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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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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
 

sundate no.26 + earth hour

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March 30. A supposed happy and exciting lunch with the maternals became the conduit of that not-so-happy news, tho I’ve already had negative feelings prior to that day I remained positive and hopeful.

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We’ve initially plan of road tripping during the Holy Week, the maternals were so excited in fact and I was the one with little apprehension foremost because my BIL would be arriving from abroad and we have to keep him company during the holiday and seeing that, I worry that we might not be able to join the group the entire trip. But perhaps the hasty cancellation of the trip to north was for everyone’s good, it’s what I’d like to believe now.

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Maybe it’s not really meant to happen this year, let’s look forward to next year. 🙂 And tho it came a big disappointment to some I hope there’s no hard feelings into it. C’mon let’s just accept and let go, as simple as that. I still dream of beach bumming with you guys just like the old days when we were so much younger and innocent, and free from life’s unending trouble. I’ll see you soon. 🙂

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The eye and that feeling of home…

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The night before the fambam was out in Tagaytay to unwind and to savor the remaining cold breeze, it was warm which was expected because the promenade was packed with people then. Everyone must want to save electricity as well so they’d trooped to watch the free show; we chanced KZ Tandingan who did a very good performance. I’m not a fan but she wowed me esp when she did the Eheads songs. KZ changed a lot after her winning the first X-Factor Philippines tho I’d like her better when she first went on stage singing reggae plus raps. By the way, coincidentally that night was Earth Hour too.

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And because the temperature was rather humid, Razon’s halo-halo was the perfect ending to our night. ♥

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P.S. I miss the kiddos and the two B’s… 

 

paolo’s 7th

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Our P maybe naughty-looking & rowdy but within him is a sweet little boy who loves McQueen, BumbleBee, and Iron Man, his latest favorite hence the theme of his 7th birthday. 🙂

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On the second Sunday of March this year we marked P’s 7th, and like us (Che & SAM) who welcomed this culturally significant milestone with a simple yet meaningful party, the little boy had his courtesy of the grandparents. Days before his birthday I was talking to his mom about the requested invite, I was a bit complaining that maybe we could just change the theme to Cars or anything that is easy to find online but the little boy was expecting none other than this fictional superhero –Tony Stark.

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I had to redo the invite and came out with something as plain as this. Hay!

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The cake, of course should go with the theme, I remember that third party baker who made DJ’s cake during his first birthday. Unfortunately my sister wasn’t able to book it for reasons I can’t recall now. I suggested that she get a mini-Iron Man themed cake for candle blowing and order another big greetings cake from Goldilocks so guests can enjoy it. Except for the pink-shade (and “H” on my B’s name) of the bigger cake everything came in order.

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If I have a gazillion, ok millions will do that time, I would have booked a friend who really does well in children parties these days. From our lousy telecom job he becomes the yoyo master, Google him! But the party clowns didn’t disappoint the kids, tho I found their line up a little lengthy especially the bring-me game. Some kids left even before the main event –the magic tricks & balloon twisting but nonetheless the birthday boy had a great, great time. 😛

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And the maternals had an equally wonderful time, a thousand and more photo ops again, and a summer get away was sealed right there and then.

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To our little big boy who loves nothing but hot coffee in Starbucks (if you have additional budget for ensaymada it will complete his happiness and all), may you let go of your mischievous ways, remember you are now Kuya to baby Ysa. Be a good student in school like Ate SAM tho we don’t ask you to be the perfect student, no pressures on that. Be that responsible and confident young man, God-fearing and loving to your parents, to Lolo & Lola, to Ninong & Ninang, to Bei & Boi including to your very own Tonyo. I can’t wait to see your grow and be a noble fireman of your time. 😀 And may you remember this 7th birthday as whimsical and wondrous as the past birthdays and may this mark the arrival of unlimited special days in your life.

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Ninang loves you to bits, stay cool baby boy! ♥

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And thank you to everyone who made our little boy’s Iron Man party a significant one! 🙂