Pay It Forward: Spending A Couple of Hours at Nazareth, Bahay Pag-Ibig San Pablo City (Home for the Aged)

It has been months, or maybe years, since I dreamt of organizing an event. With the support of my family, we were able to make it a reality.

This month, we went to Nazareth, Bahay Pag-Ibig, a facility that caters to older people.

Truth be told, it wasn’t hard to organize knowing that we only wanted a small gathering for them. Here’s what we did.

1. Coordinated with the organizers on the date, headcount, and the every day things they need.

2. Asked my relatives to contribute small amounts of cash.

3. My auntie volunteered to do the grocery shopping while I stayed in touch with the coordinator for the final details.

4. One of my aunties prepared the soup and asked other volunteers to come with us.

5. We were supposed to have a program but due to technical difficulties, we had to scratch it off. That was actually a good thing because we became more ‘personal’ with our lolos and lolas.

We had mixed emotions after our small event. Of course, we were happy for being able to put smiles on their faces. At the same time, it tore our hearts knowing that some of them still have their families who just stopped visiting them.

A couple of hours might be too short for some, but it’s enough for us to feel such strong emotions.

And yes, we’ll continue this act and pay it forward.

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Late Post: Celebrating my Son’s 7th Birthday

Hey Friends,

It’s been a while, because (as always) I was busy with work.

Last month, we celebrated my son’s 7th birthday. Thank heavens because I got a new side job to help me pay for most of it.

I was always ‘messy’ and boy I loved how it manifested on my son’s birthday 🙂

 

I have to thank my parents and my entire family for making it possible. It was a simple celebration but I have to say – the kids loved it!

How much did we spend?

I was working on a strict budget but didn’t want to compromise the ‘fun’. Thus, I chose to have a pool party for my son. No need to rent clowns, face paints, and photobooths. 🙂

  • Venue, Tables, Chairs, Balloons – PHP 10,000 (Thanks Ma and Pa!)
  • Food and other Decorations – PHP 15,000
  • Videoke – PHP 700
  • Clothes – PHP 1500

We spent approximately PHP 27,200! Ok – make it PHP 30,000. It’s not really big for a 7th birthday, right?

Simple cake. Simple treats. But at the end of the day, everyone loved it!
I am so lucky my family knows how to cook.
Who needs clowns and face paints when you have a pool?

 

Here are some ‘Behind-The-Scenes’:

My family is so supportive!

What I am trying to say is that you don’t have to throw a grand party, most especially if you can’t afford it. What matters most is that you remember the reason for the celebration.

 

P.S I have 2 years to prepare for my daughter’s 7th!