January 2005


Nanay, Abby and me

This is my beloved mother (with me and Abby), my Nanay Choring. She is one of the reasons I miss being home. The seven of us are all grown up (the youngest being 33) but she is still our primary source of wisdom and strength. Something she rightfully earned with hardwork, love and dedication.

Simplicity and frugal living best describe her way of life. I asked her what she wanted as pasabulong, guess what she requested…dried seed ng bell pepper. Binisita n’ya kasi kami rito last June and was delighted to see those bell pepper. Tatanim n’ya raw….hehehe!

I used to snuggle with her (and eat whatever she cooks) everytime we come home and usually have that nirvana feeling…like a baby in her arms!

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Jollibee with Abby, Alex and Sallie

Pinoy blood really run in my kids veins, or rather in their taste buds. The whole time we were in Pinas, I loss count of the times we visited Jollibee. I know that there were also countless times, with their doting tito’s and tita’s, they absconded just to have their fill and for that, I’m very much thankful to all my siblings. Not that I saved few bucks (eating out is really not that painful on the purse in Pinas) but for the love and attention they showered my kids with. It would have been sweeter if Jolibee didn’t delist my all-time favorite on their spread, the Aloha (remember the burger with a slice of pineapple and bits of bacon?).

This picture was taken during Abby and Alex birthday celebration on our second day in Pinas. Thanks to my Ate Dhea for taking care of the logistics . Dispensa to all my kumare’s and kumpare’s for not letting them know, it was a haphazard event. So much for the alibi, I’m still indebted to all of you. Forgive me for the time being, babawi na lang ako (gasgas na yata ito…hahaha!).

The party was hillariously fun, the kids really loved it! It was capped with me dirty dancing with the Jollibe mascot, can you believe that!

How time flies….

Parang fresh na fresh pa sa akin ang mga panahon na nag-aaral ako, ngunit heto’t dalawa na ang nasa elementarya ko. Talaga yatang di na maawat ang pagtanda ko tropa.

First day ng klase dito sa Singapore ngayon. Primary 1 na si Alex, samantalang si Arthur naman, primary 4 na. Ilang panahon na lang at binata na ang mga kumag na ito.

As usual, very much involve ako sa pag-aaral ng mga anak ko. I’m making sure that they are well prepared for school. Good education ang legacy na gusto kong iwanan sa kanila kaya I make sure that I play my part well. Isa nga ‘to sa mga dahilan kaya di ko maiwan-iwanan ang bansang ito. Alam kong I’m giving them a headstart kung dito sila makakapag-aral. In fairness sa bansang ito, na boring maganda ang quality of education dito at hindi kamahalan. Kung sa atin ay itinaas na sa 65 ang class size, dito naman ay tinatarget nila ang less than 30 at talaga namang mapapataas ang kilay mo sa facilities nila. Nagkalat lang sa canteen at sa mga shaded area ang mga computers with internet access na pwedeng gamitin ng mga studyante.

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