One of the trickiest things about getting married is having to split up the holidays with your in-laws. Jim and I have been saying over and over again how thankful we are to love each other’s families. Can you imagine having to spend the holidays with people you don’t like?! That would be the worst!!! I’m writing this from the living room of ate Mia, Jim’s older sister who is based in Singapore. The Bacarros flew in to celebrate the new year with her and after the last crazy few weeks of December, I’m welcoming 2016 with open arms.
Christmas season in Manila means sitting in your car for hours. That’s exactly what happened to me on the 16th when I decided to go to Megamall. Worst decision ever. Where I live is literally a maximum of 10 minutes away from SM Megamall by car. It took me 2 hours — Two. Hours. — to get to the mall. KALURKS.
Going back to splitting the holidays between our families: after enduring so many hours on the road because of the Christmas rush, we decided to plan it all out in advance and call it “The Jim & Saab Rockin’ Family Tour 2015.” We packed our bags on the 23rd.
Because I offered to make macaroni salad for my family get together even if I had never made it before and I don’t cook, I spent about 5 hours making it. I went to the grocery store at 9, started making the salad at 10:30 and ended at around 3pm. SUCH A NOOB. Pero okay lang, it tasted GREAT and I’m so happy my family loved it as well.
DISCLAIMER: SORRY FOR THE PHOTOS. MY CAMERA’S BEING REPAIRED AT THE MOMENT :( So these are just pictures taken from different phones.
We drove to Antipolo at 5:30pm, and we did my family tradition: Christmas Eve mass at 7pm, dinner with mom’s side of the family at our home, opened gifts, etc.
At around 1:30am, we said goodnight and drove to Ayala Heights in QC to join Jim’s family. We opened gifts before his parents went to bed. Jim, Chelo, ate Mia and I stayed up until 5am.
It was my first time to sleep over in his old bedroom! Yay!
Jim and I woke up at 11:30am, drove to my dad’s sister’s house in New Manila for Christmas day lunch.
It’s been my family’s tradition to have lunch with my dad’s side of the family every Christmas day. Tita Maricar and tito Neil are great hosts and the food is always superb.
We left their home at 3:30pm and drove to Rockwell, Makati to check in at Aruga. It was our gift to mom to hold an overnight staycation on the 25th.
As mom was making dinner (I know, right, she still wanted to make dinner even if we wanted her to rest!!), we started playing some Pinoy novelty songs just to troll her. We played Otso Otso, some other songs I can’t remember right now and then we played Spaghetti by Joey de Leon and the Sexbomb Dancers. ISPAGETI PATAAS PATAAS NANG PATAAS. We were all laughing so loud but I could tell mom was getting annoyed already so I stopped the music. Exactly when I clicked stop, there was a loud boom from the kitchen. The stove kind of short-circuited and had a mini-explosion. Okay, exagge, hindi naman explosion. Pero yung sound sumabog talaga, thankfully no one got hurt. Frank pointed out that mom was making spaghetti and we were playing that Spaghetti song that Eat Bulaga made famous. We’ve got a lot of stories to back this up, but we do believe that was papa’s way of saying hello on Christmas day. Because of the incident, the hotel upgraded us to a bigger room free of charge. Thanks, pop.
We played some board games and drank some wine before going to sleep.
Okay, this is taking too long, I’m so sleepy na but I promised myself a blog post at least once a day for the new year. I’m just gonna do this with bullet points:
- Got my nails done with Maxx in the morning
- Checked out and had lunch with the family at CPK in Rockwell
- Went home for like a split second before heading out for band practice
- Did our Secret Santa with Cheats
- Went to Saguijo for our Christmas gig
- Got home at 3am
- Woke up at 6am
- Left for Tagaytay to celebrate Jim’s parents’ 35th wedding anniversary
- Had breakfast at Antonio’s
- Went to their newly-built house at his parents’ farm. It’s GORGEOUS, I’ll show you pictures another time.
- We left Tagaytay at 3pm, got home at 7pm. NAKAKALOKA.
Had our carpenter Mang Danny come over to do some mini home projects. He came over with our family helper Yaya Gleza and our soon-to-be stay-at-home helper Vanessa. We’ve never had a stay-at-home kasambahay before so Gleza trained Vanessa the whole day while Mang Danny hung up some frames and installed some new furniture. Vanessa’s moving in some time in January. Wala pa siyang bed eh. Haha!
It was kind of an impromptu mini-home renovation from 9am-6pm. YAY.
- Took Joey to the vet at around 11:30am for a check up because Jim and I suspected she had bladder stones again because of a very faint reddish brown color in her pee.
- After 4 hours of tests and screenings, I decided to have her confined because she does have bladder stones again and she needed some meds. I wanted to have peace of mind while I’m away so I knew the best thing to do was to have doctors take care of her while I’m away :(
- Jim cheered me up by buying Star Wars Battlefront on PS4 and we played it a bit before going to bed
- Woke up at 3am for our 6am flight to Singapore!
So now we’ve got 1 more day before we fly home to Manila on the 3rd. The tour’s almost over and although it’s been tiring, I’m a happy kind of tired. I’m also VERY happy because the vet sent me updates of Joey thru Viber and sent me photos of her looking happy and active. Can’t wait to hug my baby love. K, gotta get some sleep!! Hoping to keep up this new year’s resolution of writing everyday.