Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

I think I am getting old. I now have a forty-year old daughter but I wish I have more grandkids. It must be nice to have a big family.

Back in our time at Bank of PI, we were always allowed to file a vacation leave on the day of our birthday. So they are still doing it until today. Obet also filed a leave of absence and Nate does not have class today.

I asked Nissa where they’ll be having their lunch. It’s at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel. Wow, what a grand celebration. I enjoyed reading the comments on the tribute I wrote for Nissa. Nate is as smart as his mom. I hope when he grows up, he’ll be as successful as Nissa.


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Of course I didn’t forget. This is just a little late but I am extending my greetings to all the blogger moms here at WordPress. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO US!

I’ve blogged about Mother’s Day celebrations since 2010 I think documenting those moments of bliss, lovely sharing with the family  and choosing where to spend the day – those special moments that make me smile just remembering. I still could remember the places where we spent lunch and how much we enjoyed bonding together as a family. Early this morning Josef and I heard mass together. He came straight from a night shift so I suggested that we just go home so he could rest. Besides, the place where we want to have dinner is fully booked until next week.

All  moms who attended the 9am mass received a special prayer/blessing from the presiding priest. There was a time when they gave a white rose each to the moms after the blessing. It might be just an ordinary day to some people but I must admit that moms are special so celebrating that one important day in their lives is kind of special too. Having a great mom is one of the many gifts and blessings a child could ever have.  I have one and I am blessed.

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor  by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

That’s a lovely quote from Washington Irving.  I had a good laugh hearing Nate greet me earlier. Nissa taught him to say “Happy Mother’s Day Nonna” but the one clear word I heard was Nonna. Listening to him say “love you” made my day.

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This came  a bit late because I was quite busy preparing something for dinner. This is a special day for Mom and me after all. Early this morning, I texted my daughter Nissa saying:

“Happy Mother’s Day for the soon to be Mom. I am sure when it’s your turn you’ll be a terrific mom because you are a terrific daughter. Love you anak 🙂 🙂 :)”

Then she texted back  and said:

“Happy Mother’s Day Ma! Siempre I have a good role model. I love you so much.”

These are words that a mom like me never gets tired of hearing.  They are an affirmation of a daughter’s love for her mother. Sometimes, lots of times I guess, I become so emotional hearing words like these.  My two kids are all grown up now. Pretty soon, my son would get married too and I dread the day of  feeling that “empty nest.”  I am happy for them though because I am proud that they grew up pretty well, successful in their careers and my first-born is already starting a family.  I am really looking forward to seeing , hugging and embracing the new member of our family – Nissa’s baby and we’re counting the days till the start of November which is her expected delivery.

Mom and I attended the 9am mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish together. Then I treated her to lunch at the mall near our place.  Commuting was our only option because I don’t know how to drive.  Mom at 83 is afraid to ride on an escalator and she’d rather use the stairs than skirt her way faster in one.  It was a happy bonding, just the two of us.  I have to order a take-out for my son who is on a night shift. Earlier on, my eldest brother came over to give mom a bunch of red roses. Roses are Mom’s favorite flowers. Back when we were still growing climbing roses outside our fence, it was always a delight to see her with garden scissors in tow, cutting fresh blooms and smiling while her nose is buried in the blooms. American climbing rose has that heady scent that makes it ideal for flower arrangement.  As usual, I took a few clicks  and made a simple collage with her picture I took at the mall.

I received quite a lot of Mother’s Day greetings on my wall at Facebook  but they don’t compare  to some of the texts I got from my two sisters-in-law and a few close friends.

“This day celebrates strength of spirit and gentleness of ways. Happy Mother’s Day! ^_ ^ ”  from Marisse, one of Nissa’s friends.

“Kapag naging nanay ka…walang log out, walang pause, walang stop,walang off, walang sahod, mas lalong di pwede mag-resign. Pwede ka mang mamili ng asawa, di ka naman pwedeng mamimili ng anak….Dahil ang pagiging ina…TUNAY NA DAKILA. Happy Mother’s Day po.”  – from Mico, a friend  from our Catholic page at Facebook. Most of the members there call me Mommy and I really don’t mind. Masaya ang maging Mommy ng lahat. And I don’t really want to translate his message in straight English because it looks and sounds better in Tagalog.

And this came from one of my sisters-in law:  “The heart of a mother doesn’t grow old. It knows no time nor age. It doesn’t go weary because it takes no effort. It just cares, loves, shares and goes on. Happy Mother’s Day.”

This had me laughing while reading it. It came from Precy, a close friend since my college days in UST. ” MEN say they are stronger than WOMEN. I think that’s a big, fat lie. Can men carry a seven-pound baby in their belly for 9 months?  Can they cook, clean and talk on the phone at the same time? Can they walk all day on a 5-inch heels?  Can they cry all night and then wake up the next morning like everything is OK?  Can they stay alive after five days of bleeding?  Remember, women are only helpless until their nail polish dries.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the lovely moms reading this blog.  Mothers are really special don’t you think? And we deserve all the accolade  that come our way today:)

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Yes, it was a day worth remembering. Celebrating Mother’s Day with the family really made me so happy. We started the day by attending the Holy Mass at St. Jude Parish then we later went to SM Hypermart in Pasig to do some groceries and to have lunch. We were looking for a new place , a quiet one obviously to celebrate lunch. I was enticed by the sumptuous-looking cakes displayed at the window of Icings. Compared to the other restaurants in the area, Icings probably would only sit twenty people. We were only supposed to buy some of their pastries. We asked if they also offer lunch, they do, so we decided to try it. The place is clean and has its own comfort room.  The food is really  not that exceptional but the simplicity of the presentation is just fine. When it comes to food, I prefer taste more than the presentation. It’s a plus factor of course if you could combine the two which makes the food more appetizing.

Celebrating such occasion would not be the same without taking pictures of the place .  Force of habit, that’s what the camera is for, to record memories.

 Lemon Grass Chicken Skewers

 Grilled Porkchop in Fruit Sauce

 Hawaiian Loco Moco

Barbeque Pork Spareribs

A yummy Banana-Choco Loaf. We had it for dessert. 

And here’s what made me teary-eyed. After we finished our meal, Nissa gave me this beautiful hand-made card which has dedications of the three of them inside.

She is into arts and crafts and I really admire the way she assembled the silk flower designs and attached a glossy ribbon . But what made it so touching are the words they wrote on the card. In part she said, “Continue to be an inspiration to others as you have been to your family. I will be starting my  own family soon and the lessons you have taught us will surely be passed on – for generations to come.”

We went to Watson’s and to the supermarket later while son and hubby were waiting for the Pacquiao-Mosley fight. They  mounted a big screen at the activity area so shoppers can watch the fight. Of course, it was to be expected, Manny won! Another pride for the Filipino people. It was raining cats and dogs when we left the place and we could hardly see the road we were traversing. When we passed by the Rainforest Park on our way home, we saw several people walking drenched to the skin and hubby remarked, “tamang tama, rainforest nga“. His comment was not really laughable but it was the way he delivered it that kept the three of us in stitches.  He had me laughing so hard which prompted him to remark, “don’t laugh at the misfortunes of others.” That’s hubby for you, he really had a bountiful sense of humor. And it made my day complete, celebrating the day with my family. And here are some  family pictures which a server at Icings took earlier. We normally bring a tripod, but that is a bit overkill for a simple lunch so we have to rely on the  staff of the restaurant to take our family photo.

It was indeed a day worth remembering.

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For all wonderful mothers out there, I am greeting you “Happy Mother’s Day” in advance. Two years ago, I blogged about being a mom and last year, I took some pictures of the place we went to, to  celebrate Mother’s Day. How time flies! Where have all the years gone? I promised myself I would pay tribute to all the lovely people we call our mothers. It does not really matter whether they are Nanay, Inang, Ina,  Mum, Mom, Mommy, or Mama, all these words are just loving and affectionate way of calling our wonderful mothers. And as I’ve said in my previous blogs, you can only learn to appreciate what motherhood means when you become a mother yourself.They say that there is probably no relationship as pure as that of a mother and child. That special bond would always be there. A lot has been written about motherhood and being a mom.

What makes someone a mother? Maybe the difference lies in the fact that a true mother bestows on her child that everlasting love. Make her proud this mother’s day. Show her that you appreciate every single effort she is doing for you. Make her feel that she is really someone special.

My daughter asked me last night where I want to have a family lunch on Mother’s Day. It’s always been something celebrated with the whole family. As long as we are together, it does not matter much where we go.  I do prefer Italian cuisine though and would love to taste again  the “oh-so-yummy-mouth- watering” gelato  at Amici or the “to die for” Orange cake at Bellini’s. It’s been a while since we had dinner at Burgoo at Gateway mall. It used to be our favorite place for celebrating birthdays and such other special occasions.

A close friend sent me this wonderful message today. Would love to share it with you.

Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, Mother dear.

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“I love you, Mom”.

We could always say those important words to our moms at any time of the day or any day of the year, right?   But some of us wait for special occasions like Mother’s Day to tell our mothers that we care.

Every second Sunday of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day as a tribute to all those wonderful moms out there.  The joy of motherhood is incomparable to all the material things we have in this world.  And not all women are given the gift of  being  God’s instrument in procreation.

Sunday is always a family day for us. We always make it a point to attend Sunday mass together.  Today is a special day though and hubby took care of our lunch, my two kids gave me some special gifts. How thoughtful really to be remembered this way.  I took some shots of our lunch at Chef D’  Angelo, an Italian-American restaurant that  is famous for huge servings of chicken, pasta, pizza, salad and other rice-based meals. If you are on a tight budget, this is the place to be.  We’ve been coming back here time and again.

A bacon potato cheese chowder, it’s delicious served hot.

A chicken pasta sampler

A seafood medley pasta – a fettuccine pasta with sautéed tender shrimps and calamari in Scampi  sauce

Salisbury Steak with rice

Hearty Burger

A mouth-watering German chocolate cheesecake

As usual, we ended the day browsing at a bookstore and son having a hair cut at Fix Saloon.

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