Spell Saab

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?

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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.

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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!

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Ooooooh! Sorry, first timer here!

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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!!!

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Yummerzzz

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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.

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ANYWAY, on to happier things in life. Like Nunki and this glass of wine!

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Sosyal this little girl – her favorite food is steak

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Antonio’s organic mesclun salad, bleu d’auvergne crumbled, glazed walnuts, dried currants & cranberries with raspberry vinaigrette and drizzled with basil oil. Sobrang. Sarap.

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Jim’s ribeye steak

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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

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Tito Gerry’s pan-fried beef tenderloin glazed with pommery mustard served with onion fettuccine and scallop potato

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Ate Mia’s grilled black tiger prawns with sweet paprika and vegetable rice pilaf

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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

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I didn’t get to take a photo of Rahul’s fish, sorry! But here’s a photo of the happy couple!

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Yay!

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Time for dessert! I got panna cotta with honeycomb caramelo which turned out to be good but too sweet for my taste

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Jim’s flourless chocolate cake tasted great

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Nunki’s berries and cream ice cream was also delicious! Heehee yes I had a scoop or two :p

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Happy birthday ate Mia and I’m sorry but I guess my camera really loves Rahul – he’s always the one in focus!! Haha

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Tita Bing and tito Gerry ♥

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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!

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And this cat looks freaked haha

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This dog was walking awkwardly, a bit sakang, but still so cute!! And clean!

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The greenhouse was fascinating

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This is Chelo’s “what am I doing here?!” pose haha!

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Father & son

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Even the mud looked good

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My love!!

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Hipster TAGAYTAY

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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!

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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!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATE UNNA!!!!

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BROS! My big brother Nic, my brother-in-law Bryan and my baby brother Arkin!

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My goddaughter was, of course, ignoring everyone hahaha

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Mama with her baby girls Clara and Zoie

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Happy birthday and happy father’s day!!!!

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ANG TAMIS NAMAN HAHAHA

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Beautiful family!

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And here’s a selfie because I just don’t have enough photos in this blog post…. Ugh. HAHAHAHA

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Elmo and Arkin

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Post-dinner family photo!

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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!♥

June 18, 2014

Saab

23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Pia

    June 16, 2014

    Aww Nunki is so cute! Plus I loved all your photos. So high res!! @_@

    My dad also passed away a few years ago and you and your family have always been an inspiration to me. I love that you all stayed strong and united despite everything. Infinite hugs to you guys <3 I'm in awe of how strong you are. :)

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      Saab

      June 16, 2014

      Thank you! I’m glad our family inspires you!!:)

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    Angelique

    June 16, 2014

    Hi (soon to be) Mrs. Bacarro!! :)

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      Saab

      June 16, 2014

      Hi!!

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    Gigi

    June 16, 2014

    Coz im from a broken family, I’ve always wanted to have a family like yours.Parang sobrang saya lang+the extended family you have parang perfect!! Nakaka inspired how your parents raised all of you siblings. HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all most esp to your mama Pia<3

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      Saab

      June 16, 2014

      Thank you, Gigi <3

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    Pia Maria Magalona

    June 16, 2014

    Y’know, Saab, you feel ambivalent because–being a Type A personality–you’re probably just afraid that everything is going too good for you… and that it will be taken away, somehow.

    Especially because you also just survived some hardcore violent s**t recently. You need to go to therapy in order to hurdle that traumatic experience. Remember, everything’s been beautiful, you feel so mature and ready to face the world; all you could think of was planning your wedding…then… bam! Always seek the experts’ help because we don’t have all the answers ourselves.

    I love you,
    Mommy <3

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      Saab

      June 16, 2014

      Thanks, mom. Will keep that in mind. :) Love you!

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    Jamie

    June 16, 2014

    Namimiss ko yung mga ganitong blogs mo, Saab. Hehee. Aaanndd kamukha mo na siblings ni Jim! Cute! Btw, what’s your sister’s camera. Parang ang laki nglens for the body.

    Happy family day, indeed!! <33

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      Saab

      June 16, 2014

      Which sister? Ate Unna? Her camera’s the same as mine :) It’s my old Sony NEX 5! Sakin yung mas bago na version, 5N!

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    Tin

    June 16, 2014

    So glad to read from you again Saab! I feel happy to know that you are doing good despite of the violence you encountered. Cheers for all the blessings!
    btw, your Kuya Nic is so handsome haahha :D

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      Saab

      June 18, 2014

      Thank you :) Indeed he is! He’s my brother so of course he’s handsome :p Haha!!

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    Flor

    June 16, 2014

    Life’s luxuries, makes us forget the simple things in life. Simple lang talaga sya 3F’s and looks like you got it all in one day! cheerios girl!

    3 F’s- Family, Farm and Food :)

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      Saab

      June 18, 2014

      Hahaha pasok yung farm sa 3Fs!:)

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    Arkie

    June 17, 2014

    xxx “And with the number of people in my life who love me,I think I’m doing a fine job.””

    I couldn’t agree more. <3

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      Saab

      June 18, 2014

      <3

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    Kimmy

    June 19, 2014

    Hi Ate! I’m a big fan of your blog. I’ve been reading it for years!!! I just can’t get enough of your stories.

    My father also passed away when I was six years old. My family has been through difficult times but we still have each other and dad was still with us – though not physically – in our hearts. :) Your blog is very inspiring po! :))) As well as yourself!

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      Saab

      June 19, 2014

      Aww thanks Kimmy!!:)

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    Camille

    June 21, 2014

    Hi Saab! What camera did you use to take the photos in this blog post? Thanks!

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      Saab

      June 26, 2014

      Sony NEX 5N

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    Maj

    June 22, 2014

    Your ate Unna looks like Angelina Jolie, I mean from the way she smiles and medyo kahawig nya din si Ruffa Gutierrez. Toray!

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    Maj

    June 22, 2014

    Your ate Unna looks like Angelina Jolie!!! Toray!!

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      Saab

      June 28, 2014

      Tarayyy!

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