Sunday, May 30, 2010
It’s my Mom’s birthday today and we just made her blow her cake today because we’ve celebrated her birthday already yesterday. We’ve decided to celebrate it one day ahead so everyone can join us. She was so happy as her relatives, nieces, nephews, grandchildren came from Laguna to join her on her 78th birthday. We brought 4 vehicles on Lake Villa Resort in one of the lake towns of Rizal. The scenery was enjoyable and so were the fresh air, vast area and cool waters of the pools. We feasted on pork mechado, lumpiang shanghai, fried chicken, laing, spaghetti, cake, sacks of fruits from Laguna, buco-fruit salad and many more.
We thanked God for giving and keeping Mom with a healthy body, sound mind, kind heart and charming personality. She’s loved by all around her and she’s happy to give her time to all who need some advice from her. Indeed our dear Mom has aged gracefully.
I have an Uncle who in my childhood days often tells me stories of Japanese soldiers and how they struggled through the period that Filipinos were under the Japan regime. It wasn’t a funny story to tell but my Uncle was so proud of himself because he survived the death March and was able to escape the wrath of the war. Of course he’s always the great young Filipino then and as I remember myself listening to his never-ending stories I’m beginning to smile to myself because through listening to him I learned many things. He told me how the old folks are so keen on investing in gold and because the war doesn’t respect anything including your personal belongings they used to hide their gold underneath their house. They dug themselves a hiding place during the most frightening moments and they hide their gold jewelleries there.
Well as a child I was really amazed at his stories and was thankful that I listened to him because that’s a true personal experience and not just the ones you see in movies or read in books. Some of the things he told me are still going on today, not the war but the gold investment. Now we can buy gold coins for our investment but instead of keeping it under our house we can store them safely in our storage box with vault or have it safely deposited in bank. It’s a proven and tested investment of all times because it appreciates value over the years.