The title is a figure of speech, of course. Sunburn is always nasty but, today, it is simply an attestation to a very enjoyable swimming party.
But let’s start from the beginning.
When Alex turned 10th in 2004, we celebrated with a swimming party. We rented Pool #1 of the Cattleya Farm Resort, a three-minute walk from our house, and we invited family and friends for a day of food, drinks, swimming and fun. For PhP5,500.00 (that was the 2004 price), the set-up was just great. A big pool, a children’s pool and a jacuzzi all to ourselves from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Rent of the pool included the use of a guest house with an air-conditioned bedroom and full kitchen amenities. We had such a great time that we subsequently rented the place several times after that, often, splitting the rent money with three other families, all close friends.
When I created my very first photo blog, the photos from Alex’s 10th birthday party were among the first that I posted. Long-time readers will remember that I had severe technical problems in December 2005 when I lost about four months’ worth of entries. Since my priority was to recreate the food blog and this blog (both blogs thereafter split into two each), the photo blog was never properly recreated.
The photos from Alex’s 10th birthday party were reposted (link) in April 2006. A year later, the owner of Cattleya Farm Resort saw the entry and posted two comments (here and here). The first expressed his thanks and the second was an invite to try the newly opened Pool #4 — all on the house. I don’t like attending PR events but I don’t balk when people want to show appreciation. I was happy to accept.
The original date for a swimming party was June 12th. It was supposed to be a sort of last hurrah before the new school year opened. Unfortunately, some fickle-minded people in Malacañang decided to move the Independence Day holiday a day early. I had to re-schedule the swimming party. I would have preferred to hold it on June 17th, Speedy’s birthday, but it was also father’s day and I knew that many would prefer to spend the day with their own families. I opted for June 24th. And that’s why I have a sunburn. My back, shoulders, arms and thighs are all red, my muscles ache but I feel simply wonderful. :)
The birthday boy (above) and a bonsai that was given to him as a birthday gift (below) by friends PJ and Mabel Juinio.
Birthday Boy brought us to Cattleya at 9.00 a.m. then drove down to Marcos Highway to pick up the 15-kilo lechon that we ordered two days earlier.
The rest of the food was home-cooked. By me, of course. Two varieties of baked spaghetti, one with bacon, bratwurst and Hungarian sausage, the other with beef stroganoff; boneless bangus cooked a la bistek; and a chicken stew. Needless to say, I was cooking all of Saturday and early Sunday morning. Despite only three hours of sleep, I was very much alive for the party.
The jacuzzi was a favorite among kids and adults alike.
Speedy’s younger brother, Buddy, and nephew BC (above). My sister-in-law (the wife of my only sibling) Mary Ann and their youngest son, the scene stealer, 3-year-old Jared (below). Jared was an entertainment show all by himself.
Above and below, Jared taunting Sam’s best friend and classmate, Joan, by saying, “Lalaban ka? Lalaban ka?” And then they splashed water on each other.
A pleasant revelation. At 14, Sam is not exactly patient with young kids. But she looked after Jared in the pool until his mom and dad plunged in late in the afternoon.
I wonder if that means she won’t mind having a baby brother… :razz:
Above, not unexpectedly, the girls spent a lot of time on one end of the pool giggling and exchanging gossip. From left: Trina, Joan, Erika and Isay obviously entertained with whatever it was that Sam was saying.
Above, my friends Mabel, Melissa and Ellen. Ang lilikot kasi kaka-arte mag-pose kaya blurred ‘yung photo. hahahaha They’re going to read this so I had to write that part.
Above, my baby brother (hehehehe) and only sibling, Peter. Below, Peter with his two older boys, Pippin and Maro.
Isay Manlungat and Jill Juinio (above); Reny Medina and daughter, Erika (below).
Luis Manlungat, above, enjoying a cool splash from the water spout. Below, Isay, Erika and Joshua Juinio.
I wish I could have taken photos of everyone. But, you know what it’s like hosting a party. Between attending to the food, chatting with the guests and doing a hundred other things, well… Actually, it was the chatting part that was most enjoyable. Lot’s of catching up, lots of laughter, lots of stories. It was only upon reaching home that the fatigue started to set in. And when I saw my sunburn in the bathroom mirror, I was so shocked.
Sam and Alex took photos too but those will get posted on their own blogs. Anyway, if you want to view photos of the physical layout of Cattleya Farm Resort’s pool number 4, click here.