MY ELDEST brother, his wife, and three kids just flew in from the States for a much-deserved month-long vacation. They’re staying at the house for a week. Then at my youngest brother’s for another.
On their first night home, wondering about what to have for midnight snacks led to an impromptu dinner out at the newly opened Chinese Restaurant nearby. It was past 11:00 PM and my youngest brother just arrived (from work). Good thing that the resto is open until 2:00 AM on weeknights.
My three nephews, though all raised in the States, are practically still very Filipino. Though they can’t speak the language. But the eldest understands. I turn into the proud uncle whenever I remember that the eldest – the 14-year-old – is a Spelling Bee champ, refused to join the Math Quiz Bee so as not to become a full-time nerd (Haha!), plays the drums in the school band, plays the guitar and the piano, sings, plays basketball, and looks after his two younger brothers whenever his parents are away. The 10-year-old also plays the drums, and sings. The youngest, at six years old, loves to sing too, tells animated stories, and happens to be the most “malambing” to his parents. All of them love to read.
I gave them my room while they’re with us. And when I got home last night, I was pleasantly surprised that each of them has his own laptop! The eldest brandishes two actually – the high end one is what he uses for research, writing, and school work while the other one is “just for games.”
This post won’t be about the food, but rather a couple of anecdotes that just couldn’t keep me from laughing up to now.
eNTeNG: “Did you know that Uncle Youngest here finished The Sea of Monsters in one sitting? From New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day. It’s the Percy Jackson book.”
Nephew 2: “I read that too.”
Uncle Youngest: (Turning to eNTeNG) “I just finished the first book too. The first one in the Olympians series.”
eNTeNG: “Oh, that one… It’s… it’s…”
Nephew 2: “The Lightning Thief!”
Uncle Youngest: “Yup!”
Nephew 1 & Nephew 2: “We’ve finished all those books.”
eNTeNG: “But Uncle Youngest here did The Sea of Monsters in one sitting!”
Nephew 2: (Turning to Uncle eNTeNG, brows a little furrowed…) “But Uncle, Percy Jackson is light reading!”
eNTeNG: “Here, try some of this. It’s one of my favorites.” (eNTeNG reaches for the Taiwan Pechay in Oyster Sauce and offers it to the kids. Hahaha!)
(The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and related topics continue to be discussed. Uncle Youngest, Nephew 1 and Nephew 2 are talking about Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. eNTeNG chimes in.)
eNTeNG: “I think that some of the gods and goddesses carry dual titles.”
Nephew 2: “I’m not sure about that.”
Uncle Youngest: “You know which goddess your Uncle eNTeNG is an expert on? Here… (turning to eNTeNG) Who is the ‘Goddess of Talk’?”
eNTeNG: “Kris Aquino!”
Uncle Youngest: “Who is the Queen of All Media?”
eNTeNG: “Kris Aquino!”
Taiwan Pechay with Oyster Sauce
Stir-fried Rice Noodles with Meat and Vegetables
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