Sunday, January 12, 2014

How we spent Christmas PART 2

After spending the first half of our Christmas break with my in-laws (read about it here), it was time to spend some quality time with my family. My sister has a house in Manila that would fit us all, so we trooped to her beautiful and cozy home, together with my parents, and brother with his family. My eldest sister just gave birth in the US so they could not go home for the holidays.

I can best describe our Christmas with my family as child-like and laid-back. Our activities were centered around our kids, and because of the location of my sister's house in QC which is very near UP, we spent most of our free time going to parks and kiddie places.
 On our first day together, we trooped to my papa's favorite resto. Papa was in pain due to a cracked and impacted tooth, and was having a hard time eating, but seeing him enjoying his food at his fave resto made our day.

The next day, we met up with my cousin who arrived from London. She treated everyone to yummy and soshal lunch at Cibo in Shangri-la. Sa sobrang sarap ng food, we didn't take any pictures. Hehe Thank you to Ate Cielo, Kuya Stephen and Julienne for the fantabulous lunch, and for all your generosity.

Watching Disney on Ice was one of the highlights of our vacation. It was really for the kids, and I didn't mind paying a hefty sum just to see my son, nieces, and nephew enjoy their day. Kami din super enjoy!
Ano ang saya ng gatherings kung walang kainan? After watching Disney on Ice, we heard mass and went off again to another one of my papa's fave resto, Muang Thai. Everytime I eat in this place, I always forget about my diet at napapakain ako ng extra extra!
The next day, we didn't have concrete plans, so we headed off to UP Diliman to kill off time. We just gave the kids a free space to roam around and play, while we relaxed and basked at the beauty of nature.

That's my boys having a tender moment.

The next day, I squeezed off some time to meet up with my 1st legit friend ever. Lindy and I have been friends since I was in Kinder, and she shares a huge part of my childhood fun. We're pre-occupied now with our own personal lives but it feels good that every time we meet again, it feels like we just met yesterday.

After meeting up with my friend, we went to UP Circle so that the kids will have fun. Nag-enjoy naman sila, from the mini-train ride, to the Ice Age tour and program, and even the go-karts were fun too!

Rocco was so scared of the dinosaurs in the Ice Age tour. Haha! Look at that scared face!

I still have to get used to seeing Rocco being all toddler now. Ibang-iba na talaga.
After a tiring but fun afternoon at the park, my mama treated us to an eat all you can Japanese dinner. Talk about heaven! Their sushi, sashimi, maki, and all those Jappy yummy stuff were so amazingly good! I think I gained 2lbs that night alone.

The next day was New Year's eve, and because we had nothing to do, tambay nalang kami sa Starbucks, at nagsunog ng wallet sa Uniqlo (again!).

My BIL's (sister's husband) family invited all of us to spend New Year's eve with them, so we trooped to Malabon to enjoy their amazing fireworks. It has been their family's tradition to spend a fortune on fireworks and firecrackers which start from 6PM up to midnight for the finale. And I'm not kidding when I say ang daming fireworks, kasi every 15minutes may paputok sila. Very organized, and EXPENSIVE! :)

The next day was New Year, Jan 1, and it was time to go home. We really enjoyed our vacation in Manila. It would have been perfect had we been in Tacloban, but God had other plans, and there was no other way but to just accept whatever happened, and move forward with positive vibes.

Now it's 2014, and I can feel great things that are yet to come. With God's grace, we will make the best out of 2014.

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