Finally, the connection is back (after almost a month). I can now post this entry which is overdue alreaday. But better late than never.
We celebrated Zyk’s birthday in Basilan as agreed. We had his first in Dipolog City with Eena’s folks so this time it’s my folks turn.
His birthday fell on a Saturday so it was an advantage because we only have to skip one day from work. I am referring to the day before which is devoted to travel time plus a little planning and preparation here and there. So, when Friday arrived, we left our house almost 9 am with all the bags (by the sight of them, you can assume that we are spending a whole month there when actually we stayed just for 3 days) and left everything to Pilar.
As predicted, we arrived at the port with only few minutes to spare. As soon as they were able to disembark the car, I careened right away since I needed to go to the office to park the car. By the time I reached the port, the boat already left. Toink!
Indoor or outdoor? It took a while before we were able to make up our minds. Jate and Mom cleared the newly roofed area and that made us decide to have the party outdoor. Then Dida entered the picture. Soon, the three became busy with the decorations. They posted the poster, added some trimmings plus the balloons. And presto! The plain wall was transformed to a beautiful birthday backdrop.
Few days before, I made an arrangement with Mommy already about the cake. She will order it from the local bakeshop. On our day of arrival, when I asked her about it, her reply was she haven’t ordered yet because it is available anytime anyway. So we checked the shop and found the cake cheap-looking – pardon the word. Inasmuch as we already ordered dedication cake from Gagah which we intend to slice and eat during the party, we decided not to order cake anymore and use the budget to buy additional putahe.
So we had spaghetti, hotdogs on stick, fried chicken ala Dida and the additional putahe which was beef steak. Of course, the cake which came a little late because it was Bry who brought them all the way from Zamboanga. Oh, correction: cakes. He brought two! Thanks Bry and Tita Gagah.
Then came the birthday boy all dressed up. Wow! Tampa sultero! Hehehe! He knew that it was his birthday! So he was there very eager to blow the candle. And he was able to do it with the help of his Kuya.
As soon as all the members of the family were there, the picture-taking session started. Then a short prayer before the singing of the birthday song. And then…. Chow time! Mom also invited her boarders to join the party. Daddy also called Uncle Arnol and Autie Flor, and they were able to come and spend time with us.
We prepared some games for the kids. They were all very willing participants. They still wanted for more even if it was dark already. But when Mommy and Jate’s supply of prizes ran out, we stopped and party was over.
To sum it all, the party was great! Thanks to Mommy and Daddy, the main sponsors; Jate for the balloons and prizes; Inang for man-power; Boobae, Robi, Nasser, Mimi, Krishan, Didi and Cacai for keeping Zyk occupied with the help of Kuya; and to Dida, for everything! 🙂