happy burday ima

just wanted to remind you the today, may 15 is the birthday of ou Ima. She will always be forever in our hearts. -Momi

laki ako sa lolo and lola. forever nang nagwwork sila momi so naiiwan kme lage sa matatanda. every weekend, pumupunta kme sa bahay ni Ima (mom’s mom) Ima means nanay in kapampangan. and my lola ever so loyal in her dialect, made everybody call her that.

she’s a typical gramma, she spoiled me to bits. i remember how she would make ube halaya and leche flan and save me one llanera na sakin lang talaga. never na din ako nakakaen ng maja blanca. for some reason, walang makakuha ng saktong luto ni Ima, not Momi, not even close.

every holy week, nung malakas pa sya, mom and dad would pick her up and bring her to cavite to stay with us. lagi nya kmeng dinadalan ng candy from her little store and kahit pa simpleng butter ball lang yun, naeexcite kme magkakapatid. there was this one time pa na pinagalitan ako ng tatay ko sa harap ng mesa; and she got mad at dad. i loved her more that time. she knows din na ayaw ko ng fish, so hihimayin nya yun para lang kainin ko. she reminds us constantly na pag holy week “patay ang Diyos” so we have to be extra careful; hindi pwedeng maglikot.

i remember i stayed with her for 1 semester during college. she wouldn’t go to bed hanggang wala pako sa bahay. and kahit nakauwi nko…hindi pa sya magpapahinga hanggang hindi ko kinakaen yung tirang dinner. and she knows pag di ko kakainin yung ulam, she’d ask my tito to cook maling for me, just so may food ako. and in the morning; she wont let me leave the house without powdering my back. i go to school smelling like a baby. she used to say “hindi ka babae pag hindi ka nag POLBO” …tas matatawa nalang ako.

before i came to SG, dumaan ako ng manila memorial to visit and let her know na aalis nko. i know she would’ve been proud. tho half of me thinks na hindi sya papayag. nyahaha!

love u ima, i miss u everyday. happy burday.

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