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RIP Nanay Rening


Today's the birthday of my late grandma, (+)Reina Agujetas Reyes-Day the mother of my Dad. When she was still around, I used to call her Nanay Rening. I really wanted to visit her in her tomb, unfortunately I can't because I'm still in Davao and I can't go back to Cateel yet, not until I am done with my DR cases. Probably I'll be at my probinsya later this week, and I'll surely get to visit her. the last time I saw my Nanay Rening was a day prior to my departure going to Iloilo City for a youth convention, and that was barely five years ago. I can still remember that she gave me a sum of Php5oo as her pabaon to me, and I really hug her tightly for that. anyways, so much for the reminiscing,lol. It's already June and I'll be coming back to my place and I will be seeing my friends there. I will surely visit all of the hot spots there. I really wanted to eat our native delicacies like paksiw na saugnon, fresh tatud with suka, ginisa na tatat, lupak na saging, and tuwa na taytay among others. anyways, do they sound weird and yucky? hmf, they are tasty and exotic actually.

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