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Happy New Year!!!

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New Year 2014Welcome, 2014!

2013 was such an amazing year – most especially because I married my darling B. That was the highlight of our year. It still feels like a whirlwind event though.

2013 in general, felt like a whirlwind year. 24 hours a day don’t seem enough to do everything that I needed and wanted to do. Good news is, it’s the New Year! It’s our new chance to pursue and achieve our goals. More time to pursue our dreams and to dream some more.

Since we are now a married couple, the family holiday parties and celebrations that we have to attend to multiplied:

Christmas dinner with my family.
Christmas Eve celebration with B’s dad’s side of the family.
Christmas morning celebration with B’s mom’s side of the family.

The “new” Christmas holiday schedule sat with me well, soon enough. However, it’s a different story for the New Year’s celebration:

New Year’s Eve and the morning after celebration with B’s family.
January 1 dinner with my family.

I didn’t get to execute most of our NYE traditions (carrying coins in our pockets, eating grapes, sipping mom’s hot chocolate, etc.) courtesy of my mom, and I was off-balanced. Maybe it has something to do with me missing my mom while watching beautiful fireworks in the sky. It’s surprising how it felt mundane years and years before when it was just me, my mom and my brother — doing the same old traditions, preparing and eating the same traditional holiday menu, but now it felt like it means the whole world to me. Family is everything.

The best part of this NYE’s celebration though is that I celebrated it in person with my now husband! No more greetings over the phone and wishing-hoping-praying that I get to be with him soon. And this year is just the beginning of the many years we will be celebrating together. (Oh, happy thoughts!)

Hence, I got the idea to create our very own little traditions that I will share with my B and our future little family. This New Year is full of hope – and that is more than enough to start off this year with wide eyes and huge smile on my face.

2013 even though amazing, was also a tough year for most of us, but we survived it.

Here’s wishing for a happier, healthier, wealthier, sweeter 2014 for all of us! Cheers!!!

How was your holiday happenings overall?



Snapshots: Bag of Beans

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Bag of Beans has been like our comfort place to stop-by when we are in Tagaytay. The place is homey and the food is good. One rainy afternoon (this explains the fact that we are the only diners this time) on our drive to Tagaytay, we made a quick stop here for lunch. Here are some snapshots.


{ Xam, mom and me }


{ Mom’s: Cheese omelet with two buttermilk pancakes Php160 }


We didn’t roam around the area, precisely because it was raining. This was our view from one of the cabanas on the side. This photo was captured before it really starts to rain.


{ My order: Cream of Broccoli or Cauliflower Soup Php120 }


{ Xam’s: Lasagna Php195 }


{ Glenn, Xam, mom and me }

I’m not sure why I didn’t take photo of Glenn’s order which was probably blue marlin or tuna belly, but I remembered clearly that I enjoyed snagging it from his plate. Haha!

5 days to go before Christmas!!! Happy weekend! xoxo

Hooray Thursday: ZALORA Christmas Wishlist

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Exactly 6 days to go before Christmas! Have you finished your gift shopping yet? If you are on the same boat as I am, you might be able to pick up a thing or two from my own wish list.

ZALORA Philippines is having a holiday promo called WISH and WIN! Simply 1) create an account or log-in to your account, 2) add items to your wishlist, 3) share your wishlist with friends via email or social media, 4) wait if you are 1 of the 10 lucky winners!, 5) increase your chances of winning by sharing your wishes.

*ZALORA Philippines discount code: ZBAPkjP and GET 15% off!

ZALORA Christmas Wish List



{ EZRA Off-shoulder Fit and Flare Dress Blue }

{ EZRA Colour Blocking Pointed Toe Pump With Cut Out Details }

{ EZRA Floral Sheath Dress }