Thursday, May 27, 2010
Upsides of traveling with MOM
This summer, we took a special 3-day trip to Ilocos together.
Traveling with her is like traveling with everything I need without having to bring a suitcase. Seriously, I can forget all my necessities and need not worry because I can find two of everything in her luggage. She is always prepared like that. My mom even made this mental note of people expecting pasalubong and I was deeply touched upon hearing my boyfriend’s name when she recited the list for me to check.
The trip was extra-special, not just for the places we visited, but more for the conversations we had. Grown-up conversation, that is. Hotel nights talking about career plans, love life and yes, even dream wedding destinations. There is something about the way we converse now that I can sense the amount of authority she is giving me to handle my life and make my own decisions. Even so, I would never want her to completely let go of me because there is no way I would let go of her. Not when I'm married, not when I'm 40, not ever.
Mom made me stand beside every picture-worthy view, every entrance gate, every museum corner and just about everywhere, hand side by side like an awkward schoolgirl, and took my picture- which would document that embarrassing moment forever!
But this one, I like. :))
Other than that, it was AMAZING.
Two 10-hour drives, 2 hotel nights and countless hours of being with my mom, which felt a lot like being with my best friend. I love my mom to pieces. And I will never let growing up and adult life, even love life, get in the way of us being us.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Three Sacred Letters
A year ago, I was in the same uncertain ground. I don’t know exactly how to explain the feeling. It is a perfect mix of excitement and dread. It was if you were standing in center stage, facing the rest of the world with your hands frozen at chest-level, waiting for fate’s cue whether to lift them up in utter joy or burry your face in fatal disappointment. I was sleeping over a friend’s unit the night before the results came out. We decided to stay together, keep each other strong and basically, share the torture. My dad called and asked how I was doing. I said I was fine, terribly nervous, but fine. He just said, savor the feeling. It only happens once.
Looking back, the distinction and the three sacred letters attached in my name do not really mean so much. Nor the oohhhs and ahhhhs you get from people who found out you passed the board exams, take one. It is the confirmation that you can fulfill whatever you firmly set your heart into that made that day one of the best and happiest.
Along with my parents and the boyfriend, there were three other girls who played major parts on helping me get there: my Magic Girls.
Celebrating 'Magic Girls' (2009)
From FX rides to 15-hours Starbucks sessions, daily Jollibee dinners and Dencio’s last supper, anxiety attacks and good times. We’ve been together through it all. I can’t count how many times I asked them if I could make it and how many times I said you can make it when someone else asked. I look back and remember discussions on law interpretations and tax implications. We gladly gave time and solved problems for another, shared tips and encouraging words. Our eyes were firmly attached to a concrete goal, and it was not just to pass the CPA board exams, but to pass TOGETHER.
Fast forward to the present, here we are, relishing the fruits or our hard work… by doing more hard work! (hehe)
Cheers to the friendship and the bright future ahead! Cheers to the steadiness!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I realized, all the while, I was wearing my dark-coated glasses that basically hindered the breathtaking vision. The never-ending water-front, white sand, blue green seas; it was like a painting. I was savoring the picture when my mom approached me and said, ‘That’s actually the South China Sea’.
sun-kissed. err. more like, sunog.
my fave of all our beach shots
The beach is a sanctuary, where time flew, not by the hours, but by the moments.
beach sunset: amazing
I now officially proclaim myself a renewed beach lover.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Our Little Bundle of Joy
Meet Ron Xander Casama-Peralta
As you might have overheard while your mom and I were chatting away, we are so scared, even this early, about the kind of son you will be. Considering how some kids turn out nowadays, you can’t really blame us. For now, you are sound asleep most of the time and your worst fit is when you get hungry at night. But we all know time flies fast. When you get older, you’ll be consumed with different, more serious things. You will have other issues to deal with and you might sometimes lose sight of the path you should take. On those days, I will give you one of those talks. I will remind you how much your parents love you and how much they sacrifice just so you can have what’s best for you. Of course, you will accuse me of taking your mother’s side, which is inevitable, I suppose. But at the end of the day, you will understand because you are a good kid. I know because I know your parents will make sure of that. And as your godmother, I will, too.
Don’t grow up too fast, okay? Stay as cute and as small as you are. Ninang loves you.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Last weekend, the boyfriend and I traveled all the way to Tagaytay for a relaxing brunch and some quiet time together. It is certainly healthy to once in a while escape the city heat and work pressure. Tagaytay has always been that accessible get away haven for us.
The original plan was a visit to Pink Sisters Chapel, brunch in Buon Giorno, then a trip to a hole in the wall coffee shop we’ve been eyeing for months. However, after brunch, I kind of got distracted and veered away from the itinerary when this sign caught my eyes:
Perfect Summer Fling
FLING possesses the authentic sweet taste and sour after-taste of yogurt. The flavor wasn’t that overwhelming, making it perfect for those who love their Fro-yo overloaded with toppings. Personally, though, I choose to have mine sans toppings. The closest you can force me to have are peaches and crushed grahams. The last time I experimented with blueberry and butterscotch bits, I ended up scooping out the topmost part of the yogurt and basically got rid of the syrup and crumbs.
Fling comes in two flavors: Original and Lychee. I wanted to try their Lychee-flavored Yogurt but it wasn’t available that time. Oh well, that gives me a pretty good thing to look forward to during my next visit, which will definitely happen.
For me, it was HEAVEN.
Red mango still tops my Fro-yo list but Fling comes pretty close to Yoghurt Froz. That is according to my taste buds. If you consider the boyfriend’s, he would rather not encounter another Fro-yo in his life! haha
For him, it was,ummm, never mind.
Happy couple on a happy Sunday
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