Friday, December 29, 2006

Looking back

As 2006 comes to an end, I had a chance to look back at photos from last month. It was a good year for me, considering last year was severely tight. December 2006 was a month when I stabilized my writing with The Brentwood Press and realized how much I love my job with the small community paper. My bosses are kind and they are always willing to teach me things and make decisions. I also secured a part-time job with an author who is poised to launch her book for non-profit grant writing. Exposure to many non-profits and how they work has been quite exciting. And the extra money has certainly been welcome.

The fall of 2006 was a good time. I can now afford to go to McDo, although now that we can, we don't anymore because the kids are sawa. Time to move on to more distinguished fast-food chains. Nasa Outback level or quaint Japanese restos na kami ngayon. (We miss Zen!)Well, that's just an analogy--meaning, we have time to breathe unlike last year when we were barely above water. . .

My kids are clothed better now. Their coats are new, their shoes are new. We also got a bunch of gently used clothes from my cousins in Jersey that tided us over--and even more clothes for Xmas presents. We are in the process of taking out old and small clothes in our closets to make way for new ones. Wow, a feat indeed!

We are happy that, even if we are off the radar, our friends wanted to come over for a couple of get-togethers at our home. We have acquired more furniture--one was a new buffet/console table from mother-in-law. Off to side tables next year!

I am most of all happy that several people offered to pass out the hat and buy me a nice coat. My winter coat is 10 years old, bought in 1996 and has a bit of shoulder padding--I thought I could get away with it so I wore it to some Christmas parties and I felt hindi ako ginalang. One lesson of being poor is humility. I am dying to retire it!

My friend, J, gave me a birthday gift that I won't forget--cash for a coat. The second lesson of being poor is you learn to appreciate gifts, and you are always in tears from gratitude. My cousin, M, from NJ continues to give warm clothes for the winter.My mom offered to buy me a coat by herself, and Uncle Jack actually bought me a coat. (Pinasauli ni mom!) Ricky gave me a gift certificate to buy me a coat! Heck, even Ricky got a new coat from my mom. Wow, talagang ask and you shall receive! So I think I will buy a coat--and now maybe, a purse!

We got an abundance of gifts from my two brothers in NJ. My son saved all year to buy a PS3. My eldest son is so rich, he bought himself a ticket home to Manila (again!)

Things are looking up. . .

Here are some photos I took for last month, reflective of the year we have had. I keep saying I like to shoot photos more than writing now. Shooting is easier with more impact. . .a thousand words talaga:

Christmas product shoot--beauty and glitter of the season. (Article, photos, and styling by me!)

Our Thanksgiving table setting--solemn and bounty from the garden

Todos los Santos open market, Concord--abundance

Santa for Seniors--gift bags for neglected seniors: giving back

Our office Xmas party--Ilove my job!

Pretty Christmas dresses from NJ--love and family

I have only the Lord to thank for all these wonderful things happening. But thanks to everyone who helped us out get over last year. Thank you, thank you to everyone who reads me (even if you don't comment), I feel your presence and I hold a good intention for all of you.

Happy New Year to all! May 2007 be even kinder and more abundant for all of us!


Senor Enrique said...

When is your son coming to Manila and when is he going back to the States? I'd like to send you some authentic mini hopia from Palanca Street here in Quiapo.

Happy New Year!

minotte's notes said...

(emailed comment from S)

things do seem and look better for you guys out there. God is good always right. He gives the right stuff at the right time. For example, retiring your coat with shoulder pads is a good decision!!! he he.... but don't throw it away... since the 60,s fashion statements are back, who knows when the 80's will catch up again ? Rooster bangs, thick shoulder pads, farrah fawcett hairdos and " Build me up buttercup" days....


minotte's notes said...

(emailed comment from M)

Hey nots! Just had time today to read all your blogs. Galing!!!! I
really enjoy reading all of them! Pls do notify me everytime you put
an entry. I get inspired and touched by all your stories.
Hay naku...nots! Life is getting more and more difficult! Akala ko,
we get older life gets simpler! Hindi pala!!!!