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A Century Old

>> Saturday, February 23, 2013

Age does matter when you've reached a milestone in your life. For my grand aunt, age did matter because last February 7, she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Lola Salud the closest thing to having a grandmother. My grandmother (mum's mum) died years back when I was in college. She's the only one left among her siblings (they were seven). She's the sister of my grandfather, whom I never met. He died way before I was born.

She lives in the province and we always visit her every February on her birthday, All Saint's Day and Christmas. I love how her face would light up whenever a relative would visit. We'd tell her not to bother, but she'd make her famous rice cake. When she finds me dozing off on the couch, she'd tell me to take a nap on her bed. She would always ask me if I already have a boyfriend ("May katipan ka na?"), randomly dance the jig, slap my butt (yes, this is a regular thing), and make a face. She's the hippest lola ever.

So when she reached the big hundred, it was a big celebration. The clan rented out a place somewhere in the small town of Majayjay (that's where our province is) and we were given tasks. I designed the big tarp and invitations. Dad was in charge of the sound system (with the help of my One Direction cds. BAHAHAHA). My cousins prepared games and a dance presentation. My aunts looked for a caterer and gathered the guest list.

Her specialty is making faces. It's so difficult to get a decent photo of her because she'd always, without fail, make a face when she sees a camera.

My no-so-little cousins danced the Gangnam Style. I thought I retired my ears from that song already. lol

The Pinoy Henyo game is such a hit anywhere

Her secret to staying strong? Eat everything. Including lechon.

No one is too old or young for balloons.


It'll be an understatement if I say that she has gone through a lot. She has survived an operation (and the scare of having Alzheimer's), outlived her siblings, and showed us that she can live independently (she doesn't rely on canes or wheelchairs). God has given her a hundred years to be an inspiration to me and she will always be my role model in living life with a jig and a smile.


Getting to Know

>> Sunday, February 17, 2013

I haven't posted anything for the month of February. I've taken photos and doodle-journaled on my Moleskine but I haven't gotten the time to sort through the photos or scan my notebook. I'll get to that as soon as this month starts to mellow down and gives me time to rest. My past two weekends were spent at work because of a big event and a meeting for our franchisees.

But I won't let this month go without posting anything, so I nicked off a questionnaire from Ariaxami.

1. What is your favorite color?
White when it comes to clothes, red when it comes to objects and blue for everything else.

2. Share one or more of your talents.
I used to play the piano. It's a bummer that I stopped when I was in high school.

3. If you were spending the day getting to know someone new, where would you want to go?
Watch a movie or do something fun like go to a museum? lol, yeah that's fun for me.

4. What is your favorite meal?
Filipino foooood. Nothing beats Filipino food. All the sauce in the world.

5. Do you prefer to text or talk?
Talk always. :) Texting will also do if you can't meet up. But you should ALWAYS find the time to go face to face and have a genuine conversation. Nothing beats that.

6. Share something about yourself that might surprise someone that you’re getting to know.
Um. Iiiiii... I like looking at the sky. LOL SO RANDOM. I don't knoooow.

7. Do you color your hair?
No. I want to though, but it's not yet the right time to do it.

8. Do you wear glasses or contacts?
Glasses. I wear contacts during special events or when I travel and have the need to wear my funky pink shades.

9. What is your favorite breakfast food?
RICE. I'm such an Asian. haha I can survive with bread, but rice really starts my day right.

10. Would your friends say that you’re sarcastic?
More like with my cousins. They can be sarcastic too.

11. Do you prefer salty or sweet?
Just right? I don't like it when it's too salty or too sweet.

12. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
CURLS. Eyes. Teeth. Smile. (yeah, the teeth are different from the smile.)

13. What is the last movie you watched?
The Impossible.

14. Are you religious?
Nope. Religion just creates a big gap between God and man. So I'd rather leave religion and focus more on my direct relationship with God.

15. Are you a neat freak, a slob, or somewhere in between?
Neat freak. I like things in order.

16. Share something from your bucket list that you hope to do someday.
Write that dream stage play.

17. Are you a risk taker, or do you prefer to play it safe?
Both. I like to play it safe but my foot is somewhere danging on the danger side.

18. Have you ever worn braces?
Nope. I loyk my teeth, especially my two front teef. Mum calls it my Bugs Bunny teef.

19. Would you rather spend an evening at a theater or at a club?
Theater. I don't like clubs.

20. If you could have three wishes, what would one of them be?
Buy my parents a better house (even if we have our own house), find my next dream job, become a better writer.


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