stalactites, stalagmites and the sort. It made me think of home…I wish, the Philippines could do something, even just a quarter of what the US does to preserve its resources and its natural beauty. Anyway, I’m thinking of coming back with Marco after his eye surgery, I think he’ll appreciate it more.

…And our LAST stop.

San Marcos Premium Outlets

Shopping. Shopping. Shopping.

Here’s my San Marcos Outlet Loot, photos taken with my iphone.

Top Left: Aeropostale Neon Pink Pleated Mini Skirt, original price: $42.50; sale price: $7.99

Bottom Left: Armani Dress, original price: $128.00, sale price: $34.50

Top Right: A’Gaci Cropped Faux Fur Coat, original price: $34.50, $7.99

Middle Right: A’Gaci Mocha Skater Skirt, original price: $16.50; sale price: $3.99

Bottom Right: Aeropostale Mint Green Cuffed Summer Shorts, original price: $44.50; sale price $9.99

Can’t wait to use the Aeropostale finds for this summer, of course the faux fur coat goes into storage with the rest of my winter clothes. I shop out of season and it does wonders for my budget. And the Armani Dress was a gift from my parents, definitely a good buy (for them) since it was more than 60% off. I love the sporty vibe of the dress and the zipper detail in both front back. I’ll be updating you guys with an outfit post soon, (hopefully).

Well, that’s it for now and before I end this post here’s what my family made for mom, edited by yours truly on one of those iphone frame apps. I think I did a good job not vomiting while making this in a moving vehicle on the way to San Antonio. Haha. Hope you had a great mama’s day, mom. You deserve the best and more!

~Rhea

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