Sunday, November 23, 2008
Vivo Last Sunday!
My siblings flocked to our parents' home last weekend to spend time with them. This week is our opportunity to be with them too.
"So, anybody coming over there this Sunday?" I asked Mom over the phone.
"Your Sis is coming over this Saturday," Mom replied, "no one's called to come on Sunday though." Trying to recall.
"Would you like to go out with us then?" I invited Mom and Dad.
A resounding "Yes!" came straight away with a question at the end "Where you're going? We'll go wherever you take us." Mom sounded really excited.
"You pick. Changi Beach, or maybe shopping for your trip this Friday." I suggested and let her choose.
"We've not been there for so long..." Mom trying to recall her last picnic at Changi, "since my stroke."
When we were small, Changi Beach was our family's haunt for picnics and swimming in the sea whenever Dad was able to spare time on the weekends if he was not doing overtime work.
We would come back all blackened from the sun and then recover from the sun burns on our backs, but we would come back again to endure then after effects over again because it was such fun every time.
Since then, all my siblings love picnics and Changi became our haunt for weekend by the beach even thought there are several beaches on this island that are popular among picnickers.
I for one, have inherited the spot for my own family. Being close to Changi from Tampines where I live, the beach is our quick getaway from the stress of work and routine chores.
"Oh, it's been so many years since we've been there..." Mom reminisced. "Can the wheelchair go through the sandy beach... I'll be stuck there?"
Indeed it has been so long since my parents were there. The last time they were there, Mom was still able to walk on her own. Now in wheelchair to get around and unable to sit on the ground comfortably, she had some reservations going on a picnic there.
Now, just tall beautiful casurina trees and coconut palms with white sandy beach complimented with amenities like shelters, clean toilets and the many barbecue pitches. Food and drinks are no longer a problem with snack shops selling from barbecue necessities to kites, dotting along the beach.
Parking is no longer a problem with car parks spaced out along the beaches. Public transport is also convenient with stops along the beaches. The beach park is definitely wheelchair friendly.
Mom and Dad were set after that much updates from me.
"The only thing that can stop us now will be the weather," I cautioned Mom, "we'll go shopping instead if it rains."
So Wifey and I packed for the picnic. We planned to have Wifey and Sonny leave for the beach in the morning to claim our spot first while I take the bus to my parents home to fetch them and double back in a cab. We were ready!
Early Sunday morning looked quite promising with the sun shining, but it turned cloudy... I mean dark clouds, hovered over and intermittently letting the sun peeked. The weatherman predicted a thunderstorm in the afternoon.
We had to drop Plan A and called my parents to inform the of Plan B. VivoCity shopping at the waterfront. Yes, at least we still get to be near and soak-up the sea view and salty breeze.
Everything happens for a reason.
True to the saying, Mom and Dad ending-up needing many essential things for their trip this Friday to Kedah, Malaysia.
After our high-tea at the water front, eating our chicken and mushroom puffs and hot coffee, we started our shopping at Giant Hypermart.
Both Mom and Dad bought a zip-up sweater to stay warm in the car with the air-condition on during the long day and night drives and while in several hotels that they will be staying along the journey.
Dad bought a pair of trousers to match his silk batik shirt bought when we were in Bandung, Indonesia last year. He wanted to look good attending the wedding there.
He also bought 2 pairs of track pants just like the one I was wearing, for easy wear during the rest of the trip. Lightweight, no ironing needed and easy to dry.
Both Mom and Dad bought thick socks for themselves and a thermos to keep hot coffee always available while on the week-long road trip with second Sis and Brother-in-law.
Wifey showed and let Mom hugged a big teddy bear that was on sale. Being a stuffed-toy lover, she liked it so much but refrained so much from buying too because she was on a budget.
I may very well surprise her with one when she gets back from her trip.
Daiso, where everything Japanese are sold for S$2.00 each. We spent a good hour and a half inside.
Dinner on me at Banquet before we sent them home.
Dad surprised us with lots of fruits he bought for us to take home... apples, pears, persimmons, grapes and oranges. It was as if we just got back from the supermarket. Got to love them.
Hope they enjoy their trip and return back safe and sound. Bless their beautiful hearts.