The 9 day vacation is officially over and now I am back to my world of a working mom. But I tell you, though time flies so fast yet I really have so much of this break to unwind, relax, and have a blast actually. This kind of long holiday is what I need to reconnect with friends, quality bonding time with family, and some “me-alone” moments.
So let me start my sharing to you with a birthday jointly celebrated by me and my other three good friends Gerry, Rodrigo, and Kristina. The party rooted from Gerry’s brilliant idea to gather all our friends into one night of food, drinks, dance, music, singing and partying at a very minimal cost. Catherine, the event organizer, set the date and venue. She also helped us decide the food we brought to the potluck dinner. On my part, I lavishly cooked my own version of Sweet Beef Brocolli and my mom’s-in-law Macaroons Delight (I will make separate posts for these recipes for you to try).
As scheduled, the get-together begun not until 7:00PM at Landlord Alex’s villa house on Thursday, 25th of October. More than fifty guests came to the party along with small children including my kids. Most of these people were colleagues from the college, nurses from hospitals and polyclinics, and friends from Muscat.
The buffet table was laden with foodies that were of Western –Oriental-Italian dishes like Baked Macaroni, Shanghai Rolls, Grilled Chickens, Chopseuy, Vegetable Salad, Chicken Curry, Beef Brocolli including sweets like choco cake, choco muffins, macaroons, ice cream, and fruit salad. All of these were hand fully prepared by the celebrators themselves. And hey! I got compliments from guests which foodies I have prepared were pretty damn good and absolutely delicious. I feel a bit flattered at that instant.
A joint party such as this is truly pleasurable and way economical because you can save a lot of bucks aside from meeting friends of your friends, for me, it is certainly a good manner to expand my social network. And also the life of OFWs evolved around the community built to keep ones away from homesickness and boredom. That circle of people can be considered a support system and a source of strength and inspiration. I am proud to say that here in Muladdah, the Filipino society is a strong and united community where we normally congregate during special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, and new year. A typically Filipino party, and I guess those of other cultures too, cannot be held without chatting, singing, dancing, and even drinking. These parties I always long to attend and celebrate not because I drink but I love chatting with friends and meeting new bunch of folks. Life here in Oman is indeed a home away from home. I generally get to love this place as my second home country.
Other than the usual happenings in the party, there was also a photoshoot of Basketball players as souvenir of the team’s first participation to Inter-College Basketball league that will begin the next day. My husband Jesse wore his jersey uniform together with me and our kids while we have been photographed in a studio installed at the venue’s outdoor lawn.
We stayed in the party not until 12 midnight. We have so much fun and sweet memories. It was a pleasing intro for the long holiday indeed.