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send-off for the viado’s

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Because I grew up with a very close maternal family it makes me very sad everytime someone has to go, not including the early demise of my older folks, it’s a different story you know. My maternal family isn’t that big, average is 2 or 3 siblings for each family, some married cousins also has 2 kids each so you can do a roll call easily and in a quick look you can spot the absentees during gatherings.

At count now, 2 married and one unmarried cousin are now Singapore-based, one is based in Dubai with his family and just recently another one left for Canada with his family as immigrants. I don’t know but the recent send-off was sad, maybe because they’re going away to a far-away land and the chances of seeing them once again might take longer because of resident status issue and the like, say two or three years the minimum, I felt missing them by now especially that Christmas is coming too soon. 😦

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A week before the family left we gave them a send-off at their abode, in the midst of clutter because they’re packing and selling all their stuffs that time. It was a simple lunch joined by the maternals and it was like flashback of last year’s dinner –same time, same house, and same faces minus Nanay’s heart attack. It was a bit sickening to remember what happened last year and the sudden commotion that almost took the life of a dear one. Anyhow, the send-off was the like the usual family gathering with food and booze, the mood was happy despite the looming goodbyes on the sideline.

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I know occasions wouldn’t be the same without you guys, we would miss you JB because you’re totally the life of the party. But as you step forward and begin another journey we can’t dissent anymore this time. Enjoy the snow pile, embrace the cold winters and be merry until the spring arrives. 🙂

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And here’s a toast to a new beginning for your family. Be well, live free and enjoy life to the fullest. Hope you’ll get to start easily a new chapter of your lives to your new home, new job and new friends. Everything awaits you now so hurry up and give your best shot because only a lucky few get to live their dreams and daydreams.

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We’re all green-eyed now with your White Christmas! ♥

 

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Uncle Mike could be of happier if we made this event while he was still living –Tita Milay. And we couldn’t agree more. Sigh!

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On December 30, 2013 my maternal family had our annual reunion held at Uncle’s house, it’s the yearly thing that we normally hold at the maternals compound other than we changed the venue this year to liven up the mood two weeks after Uncle’s funeral (which I have to blog yet, Wowie ang SD card pls). There’s no Kris Kringle thing this time and like the previous years we asked each families to bring something to eat.

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Of course our family went with the sister’s famed baked mac –meaty and cheesy! 😀 Tita Pearl brought yummy boxes of rice cakes, Tita Gie brought some grilled milk fish and Tita Bebot had Bicol Express, their family’s specialty I suppose (because of its presence in many occasions at their humble abode). I forgot to ask JB’s contribution aside from the comical face which he always carries. Hahaha. But seriously we missed your undying shredded cabbage with mayonnaise a.k.a. coleslaw. Tita Milay and family prepared some staples for lunch; we had a substantial spread which everyone enjoyed.

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Tita Josie, I forgot yours, was it the bilao of pancit?

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Anyhow, the party’s highlight was the boy’s ingestion of beer and their boisterous glee while the girls had their chitchats mostly.

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Other than we made a very simple game plan, why not involved those relatives abroad and ask them for donations. We thought it’s well-timed because they’ve never been home during the Christmas month. I started the convo on facebook tagging three cousins in Dubai and later on tagging three more cousins in Singapore. We had fun as the fund raised to thousands and thousands. The oldies faces was a happy sight and the kiddos, well, they just don’t mind they’re more fascinated with plays.

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To be fair and just, we gave the kids an equal share, we just don’t want another kid crying because his name was not called, and raffled those for the grown-ups. Everyone was hopeful to brag a prize even me of course. 😛

And the real winners not in order here, drumrolls

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JB, SAM, Joycee, Tita Gie, Che, Tita Pearl, Dodong, Jheck, Bok, Eina, Alice, Nanay, Ryan

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The grandest winner was Kuya Romy which Irish receives on his behalf. 🙂

Our special thanks goes to the generous sponsors –Jojo, Che, Grace, Michelle, Liit, Jacq, Kuya Romy, Jena & yours truly (ehem!).

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There’s still sadness in the air and that we can’t cover up despite the smiles, the fun, the merriment but it definitely was one occasion we all look forward doing again.

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Blood would always be thicker than water no matter what. ♥

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And that my Eyaya family is a bunch of handsome fellas! 😀