It’s been five years of celebrating Father’s Day without our dad. I’m not the type to make a big deal about these “Hallmark” occasions because I don’t get why there should be a reminder to show love for your mother and father (and grandmother and siblings, etc.). I mean: this is supposed to come naturally, right?
Now that our father’s gone, Father’s Day feels like a reminder of our loss. I know that’s not what the special day sets out to do but, well, that’s how I feel. Although, I must admit it’s getting better each year. I wouldn’t call it a distraction but my ate Unna’s birthday is on June 15th. It’s such a coincidence that Jim’s ate Mia celebrates her birthday on June 16th. Today was a lovely Sunday because I got to celebrate with both families!
I’m lucky my family adjusted our celebration to dinner time so I could join ate Mia’s birthday lunch in Tagaytay. It was my first time to try the famous original Antonio’s as I’ve only experienced Breakfast at Antonio’s (I’ve yet to try The Grill). It was a huge and beautiful lot.
Ate Mia just recently moved back to the Philippines after being based in Hong Kong for a couple of years. Her boyfriend Rahul is visiting Manila for the first time (he’s currently studying in Singapore) and I’m so excited for him to explore!
Ooooooh! Sorry, first timer here!
Cute little Nunki and her new shades from ate Mia! I’ve probably shared this fact before but I’ll share it again because it’s so cool. Ate Mia works for Cartoon Network. Gahhhh so fun!!!
It was pretty awkward being offered bone marrow because of all things to get me sentimental, it was a dish loved by many. Thank goodness nobody noticed the almost-tears! When my dad got really sick he needed a bone marrow transplant so I can never look at it as food anymore.
ANYWAY, on to happier things in life. Like Nunki and this glass of wine!
Sosyal this little girl – her favorite food is steak
Antonio’s organic mesclun salad, bleu d’auvergne crumbled, glazed walnuts, dried currants & cranberries with raspberry vinaigrette and drizzled with basil oil. Sobrang. Sarap.
Jim’s ribeye steak
Tita Bing’s seafood sampler: (1) steamed Chilean sea bass with gratin potato, fish caper veloutè (2) prawn thermidor (3) pan seared scallop on celeriac mashed, truffle cream sauce
Tito Gerry’s pan-fried beef tenderloin glazed with pommery mustard served with onion fettuccine and scallop potato
Ate Mia’s grilled black tiger prawns with sweet paprika and vegetable rice pilaf
Chelo and I shared a grilled certified angus prime ribeye steak flavoured with a cardamom dry rub and served with red wine cream pepper sauce
I didn’t get to take a photo of Rahul’s fish, sorry! But here’s a photo of the happy couple!
Time for dessert! I got panna cotta with honeycomb caramelo which turned out to be good but too sweet for my taste
Jim’s flourless chocolate cake tasted great
Nunki’s berries and cream ice cream was also delicious! Heehee yes I had a scoop or two :p
Happy birthday ate Mia and I’m sorry but I guess my camera really loves Rahul – he’s always the one in focus!! Haha
Tita Bing and tito Gerry ♥
After lunch, we headed to the Bacarros’ new Tagaytay farm! It’s so exciting what Jim’s parents are doing with the land! I really loved being surrounded by so much greenery! Oh and look at this kitty!
And this cat looks freaked haha
This dog was walking awkwardly, a bit sakang, but still so cute!! And clean!
The greenhouse was fascinating
This is Chelo’s “what am I doing here?!” pose haha!
Father & son
Even the mud looked good
We left Tagaytay at 3:30pm and because of the traffic from the Father’s Day rush I got to ate’s dinner juuuust a little bit late. I suggested we eat at Yuujin along Wilson st. because the food is amazing and it’s super affordable! Plus, it was a favorite of papa’s!
Hassle lang kasi ang init, sira yung aircon!! Haha! Still, we were 11 super busog adults and the bill was just around PhP5,000+! It’s crazy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATE UNNA!!!!
BROS! My big brother Nic, my brother-in-law Bryan and my baby brother Arkin!
My goddaughter was, of course, ignoring everyone hahaha
Mama with her baby girls Clara and Zoie
Happy birthday and happy father’s day!!!!
ANG TAMIS NAMAN HAHAHA
And here’s a selfie because I just don’t have enough photos in this blog post…. Ugh. HAHAHAHA
Elmo and Arkin
Post-dinner family photo!
Here I am writing about how sort-of depressing Father’s Day is when in fact I celebrated today with so many of my loved ones! My two ates turned a year older! My mom and her mom (my grammy) have both been mother and father to their kids! Jim’s parents have treated me so much like their own daughter! Ang emo ko masyado! Haha!
Seriously though, I think the best way to honor my parents is to prove how well they’ve raised me. And with the number of people in my life who love me, I think I’m doing a fine job. Happy
Father’s Mother’s Grandparent’s Sibling’s FAMILY day!♥