Sep 7, 2011

My Weekend Equation

Celeb with friends + QT with Jhay + a little Me Time
= a happy long weekend!!! :D

This is a little late but allow me to still share with you my version of last week's 4-day vacation...

I was invited by my college friend-slash-officemate to his son's dedication on Saturday but since it's been raining all day, I was too lazy to get up and out of the house. After thinking a hundred times, the responsible godmother in me prevailed so I dressed up in 30 minutes and dashed to the venue. I was an hour late but good thing the ceremony hasn't started yet. When I saw the charming little guy, in my thoughts I gave myself a pat on the back for choosing to be present.

Meet my 8th inaanak, Kim Summer.
God knows I tried to convince his dad that it's a baby girl's name but he won't listen.
Oh well, let's just call him Sam :)

See how much I enjoyed carrying him?
His cute smile made me wanna text J and tell him that we make our own. Hahaha.

I'm a proud Catholic but I admire how solemn and personal Christian ceremonies are.
Here are Sam's parents praying for their kid.

My fellow-COEs who are ninongs and ninangs as well.
There were a lot of catching up about work, travels, love life even!
I really missed these guys.

With the heartfelt ceremony and bonding with friends,
the yummy food served was just icing on the cake :-)

We left at around 9pm. The rain's still pouring hard but nothing can stop me from being with my J. From the Makati venue, I traveled all the way to Fairview, QC to sleepover at Tita Meg's house (where J lives now). When I got there, we're already both sleepy so we hit the sack. Nothing beats cuddling on rainy evening! ^_^

The next day was badminton day with the family! Time to burn some calories, baby!

I'm not in the pictures because as usual, I'm the photog. In the first picture are J and his cousin Spencer, in the second are his aunt and uncle, Tita Meg and Tito Bobby.
They're one sporty family, I tell you!

I got to play with all of them and I was so embarrassed because even the 10-year old Bob beat me. Well what do you expect from someone who last played a sport 4 years back?! Haha. I was sweating like crazy but I loved it because it made me feel a wee bit healthier. Maybe I should do it more often. Yeah, I really should.

After around 2 hours of slicin' and smashin', we drove to Quezon Memorial Circle for late lunch. Looks like the fats burned are gonna get back to my system sooner than expected :P

The family's go-to resto.
We had the good old grilled chicken breast, crispy crablets, KBL (Kadyos, Baboy, Langka -- a soup dish) and the crowd favorite Chikyninees (Pinoy slang for fried chicken skin). Then the sinful leche flan for dessert. Tsk tsk. Cholesterol overload.

Since we're already at the park, we decided to take a leisurely stroll after eating. Walking around made me realize that the last time I was there was during an educational trip back in First Grade. Wow, that was almost 2 decades ago!

Jump shots may already be stereotypical but it still is F.U.N! Agree? =)

 Please excuse me wearing pambahay.
I didn't know we'll go somewhere else after badminton. Haha.

Since we have kids with us, we went inside the museum as well. It houses late President Quezon's memorabilia -- clothes, furniture, paintings of him,  lots of framed photos, his hand's imprint even...

...and serves as his and his wife's mausoleum too.

After the museum tour, there's more picture-taking outside...

Jhay = trying-hard; Spencer = effortless. Hahaha.
Would you believe that that tall guy is just 12 years old?

I love how candid and happy this shot is =)

The Paulino family and their adopted son. Hehe.

And of course, US! ^_^

Friends, say hi to the world's best aunt-in-law :D

We went home soon and since were all tired, Tita Meg asked me to stay another night. Yay! That meant more kwentuhan, more hugs, more quality time with J!

After the next day's lunch, it's time to head back to our humble abode. While on the road, I decided to sidetrip to a nearby mall to buy some stuff (I'm on a tight budget so my loot only consist of the "needs".. promise! :D) By the time I got home, I'm sooooo longing for some snooze already.

And then Tuesday came too soon. To make the most out of the last day of vacation, I stayed in bed until around 11AM. I got up to grab a quick bite, saw a book lying on the table, took it with me back to the room and finished it in one seating. I didn't really like the storyline because I'm a fan of happy endings (and it obviously didn't end happily) but I loved the fact that I was able to curl up in bed and just while away the time reading -- something that I haven't done for ages.

I spent the rest of the day enjoying the pleasure of doing nothing. Indeed, thank heavens for long weekends. And I'm sure you're with me when I say that I hope there's more of this to come. Once every quarter, maybe? Haha.

And that, folks, is my formula for an awesome weekend. Care to share yours? :D

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