Happy Monday everyone! How was last week for you? I hope it went great! As for Familia Ladaga, the magic sentence is: The trouble with “Hello” is “Goodbye”. O di ba? Actually, the first half of this week was kinda uneventful. Chill-chill lang. But on the later (pasingit: I was supposed to write “letter”, but I changed my mind because “latter” is the opposite of “former”, whereas “later” is the opposite of “earlier”…’di ba? #GrammarNaziMode) part of the week, it kinda became madrama. Later post on that, because this is a Wardrobe Diary entry! So lemme show you what I wore on Friday to the program at Raviv’s school:
- white top: Plains & Prints
- lace pencil skirt: from a stall at Bobae Market in Bangkok
- belt: Marks & Spencer
- yellow wedge sandals: Figliarina
- bag: LV Multicolore Alma
- sunglasses: Sunnies by Charlie
I wore this ensemble para hindi masyadong halata how fat I’ve become. Because I did gain a lot of weight! But don’t worry, I haven’t had much appetite since Friday. And I hope my very hearty appetite doesn’t return anytime soon.
Anyway, back to Friday. Pormal-pormalan tayo dahil ang anak ko ay…
Yes, Raviv came as a priest last Friday. See, the children at Raviv’s school were supposed to come wearing a community worker costume. If you remember, Raviv wowed the crowd last year as a taho vendor. This year, I wanted something unique again. Even though I very badly want Raviv to be a surgeon (in real life), I knew that the “doctor” outfit would be very common. But since I had no time to prepare and shop for his outfit-ey, I figured that a priest outfit will do. Simple lang eh: black long-sleeves, black pants, DIY cross, DIY vicar’s collar and DIY Bible and voila, we have a priest!
‘Yun lang when Raviv was asked during their program what he was, he didn’t know what he was because we are not Catholics.
Anywho, Randy and I came in full force to Raviv’s program because (sob) that was Raviv’s last day at his very first school. So even though both Raviv and I had fever that day, we still made a point to come (at dahil sayang din ang mga DIY priest accessories na ginawa ko the night before). Laklak na lang muna ng paracetamol. Moreover, we were eager to see Raviv finally perform in front. Remember I used to share with you guys how sad I was that Raviv was too shy? But you know, ever since he also started going to Gymboree, that changed. This isn’t to say that his school did nothing about his social skills…it’s just that Gymboree seemed to work wonders with him. Promise. Like last Tuesday, a mom who inquired at Gymboree sounded so amused when she related that she met Raviv downstairs. When Raviv heard her asking about Gymboree, Raviv volunteered: “ I’m the owner of Gymboree. You may play there but not for too long. Ten minutes lang.” Kalokang bata! Randy and I were really surprised because Raviv used to be painfully shy!
So we weren’t that at all surprised when Raviv finally joined his classmates in performing in front! He may not have been the best dancer, but my heart swelled with pride when I saw him shaking his body and mouthing the lyrics of the song!
And since it was his last day at his school, he was given his certificate. The school also said goodbye to him. 🙁 Sad.
But most heartbreaking of all was that he would be separated from his first ever bestfriend, Marcus.
Raviv and Marcus go a long way back. They went to Rainbow almost the same time, and now they’re also leaving Rainbow at the same time. They’ve been friends for so long, naging magkamukha na rin sila! Like last Wednesday when I fetched Raviv, his classmate Sophia called out to him and said, “Bye Marcus!” Raviv explained to me that Sophia may have said that because “Same kami ng face ni Marcus e!” Whenever you ask Raviv who his favorite friend, classmate or playmate is, he’d always say, “Marcus!” without batting an eyelash. So when we told him he was leaving Rainbow, he said he was OK with it—Marcus was leaving, too. But when we told him that Marcus and he would be going to different schools, he said he didn’t want to be separated from Marcus. Awwwww!
During luncheon after the program, Randy caught Raviv and Marcus under the buffet table comparing their costumes and naughtily “scaring” the younger kids walking near the buffet table. And then would laugh heartily. Randy took photos of the two, and no words are needed to describe how these two are each other’s first ever best friends:
The priest and the doctor. Looking at these photos makes Randy and me wistful!
On behalf of Familia Ladaga, I would like to publicly thank Rainbow School/Brent Int’l School-Manila (where Rainbow is housed) for the three wonderful years Raviv spent there. All teachers were fantastic, and we couldn’t have asked for more.
One of his first days at school
Raviv’s second report card
Thanks to the older kids at Brent for being great “kuya” and “ate” to Raviv and reading him his favourite books! He raves about you every now and then!
Thank you Teachers Helen, Eva, and Liezel of the iDiscover Class; Teachers Meg, Emma, and Naisa of the iExplore Class; and the school coordinator, Teacher Grace Flores-Osio. Thank you too to all of his classmates—his first ever friends—and their parents! We will most definitely cherish every memory with you. If only we were at Hogwarts and we could put Raviv’s sweet memories in a Pensieve for us to visit every now and then, we definitely would!
First field trip at Graco Farm
Raviv’s first “graduation”
PS: Oh yeah…I got a haircut! Hahaha!
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