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1st year in oz

One of the days that most of us look forward to is New Year. There is something in this holiday season that people see with anticipation. It may be the food feast, or the amazing fireworks, or the repetitive promises, or probably just a simple new beginning for some.

I remember 2014 New Year was the most heartbreaking New Year for me and dada. Marshall was just almost 2 months at that time, but we had to leave back to Singapore on a New Year’s day.

Why did we choose New Year’s day? First, it’s because that was the cheapest flight. Secondly, we don’t have enough (annual) leave anymore. Imagine me literally crying in the car, airport, and plane, on a New Year’s day! And that was one of the reasons why we really planned to transfer in Australia. But at least we learned a lot from that long distance relationship and we value this family more than anything else.

Time really flies and we didn’t even notice that we were already staying here in Sydney for a year. And last year’s New Year was one of the blessed New Year we had. Almost a week after the new year’s day, we moved here in Sydney. And today is our 1st year anniversary! Weeh! :))

We definitely miss our family back home in the Phillippines and our dear friends in Singapore. Nevertheless, we are truly favored to have this opportunity to live here.

For nothing will be impossible with God. ~ Luke 1:37

Here’s our 2016 recap. Cheers to more fruitful 2017 🙂 #letsclaimthis


2017 Christmas in Oz preparation

This will be our first Christmas here in Australia. As much as we want to celebrate Christmas back home (Philippines), our air ticket budget was already used up on our holiday last October.

Nevertheless, there’s no reason not to celebrate this special occasion.

Speaking of budget, we wanted to have a  joyful yet not too expensive celebration. So this year, we decided to do some diys.

First is our Christmas wreath.

We used a round plastic and covered it with green felt paper. I still have quite a number of felt papers from doing Marshall’s quiet book. So rather than keeping it in the storage, why not use it.


Here’s Marshall helping me out. He actually felt the glue gun was hot so he was extra careful.15631181_1419734901370343_103952970_o


Here it is :))15659012_1419731728037327_2141746072_o

Christmas is a time for giving. “Sharing is caring” as he would always say. We want Marshall to practice the act of kindness so I asked him to help out with the packing of some chocolate goodies. Turns out he ate some of it. haha!



These are what’s inside a goody. It’s not much but it”s the thought that counts 😉15658932_1419724054704761_31843839_o

Made a few for Marshall’s friends.

Dada and I also decided to give a little something for our cenacle family as a gratitude for welcoming us in their group.

We bought some candles and we customized the designs.15658629_1419723938038106_2101633968_o


A closer look to each design..


santa claus 😉


snowman 😉


rudolph 😉


another rudolph 🙂

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And here’s a video of us setting up our Christmas tree 😉


spot mami and marshall 🙂

As for Marshall’s gift, we didn’t plan anything big, just like the previous years. We don’t want him to grow up being used to receiving splendor gifts from us. We want to teach him the value of frugality and contentment on little things. So this year, dada and I decided to recycle his eggs surprise for his Christmas gift.

We placed some small toys which are also not that expensive but he’d most likely be surprise when he sees these.


Not to mention, we added some twist on its packaging. hihi!


Can’t wait to see what’s his reaction! haha! labyu! 😉


Have a Joyful Christmas and a Blessed 2017 from our family to yours! :))



Cruise with me baby..

Row, row, row your boat (singing..) is one of Marshall’s favorite nursery song.

This time, it isn’t just a boat. But a cruise ship. Hurray!

P&O Cruises (Peninsular and Oriental) is the oldest cruise line in the world, having operated the world’s first commercial passenger ships in the early 19th century.- Wikipedia

P&O Australia is the leading cruise line for Australia and New Zealand cruisers.

Marshall asked me to take a photo of him with these artworks. Well, I guess he loves art 🙂14446467_1319860504691117_360017692_o14408260_1319859658024535_923096585_o

14408110_1319858128024688_1056778152_o14374616_1319859721357862_1231875934_o14408253_1319860161357818_1591232262_o14393761_1319860124691155_659595664_o14393931_1319859984691169_2141613660_o14393171_1319859891357845_328018039_o14423598_1319860034691164_1153589718_o (1)14408281_1319859981357836_1517930118_o14446404_1319859851357849_710925296_oCorned beef wagyu for lunch.14423842_1319858114691356_684662325_o

Fish and chips for this big boy.14408282_1319858131358021_1856413551_o

And ice cream, of course.14407989_1319858154691352_982982506_o14423943_1319859741357860_1293601719_o14439013_1319858821357952_2128012044_o14423702_1319860604691107_463836852_o14375306_1319860588024442_1345561670_o14446245_1319860561357778_848832844_o14438791_1319859108024590_2139609220_o

14423577_1319859411357893_1622983788_o14408343_1319859224691245_1939971170_o14374753_1319859281357906_885214809_o14375175_1319859551357879_547971427_o14446319_1319859011357933_1023824377_oNagshades pa kasi nasisilaw daw sya. 🙂14375396_1319858931357941_88981756_o14407941_1319858188024682_1948006493_o14393435_1319858324691335_1371434523_o14393362_1319858221358012_455540984_o14438898_1319858688024632_2048815019_o14438925_1319858734691294_1651800375_o14438833_1319858554691312_1919563001_o14438835_1319858334691334_685693367_o14408246_1319858461357988_139507890_o14423652_1319858454691322_279874255_oBig thanks to Kuya Jeff (Dada’s cousin) for inviting us to have a tour inside this cruise ship. Yeah, just a tour. We didn’t go for a cruise holiday by the way, but maybe next time. Because why not? :))


Blue Mountains 2017

July 3, 2016

Blue Mountains, NSW.

It was an early morning stroll.13616262_1255813494429152_1869723096_oWe first took a bus from our place going to the city (Central Station).

From there we took the train going to Katoomba Station.13570092_1255813531095815_621673008_o(Buti walang sumpong si Marshall kasi maaga nagising, hehe)13570220_1255813521095816_555295253_o13621419_1255813551095813_269297280_oLuckily, it only took about 2 hours for us to reach there.13621339_1255813544429147_1808859250_oFrom Katoomba Station, we rode a bus about 15-20mins away from our destination. Hurray!13595681_1255813431095825_650927730_nwith Tito Wiljay, Tita Malou, and Tita Blanche
13608240_1255813421095826_1167528118_n13599732_1255813457762489_1031988549_n13607811_1255813417762493_1472659464_nAlthough there was no snow, it was still cold since the temperature is 3 degrees.
13599666_1255813424429159_1641445759_n 13579913_1255813567762478_954773638_oIt’s called Blue mountains because basically, it looks blue. 🙂

They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts (commonly called gum trees), which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance.– http://www.sydney.visitorsbureau.com.au/regions/blue-mountains.html
13595712_1255813427762492_934596901_n13624662_1255813464429155_998279894_nWe walked and took photos around the area for about 20 minutes. There’s no entrance fee, by the way.
13588739_1255813564429145_997281524_oThe 3 big stones you can see in the photo are called “The Three Sisters”. Legend says that these were actually 3 ladies who fell in love with 3 men but the tribal law forbids them to marry. A spell cast upon them and turn them into rocks. See story here.

After some time, we went to Scenic World which is just a few minutes away from the Blue Mountains.13618216_1255813437762491_925806375_n13608007_1255813444429157_962389178_nThis time, we paid for ticket that includes unlimited rides to Scenic Railway, Cableway, Skyway, and Walkway. 39aud for each adult and $21aud for children aged 4-13. Yey! Marshall is still free since he’s just 2 1/2 years old. Check out price here.

13617513_1255813467762488_48214484_n13617374_1255813461095822_901614738_nWe were thrilled at the Scenic Railway because of its so-called “cliffhanger” adventure.

Here’s a short clip of our cableway and railway experience.

After eating late lunch and early dinner, we rode the train again going back home.13570326_1255813581095810_1712277345_oIt was a whole day of fun for all of us 🙂

*some photos grabbed from Tito Wiljay :))