First week of November, we (my family and I) had the chance to go back home for a few days and to spend the 1 week holiday we had in a more productive (more like expensive!) way. Holiday was Eid al-Adha for the Islam religion.
So home we went, we arrived afternoon on 4th November. Unbelievable traffic welcomed us, indicating we were truly home. Lav was also scheduled to come home, early morning the following day, since we decided to have the traditional “pamamanhikan” already.
The next morning, Saturday, I woke up a little bit earlier than usual. Since I had nothing to do at home that morning, I decided to go to the mall for a little while. Mom was preparing lunch for our coming guests. Lav and his family were coming over as the way the traditional “pamamanhikan” goes. He sent me a text message telling me they might be a little late since they left home around 11AM and travel time would be atleast 2 hours. I said okay and since I had time, I was able to run some errands for Mom while I was at the mall. By 12-noon I was back home and my parents have already had their lunch but I decided to wait for my fiancé and his family so I’ll have my lunch with them. They arrived around 1PM.
They brought cooked oysters and a few kilos of fresh ones. Our house help started serving the lunch and in a few minutes we were having our afternoon feast. While eating, my mom sat at the other end and they started talking/discussing stuff about us (me and Lav) and our plans for the wedding. Since my husband-to-be’s father had already passed away, his closest uncle stood on his behalf. Tito Bong is so clever and funny on how he tries to put my fiancé on a pedestal to impress my mom. My favorite would have to be :
“Si Lav ho, marami hong plano yan. Nagkkwentuhan nga ho kami sa Singapore nyan, nagugulat ako kasi madami syang plano. At malalaki ang plano nya. Pero inuna nya si Rivka.”
I do not know if my mom noticed his effort to impress. Hihi!
Another memorable moment when my mom said:
“Sige pakasal na kayo, tapos mag baby kayo agad, sakin ang baby.”
Then my future mother-in-law reacted:
“Ay ganun? Sana kambal para tig-isa tayo.”
Oh dear, moms are already competing for the grandchild. We’re not even married yet!
Their visit was short but sweet. And good thing, wedding expenses were not discussed, so no conflict there. They left at around a little past 3PM, since they had to buy gifts for their nephew’s baptismal the next day and they have to travel another 2 hours going home. Actually, I went with them since we had to meet our wedding coordinator before 6PM. But that’s another story..