Weekend Theme: What Makes Me Happy?

Currently listening to this music while blogging….

What makes me happy? Just like you, no doubt, family makes me happy.  Seeing my family bond makes me happy. I remember when we all went to Mindanao where my lola lives. It was her 80th birthday, Jan 21, ’11. At last, after so many years, family reunited just to see her. We all took some time off from our busy lives. Nothing or no one can stop us from seeing her.

We made sure everything would be perfect that day. We all made our share. A lot of activities lined up that day so everyone was busy, wrapping gifts, planning activies, checking the suppliers, etc. We even prepared a dance number for her. We hired a choreographer here in Manila just to make it perfect.

The most touching and memorable part was when the gentlemen in the family gave her roses. They were all lined up with a soft music background. Looking through her eyes, she felt really loved and appreciated. What a happy moment, maybe her happiest moment. Just imagine seeing her children (of 9 not all present) and grand children together in one place.

                                                                                        lined up to give lola a rose

I was watching everyone’s reaction and they are hiding their tears. Maybe they don’t want to show it to lola. Just gave her a big big hug. I wish Mindanao is near so we can visit her everyone now and then.

Oh, how I miss her. Makes me want to fly now. Maybe tomorrow.

                                                  4 generation picture. My lola, mom, me and my daughter.

                                                                                                  lola’s house


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Mindanao (play /mɪndəˈn/ min-də-now) is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country (the other two being Luzon and the Visayas), which consists of the island of Mindanao and smaller surrounding islands. Davao City is the largest city in Mindanao.

Mindanao is the only area of the Philippines with a significant Muslim presence. Due to widespread poverty and religious differences, the island has been the site of a separatist movement by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Fighting between MILF and Philippine forces has displaced more than 100,000 people. ~Wikipedia


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