thanks to my sweet friends for visiting the lonely blog, it took me a while…you know, jet lag plus wishful wistful thinking, separation anxiety, and then the serious business of unpacking and cleaning up and washing up and getting back to the real grind.
yes, it was a grueling ride. i
don’t likereally hate airplanes. i wish i never have to ride one again, but such is modern life that this is just about the only means to a happy reunion at the end; the treat of seeing our loved ones far outweighs MY anxiety over the plane ride. i can’t describe the joy i felt over seeing my ma and dad, of hanging out with my nieces and nephews, and of bonding with my siblings. i even saw some favorite older cousins whom i haven’t seen in what seems like decades!
i can only pray that it won’t be so long till the next time…
i can only hope that my dad will hold up and fight the disease that is slowly tearing him away from us.
we should all learn from my ma about the power of unconditional love.
we only had a precious 7 days to spend, and i chose to concentrate on hanging out with my parents… as time marches on the long gaps in between make the life changes that much more pronounced. i often close my eyes to remember how we were, how they looked, when i was a child.
but next time i’m scoring some Librium or something. and i’ll be re-reading the statistics of transportation safety to reassure myself, and ward off the horrid awful panic attack i tried so hard to suppress (and i did succeed somewhat, i did not do anything too utterly scandalous, other than some strange stretching and breathing exercises, my children were watching!!!)
it was a big mistake to switch places with sonny and sit by the window. just as the pilot flew right into a raging thunderstorm over Boston! :faint:
here are a few photos of the highlights. food trips, actuallly. it’s amazing how my siblings have zeroed in on all the destination spots for food in their area. wonder where we got it from?
now i’m packing, again! i have to go get ready for the next planned part of our vacation. we’re going south, IN A NICE COMFY MINIVAN. :drunk:
in the photos: sis-in-law’s homemade turon (fried wrapped jackfruit and sweet saba bananas), pinkberry frozen yogurt with fresh fruit toppings, Snapper Joe’s fish tacos and nachos, kids got a kick out of this sushi restaurant,
finally found peach ice cream, Dad’s 73rd birthday lechon, Dad’s birthday cakes:frookie cookie ice cream cake from Cold Stone creamery, ube/mango cake + mocha cake from Goldilocks, beard Papa’s cream puffs at Japantown, Jollibee buko pandan cooler w/ sago, Jollibee halo halo.
missing in action: my mom’s paksiw na lechon (roast pork stew with vinegar), secret recipe lengua (tongue) with mushrooms and the best butter sauce ever!, and pictures of cousin Chiqui waiting on us at her Japanese restaurant job (daughter forgot her camera in California!!)
waaaah…we miss them :tragedy: