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I can’t tell you how nice and lovely it is to see my daughter, son-in-law and Nate after almost a month of not seeing each other. We were laughing at Nate while eating lunch, he surely had a big appetite.  There is really no need to feed him like most kids his age. He can hold a fork and spoon so well.

All our attention seemed to be  focused on him always. After lunch, we had a great time letting him read  three-letter words provided by Nissa. Yes, he is starting to read and he is in junior Kindergarten.  I think his teachers teach them phonetics. He has to sound each letter first before saying the right word.  Bravo, I’m impressed. I can’t wait for the day he will start reading a whole sentence or a paragraph even.

Back in my time when I started studying in the province, we didn’t have Nursery or Kindergarten. One has to start directly from Grade 1. Imagine, you only learn to write each letter of the alphabet in the first grade.  I  had a hard time adjusting to high school life when Dad enrolled me in UST.  Having spent my grade school days back home, I could not help but compare the way they taught us in the province. They were more advanced here in the city.

We played ball, made figures out of  the  plastic blocks we have here and  the Lego set he brought  along with him. My goodness, he is more creative than I am when it comes to all those tiny  bricks.  I can’t match the dexterity of his hands. I didn’t grow up with Lego bricks. My cousins and I spent our spare time playing outside, sometimes in the heat of the sun or after dinner.

A little later he joined Mom while the latter was playing solitaire with her old playing cards. Nate said, ” I know how to play cards”. “Really?” I asked. He just smiled.

 

 

Haha, he acted like he really knew the game. But it was just arranging the sequence of the numbers with the same  designs.

We ended up having  two  large boxes of pizza for snacks. Would you believe? Nate finished three slices.

Family day is always the best for me. Hugging  Nate close  and opening his window to say goodbye.  And as always, hearing his “See you later”. 

 

 

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We had a great time spending the day with Obet’s family (his parents),  with Nissa and Nate of course. Nate was so happy seeing us this morning.

Tomorrow  is the Feast Day of Sto. Nino, the patron saint of Tondo  but we went there early to celebrate with the family. True enough, when we reached the place, one side of the road going to their house was closed. We had a hard time navigating the place. We were not familiar with those streets before their house so we used the GPS in going there.  So hard to find a parking space even in front of their house.

As always I admired their old decor,  some figurines from long ago  still kept intact by Obet’s mom.  I found two more aside from those I took pictures of two or three years ago. I think the ceramic materials were made of porcelain. They were  quite heavy.

Cute, aren’t they?

 

Grandpa and grandma

 

I love these photos, simple depictions of friendship maybe and some precious moments with the old folks.

We took lots of photos by the way but they are all in Nissa’s camera.  Arrived home after more than two hours of traffic on the road.

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Yesterday, we celebrated Nissa’s birthday. It was quite late by a week but it was worth it.  Nate was shouting “Let’s eat at Kenny  Rogers”. Nissa told me that Nate’s favorite is the mac and cheese which is served as a side dish in their broiled chicken menu. We chose between the former and  Kuya J’s. The latter serves Filipino food. Since Nate was the only one who liked to eat at Kenny’s we decided to have lunch at Kuya J’s.  Last time we ate here was during my son’s birthday last June.

We had two orders of halo-halo for dessert but the glass was so  big one order was enough for two. Yummy, yummy ube ice cream plus a little of other ingredients like leche flan,jellies, ube, corn flakes  and macapuno. Their halo-halo is one of the top six halo-halo flavors  you can find  thereabouts.

They call it their Halo-halo Espesyal and the shaved ice is actually made of milk so it does not make it watery.  So flavorful and so yummy.

I am thinking of where we will celebrate my birthday next.  Maybe we will come back here to try their other  recipes.  More than the food, it is the company of family that made the post-celebration special.

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As soon as we saw this little kiosk at the mall right after lunch, I was reminded of the old days when my siblings and I would buy cotton candy as Sunday treat. Back then it was  just sugar without flavor.

 

It has surely gone a long way. Nowadays, you can choose any design with the flavors you like.

We actually bought one just to see how it is done. It is so amazing to see the different designs they could make out of this simple fare.

We laughed out loud when on our way home, Nate accidentally sat on the rear of the piggy candy and it went flat, haha!

The joys of being with family….priceless!

 

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Gosh, that was a severe migraine I had yesterday –  gargantuan headache, nausea  and vomiting five times in the process. I didn’t eat lunch and dinner  even if I was a bit hungry. I was  indisposed when my daughter’s family came over for a visit.  Except for the grandson, they had a scheduled visit to our family dentist who lives near our place.  Nate had  his dental prophylaxis in another clinic a week ago.

The moment Nate  stepped inside the gate, he showed his two hands wearing black glove on his right hand, a finger less glove on his other hand  and one foot with dark sock. “I am a ninja Nonna“, he said. I laughed. He brought his toy train set with him but without battery. They left him here for a few hours and he just played with his toys while I had my eyes closed the whole time. He had nobody to talk to and next time I opened my eyes, he was asleep still holding the plastic train tracks in his hands.

He is afraid of our cats but he kept looking at the newborn kittens inside the box. He said they look like mice and wanted to bring them home.  They are just a week old though.

Daughter said “you can’t bring them home, they are too small yet and need to be breastfed from their mom”. 

“Let’s give them milk”, he innocently answered. The wisdom of a four-year old.

It is always a thrill to have him around. He kept urging me to go to the comfort room when I said that I felt  nauseous.  “Just rest Nonna”.  I believe that kids nowadays  are  more solicitous. Even my daughter says that  she is sometimes amazed by the words that he utters, deep thoughts that make  one simply wonder. Truly amazing.

Have a nice week ahead everyone!

 

 

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A friend once said, “time does not walk, it runs”.

Yes, time flies! And before we know it, the month of May will be gone.  Time does not tarry, it just goes on. Yesterday was another lovely day of celebrating. We opted to eat out for lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day a week after. It was the only time Nissa’s family was available.  How nice to dine at Savory Restaurant after almost three decades of  going in one of their branches.  They have a new branch at SM East Ortigas Mall so we tried it. The price of  the food is still reasonable after all these years.

I discovered this lovely quaint shop called Miniso, a Japanese store. It’s one of Nissa’s favorite stores.  It has been there since SM Ortigas opened last December but I didn’t notice or maybe it’s because I  seldom go window shopping. They have skin care and beauty products, food and drinks, kikay kits, hair accessories, jewelries, head phones, phone holders, keyboards, clothing etc. You name those small things dear to a woman’s heart and they are all displayed there. They have more than a thousand branches worldwide since they opened back in 2013. I told Nissa that one of these days, I would go back. I bought a face mask, so different from the ones I usually buy at Mercury drug stores. You can even choose a design to your  liking.  I don’t go out without face mask on. The air in Metro Manila is not safe and healthy. Pollution from cars, buses, jeepneys and what have you are things you encounter if you are a daily commuter.

It was also one of those weekends that I was inspired again to bake cookies. I made a whole lot of chocolate raisin cookies. Nate said it was yummy. I reduced the sugar by half since the raisins and chocolate baking bits are  already sweet.  We still have some left, just perfect for those cups of tea or coffee.

The joy of discovery, the joy of baking, the joy of bonding with family….another priceless weekend.

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Last Saturday, Josef and I chanced upon fresh guavas in the market.  They were a bit costly though because I think guavas are not really in season now. But I was longing for sometime, Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas.  You may call sinigang fish stew or soup which may be flavored with sour ingredients like tomatoes, tamarind, vinegar or what have you.  You add green pepper for the taste. Bayabas is guava in Tagalog. Wow, it tasted simply wonderful.

I paired it with  crunchy fried zucchini as appetizer. What a lovely Saturday lunch we had.

I heard  Nate  shout over the phone “Happy Mother’s Day Nonna, Happy Birthday” early morning yesterday I laughed.  Maybe he equates mother’s day with celebrating birthdays too. We were not able to see  each other yesterday because Nissa’s family had lunch with her in-laws. That’s okay though because we will have a late family  celebration  Saturday next. Nate just finished his one-week kiddy training workshop at McDo last Friday and he was awarded a certificate being The Best of the Best. I had it on a separate blog post here. So proud o him. He did it on his own.

I so love weekends.  Family bonding is still the best.

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