What Mama Would Say

Remembering the Greatest Mother on her Birthday, 503

The Most Important Day of March

This March 20, 2019 is Mama's birthday. She would have turned 87.

The month of March has always been the busiest month for our family. We have 7 birthdays and 2 wedding anniversaries. Comes March 10, we also need to change time for Daylight Savings Time, and then the Araw ng Davao festival n the Philippines, and if you wished to  -- you can wear green on St Patrick's comes Mar 17.

The most important day, of course, is March 20.  On March 20, it will be a Full Moon day, and is officially the first day of spring!  This is the time where the earth's soil soften while crops and roots start to push their way up through as mother earth exeriences a rebirth as it awakens from its winter slumber.

The Days of March (Our Calendar)

  • March 03 - Matthew and John

  • March 07 - Wong Siok Sin (Ah-ko)

  • March 10 - Daylight Saving Time

  • March 16 - Wishing John

  • March 17 - St Patrick's Day

  • March 19 - Crisha Jann

  • March 20 - Mama / Ama

  • March 20 - First Day of Spring

  • March 21 - Freddie & Bay Bay

  • March 23 - Ton Ton & Sally

  • March 27 - Trevin Shawn

  • March 28 - Justine Nichole

Mama's Magic Touch --- William

One of the many beautiful things that I will never forget is the way Mama hold my hand. When I was younger, she would hold my hands and help me feed myself. I can almost feel Mama holding my hands when I started riding my green bicycle, or when we crossed the street, or even when she uses "bim-po" (face towel) to wipe my dirty hands and face after school.

 

Mama have a very special touch and as she softly rubbed my hands, I can feel her great love for me. Without her saying a word, her touch immediately warmth me all over and I know from my heart that Mama is full of love.

Mama's reminders like "wear something warm", "don't come home late" or "do your homework" are simple things that are forever planted in my heart for the rest of my life.

Happy Birthday Mama

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Beautiful Soul of A Woman, My Ama --- Justine

I remember every Sunday evening was family night at Ama’s house and I would be so excited to eat some authentic Chinese-Filipino food. Earlier on when we initially started having the weekly dinners, I remember she always used to cook for everyone. Coming into the house, I would smell the pleasant and distinct aroma of sesame seed oil because that was always an essential and staple ingredient in Ama’s dishes.

 

As soon as I would welcome myself in, I would greet Ama with a kiss on her cheek, and let me tell you...that Jergens lotion works wonders on her skin because it was always so incredibly supple whenever I’d give her kisses. If she wasn’t in the kitchen cooking, she would be in her natural habitat --- on her reclinable couch watching her usual Chinese news or drama. From there, I would sit right next to her and watch her shows, even though I couldn’t understand a single word of Chinese. But I sat there willingly anyways because having her as company never failed to keep me entertained. When she would put on news, we would always critique the female newscaster’s outfits and makeup. Ama would either say the newscaster looked “siao siao” or “maganda”.  She always had a unique way in expressing her words when she would trash-talk a person’s physical appearance. I would get a good laugh out of her silly remarks.

When I was in my pre-teens, I admired Ama’s nails because she always had them so elegantly shaped and painted. I’ve always admired her sense of style, beauty, and proper care for her own personal enjoyment. I would compliment her so often on her nails that one day she insisted on giving me a little pedicure session. She grabbed my hand and pulled me to her bathroom where she had stashed all her nail polish in her drawers. She told me to pick any color I desired, so I picked the red color by Revlon because it was what she was also wearing at that moment. The next day, I was flaunting my nails at school and showing all my friends how proud I was of my nail lady’s work hehe. Occasionally, I still think of the many fond memories that Ama and I shared together. But the process of creating this mini remembrance journal made me reminisce a lot more of those memories and with that, I am surely missing this beautiful soul of a woman tremendously. Happy birthday, Ama! I love you so much.

Xoxo, Justine

Ama and Justine at the 6th Residence Apr-2017
What My Mother Would Say - Walden

A flash of light swiftly glide the stars
     Was that lovely venus or the reddish mars?
As I gazed up and beyond the skies
    The full moon beamed into my weary eyes

I wake to dreams of Mama and me
    By her bedside, how pretty is she.
School and summertime and Christmas too,
    Over mountains and oceans and skies of blue.

I sat and wonder what my Mother would say
    On a springtime eve on a March Wednesday.
Hurry, your Papa is waiting by the door,
    Dimsum, Noodles and much, so much more.

Over the years, you built the bond
     Carried your family, above and beyond.
Hell or high waters, will never break,
     To Mom, it's just -- but, a stroll by the lake.

I still wake to dreams of Mama and me
     Beside her bedside, sleeping beauty is she.
My comic book heroes they never grow old,
     Still nothing beats Mother's pure heart of gold.

And I sat and wonder what my Mother would say
     On a springtime eve on a March Wednesday.
Walk slowly, drive safely, and go to bed early,
     Precious whispers said to your boy of sixty!

I miss my dear Mama, as I cried a tear,
   My mother's touch, lost to yesteryear.
Yet no matter near or far apart
   You will always be staying right in my heart.

 

Leaving left a heartache no one can heal,
   Your love and sweet memories no one can steal.
Now forever gone from my blurry sight,
    Shining in my heart that is golden bright.

So I sat and wonder what my Mother would say
   On a springtime eve on a March Wednesday.
As I said Happy Birthday to my dearest Mama,
   Be happy my son. Am in the Promised Land with Papa.

Still I sat and wondered what Mother would say,
   This springtime evening of a March Wednesday
I said Happy Birthday to my dearest Mother,
   Til I see you again, my dear Father and Mother.

And I sat and wondered what my Mother would say,
     This full moon evening of a March Wednesday,
I hear halleluiajah in all its spendor and glory
     singing praises and worhips to our God Almighty.

What My Mother Would Say

Song Meaning 

Ama, 113 & 503 in Hongkong in 1994

Happy Birthday Mama --- Walter

It was just like yesterday

530pm coming home from school

You were there eagerly waiting for me

Even after facing the ebbs and flows of the day

You still had the energy to help me clean up

To feed me and to help me with all my homework

 

I guess that’s how mothers are

And I know I’m the lucky one

Because I have you by my side, the best mom in the world

And today is a very special day for me

Because today is your birthday

Happy birthday, my dearest mom

 

It was just like yesterday

When on Sundays we went to the beach

With all my brothers and sisters

While we were enjoying the warm Pacific water

Your watchful eye by the shoreline

Kept us safe and secured

 

I guess that’s how mothers are

And I know I’m the lucky one

Because I have you by my side, the best mom in the world

And today is a very special day for me

Because today is your birthday

Happy birthday, my dearest mom

 

It was just like yesterday

When we went to Manila on September 8, 2017

You were so happy

 Seeing all your old friends

It was also one of the happiest moments of my life

Seeing you talking and singing with friends

 

It was just like yesterday

When I said my last goodbye

Before you went with our Lord

I was deeply saddened, but at the same time joyful

Because my dearest mom was finally with our Lord

Together with Papa, singing and laughing

 

Now more than a year passes by

I can still feel your love and kisses

I can still hear your voice

I still see you everyday

And I know you are looking down from Heaven

Watching over us so we will be safe

 

I guess that’s how mothers are

And I know I’m the lucky one

Because I have you by my side, the best mom in the world

And today is a very special day for me

Because today is your birthday

Happy birthday, my dearest mom

 

Happy birthday, my dearest mom

Happy birthday, my dearest mom

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Happy Birthday Mama - Walter - Walter L
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Wear Your Seat Belt Ama - John John
Hi Ama, don't forget to always wear your seat belt. You know I love you very much. Remember, when I always put on your seatbelt for you? I would say "Move your 'pwet' mo Ama, so I can seatbelt you."  We miss you Ama.
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Christmas Celebration, Dec-24, 2016 at the 6th Residence, Arcadia

Mama's Birtthday Celebration

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Mama & 505 in Sydney Austarlia 1994