Ate Eve

You would have been 50 today. We bought a cake and pancit to celebrate the good life you had. We have not forgotten you, and I don’t think we will. Despite the laughter, alam mo naman na masiyahin tayo naturally, kinukurot pa rin kami ng pagkawala mo. I still haven’t been able to blog about you, your life, and your premature departure from this lifetime. Hindi ko pa rin alam ang sasabihin ko, except, thank you for everything. For being a friend, a sister, a great colleague. I still haven’t gotten over the shock that God took you away from us and your family at a very young age. Tayo pa ang huling magkasama. Basta mag-ingat ka kung nasaan ka man. God speed…

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Our little big Euro-Pinoy friend

Advanced happy birthday to this little guy!

What a cutie! His mom used to work with us a few years back. His dad is German, but they live in Japan right now. They’re home now and this was an advance celebration for this first birthday. It was very simple but intimate. So great to catch up with friends who have since sought other pastures. As with other gatherings, there’s always this feeling of growing old, but getting wiser too. It is them I miss a lot.

Princess Ashley

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We went to a joint celebration of one of Mischa’s BFFs in grade school, Ashley, who turned 7, and the baptism of her baby brother Ashton. They are out of our circle of regular parent-friends at school, but we went anyway. Ashley’s mom, Tina, had struck up a sort of phone-messenger friendship with me since last summer, and which continued even when she was in the United States for the birth of Ashton. She wanted as much information as to how Ashley is doing in school, and one way of course was to rely on Mischa’s stories since they are together most of the time. Anyway, happy to expand our circle though. Great way to know the girls and boys around Mischa, and how she interacts with them and vice versa.

Haniel’s 7th birthday

If you know me, you would know that I totally dig themed-parties, especially those for kids. I love it when someone throws a well-thought of gig, with well-planned out details. Not to say I don’t appreciate common parties, I do. But I’m just saying it is nice if you have the pleasure of the guests in mind.

So I totally flipped with this Star Wars-themed birthday party of Haniel, one of Mischa’s former pre-school classmate and still a school mate at her present school. Love the details, from the magnificent cake to the stage and table decorations. Another plus is the wonderful food of Vikings, there’s just so much that I didn’t get to eat everything. The venue itself was a little warm, but that’s it. We had fun!

Mischa was also one of the 7 balloons.

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Separate ways

One weekend, we went separate ways and attended two events. We don’t usually do this because we each tag along in whatever activity we have since weekends are our opportunities to be together. Even when Ate Mischa has to go to school, for example, for practices, Maxine gets dragged along. Unfortunately, this time, Dad, Maxine and I went to Batangas, while Mischa went with the grandparents to a friend’s 7th birthday. I was a bit sad but happy, too, because Maxine seldom gets to be with us without her Ate.

So we are at the San Guillermo Parish in Talisay, Batangas. Was not able to take any photos with the bride and groom!

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On the way to Batangas, we took the newly opened Manila-Cavite Expressway, or MCX, then South Luzon then Star Tollway. We exited at Tanauan and drove about half an hour before reaching Talisay. On the way home, we found out that it just takes about 10 minutes to Tagaytay City, which is nearer to our place! But the road was uphill, steep and so winding. It was actually kind of dangerous, especially for those not used to driving there. But we made it. Whew! I held my breath for a while there. lol.

Here is Mischa, on the other hand, during Jan Carmel’s fairy-themed 7th birthday party. These were taken by one of our mommy friends.

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The party looks so kikay, I am sorry to have missed it! Now Mischa has so many ideas for her own 7th birthday, and I am so pressured right now!