A Beachside Celebration: Lola Gerlinda’s 69th Birthday in Dauin

Yesterday, the warm sands of Dauin were graced with the joyous celebration of Lola Gerlinda’s 69th birthday. This intimate gathering on the beach was marked by the gentle sound of waves and the laughter of loved ones, creating the perfect backdrop for a memorable day.

A Simple Feast by the Sea

The day began with a modest but delightful setup. Lola Gerlinda, a beloved figure in our family, wanted nothing more than a simple celebration with her closest family members. We gathered under the shade of a large beach umbrella, with a makeshift grill sizzling away, filling the air with the mouthwatering aroma of marinated meats and fresh seafood. The ice chest was well-stocked with ice-cold beer, ensuring that we could toast to Lola Gerlinda’s health and happiness all day long.

Fishing Adventures and Fresh Catches

As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, our housekeeper’s husband and father decided to venture out into the sea in their small outrigger boat. Their mission was to bring back the freshest catch for an impromptu feast. The rhythmic sound of their paddles faded into the night as we continued our celebration on the shore.

After a couple of hours, they returned, their boat laden with the evening’s bounty. Among their catch were several gleaming fish perfect for kinilaw, a traditional Filipino ceviche that would serve as a refreshing starter. They also brought back a small octopus, which quickly found its way into the pot, destined to be part of a savory soup that would warm us as the night cooled.

Culinary Delights and Heartfelt Moments

The fish for kinilaw was expertly cleaned and marinated with vinegar, ginger, onions, and chili, creating a dish that was both tangy and spicy, perfectly complementing the grilled meats. The octopus was simmered slowly, becoming tender and flavorful, adding a touch of the ocean to our meal.

Around the dinner table, stories were shared, laughter echoed, and the bonds of family and friendship were strengthened. Lola Gerlinda, with her warm smile and sparkling eyes, was the heart of the celebration, basking in the love and affection of those gathered around her.

A Day to Remember

As the evening wore on, we sat back and enjoyed the cool breeze, the sound of the waves, and the comforting presence of family. The simple pleasures of grilled food, fresh catches from the sea, and ice-cold beer made Lola Gerlinda’s birthday celebration a night to remember. It was a reminder that the best moments in life are often the simplest, shared with the people we hold dear.

Happy 69th birthday, Lola Gerlinda! Here’s to many more years of health, happiness, and cherished memories by the sea.

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