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
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.
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!
Dada and I also decided to give a little something for our cenacle family as a gratitude for welcoming us in their group.
A closer look to each design..
And here’s a video of us setting up our Christmas tree 😉
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! 😉
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
Nagshades pa kasi nasisilaw daw sya. 🙂Big 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? :))
July 3, 2016
Blue Mountains, NSW.
From there we took the train going to Katoomba Station.(Buti walang sumpong si Marshall kasi maaga nagising, hehe)Luckily, it only took about 2 hours for us to reach there.From Katoomba Station, we rode a bus about 15-20mins away from our destination. Hurray!with Tito Wiljay, Tita Malou, and Tita Blanche
Although there was no snow, it was still cold since the temperature is 3 degrees.
It’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
We walked and took photos around the area for about 20 minutes. There’s no entrance fee, by the way.
The 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.This 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.
Here’s a short clip of our cableway and railway experience.
*some photos grabbed from Tito Wiljay :))