Well, I figured since I am finishing my work early again today and I now have more time to blog, I’ll blog about Christmas first. (I can’t post new year yet since I’m on Social media except blog and TV fasting). It was a great day. Had two parties from both sides. First was for my mom’s side where we had lunch at Ma. Christina in Alabang, the classic house they had someone rent for years after my uncle’s passing. I loved that house. So many memories… unfortunately, now, I just think it has this curse… You’ll find out why at the end of this post.
So, let me start this post with my funny lola :) I hope it made you smile! :)
We basically got to Alabang exactly on time… or at least on our standards… I was still so amazed that I get to go back to a place where I had roughly 30% of my childhood, memories ranging from plucking my uncle’s white hair for a few bucks he’d spare to Adobo flakes and Bulgogi get togethers… I didn’t know many of the people there so I just sat down and joked around with lola and ate… DELICIOUS FOOD.
Cooler chest from an Italian winery my aunt purchased…
And this is basically for…
all of this…
to be turned into this…
Along with coke, a drink we always had during our get-togethers there.
And some homemade Panna Cotta…
And… wait for it… AUTHENTIC LECHON from Cabanatuan!
Which we basically devoured and turned into this…
After that, random shots while I wait for us to go to Balete (2nd house) in Alabang to call our relatives who are in the U.S. (I miss you, guys)
Had a fun chat with My cousin-in-law’s dad… learned a lot while laughing a lot!
Here is Auntie Sari who made the Panna Cotta and basically makes wonderful, hearty dishes you cannot refuse… literally… which is worth it. She’s serving us watermelon now :)
We then went to Balete to call our relatives. You’ve got to admire details put in by people who live in Alabang. So classy.
Cousin Nick, Char and Aunt Chiza on Skype. Did I mentioned we mistakenly called someone in Japan before we got connected to them.
Char, Uncle Les and Nick being goofy! Always such fun with the Austria side.
Kuya Nick, Jonathan, Shar, Char and aunt Dee. I really miss you guys!
After that, we went back to Ma. Christina and I got to have my reminiscing moments… It was very surreal for me.
I drowned in this beautiful pool when I was young…
Here’s the classic intercom long before shouting became a norm…
Do not be fooled… this ornament is older than you…
Here’s Sparky… My aunt’s dog. He’s just like a Chow, he always wants to be in a cold spot, i.e. under the table. lol.
A few laughs before I luckily was able to catch up with the equally wonderful Angeles clan in… guess where… Quezon City. Luckily My cousins were headed there too and, would you believe it, it was on the same street!
As with the Austria side, you can expect much munching in the Angeles side too.
Here’s what I ate… didn’t bother to know what I was eating. All that mattered was that it’s food (shame on me).
Here’s my dad with my Ninong Mike who is a real character. At one point, he asked me, “ano yan?” (“what’s that?”) referring to my Cravemore feather necklace. I said “Feather necklace po.” to which he replied “Yeah. I know. What’s the point?” to which, I could not and did not respond hahaha. I never thought of that. Well, I guess, it’s to add to how my outfit looked. You always have to present yourself well especially in the industry I’m trying to break in…
And here’s my cousin who we’re trying to always teach new things too because he’s very sheltered… when I say “sheltered”, I mean he can read one book a day kind of sheltered.
Anyways, before the what I wore portion, remember when I said I think the house was cursed? Well, here’s why… look at the man on the left…
He died last week, exactly the same way how my uncle died… he was not himself, he had pain in his stomach that would go for days and the vomiting of blood… yep… scary sheez right there… Please pray for his family…
Back on a happy note, finally, after all my yapping, here’s what I wore.
Hope you guys had a great Christmas and may you have spent it knowing that Christmas is all about Christ because it’s His birthday and not ours. It’s not about the presents we get, it’s about what we have given to others as our offering to Christ :) So, Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to our Dad above, our Dad of love :)
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