Notice: This entry was published 4 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
Most pictures I took of my weekend in Texas were of family and my grandfather’s service. We were so busy preparing for the service and entertaining guests that there wasn’t much time to go out and explore. That’s fine though; I wasn’t there to sightsee, but it was good to see my family again. I haven’t seen my cousins in years! It was great catching up with them. I'm not too bummed about missing out on fun activities because I plan on coming back for Christmas! For now, here are some quick snaps of my stay in Sugar Land.
Bought two boxes of chocolate-covered strawberries for everyone. My favorite dessert! I saw the white chocolate version at the store, and I just had to try them. They're so delicious!
Wally!! He’s my cousin’s dog, and HE IS SO CUTE. My grandpa loved him. When he passed away, Wally wouldn’t come into his room anymore. When I first arrived, he offered me his toy and kept following me around. When I was packing up on my last day, he stuck to me. I think he could tell. We sat on the floor together while I folded my clothes. I’ll be back, furry baby.
We managed to squeeze in some time to go out before I had to fly back. We ate at Black Walnut Cafe and then took a few pictures around the town center. It’s so pretty. It kept raining on and off, and the raindrops were huge!
My mom and aunt gave me some old family pictures to keep. Here’s 3-year-old me with my grandmother and cousin. I haven’t thought about my grandma’s house in a very long time, but I still remember that floral chair on the far right, all those books on the living room shelf, and that tiny TV! She passed away when I was 11, but of course, she’s still alive in my heart.
4 years old, I think…? When did I lose my fierceness in front of the camera? I mean, look at me WERKING it. Baby Yayi, tell me your secrets.
This picture was taken in 1999. It says 1987 because my aunt didn’t set the time on her camera. I wasn’t even born back then! This was during my summer in New Jersey, and my family took me and my mom to Ellis Island. I treasure this picture for two reasons: the Twin Towers.
Everyone I’ve talked to say they remember exactly where they were when 9/11 happened. I do too. I was back in the Philippines. I had just started learning HTML, so I was on the computer messing around with a webpage when my mom came into my room and told me the Twin Towers got hit. She turned on the TV, and we watched the news nonstop for the next few days. My dad cried. Everyone was talking about it at school. I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation at the time, but it was definitely an event that shook all of us.
This picture shows a glimpse of the past, of my childhood and a society without fear. Now I’ve changed and so has the world.
That’s all I have for my long weekend with my family. I’m still reeling from my flight back yesterday. My first flight got delayed, and there was a big possibility that I was gonna miss my connection and get stuck in St. Louis. I ran to the gate as soon as we landed and I barely made it. I got home at midnight. Then I had to go straight back to work today, and I had a very stressful day. Needless to say, I’m tired. I’m just gonna take it easy for the rest of the night. I’ll catch up with messages and comments tomorrow!