Oct 31, 2020

October 31, 2020 at 08:01PM

On the 30th day of the 10th month, a queen in the Pearl of the Orient Seas was born. It was the 303rd day and 44th Monday of the year in the Gregorian calendar. The queen just turned 53. 

Those are fun facts, but just kidding about the queen. 😁 

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Oct 28, 2020

October 28, 2020 at 08:01PM

For some people, wanderlust stops when the kids come along. I agree that it could be daunting to tow little ones around unfamiliar places. 

For our family, the idea of taking the brood was intimidating at first: expenses, logistics etc... However, over the years, we have accepted that there will be mishaps and mistakes along the way. And there are many of those little annoyances, believe me. Lol. But we look forward to the far bigger bunch of good stuff that will happen as well. ♥️ 

Mt. Titlis, Swiss Alps 

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October 28, 2020 at 07:38PM

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Oct 27, 2020

October 27, 2020 at 08:01PM

Missing our brunches ♥️ 

This photo from 2016 appeared in my FB memories. Looking back to the time our school kids were much younger and our schedules were easier to manage. ☺️ 

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Oct 26, 2020

October 26, 2020 at 08:00PM

Virtually travelling to Cebu's South Sandbar which we visited with family and friends last May 15, 2016. 

It was memorable for how pristine and unexploited it looked, how overjoyed everyone was while paddleboarding and swimming, and how the boat ride back to the city triggered one of my worst panic attacks. 😣🤣 

South Sandbar, I remember that day very strikingly.

Oct 23, 2020

October 23, 2020 at 08:02PM

via IFTTT Lisieux 2018 

"Even now I know it: yes, all my hopes will be fulfilled... yes... the Lord will work wonders for me which will surpass infinitely my immeasurable desires."- St. Therese 

In a world full of uncertainty and despair, the great virtue of hope keeps us afloat, while we hold on to the promise that things will be better.

Oct 20, 2020

October 20, 2020 at 08:00PM

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The trill of birds, the dazzling colors of a rainbow and a placid Sun Moon Lake during an afternoon stroll... What could be more tranquil than that?

Oct 18, 2020

October 18, 2020 at 08:01PM

2020-10-18 This year looks a lot different from what we are used to. 

And seven months into the lockdown, restrictions are easing up a bit. Is it a good thing? I'm not really sure. Too many thoughts running... 

Meanwhile, here we are after the 32nd livestreamed Sunday Mass we attended. 

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Oct 13, 2020

2020-1010 Last Saturday's alfresco afternoon tryst happened more than 8 months after the last one. 

This time, ubiquitous bottles of hand sanitizers were on the table.  Masks were off only when eating, drinking and when taking photos.  There were no cheek kisses, no hugs, no high-fives or fist bumps. 

What used to be friendly gestures were missing, but the banter and muffled laughter through our masked faces more than made up for the lack.

A lot have changed since that Sinulog religious procession we all participated in last January.  Though we miss the old ways, we are settling into this new normal, whatever form it may take.

Oct 10, 2020

October 10, 2020 at 08:02PM

Posting this from 2018 because of #EmilyInParis 

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Oct 3, 2020

October 03, 2020 at 08:02PM

It may seem like our lives have now returned to some semblance of normalcy, but far from it. 

In reality, there were only about 3 other groups more than a meter away from us. Masked diners waited for food to be served. One family wiped down their tables and chairs. 

The way people were being cautious quieted my anxiety a bit as I sprayed alcohol all over my unopened can of juice... 

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Oct 2, 2020

October 02, 2020 at 08:01PM

Late this afternoon up in the mountains of Cebu, 30 minutes away from home. 

Too many things to prep for these days before stepping out of the house: quarantine passes, masks, shields, alcohol spray bottles, wet wipes or hand sanitizers, own pen for filling up health sheets. 

Missing the time when we would just up and go spontaneously without any thought. 

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October 02, 2020 at 10:10AM

via IFTTT Before and after. Not perfectly done but I feel accomplished nonetheless. Sept 16, I trimmed my long tresses. Oct 1, I colored my grays. 💁🏻‍♀️