Friday, January 15, 2016

Year-ender Family Trip to Bataan!

Wherever your family is, there your heart will always be.

Being an overseas Filipino worker, it's always a delight going back to the Philippines especially on CHRISTmas season where family usually come together to celebrate not only the holidays but to catch up and enjoy the presence of everyone.

Food taste better when shared with the family on the dining table. Holidays are more festive when every member of the family is around. Places are more memorable when traveled by the whole gang. Finally pictures becomes more meaningful if it displays delighted faces of the people you love the most.
Have a prosperous and blessed new year everyone! --Mangalo Family

Our family may not be perfect but we are intact because we have each other.

This year, we are blessed to celebrate the new year in Bucco Bali, Morong Bataan with the whole Mangalo family. Vacation itself was already pleasant but spending it with the family made it extra fun. The kids get to swim all day long, play basketball, sing their heart out in karaoke, catch the waves, play in the sand, experience boodle fight, touch baby pawikans, roast marshmallows in bonfire and enjoy the food. We definitely had so much memories shared this 2015 and we are looking forward to more bonding moments in 2016.

Here's some of the snapshots I took in our year-ender family trip in Bataan. Let the pictures speak for itself. Enjoy!

Nanay and Tatay tandem at the grilling station
First boodle fight with the gang!
Before and after pic of the boodle fight.
My not-so-babies pamangkin with baby pawikans.
Karaoke bonding while waiting for media noche!
"Nasa iyo na ang lahat, minamahal kita pagkat.." our mini-Daniel Padilla in the family :D
Karaoke pa more until morning!
Waiting for fire to subside to roast the marshmallows.
Bon fire on the beach.
Back to back to back cuteness.
Ramiah in action!
To the beach!!!
Marichu, me, Tatay, Nanay, Gemson and Glaiza Mangalo
Raizelle, Glaiza and Ramiah Mangalo-Munar
Genesis, Marichu and Godwin Castro-Mangalo
Bye Bucco Bali Bataan!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Share Aloha!

New years are second chances to be a better version of yourself. To work harder, to continue dreaming and to share kindness to more people.

Here's an amazing graduation speech by Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawaii to Hawai'i Pacific University's graduates who just like you and me are about to face a new chapter of life this coming 2016.

Some of my favourite parts in his speech:

“Whether you believe you can, or you believe you can't -- you're right.” --Henry Ford

"No such thing no can. Always can."

"When further challenges arise, remember today. Remember this feeling of accomplishment and achievement. Relish it, embrace it and rub it in all over. Because anytime you doubt yourself, remember what got you here. Remember you dream and set a goal. You had a goal of acquiring a higher level of education which is the great equalizer of our society."

"The harder you work, the better you do. The more you put in, the more you get out. And that will remain true the rest of your life."

"When you get give, when you learn, teach."

"Aloha, kindness, compassion. Sometimes we define success by our job titles, by the house we own, cars we drive, or the influence or power we might will one day. But I am here to tell you that the people I look up to, the people I admire, the people I revere are humble, kind, compassionate, sincere. Take your education, take your dreams, take your life and go out there but most importantly share the aloha, share kindness."

"Love, aloha -- it doesn't cost any money and it doesn't take any effort. And the most amazing part? The more you give, the more you get and the more you give, the more you have ... and you can never ever run out."

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Say what you mean and mean what you say."

"Don't just think before you talk, think and feel before you talk. That way everything you say comes from your heart. Whether people agree or disagree with you at least you are honest." 

Monday, January 11, 2016

2015: 50 Reasons To Be Thankful!

In order to capture more of my 2015 life's blessings, I started working on this post as early as the second quarter of 2015 instead of waiting for the year to end and trying to remember every single reason to be thankful.

Fresh memories makes easier to put into wordings.

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As my yearly regimen, here are the fifty reasons why I am grateful for the past year.

1. Weekends!
2. New transition glasses courtesy of Visa
3. Reliable Google search engine
4. Coffee and tea!
5. For cute and sweet nephews and niece
6. Beating my personal record - 2 minutes of Rubiks cubing
7. 28th SEA Games 2015 Opening ceremony experience
8. Super food avocado!!! My new favorite protein food!
9. SGD 60.00 one-way ticket from Singapore to Manila(November flight) by Cebu Pacific \o/
10. Financial stability
11. Healthy and active 2015 for me and my entire family
12. Corporate membership in True Fitness. Get to save 150sgd monthly from my previous True Yoga membership.
13. Good weather all throughout the year here in SG, no super typhoons and floods
14. Safe and fun travel of my charming nephews Godwin and Genesis here in Singapore last April
15. Revealing Jesus concert by Darlene Zschech!
16. Dgroup ladies who inspires me to love and be like Jesus
17. Trainings, certifications courtesy of Visa
18. Online streaming of CCF
19. More than 8-hour sleep almost everyday
20. Being able to spend my birthday with my family back home :)
22. New found hobby in colouring books
23. Travels
24. Flexible time in the office
25. 2016 Starbucks notebook through the generosity of Jasper
26. Badminton Mondays
27. IDG Tuesdays
28. DGroup Wednesdays
29. Running Thursdays
30. Free Fridays
31. Chores-Bodysteps Saturdays
32. Church Service-Dgroup Lunch Sundays
33. Performance bonus and increase as early as November
34. My November birthday cakes. Turtle cake from Contis, Oreo cake from Polar and Matcha Green tea from Breadtalk. Sweetness overload!
35. First half marathon via Standard Chartered Singapore, finished in 2 hours 58 minutes strong.
36. My bed and pillows
37. Perfumes, perfumes and perfumes! Did I mentioned perfume?
38. FAMILY!!!
39. Long CHRISTmas vacation back home
40. New friends, badminton buddies, church friends and acquaintances
41. Fifty plus blog posts published in my Thoughts Brewing blogger site
42. Jabra wireless earphones c/o Jasper
43. Under Armoured hoodie jacket year-end gift by Visa
44. New experiences, skills and learnings
45. Opportunity to serve and share Jesus through Sunday school and writing ministry
46. Healthy 2015 for me and my family
47. Friends, family who visited me here in Singapore
48. Home cooked meals!
49. Passing the ISTQB Foundation level certification
50. Answered prayers!

Hello 2016! Please be nice to me :)