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Mom seldom goes out of the house. Whenever she does, it would usually be to the grocery or the wet market. She’d usually stay at home and do household chores. We couldn’t recall her last trip to the salon to get her hair and nails done. It’s safe to say that she’s a very simple lady, her contentment lies in knowing that her children are doing well.

Today, we treated our mom to a day of rest and relaxation. My sister and I were in cahoots with this endeavor, planning through text messages and Twitter. She disclosed the gifts she bought for our mother for us not to purchase the same items.

Given our late meeting time, we decided to have lunch first before doing anything else. SM Hypermarket in Pasig doesn’t have many restaurants so we settled for Savory. It was a good choice though, their chicken’s a classic.

While waiting for our orders, my sister gave mom her gifts. A new bag, a pair of Havaianas, a comb from Hua Mulan, and a whole lot more.

My brother arrived late. He told us earlier to go ahead and eat since he couldn’t get an FX. We were already done when he reached Savory.

After eating, we headed to Nail-a-holics.

Mom and ate got a manicure-pedicure combo. I, on the other hand, decided to try the foot spa plus pedicure.

The person cleaning my feet was laughing because I couldn’t stop giggling every time she scrubbed my feet. Also, the idea of having someone clean my toe nails for me was somewhat weird. Sorry, first time.

Mom loved the manicure-pedicure at Nail-a-holics. The overall experience there was relaxing, she said. The ambiance was nice and the music was soothing.

Next, David’s Salon.

As I’ve mentioned, I couldn’t recall the last time my mom went to the salon. Her long, thick, and unmanaged hair made her look beyond her years. My brother consulted his hair-savvy friend about the style that should apply to my mom’s mane.

The result was amazing. A few snips here and there was able to make my mom look years younger. The length of her hair was pretty much the same. We were more than satisfied with how the stylist transformed our mom’s hair.

After a quick drive to the other side of C5 and we were at Mom & Tina’s, one of our favorite dessert places. We dropped by Comida China de Manila first to reserve a small room for my mom’s birthday celebration this coming Saturday.

The desserts at Mom & Tina’s are just wonderful. I loved their Peanut Butter Fudge cake though everyone else found it too rich. The blueberry cheesecake in the photo’s my mom’s sweet treat.

Mom obviously had a great time. Cheesy as it sounds… At the end of the day, it wasn’t about the gifts or the pampering or the food… It was more of the time we shared that made the day special.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my mom happy.

p.s.Β I love how my soles feel — they’re very soft and smooth. I just might put ‘foot spa’ in my monthly to-do list. Hahaha!