Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Nothing compares to family. And again this was wonderfully portrayed by last Saturday and Sunday's events. To begin with, my second daughter Christine secretly planned (along with Malen) a surprise for her elder sister's birthday, a sort of belated one tho as April 27 the birthday was actually a working day and she couldn't take leave from her office. But it all began on that day (April 27) kicked off by a simple birthday cake from Christine and a delicious pasta dish put together by younger sister Malen.

It does not take much to make someone happy. All it takes is a willingness to step up and make it happen. You can't buy happiness but certainly you can create it... and create it every living moment of the day and life... that person's and yours. That makes for good memories.

And then came Saturday, May 02...

... off to the second big surprise. Out of the house by 8:00am and on the road for some place outside Manila. But at some point we couldn't simply ignore the breakfast bell ringing in our tummies. Lols! :-) So then stopped at Delifrance for breakfast.

... after such a hearty breakfast, it's back to the cab and on the road again.

After traveling some miles and passing one lovely scenery after another, another bell rang... yup the lunch bell! Are you noticing something, this isn't a travel blog nor is this a birthday blog -- why it's a food blog!! :-) :-) Yeah, the secret is out -- this family is just a bunch of food freaks.

They sure cook good food here. Plus one gets the treat of a wondrous view of the famous and still active Taal Volcano in the middle of Taal Lake. That's the cone of the volcano seen in the background, the rest of it is underwater. On a clear sunny day such as this, you can see it in all of its glory. Another moment that simply takes your breath away.

Finally, here we come to the big SURPRISE....

On the left, that's Christine with her fiance Daniel keeping a close watch and protective eye over the whole scenario from start to finish. Looking at her, I felt a mother's pride seeing her devotion and affection for her siblings, her family -- so way beyond measure. I feel so blessed. Picture on the right, we see Amchit and Malen waving and heading back to us.. visibly pleased, thrilled, and immensely delighted.

Truly memories are made of these.

P. S. There's another big surprise.. the third one which came the next day , Sunday. All about that in the next post. :-)


  1. The one thing that stands out is the close bonding amongst sisters and how the three save the birthday girl kept the surprise element a closely guarded secret.This should make mom the happiest.
    The food displayed seems sumptuous and mouth watering.The cable car rides are always awesome with a tinge of fear and thrill.Looking forward to the next surprise thrown by Christine.

  2. Ellen,

    It is for sure that it is small things which we tend to overlook as insignificant make all the difference. It is so morale boosting to read such a post full of memories, including of FOOD.

    Take care

  3. Hi KP,

    Our families mean the world to us. No words are sufficient to express just how much that is. It's beyond rhyme or measure. Oh yeah, the next surprise will come soonest the pictures are uploaded to desktop. Thanks for dropping by. Take care and God bless.

  4. "...it is small things which we tend to overlook as insignificant make all the difference." -- How true, Jack. Too bad that the world has brainwashed us to think that small does not matter. Thank you for your lovely visit. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  5. hiiii... nice to see ur gals celebrratingg...:) hw r u?? i'm fine... happy mothers day

  6. Hi Pram,

    Great to see you again!! :-) Hey how are things at your end? Very busy I would guess. :-) Thanks for the greeting. And a Happy Mother's Day to you too. Blessings to you, your mom, and everyone in your home. Thanks for dropping by.


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