Hey! The weekend is coming up, and what better way to wind down after a week of hard work than to gather your girl friends and celebrate with a bottle (or two) of wine! I am not much of a beer drinker, but open a great bottle of wine, and I’m there. 🙂 Incidentally, Wine Depot Online is having a weekend sale on a lighter variant of sauvignon blanc from Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most awarded winery.
We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year in a few days. In the Philippines, this Chinese holiday has become something like a national event. In fact, a few years back, the Philippine government began declaring the Chinese New Year as a special non-working holiday. One question that I get a lot: how to say proper Chinese New Year greetings?
We see and hear a lot of different variations, which has only added to the bit of confusion.
So is it –
“Kung Hei Fat Choi”? (What we read and hear most commonly)
Filipinos prepare 12 kinds of round fruits on New Year’s Eve. In our household, it does not necessarily have to be 12 or round. I always prepare tray of fresh and colorful fruits, though, for good measure. 😀
The boys in my family get haircuts a day or two before New Year. This is supposed to get rid of and leave behind the bad luck that the passing year brought. I would get a haircut too, just so I look good welcoming the New Year, y’know. 😉
First of all, I am so happy that my blogging mojo is slowly coming back. Blogging is something I am passionate about, but so many things in the past two, three years have prevented me from actively blogging.
As life has always been, 2015 was a good year. I count my blessings, and they are plenty.
Nate, whose eczema (atopic dermatitis) was on a seemingly continuous flare-up for two years, is finally getting a respite. His skin has never looked so good in the past 2 years, and he gained some weight too. He volunteered to play basketball (!!!) for their class. Two years ago, he couldn’t even join P.E. class because his skin was so badly flared up. Today, he ate fried chicken without breaking into an itching fit. Seeing him confident and happy gives our family so much joy and gratitude for his newfound wellness.
My Dad passed on middle of this year. Though our family dearly misses his presence, we are comforted by his freedom from suffering that Alzheimer’s Disease and emphysema brought to him. It is a bittersweet Christmas for me. Because Christmas usually means going home to be with him and the rest of the family. Christmas will never be the same without Daddy. And it will take a while for our family to get used to this…
Daughter number 1 turned 18 and went to college… When I started blogging, she was just getting braces. Daughter number 2 is, I think, blooming into a food lover. Not only because she loves to eat, but also because she cooks and bakes! I AM ECSTATIC that someone in this family can finally take over the kitchen soon. I can die tomorrow and be at peace knowing the family won’t starve.
So there, the highlights of the year that was. I look back with gratitude. I look forward to another good year… And to finally filling this space again! Yay, welcome me back to blogging. 🙂