As I mentioned before, my family is here!!! Goodness I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I had when I reunited with them especially my dad and little brother since it’s been more than one year! My family is my backbone and we are incredibly family oriented which is why I couldn’t (and still can’t) contain my happiness. I couldn’t even stop smiling on the way to the airport! And there, in the midst of the crowd, I saw my brother who is almost the same height as me (insane), my dad who looks superb from the 20+ pounds he lost, and my bubbly mom ready with the video camera. A major hug session soon followed.
We got home at around 11:30pm and started opening the balikbayan boxes/luggages for my favorite part: pasalubong! Pasalubong is a part of Philippine culture; it’s a concept where people who are traveling or have traveled give souvenirs to family, long distant relatives, friends, friends of friends, co-workers, and the list goes on. When I moved here I learned that this doesn’t only apply to long distant travels but even just a day of shopping as well. So it’s basically like giving little gifts or souvenirs all the time!
If you’ve been following JustJireh, you might remember the home haul I did back in ’11 when my mom’s balikbayan box arrived. Excitement all around when I saw what my mom brought over since U.S. imports are so expensive here. A girl like me needs her essentials! She succeeded with the list of things I asked her to get me this time along with some other goodies like 10 boxes of Alouette cheese, 6 cans of Pringles, and a bajillion Victoria’s Secret (which they don’t have here) lotions and sprays. Oh, how I love her.
Self and TeenVogue. So much catch up reading to do.
My all-time favorite products: Bioré scrub and Lady Speed Stick. Can’t get enough!
So excited to try the Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation. Total fan of Revlon products. This Victoria’s Secret PINK body mist smells amazing, too!
She also brought a bag of Funyuns and assorted chocolates. Totally destroyed both in less than 48 hours.
Now I’m missing them once again because they’re in Cebu for one week for our home church’s missions trip, but I know God will work His wonders there and I’m already looking forward to hearing victory stories. Please pray for them and the team as they share the gospel and medically assist the victims of sex trafficking there. God, do your thing.