Friday, January 11, 2013

Zohan's New Year Break

The recent holiday break was a very happy season for me because I was able to spend a lot of quality time with the kid. I wrote about how we spent Christmas here. For New Year, we went home to my province and we had just the most relaxing time!
 
My family is not really used to making a lot of fuss about Christmas or New Year celebrations. Don’t judge us, we’re killjoys that way. The husband and I are comfortable with that fact because a lot of preparation and activities could also mean a happy version of stress, and what we badly needed is a respite from any and all forms of it. So we took advantage of the simplicity of my family’s New Year’s tradition by just lounging around and wasting our time reveling about the fact that we were actually doing nothing! What a joy!

Since our home is the usual countryside-type, there was a huge space for Zohan to roam around. If you'll take a look at the photos, you can tell that he had a grand time…


Of course, he just had to bring his basketball ring everywhere he went.

If he forgot about basketball, you could find him chasing animals…


Cleaning the surroundings…


Playing basketball with Tatay…


Distinguishing a mango leaf from a mango fruit…



Goofing around with Tatay…




Discovering what a buko is...



..and dissecting what’s inside of it…



Teaching his Tatay how to operate a Kindle…

And…

Contemplating on the meaning of life.

I hope you all had a relaxing time during the break! Cheers to a lovely 2013!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Spending Christmas in Manila

Christmas of 2012 was the first time I spent it in the Metro. Prior to married life, I would spend Christmas days with my folks in the province (how I missed them so!). Christmas 2011 was the first time I spent it away from my “original” home because that was our first Christmas as a married couple, and we went home to the husband’s folks.

This year, my husband’s family wanted a different Christmas so they went to our house instead and celebrated it quietly with us. It was probably the most relaxed Christmas celebration I had in years. For one, I didn’t have to pack our stuff (with a kid tagged along, packing for a 3-day trip meant bringing a truckload of everything, so I got to skip that part this year!). It was just so comforting to celebrate Christmas in “our” home – we didn’t have to leave, no need to rush and brave the heavy traffic, and we got to be surrounded by the very few people dearest to our hearts. For another, since we were already in the metro where everything came in an instant package, we just ordered in our Christmas Noche Buena! One could never go wrong with Amber’s Pancit Malabon, so we had that. My new discovery (thanks to Joyce) would be the Suki Market in Dapitan – where we ordered a Sushi Bilao and rellenong bangus. 
 
At the center of our celebration was, of course, little boy Zohan. He slept early, around 7pm, and woke up at 10PM, in time for the Noche Buena preps. (There was a preparation still because I made wicked oreos for dessert – credits to Mai for the recipe.) 

At exactly 12 midnight, we warmly greeted everyone a merry christmas, gobbled down a lot of food and then proceeded with our annual exchange gifts! There were no family pictures because.. well, I guess we weren’t the type who’d remember to put everything to a halt for a pose.

My ultimate excitement was all about the gifts given to Zohan. The little boy’s obsession was fuelled by some very generous people! He had not just one, but two basketball rings! My brothers-in-law were joking that Zohan now had a full court. 
 
The days after Christmas were tedious for everyone else at home because Zohan exercised his freedom of choice way too much. We had a total of three basketballs, two rings, and one very obsessed kid. Go figure.

Anyway, we were also thankful for the rest of the gifts given to him. He had clothes (lots of it!), books, a toothbrush and Sansfluo toothpaste (which Nanay very particularly mentioned in his wish list – because apparently, Sansfluo is one of the few toothpaste brands for kids without fluoride), lunch box (which he would bring to the playground), and lots and lots of loving!

It was a simple and quiet Christmas eve -exactly the way our personalities would have wanted.

Merry Christmas from the Cristobals! Hope you had fun last Christmas!
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