family reunion

The December 2010 family reunion of our clan (father side) was extra special because it’s the first time that we hang out with our cousin Kuya Jimson. He returned to the Philippines from Korea after 20 years. Ha!

Kuya Jimson

sunog baga? 😀

The reunion was “planned” out of the blue.

I just came back from Singapore when my brother kept asking me if there’s a family reunion. When I got tired of him bugging me,  I contacted Kuya Jimson and asked if he wants to organize the reunion and at the same time request the rest of the clan to chip in.

Alvin with the lechon (roasted pork)

Ranie, TheCuriousMe, Auntie Josie, & Freddie

Kuya Jimson readily agreed. The preparation was not smooth sailing because there were mishaps and misunderstandings which is very normal in every family.  The reunion took place in Auntie Remy’s house exactly during Christmas day.  The food and drinks were absolutely overflowing!

After eating, we were all bored and sleepy. Somebody mentioned about games… however, we don’t have prizes. Our cousins and other relatives eagerly reached out from their pockets and handed me some fat bills when I went around to “solicit” for prizes. Thank you so much for your generosity!

With Ronnalee and Jillian’s help, we decided to have longest line, Pepsi drinking contest, water  refilling contest, trip to Jerusalem, direction dance, and of course, our version of Eat Bulaga’s Pinoy Henyo (click here to check how Pinoy Henyo works). Thanks to Alvin for taking the pictures.  Below are the captured crazy moments:

longest line

pepsi drinking contest

“what to do???”

water refilling contest?

trip to jerusalem

direction dance

Pinoy Henyo

Pinoy Henyo

So far, it was one of the happiest reunion that we’ve ever had!  It was soooo spontaneous!!!!!!! #It’smorefuninthePhilippines indeed!

Bintan

I was still a newbie in Singapore when my newfound friends, Manager and Big Sis, invited me to tag along with them in going to Bintan, Indonesia. It was a combined birthday celebration of Manager and their other 2 friends. Roughly, there were 10 of us who travelled together via the ferry boat. It was my first time to ride a ferry and good thing, I did not feel sea sick during the 45-minute trip.

The birthday celebrants rented two villas for our accommodation. When we reached our destination, we ate our packed lunch and rested for few minutes then we immediately went to take a dip in the swimming pool.

After an hour or two, we went to the beach and played the “Pinoy Henyo” game (a game made famous by Eat Bulaga, the unbeatable noontime show in the Philippines). We were bubbly and into it that a lot of people were curiously looking at us with amused smile. 😉 After the game, some of them went for a half an hour swim at the beach.

The banana boat rental area was our next venue. We split into three groups and took turns in riding the banana boat. While waiting for our turn, we donned our life vests, planned a strategy and Manager gave a last minute instruction. It’s my first time to ride the banana boat so I was a bit nervous at the same time excited.:D

We were the last group (two guys and two ladies) to do the banana boat ride. Manager took the front row, next was Big Sis, then me, then the last one was Drew. From what Big Sis and I have understood in Manager’s last minute instruction, if one falls, the rest should also release their grip and dive. When Manager (intentionally) lose his balance and fell in the water, Big Sis released her grip and I also followed.

And yes! You guess it right, aside from not being blessed with a good singing voice, I don’t know how to swim. :p  No matter how I tried to imitate the frog kick (which I normally see from swimmers), I cannot get out from my location. I was so scared because we were in the middle of nowhere and we were in the deep part of the sea. I whispered a prayer and did my best not to panic as I listened to Manager’s instruction.

He asked me to move my feet like I’m cycling. I was able to move a bit but it’s extremely challenging. I don’t know how but I was able to reach the speedboat… I  think the wave helped me.

We all had a dinner in the other villa and played a couple of games. Although, I was the sole “outsider”, it didn’t feel like it because they all made me feel at home in their company.  I must say, it’s one event worthy to be treasured.

Not knowing how to sing and swim will never be a hindrance for me to enjoy life.  Wallowing in self pity is a waste of time.  As they say, imperfections make life more exciting.  Live life to the fullest. Aja! :p