I haven't told a lot of people about this.
I've been here in Manila for quite some time.
This time, it's not about a business trip or a long vacation like what I would usually do in the past.
It's actually because a very dear family member is really sick at the moment. When I found out that her sickness was worsening, I impulsively booked a flight to Manila without much preparations. I think that I had mentioned it before that going home was not part of the plan this 2015 because I wanted to concentrate on the work projects we have for the entire year.. but if a special person / your family needs your companionship, how can you ignore the situation? *sniff* I will never forget the smile and look on her face when I "surprised" her with my presence and haggard self. It's amazing that with just your mere presence, you can light up someone's day.
Nanay. We all fondly call her as "Nanay" (which means "Mom" in English) and we treat her like our real grandmother. She is actually our family nanny and all of my siblings and I grew up under her loving care. She cooked for the entire family too. Everything that Nanay made before in her prime years... super delicious, for sure! Oh how I treasure those moments. ;u;
I've been here for the past 2-3 weeks already (got lost track of time) and I'll be going back to Japan soon so that my other cousin can go home too while I take over & help my brother with our work. I can't wait to book again a flight after saving up enough money in Japan. It really pains me and bothers me a lot that I cannot be here at home for a long time so I could take care of Nanay. :( Honestly, it has been such a whirlwind of emotions recently and I've had a lot of sad moments. It's okay to be not super okay at times, I guess. I am just praying a lot right now for her health. ;_;
Anyway.. I don't want to finish this blog entry while having a sudden crying fest.. or continue to write about sad things. Yikes!
For now, here are some photos / moments that made me smile and happy during my stay here. : )
Had a Jollibee date with Anne Kate after my surprise Cosmania visit.
Having a great day with a friend + meeting your kawaii family spontaneously = the best! I temporarily forgot my problems and fears that time.
Went out the house to refresh. Bought books and read a lot to keep myself from thinking about sad things.
You really have to find and create yourself your own sunshine during a stormy phase / week.
After Nanay's hospital check-up, mom gave us a treat. Yay for simple joys such as this sundae from McDonald's!
My hyperactive niece Riona really cheered up everyone's spirits!
Bibingka from Bibingkinitan.
This post = #WhatKailaAte lol
Visited our Kawaii PH HQ.
Sticker presents from ChiChi!
Omg, Tropical Hut's Fried Bangusilog is the best huhuhuhu.
Eat all the munchkins and donuts from Mister Donut!
Was surprised to see a Baskin Robbins branch here! It felt like I was also in Japan.
Inside Banapple restaurant while waiting for my KPH Store teammates / Japonisme girls. We had a fun day together + important meeting for future KPH Store plans. Work date! : )
Thank you Kaye and ChiChi for making time for me. : )
And before I end this post.. here's a note to myself. Crazy blogger who talks to herself, lol.
*Breathes in and out*
Everything will be better, self!