04 January 2014

I'm back! Happy New Year!

Hello there! Happy New Year to you and your families!
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Pardon the silence on this space. JP and I have been unpacking stuff we brought from the Philippines, and also doing a bit of spring cleaning around the house. Our vacation was short, but we were able to spend time with both our families, plus managed a day at the beach!


Christmas was spent with my family in Manila. It's actually mine and JP's first Christmas together. I got to show JP how we spend our holidays. First it was a walk around the neighborhood, looking at houses in our village. The owners of these houses really go all-out to decorate their houses every year.

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And then of course, the food--lots of yummy food.
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clockwise: queso de bola, excellente ham, steamed dumplings, chicken nuggets and fried dumplings

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clockwise: chicken ala kiev, garlic prawns, filipino spaghetti and fruit salad

Then there was the traditional giving and opening of gifts...

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Here are my nephews and nieces (the gremlins, I call them), waiting for midnight to grab and open their gifts.

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It gets pretty messy, but we're ok with that.

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On the 26th, we flew to Cebu to visit JP's family. We also attended his best friend's wedding.

Congrats,#justinandnancy! @nancyboon

Then we took a short drive to Mactan for some beach time!

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We went back to Singapore on the 31st, where I battled a high fever, thereby making me spend New Year's Eve in bed. It's the first (and hopefully last) time I forego New Year celebrations. But no worries, I was feeling much better on New Year's day. 

I'm definitely looking forward to what 2014 will bring. 2013 was life-changing for me (ie. our getting married), but it was also challenging in other aspects, so I really want to move on to the next chapter. 
What about you, what are you looking forward this 2014?

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