Over the summer, I planned a surprise visit for my family in The Philippines. It was challenging to keep it a secret – we talk every day and they constantly ask when I am going home for the holidays. But when the day finally arrived, I could not ask for a better outcome!
My best friend Rem picked me up from the airport. I told him to just find a rental car but he surprised me by bringing our mentor along and and she and her husband drove us back to our city about two hours and a half from Manila.
I knew my sisters are working in the hospital that day. I was sure my critical care nurse sister has a night shift, but I was a little worried I won’t catch my physician sister because she usually gets picked up by her husband around dinnertime and we are cutting it close.
10 minutes to the hospital, my mentor said we should stop at this garden restaurant because she urgently has to pee. We all went down for the toilet and she started to head for a table with a couple. It was my physician sister and her husband!
Apparently, my mentor asked my sister’s husband to delay my sister so I can surprise her, just that we were both surprised by the setup! I was so happy to see her and grateful for the planning my best friend and mentor did. They were worried I would miss my sister so they asked her husband to find a way and keep it a secret.
Once we settled and ordered dinner, it was time to call my other sister but she said she did not want to interrupt the date of my sister and her husband. Of course, she had no clue we were there, too. I just decided I will stop by the hospital to surprise her.
But the surprise was on all of us when she showed up at the restaurant unannounced! It was such a shocking and funny moment. She was standing in front of our table but we did not notice her until the last minute. She said she could not believe it was me as she came closer to our table despite what her eyes told her. Hilarious!
The last bit of the surprise was to see my parents and youngest sister. My physician sister and her husband drove me home and I was beyond excited. It was late so our house was closed and everyone in their rooms.
I stood in front of my parents’ door and called my mother. She answered thinking I was my physician or nurse sister who showed up late. When I opened their door, she jumped up from the bed and kept screaming OMG! My father was so shocked he did not say anything. He was already asleep so he probably thought he was dreaming.
All the joyful screams woke my youngest sister and she knew from the laughs that I was home. We all hugged, shared our crazy surprise stories, and laughed at the videos we have of each other’s surprised faces.
It was crazy and well worth it. A surprise after another and a great memory that I am sure to treasure for a long time.
I am so happy to be here!