Ushering 2018

New beginnings and new chances at life are given to us again as we stepped onto a new year. Always praying and hoping that things would be better, brighter and more bountiful than ever. We greet the new year with a renewed sense of purpose. I am just plain happy and content that we are all together.

And my masterpiece for this year hehehe

Because I received a cheese board over Christmas.

And had an impromptu get together with one branch of our family. Great reason for the great-grandchildren of Mamay Asio and Nanay Angge to bond over food and toys.

As the new year turned

We are grateful for the year that was, and excited to what lies beyond.

Personally, am thankful for the gift of my wonderful family. I couldn’t have asked for more, except maybe a baby boy in the future. lol.

Thankful also for the work I have because it helps me raise my family, and allows me to step into another of my persona apart from mother and wife. Scared and excited for the challenges being thrown my way right now. I know God will provide and protect as long as I do my best.

Happy 2016! (sorry for the yagit look)



Belated greetings from these Minnies

These cutie patooties are sending belated greetings of peace and joy as we welcomed the new year!


They were lucky to spend that turn of the year with both sides of their families–the best of both worlds. New Year’s Eve dinner was with Ninong Mico, Mama and Lolo, while a rainy lunch was spent with Mama Old, Tita Vivien, and a handful of cousins from daddy’s side.



Our families are awesome!

Welcome 2013!

This year, I am not up to pondering much about how my year have been. While there are definite highs and lows, I would not like to put in retrospect and list down the things that made me ecstatic or the disappointments that came my and my family’s way just because the year turned. I definitely count my blessings each time but I do not want to look back with regret at the things that did not work out right.

I will just continue to pray and keep the hope alive in my heart that everything will work out fine this year. As long as my daughter and husband are by my side, I will keep the fire burning inside of me.

Anyway, much like my post about a week ago right after Christmas, I am just glad that we celebrated the coming in of the new year at home.



It was just the three of us since my folks spent new year’s eve at my brother’s spanking new home (which I will blog about in the days to come hehe). Our feast was very simple, including the traditional basket of fruits and our family’s sotanghon soup. Of course, there was ham, then there’s kare-kare (my first attempt but I cheated and used the Barrio Fiesta mix).


We brought and lit our share of fireworks. Our new neighbors were very sosyal with their fireworks. Buti na lang maganda din yung binili namin. lol. We were all for the visual feast, and had a lot of fountains, and less of the noisy, cheapo ones I knew back in our old neighborhood, i.e., watusi, burning tires. Of course, the little girl and I stayed indoors and watched from the comfort of our house. She found everything loud and kept on putting her hands over her ears. I prayed deeply nobody dared pull a gun.


watch fireworks

Cheers from my family to yours!


Family fun on New Year’s Day

So we ushered in the new year again with the hubby’s side of the family. Remember that we brought Mischa home to the province last year. I don’t know but maybe we’re slowly building a tradition for our little family of three–Christmas spent with my side, and New Year with his. I think the hubby was a little surprised that I insisted that we spend it at my sister-in-law’s instead of my own home. Oh well, I wanted Mischa to also get to know the other side of her family, not only my own. It’s very seldom that she sees any of them. Plus, she really needs to get more exposed to other people, especially kids.

Next year though, we would probably be in our own humble abode. Hurray for that! Definitely looking forward to that despite it seeming like a billion years away.

It was a very simple affair. We went to their place early on the 31st so that they could all play, play, play! My heart leaped to my throat though a few times. Mischa is really not used to rough play, and let’s say that her cousins weren’t the gentlest! Had simple buena noche, and watched the fireworks of neighbors. Of course, the brother-in-law lit up his own fire crackers, and we all had to stay inside because these were too loud for the kids.

Welcome 2012 again!

Happy 2012!

It’s time for a fresh new start! As I said in my Christmas post, my family has been more than blessed, and we are well on our our way to fulfilling our dreams. I know that more challenges are looming my way but I just have to fight the impulse to run or whine. Instead, I have to be stronger and wiser. Need to fight all the negativity trying to pull me down. After all, I am doing everything for my family, especially my little one. I just continue to pray that I conquer all. I know that He will lead me and point me in the right direction as long as I am looking for the right signs along the way.