Getting to a relationship is rather easy. The beginning part has all mushiness and excitements every single day. This is when you carry the thought that he or she is the one. But staying and keeping the relationship alive through the years is what’s complicated and challenging.
In a blink, you seem to know this person and consider him or her the other part of yourself, part of your world. In another blink, you’d share your gravest secrets and lean on to his or her shoulder a little more. A bit later, you’d be surer that this would be the person your future children would call “Mom” or “Dad.” But certainly, there will be a point when you’d experience fearing if the idea works out and fear more when it doesn’t. You just have to take the risk and see how the rest performs next.
Sticking to marriage for life is another feat that’s hard to keep up with. Many marriages now, like businesses, fail as early as its first three to five years. The risks each has to take and the reasons for failures vary per case and family but let’s not go to that. What I’m just trying to say is that really, being married isn’t easy. My parents are together for 25 years now and this definitely is a big milestone that well deserved an unforgettable celebration.
Let me share with you how we celebrated our parents’ silver wedding anniversary last Friday. 🙂
It all began when Mom and Dad went to Buffet 101 (Mall of Asia) with Auntie Chit and Uncle George for lunch. It was all their first time to this grand buffet restaurant. Of course, they were all in awe of the food, torn between trying something they have not tasted before and craving for the food that had them decide to go there in the first place.
Mom had a lot of Chinese dim sum, and she regretted it, not because they were not any good but because she was so full that she had not tried much of the flavorful and colorful food in the desserts section.
Dishes in Buffet 101 were completely transforming, and it’s not until you go through every section that you will discover what you were missing. They spent about two hours filling their stomachs with sumptuous indulgence.
Their next endeavor was window-shopping around SM Mall of Asia. Cheap thrill, I know, but if you’re one who has not been to this one of the biggest malls in the whole world for years (like Daddy), you would be just as ecstatic. Dad happily visited his favorite stores: Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center and Astroplus.
There were staff who recognized him and asked where he had been in the past two years. By this, you would sense that he truly frequented these shops as staff do not usually know the faces of customers and remember them unless they’ve built some special impression on them. Dad went on with his story, while Mom dozed off in one of the massage chairs in the store for an hour.
At around 8PM, I met my sister in Tous Les Jours to buy a strawberry cake shaped like a heart for our parents. I saw posts about this Korean bakery online and was thrilled to learn that their cakes come in unique designs, far from the usual squares, rectangles and rounds offered in Red Ribbon and Goldilocks.
We chose the red big heart and asked the bakeshop staff to write on our message with the icing: “Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary, Mommy & Daddy!” Then off we headed to WATAMI Japanese Casual Restaurant where we planned to have dinner.
While walking to WATAMI, my sister saw Mom and Dad walking toward us and we immediately shifted our direction and changed our speed to second gear! We wanted to arrive at the restaurant earlier, as we had to surrender the cake first to have it stored in their refrigerator. We were successful in our plan and our innocent parents followed suit after five minutes. They alighted from SM’s car for senior citizens and the physically challenged, as if Cinderella and Prince Charming descended from the pumpkin carriage!
Watami is one of the many Japanese restaurants in SM Mall of Asia, a must visit stretch of pavement for any culinary globetrotter. Inside, the dining room was unassuming, agreeable and clean, with comfortable seating for groups. The ambiance of the venue deserves to be awarded with five stars. As a critic, I can sing all good praises for this restaurant.
Watami’s salmon sashimi a la carte, beef and kimchee rice in stone pot, thin-crust pizza topped with teriyaki chicken, and deep fried tofu with tempura sauce in stone pot seduced our tasted buds the right way. Prices of meals were affordable. Members of the service team were super friendly and fast. The hospitality has been indeed genuine. And what made our experience in WATAMI truly special was the unexpected…
When we were handed with the bill, we whispered and requested the cake to be taken out. I thought that they will return it as it was nicely fitted in the box and the surprise gift would be enough. Rather, the waiters and waitresses went an extra mile. They approached our table in cluster and serenaded us to the chorus of Barry Manilow’s “Can’t Smile Without You” and greeted our parents a happy wedding anniversary! We were all caught in surprise. 😛
The night ended with us four riding a cab home. Mom was elated to receive a dozen of red roses and she immediately arranged the flowers in our new glass vase.
I had terrible colds and flu last week and I didn’t get the time to shop for a gift for them. At the last minute, I gave them the time-tested formula to happiness: food and surprises.
Their 25th wedding anniversary celebration was not a giant party with all our relatives and friends. There was no renewal of vows in a church setting, with flowers and all artsy and cutesy decors. There was no second honeymoon or romantic trip. But everything went perfectly well that night. It had been pretty simple but the meaning and memories behind it, I hope, had been significant. Being together and staying in love is what really counts, anyway. ♥