Written on June 29, 2009
In a day, the month of June ends. And if you haven’t noticed it yet, I had no blog entries for the month of June...until now.
Sorry -- I’ve just been too busy the whole month, I barely had time to really sleep. But today, I am making an effort to post an entry. Yes, even as I am working in the office at this very moment, I am really trying to compose an entry in between my mental blocks with writing articles for the magazine.
It is now 4:00 in the afternoon. I’ve basically finished all tasks for the day. But my mind keeps wandering back to the articles I’ve submitted to my editor. At the back of my mind, I can’t help but think if what I’ve written is good enough. Great, after a year of working in the magazine, I still have doubts on my capabilities as a writer. But I think that’s just normal. Then again, maybe I’m just being too hard on myself.
This is bad. I’m just beginning my blog entry and I’m finally sending off negative vibes to people reading my blog. Tsk tsk tsk. I should really stop doing that. So ok. Let me go to the great things that happened this month.
June 6: Mama and Papa celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary
As a married couple, my parents have been together for 33 long years. But what’s more impressive is that they have been each other’s sweethearts for 43 years. Yes, they became a couple when they were still in second year college and have never separated since. Ah yes, now you know why I’m such a hopeless romantic. I love my parents’ love story.
For the first time, Kuya Rom, Kuya Miguel and I went all out for our parents to give them the wedding anniversary of their dreams.
We arranged everything for them. With my Kuya Rom in Los Angeles, it’s up to Kuya Miguel and me to take care of things to be done here. We reserved a hotel room for Mama and Papa at Hotel Celeste in Makati. We gave them pocket money to spend on their date. Kuya Miguel and I met up with Mama and Papa the next day where we ate lunch at Amici and then went to Starbucks for another hour of bonding session.
June 14-21: Tita Connie, Tito Monching and Tina visit
Every time we have a balikbayan, the Franciscos can’t help but go out and eat. It was like a fiesta in my Lola’s house when we ate there for lunch. My Lola can still cook, I tell you! She can still whip up delicious food in the kitchen. At 90, she’ll stop at nothing to prepare a full meal for her balikbayan daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
That night, we all went to Julie’s Ihaw-Ihaw at By the Bay. Mmmmm…seafood galore! Oh yes, I’ve definitely gained back the weight I lost when I was confined in the hospital the month before.
The next weekend, Fathers’ Day, we all went out and ate at Luk Foo in Sucat. Definitely ate a lot! Good thing I wasn’t wearing a belt. Hahaha!
Tuesday came...the day before my brother’s birthday. Once again, the Francisco family had a dinner gathering at Dad’s in Glorietta 3. Who wouldn’t be full? It’s eat-all-you-can! Haha!
Written on June 30, 2009
June 24: Kuya Miguel's birthday
It’s another family day for us as we celebrated Kuya Miguel’s 28th birthday. Just a little birthday celebration for our birthday boy. We ate dinner, courtesy of Kuya Miguel, of course. As usual, we talked about random things. We even talked about who among us siblings would get married first, who would give our parents their first grandchild. Nice!
I bought my brother his favorite cake, Brazo de Mercedes, and gave him t-shirts he liked as my birthday gift. Yes, simple shirts make my brother happy. Of course, his original birthday wish that he wanted me to give him were Playstation 3 and a 32-inch LCD. Ouch! As if I could actually afford that. Oh well, Kuya’s happy with my gift. That’s what matters.
June 27: Alla's post-birthday celebration
Alla celebrated her birthday last June 22. As a celebration with her barkada, Alla met up with me, Euki and Janchang at Powerplant Mall in Rockwell, Makati where we ate dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Yummy! From starters to the main course, all I can say is, “Sarap!”
After eating dinner at CPK, we decided to stroll around until we ended up eating desserts at Crepes & Cream. Oh yes! My craving for crepes have been satisfied, all thanks to the birthday girl. I distinctly remember that the last time we went out was a post-celebration of my birthday. That was two months ago. I swear, I am not used to going out wearing pants anymore if my company is my barkada. Hahaha! More often than not, I am wearing shorts or miniskirts than pants or pedal pushers. But I love it! I really do.
Yey to Alla for turning another year older!
Yey to great food!
June 28: Till next time
It was the last day of vacation for Tita Connie, Tito Monching and Tina. Once again, it was foodie galore at the House of Lola. From breakfast until dinner, we ate and took pictures and ate and talked about anything and everything.
Unfortunately, that “anything” got me worried. It was absolutely no holds barred for my relatives to ask me. And ask, they did. It’s not as if I didn’t know what they were going to ask me. It’s just that...more often than not, I find myself being unprepared for the predictable question. That time was no excuse. I was still caught off guard when I was asked, “May boyfriend ka na ba?”
Hooboy! And I don’t know if you noticed but that particular Sunday was absolutely dehydrating! It was such a hot day, I went to Lola’s house wearing shorts. Note: I never wear shorts when going to my grandmother’s house. But I had to make an exception. It really was a very hot day. I wasn’t alone -- my cousin, Ate Kriselle, came to the house wearing shorts.
Their flight was scheduled at 10:00 in the evening. Since my relatives checked in early, they didn’t have to go to the airport three hours before their scheduled flight. *Sigh* It’s really heartbreaking to see them leave. It will be a couple of years before I get to see them again.
11 o’clock in the evening. Well, I guess I should be wrapping things up now.
All in all, those were the highlights of the month. Though I didn’t include the memorable events at work, let me just say that work has been very tough, but still very much enjoyable!
Happy anniversary to me!
I’ve been working as editorial assistant at SEAIR InFlight magazine for one year already!
Till next month. I swear, I will be updating my blog as frequently as possible.