Laptop Repair

When we attended the burial ceremonies for my deceased aunt in the province, I had the chance to update myself on the lives of my other cousins and I’m sure they had the same experience as mine. Until now, I am amazed by the transformations we’ve been through. I’m talking about the physical and economical changes in our lives.

One of my cousins, for instance, will soon continue her studies as a college freshman. We just got a text from her yesterday that she passed the entrance exams at STI. What good news! Now, all she needs are school supplies and one of those laptops for students (for better study habits!) and she’ll be good to go. Did I mention she’s gonna be a Jollibee scholar? Yes, that’s right. She’s been working for Jollibee as a service crew and they eventually learned that she wanted to finish her studies. Now they wanna help them in their own little way. Cool.

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Back in the City

We just got back from the province after attending the burial ceremonies for my deceased aunt. We had a cheerful and safe trip. Our travel time was cut short because my uncle who served as our driver was quite familiar with the roads in Nueva Ecija. It was raining most of the time during our travel and throughout our overnight stay in Muñoz City but it didn’t bother us at all because we brought umbrellas with us.

As expected, it became a mini-reunion for all of us. I was happy to see my seven girl cousins again. I was surprised to find out they’re all married already. And with kids to boot. When it was their turn to ask updates about me, the predominant question was, “when are you getting married?” To which my constant reply was, “next year.” We also took the time and effort to take plenty of pictures using our respective canon slr cameras. I’m happy to have learned thru our group photos that I’m no longer the fattest among us. It only means two things: either I really lost weight or it’s just that their waist continue to expand because they have adjusted very well to married life. Haha.

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A Weekend Trip

This weekend, my family and I will venture in an out-of-town trip to Nueva Ecija to attend the burial ceremonies for my deceased aunt. Sad as we should be, we are also excited to see my cousins. If I’m not mistaken, the last time I saw them complete (all eight of them!) was during my grandparents’s funeral. Again, it’s gonna be a mini-reunion for us just like what happened during the funeral of my other aunt two weeks ago.

And since we’re going to the province, I planned to buy some kalamay (a native delicacy made from glutinous rice and coconut milk) and pastillas from our fave stop-over pasalubong store in Bulacan. I miss these kinds of food and I can no longer wait for All Saints Day (when we normally get them as we visit our grandparents’s graves in the province) to come just to taste them again. If I’d gain weight from eating them (which is as sure as the setting of the sun), I guess exploring some quick weight loss austin ideas would help me get back on track immediately.

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Yet Another Sad News

Two weeks after the passing of my Tita Lolit, we received yet another sad news from a cousin last night. Another sister of my father has died from stroke complications. She had been bed-ridden for months before breathing her last yesterday afternoon at the confines of her house in Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija. We are grieving at the moment because this happened to be a double blow in our clan.

Death is inevitable. You never know when it will strike you or someone you love. Sabi nga nila, una-una lang yan. Death may come fast and leave faster, but the pain and sorrow it brings can last years and for some, even a lifetime. I feel for the family of my Tita Bebe. I can’t imagine losing my parents myself. Though I don’t have too many memories of my aunt, her passing still saddens me.

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Back to Normal

Back to normal, I’d like to think that’s the state of things today. Yesterday was chaotic. Typhoon Pedring (international name: Nesat) battered Manila and several provinces with gusty winds and rainfall. It was actually more wind than rain. I swear, I could hear the whistles and howls of the winds from our windows. It was scary. It didn’t help that we had no power the entire day. It was a good thing work and classes were suspended.

I was at home with my two siblings all day. My mom, dad and sister N braved the typhoon and joined a few relatives in going to the wake of my aunt in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. They planned to attend the last night of her wake and the burial service scheduled this morning. They arrived in the town last night, but not before getting stranded at a zig-zaggy road leading to my aunt’s house. The water from the river went above the bridge they were about to cross. They had to wait for a few hours for the flood waters to subside. I kept calling my mom to check on their well-being and I was extremely relieved when I got a text from her informing that they finally reached their destination.

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