TAHOE / RENO GETAWAY (excerpts from Sunny's email)

Muntik kong nakalimutan. Before we left for the reunion at Carol's house, natipalok si Erika. As in namaga ang kaniyang ankle. But she still drove and refused to have it treated. Talagang for the love of her classmates, tiniis niya ang matinding pananakit ng kaniyang kaliwang paa maski na't namamaga mula talampakan hanggang binti. Mas namaga pa by the time we were leaving forTahoe. And yet, pinik-up pa niya si Janette, tapos sina Boogie, tapos sinMae. Say mo? Ipagpapatayo na kita ng monumento. Saan mo gusto?

Well, we got to Cecile's cottage just before lunch. After eating, ang tanong -- sight-seeing or shopping? Maniwala ka...shopping ang nanalo? Then what could have been a nice day almost ended up sad when we found out that Malu's diamond earring was missing. Ayan...sa sobrang gamit ng telepono, namaga ang tenga. She didn't realize her earring was missing. So we went back to the shopping center and para kaming mga tanga, naghahanap ng earring sa damuhan. She even offered a reward to the one who will find it. Takbuhan ang mga bata. Pati mga matatanda. Wala!!!! True enough, she found it under the table in the cottage.

BTW, when we were outside the cottage, a car drove up and an old man approached us asking about the owner of the other cottage. Turns out he was from the Census bureau. Sabi ni Mitzi, ano ba iyan, pinasundan tayo dito ni Louella!!!

That night, we were all in our pajamas and sitting in front of the TV. Parang Baguio retreat, wala nga lang madre. Our kids were playing monopoly until madaling araw. Nakakatuwa the son of Janette, who won the game. Since he was the youngest, the older boys teased him "Ikaw ang nanalo, eh di ikaw ang mag-ligpit." Sabi niya. "Hoy, hindi ginagawa iyan ng mga mayayaman." And he proceeded to toss the money around. So they all ended up laughing and helping him fix up the place. I tell you, nakakatuwa to see the kids getting along so well with each other. And that's a pretty big age gap - oldest si Louie at 24 and youngest si Enzo at 8. And the nanays? Andoon, pretending to sleep. Yun pala nag-po-pose for picture-taking.

The next day, we went to Caesar's Palace to have lunch. Malu was so happy she found her diamond earring that she treated us to lunch. I couldn't help but try the slot machine. And I lost. All of 75....cents. Well, at least I can say, I gambled at Caesar's Palace, di ba?

Tapos picture taking sa Emerald Bay. Erika and Mae were even able to get Kiko and Boogie to pose for them sa tabi ng puno. There must be something in the air for them to get Kiko to do that pose. Can someone send me that picture please?

Then nag-hanap kami ng snow but we only ended up with "dirty" snow. But what the heck, they still did a snowball fight. Should have packed all that dirty snow and brought it to the Philippines para lumamig. Sus! Sa airport pa lang, tunaw na! Mae had fun frolicking on the snow ala fairy. Na-buang na gid!