The original plan was to home right after duty but due to the availability of the condominium owner for viewing of the unit, I spent most of the day in San Juan getting familiar with our would-be home for the board review.
Getting to the area was a bit trying. Good thing the car we used had a GPS system and we were able to navigate effectively despite having to do some adjustments when the traffic looked a little heavy. We got a little lost when we were almost at the area and had to circle a few more times before finally spotting the gate. I like how they kept a strict system on visitors – allowing in only those who have set appointment. Even at the reception area everyone was asked to sign in their names and person of contact before being cleared for visit. The overall location of our building, despite being amidst a very busy road, ensured that we had easy walking access to our review centers as well as grocery shopping (which essentially means FOOD which means everything for us). What’s better is it’s parallel to the MRT line and Gilmore station is right within reach. I can hop trains and go home faster than usual. And did I mention we’re right by Robinson’s Magnolia? Yep, we are.
The unit is satisfactory, with ample space and ventilation, water supply and emergency exit access (the panic door is right across our unit). There are two bedrooms, a kitchenette with rice cooker, microwave, electric kettle and a fridge, a bathroom and a utility room. The sala doubles as the dining area. Everything was a functional space. We didn’t have wifi which is good. It’s also the last thing we need. I could go with just singing to myself all day everyday if it means bagging the license by September. I-sacrifice na lahat, pumasa lang.
After closing the deal, I rode the bus to Sto Tomas as it had been planned that Tatay will wait for me and I’d go home with them from them. In the middle of the bus ride I got a text saying he’ll go ahead as the cows needed tending. I was running late nga kasi, gagabihin na siya. I alighted minutes later and Ate Baby fetched me, during which time I got the news: Ninang Nena has passed away.
She’s our maternal aunt who had been battling Parkinson’s disease for the last decade. Complications have risen to the point that she’s almostt always bedridden. Care of her had been entrusted to a couple who lived with her. The reason of her death had not been clear. Sobrang biglaan. To think that she had just been discharged from the hospital a few days before following wound debridement of her bed sores. She was far from being septic, and medications were being given. So it had really come as a surprise. What’s heartbreaking is that her husband, Ninong Romy, died only nine months ago. And now their only son (whose only purpose of working abroad is to work for support of her medications) is coming home to that kind of news. Ang lungkot lang.
We came home momentarily to eat dinner before following Inay, Ate My and Jerome to Inicbulan. Only a few people were present, mostly the closest relatives. Some are still being notified, all equally saddened by Ninang’s passing. Kuya Mark had already been informed and he was crying hard daw. How hard it must have been for him.
Kuya Renan had called as soon as he’s out from work and said him and Ate Jen will visit the next day. Inay stayed. Tatay did his visit early the next morning.
Ate Baby had to leave early because of an OR sched. The rest of us got to stay in bed a little longer before we were woken by Inay’s arrival. She left right after changing and had planned to stay at the wake until that evening.
The rest of the day was spent at home, and although none of our weekend plans actually happened, it was not an unproductive time. Sad, yes. But we did what we could to adjust. What’s better is, we got to spend a little more time talking to Tatay. 🙂
Kendrick was dropped off at home while his parents visited Ninang. Ang bait lang nya – he’s quiet and just walks around, playing with whatever he finds. He had a particular liking to the newly adopted kitten despite getting initially startled by the excited meow-ing. He also learned how to say Babay although his wave looked more like a close-open motion than an actual wave. Haha.
Tatay had shared hs plans to overhaul our owner-type jeep. It’s the oldest vehicle we have – a year older than me at 26 years! The exterior might not be as maintained as the earlier years but the running condition of the engine is unbelievable. Beterano na yung owner namin. Minsan naiisip ko baka nga Transformer pa to e. Haha. I think Tatay was feeling a little bit sentimental and asked me to take a picture of it.
Yung next generation ng mga kids mukhang happy din namang mag-model. We didn’t expect Kendrick to actually enjoy playing with the wheel. It came to the point when we had to coax him from the vehicle kasi ang init na. 🙂