A Blast from the Past

Reunion with friends in Glendora

Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag, batch ni Mercy Lazo ken Pinky Valenciano (hahah!) — about as standard as you get. It’s amazing how the FF (don’t ask me what it means ‘coz I resigned as a member of that potent society at some point) has moved headquarters to USA. Odette Guerrero, Peggy Valdez and Ruby Recta and I made it a point to be with each other in Pinky’s home in Glendora on Saturday. In preference to going into the new, we harked back to the days of yore. Pinky brought out all her vintage photo albums lovingly compiled by her lola.

Pinky and knitting

It was inspiring to see Pinky and her bunch of DIY beanies for cancer patients. She’s turned into a successful businesswoman, and Odette too. Peggy and Ruby are among the many nurses from the batch. I still have to figure out what to pursue after being a full-time blogger for half a decade.

Pinky prepared a burrito, pozole and ceviche dinner. The cupcakes ordered from Georgetown Cupcake and Odette’s strawberry donuts from Glendora’s famous donut stand were too delicious to pass up.

Fun til midnight. Indeed, home is in the heart.

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Pinky posted on our FB group page, “Don’t forget Ruby’s Sangria mix and Peggy’s wine which by the way we continue to enjoy at night….. I must say I was a bit intimidated by the thought of what dinner to prepare since you are indeed a genuine “foodie” expert. We might have added years to life, but, oh, how I realized that we are pretty much how we were in high school…….full of life, contented, confident and, oh, yes loud! Thanks much for making our ‘blast from the past’ mini reunion possible.”

With much thanks also to Rommel, John and Benjie!

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Briefly

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I spent only a few hours with my brother John who was accompanying my sister-in-law Marichi to her UERM medicine class reunion events. Their son, Jonathan, who recently graduated with honors from the Loyola University Chicago was also able to visit. I last saw John 8 or 9 years ago in Palm Springs where he works as an internist at Kaiser Permanente. You can count the days I spent with my brother in truth and reality. I was so little when he had to enter the seminary in high school. Then he went to UP Diliman to take up medicine until he did the prerequisite programs in many different places like New Jersey, etc. He was always training, so to speak. He came back home to work in General Santos City only to leave again. He is my only brother so there are so many things that I miss about like being his little sister. Well, it was amazing that he flew Philippine Airlines and got to read about how his hometown, Laoag, has evolved through the years of his absence. It’s kinda odd that he saw a bird’s eye view of the things I have been preoccuopied with since I last saw him in just that one meeting. Hahah, angels. Guess who we bumped into at Strumm’s?

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Spotted Chef Sandy Daza. We’re actually going on our next shoot for FoodPrints on Sunday. I had to take a picture of him with the Los.

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Strumm’s is still a happening place. It was jam-packed actually. The doctors and their friends were brought back to their single years. It was Tony Boy Cojuanco’s band playing as announced.

Well, til the next family bonding time.

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