The past weeks have been difficult for us but if there’s something good in it, it’s closer family ties. Maybe they recognize how mom grieves over the loss of my dad, my nieces and nephews often surprise us with a visit. Aside from checking on mom, they got to have a little cousins bonding over drinks and foods, too.
On the night of January 13th, Louise surprisingly arrived with Zian and Norman, her boyfriend. Then Nunoy followed later. Unfortunately, Jian was suffering from Gastritis then while Hannah and Heart could not come anymore. I thought Louise and Nunoy were staying for the night since Jolo also prepared a pizza and would have some drinking session but due to some instances, she said they wouldn’t. I was only thinking of convincing them to stay when I said that we were supposed to go on a trip to Manaoag the next day but was cancelled because they arrived. But after a while, we found ourselves planning for the next day’s road trip. At 530am, we headed up north.
L-R: Mama, Louise, Norman, Me, Jhia, Jolo, Cheng, Nunoy
Mister, Zian and Krizia
It was a smooth travel at about five hours via NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX. We arrived at the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag at around 9am, good timing for maybe the 9am mass. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the inside of the church due to the crowd of people plus a hyperactive kid I have with us. Jhia and I were only able to see the chapel.
Despite the crowd and heat, we managed to take a few pictures before finally leaving the place.
Kami nalang because they were rushing to go back to the car.
Since we’re already in Pangasinan, of course I won’t miss the ever famous puto and kutsinta from Calasiao so we headed straight there and bought some pasalubong.
We found a place to eat in Dagupan at Jacobo’s Seafood & Grill. It has a refreshing ambience because it was a floating restaurant. Their sea foods are fresh from the pond and they were delicious.
But I have to warn you about our bad experience with them. Considering it was past lunch time already, it took almost an hour before our orders were served and then apparently, serving size is only for 1-2 persons when we were told that each menu was good for 3-4 pax. We may have considered it and would only order for additional foods but they informed us that we will have to wait for another 30-45 minutes. Imagine, it must have been dessert time before the additional orders arrive. We all ended up bitin. Disappointed, we decided to drive back home instead of going to Porac to have fun.
Since it was a long drive going home, we took a little rest in CityMall – SCTEX where we had merienda as well. After, we parted ways with Norman’s group. They went on first since Louise needed to pack her things for her flight the next day.
We arrived home at around ten in the evening.
It sure was one for the books being with these guys. I wish Papa’s with us, though. But I’m sure he’s happy to see us together. Looking forward to more family out of town trips.