Food & Travel

Licensed and Stuffed

Well not long after I found out I passed the board exam, my parents, with the aid of my ever loving aunties, threw a celebratory party for me at our quaint Korean restaurant here in Antipolo. It was celebrated last night, November 30 and practically all my family members were there; for the first time in months we gathered together and had fun as a family.

But what really spiced up the event was that my darling hubby was there, together with his best friend, his mom (who also happens to be my mother’s bestest friend in the world), his dad and younger sister. One of my college BFF’s Abby, who was also a board passer, was also there with her boyfriend to join us in our Soju Night (as we call it).

To be honest, I never expected Mike to arrive as early as he did and with his family. He told me the night before that he’ll be commuting to get here, but instead he surprised me. When I went up to our resto, he hid behind a huge pillar as his baby sister welcomed and congratulated me by the staircase, then he emerged from his corner almost stunning me in surprise that I nearly dropped the bag of coffee I was holding… I just had to hug him tight.

When I handed him the coffee I promised to pick up for him, we caught a glimpse of our mothers through the glass wall giggling inside the restaurant, it was funny, exhilarating and surprising all packed in one moment. The happiness I felt, I find it hard to express in words but it is so great that I guess no word could have ever explain it anyway.

First photo shows yours truly in pink, my Mike hiding behind me in Blue, beside him is his best friend, Kuya Ipe. Seated next to Kuya Ipe is Abby my college BFF and beside her is my mother in-law.

Second photo shows Mac, Abby’s boyfriend, in white, seated next to Abby is my mother in-law, my auntie Esa seated behind me, seated behind her is my Uncle Nestor and next to Kuya Ipe in the back is my Auntie Mavel, also one of my moms’s BFF’s.

Last photo shows Mike and I with our mothers. Mine is the one wearing gray…yes, I know they look like they are just about Mike’s age. Err… LOL

The night ended really well, after spending the entire day at Trick’s Korean Resto, we moved the Soju Night in our house. Abby and her boyfriend had to go home early though. Oops, more photos! Haha!

We drank, sang a few songs in the karaoke, went to buy ice, Korean Spicy Noodles and drank; my in-laws went home shortly after that though, but Mike and Kuya Ipe stayed overnight, although Kuya Ipe went to sleep in our other house within the village, which gave Mike and I more time to bond and talk about our plans, to talk about us…

I feel really blessed to finally have an alone time with him after almost three weeks of separation.


A corporate tough cookie with the soul of a gypsy. Professional bathroom singer. Teacher. Poet. A light-eyed dreamer who nitpicks for a living as she waits for redamancy.

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