Here in the Philippines, it is a tradition for us to greet our loving moms a happy mother’s day at the second sunday of May. We also do greet our dads a happy father’s day on the second sunday of June. Usually, we give them gifts or we make them special on the said dates.
I am not really sure if it is only me, but I only heard of the Grandparents’ Day a few years ago. I remember my grandmother telling me that I failed to greet her that day. I am not sure if it the special day was celebrated by families way back or if it is just a newly-imposed holiday by businessmen to attract more customers at the second sunday of September.
If you think that I am whining about it, well, you’re wrong. Making my grandparents happy is a big fulfillment for me and believe me, I’ve been wanting to pamper them since I was a young girl. I remember telling my lolo as a kid that I will give him a plane ticket once I grow up. I even told him that I’ll be a stewardess LOL. He gave me, my mom and dad a chance to go to Hongkong when I was yonger. It’s about time that I return the favor.
Ever since I became a member of the stressed workforce of Makati last year, I always see to it that I spend time with them whenever they are here in Manila. Lolo and Lola usually goes here at least once a month. I have to admit that I’ve been very stressed with my previous work in terms of the work schedule, but a quick breakfast or late dinner is something that I always look forward to. I see to it that I have time for them.
Let me share to you some of our random photos taken from different places and events:
Lolo and Lola at Healthy Shabu-Shabu (August 2008) – After working on my first ever blogger event, I immediately asked my grandparents if they want to try out the Shabu-shabu place in SM Mall of Asia. My lolo actually hates going there because of our traumatic parking lot experience during its opening LOL. Thank God he liked the idea and drove from North to South. I got the gift certificate from the blog event of Healthy Shabu-Shabu. They told me that they’ve tried Shabu-Shabu before, but it is the first time they cooked it right. I shared what I learned from the blog event I attended and I am happy that they enjoyed it.
Lolo and Lola at Kaya Korean Restaurant (July 2009) – Last June 2009, I was invited together with some food bloggers at the Only You event at Kaya Korean Restaurant where I finally tasted the popular ‘Talangkanin’. The dish is inspired from the Philippine adaptation of Only You starred by Angel Locsin, Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo. As a certified Kapamilya and Angel Locsin fanatic, I invited the lovers (hihi) for dinner at Kaya Megamall branch. Like a young couple, they were sweet and I am happy that they liked the dish. They even recommended the place to some fo our relatives. I just smiled when I asked them to do a ‘kilig’ pose for my blog. Check the second pic hehe 😀
SPENDING INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND at BORACAY (June 2009) – I am really proud of this one. Last year, I won six roundtrip tickets from SEAIR. Originally, its for Palawan. I want to go to Palawan with them since it is a special place to my grandfather (especially Cullion). He was just twenty years old when he lastÂ stepped in the place. My great grand father was once assigned there to help cure the lepers who were designated at the island. I will explain further once I step on the place myself.
Anyway, Lolo and Lola liked the idea of going to Boracay since they’ve never been there. Thank God we landed at the Caticlan airport with my high school best friend Maire. Though the place is a bit far, my lola exerted extra effort just to go with us. I can see the glow and happiness on their faces when we met up again at the afternoon beside the beach (I stayed at a separate room). We spent that Friday afternoon sitting in front of the beach while sipping our favorite drinks (Iced Mocha for me, Beer for Lolo, Iced Tea for Lola and Fruit shake for Maire). God, I Love This! I even recorded a video of the four of us expressing how it feels like to be away from the stressful city of Manila LOL.
I only go back to Dagupan every after four months due to my schedule and the very long trip. Though I seldom go back to my hometown, I see to it that we go out and update each other. We usually eat at Dagupena, our favorite restaurant. When they’re here, we go out and use some of my gift checks or if I have extra money, we dine in a less expensive place. Actually, a fastfood meal can make them happy already. It is the thought that counts.
Wait, did I tell you that I failed to greet them a Happy Grandparents Day? I had a busy Sunday afternoon and I didn’t turn the television on so I forgot to give them a call. I tried my luck by giving them a ring at 9:30PM but nobody answered. Just this morning, Lolo told me that my lola was rushed in the hospital but she is doing well now. Though I am worried, I know that she’ll be ok as long as my Lolo is beside her. Sweet =)
Upon writing this post, I realized that there’s nothing to be guilty about. I may not have sent my greeting to them last Sunday, but I never failed to make them feel important. We don’t really need those holidays hyped by the media and the advertisers. If we truly love our grandparents, we have to show it to them any time or any day of the year. Spend more time with them if you can…. before its too late.