Ann’s Holidaze

It’s been so long since I publish a blog and my last post is very shallow (sabaw. mema lang. mema-lagay). I still haven’t found my mojo. But I will try my best to tell how was my holiday because I definitely ended the season with genuine happiness.

I will start my  story on December 19, 2016. It is the scheduled Christmas party in the office and I was tasked to be the host again. The introvert me of course is pulling me down and I know I need also to hone my speaking skills because I am still a novice at this. What can I do? I need to comply with what my superiors want. And being one of the youngest in the group, I can’t complain. I just need to say yes even if I am not comfortable at this. There’s nothing I can do. Even though that’s the case, I was able to speak decently there. My bravery prevailed yohoo! I may have been the host but I was able to snap some videos and pictures so the link below were some of it. I enjoyed despite my nervousness of actually hosting the party.

I am scheduled to have a Christmas break so, my Christmas vacation came early. After the Christmas party, I was able to take a rest and pull back the energy I consumed from hosting. I may not show it but I don’t know, whenever I am speaking publicly, after it is like my energy just went off. I am thankful that I was given the chance to rest and have my me time. As I was enjoying my vacation, I received a text from my boss informing me of a meeting or conference at Tuguegarao in which nothing I can do but comply.

December 23, 2016 – I was at Tuguegarao for a conference oversight meeting. It may be for compliance purposes but I still enjoyed it. I gained another experience and learning from it. In everything that happened in my life be it happy or sad, in what I want or not, I see things in a brighter and lighter side. I believe that as I exist longer in this world or as I mature, I learned how to appreciate life despite it goes the opposite of what I want.

December 24, 2016 – a day before the Christmas day. I intended to just relax and not prepare anything grandiose this day. It’s been a tradition in the family to just celebrate Christmas day the simplest way. Anyway, this is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ so, we must dedicate this day living the way he planned and the way He can be proud for us and that is loving the ones He loves and appreciating life and love. As the night came by, I went to my Aunt Cora’s house to visit and greet them and with a little chit chat, I went home immediately too. As what I have said in my previous post, I slept again in the Christmas salubong but the day was not wasted because…

December 25, 2016 – I was watching the television when my phone notified about meeting with my high school classmates/friends. It was the right decision to go because I really missed them so much and I had the chance to update myself about their lives and how we have changed in terms of maturity but we’re still the same. That feeling of just like the old times. Here’s some of the snaps from our unplanned get together which is all worth it.

December 30, 2016 – my parents went to Ilocos and I was left alone in the house because of work-related circumstances. I am on duty for New Year week so, I need to be intact in the municipality. My first night alone in the house felt like sad but not really because I am able to reflect on what happened to me this year. And I need to look forward to a great coming year being independent and a braver self.

December 31, 2016 – because I am alone in the house, I intended to spend my New Year’s Eve at my Aunt Cora’s house. But before that, I went to supermarket to buy fruits especially the round sweet fruits because it is believed that it is lucky for the upcoming year. Of course, we need to prepare foods so, me and my cousin Ate Rebecca experimented to bake a cake in a turbo broiler. It was an epic fail but I enjoyed our bonding more than anything else. My social life is back again with the people close to my heart and that’s what more important. And the bread we prepared is not bad because the kids loved the taste. The New Year Eve came and I spent it with the people close to my heart – my family. I know that it is happier if my parents and brother were around but I still did enjoyed it. I am with the company of happy people.

 

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Group photo with the gang.

Here’s my message to the upcoming year…. – “Happy New Year! Spread love, happiness and light in the world. Let’s look forward to a great 2017.”

January 1, 2017 – Happy first day! Happy monthly reports day! Despite being late to sleep, I still need to wake up early. Thankfully, this day in terms of work related came smooth sailing. I finished my report early then I went back to my Aunt’s house to bond more with my cousins but I slept the whole afternoon of it. I just went out of bed at about 4 in the afternoon already. Then after I ate my late lunch, I went back at home to prepare my parents coming home too. I cooked dinner for them though it’s just a fry food, it was made with love. Naks! I am already asleep when they came back so I just saw then the next day,

January 2, 2016 – It’s the birthday of my Aunt Cora. We usually end the holiday on this day. It is the day wherein all of us in the family gets together. We were the ones who prepares the food to eat for the actual celebration. Of course I was the one who is in-charge of the cake so my father went to buy it. I am also touched coz she used my gift or the dress I gave her eventhough it’s a little bit loose on her, she still went for it and used it. This day is the happiest day in my whole holiday vacation. I get to spent this day with my parents, cousins, nieces, nephews and many more. I genuinely felt the happiness this day.

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These are some of the snap pics of the 69th birthday of Auntie Cora.

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Here’s my message to Auntie Cora’s birthday, “The holidaze will never be complete without this day being celebrated. Happy birthday to the person who is tagged as masungit but we always look up to and always care for us. Happy natal day to the one who acts as the second mother not only to her siblings but also to all of us her nieces and nephews and extended to her apos. Thank you for all the things that you always do in our family. May God continue to bless you with all the desires of your heart. Wishing you good health always. Happy birthday AUNTIE CORA!!!

There you have it, ANN’s HOLIDAZE! I truly enjoyed it and I hope that 2017 will be great to all of us! Happy New Year everyone! Let’s this new year be our motive to find genuine happiness, spread kindness, share love to the people close to our hearts and serve as a blessing to everyone! Spend this year the way you want it in God’s guidance and plan and not the other way around. Let us all claim that this year is our year to be a better of our selves.

 

New Year’s Adventure of Ann

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It’s the first stop of our travel going to Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. We were able to buy special bibingka which is a delicacy of Cagayan as our pasalubong to our family in Ilocos. We had a very tight time so, we were not able to buy other pasalubong especially from our town Lal-lo, Cagayan. I will make mention the products that we are most proud of. We have the famous Lal-lo Milk Candy with a high class export quality flavor and packaging. The clams that is mostly be found in our place which is called  Cabibe. By the way, we also celebrate Cabibe Festival annually,  every August.  We also have products like the lubeg and bugnay wine. We also produce mushroom chips and many more products. #toomanytomention so #VisitLallo. #SorryNotSorryForPromotingLallo #ProudLalloqueno

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I will be spending New Year’s in Laoag City as it’s an annual tradition in the Jerusalem family already.  I’m a bit sick due to week old cough and been wet by rain in Cagayan.

After touching down to Laoag City, I went to the Cathedral to pay respect and talk to our Lord God. A moment with Him is the most important time.  But in a surprising chance,  I have witnessed two lovers tying a knot. As I described that moment in my instagram account “Perks of strolling alone – hearing the word of God and witnessing the union of two in love individuals” (naks! Hindi ko kakilala yung kinasal so I blur the photo.) I came to realize the importance of getting the guidance of our Lord most especially to the two people who are ready to spend their time together forever. A promise that they have to live in and stand by, by  hook or by crook because it’s a promise that they have told or made to the Lord Almighty.  “Ang basbas ng Panginoong Diyos ang magpapatibay ng samahan ng nagmamahalan at pinagsama ng pagmamahal” (Not my personal experience ha. I’m still single, ready to mingle, still optimistic and happy )

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What’s the essence of being in Ilocos region if you don’t try their Ilocos Empanada. The savory taste of mixed ingredients of sprouted mongo, papaya atsara (preserved with vinegar and pepper), egg and their equally famous Ilocos longganisa (garlicky flavored sausage) plus the hard work and love that the seller put into. What more can you ask for? It’s a complete meal boiled into wrapped orange gluten.  It may be oily because it’s a fried empanada but  it’s a once in a while thing. It’s a to die for munching! You don’t want to miss such delicacy. There had been a debate of which of these two is a better partner of empanada? It’s between the famous also Ilocos vinegar or catsup. I tried them both and I must say that it’s a tie between them. It’s equally delicious still whichever you want to choose to partner your empanada. But because you insists, I would choose the Ilocos vinegar. Why? Because I like the sourness and the smell of it. It’s really a made in heaven compliment of flavors. So that’s it! I made my choice. Tell me your thoughts of it if you we’re given the chance to taste it or have already tried it.

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As a Filipino, we’re always fond of sale, or on a tight budget shopping.  This tarpaulin struck me because it says “Baratilyo sa Kapitolyo 2015.” Because of the very thrifty me, I immediately checked what’s inside the establishment. And in my dismay, it’s the same goods and clothes you usually see in a baratilyo. And as I got closer, I noticed that it’s been there for over a month now, so there’s nothing to buy and a not so interesting products to buy.

This was just a one day New Year adventure of Ann. It may be a short amount of time. Actually it’s just a few hours of adventure. But this is a moment to keep and treasure. Why? Because I get to spend the day in my favorite place wherein I was able to have my own ME time. I want to spend it in the simpliest way. Just strolling in the park. Go for a simple church visit to thank Him for all the blessings and even challenges He showered upon us. Plus a bonus of actually witnessing a union of love in front of our Lord Almighty. Eating what you have been craving for like the Ilocos empanada with Ilocos vinegar is the best way to end the few hours of a worry-free, chill, relaxed Ann. Self realization and self actualization for ending the year and starting a new thing. Hello 2016!!!

✋👏👍🎆🎇🎉🎊

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