Put your dancin' shoes on

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The timing of our visit to the PI is due to the fact that my grandmother, who I last saw on my wedding day (almost 5.5 years ago) is turning 90! Also, my husband and kids have yet to visit or meet my PI family. I talk as if I've been to the PI several times and that really couldn't be further from the truth. My last visit was in 2003, and before that, it was 15 years, and before that, another 15 years had eclipsed. So, seeing my Uncle escort my almost 90-year old Lola into the condo on Saturday morning, had me forget all the difficulties of the previous day's hardships.

We ate at Mary Grace for breakfast and then proceeded to finally get out of Fort Bonifacio. From my perspective, the PI had changed a bit since my last visit. There were new highways that made travel to some provinces much easier. But the traffic congestion remained the same. You know how they control traffic in PI? Depending on the last digit of your license plate, you are restricted from driving on a certain day during certain times of that day. Does it help? Well, if you ever hit bumper to bumper traffic on a workday morning commute, you let me know what you think. Other than that, the husband was shocked at how different the driving rules are compared to the U.S. Because there are none ;) There are no real lanes, and everyone can cross a busy street--btw, it's the people who stop for the cars, not the other way around. Oh, and yes, don't be shocked if 5-6 cars pull up RIGHT next to you to make the same darn turn. That's how they roll in the PI. So for newbies to the country, DO NOT DRIVE. You may very well cause an accident. Get a driver. Oh and there's plenty of friendly "honking' to let other driver's know you're there so that you don't get into a car accident. Maybe we should try that in the U.S.

We ate lunch at my Uncle's beautiful home located behind Ateneo and Miriam Colleges. Preparations were under way at his house for a catered affair to host my grandma's 90th birthday. Still, they set out quite a lunch spread for us. My son got to play with his cousin and we all enjoyed relaxing before heading back to the condo to get ready.

By the time of our arrival, the party had been in full swing--a live band, bartender at the bar, a buffet of food, and special drinks and hors d'oeuvre being served. We met family members we never met before. But we danced and drank the night--but unfortunately, could not steal away from the kids to celebrate my godson turning 21 at a bar. Boo-hoo! At least I got to see my grandma enjoy a beautiful party and have fun herself.
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