Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mom's 65th Birthday

February 02 was supposedly my mom's 65th birthday. She passed away 5 months ago. The pain we felt losing her hasn't lightened or changed a bit. It was too difficult to handle because it happened too fast, we were all in shocked. It hit us BIG TIME. God knows how much I try to suppress my emotions everytime I miss my beloved mom. God knows too how much I try to look at the brighter side of things. I know there's a reason for everything.

As her birthday draws near, I waited  for my brother to give me a go signal to order  catered food and even made a list of visitors to invite. However, I felt my brother is not fond of the idea. He just wanted a simple celebration, invite the sister of my mom and her cousin who were really close to our mom.

I thought of the birthday food that my mom would usually cook whenever member of the family is having a birthday. She will cook them whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, I did not learn her technique/s in cooking roastbeef. Good thing, my hubby and my sister were supportive of my idea and sent me the ingredients and directions in cooking a delicious and well tendered roast beef.

Our househelper is great at cooking pancit guisado and springrolls so I let her do that. I cooked the sipo egg effortlessly. But we fumbled a bit when it comes to roastbeef. Our househelper threw away the water used to boil the sirloin, that was needed in making the sauce or the gravy. There was no point of arguing and it was almost dinner time. I just thought of other way to make the gravy. I boiled 3 cups of water and threw in beef boullion, when it was already boiling, I added the sliced mushrooms to make it a little tender, afterwards, I added the cream of mushroom and voila! Perfected Roastbeef was served on the table right on time!!!

Main Course: Sipo egg, Roastbeef, Pancit Guisado, Spring Rolls
for dessert: brownies and Ube Cake from Red Ribbon
From the morning I clocked out of the office (GY shift), I attended the mass dedicated for mom, bought flowers, went home and checked what else is needed. I then went to supermarket to buy sirloin, got back to the house and slept for 2 hours. When I woke up, I went to La Pieta memorial to visit mom, then went straight to the mall to buy cake.

I was dead tired after the short celebration but I don't mind at all. I'm sure mom was happy with what I did for her birthday. She's happy at the thought I learned to master her food specialties. I know I can't thank her enough, no words can express how much I miss and love her.


Me & Mom, Jan. 2011 during my brother and his wife wedding anniversary celebration


Sey said...

Sorry to hear about your the passing of your mother but let me greet  her a Happy happy birthday. I know sh'es happy watching you guys from heaven celebrating her birthday. I know how hard it is to depart from a parent (my father passed away 10 years ago. It also happened so fast and until now, it' still feels  like it just happened yesterday).

Sipo egg - I miss it! I only get the chance to taste it when I'm in Pampanga, home sweet home.

Mayen said...

awww... I can'e imagine losing my mom, just the thought of it makes me weep. I must admit I cried a little while reading your post. But your right, your mom must be very proud of you and that's the most important thing. She' s not really gone. She will continue to live in your heart. I know it sounds cliche but then it's also true. 

have a nice weekend.

nelsonRN said...

Your mom is happy where she is now and I'm sure that she's glad seeing that you are moving on. She must be very proud of you.
The dishes are mouth-watering :)

AiDiSan said...

Thank you Nelson. If I remember it right, your father passed away in the latter part of 2011. I 'm sure we feel the same way, the pain of losing a parent is something you can't describe, it just there no matter how har you try to conceal it.

AiDiSan said...

Hi Mayen,

I feel the sincerity of your comment. Blogging really helps me move on somehow especially having a blogger friend like you.

AiDiSan said...

Hi Sey,

Thank you for the comment. Sorry to hear about your dad. I can feel how much you miss him. Siguro ganyan lang talaga and buhay, people come and go and it's up to us how we accept things when it happens.

You're right. My mom is watching us. I keep on praying for her. She's always in my thoughts and I always ask for her guidance whenever I have to make decisions.

PinkChinadoll said...

Loosing someone dear to us is very difficult...we cannot even set a time frame for  recovering from the pain that put us's really hard to move on...there are times you'll just feel like crying and ask questions again as to why it happened and of all people why our loved ones (I do that most of the time before I sleep kaya minsan pag pumapasok ako sa work eh namamaga ang china eyes ko hehehe)   Anyway, I am so proud of you because you were able to handle it well.  Even though you were in deep pain you can still manage to stay strong for your family specially for your brother. 

Btw, Kudos  Mommy  Ads for you were able to cook the  Roast beef perfectly! I heard, it went well and your family loved it. :) I know that your mom is really happy watching all of you....she must be so proud of you.


AiDiSan said...

Hi Coline,

I am certain you and Jack can relate to me. I really try to avoid talking about mom. I always find myself crying anytime and anywhere everytime I miss her. I continue to be strong for my family but God knows how much it hurts. The pain is sometimes unbearable. But that's life, I guess my mom is happier to see us move on. It comforts me to know she's in a better place now.

We're thankful for a loving and caring mom/dad we were blessed with.