A couple of weeks ago, I invited a friend, Blogie Robillo over to my house to talk about some business stuff that we are considering doing together. It was around dinner time when I invited him over, so I asked him if he would have dinner with us, and he graciously accepted. Blogie has been a friend for more than 10 years now, I guess. We originally met on the Internet, but met in person in 2000 after we moved to the Philippines. Blogie is quite active online, so he and I tend to get along well.
This was the first time that Blogie got to meet my Mom, as she was here visiting us. The two instantly hit it off, and got along very well. Blogie was here for hours, I guess, but we were all having such a great time that none of us were keeping track of the time! When it was time for Blogie to leave, he told us that he wanted to invite all of us over to his family house to have dinner with him and his parents, and to do it while my Mom was still here. Sure enough, I got a text from Blogie the next day, as I recall! We accepted an invitation to have lunch at the house last Thursday.
This was to be the first time that my Mother was to go to a Filipino household and have a meal out like this, and she was excited to see it. She was interested to see the cultural differences, and similarities that she would experience. I told Feyma that I suspected that Blogie’s parents were rather old fashioned, and I asked her what we should call them. We weren’t sure, but decided to play it by ear. Mr. and Mrs. Robillo seemed to be the conservative consensus, so that is what we went with.
When we entered the house, the table was all decked out with all types of food! It looked like a feast! Let’s see, there was baked tuna, broccoli, two types of fried chicken, lumpia, rice, several kinds of fruits….. I am sure that I am forgetting a number of dishes here! The food was excellent, and the company and fellowship with Blogie and his family really topped off the event! What a wonderful time we had. In particular, my Mom was so excited about the way it turned out, and she felt honored to have been invited into the house for a meal like that.
A day or two after the meal, my Mom sent a basket of fruit to the Robillo Family, along with a thank you note. She was so touched, and enjoyed the event! We are planning to invite the Robillo Family over to our house for lunch, and our plan is to cook turkey for them when they come. I hope that it is half as good as the food they shared with us!
Blogie, if you read this, thank you very much for your hospitality!