It is indeed the Christmas season but I don’t really understand why it feels so ordinary for me. Well, feeling homesick is probably kicking in again. I’ve been feeling a little down lately because 1.) this is the first time that I will be away from my family for Christmas 2.) I miss how it is like in the Philippines during the holiday seasons. Believe it or not, I miss the terrible holiday traffic, the 11 or 12 midnight mall closing hours for Christmas shopping 3.) meeting up with my friends for Christmas meals and so on. I can probably continue counting to a million the things I miss about home. Pero syempre, I have to accept the fact that this is my life now. This is where my husband and my daughter is so this is home for me, for the three of us. At first I was like, naaah there will never be a problem kasi I am with Rick and Amelia naman, eh! But it’s not easy and it will never be considering that I am always thinking about my mom and my sisters back home. Minsan iniisip ko, my mom’s getting older (sorry mama 😜) tapos ang layo ko pa sa kanya. After my dad left, I can’t really imagine how Christmases is going to be like for her. Tapos yung kaisa-isa niyang apo eh walapa sa Pilipinas? Paano na lang? Si Amelia na nga lang sapat na sa kanya tapos inuwi pa sa UK ng daddy niya. Ha haha! Kawawa naman ang lola Choooodie. I would sometimes just pause for a few minutes and get teary-eyed all of a sudden just for the reason of missing my sisters more than ever. I grew up so close to them, we shared 1 bedroom before and have a fair share of laughter and memories. I feel like there was never a time I had a “real” conversation with anyone besides my husband-and-wife talks with Rick. I miss the times when we are all like “tara ate, pa-massage tayo sa Aloha!” or “bot, nood tayo sine!” or the super biglaang “tara ate, Tagaytay tayo!” because the weather is almost like Baguio.
I’ll miss cooking and preparing for them our noche buena and media noche meals. I am always the one assigned with the cooking, pero last year we didn’t really had our noche buena at home because we chose to travel to Boracay and have our Christmas at the beach. Fun! Then for our media noche we had it in a hotel in Manila where we checked-in for 2 nights. I have so much fond memories of family Christmases and New Years at home lalo na nung nasa bahay pa si daddy. Tandem kami sa kusina lagi, siya ang talagang nagluluto at ako ang assistant kasi walang hilig sa kusina ang mga kapatid ko. By 2 p.m pa lang, dapat nakapag dikdik na ako ng bawang at nakapaghiwa na ng sibuyas. Ang pag gayat ng gulay, it takes quite a while lalo na kapag may pa-chopsuey si Mayor Vicente Gianan Jr., lagi pa yang galit pag konti ang bawang na nadikdik. Ha ha ha!
Christmas and/or New Year’s Menu ni Mayor:
- Fried Chicken (pero bawal during New Year, Chinese kasi yung nanay ko masyadong mapamahiin! Ha ha ha!)
- Steamed fish with garlic
- Lechon Kawali
- Lumpiang Shanghai
- Pancit Canton (na trip ni daddy and Irish)
- Pancit Bihon (na trip ko, ni Jalen at mother)
- Crispy Pata (pag may budget si mother)
- Morcon (pag may budget si mother)
- Buko Pandan na request ni Irish
- Fruit salad na request ni Jalen (or ako?)
- Purefood’s Ham! (syempre hindi mawawala yan)
- Loaf bread
- Red wine (na si daddy lang umiinom)
Sa totoo lang nakakamiss, pero mas nakakamiss yung kumpleto kayo kapag pasko at tsaka bagong taon. But what can I do? For now, wala, I just certainly need to wait for another year to see them again and celebrate Christmas and New Year’s together or better if they can come here and visit us! Yehey! I am also excited to celebrate Christmas and New Year here, syempre. We are (most especially Amelia) is being spoiled by nanny and grandad, nag-iisang babae kasi si Lia sa family and of course, this is her first time celebrating Christmas and New Year here with daddy’s side of the family. Ang bahay namin akala mo warehouse kasi ang daming kahon ng regalo, November pa lang ata naka ready na lahatng regalo. Ayoko kasi yung one time big time na isang bagsakan akong magbabalot ng regalo dahil mas tamad ako kapag ganun. Considering I also have a house to run, a child to feed and play, and also finding some time to read my book/s.
Christmas is really about the kids, I sometimes forget that I no longer belong to that age bracket. Ha ha ha! I heard Lia talk about Santa all the time, I heard her hum and dance to Christmas songs and she even wants to dress up as an elf, a reindeer or a snowman. In Manila, we have the longest Christmas (probably) for when the -ber months starts, we put up our decorations and starts playing Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs or Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas. 😂 people may find it odd at first, like I read a message to my husband when I uploaded a family picture of us with our Christmas tree last November, asking “is your tree really up this early?” and he said “yes, because I want to make my homesick wife happy!”
Am I really making any sense now? Nope. Ha ha ha! I just wanted to share this things because it’s nice to look back to some of our treasured memories. But, I probably have to go now because 1.) I might be boring you and 2.) my husband just came home with a large cup of hot chocolate and deep fried, breaded camembert cheese from McDo. 😬