Dear Mama #4 – Happy Birthday in Heaven

Dear Mama,

If you were still here, today would have been your 69th birthday. But anyhow, happy birthday still. I miss you and Daddy. Lagi naman.

I have news for you. Ibulong ko na lang pag-uwi ko uli. Please continue being my angel, especially now that I would again be adulting much much more. Daming ganap, hirap magdecide hehehe.

Anyway, happy birthday again!

2017 Week 4: Home for the Weekend

January 16-22, 2017

Work

Work is smooth sailing to date. But I’m beginning to have delays due to other meetings that were not factored in during the initial timeline planning. But I’d like to catch up first before moving timelines.

Weekend

It was our father’s second death anniversary last January 21 so I went home last weekend. I took the 6 PM trip last Friday so I arrived in Baguio at around 1AM. I like this schedule because it’s like spending 2 nights at home. I might be taking this schedule moving forward. Or earlier if work schedule permits and if the body is able to report to work early with a sharp mind hehehe.

We lighted a candle, offered prayers, prepared lunch and invited some relatives over.

After lunch, I played with the kids and we took a lot of pictures together! I’m taking advantage of this because once they become teens, they might think it’s not cool goofing around with tita anymore hahaha.

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Picture picture!

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Lambitin sa puno ng bayabas

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Pahinga…yung isa, sa puno ng bayabas at yung isa, sa hagdan ang trip.

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Look! Only one hand! 😀

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Mowdels!

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Belat…joke! Sino ang naiiba?!

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Yung sabi nila wacky daw pero ako lang ang sumunod…hmp!

On Sunday, I went to mass. The BF and I were able to go out after the mass for lunch. I also accompanied him to buy some goods at the market for him to bring home to his family in the province. *Cheese alert.* It makes my heart so happy to have witnessed that my BF has a generous and big heart. I know he has, but it’s still different if you witness it first hand. Hayayay! I said “Thank You Lord” in my mind and heart countless times that day hehehe.

After all the shopping, he went back to church and I decided to just go back to Manila earlier than planned so that I have more time to rest before another work week starts.

Firsts

I saw a lot of posts in FB about the Salted Egg Potato Chips and I was curious to try it. My boss brought 1 and she said she bought it from a classmate so I asked her to order one for me. She gave it to me last Monday. Gone in 2 or 3 sittings hehehe. I had to REALLY control myself not to eat it all in one sitting. The struggle was real.

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The BF and I ate at Kuya J. They already have a branch in Baguio. I know Kuya J has been around for a while but it was our first time to eat there. The food was good. We actually loved the sinigang na bangus which we ordered. But their service can still be improved. Well at least for the Baguio branch as I can’t really say the same for the other branches.

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Some solos and the obligatory couple pic 😛

I made a no-bake cream cheese flan! I really did! I myself was surprised hahaha. I don’t know and am not really interested in cooking/baking, you know. But the cream cheese called me. I even bought a baking pan to use hahaha.

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The presentation is blah but it is goooodddd! But then again, I’m biased to anything cheese 😛

Anyway, I just followed a recipe which I found in FB. It was easy to do. I even did it again at home for Saturday’s lunch but the one I made here was better and I have a hunch it was because of the cream cheese. I used Arla on my first try and Philadelphia last Saturday. I liked the taste of Arla better though. I’ll do this again and will adjust the caramelized sugar as it was too sweet to my liking. I will also try another cream cheese.

It was my first time to try Godiva chocolate. A teammate brought it back from his trip. Thank you! I don’t see this in SM though so I’m not sure where it’s being sold here in PH.

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Chocolate is always happiness! 🙂

So that’s about it.

Have a great week ahead.

Mama and the Cabinet

Shared this in my FB this afternoon while waiting for a cab/jeep to town. I also want to post it here.

Namiss ko bigla ng mas matindi ang nanay ko kagabi so nirerecall ko ang mga memories with her habang tinititigan itong cabinet. At naalala ko ang convincing powers nya 😀 😀 😀 .

Few days before Christmas 1998:

Mama: Bili ka ng cabinet mo para may remembrance ka sa DOST allowance mo. (sa mga boxes lang kasi nakalagay ang mga damit namin noon dahil hindi lahat kasya sa isang aparador lang hehe)
Me: Ay mahal ang cabinet.
Mama: Hindi, may tig 500 lang.
Me: Sure ka?
Mama: Oo, kaya bili na tayo sa December 23 para sabay na sa delivery ng gulay. Sakto si Kuya Jackson nyo rin ang magsasakay pauwi.
Me: Sige, basta 500 lang talaga ah.

December 23, 1998 – Balingit Home Furnishing

Tingin-tingin ng cabinets. Walang tig 500.

Me: Mama ang mahal naman! Asan ang tig 500?!
Mama: Tatawad ako.

At ang pinakamababang price na pwedeng ibigay sa amin Ay Php 2,300.00. 500 pala ha!

Me: 500 lang dala ko.
Mama: Magwithdraw ka na. Alam ko may extra ka. Ikaw rin naman gagamit nyan para de susi na mga gamit mo.
Me: Haaayyyy. Sige kung bukas pa ang bangko.
Mama: O umalis ka na at bilisan mo!

At nabili ang mahiwagang cabinet na buhay pa rin until now.

Ngayon ko na lang din naisip na baka nga nakita ng nanay ko ang libreta ko dati at alam nyang may extra pa ako kahit after ko mabayaran tuition ko kaya ang confident nyang pabilhin ako ng cabinet. Adik lang.  😛  🙂  😀

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I’m that cabinet in this story 🙂

On the other hand, jeep/taxi, wer na you? Magsasarado na uli ang bangko hehehe.

Dear Mama and Daddy #2

Dear Mama and Daddy,

Bonfire2016I miss you both more these days. I don’t know why. Maybe because I have a lot of questions about some major decisions that I’ve been contemplating on lately. Maybe, I need your guidance about life. You always did that when you were still here. If I remember correctly, I consulted you with all the major decisions I made before. Yeah, maybe that’s why I miss you more lately as compared to other days. It’s tough being an adult. I don’t know how you managed it during your time, with all the challenges in raising 6 kids. But don’t worry. This is just me rambling incoherently amidst all the uncertainties and “noise” going through in my thought bubble right now. I know that eventually, I’ll get to clearly see God’s plans that will unfold before me in, His perfect time. I’ve proven this so many times in the past.

Dear Mama #3

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama. I am glad that I am home this weekend and that I was able to visit you. Thank you for always being our angel. I love you forever. Hi to Daddy.

Btw, Uncle Pat has already been called back by Papa God too. Were you one of his welcoming party? Hehe. I called auntie and she was so sad, and she even cried a little. I wish I could be with her too but it isn’t that easy and fast. I can’t fly. Anyway, please watch over her too. I hope she doesn’t become so sad and stop taking care of herself. I’ll try to call her more often too.

Dear Mama #2

Happy birthday in heaven, Mama. If you were still here, it would have been your 68th. And since it is a weekday, perhaps, I’m home bound this weekend to celebrate yours and bunso’s birthday together. Kaso wala ka na hehe. Ikakain na lang din kita hehehe.

I miss you and Daddy. Hi na lang din sa kanya. Sabihin mo ha, at baka magtampo na naman yun hehe.

Dear Daddy #2

Happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! If you were still here, it would have been your 78th. Parang ang weird din na binabati pa rin kita ng happy birthday, no? Hehe. Pero weird or not, babatihin pa rin kita. Ikinain na rin kita ng Japanese cheesecake kanina. At kagabi rin, kumain din kami ni Glo para i-celebrate ang birthdays natin. Since wala ka na, ako na lang kakain para sa ‘yo hahaha! Lamon pa more.

If you are still here, party party sana sa bahay, malamang sa Easter Sunday no? Pero pwede rin namang kami-kami lang hehe. Kayo kasi eh, nang-iwan agad. Pero malaman pa hehe.

Happy birthday uli! I miss you and Mama. Hi na lang sa kanya. Ibagam ah ta baka umapos manen hehe.

Dear Mama #1

Dear Mama,

The other weekend, the BF mentioned you again out of the blue. He told me (again) that you used to go to the office and share stories with him, and that you always mentioned about having a daughter who’s still single hahaha. Nakakaloka talaga. At tingin daw nya, love mo raw sya, yung tipong pag magbibigay ka raw ng cake, mas malaki pa ibibigay mo sa kanya kesa sa akin na anak mo hahaha. Ang yabang no? Buti di ko nabatukan. Kaya rin daw sobra syang nalungkot nung biglang nawala ka. Sayang daw. At for sometime daw, di talaga nya kayang matulog sa office at lagi daw bukas ang ilaw kasi naalala pa rin nya yung pagkukuwentuhan nyo, este yung pagkukuwento mo while sitting at the visitor’s chair and sya naman, tuloy lang sa trabaho.

While it makes me sad that you are no longer around to ask about it, I’m also happy that he has those memories of you. Sana lang nga talaga, you had more time to spend together. But well, such is life. You had to go ahead. So my request Mama, is that for you to please be our guardian angel and guide us and our relationship.

Dear Daddy #1

Dear Daddy,

Isang taon na mula nung lisanin mo ang mundong ibabaw at iwan kami…kay bilis lumipas. Kamusta ka na???? Chos. Nagyoyosi ka pa rin ba? Ilang kaha isang araw? Kumakain ka na ba sa tamang oras? O hindi pa rin? Sige, pagutom pa more :p. Naliligo ka na ba everyday? Siguro naman, di na malamig tubig dyan. Kaya mo nang maligo everyday o sige na nga, kahit every other day. With matching palit ng damit ha. Malakas ka na ba uli? Kaya mo na kaya ako I-swing gamit ang mga paa mo (tuttungi)? Kaya mo ba akong buhatin sa ulo ko? Gaya lang nang dati nung bata pa ako. Kasi ang laki-laki ko na hehehe.

Seriously, I miss you, Daddy. Wish you are still here. But God has other plans. So in memory of you, I’d like to repost your letter to me more than 2 decades ago. I am forever grateful that you took your time in writing this letter even though what I just needed that time to as a requirement in school was a simple acknowledgement that you received my letter. It has been and will always be my guide. Thank you for this beautiful letter.

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(This was my Dad’s letter in response to the letter I gave them. It’s one of our requirements in our English subject. I guess it has something to do with the different sentence constructions. The letter is dated November 15, 1992.)

My Dear Mylene,

A pleasant day to you too.

I am so grateful that you appreciate very much our way of disciplining all of you our dear children. It is because your mom and I would not want our children to be misled in life. Much more that you are still too young to understand the different factors affecting is in this world we live in. you see, there are two directions of our life as we grow. These are the negative and positive directions. Should you be thinking that you know better than what other people do, you are absolutely wrong. You might be following the negative direction of life.

On the other hand, if you would be thinking that you will be careful to follow the right path of life, you cannot be so sure about it. Why? Because you are young and as you grow older, you will be more exposed to society and encounter a lot of temptations that might lead you to the wrong direction. It is in this kind of life situation that we, as parents, come in to give you the proper guidance as much as we can, although there are instances that we do not give you the precise advice because of some problems that we also encounter. We hope that you will understand and forgive us too whenever we are in such kind of attitude. Anyway, our main intention is to help you develop yourselves to become a worthy member of a good society.

And now, asking the favor of our Almighty Lord, to grant us his blessings and that I may bestow also such blessings on all of you my dear, dear children.

With love from your dad,
Pido

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Hay. Sniff sniff sniff.

Nagbabangayan pa rin ba kayo ni Mama? Eh yung “belebak-belebak-belebak” fart nya na ikinawala ng galit mo noon? Meron pa rin ba? Hahahaha!

O sya, kita-kits this weekend. Hi na lang kay Mama. I love you both forever. ❤❤❤

Dear Mama and Daddy #1

Dear Mama and Daddy,

How are you both? Missing you guys so much but I’m sure you’re having a grand time with the Father up there. Grabe, dati, dear Mama lang. Ngayon dear Mama and Daddy na. Kalurkey kayo. Nag-usap ba kayong magkasunod kayong aalis ng less than 2 years apart? Di man lang nagtagal ang isa sa inyo para makita ang apo sa akin. Nanawa na ba kayo sa kakahintay? Nawalan na ba kayo ng pag-asang magkaka-lovelife ako? Hahaha!

And speaking of lovelife…Mama grabe ka! Hahaha! I learned something recently. Ginawa mo talaga yun?! Kaloka ka hahaha! Masyado na ba talagang bothersome sa yo ang pagiging single ko at kinailangan mong gumawa ng da-moves mo? Kulang na lang idaan mo sa fixed marriage eh. Buti na lang subtle ka lang duma-moves. Hahaha! Pero susko ka inay! 😛  Sabi ni koya, ang pagkakaintindi daw nya nung una, meron daw akong 7 kids hahaha. Sabi ko baka 7 grandkids ang sabi mong meron ka haha. Pero thanks, Ma. By learning about it, mas kampante na ako dahil feeling ko nascreen mo na sya. Kami na po ahihi! Sabi pala nya, sana buhay ka pa. Siguro para may kakampi sya lalo na pag inaaway ko sya hahaha. Pero pakibatukan na lang kami pag umiral ang katigasan ng mga ulo namin hahaha!

O sya. I’ll see you both sa Undas. Ako po ang dadalaw sa inyo. Wag na po ninyo akong dalawin at baka mawala pa kayo hehehehehe. Nga pala, gusto nyo ba talaga ng puting mansion? Or gusto nyo ng other colors next year? Hehe. E kandila, anong kulay gusto nyo? Let me know in my dreams, ok? I love you and I miss you both. Please continue watching over us.

Love,
Mylene

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