New Year – New Beginnings

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Isn’t it exciting to welcome the New Year with a bang? In a few hours the hubby and I would be celebrating our first new year in KL and we are both giddy with anticipation as of how our new surrounding will celebrate tonight’s special event.

As it was last Christmas, dinner out is the best way for us. We are going to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) this time and will find the perfect restaurant for us. We have not decided on any specifics yet but we are open to surprises and to where our feet will take us. One thing for sure, we will try to walk from KLCC to KL Sentral. Its just a short walk about 6kms, but it sure is safe and the walkway is something to experience if you are like us, we like to explore via walking 🙂 There is so much to learn and see when one walks. 🙂

So, for now I wish you a Blessed New Year and cheers to new beginnings!

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The Documented Life Project – Week 52

Week 52 is all about family holiday traditions.

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My family at home is very big on family traditions. We usually have a big family party at the garden of my Auntie Mary Ann. With a family as big as ours, potluck is the way to go. After dinner, and to pass time, we have games for the young and the young at heart. Everyone participates and winners have prizes to take home. Gift giving is done just before midnight and children below 18 get one from each family or married couple. Then the yearly Monito-Monita (Mommy-Baby) exchange gift is held. Each one is given the opportunity to give a special message to his/her baby. After gift giving, our family gathers together in the buffet food area where a huge pot of ‘Lelot’ (home cooked rice and chicken, from our Grandmother’s recipe) is. The elders usually says a prayer of thanksgiving and each one takes part of the food. Eating Lelot has been a part of every Christmas party I have been since I was born and it will continue on as long as there is an Arellano living.

This year marked a new Christmas tradition for the hubby and me. We had our Christmas dinner in a restaurant called The Apartment at Suria Mall below the Petronas Towers. In almost four months, this was my first picture with the Towers.

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Our Christmas may not be as big and grand as what my family had in Manila nonetheless Din and I had a great time celebrating our first Christmas in a new country we now call home.

Meet Caroline

My December girl, Caroline!

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I feel good! I feel okay! I am feeling the Christmas cheer! Caroline is the only reminder of Christmas in our home right now.  Decorations are usually at my parents home  – a big tree, its trimmings and all the gifts under it. Even my Mom’s garden has its own lights and decor too. This year as Hubby and I embarked on a new journey, (recently moved from Manila to KL) we decided that decorating our temporary home will just make us more homesick. So, instead of setting up a tree, I made Caroline. I started early this morning and ended just a couple of minutes ago.

Santa Clause is evidently the inspiration for her and the name that popped in my head right away is Caroline. Did you know that the French and English meaning of Caroline is Song of Happiness?  And its American meaning is Manly since it is derived from the name Charles? It was quite a revelation to me as well. And I am pretty sure my Mother once told me that my name is also an abbreviation of Caroline. Coincidence? I think not! 🙂

Merry Christmas to you and yours!