Groupie at Arlanda airport

Groupie at Arlanda airport

I have never scrubbed so clean in all my life. And my daughter’s bedroom was a herculean task!

Hubby did our bedroom. I was in charge of the rest room. To make sure things were clean I used lemon, concentrated lemon. It was hubby’s idea. We left the concentrated lemon juice in the toilet bowl for one hour before I started cleaning, brushing and scrubbing. Lemon is highly recommendable. But I ought to remember that three days are not enough for a general cleaning.

At 4:30 pm, we prepared to go. I skipped taking a shower, to be at Arlanda airport on time. I remembered, their arrival was at 5:30 pm. But I was wrong! My cousin Andrea started sending FB messages from 4:19 pm already! They were waiting in front of Grand Stockholm Café in Terminal 5. They arrived at 5:05 – and were done with the control at 5:20. (Note: They were surprised to see so few people at the airport! Well, that’s Sweden!)

But all was well. They were not hungry nor in a hurry, since my aunt was enjoying the free wifi at the airport.

5:05 pm. Ready to go.

5:05 pm. Ready to go.

In the busy parking area, one car driver drove out thus giving us an empty spot. Then he even handed us a parking ticket. He bought a ticket good until 6:05 pm. It was kind of him to hand it over to us. We had 15 minutes to do our important errand of fetching our relatives!

It was so nice to see them so energetic! The weeklong trip in Turkey was still fresh in their minds and they told us of their adventures – the hot air balloon ride, the free Turkish delights (every store gave those for a treat to customers), the aggressive salesmen and hawkers, the tempting (but highly impractical) ultra thin (and reversible) lamb jacket worth 500 dollars.

At home we did the customary Filipino gift-giving, pasalubong! It was like Christmas eve,  we received so many gifts! Tuwa and I happily unwrapped the gifts while Marcus prepared our dinner.

After cleaning.

After cleaning.

To name a few gifts: sampaloc (tamarind) candies, polvoron, pancit canton, calamansi juice, Cloud 9 chocolates.

We also received jewelry, clothes, personalized cards, myobrace, Filipino books, etcetera. Family, from the oldest to the youngest – thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

And by the way, I was touched that Ate Tess Shafer also remembered me! She gave me earrings which she herself created.

 

PS. It’s 4 am now. I can’t sleep due to all the excitement of the day.