Last weekend was a long one. Friday was Chinese New Year (CNY) and Sunday was Valentine’s Day. We did not celebrate both occasions, though. We’re non-believers, I guess. Haha, just kidding. Our CNY for instance, was spent through a quick visit to St. Pio Shrine in Libis. I was with the hubby and my MIL. It’s been a while since the last time we went there.
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Last weekend was super fun, memorable, and meaningful. It was baby NJ’s first birthday on Sunday, after all. As what we had planned out, we had a small party at the condo attended only by family. We brought drinks (and the whole house!) to the condo and had food delivered from various sources. We also hired a photographer (thanks again kuya Raul Mansilungan of Love Photography!) who took tons of beautiful photos of our simple celebration.
The hubby and I were exhausted after the party but we were so so happy our rainbow baby is now one. From having an infant, we now have a toddler, yay! Where has the time gone?
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Last weekend was fun and far from boring. On Saturday, the hubby and I took my in-laws to the nearby mall to have lunch. Citibank kasi has this ongoing promo that offers 50% off at Bistro Group restaurants for a minimum bill of P2,000. We took advantage of it and used my Citibank credit card to eat at Watami. Okay din naman because we got to enjoy delicious Japanese meals and only paid half the price. Dining out in the new normal may be unsafe and unnecessary but it is one of the ways to help the local economy recover. And as long as we are following standard health protocols, I believe we won’t be increasing our risk of contracting the dreaded covid.
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I guess up until our rainbow baby is at least two years old and tiny no more, I’m gonna call her “baby NJ” on this blog. I still can’t believe how we got so lucky for having a baby at this point in my and the hubby’s married life and at this juncture in world history where COVID-19 has changed the way people do things and look at life in general. But before I become more emo, let me talk about the long weekend that passed.
Our long weekend was extra special because the hubby and I got to take baby NJ to Tagaytay, her first out-of-town trip that involved no doctors and vaccines, haha. She wasn’t able to have a picture with the famous Taal Lake though, because the two establishments we visited — Cliffhouse and Bag of Beans — didn’t allow entry to people 15 years old and below in compliance with IATF health protocols. Actually, we never planned to dine inside those restos, we just wanted her to have a decent photo with the famous lake, but to no avail.
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Last weekend was memorable and fun. On Saturday, we paid a visit to baby NJ’s pedia for her wellness checkup and two vaccine shots. (So, akala namin huling bakuna na nya this year, meron pa pala sa December, haha.) That same day, we also went grocery shopping at Puregold-Molito in Alabang (it’s bigger there and has less crowd!). In the evening, we had a special family dinner to celebrate our rainbow baby’s 9th month of existence. Our Sunday was slow and steady and spent mostly with our bundle of joy. How come our weekends suddenly feel bitin now that she’s here? Nakakaloka, but in a good way, hehehe.
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After ten years, I’ve finally gone back to writing weekend stories again. Hopefully, I could do this regularly na. If not, ibig sabihin, na-busy or nagprocrastinate na naman si Mommy Edel, hahaha. Anyway, ours was a long weekend as we took a leave from work yesterday to have some down time and celebrate our little angel Pippo’s 8th birthday in heaven. Gosh, it’s been eight years already! So dapat pala may second grader na ako ngayon, waaaah.
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