Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ten random facts about my mom



I was tagged by momoftwo and this time it's all about my mom. This is a long-overdue meme. Anyway, here goes 10 random facts about my mom:

(1) She's the 4th among 7 siblings. Unfortunately, 4 of her siblings have already passed away, while the 2 remaining ones live quite far; her brother lives in the province (La Union), and her sister resides in Alberta, Canada.

(2) Her birthday falls on the 28th of December, the feast day of Ninos Inocentes or the "Feast of the Holy Innocents."

(3) She has experienced so many griefs in her life, like the death of her husband and firstborn son, and I am truly amazed by her strength during times of adversity. She stood by armed only with her faith in the Lord and emerged from it all a stronger person. I believe I inherited my strength from her.

(4) She successfully ran a furniture business with an inborn business acumen, despite the fact that she was not able to finish her studies due to poverty.

(5) She is a freak when it comes to cleanliness, almost bordering on obsessiveness, though she will try to deny it when you ask her...haha. She never fails to wakes up every 3 A.M. just start cleaning her house. Grabe. This gene, I did not inherit, unfortunately. My husband can attest to this.

(6) She dotes on her grandchildren to the point of spoiling them. I think my angel Raphael would have loved playing with his grandma if he were alive.

(7) She is the most unselfish person I know. She always looks after her kids' and grandkids' needs first before thinking of herself.

(8) She likes spicy food. She can even eat siling labuyo. Need I say more?

(9) Ok, I tease her about this but I've observed that when she offers food to anyone, she always starts her sentence with "Ayaw mo nito...?" And even if I bring this to her attention saying that other people might get offended, she persists in doing it anyway.

(10) And finally, she cooks the best adobo in town. Well, according to my taste anyway.

So there, these are ten random facts about my mom. An extraordinary Filipina in my opinion.

28 comments:

shinsetsuken said...

Hmm- may I know what is siling labuyo?

Sorry, but i'm not from the Philippines- i just want to know...

ladybug said...

shinsetsuken> siling labuyo is a local version of chili which is very hot. Almost as hot as jalapeno. Sorry, I should have provided for an English translation. The phrase "Ayaw mo nito..." means "Don't you like this???" Thanks for bringing this to my attention. :-D

kyels said...

I can't take very spicy food and I'm amazed that your mom can. Even my mom likes spicy food ... Hehe.

;)

Mothers are noble and greatest of all, di ba?

Rey said...

That's a lot of information about your mom. Makes me feel I knew her too now. :)

shinsetsuken said...

Thanks ladybug for the enlightenment! This is interesting information- I'll keep it in mind the next time I meet another Filipino..

Ayaw mo nito, heheheh...

vernaloo said...

Hi Ladybug! :)

My mother also cooks the best adobo in the whole wide world hehe

Maiba lang ako, my granddad eats siling labuyo too...grabe noh? As in kaya nya kahit walang tubig..he even chews it hehe mutant!

snglguy said...

Wow! Talagang tribute to the max, ha? But yeah, your Mom is an amazing woman indeed... ;-)

Sidney said...

Nice tribute. It seems she really deserves it.

vic said...

My mom's cooking was passable, but my dad was worthy of the Chef's.

I know Bicolanos are known to like spicy foods, and so are the South Asians. I think once you get used to them, the "fire" just the best appetizer there is...

rowena said...

Hi Ladybug, what a wonderful mom you have. Thanks for sharing things about your mom. Btw, my hubby also eats siling labuyo with his meal. Not just one, but around 10 pieces. He he.

Lisa said...

Hi, Ladybug! (This is the other "Ladybug"). It's a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for your visit and nice comments on my photoblog.

You and your mom are both so lovely. She sounds like a wonderful mom, too. :-)

ladybug said...

kyels> We're all amazed by her tolerance for spicy foods. I think there's something wrong with her taste buds....hahaha. Anyway, yes, mothers are noble and greatest of all. I am awed by their unconditional love for their offsprings.

ladybug said...

rey> Thanks, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. I will probably post more about her soon. :-D

ladybug said...

shinsetsuken> Hahaha...they'll think you're not serious in offering the food. Good luck!

ladybug said...

vernaloo> Hahaha...grabe naman yun. As I've mentioned in my earlier comment, there must be something wrong with their taste buds. Hindi makaramdam ng anghang eh...hahaha.

ladybug said...

snglguy> Hahaha...sipsip ba??? But she doesn't read this blog. Kaya straight from the heart talaga yan. :-D

ladybug said...

sidney> Thanks! She really does. A remarkable woman indeed. I plan to post more stories about her soon.

ladybug said...

vic> Wow! You must be used to eating good food all the time. Ours was always ilocano cuisine with the exception of adobo. Actually, I also like spicy foods (inherited from my mom obviously) but not as spicy as my mom likes them. Grabe sa kanya. Super anghang. :-D

ladybug said...

rowena> Wow! 10 pcs of siling labuyo??? Hahahaha...grabe. Is he bicolano? As mentioned by vic, bicolanos really love spicy foods.

ladybug said...

lisa (the original ladybug) > Thanks for visiting my site! It's so nice to finally meet you. I really admire the photos you post on your site -- very beautiful and professional looking. Thank you very much for the nice comment. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

myepinoy said...

You have a great mom. No doubt about it.

These are only ten, what if kung more than ten? (say eleven...ha ha ha. just kidding.)

ladybug said...

myepinoy> Hahaha....binabago mo yung rules ng meme ha. Well, kung 11, I would add the fact that my mom was very beautiful (still is, actually) during her youth. She won 1st princess in a beauty contest in her province. Pinagkakaguluhan siya nun! Swerte ng tatay ko... :-D

ipanema said...

It is a nice tribute to your mom. She would be happy reading what you think about her. :)

ladybug said...

ipanema> And this was just supposed to be some random facts about my mom which turned out to be a tribute...hahaha. Thanks ipanema.

momoftwo said...

thanks for playing the tag :)
your mom and my late granny share same bday :)
until now I cannot perfect my adobo maybe you want to share your mom's recipe?
natawa naman ako sa "ayaw mo nito" heheh

rowena said...

Hi, hubby's family is from Cagayan Valley but his siblings really like to eat their meals with siling labuyo. Weird huh?

ladybug said...

momoftwo> You're very much welcome. I would love to share my mom's recipe once she shares it with me....hahahaha. Bibigay rin yun one of these days. Shempre the tradition has to be carried on.

ladybug said...

rowena> Marami palang mahihilig sa maaanghang. Ako di mashado, mild lang ang kaya ko. Hope you have a nice week ahead of you.