Look at this:
Someone gave me all of those last Sunday! And I wanted to burst of happiness when I received them, but I tried to keep it cool. But now, lemme say, WOOOOOOOOOOWW!!! 😱😍😱🤗🤸♂️😱😆😍 THAAAAANK YOUUUUUU!!!! 😍😱🤗😭😻
Last Sunday was “friendship day” for our family. We went to Sta. Rosa early to meet two sets of friends: my kababata Bubbles (who’s on her way back to the US) with her daughter, Alexis and her mom, Mama Cristy; and then Raviv’s Gymboree Pre-K classmates last year.
Travel time to Sta. Rosa was supposedly fast because it was a Sunday. It was, until we entered Greenfield City. Gravity––tinatalo ang EDSA, I swear! The supposedly 5-minute-drive from Eton Exit to our building in Greenfield City became a taxing one-hour-drive because Greenfield closed its roads!!! 😡
Nakakahiya to Bubbles because they drove all the way from their hotel in Manila to Sta. Rosa just to see us, and dun pa sila na-traffic! We were supposed to meet at Gymboree at 11 a.m. so Raviv and Alexis could play first before we have lunch at Solenad. But at past 12 we were still stuck in traffic! We decided not to drop by Gymboree anymore.
Since Bubbles’ van was ahead of us, I told her to just choose the restaurant in Paseo de Sta. Rosa. I also told her that if she doesn’t like any restaurant in Paseo, King Bee and Rose & Grace were “konting tumbling” na lang from Paseo.
After what seemed like eternity, we finally arrived at Paseo. I called Bubbles. Can’t be reached. I tried again. Can’t be reached pa rin. And again. And again. And again. Repeat 30x! So we checked all of the restaurants inside Paseo de Sta Rosa, to no avail.
I cursed myself for wearing heels–eh malay ko ba naman na magha-hide and seek kami! All along I thought we will just sit prettily while eating and gabbing away. I even called Mom and asked her to research Mama Cristy’s (Bubbles’ mom who was with her) phone numbers! Yes, research talaga!
While doing all that, a Greenfield real estate agent approached me. Mainit na ang ulo ko, and before he could even speak (winawagayway nya pa lang ang flyer nya sa mukha ko), I told him: “Ayusin muna ng Greenfield ang traffic bago kayo magbenta!” (Agent, whoever you are, I’m sorry 😐. That was rude of me. Nadamay ka lang sa pinagdadaanan ng paa ko.)
When my feet in high heels could no longer take it, I told Randy to give up and just have lunch at Bon Chon. But just before it was my turn to order, my phone rang.
Turns out they didn’t know that her phone lost its signal (my gahd I hate drugs!), and they’ve been waiting for us for a long time already!
Good grief they were just at Rose & Grace, which was across the street from Bon Chon Paseo.
I can’t NOT see Bubbles and Mama Cristy. Randy knows that. My childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Bubbles and Mama Cris. I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re like family to me. For Bubbles and Mama Cris, bahala nang na-traffic.
After a super bitin catching up with Bubbles and Mama Cris, we proceeded to the lovely house of Raviv’s classmate at Gymboree last year. Our boys had the time of their lives swimming and playing, while we parents also had the time of our lives chatting. And eating. Hehe. Their lanai area beside their swimming pool was a perfect spot to bond. 🙂
It was a simple get together, but I cherished it so much. I’ve always wanted Randy and I to have “family friends”, just as my family did. My parents are both gregarious people. So growing up, we would always go on outings and celebrate New Years with other families. While we kids play (and fight), our mommies would gossip and our daddies would get drunk. 😂
But in my and Randy’s case, it has been a challenge to have family friends. One, our colleagues in Brain Train are almost all significantly younger than us. Puro single sila.
And two, because of my and Randy’s age gap. When we were still bf-gf, his friends already had children. The wives were already wiser and practical. Feeling ko masha-shock sila sa petty concerns ko dati, like what was the best mineral make-up, and how the hairs on my neck would raise every time their husbands would refer to them as “Si Misis.” 🙀 Similarly, Randy would be shocked when he’s with my friends and their boyfriends. Yung tipong kulang na lang sabihin n’yang, “Ganyan na ba ang kabataan ngayon?” 😂 So I stopped dreaming being the kumare of his friends’ wives.
That’s why I was overjoyed with our get-together. 😻 Finally, we seem to have family friends.
While I was talking to one of those whom I met (secret na kung sino), I felt relieved. For quite some time, someone gave me and some people close to me headaches and heartaches. That someone has been badmouthing us. We are baffled why, because deep in our hearts we knew we did nothing malicious against this person. Rather, we were even trying to make this person happy. We are not perfect, but what on earth did we ever do to deserve that kind of hatred?!? Ang tanong ng bayan ay, “Anong pinaghuhugutan mo, Teh?!?!”
This person was trying so hard to influence other people to hate us. We would feel bad kasi nga ANO BANG GINAWA NAMIN?!?! ANO?!?! We thought the others believed this person, and we can’t do anything about it.
But you know, we were right to remain silent and just continue what we were doing. I realized it’s absolutely true that nega stars repel people. Perhaps at first they will believe a nega star, but eventually, a smart and decent person will realize what’s right and what’s not. Many people are smarter than you think, I realized. And they surely know what’s a valid rant from a mema (as in Memasabi) lang.
I wanted to mention this so if any of you (including me!!!) are on the brink of bursting out of anger, choose to be the bigger person. I promise, that’s the best thing to do. I need to remember that so my venting out on the poor real estate agent doesn’t happen again. 😭
Good night! 😴