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Kapatid Ako ng Groom

During last month’s wedding reception, my family’s table was the first to be served at the buffet table.

Since it was a served buffet, servers were assigned to scoop viands for the guests’ plates.
If you were there, you might have heard my sisters saying to the servers, “Hoy, dagdagan mo yung lechon. Kapatid ko yung groom. Nanay ko bumili ng lechon.”

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in It's All Relative

 

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Ewww Healthy

I posted this on Instagram last month,

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I’ve put honey instead of caramelized sugar on my soya curd, “TAHO WITH HONEY.”
To which Paula, said, “Ewww healthy.”

After committing to a healthy lifestyle, I had a hard time maintaining that in the Philippines during my 2 week vacation for the wedding.

I shopped for healthy options for me and them: Granola Bars, Honey for sweeteners, Nuts instead of chips and soya milk and fruit juices for soda.
I told Sam (while Tem was there), “Sam, eto mga healthy food ha.”
“Saaaam, eto masarap oh,” Tem answered, “chocolate, sembe, coke, potato chips… yum!”
Sam torn between her morals, “Tito, mas masarap offer ni Tita Tem.”

The devil won.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Health Buff, It's All Relative

 

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Higop Tae

To make contacts in the address book, Nanay would have a hard time the names of her contacts so for one ‘poso negro’ contact, ate Mimi helped nanay by naming it HIGOP TAE.

Sam was shocked at the name and laughed hardly.

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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in It's All Relative

 

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Butchoy Dilat

Nanay told one story last night.

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 6.22.48 PM“Yang si Butchoy eh sobrang dilat nyan nung araw. Dati eh nagtae yan ng isang araw. Dinala ko sa ospital eh ang sabi ng Doktor eh alalang-alala! Sabi ng doktor eh, ‘NAY! ILANG ARAW NA HO YANG NAGTATAE? BAKIT NGAYON NYO LANG DINALA?’ Dok isang araw lang. Madilat lang talaga.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in It's All Relative

 

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The Most Beautiful Starbucks in the Philippines

On our way to our wedding venue in Batangas, Tem, who was driving at the time, told us, “Kuya, gusto n’yo pumunta yung pinaka-magandang Starbucks sa Pilipinas?”
Being the big coffee lover that she is, Mitch exclaimed, “Sige!”
I was not convinced and asked my sister, “Baka naman inuuto mo lang kami ha?” It would of course be our treat if we stop by.
Tem laughed at the idea and told us, “Oo nga!”
“Weh?”
“Oo nga! Bahala ka!” she answered while laughing.

“Baka naman mamaya sabihin mo, nandito rin sa Tagaytay ang ‘Most Beautiful Jollibee branch’ ha?” I followed up.

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The Most Beautiful Starbucks” in Twin Lakes, Tagaytay City

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in It's All Relative

 

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Ajug Rice

Tatay is really getting fat and I wanted him to change his eating habits. One way of telling him off is by guilt shaming his food intake.

One time, I saw him scooped  a lot of serving of rice for his little viand.
I told him, “Tay! Andami naman n’yan!”
Surprised, he answered, “Hindi ko kakainin ‘yan… Titignan ko lang oh,” and stared at his food.
“Kung titignan n’yo lang eh di picture-an na rin natin.”

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Kape. Mainit.

downloadAte Pam, my eldest sister who has been based in Japan more than half her life seems to be slowly losing her command of the Philippine language. She would sometimes tell me, “Naiwan ang Ketai sa Kruma.” Naiwan ang celphone sa kotse. Last year, she was ordering a cup of coffee in Jollibee and she said, “Miss. Kape. Isa.” “Ma’am ano po?” asked the waitress. “Kape. Isa. Mainit.” Barok na?

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in It's All Relative

 

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