Old Traditions, New Beginnings

“Home is the nicest word there is.” ~ Laura Ingells Wilder

December flew by so fast. Everything was a flurry of construction, appliances delivery, and shopping for more fixtures. My christmas haven was home depot, and my gift from Santa was a queen sized bed. This is what it meant to be adulting… moving into our own place at last. We tried to squeeze in some holiday traditions too, just to provide some normalcy:

  • Starbucks planners (they did BOTO stickers this year!)
  • Christmas reunions with friends and family
  • Photos by the yuletide decors in malls
  • Shopping for new shoes
  • Simbang Gabi with bibingka and puto bumbong
  • MMFF film (new Jennylyn-Derek-Dan fan)
  • Spa and japanese brunch with the hubby
  • … and watching Disney on Ice! (New tradition this year!)

As we spend the holidays in our new home, I’m in the mood to create (fewer but more realistic amd doable) new years resolutions as well:

  • Family: Less gadgets so I can be more present in the moment.
  • Marriage: More patience. Choose thy battles.
  • Health: Walk more. No more chips.
  • Work: Be more on time for meetings.
  • Finances: Cut credit cards.

New Years bring new beginnings for us in our new home. Here’s to fresh starts for 2018!

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Birthday Week

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss


Today is my husband’s birthday. (Happy birthday Ling!) And while he decided to celebrate at home since it’s a weeknight, he also proposed to celebrate his birthday thrice— three celebrations in three days. Today is for office lunch celebration and in-laws dinner, tomorrow is date with the wifey, and the day after is a swimming picnic with his brood. A birthday week celebration.

It’s becoming a tradition for us, celebrating birthdays and special occassions in multiple days. With to-do’s at work and at home, sometimes a full day of celebration is not anymore feasible. Plus, with our in-laws and extended families, our birthdays become extended too.

It’s actually a better set-up for me. Last January, my birthday month, I also celebrated for one whole week: different days to shop, watch movies alone, enjoy pasta and wine, relax in a spa, and have a staycation with my husband and daughter. Birthday bucket list fulfilled, even if it took many mini-buckets to fulfill them.

Having a birthday week seems to be a better set-up for us: we still get to celebrate our hearts’ desires, but we manage expectations that one day alone cannot fulfill. We have more cakes and more time to celebrate with the people who have made the past year memorable.

Looking forward to continuing this tradition in the next years!