3 weddings and a whole tabo of tears

30 12 2007

christmas this year was simple but very nice. my mom, dad, brother and i bonded over the barbecue grill while cooking orange island pork chops. it’s amazing how several pieces of karne can strengthen a family’s bond. we ate noche buena early because we skipped dinner and i had too much baked mussels, resulting in an achy tummy. so sad.

on a serious note though, this vacation has really been a reconfirmation of how much of my life revolves around my family and that at the end of the day, they are what matters most to me. i think i can handle pretty much anything with grace, except losing them.

the coming year will present big changes to our lives, especially with a couple of new additions to the family (a new sister and in several months, a baby hooray!). i’m still finding my rhythmn in the midst of it all, especially since i’m used to having my parents and my brother all to myself. my relationship with my kuya may have rough patches from time to time but he’s my brother and i need some time to get used to the idea that he has his own family now.

yesterday was melanie’s wedding and it is the second most touching wedding i’ve ever attended, second to my parents’ silver wedding anniversary a couple of years ago. i cried heaps starting from the church ceremony up until the reception. it was a very intimate and touching affair and it struck a chord because i saw how much their families figure in her and jon’s lives. my parents went with me and i kept checking on my dad because i was worried he’d cry during the bride and father of the bride moments hehehe. i think my contemporaries have just kicked off the marriage phase of our generation’s life cycle as evidenced by the numerous weddings i’ve attended and will attend in the next year or so. yesterday during our clan reunion, i overheard my parents along with my aunties and uncles say na sunod-sunod na raw kameng magpipinsan nyan ;P. all i can say is, seniority rules… which puts me right smack in the middle of the long and slow-moving line. ayos.


Familial Itch

13 12 2007

I am itching to go home to hometown Tanay. Being alone in this apartment is just getting old. I hope the last three nights pass quickly because I want to be with my My, Dy and Kuya really badly.

I have done my rounds with family and friends of boyfriend. Last weekend I was in Adelaide to celebrate Christmas early with D’s family and a couple of his friends, from whom I collected several sweet gifts, which I wasn’t expecting hehe.  This is probably one of the things that draws me to him, the fact that our families play such a big role in our lives and that we both have adorable and sometimes crazy people to call as relatives.

I have also done multiple rounds of Pinoy parties with the same people. Well, you know how it is with Pinoy gatherings, there is always too much food, so my friends and I end up inviting each other for dinner the next night just so we can finish off all the left-overs in the fridge. Last I heard we’ll be having another dinner tomorrow night to hopefully, oh lord god please, finally be rid of all the food.

And I have completed all my deliverables for work with flying colors, well half of them I’m sure I finished with flying colors. Thank goodness the year ended with some good developments work-wise.

So yeah I am definitely raring to get into that plane, breeze through my 3 day holiday in Singapore and finally go home.


And have I told you that my Kuya is getting married this month? And that I’m going to be an auntie soon? Hooray. Me, a legit auntie. Happy-happy.  Plus I’ll get free photography gigs shooting the civil wedding and their prenup.  Triple happy.

Despedida de Soltera

3 12 2007



My person (got that term from Grey’s and her name really is almost always what i specify for “in case of emergency” questions) has gone home to our beloved ‘Pinas last weekend to prepare for a new adventure in her life. When she comes back here in 2008, she’ll be a very happy missus. We sent her off with an interesting dinner at one of our fave neighborhood Italian restos, I say interesting because it was the first time I ever experienced being shushed by a member of the wait staff because our group was too hmmm happy to the point of shrieking and snorting with laughter. Oh well, it’s a good thing Melanie and I will be out of the country for several weeks, that’ll give the staff some time to erase our faces from their memory, so that means we can still come back and enjoy their cheese pizza.


Have I ever mentioned it here how lucky I am to have friends? I think that next to my family, they’re the most important blessing in my life. They should be classified as a source of subsistence really. Emotional and spiritual subsistence. And of rational thought when you’ve ran out.


I don’t really know what will happen in the future, I don’t even know what will happen in the next six months. Maybe that’s why we have today.