January 1, 2010 would always be a memorable New Years Celebration for me. Bert and his entire family came to visit our humble home that day.


I’ve always dreaded meeting his family. He asked me several times to visit their house and I always declined. I told my mom about it and surprisingly she said, “What? Why do you keep saying no? You should meet his family!” My mom was very insistent and she wanted to meet them too so we set a date when my mom and I could visit their home, but unfortunately it got cancelled because of a certain typhoon.

Finally, Bert set a time for us to have dinner at their house. Her mom greeted me with a wide smile and open arms (literally) “Anak, I’d been waiting for you.”


And the rest was history…

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