Friday, February 10, 2012 | By: Jenggai

A surprise visit to relatives

My maternal grandmother is from Morong, Rizal. When I was young, we often visit our relatives there. Even though it is just a two-hour trip away from Marikina, I always feel as though I am in a much far away province because of the ambiance. My parents both grew up in Marikina so I don't get to spend summer vacations in the province like my classmates back in grade school and high school. A visit to nearby provinces always make me excited.

Last Sunday was Morong's town fiesta. My mother called me up at around 9 in the morning to ask if I wanted to go. Of course I said yes. If my memory serves me right, I last visited the place when I was still in high school. My mother, my sister, my husband and Little Andoy took a cab to my aunt's house in Antipolo for the carpool with her family. It was only an hour drive from Antipolo so we arrived shortly before 1pm. Just in time for lunch. Not knowing that we are going to their place, my lola's sisters were very excited to see us. It was also my husband's and Little Andoy's first time to go there.

I couldn't remember how many times I went back to the table to eat. There were lots of food. Everybody was so happy to see each other again. It was like a mini family reunion.

Little Andoy 's milk time while lying down the papag in the front yard of my lola's house

 Playing around

Piggy back ride with dad

 Enjoying the fresh cool breeze at 3:00 in the afternoon

 Pose with mommy and tita

Bingo time!
Friday, February 3, 2012 | By: Jenggai

Why are you crying?

I just wanna share one of Little Andoy's sweet random moments which always make me beam with pride and joy. Before going to bed, I always wash my face and put on some moisturizer. One evening, I was in front of the mirror and was applying moisturizer on my face. When I got to the eye area, I closed my eyes and gently applied moisturizer around my eyes. While I was doing this, Little Andoy was jumping up and down the bed and watching cartoons. Little did I know that he was also watching me. He stopped jumping, stood beside me and said, "Mommy, why are you crying?" Haha, he thought I was crying and wiping the tears from my eyes! Such a sweet boy. Makes me so proud to be able to raise him into such a sweet and caring person. This sure is one of my precious mommy moments and source of happiness.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 | By: Jenggai

Join 'Choose Happiness' blog giveaway

To celebrate its first anniversary, Choose Happiness is holding its first blog giveaway. The winner will get these fab prizes!

Click here to join!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 | By: Jenggai

Little Andoy's weekend getaways

I’m glad that despite my busy schedule at work, we were able to squeeze in a little family getaway this month. Hubby’s sister, who works as a nurse in the Middle East, is in the Philippines for a short vacation. She wanted to have some family bonding and so the story of our two consecutive weekends getaway.

Last January 14, we went to Pangasinan to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag. If I remember it right, I last visited the Shrine sometime in 1999 or 2000 while I was still in college. I’m glad to be back after more than a decade. It was hubby’s first time to go there and of course Little Andoy, too. It was a six-hour trip from Marikina so we left just before sunrise. With my mother-in-law and four kids in tow, we had to make a couple of stop overs at some gasoline stations along the way – to stretch out, take little snacks and to use the toilets. We arrived at the Shrine just in time for the next mass. After attending mass, we explored the place for a while, took pictures and had lunch at the picnic grounds. Little Andoy enjoyed watching the fishes in the fish pond.

Sorry for the not so good shot. There were too many people in front of me.

At the garden.

Little Andoy watching the fishes.

The next weekend was a long weekend. Thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday. We went to Pansol, Laguna for a nice warm overnight swimming. Little Andoy was so excited the moment he saw the swimming pool, much more when we took a dip that he was screaming and laughing so loud. He didn’t want to join his cousins in the kiddie pool. He wanted to swim in the big swimming pool instead.

A nice warm night swim

We left around 8am the next morning to head on to our next destination. From Laguna, we went to Tanay, Rizal to visit the Regina Rica. It is a pilgrimage site being managed by Domincan sisters. The place is very serene and on top of a hill is a huge statue of Regina Rosarii. You have to climb the hill to get to the statue. Inside the statue is the prayer room where you can ask Our Lady for your prayer requests and interventions.

Enjoying the cool breeze and green surroundings

We went to my brother-in-law’s house after visiting Regina Rica to eat lunch because it was also their town fiesta that day. We arrived home at around 6pm already.

It was indeed a fully packed weekend for us. Tiring but all worth it.