This week marked the real ending of my documentation project. Our President and CEO finally received the much awaited recognition from the Highest Office in the Philippines. The entire experience is filled with a new set of first time experiences. The last time I saw the Highest Office in the Philippines was ages ago. I was in fifth grade and had the chance to visit only the museum of the Malacanang Palace. We didn't even get to see the President of the Philippines. If we will count the times I went to St. Jude Church, that was around 2008, back when I was starting to teach. Seven years, where did time go? The sentimental fool in me is attacking again. :) I traced my last posts and this was the earliest I encountered. The project was two years in the making. This post marked the crucial stage of the project. Months ago, we already learned the success of our project. I think it was last June. Unfortunately, I can't anymore find the post where I mentioned it.
Fast forward now, it took months before the awarding ceremonies was scheduled. The responsible government agency informed our office of the schedule a week ago. I wasn't expecting to be included in the list of employees who will join the ceremonies. As far as I know, only the vice presidents and managers are entitled to join. Barely a few days before the event, my Superior informed me that I was included on the list. Panic mode on. Hahaha I have nothing to wear. The first agreement was to wear Filipiniana. The last minute, my superior backed out from the dress code. S*^t. :D I already purchased a Filipiniana inspired shawl from SM. I dressed down and rummaged my cabinet for the lone LBD (little BLUE dress) I have. Setting aside the little stress I had, all the wait, stress and worries since 2013 were worth it. This is just one of the very rare times I can silently say that I have done something good in my life. This also proves what an older friend told me many years ago. The Big Boss above does not deny prayers and wishes with the best intentions.
Before tears accompany me again, here are the other beautiful things that made my week.
Meeting one of my favorite bloggers, our role model for frugality!!! Thank you Edel of Life in Manila. Edel works for the Highest Office in the Philippines. I messaged her a few days before the event. At that time, I wasn't sure if I will be included in the list of guests. I took the chance and everything just happened. Too bad because I don't have any camera with me. It was restricted for guests, which I completely understood. But I was quite lucky ;) Edel saved the day. So I had a little remembrance posted from her Instagram account. The rare times you can see me looking decent on a dress. Love our photo, way better than the shots made by the official press photographer. (I look so fat. Hahaha) Thanks Edel for sparing some time and for this present too!
Immediately after the awarding ceremonies, I thought I will be asked to return to the office. I was surprised that I was included in the celebratory lunch. All the more I was surprised because we went to La Cocina de Tita Moning, the restaurant where Edel dabbles as a tour guide.
I was on a semi-loser mode here. Imagine being brought to a very beautiful place without any camera at all. #BloggerProblems Hahaha I never bothered to bring my camera because it was restricted during the awarding ceremonies anyway. I only had my lousy camera from my phone. Worst, my phone's battery was beginning to drain. These were the few captures I made.
I swear, the place looks better than my poor photos.
The living room is the most expensive part of the house because of the paintings!
It felt like Christmas! I was treated to a five course meal with the highest people at the workplace. It was a rare and I believe, once in a lifetime opportunity for me.
One of the best things I'm looking forward this week is the long weekend. An extended weekend break is the best! I had a great start because I had a great time with my grandfather, auntie and cousins.
Marikina Hits! - Out of nowhere, my cousins treated us for merienda last Friday. The man in the middle is my grandfather who's turning 91 before the year ends. Can weekends be forever like this?
As I was cleaning my things, I remembered having this book from Bobbi Brown. It is filled with inspiring messages and stories about women. If laziness will not attack me, I might write a review about this coffee table book.
And as always, long weekend is all about great food starting with forever favorite, Becky's Swiss Chocolate Cake. :)
I checked my calendar and realized that this will be the last Sunday of September. How fast time flies. I'm facing the last few months of 2015. Hopefully, the next months will be filled with better and happier memories ahead.