Normalcy



Hello. Been quite a while. After several months of packing bags every so often, I finally felt some calm and normalcy over the weekend.

I did two loads of laundry, had a nice traditional Taiwanese breakfast just near the apartment with a couple-friend visiting, then cooked my packed lunch for the work week ahead.

I put on our Spotify playlist while folding my freshly-laundered clothes. On Sunday morning, I went to church and served at the 12 noon Mass. I walked along Xinyi District after lunch and reminisced those many years spent living in the area.

I had a nice quiet time, just sitting there at one of the alfresco restaurants with my lightly-iced caramel macchiato, people watching, reflecting. The weather was cool, but not overly so. I went home as clouds were looming. I caught up with my books and spent online quality time with loved ones.

I love these kind of days, even if lately it feels difficult... but I carry on, we carry on.

Perhaps this normalcy, is my new normal.

May we all have a blessed and meaningful Lent. 

Tired in Turkey

Two days after our Maldives event, I left for Turkey to help out in our annual conference. With the 5-hour time difference, and my body still drained from the past work week, I was dead tired upon landing Istanbul. I was dragging myself while lining up at the immigration and the queue was sooooooo long I thought I was going to pass out.

Glad we had a great turn-out at the conference. We all went home exhausted but with smiles on our faces. We were able to join the half-day city tour offered by the host organization (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar) and these are some of the very few photos I have.


Blue Mosque 



Hagia Sophia

Omg this baklava is sooo good.

 Turkish Delights!

Maldives

Welcome to Maldives, where the skies and the waters are the bluest of blue... and where I ate the most expensive Caesar salad in my lifetime.

I had the opportunity of  visiting "the" Maldives in November last year for work purposes. It was beautiful... however, the idea of spending so much money to visit the place (and to check-in at one of those water villas) is really beyond me. But then again, let me contradict myself by saying that people pay for experiences, and the joy you get from them is truly priceless.

Some photos from the trip. Just to remind me that once upon a time, I set foot in Maldives.

Nice touch from the resort staff!


 

Pardon my vanity!