My Life This Week #5

Bea opening one of many presents for her second birthday. Check out my dad’s colorful shorts!


Tagaytay for my sister’s wedding. Check out that view from the house we stayed at!


Breakfast at Starbucks on the big day. This branch had huge windows and balconies that opened up to the view of Taal Lake.


Bea and cousin Kai reunited! My daughter was the more enthusiastic of the two.


The beautiful stained glass windows of the tiny church where Isabel and Nicky got married. Too bad that photographer was in the way.


Watching these two play together – sort of.


Celebrating my dad’s 66th birthday at a lovely little restaurant in the Makati Garden Club.


Monthly Sunday lunch at my grand-aunt’s house. That’s my mom smiling for the camera.


Taking Bea to U.P. to practice riding her Strider bike. She was more interested in riding the skateboards my brother and sister brought though.


While Julio watched Bea, I walked one round around the academic oval. I stopped to watch these little ones play football. On second thought, maybe they weren’t so little after all.


Looks like everyone thought it was a nice afternoon to get out for a bit of fresh air and exercise.


I really should rename this series to My Life Last Week, or something to that effect. Any suggestions on a new series title? Let me know!


October 1, 2013

My sister is getting married this afternoon.

The whole family, except my older brother, his wife, and their son (who fly in from Singapore today) arrived at Tagaytay yesterday and will be staying until tomorrow. We’re staying in a gorgeous 3-level house in Balai Taal that has a great view of Taal lake. Isabel’s fiancé and soon-to-be in-laws are staying in an identical house next to ours.

For dinner last night, we bought wine, cold cuts, cheese and bread from Säntis and had a very relaxed meal in the dining area. I think my sister appreciated that. She was getting slightly stressed about the gifts for the principal sponsors, and I guess just a little anxious about the big day.

I’m a bit anxious myself.

She’ll always be my little sister (but bigger than me) and, although I’m older by eight years, I like to think we have a good relationship. It could be better, but I think we’re quite close. When she was a toddler, I used to carry her around the house and we would wear matching dresses (our mom’s idea, not ours).

For someone who, as a little girl, once thought holding hands was scandalous, she has come a long way. Isabel has found in Nicky her best friend, business partner, and soulmate. They’re so much alike and can be mistaken for siblings, if not for all the cheesiness and PDA.

She, of course, will be moving in with her new husband. I will miss arriving at Abada and seeing Isabel coming down for breakfast, with bed head and still in her pajamas. I will miss seeing her beg Bea for a kiss and a hug on her way out. She and Nicky will live in Makati and although she promises to visit often, I don’t think I will see her aside from the regular Sunday family dinners. When we were younger, our parents always insisted on having meals as a family, and I suppose that’s the main reason my siblings and I have the relationship we have today. After I got married, Jiro, Isabel and I got together a few times for sibling lunches but that stopped when I had Bea. We finally had one again about a month ago, and I think we should try to make it a regular date.

I’m sure the wedding will be beautiful and the food will be superb. I like Nicky and know that he will love and take care of Isabel, but I can’t help but feel a little sentimental that my little sister will no longer be my little sister by the end of the day – if that makes any sense.