Posted in family, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Mother's Day 2014Lugang Cafe - Mega Fashion Mall, photography, recipes, silence speaks, tagged Chinese cuisine, family life, food, guilty pleasures, life, Lugang Cafe- SM Megamall, Mother's Day 2014, photography on May 10, 2014 |
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The family celebrated Mother’s Day today, a day earlier than May 11. We decided to meet at SM Megamall for lunch. Another day worth-remembering. One thing that highlights the day is of course Nate’s presence. The moment he saw us, he let his dad undo the strap of his stroller and let Josef carry him along. There is a special affinity between the “magninong” (that’s a Tagalog word for godparent) even if they don’t see each other often. He can pronounce Nonna clearly now and I was so glad when he took my hand and planted a loud kiss on my face. Nissa said he learned new words in the three weeks that I haven’t seen him.
We opted to dine at the newly opened wing of SM Megamall. The Mega Fashion Hall is the new high-end extension of the mall. It houses several restaurants and other international clothing brands. The set-up is somehow similar to the Ayala Malls. Aside from the more popular Vikings, there is another branch of Lugang Café where we took our lunch. So it’s Chinese food for lunch. I took some shots but mostly of Nate banging a spoon and fork on the table and playing with the plastic green cup which they provided for him along with a green plastic plate and bowl. I had a good time watching him eat what was served on the table. He loved the Fried Beef Noodles and Fried Rice.
He was behaved…at first but he clearly knows when to stop and say sorry to Mom and Dad.
Mother and daughter team.
Three generations of Abuel.
Nothing is more important than having the family around.
Busog na baby? Our little man!
That’s his way of saying, “I’m full, it’s your turn to eat Dad”.
I love the Garlic Pork Roll and Steamed Fish Fillet. No room for dessert…
He is probably looking forward to going swimming tomorrow with his Dad’s side of the family. Enjoy Nate but be careful with the sun. I know how much you love to paddle your feet and splash water with your hands. Until we see each other again.
(Note: This is my 1,440th post…can’t believe it)
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Posted in blessings, family, family life, journeys, life, photography, tagged family life, life, Our baby Nate, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on June 16, 2013 |
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How can you even know how precious your baby is until you feel the soft touch of his fingers on your face, the complete trust he has in you as you hold his hands and take a step or two, the smile on his face as he recognizes your voice, the warm embrace, the wet kisses on your face, the moments you pick him up and he snuggle close to you, safe and warm in your arms. It’s the unspeakable happiness he shows when you are around and the inexpressible love that make him so precious, so loved, so treasured.
(Note: this is our baby Nate’s first published photo in a national Catholic journal). Proud to be a grandma.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, family, life, photography, tagged a bit of myself, Close to Nature, Closer to God, Clouds, life, nature, photography, reflections, silence speaks on February 4, 2013 |
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One of my favorite subjects in photography – clouds. I love the mystery they evoke, what could be hiding behind those thick formations up there? I love watching them drift by. Then I remember a quote from Rabindranath Tagore, “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
And I do remember taking this shot more than two years ago when my kids and I went to the cemetery in our home province to visit Dad’s grave. Another sunset scene when the heart is so vulnerable it breaks into silent tears of goodbye.
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Posted in blogging, family, family life, life, ramblings, tagged cell-phone snatching, family life, life, men on motorbikes, security, something to think about, thoughts and ramblings, undisciplined motorcycle riders on January 18, 2013 |
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Not long ago, two years to be exact, I blogged about these men on two wheels that ply Metro Manila in droves nowadays. Kindly click this link so you’ll know what I am talking about.
In our more than seventeen years of stay here in our subdivision, this is the first time that our security (my family and I) was threatened by a crazed-gun-toting man who calls himself “police” as if the mere mention of the word would scare the living daylights out of you instead of protecting you from the harmful elements of the society. Do you think this is normal? Or maybe it has become the norm in our world instead that these men exist. Evil lurks everywhere. I am not writing about this to scare everyone, rather it’s just to make you aware that there are people out there who earn their keeps by doing something unacceptable and scary at most. You’re no longer safe even in your own homes or right in front of it. Generally, our place is peaceful, our immediate neighbors are like extended family to us and some of them are nodding acquaintances who we all know by face. What happened last night though makes me think otherwise.
My son was on his way home last night at around 8:15pm (still early), just about a few meters away from our front gate when he was accosted by a man in a motorcycle and asked him if he has seen a boy who allegedly snatched a cellphone. Their exact conversation was:
“May nakita ka bang bata na tumakbo rito, nag-agaw ng cellphone?” The man was on a motorbike wearing a dark helmet. My son answered “wala eh” at the same time went on his way to our gate. Then the man said “police ako” and repeated the same question and asked where he lives. My son pointed to our house which is right behind them. Then he asked to see his cellphone and my son showed it to him. He snatched it at the same time pointing a gun at him and a few seconds later fired the gun he was holding into the air. There is a sari-sari store right next to our house and someone saw what happened. The latter recalled that the supposed “police” shouted “takbo” so even the bystander ran for cover. To cut the story short, the security team of our subdivision arrived and later a police and some of the officers of our village association. Earlier on, they told us that someone was also victimized in the town proper and they ran after the motorcycle riding hold-upper. And one of the security officers said that it has been the usual story told by previous victims of snatching in other Rizal towns in the past two years. My question is, why is the gunman still at large? Based on the description of the bystander, it seemed that it was the same individual who did the firing. My son was not able to recognize his face because he wore a dark helmet. The thing is, one of our neighbors in the next street joined us and asked, “dito po ba galing yung putok ng baril?” Everyone answered in the affirmative. He said further that the bullet passed through the plywood covering the vacant aircon unit in their bedroom and their baby was there inside. Good thing, the baby’s toys cushioned the impact of the slug. What if the bullet pierced the glass windows of their bedroom, it might have hurt the child. The moment I heard this, I felt like I was walking on air. It was too much to hear that an innocent baby could have been hurt.
We see violence every day on television or hear it over the radio but when you are the victim, it’s a different story. I urge everyone to be cautious always in their surroundings and when they see suspicious-acting men in bikes. Most accidents that are reported nowadays are on motorbikes. I have nothing against people who use this type of conveyance but there are riders out there who use them for victimizing innocent people.
I also urge our subdivision officers and security personnel to strictly impose “no helmet” policy inside the subdivision when they let passersby access our roads. I urge my fellow homeowners to be alert all the time and report any incident that affects our security as a whole. May this be a lesson to all of us that we should not be complacent even if we are familiar with a place, we’ll never know when something like this happens again. The scenario keeps playing in my head. It’s quite different when you are divested of your belongings like cellphones but to be threatened by a gun?
What is happening to the world?
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