Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone are enjoying their holidays and long-deserved Christmas breaks. Have a Happy Christmas!

…meanwhile this poor little fella will be our Christmas eve dinner (animal rights activists should not worry as I am not cooking it alive. i think it was dying when i bought it and finally died in the fridge. oops.) but how do you humanely cook a lobster?

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i can still remember scouring the toy shops trying to find a gift when she was born.

i can hardly remember what i bought her then or how she had looked like. i could remember thinking she could be mistaken as my daughter, with some 20 years between us. i remember her father being almost ecstatic to have finally had a daughter after all those years.

it’s just so surprising that she’s entering her tweens now. and is almost a young lady. with a pretty face and a suite of admirers to boot.

i don’t even know if she had found her way to this blog. but in case she ever did, this is my wish for her…

i had always wished i could be your big sister that you never had (and you the sister i never had). but being so far away, i can only pray for you and hear about you from afar.

i wish you a future your brother and i can only dream about.

i wish you happiness. but not to spare you from life’s heartaches because that is life’s way of teaching you.

i wish you to learn. that academics are just tools. and that wisdom doesn’t always come with age. learn from what your elders tell you. but listen more intently with your heart. decipher the hidden truths.

i wish you to find your own definition of life and your purpose. and never let fear stop you from living it.

i wish you will never be afraid to speak your mind. even if others rebuke you.

know that experience is your best teacher. let it shape your mind. but never forget to shape your soul.

you will falter. and you will make mistakes. and though it will probably break our hearts more, i cannot wish otherwise.

i wish you to never forget, many people love you. and your brother and i…we’re just an email away.

happy birthday.

and we’re off

to Hong Kong! never been there before. and it’s on the way anyway. so why not?

i don’t even know what places are must sees. i never did get the fascination with hong kong before. it’s just a city. teeming with tourists at that.

..but i am looking forward to eating by the road. and gorging on seafood.

…and manila will only be a couple more sleeps away.

old friends

there is this feeling that only talking to old friends can bring. where you don’t have to worry about what to say and where you’re sure there are no pretenses. you feel content knowing that in their company, you are accepted as who you are. and that with them, the distance never mattered, nor the long pauses between the last time you talked. it’s always the same. it just feels great to know that in spite of all the changes life throws at us individually, some things, like friendships, remained constant.

5 weeks and counting

i know there’s a lot of people and things i would miss. the UK will always be my second home. and we’ve planted roots here which just means we’ll never really be away for too long.

but i can’t say i’m not excited to be leaving. there’s just too many things to look forward to. and i can’t say i’m not worried either as i’ve never been out of work for the last 9 years.

at the moment, our house is turned upside down with most of our stuff waiting to go into boxes or sold off. we’ve instructed the letting agents. and are waiting for the tenants to be approved on both properties. hopefully, there’ll be no more viewings on our house lest they struggle to see past all the mess. work isn’t over until the 4th week.

we’re still working on the wedding details amidst all these. the invitations would need to be sent out to our non-manila based guests. and the legal and church requirements are being worked on by our families back home. i still haven’t heard updates from my coordinator and couturier. i’m still trying to accept that my maid of honour is not likely to travel to manila. the menu is still being ironed out. the florist still hasn’t sent in their contracts. still need to choose our principal sponsors. and i’m still trying to find accomodations for us to stay in for about a month in makati that doesn’t cost the earth.

something tells me it’s going to be a busy month.