Family ♥

Hello! I just want to share these photos taken last Christmas. I'm starting to miss everyone. We have all gone back to work, some to school and heaven knows when we'd see each other again and celebrate Christmas together. I'm glad I was able to cook for all of them- simple meals but we enjoyed each other's company.

Celebrating our aunt's 74th birthday with a small reunion party.

Our noche buena at home with my cousins and pamangkins.  

Everyone's achie. Thank you achie for taking the same flights with me! And for everything!!!

Always spoiled-rotten by my beautiful aunt (mom making chismis at the back). 

 My chocolate cake turned out nice even without proper piping/frosting tips.

The flowers and the grotto are from my aunt's garden. Thank you, Mama Mary for keeping our family close. Please always look after us and whisper our prayer intentions to your son, Our Lord. 

Now that the holidays are over and I'm all alone again, I've been thinking quite a lot of many things, mostly about the future- my long term and short term goals and other stuff in between. My brain cells are working nonstop but I'm glad Chinese New Year is just around the corner and a little break will help me through.

Have a happy weekend!

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! How was your first week of the year 2017? I spent mine going back to work after a 12-day holiday back home, unpacking, and cleaning my apartment. I don't  know if it's because of the mild winter here in Taipei, or the happiness brought by my long vacation, but I feel more refreshed and energized to accomplish some tasks I have jotted down.

I didn't do much in 2016. I started my 2016 by writing down goals- some of which I was able to achieve, some I still have to work on. In February, I went to the US to visit my aunt and celebrated Chinese New Year with my cousins in LA. Kaymee's family visited in March and I flew home to be with my brothers in April. I went to Hanoi and Sri Lanka for business trips in May and spent the rest of the summer months from June to August in Taipei. I was home again for my cousin's wedding in September, then my friend Billie was in Taipei in October- the same month I received my permanent residency. November was probably the craziest of all months as it was our conference month. December was the best ending as I got to see my cousins, nephews and nieces I have not seen for a while. Because really, nothing beats family time.

So that was my 2016 in one paragraph. With Duterte and Trump winning the presidency aside, I'd like to think that my 2016 was a rather 'steady' one. I'm excited on what 2017 will bring- laughter, tears, highs, lows, fresh beginnings, new memories. I re-posted a tweet from Francis Kong which quite sums up what I want for the New Year. He said, "And next year is a better year when we first become a better person." That should always be the goal- to strive to be better. Here's to a better us in 2017!