Senior Citizen Benefits

My mother turned 60 years old last July 30th. A few days after her birthday, we gathered all her important documents (birth certificate and valid ID are a must!) and she applied for a senior citizen card. With the help of our kind barangay chairman who filed her application on her behalf, she was able to get her card in just two days!

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my happy mom

Mame was very ecstatic upon receiving her senior citizen ID. I accompanied her to SM Manila to have it laminated. Then, she used it right away when we had lunch at some fast food resto there. Haha. Talk about being excited!

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Triple Celebration

We had a triple celebration last night. It was for the following occasions: my mom’s birthday (July 30th), my PILs wedding anniversary (July 31st) and my MIL’s birthday (August 7th). We wanted to celebrate together and due to differences in schedule, we decided to celebrate everything in one go. (It was also economical that way.) And so, we had dinner last night at Shakey’s SM Manila, one of our fave restaurants and the most convenient venue for all of us.

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The hubby’s side of the family has only four members while mine has a total of six. My SIL Albie couldn’t make it for the dinner because of work (the month-end period at a bank’s headquarters can be very toxic I heard!). We were still a group of 10 though because my cousin Celeste was there. (She came back from Taiwan last Monday, dropped by our house to stay for a few days and will be leaving for Cebu tonight to continue her short vacation with her family there.)

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Dealing with #GlendaPH

Yesterday was terrible. Scratch that, it was scary! Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) hit Central Luzon (which includes Manila) and Southern Luzon (which includes Bacoor) with its strong and deadly winds. Once again, it made us feel how vulnerable we are to the forces of nature. Trees got uprooted, house roofs flew away, glass walls were shattered, electric posts and billboards fell down, many areas got flooded and hundreds of families got displaced. Thankfully, only several casualties were reported.

Most of us survived typhoon Glenda with minimal to zero damage to our properties, and so we have to be really grateful. The hubby and I were at my PILs’ place yesterday and everything was quite manageable. Power went out in the morning but came back just before dusk. For many areas, power hasn’t been restored yet so we consider ourselves lucky.

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Meet my Mame

Forgive my sentimentality today. It’s because my mother’s birthday is fast-approaching. My mother’s name is Amparo but her friends call her Ampy. She’s the most loving and lovable person on earth for me. I love her to the moon and back. And I know she feels the same for me. She’ll be a year older on the 30th.

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my mom and I

My mother and I share a special bond. It must be because I was an only child for a long time (my brother Danison was born when I was six years old) and my parents’ attention was all on me then. I have always been the favorite child. Or so I assume. Just kidding. Haha.

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Our Banker

Remember the last graduate in our family? It didn’t take long before she landed her first job. Actually, she got accepted as teller at a local bank even before graduation day. Her formal training started just yesterday and soon, she’ll start working at her assigned branch. I’m just so so proud of my sister Jodie!

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the graduate with our mom

I can only wish her success as she starts her own career in the banking industry. It’s not gonna be a joy ride, for sure. There would be hard times, but I believe in her, I know she’s a toughie despite her small body frame. I’m very excited over this new chapter in her young life. So promising, so full of hope. We now have a banker in the family. Wohooo!

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More Time with Family

After I got married, I have to admit I had less time to spend with my family. With family, I mean my parents and my three siblings. When I was still single, I used to be a homebody who spent most of my time with them. When the hubby came into my life, I had to share some of my time with him also.

It’s a good thing I have a husband who understands my need to check on my family, especially my parents, from time to time. It’s a good thing also that we live near them, well, technically. My in-laws’ place in Manila (where we stay at least twice or thrice a week) and my parents’ place are just a few steps away from each other.

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