Finally, it happened! The moment which I’ve been both dreading and anticipating has arrived: On December 26, 2011, my son turned a year old, and at the end of that day, I heaved a sigh of relief. You see, Raviv’s party was such a humongous deal for me. Just how big? Before he turned a month old, I’ve already started SERIOUSLY planning his birthday party. Seriously. At first (when he was about three weeks old, hehe), I wanted a pirate-themed party for him but both hubby and my mom were contravidas, “Pirate? E di ba masama yun? Tapos gagawin mong theme ng birthday ng baby?” Hmpf. Hindi kasi nila na-visualize yung mga vini-visualize ko. So anyway, I researched further and then suggested a jungle/animal/safari themed party. Hubby, being a BS Zoology graduate, immediately liked the idea.
By the way, my son’s birthday celebration was celebrated in Kabacan, Cotabato—my birthplace and where my parents live. We decided to celebrate it there because most of our friends here in Laguna are single and thus do not have children. We aren’t really close to our neighbors either (our neighborhood isn’t close knit; because of our proximity to UP campus, most of our neighbors are dormitories/apartments for UP students). Moreover, since Raviv’s birthday falls on Dec. 26, we kinda expect that our friends will be vacationing elsewhere. And even though Hubby is from Los Banos, he has a really small family (small, as in his Mama has only one sibling while his Papa has three, of which one has no child; another has only one; and the other one has only two. And they’re in the US and Cebu). So we decided to celebrate Raviv’s birthday in the town where I spent the first 13 years of my life—where there will definitely be plenty of guests, what with the big, loving, supportive extended family members of the Sales clan (Dad has 9 siblings), plus my Mom’s amiga’s and their grandchildren. Plus of course, my kabababata’s and their children.
So, as you might have read from my previous blog entries, I was a nervous wreck before this party because I didn’t know what to expect from the party venue. Since I also know that my birthplace isn’t exactly a city, I was worrying about the suppliers. But thanks to my parents, to my relatives, to Lakas Angkan USM ministry, I can say that it was a success. The troubles were all worth it. During the party, I was all smiles. It seemed everything was perfect…until I got the photos. You see, we didn’t get a professional photographer. Well, I was supposed to get one but she wasn’t available on that day (ma-guilty ka! Ikaw ito!). Since I know no one else and Mom volunteered a friend of hers and Randy was a “budding” photographer, I thought I had it covered. But then no no no no no! Of course these people took photos, but just like a typical “napag-iwanan lang ng camera photographers”, they just took pictures of people and of the big picture. No nice photos of the decor details—something that pros always, always take good pictures of. And when I told (OK fine, nung inaway ko siya) hubby about this, ito ba naman ang sabi: “Ako ang pini-picture-an ko ay yung mga tingin ko na magre-remind sa atin what that day was all about…yung gathering of friends, family, celebration ng birthday ni Raviv, hindi yung ilalagay sa blog mo. Malay ko ba na dapat pati yung bao ng niyog na nilagyan mo ng gummy worms at ni-label-an na ‘jungle worms’ e dapat picture-an ko pa?” O diba? Lilitanyahan ka ba ng ganyan ng professional photographer? Hmpf. As expected, that line ended our argumet and made me hold my tantrum. Sayang maganda pa naman yung set-up, e puro natatakpan ng tao. Hmpf! So let this be a lesson to you people: Get a professional photographer! There’s a reason why they exist, and I can’t stress this enough.
Right after I post this, I will immediately start with my Part 2 which will contain pictures of the decor, so stay tuned!
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