Happy New Year

 

 

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Thank you 2013.

 

How is it January 5th already? I haven’t written anything yet. Where did my first four days of 2014 go? All I’ve done so far was edit out the kids’ toys and clothes. I’ve also been cleaning up my computer and files that are backed up on hard drives, cloud, Flickr, Google, iPhoto, etc. It’s crazy. I miss my analog life. I have yet to write my little 2013 retrospective. Perhaps when the kids go back to school tomorrow.

We spent the days leading up to New Year’s Eve at the same Batangas beach we go to almost every year. We are so fortunate that my brother-in-law’s good friend lends us their beautiful rustic beach house. This has become one of my favourite places in the Philippines because it is so pristine. And no domestic flying involved.

 

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Early morning low tide. Beautiful.

 

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Starfish love.

 

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Stella.

 

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Beautiful patterns. By afternoon, this is covered by the tide.

 

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At sunset the tide comes in.

 

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Sophia, the one who really loves the outdoors, clings to every moment she can being free in this wide open space. She loves standing on that breakwater.

 

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I love this shot. Taken just before dusk. The water is so still. And my baby girl who loves the sea just couldn’t help but explore.

 

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Stella’s.

 

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Stella’s sea shells by the sea shore.

 

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Every year the children in the community give my kids sea critters. My kids keep them for a little while then release them back to sea.

 

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Sophia saw this huge snail with a beautiful shell.

 

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Lily

 

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Sand castles.

 

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Patrick and Stella

 

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My brother in law celebrated Holy Mass at sunset on December 31st.

 

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We visited the site where we got married over a decade ago. The mountains of Batulao was the view at our reception.

 

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This is the little chapel of our wedding in Don Bosco Batulao.

 

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I love that my children still indulge me with smiles even though the sun gets in their eyes.

 

We are family. Happy 2014.
With our only sibling and family in this part of the world.

 

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2013 was full of extremes. Like many, I am glad it’s gone. But then I started worrying about 2014 and the next storms coming our way. I remembered the message at new year’s eve Mass. No matter how much we plan everything, we are not in the control. We should live through both joy and challenges with gratitude for all that it brings. It may be hard to do. But I sure will try it.

 

I spent last night creating this Flipagram of my 2013 year. Despite all the troubles in our country, all I could remember were the fun times with my family.

I don’t know how to post Flipagram on this website. I want to share it with you for a short while. It is the most I’ve revealed of my world — the perfectly imperfect one. The link to the video is here. It is also posted on my Facebook page.

I’m hoping for the best for all my friends, relatives, you my readers and the thousands of people who suffered through 2013. I pray that you find the strength to face your challenges with grace and gratitude. I won’t stop at prayer either. I hope I can do stuff to make things better.

More to come…

 

 

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