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all saint’s day 2014

The weather was good the entire day of All Saint’s Day, that’s why despite the lack of our own tent we survived the afternoon. Really, thanks again to the neighboring family for shading even just half of Ninang Elo and Ina’s graveyard. The paternal graveyard nearby on the other hand was well-shaded as usual.

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By now, I have a very little recall of the event last November 1 at the cemetery. My recollection wasn’t the same as before and I have to do more off the cuff stories to make this a bit worth reading for, at least to my silent reader. Hello you! 😛 Like the previous years, visiting our dead was like a mini-reunion of our families because we get to see almost everyone who drops by. It was like a get-together at the memorial with food and drinks and loads of conversation. It’s that one time of the year when most of us really go on break from everything and go on a vigil and light candles and offer short prayers for our dear departed ones. I wish the whole maternal kin would be completed one day. And that the paternal relatives would somehow give time at least on this one occasion. Hay!

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Anyhow, we left the memorial park around 8pm this time. From last years’ the crowd was lesser this time probably because it wasn’t a long weekend, there weren’t too many people loitering around and traffic was bearable as well, thank goodness for that because we made it home easily.

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Because it was Saturday night and we felt it’s a waste to just stay home and watch horror flicks we drove to Tagaytay to kill time, to have coffee and fries, to do nothing but sit for hours. I’m a sucker for occasions like this because it’s my very idea of loosening up and taking everything slow. You know how my work day sucks back at the office so even it’s just a few hours of break I’ll grab every chance.

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We love the outdoors at McDonald’s across Taal Vista, it’s like hitting two birds at the same time –eating our favorite junks while embracing the cold, wind-chilled temperature that night. And because social media is too epidemic you can’t hide from people within your network, they’d find you right there and then. Location is on that’s why. So after a few sips of my coffee, some maternal cousins arrived and joined us. They were at a tea house earlier. And since JB and family was scheduled to leave a week after that it became the start of the merry occasion cum despedida for them.

I know I’m just missing one of the favorite cousins by now that’s why this post is somehow dedicated to him again. Seriously, you can’t tell maybe in a few years time Leoncio might consider the greener pasture and decide to go other than I’ll probably have mixed decision because I fear to start at zero once again besides the parental are already old and I guess they’ll need more of me one day. I don’t know with you but committing to living and working abroad never crossed my mind even before, I always felt that it’s all about money and the good life ahead but let’s admit it that not everyone who choose the battle abroad succeeds, they have their own fair share of failure and despair. To each his own, it’s a matter of choice and my life is here.

Well, it was indeed a happy All Saint’s Day! 

 

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My maternal family is a bunch of cook, there’s no question to that. We inherited the same passion from the matriarch who passed over the rich taste to her children and later on to us –the “innovative” grandchildren that we are. I have male cousins whose enthusiasm to culinary and degustation is way beyond the limit, meaning their highly dynamic and strong-willed to chase their dreams yet they frolic like kids while pursuing their heart’s desire, and I envy them for that.

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A family legacy. My cousin JB foremost is the eldest amongst the male cousins and we’re just a year apart, I’m the eldest grandchild by the way. Way back when we were teens we used to test our culinary skills at their abode and the favorite subject is champorado or chocolate porridge for that part. Then we elevated our cooking a bit and sampled sinigang. I even had several attempts at home doing the same recipe and tho the taste ultimately passed the critics my sinigang always end up too soupy, it looked the one you see on cafeteria. Growing up individually we have mastered some and some remained a miss. JB and his coleslaw, his concoction simply became prominent to family gatherings and it became his trademark later on.

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*photo via

Now that we have our own families, we’re matured and all, we dream big and high, cooking remains to be a big part of us that’s why we love family gathering and partying and eating certainly is the most look forward to. And if you’ve been reading this blog religiously you’d probably know by now that I wanted a café, if not soon, well someday. 😛 I wanted something that would create a diverse impression to dining customers, a twist like no other. Hehehe. While my dream remains a dream this day my cousin JB is now reaping the month old success of their food shop. The PYJ Food Collage which they co-owned with Jen’s college besties. The food shop is located at my hometown, a few meters away from the town plaza that’s why it easily became a hit to many. The concept is a bit vague because from pasta and quesadillas and wraps they now serve rice meals. Well, for someone like me who’s very particular with standards, I don’t see it as a good move because it depleted the original Italian-Mexican fusion they’d introduced. But maybe I can’t blame my cousin JB for the switch because as a beginner to the food business he’s after on paying the rentals, utilities, manpower and profit of course. So if in case you’d be passing by Indang, my beloved hometown, pay my cousin’s food shop a visit and let him feed you with some of his bestsellers.

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Cheese Quesadillas. This was my first order of business during the opening last June 1. I won’t dare compare it to Army Navy of course, price wise you just get what you pay for.

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Pasta Carbonara. My penchant would be biased because I’m not really into white sauce, I tasted it a bit and it tasted okay, it tasted carbonara only that I’d appreciate it better with a good dose bacon and a quality kind of cheese. By the way, the carbonara came with chicken fingers. A real value for your money here.

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Tacos. It tasted okay other than its price is a bit steep at P50 considering that my office cafeteria can sells it at P30 only.

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Healthy Wraps. There’s no doubt to it that it became the instant bestseller because it’s new for the townsfolk other than it’s an old story for me. Hehehe. Sorry if this does not impress me at all because I’ve been preparing this at home for the longest time, read here, way back even when South Diet was a hit and blue cheese is love. ♥

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PYJ Food Collage may have failed to make an impression to me but it was just me okay, there’s too many around town who were wowed and it’s a good hint because I’m all after supporting the business, and I’m equally happy that at least someone from the maternal is starting to steal a scene and make a name in the food business. Way to go JB, impress me on my next visit please. 🙂

 

 

PYJ Food Collage
#546 Mabini Street, Indang, Cavite
 

batch 90 part ii

A month ago the third meet up with my high school class happened, it was well-attended and I can’t be happier because it was something I always look forward to ever since the group agreed that it should be a monthly event, at least everyone betted the same opinion. And even it means going home only for this occasion I’m not complaining because we’re trying to push everyone to be in attendance and that time is the most important here. And every class member should spare a day to attend the meeting. We want everyone to oblige themselves of this because we need a good number of attendees if we want to make this reunion thing a celebrated one. 🙂

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*I love you guys for making my day! ♥ This one taken at what used to be the grade-schoolers classroom located at the rear site of the academy.

So I was like smiling ear to ear when we had a good number in February. Imagine that even those whom we didn’t have any solid contact for the last 20+ years made it. Special mentions to Capt. Ewald Manay and Mario V, his buttress-cousin, both were classmates up until our sophomore years. Actually, everyone’s attendance was surprising because none of them either confirmed or declined to our invite and yet they came, in full force!

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Our mini-get together didn’t end there; everyone was in the mood for a little extension. We drove to the ridge side and savored some pizza and warmed our bellies with hot coffee later on. It was day –a much unexpected occasion which turned out to be a super exciting and merry one for the record. 😛

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Then came Mar 29, our supposed 4th meet up. The venue remained to be the academe, only which this time we invited the other section, the Matthews, whom we’ve always looked up as the “elite” class. Not that their brainy and smarter than anyone of the Marky’s, hahaha, we’re considering more that most of them were borne to well-off families. Hey, but we were no way left out when academic is the subject matter, we have our own league of geniuses. Hehehe

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Okay, last Saturday meet up was a disappointment especially on my part because I was presiding and yet I felt no is interested anymore, 😦 the invite was taken for granted. 😦 I wasn’t expecting the number to double but at least improve in a way but it didn’t happen. Sigh! But in a way, I’d like to thank Doc Joan for showing up despite her busy schedule and Jon R, because you’ll be Matthew’s rep from now on.

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But I’m not giving up, this batch reunion is a go and it would be a success the way I foresee it in my mind. Right Mr. Co-Chair? We just need more patience and time and encouragement and effort and energy and money to make it happen! 🙂

 

batch 90

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Most would say high school life was the most memorable days in school, far better than the college years. And I couldn’t agree more because I had a very wonderful high school life.

High school memories –classes at the old building, junior and senior years at what is called the “new building”, recess at the school canteen snooping over the very grouchy Mrs. D, foundation days in February’s with shows and booths –horror booth that really haunts me at night, crushing on someone who loves new wave and The Cure, black Bandolino shoes, King Jim notebooks, pilot ballpen, JS Prom, Mr. M’s rugged look and wonder stick, being someone’s bestfriend, school orgs and student council, sky blue skirts, Physics & Trigo –my least favorites, Aquanet, lunch breaks at the old Salazar eatery, leadership trainings, LEARA, field trips in Laguna, recollections, teaching catechism in public schools, sports fest at SVD, community immersion in some depressed areas, COCC, CAT, Kaypee, Ka Torio’s banana cue, flag ceremonies, morning prayers, Ms. S and her complicated Geometry, disappointments, happy times, etc.

Come this 2015 my high school batch will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary and yet we haven’t had any formal reunion so far. And I’m pressured to the nines. 😦 I’ve been organizing small meetings since December of last year to pull together the group once more. It’s pretty hard especially that I’m not really based in Cavite, plus I’ve lost contact with most of our class. It’s a relief that I still got a handful of friends from my high school class who equally look forward to this reunion thing.

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This was December 22 of last year, our first meet up after how many years nga? Too bad I can’t even remember the last time I sat down with them except for Albert and Greg. I went out with them when Elaine came to visit last year. It’s always a good feel seeing old colleagues; it brings back so many memories of those heydays.

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My LEARA ♥, minus Lecel who didn’t make it during the first meet.

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January 5, 2014. The second meet up happened at our humble abode, I prepared a simple lunch spread for everyone who made it that day. It was a happy feel to see new set of faces this time.

Tomorrow the third meet up will happen at our alma mater dear, I hope that attendance will not disappointment and I hope, this time, something tangible would be thrashed out aside from the unending recollection of how it’s been during our time. I’d love to see you all, in your 40’s. Hehehe… 😀

 

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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! 😀