OMG! Don’t Tell Me It’s Been a Year?

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OK, OK…I know I always say I will (always) update my blog. This is the second time I laid my hands on my personal computer in one year! Would you believe that? And, today I can’t even log-in to my account. Tried and tried, so I finally clicked that “forgot password” button. Finally, reset it! To cut the long story short, I had a busy year since July, 2017. Yeah, I have pushed (so hard), to blog or even make a draft, yet, struggling with the local snail internet here in town is a loose situation. I gave up.

So, what happened since last year? From our building construction, to kids’ schooling, bonding with friends and family, food tripping, and all those misfortunes & fortunes of life…here I am now, sitting in front of my beloved Lenovo PC and thinking about flowers, plants, blogs, fruits, and songs…and a lot more of other things.

At last I got a not so-snail-internet connection now. One reason to start blogging again. One year was so fast! My little girl speaks fluent Tagalog and English languages now. My second son, however can’t yet speak more than two sentences of Tagalog. He’s fluent though in English. OK, wait. For those who happened to just click this blog link, a bit of a flashback: My kids were born and raised in Italy, and we went back here in the Philippines last July, 2016. They had a hard time trying to speak Filipino. Will write another blog for their “Tagalog adventure”.

Anyway, our house was finally finished. It’s a 4-storey building, with 4-room units for rent on the first and second floors. Our residence is on the third and fourth floor. Hmmm? Too many stairs, as they say.  “Why live on the third & fourth floors?” I said, “Why not?” I love way up there. It’s quiet and it has an incredible view of Mt. Banahaw. Priceless indeed. I still miss my Italian life every now and then. When I see my friends’ photos on Facebook, there’s an irk inside of me, “I wish I was there laughing with them”…but on the contrary, I am loving my life here. Simple, slow, and free. Free from the stressful work abroad. Free from the endless errands of the bosses. Free from homesick.

My father had a hemorrhagic stroke last March, 2017, comatose for 9 days and his body was half paralyzed. We suffered, physically, emotionally and psychologically. It’s been hard. For a year, Dad had a tough recovery. Painful therapies, depression, etc. You know that feeling that you can’t even talked or moved normally your body. Everything hurts. Everything wasn’t good. But,God is always good. My father is still alive and no complications. He maybe bed-ridden but he’s OK. He’s 78!

I’m still in long distance relation and my husband’s still in Milan. Thanks for the messenger app! It’s the best connection we always have, day and night. I miss him! But, life is like that. We always need to sacrifice for our dreams. One bucket list fulfilled: our dream house. Though it’s not yet completely furnished, we are getting through, slowly, but surely.

I am busy now trying my thumb to be green. Hahaha! I am afraid I’m getting addicted to plants, flowers and other stuffs I never thought I could do. I’m happy each morning I see flowers blooming in my humble balcony. I am painting my own pots. I can practically sit for a day, just painting and shoveling soil. Gheez, I did it, not looking at the clock.

My mother’s finally home too! I guess it’s about time she rest from abroad life. She literally spent 35 long years in Italy! I spent 22 years there! I’m happy, she’s with us now here. I practically don’t grow up with my Mom. She left for abroad when I was 13. We were reunited in Italy when I was 22. So, I know she deserves to stay for good.

Do I still miss mentioning something? Well, my brain is a bit sleepy by this time. It’s 3 pm. I will leave you here hanging for the meantime. I got lots of stories to tell, so I will push myself to have those flashback for the last whole year or two years (since we came back home). Yeah, that’s quiet brain squeezing. Hope I still can rely on my memory.

It’s nice to be writing again. See you, soon!

Love lots,

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Three Months and Counting

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Three long but fruitful months outside the blog world is just amazing. I know i owe a lot of stories to tell, experiences to share and photos to show. We’ve been back “home” since last July 20. Home means from Milan, Italy to my hometown: Lucban, Quezon (Philippines).

We really didn’t tell about it to many people, only close friends and family that we’ll be back home to stay longer. “For good” is a big phrase, so i would like to just think of this stay as a long vacation. 22 years of living and working in Italy isn’t a walk in the park, so i guess this long overdue break is what i’m gonna need, and the kids as well.

For the nth time, bear with me. I will blog everything soon as i have more time. I have been busier these days.

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2 Weeks More

Two weeks and it will be a life-changing leap for me and for my family. I haven’t been active (as usual) the past months. We’ve been travelling much and my daughter had a lot of photo shoots from May to June. Definitely blessed!

I can’t sit down and jot a lot of stories right now. I will savour these coming two weeks first and i promise to tell what’s all about this “Big Leap”.

 

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Just hang-on there!

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Long Weekend in Turin

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Me and my daughter in front of “Il Po” fountain in Turin, Italy

OK, dish me up, but we had a long weekend! We were in Turin to relax, and have fun as well. We’re back in Milan yesterday night, yet my daughter will have some shootings and castings this week.

Promise, i’ll update. Soon as i have all the time in the world. =)

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Let’s Do This, 45!

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Is it weird that i don’t bother about my age? Honestly, i really don’t. I believe, aging is a normal thing. We have no control over it. It happens to everyone. The good thing about aging is, we can’t predict some twists and turns in our lives.

Let me do this 45-random thoughts!

  1. Well, i’m proud of my age. I never hide it either. Some women do.
  2.  I realized more that age is really just a NUMBER. It’s the life-quality that counts most.
  3.  I still giggle with the same man, for the last 19 years!
  4.  I am embarking on my 8th year of blogging.
  5.  I finally visited the Eiffel Tower, number one in my bucket list.
  6.  I still don’t consider myself as a “successful” Mom, because none of my kids have finished their schools yet. Although they all make me proud.
  7. I got 600+ Italian friends on my 2nd Facebook account. That much?
  8. Having a good laugh is chatting with long time friends while talking about high school memories.
  9.  I am grateful for all my friends and loved ones who are always there for me, from birth until this date. OK, that’s a bit of a metaphor.
  10. I am not wishing so much for myself, but my wish is for my loved ones to have a good health. That’s all that matters.
  11. I must admit, i am becoming “like my parents” more in some ways, to my children. Unlike when i was 30.
  12. I am learning to appreciate my spouse in more ways everyday. Fortunately, we never really had big quarrels at all.
  13. I become more conscious about what i eat or how much i weigh. I am not 20 anymore. Less carbs, less sweets, more of movements and liquids.
  14. I am savoring the moments of bliss and watch my children grow up into independent ones and thanking the universe that i raised them well enough.
  15. Always wondering what will become of my kids someday.
  16. I don’t or hardly watch TV shows anymore. I just prefer Jimmy Fallon’s Night Show, or Crime Series if i have time. I should say i spent more time on Filipino soap operas now, than the last 10 years.
  17. I’m still collecting mugs, fridge magnets and postcards. I stopped collecting cd albums. We got iPod/iPad, and Music Player Apps now.
  18. I still treasure my DVD movie/concert collection though. I still prefer watching the real dvd.
  19. I realized some people abuses you when you’re being too kind. I learn to say No.
  20. I guess i’m quicker to say “I’m Sorry” and liberated from 70 percent of “should-have-done-this” phrase, that dominated on my 30’s.
  21. I stayed on the mirror just 10 minutes or so.
  22. I notice i wear my fave clothes, outfit or shoes almost every week. Now, how do i get rid of my “not-worn-so-much-clothes”?
  23. I still believe my sex life is still 90% active. (Secret)
  24. I still listen to the songs from the 60’s/70’s/80’s. I’m not familiar with the 2010’s songs. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with that.
  25. I’m not vain about blemishes and wrinkles.
  26. I believe i would be back to my first love soon, painting. It’s been 3 decades i haven’t touched a brush or canvass.
  27. I drink water with lemons now. It becomes obligatory for myself.
  28. OK, my husband tells me i snore now. I never believed, until he recorded me on video. Yay!
  29. I still love wearing sneakers everyday.
  30. Friendship is everything!
  31. I’m contented of what i have now: Loving family & good friends.
  32. I’m more peaceful.
  33. I don’t aim to be rich. Just have “enough” is more than OK.
  34. Confidence becomes stronger.
  35. Breaking rules are fun, sometimes.
  36. I don’t fear death.
  37. Being 45 is Fabulous!
  38. I have grey hairs and seldom color my hair.
  39. I still don’t like politics.
  40. I need to wear eyeglasses now when reading.
  41. Young ones call me “Auntie” or “Ma’am”. Who cares?
  42. I visited 29 great attractions from different countries.
  43. I am willing to discover things and travel more, as long as my feet allow me.
  44. I’m ready for a big change in my life, SOON!
  45. No cakes, no celebration, nothing at all for my 45th Birthday. The greetings from everyone is all that i valued the most.

 

 

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I hope this is going to be a good year.

Let’s do this, forty five!

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