Here I am, still thinking of the gentle days of January. It seems as if the month is in a hurry to shed its leaves and bid goodbye. The quiet days of January – the cold winds on my face each morning I stay in the garden, the balmy weather that hopefully will stay until the end of February, the surprise visits from friends whom I haven’t seen for a long time, Nate’s newly learned words that sometimes I still can’t understand but pleasant to my ears just the same, the delight in discovering new blooms in my garden, what bliss!
Today is my son-in-law’s birthday and Nissa treated him with a nice family lunch at Bag of Beans in Tagaytay City. They brought Nate with them of course and Nissa said the food was good. Gosh, it’s been three years since I last visited Tagaytay and my favorite place, aside from Breakfast at Antonio’s is the Mushroomburger house. I always have a takeout every time we pass by the place. They sell the yummiest mushroom burger this side of town. Tagaytay is a very nice place to visit. Aside from the lovely weather, it’s closer to home and the view of Taal Lake from the top of the ridge is just so beautiful.
My priest son, Fr. Lovell is going on a mission two months from now. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard of Babuyan Islands except in old history books during my younger years. It is even more remote and isolated than the beautiful Batanes. My initial questions were, “Do they have cell sites there, do they have internet connection? How long will you be staying?” He briefed me on how life is there. You can only reach the place from Cagayan province via an 8-hour boat ride with sometimes big waves (the size of a house) along the way. The islands are actually closer to Taiwan than the nearest island in Northern Luzon. Visiting the place when he was still a seminarian made him finally decide to persevere to become a Dominican priest. I found this lovely blog with lots of pictures of Babuyan Islands. Looking at the pristine landscapes and reading the blogger’s description of the place, this island paradise truly mesmerize.
Except for the party my close friends (at AFCC) and I had last January 11 and the family visit from my daughter Nissa, January was a quiet month but I love it just the same. My only regret is that, I haven’t finished my sixth book that I originally planned to read this month.
It is growing cold and I am here wondering what February will bring.