Monday, December 31, 2012


In about eight hours, we bid goodbye to 2012 and welcome a fresh new year. 2012 has not been exactly in my favor. The odds were mostly against me. I'm not complaining because at the end of it all, I realized I am tough woman who is ready to face any thing with the love and support of my family and inspiration from my children. No new year's resolutions for me. I only have goals. (See "To Do Before I'm 40" side bar.)

I am optimistic that 2013 will be better. I have an upcoming promotion to begin with and a travel getaway abroad with my beloved sisters, but my dear husband has to leave the country and work abroad. I will be officially an OFW wife on January 16th. It will not be easy. We've sat and talked with the kids, aged 4 and 3, and our little boy said that he'd rather not go to an expensive school para wag lang umalis si Daddy. Sad daw sya kasi hindi kami complete. Coming from a 4-year old, that was heartbreaking. I haven't completely absorbed that Jowell is leaving in two weeks, but when 2013 kicks in and the countdown to his departure begins, I'll die a little every day. We will survive.

2012 has been a tough year, but I'm just glad it did not end when Gangnam Style reached one billion views.  We have another 365 days to spend with our love ones, correct the mistakes of the past, reach the goals we missed. We all have another chance to be better persons. Cheers to 2013!!!

From my family to yours, a happy, blessed, and prosperous new year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Food Trip A-Z: Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe

Lot 199, 1100-1101 (EM)
SM Mall of Asia
Central Business Park
Bay City
Pasay City 1300,
Metro Manila

This is such a pathetic food trip entry not because the food was bad, but because we dined here almost four months ago and I can't find pictures of food we ordered. Gah! I can't even remember a thing we ordered, but hey, this is "X" and there are not that many restaurants that start with "X", di ba? So, spare me. Hahaha.

I remember the food to be huge, shareable, and affordable. Taste is masarap naman, but not remarkable na mapapa-ooohhh ka. Not your typical Chinese resto. It's a fusion of east meets west. The resto was jam-packed even if it was almost closing time. When we were leaving, may mga papasok pa. I guess they close late.

If you're in MOA, I suggest you try it. Maski once lang para may "X" na din kyo.

31 Things I'm Thankful For: Day 2

Taken last October 26, 2012 when the kids attended Spooktacular at Active Fun, BHS.
I've always wanted to have kids on my own. There was even a time when I was willing to be just a mother and not a wife. I'm thankful that God made me both. My children are the essence of my being. I live because of them. I try to become a better person because of them. They are love. They are happiness. They complete Jowell and I. Milo and Pretzel are our most precious treasures. I can no longer imagine life without them. They are our lives. One day they'll grow up and have their own lives separate from us, but I'll always be grateful that God chose me to be their Mommy. I might have done some very remarkable things in my past that I was blessed with these two awesome human beings. I love you both, always and forever.

31 Things I'm Thankful For: Day 1

My n@wie sisters started a thread on our Yahoo! group a few months ago on five things we are thankful for this year. I've been meaning to join that thread, but had a hard time figuring out the things I was grateful for. 2012 was a tough year for me. There were more challenges than blessings, but as the year ends, I've come to realize that I still have a lot of things to be thankful for. The challenges were blessings in disguise.

Every day for 31 days, I will blog one thing I am thankful for for this year and my first gratitude goes out to my husband.

Taken on our 4th wedding anniversary in Bohol.

Jowell is not perfect, but he is my perfect mate. He's a Gemini and I'm a Scorpio and yet we manage to live with our huge differences and incompatibilities. Did you know that Gemini are Scorpio are the most incompatible of signs? He's the life of the party, I'm the kill joy party pooper. He can easily make friends and I open up to chosen few. He is my complete, total opposite, but I love him - all of him.

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