Weekend Story: Birthday + Family Reunion + Quezon Memorial Circle + Meet-Up with Friends

Last weekend was super fun. The hubby and I, along with my SIL Albie stayed overnight in Bacoor on Friday. By Saturday afternoon, we were already back in Manila. The hubby and I joined my side of the family in driving up to Antipolo to attend the 70th birthday celebration of my aunt which doubled as a family reunion for the Mabalays. The venue was the sprawling garden of her son’s new family home. Each of the nine sibling’s family was there so it was epic. Have I mentioned before my father had eight siblings? Actually, there were supposedly 10 of them but one died when he was a still a baby and currently, there are only five of them still alive and kicking.

Personally, I am grateful to the Villanueva family (the birthday celebrant’s family) for hosting the party and hopefully, there’ll be more occasions like that to happen in the future. Nothing beats being with people who are close to your heart. Even if we don’t see each other often because of distance, we get updated on social media naman and make sure to be there for each other whenever necessary. Last Saturday night was a testament that our family ties are still as strong as ever.

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All Saints Day 2013

It was our first time to visit our son’s grave on All Saints Day yesterday. I can’t exactly describe the mixed feelings I felt. I wanted be sad but somehow I managed to be cool and okay. After visiting the graves of our other departed loved ones and family friends in Makati and in Bacoor, I just busied myself at home for the rest of the day. I cooked, washed the dishes, read books, and played with our neighbor’s lovely kitten that likes to stay on her heated cat bed all the time. Okay, make that just a plain cat bed. But seriously, that kitten is so adorable and makes me think of having one in our home, too!

Watching the TV by nighttime proved to be a sort of treat. The news featured Filipinos from all walks of life visiting the graves of their departed loved ones at the many cemeteries of Metro Manila. Most of these cemeteries were jampacked with people and it really showed just how loving and thoughtful we are as a people.

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