Post-holidays celebration

Still at it. Yeah. Whoever heard of a Christmas party in January? We almost hit a deal-selling online facility for enticing us to buy deals for a discounted buffet dinner and then finding out that the hotel providing the buffet do not have slots even after Christmas. But we played it nice, and decided to just have our party after New Year without making too much of a fuss. Anyway, everything was still good.

But we had our exchange gift just before the actual Christmas party of the whole office, and this is our annual photo (this is a tradition).

As always, and despite some misunderstanding the past year, we enjoyed each other’s wacky company. Got to say though, food was so-so if you ask me. I was kind of disappointed since this is Pan Pacific we are taking about. I expected more choices. We thought we kind of paid only for the ambience since if we got deals for other buffet places then we would have enjoyed the food more.

Our growing second family

I may have turned a bit into a hermit because I don’t go out as much especially to reunions with old friends that I have fell out of touch with. But this is always one group that I would cross mountains and rivers for just so I could be with.

This may be too late for a Christmas gathering but who needs an occasion to be with your lifelong friends turned family? Hoping next time we would be complete. Also later this year, we would have an additional member as Jayjay is expecting baby no. 2, yay!

Trisha Elisse’s baptism

Welcome to the Christian world, Baby Trisha! She is the sister of Mischa’s current BFF, and also part of a friend’s family and our neighbor, too. x

Because Mischa is fast approaching the crucial tweens and eventually the teenager years, I would like to keep tabs on her friends haha, and I like it when I know the parents of who she hangs out with. And I am happy that we’ve known them since their preschool days, and that we get to keep this friendship even though we don’t see them that often.

Oddy’s first birthday

One of my favorite godchild, Oddy, celebrated her first birthday. Her party was held at Kidzoona, an indoor playground for kids and kids at heart, and I tell you that Mischa and Maxine truly enjoyed the party and the venue. Even I loved it because I could let them be since I can see that most of the attractions are safe and kid-proof. I say most because Mischa injured herself going down the slide, but it could be because she didn’t tuck her arms in, scraping the inner folds near her elbow. But it was totally fun on the whole!

Ate Eve

You would have been 50 today. We bought a cake and pancit to celebrate the good life you had. We have not forgotten you, and I don’t think we will. Despite the laughter, alam mo naman na masiyahin tayo naturally, kinukurot pa rin kami ng pagkawala mo. I still haven’t been able to blog about you, your life, and your premature departure from this lifetime. Hindi ko pa rin alam ang sasabihin ko, except, thank you for everything. For being a friend, a sister, a great colleague. I still haven’t gotten over the shock that God took you away from us and your family at a very young age. Tayo pa ang huling magkasama. Basta mag-ingat ka kung nasaan ka man. God speed…

Our little big Euro-Pinoy friend

Advanced happy birthday to this little guy!

What a cutie! His mom used to work with us a few years back. His dad is German, but they live in Japan right now. They’re home now and this was an advance celebration for this first birthday. It was very simple but intimate. So great to catch up with friends who have since sought other pastures. As with other gatherings, there’s always this feeling of growing old, but getting wiser too. It is them I miss a lot.