I moved to Makati last July when I decided I want to work in an office again. The moving part was not an easy decision since I’ve gotten used to the convenience of working at home. The only time I lived away from my Nanay was back when I was still in a relationship that led me to live in Cebu for a year. Back then, it was difficult, and though Makati is just a few hours of commute away from Malabon, I still get homesick from time to time.
The holiday season is coming up, and I’ve got a long vacation ahead of me. I got all excited last night realizing all the things I get to do again… things I enjoyed when I was still living in Malabon. And it inspired me to write this post – a list of things I miss, living with my nanay back in our home in Malabon… and I plan to make up for the 5 months I was away.
1. Nanay knocking on my door multiple times at night just to talk to me, find out how I’m doing, or just hang out.
Yeah, I have to admit that there are days that I hated it when she’ll come knocking and disturb me from what I’m doing (which is, most of the time, important). She still calls us here at the condo almost every night to see how we’re doing, just a quick call to hear our voices. And there are times when it still irritates me, especially when I need to do work at home.
But to be honest, I miss it. Not super miss, but it’s one of the things I love about her. No matter how much we call her off for disturbing us so much, she’ll continue to do it ’cause she just can’t resist. She loves us that much. So I can only imagine how sad she gets now when we tell her we’re busy when she calls, and we need to hang up now. *sigh*
2. Marcel running around like a crazy ass dog.
After hours of not seeing us ’cause we’re stuck in our room ’cause of work, almost every morning, Marcel will excitedly run all around our home like a crazy dog. Hahaha! I dunno what his purpose is for doing that, but I guess he loves that we laugh so fricking hard when he does it. Damn, I miss Marcel.
3. All the delicious food in Malabon!
I don’t fricking care if I gain back all the weight I lost the past few months when we spend the holidays in Malabon. I fricking miss all the food in Malabon! The takoyaki from Ozen, the flavorful tapa from Cocina Luna, the comfort food from Sunrise Stretch, and, of course, our nanay’s cooking! GOSH.
4. Mid/night snacking with our nanay.
This is what I super enjoy doing with my nanay and bro. Whenever we feel hungry or we have this craving at night, my bro and I will wake up our nanay late at night just to ask if she wants to join us and eat at Ozen or Sunrise Stretch. And since she’s usually hungry too, she’ll hurriedly prepare to join us.
5. Just knowing my nanay’s closeby.
Yeah, I super miss this. I don’t think I’ll ever stop needing her. I love the comfort it gives me knowing she’s near me – safe and sound. And I love the comfort only a nanay like her can give. You don’t have to worry about your meals – she enjoys fattening us up then telling us we need to lose weight afterwards.
She also seems to always know what to do with whatever trouble you’re in. She’s always helped us financially, and I wish and hope to repay that in the very near future.
6. The feeling of being HOME.
Although my bro and I have been comfortably living here in our condo in Makati (which we’re only renting, btw), it doesn’t feel like home yet. I don’t think it will ever feel like home until I know my nanay officially lives with us.
I love the security our home in Malabon gives me. Sure, there are many things I would change. Then I realize we’re one of the lucky families who don’t have to worry about having a roof above our heads. We own that home. No matter what happens, we can always go back there. And there’s a great amount of security knowing that.
I’ll be spending almost 2 weeks there, and I can’t wait! I’m sure it’ll help rejuvenate my spirits after a hectic last few months at work.