June 13, 2010


i told my then 5-year old daughter laila that i won't be able to attend her sportsfest. it was scheduled sunday afternoon and we will only be leaving subic (a good two to three hours away) sunday afternoon as well.

the night before was araw awards, the culminating event in the ad congress. i wanted to skip it but couldn't for a thousand and one work-related reasons. 

i guess there really would be days like that when you'd hate your life and you'd wish you wouldn't be confronted with such conflict between work and home. and so it became an emotional night for this stressed-out mom as i had to ask everyone i know in subic if there was anyone who would be going down manila that same night. i finally found a group who was going to leave at 3 am but by then an officemate, russ, already took pity on me and offered to take me back to manila.

with very little sleep, four nights of after-convention parties, stress from the work in-between and all the other major dramas surrounding ad congress, i made it to my little girl's sportsfest and even managed to participate in the games. 

check out these pictures and tell me why you wouldn't miss these moments for the world.

laila, together with the rest of her kinder classmates, danced up a storm.

cute from head to toe!

with her proud ate unna.

and with the proud family. mommy had to cover the puffy eyes with big shades.

i will never ever know who felt the proudest and happiest that day. i think i was but i couldn't discount what jake felt. more so laila.

hula-hoop game. very difficult for this lethargic mommy. but i ran pretty fast so as not to let  laila down. even unna got so impressed because she had zero expectations from me.

a lot of kisses and hugs, high fives, thumbs up and rock on signs exchanged between us. sweet victory.

daddy's turn to stand for the relay game. 

and so ended the sportsfest i almost missed.  she may not even remember this day anymore when she grows up but it's ok. what's important is the glow it brought to laila's face because mom made it. i made it. 
sweet, sweet victory. 

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