So this is another late post since D’s birthday was more than a month ago. Although it was his birthday, it was I who was in for a treat. It was my first time meeting his family in person! Generally, I think I did well for a meet-the-family experience. If I were them, I’d totally like myself. Haha.
We travelled to Pangasinan past 8pm since he still has to work overtime that day, and arrived at Aguilar, his hometown, at around midnight, with all people at home already sleeping. We rested and woke up at 5am for the 6am mass.
It was kind of awkward because I met his whole family inside the church since they went there ahead of us. And to add more awkwardness, D and I sat between his Mama and Papa, I beside his mom. I was also worried that the mass will be in their local dialect and I don’t understand a single Pangalatok. Good thing it was in the mix of English, Tagalog, and Pangasinense dialect, so I kind of understood the homily. His Mama was so sweet to give me a kiss on the cheek during the peace offering.
After mass, we went back to the house which is just 3-minute walk away. His mom cooked some yummy breakfast and we ate together with his sisters and pamangkins. Having breakfast with his whole family made me miss my mom all the more. I miss her cooking, I miss everything about her, I just miss our family being complete. It was really heartwarming to see the whole family eating together, telling stories, and just enjoying that common time they have. I haven’t experienced that in a while. His Mama even asked his Ates to speak in Tagalog so I won’t be left out in the conversation. We all ate some crabs all with our hands, and enjoyed the morning conversation.
After breakfast, we bummed for a while and watched TV. His Mama reminded us that we will be leaving in 2 hrs to have lunch in Calasiao, and then visit the beach in Lingayen with the kids.
We left the house before lunch and travelled about an hour to reach Calasiao. We ate at this homey restaurant called Don Armando’s just right across Robinson’s Place. I do not have photos, but the food was really good. Also, I loved the avocado shake.
After lunch we bummed a little at Robinson’s and shopped for some baking stuff. They didn’t have much baking ingredients at home so I bought some that I can use.
We were all supposed to go to the beach at the back of the Lingayen capitol since it was the Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival) but since it started raining the kids and the rest of the family decided to head home, while D still wanted to bring me to Lingayen to see the beach. Good thing it wasn’t raining in Lingayen when we got there at around 3pm. We walked around the capitol, on to the wide beach front.
After walking around the beach, we headed back home. We had a nice dinner and I get to play a little with his nephews (his 2-yr old niece seems to not like me haha). After dinner, I prepped the baking stuff and started making my cookie dough. I wasn’t really familiar with how the oven works so the first batch of cookies were a mess, haha. Although they were burnt, the kids still ate all of them. Tried doing another batch, and though they were still not the best, the kids still ate all of them! Finished baking with the third batch and though I still wasn’t satisfied with how they turned out, the kids still finished all of the cookies. Those boys are just so sweet (and I mean, his nephews, haha).
We bummed for the rest of the night and woke up at 1:30 in the morning to catch the 2am bus bound to Manila. And just because, we missed the bus! We waited for the 3am bus instead but that meant D will be late as he needs to be at work at 7am, and that indeed happened.
Despite having a tight schedule on a weekend, I definitely enjoyed my stay at D’s home.