These past days are relatively quiet days that Lia and I spend doing little errands here and there together. We are now becoming a common sight in our little town: the skinny mom with the English-speaking always-in-a-pair-of-violet-sandals little girl walking around, buying fruits at the sidewalk, bread at the local bakery, walking in and out of little groceries, going in and out of local banks, eating at the carenderia and basically hanging out.

Lia likes riding padyaks (bicycle with a sidecar used for public transportation) and giving instructions to the driver: “That way! That waaaaay! That waaaay to Lolo’s house!” and greeting everyone who greets her as we get nearer and nearer our house. A “Hi Liaaaaa! Hi Liaaaaa!” can be heard right and left as we pass by. Lia is popularly known in our place as the little Bebe, my own nickname in this neighborhood where I grew up and spent my days until I was sixteen.

Our days pass by, just spending time with friends – friends whom I have been neglecting because I was so busy with the bar; and spending time with Lia: reading books, making puzzles, coloring, singing, dancing and playing. We play hide-and-seek and all kinds of pretend-play like cooking and being Princesses. We even play games on the laptop, like Garden Dash because Lia loves flowers, and Farm Frenzy because Lia loves the farm animals. She sits in front of me while I surf the internet and randomly point out things she sees on my screen and says, “Mama, I like this,” – and that is how I got to click on that nice fox that led to this pink and violet site, Foxy Bingo, which Lia liked. Pink and violet happens to be Lia’s favorite colors as of the moment. Too bad we could not play anything on that site but by god, I was tempted to buy a perfume! Furever by Foxy sounds like it smells nice. Haha!

Except for the text messages I am getting from so-and-so people about this and that, that seriously, I think I should not have to deal with, I am liking these days. I hope for more of these in the coming months. These times are priceless.

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