Im counting down the hours until 2014 closes and 2015 is ushered in.
Sorry haven't posted these past few days, I alongside my family went on an epic journey of the north. More on that later when I get a more reliable internet connection and a desktop.
But to sum it all up it was a 1,500+ km journey from Manila to Cagayan Valley to Ilocos and then to Batangas in time for New Years with Martin's family.
Now that all the speedy stuff is done Im spending the last few hours of the year catching up on my calligraphy practice.
Hello once more to my cocoiro pen with the new additions of my tombow brush pens and noodlers flex pens (both of which are christmas hoards).
So this is me wishing you a very Happy New Year! Cheers to the blessings joys laughter and fun 2015 will bring all of us!
With Christmas drawing near many people, myself included, have flocked to department stores to do last minute shopping. This doesn't go unnoticed and different malls provide different kinds of "pakulo" to entertain its goers and make the mad rush a pleasant experience.
1. Alabang Town Center (or ATC)
ATC holds a sweet spot in my heart because I'm a south girl. And every year, we know it's christmas when ATC begins its fireworks display every Friday-Sunday at 7pm. The entire show of colorful bangs lasts only 20 minutes, but that is long enough to draw a crowd especially kids.
Just yesterday, Mart and I were there to look for some Christmas gifts. Rockwell has taken the musical route by providing live perfomances for its shoppers. On one side there is a pianist churning out christmas carols and on the other end of the mall there is a full chorale singing a different set of songs. The mall has been courteous enough to even provide seats on all 4 flours so shoppers can watch the musical display in comfort.
This by far is my favorite. A while ago we stopped by Landmark to buy shoes for Martin's cousin when suddenly our shopping was cut short by rapid drum beats. Apparently they were staging a "changing of the guard" complete with costumes. Literally this was a signal that the mall security guards where ending one shift and replacing the present stationed guards with a new one. No wonder the mall's costumes look very much like the guards seen in the Vatican. (photos below)
Christmas time is usually the opportunity many take to have reunions and reminisce about the past while making memories for the future.
Living 45mins away (by plane) has made me want to spend extra time with friends Ive made here in Manila. Which is why I scheduled a lunch reunion with my gal pals from my corporate ex life.
Geli Lauren Kei and I met in the management trainee program of a bank..we all came from the same college, had similar work habits and really bonded throughout the 2 year stint. ever since graudation we would either travel together, hang out or have a meal.
this time around it was lunch at Yabu. too bad though Kei couldn't make it, being based in Singapore now. (we missed u!!)
time apart hasnt diminished the kwentuhan! lunch went by so fast with all the stories thrown back and forth. Geli is taking her masters. Lauren (and her husband) are improving and growing their business.
so many has happened since we first met way back 2009. and yet we are as giggly as ever ( maybe more so!).
reunions are the best!!
I have always loved Magallanes church and it was my dream place to get married.
the charm of the place hit me again when we attended mass this morning. the natural lighting really makes the church so vibrant and festive!!
this really takes me back home. christmas in manila will forever remind me of family and tradition.
Christmas came early for me when Martin delivered to my office table his gift: a lightbox!
To those who don't know, a lightbox is a table with a light permeable top allowing you to put guidelines underneath a piece of paper, making you write in straight lines or slants.
It had always been a problem of mine that my practice sheets needed to either have lines or I'd draw on them with pencil. Drawing with pencil left marks on the finished product, making it look not as neat as I would have wanted.
This is now a thing of the past with Martin's gift! Being an engineer, he didn't buy the light box but made it himself -- with help from our in-house carpenter Jonathan.
Can I just say, it's BEAUTIFUL! Taking it for a dry run I was able to write down a quote i saw on tumblr.
Here are photos:
my finished product:
Trust is saying
"God, I'm not going to let this upset me, I know You're fighting my battles and I'm going to stay in peace"
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