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My mom rocks but she loves Chowking!

my mom and I

my mom and I

Working outside the Philippines has a trade-off and one of those.. is seeing my parents only once a year. This year, I have time to bond with my mom (my dad had a mild stroke and can not travel anymore).

A week before I went back to Jeddah, I asked my mom:

Me: mama would you like to come with me to Manila?

Mama: eh paano ang papa mo, sinung mag -aalaga? (what about your dad? who will take care of him?) her eyes twinkling and there was a faint smile at the corner of her lips, meaning she wanted to come but can’t leave without my dad.

Me and my siblings: don’t worry ma, all your grandchildren can take care of dad .

Mama: what about coming back, I can’t travel alone?

Me: ma, i will let the stewardess take care of you!

 her smile widened and wallah! off to Manila.

bound for manila

bound for manila

I was so excited to bond with my mom but let me tell you a secret: I have six brothers and I am the only daughter, I guess you are thinking hmmm spoiled? nope! I am not, was not and will never be! My father is a strict disciplinarian but I am closer to him than my mom.When I was in high school, I was always voted as muse or oftentimes as a beauty contestant. I never heard my mom says: “My daughter is beautiful”. She even said: kuh bakit ba ikaw ang napipili palagi eh marami naman diyan maganda! sabay kurot! (oh! why always you? there’s a lot of beautiful girls around?)and she pinched my side tenderly. When I say, I love you ma, she never reply ” I love you too my only daughter. In short, my mom is minimalist in words of affection.

I was determined to give her the best of times, I made sure the hotel we checked- in was near the shopping mall, who doesn’t love shopping? We all do!! 🙂

The Heritage hotel is near Mall of Asia

The Heritage hotel is near Mall of Asia

 

Mama: ang ganda naman rito, magkano ba ang one night? (it’s nice here, how much per night?) 

Me: enjoy ka lang ma, wag mong isipin kung magkano. (just enjoy ma, don’t think how much)

We had breakfast buffet every morning and my mom said: Ang dami- dami naman pagkain, ang hirap pumili, buti pa sa chowking. ( there’s so much food, difficult to choose, it’s better in chowking!)

Chowking , a Chinese -Filipino fast food restaurant that serves Chicken Lauriat meal (fried chicken,noodles,rice,pork siomai,butchi and chipcharap) in one order and cost less than a hundred pesos (less than USD 2.00). While buffet in hotel cost a thousand pesos per head (22.00USD) and more.

so tired but i felt her happiness

so tired but i felt her happiness

We visited her only brother whom she didn’t see for many years and this was like” mission accomplished” for me, it was like seeing a reality show, the emotions was high and I couldn’t control my tears.

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It was holy week and mostly of the shops were closed but we manage to went around and dined with other family members.

TGIF! and again my mom said: buti pa sa Chowking! (it’s better in chowking) hahaha if only Kris Aquino (chowking endorser) can hear this, mom will be the best endorser!

I took her to David’s Salon ( a popular and expensive salon in Mall of Asia). She did her hair and nails. After I paid and she knew how expensive it was, she said, it was better in Virac (our province of Catanduanes) a lot cheaper and they cut hair better than here. 🙂

I gave her money for shopping so she can get what she wants but every time she looks at the tag price, she would abandon it … mom: ang mahal naman! (so expensive!) 

Manila bay sunset

Manila bay sunset

It was a long day for both of us, I was tired carrying the shopping bags and I couldn’t get more pictures anymore but..guess what? My mom did not forget to mentioned” let’s eat in chowking!”

So we did! (no photos, tired of going around) 🙂

Mama, I know you enjoyed your trip and chowking 🙂  and even though you don’t say it, I always feel you love me too as much as you love my brothers, Even though we have different taste in clothes, food and lifestyles, I know you had fun bonding with me. I will always look forward to spend time with you and papa.

and yes, I LOVE YOU TOO!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Cheers,

jamilamimi

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