Valentine’s Card from Nonet

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It may have been 2 weeks since Valentine’s Day but I believe I need to tell something about the card that my daughter gave me. :) Nonet is currently in prep and she is enjoying their art activities so much. She was so excited when she came home a day before Valentine’s day telling me about the cards she made for me. :)

On Valentine’s day, she gave me this card. :) She made this for her father and I, and it really made me happy. :)

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I remember when I was a kid, I used to do Valentine cards for my parents as well. As I grow up, and earned money, I started buying Hallmark cards and flowers to give them. When I have extra money I also buy sympathy flowers with cute teddy bears for my friends. :)

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Now that I am a mother, too, I realized that homemade Valentine cards are more heartfelt and valuable than any commercial cards. :) I know that sooner or later, Nonet will be buying me one of the cards available at bookstore, chocolates, or a teddy. For the meantime, I will cherish the moments and the occasions that she will be doing greeting cards for me. :)

Ciao! :)

After 22 years!

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Last February 8, my mother, my sister Patty and I went to NAIA Terminal 3 to fetch our Tita Edna and her student. Her student will be competing in a national level science competition in Baguio City. The last time I saw Tita Edna was during my Tito Lino’s wedding. It was 22 years ago! I was only 8 years old then.

I took a vacation leave from work because their expected arrival is around 9PM. They arrived at NAIA Terminal 3. It was my first time in the airport. I might have been in NAIA Terminal 1 but I can no longer recall. My sister Patty told me that I am such a loser! Hehehe! :)

We took a bus ride bound to Baclaran. The traffic in EDSA drives me crazy! I was really getting mad because of the traffic my sister seemed so relax while listening music on her phone. She said that it is usual in EDSA. And the traffic we have encountered was just a light traffic. She works in Makati and she is used to this kind of traffic.

We’re supposed to get off at Pasay Road but my mother decided to cut the trip and we got off at Dusit Hotel. We took from there going to the airport. I was really excited when we arrived at the airport. I was never a traveler. I like to see and visit different places but if I cannot afford it, it is fine with me. I can live staying at home while reading books, or working on my cross-stitch or working on my blog site. :)

The last time my mother saw her sister was in May 2010 when they had a grand reunion in Antique. After about 45 minutes of waiting, Tita Edna and her student, Zy, arrived through Cebu Pacific plane from Davao City. I was really excited and happy to see her. She was still studying when we saw each other. Now, she has a daughter who will be graduating in college this year and a son. :) How time flies so fast!

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We ate our dinner at Kenny Rogers. I know that she is excited to see us as well. She told me that she was expecting a little Anette to fetch her. She didn’t really expect that we are all grown ups now. Well, I told her that I am not just grown up, I have a daughter already which made her a grandaunt already! :)

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We also met her student Zy, who is very quiet. He just observed us while we chat and laugh. But, he responded when asked. :)

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After a little tour in the airport (we got a little lost, my bad), we headed to Victory Liner in Pasay. We waited until they are onboard the bus going to Baguio. I miss Baguio. I have only been there twice but it is one place I will never get tired of spending vacations. I love the different tourist spots, the cold weather and the vegetables and strawberries!

It was really a fun and exciting day. :)

Ciao! :)

Mama’s Grand Vacation

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My sister, Patty and I met our mother at SM Megamall last Monday from her week-long vacation in Antique. My cousin sent me a text message about their arrival time and when we expect mama to get off the bus from Baclaran.

I can tell that my mother enjoyed her vacation. She said that one week is not enough to compensate for the 39 years that she has not gone back to her hometown. When they arrived in Ilo-Ilo airport last Monday, they were met by her mother and sisters. She said that they all cried upon seeing each other after so many years, but it was tears of joy. :)

She said that their Kuya Fred was very happy to see them all. She met her nephews and nieces and their children for the first time. What so funny is that, when you ask her about their names, she doesn’t remember anymore. Hehehe!

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Mama enjoying the sugar like sand of Boracay

She told us that all their relatives are happy to see them. Every day, they eat lunch and dinner from different houses. It was like “fiesta” everyday. :)

One of the things that she enjoyed the most was her visit to Boracay. My sister Patty envied our mother because of this. She described the white sand of Bora like fine white sugar. She said that she really enjoyed the clear water and just simply walking to the shore. :) She was with my Tita Edna and her family, Tita Ellen and Tita Alice. She said that she and her sisters were able to bond and catch up with each other. She told us that my Tita Alice and Tita Nida were only grade school students when she left Antique for Manila. :)

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When it’s time to go back to their own families, they cried again for they wouldn’t know when they will be seeing each other again. But the memories created in that vacation will always be treasured and remembered. Everyone is hoping that it wouldn’t be the last. We are hoping that the next time a family reunion will be held, and then my sisters, Nonet and I would be able to come along too with our mother. :)

Ciao! :)

A Date with Sisters

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I wasn’t able to join my “auxilliary team”, Team Oneil in their recent team building held somewhere in Tanay. I had an earlier appointment set which prevented me from joining them. Of course, I really felt sad about it because I miss my original team so much. I miss my very kind and understanding tm, boss Dan; my RS Treb, my team mates and friends, my Dell brother Pao and his girlfriend Rox. God knows how much I miss them. :(

In any case, since I may not be able to join them anymore, I decided to take my daughter on a date which turned out to be a sisters date. :) My two younger sisters joined us in our little date in Araneta Center. :) Before Megamall, Galleria and Ayala malls were built, Araneta Center’s malls are the first known malls in the city. When I was young, my parents used to take us there for leisure. I know that many of you have experienced the rides provided by Fiesta Carnival which is now Shop Wise. During Christmas season, we never failed to watch the C.O.D presentation. I remember my father used to put my sister Patty on his shoulder so she could watch the presentation well. :)

It’s been a while since I tour around Araneta Center. It’s just a ride away from where we live and we decided to go there. We took a jeepney ride going to Cubao and we got off at Ali Mall. Ali Mall was named after a great boxer, Mohammad Ali. It was named after Ali when the boxer visited the Philippines then. We went in the mall and crossed the connecting bridge going to SM Cubao. One thing I love going to Araneta Center are the different items on Sale. :) My sisters and I purchased some movie CDs from Odyssey. I got 3 Videoke Disc for myself which I got for Php100 only!. Antoinette got a Spongebob CD for herself. :)

Then, we went to SM and I bought plastic storage box which is on 50% off! :) We had our early dinner at KFC, then we headed to Booksale which I got a Nancy Drew Mystery book which I added to my Nancy Drew collection! :) Then,  I bought Pauline a baby pink blouse for her thesis defense from Farmer’s Plaza.

Since, we left the storage boxes in SM, we took the free shuttle from Gateway mall to Ali mall. Then, we took a cab from SM going home. We were tired but happy.

It was really something to treasure. I must have missed the trip of my Dell family but I was able to spend quality time with my sisters. :) My mother didn’t come with us because she wanted to fix and clean the house while her girls are out! :)

Ciao! :)

A Homecoming

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I just finished texting my cousin about the family reunion of my maternal clan in Antique. My mother has been away from her birthplace for almost 40 years. When she went to Manila many years ago, she didn’t get the chance of visiting her hometown anymore. She’s now a widow, a mother of three girls and a grand mother, and hopefully this coming May, she’ll be going back to her town. :)

She talked to her younger brother last night regarding the said reunion and she found out that her mother and 3 younger sisters will be coming, too. Her eagerness to come home grows deeper. She has not seen my maternal grandmother for almost 10 years. The last time she saw her two younger sisters was before she left Antique going to Manila then. She last saw her youngest sister, when Tito Lino, her brother, got married in 1989. She is really excited about the said reunion.

I’d like to go too, because I want to meet my maternal relatives as well. I have been very close to my paternal clan because I grew up with them. My father was a native of Quezon province. Quezon is just about a 5-hour bus ride from Manila. I love Quezon so much that I want to keep coming back as long as my schedule and my budget permit. I guess it’s time for me to know the other half of me. :)

I already checked the fare with different airline and shipping companies, as well as bus liners that has a route to Antique, and too bad I may not be able to shoulder the fare for 3 persons! :( Well, if I would come then Nonet will come along, too. The plan departure date is on May 3. It is still a month away and I hope that I can still stretch my salary a bit to compensate for me and my daughter’s fare. :) I really love to go.

But if in case, my budget didn’t permit me to set off, at least mama would be there. I know that it would really make her very happy to see her mother and her siblings again. :)

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I’ll keep you posted! :) I hope that there would be promos and fare discounts then! :)

Ciao! :)

A Reunion???

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My sister Patty, my cousin Joy and our aunt, Tabibe went to Quezon last November 1 for Undas 2010. My paternal grandparents are both gone as well as two of their eldest sons. Their remains are buried in a little cemetery in our town in Quezon. I would love to go, but papa’s remains is buried in Pasig City’s cemetery. My father’s siblings except for Tabibe are living in Quezon. So, when Tabibe arrives with her other nieces, it’s like a family reunion is held. :)

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The picture above was taken at Tita Len’s house. Tabibe stays at her place whenever she pays a visit there. When my cousins learned that Tabibe arrives, they flock together at Tita Len’s house. :)  

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This is the next generation of Amandy Family. Too bad Nonet wasn’t there to bond with her cousins.

Well, I hope one day that all of Antoinette’s maternal cousins will visit Manila so that they can spend sometime playing with my daughter at Tom’s World.

I am pretty sure too that Yves will get amazed again with the new metal buildings that weren’t there since his last visit her.

We are planning to spend a 3 or 4-day vacation in May next year. That is in time of the barangay fiesta. I hope that the plan will push through. :)

Ciao! :)

Cousins Day

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After the side trip we had at Rizal Shrine we went ahead to Catherine’s place. It was about 15-minute tricycle ride from the plaza. The guests were eating when we arrived. Jeboy have blown his birthday cake’s candle already as well.

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Antoinette and Jeboy

I knew that Cathy was very happy to see us. We gave our birthday presents to Jeboy and we enjoyed the food they prepared for his birthday. My daughter and her cousins Jeboy and JC started playing around after eating. I let her play with her cousins and Jeboy’s classmates. :) It’s really happy to see them play and enjoy each other’s company. They are the family’s next generation children. :)

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With JC and Jeboy

While the kids are playing, we enjoy the videoke! :) Our family loves to sing. I am grateful to God for blessing me with a singing voice. My sisters and my cousins can hit the notes of a song well, too. :) We sang and sang until the microphone died on us. Oh well, my cousin April stepped on the cord and pulled the microphone out of the videoke machine! Great!

Like Antoinette, Jeboy and JC, my paternal cousins and I are also close to each other. We are not only cousins but we are friends. I remember the times when we were younger and single! My father’s brother used to get angry always when we go home late at night. He would always say how sorry he was for having nieces and not nephews! Hahaha! :) My paternal grandparents have 11 grandchildren. There are 8 girls! Our ages are very close to each other that’s why we really enjoy hanging out with each other. :)

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Enjoying the Videoke Machine!!!

As we grow older, we have had a lot of misunderstandings that made the bond we had loosened up. :( It was sad though. The trip we had in Laguna, made me realize that whatever differences we have and whatever misunderstandings we had in the past should be a closed story already. I feel that the happy moments and the friendship my cousins and I shared are stronger than any differences we have. To top it all, we have the same blood running in our veins. :) With that, we are planning to have a reunion in Summer next year! :)

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Enjoying Sinigang na Hipon before going back to Manila

Ciao! :)

Mama @ 57!

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Last October 6, my mother celebrated her 57th birthday. Three more years and she’ll be able to enjoy the 20% discount offered to Senior citizens! Hehehe!

We didn’t have enough budget to throw a big party for her. We just have extra food on our table plus ice cream and cake. We ate and enjoy her birthday by singing in our videoke. :)

Mama is the only parent we have. Sometimes, she become hard headed and always make her own way instead of what is asked of her to do. You bet! Her way is always better! :)

I always pray to God to bless her with good health and long life. Long enough for us to give her a convenient and comfortable life. Long enough for her to enjoy playing not only with Nonet but with her future grand children. :)

God bless her! Love you mama.

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Ciao! :)

Bundle of Joy

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My father’s youngest sister paid a visit to us last weekend. She attended a seminar at Ateneo de Manila and instead of going home to Quezon with her colleagues, she decided to drop by our house to see us and to see her elder sister, Tabibe. ? We chat with each other as if we have not seen each other for a long time. It is so nice to learn stories about my cousins and my nieces and nephews in Quezon. I have wanted to spent a week vacation there but unable to. I hope that next year I would be able to find time to spend at least a week vacation in there with my daughter. :)

One of the good news she told us is that my eldest cousin, Marian, is expecting another baby this year. :) Well, it’s going to be her sixth child already! :D

Ate Yhaga as we call her is an only child. I am not sure if is her plan to have many children because she doesn’t have any siblings. I am glad to know that we are having another baby in the family. I believe that a bob revolution stroller would be of great help for them. :)They can use the stroller as they leisurely walk their new baby around. :)

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I am looking forward in seeing the new baby as well as my nieces and nephews. My daughter, Antoinette is always happy playing with her cousins. :)

Ciao! :)

Happy Father’s Day!

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The world allots every third Sunday of June to remember and to celebrate the day of the first man in our lives, our father.

The last time that I was greeted and kissed my own father on this special day was the Father’s Day in 2006. He died of lymphoma in January of 2007. Since then, I just greet him in prayers, in my mind and in my heart. He may not be physically present by I know that he is watching us from above.

Papa may not be the perfect father in the world, but he was a loving and sweet father. The pain that I felt because of his lost has been healed though, but he is always missed and loved.

If you can still hug and kiss your father, do it now. Greet them Happy Father’s Day. It is not bad to show your affection and make them feel love. I understand that not all fathers are showy about their love for you. You might even get rejections when you greet them, but do not feel bad about your fathers when they do not show affection. Deep inside them, they would really be happy if you remember them on their day! :)

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in the world!

Happy Father’s Day to our Father up above; to my papa and to the father to the sweetest girl in my life. :)

Ciao! :)

Lola Ading’s: Babang Luksa

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Yesterday was my paternal grandmother, Lola Ading’s first death year anniversary. Due to financial matters, we decided not to go to Quezon. It’s a good thing we have a credit card to turn to, to buy food for the occasion. :) My Aunt Evelyn and sister Patty went there instead to join our other relatives for my lola’s babang luksa. It’s been a year since we bid goodbye and gave our last respect to our lola.

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My sister, my other 2 aunts and my cousins went to the cemetery to offer flowers and flowers for my lola. They also prayed for the souls of my departed lolo Tikot and my uncles, Rudy and Serafin. My father’s body which lain in one of the cemetery in Pasig is the one that’s missing from the family. Well, we are still thinking if papa’s remains would be transferred to Quezon in 2012.

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My lola Ading was one of the reason’s why I love going to Quezon. She’s been a very caring and loving lola. We would truly miss her.

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Tisha, Tita Jocelyn with Nicole, Tita Lyn with Ikay and Tabibe

God bless her soul.

Ciao! :)

Another year for Patty!

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Patty, Pau and I’s birthdays happen only within a week. Last Friday was Pauline’s birthday; today, my sister Patty is celebrating well, her 26th birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! She took a day off today and I believe she went to Antipolo Cathedral to hear mass. What could I wish and pray for you? I pray that God will bless you with good health and heal all the illness that you have. I pray for your happiness and peace of mind.

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Patty with Governor Singson’s Tiger during her trip to Ilocos.

As for my gift, well, since you’re not getting any younger, a wrinkle cream would be the best! :) Hehehe!!! Well, I will try to find sweet dreams pocket books for you from different book sales I go to! :)

Enjoy your day!!! God bless you!!!

Ciao! :)

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