Last long weekend went by swiftly. It felt like I just blinked and the weekend was over just like that. A lot of things happened, actually. On Thursday, the hubby and I took a leave from work so we could help in packing the rest of the stuff at my PILs’ place that needed to be packed and moved. But before we could fill a balikbayan box with more stuff, fate had something in store for us. We had to accompany my two siblings to the bank because their home loan has finally been approved and contracts had to be signed. My side of the family is also staying in Bacoor for good. We are buying the house next to ours in Bacoor. As in the next door house. Ang saya-saya lang! Magkapitbahay na kami! We all prayed for this and our collective prayers were granted so thank you very much, Lord! 🙂
So, the time has come that we have to stay in Bacoor for good. The property where my PILs work as caretakers (and where they are currently residing and the hubby and I staying in during weekdays) has already been sold. Last weekend, we have started packing and moving stuff to Bacoor. We will be doing the same in the coming weekends because we only have until the end of the November in Manila.
Last weekend was quite busy. We were able to go home in Bacoor as early as Friday night, though. On Saturday, I gave my husband a break in doing the laundry (read: gender equality) by asking him to go to this self-service laundry shop near our place. You know, those big washers that you just put your clothes and some liquid detergent and fabric conditioner inside before it does its cycle: wash, rinse, and spin. Then you transfer it to the dryer for drying. Et voila, newly-laundered clothes after an hour or so!
In the afternoon, we went to this new outlet shopping place in Silang, Cavite. This was followed by a visit to yet another outlet shopping place in Marikina. Wala naman kami binili, trip lang ni hubby mamasyal, hahaha.
Last long weekend was fun but challenging at the same time. We had so much time but so much to do as well. First, there was Undas or All Saints Day. As what has been our arrangement in the past years, the hubby and I joined my parents and my sister Jodie in traveling to our hometown in Nueva Ecija to visit the grave of my father’s parents who I fondly called Tatay and Inang. We also got to catch up with some of our relatives who filled us up with new anecdotes and laughter and of course, food.
Second, there was Kalag-kalag or All Souls Day that my PILs prepare for every November 2nd as a way of remembering our departed loved ones with reverence. After praying the rosary, we feasted on grilled tilapia, grilled liempo, pork sinigang, baked spaghetti, baked garlic and parmesan chicken, and lotsa rice. We also had a cake from Max’s and the kalamay na may sabaw and ube haleya that we brought from my hometown for desserts. The boys had a few bottles of beer while the girls drank soda. Happy times!
So, last weekend was spent in Manila. We weren’t able to go to Bacoor because Edwin came back to Manila from Davao (work) on Saturday night only. I, on the other hand, spent half of my Saturday with Mame. We watched a stage play at CCP entitled “Ang Pag-Uusig” (a Filipino adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible play) and had dinner at SM Manila. On Sunday, the hubby and I heard the morning mass with my in-laws and after that, went out to finished some errands in QC and Pasay. And just like that, it’s a brand new week again, haha.