Our family’s observance of Holy Week in the past years has been as predictable as the sun rising in the east. We normally do Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday, have our family outing on Black Saturday, and hear mass on Easter Sunday. Last week’s Holy Week observance was no different. The hubby and I did Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday and after that, drove straight home in Bacoor with Mame and my sister Jodie. The rest of the family (both Mabalays and Techos) would follow us in Bacoor on Saturday morning for our family outing at Monterra Private Resort in Imus, Cavite. We weren’t able to hear mass on Easter Sunday, though, because our family outing this year was an overnight stay instead of just a day tour. But we made sure to drop by the church to pray on our way back to Manila on Sunday afternoon because the oldies said so.
Our Holy Week this year was spent with family. The hubby and I, along with Mame and my sister Jodie, did Visita Iglesia in Cavite on Maundy Thursday. We started with our neighborhood church in Bacoor (first) and for our final church (seventh), this new church discovery of ours in Tagaytay known locally as the Peach Sisters Chapel. We then met up with the rest of the family at Water Camp in Kawit for swimming. We had loads of fun and rest which are what we look forward to every year whenever the Holy Week season is here.
Last weekend was great. Mame, my brother Dan, and my sister Nyam joined the hubby and I in our Bacoor home. We drove there on Saturday night and went back to Manila on Monday morning for the national elections.
The hubby and I had an impromptu Captain America movie date on Saturday noon. He said he wanted to treat me because it’s Mother’s Day the next day. Para matuwa raw ang aming angel son Pippo sa kanya. Haha. In fairness, we enjoyed our time together.
Last long weekend in observance of Lent was quiet, meaningful, and fun. The hubby and I had lots of rest and lots of time to bike together and bond with our family.
On Maundy Thursday, we did Visita Iglesia on two wheels. It felt good to bike from one church to another. We completed the requisite 14 churches and biked from Manila to Pasay and back.
I just realized tomorrow’s a legal holiday here in the Philippines, it being Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor). I just also realized that tomorrow’s our scheduled company outing over at my part-time job. I thought it’s on Wednesday; I was so wrong. Haha.
Speaking of company outing, this is gonna be my first summer adventure this year. I initially thought the one at work would happen first (the one I arranged for) but for some reason, it got moved to a later date. Hay, life is really full of surprises.
After a busy work week, I finally had the chance to spend Saturday pampering myself. Thanks to a blogger friend, I was able to go on a road trip and enjoy a feast of Indonesian food at John Bamboo Sate House. Its first and only branch (at present) was located at Nuvali, a bustling, self-sustaining community in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. Not only that, he even got us (me and our other blogger friends) a full body massage at Ritz Spa in Malate. It was oh-so relaxing and rejuvenating, I tell you. How I wish all Saturdays of my life could be like that.
It was my first time to set foot at Nuvali and I so liked it there. There were restaurants, banks, convenience stores and specialty shops and boutiques. The facilities were clean and green. It also had a man-made lake where koi (a kind of ornamental carp) abound. One could feed the cute koi after paying a small fee. There were also boat rides and bicycles for rent. All this and more make it a great place for families (and lovers, too) to spend the day together.