Good morning~! Ohayou from Japan! :)
First of all, a Merry, Merry Christmas to you!
Still having a little bit of Christmas Eve hangover from yesterday~ I had so much fun with my family here in Japan!
As you can tell (after my influx of posts), I am inspired and motivated to "blog" again.. the way I have always wanted to do it.
For some reason, taking photos with my buddy DSLR is one of my ways to relax myself~
I am seriously taking advantage of this holiday season to unwind.. in preparation for 2015! :D
For practice, I took some shots of my current creative space here at our apartment! : )
Cardcaptor Sakura forever :D
Peko and Poko ~
Haaaaiiiii~ : )
Clearly, someone is bored and practicing, haha!
Still one of my favorite maps from before! :)
Because toys are <3
My realizations + wishes during my soul-searching trip in Kyoto last summer. Haha!
After a year of hard work, Gilbert has finally gotten his own workstation where he can record his voice covers!
World, wait for this singer!
At my brother and sis-in-law's house~
Simple strawberry mini roll cake by Claire nee-chan!
Yummy stew! She prepared everything!! *_*
The best chili spaghetti ever!
Our mini Santabelle~
Chisa knows how to smile when instructed now!! *_* *times flies*
Clearly, she is my favorite subject! Haha ~
Wow, I do miss photography a lot! *_* I enjoyed clicking away~
My brother who is like a mother, hehe!
Chisa's wakai obaachan~, Tita Elsa~
*Sniff* *Sniff* :))
Gift from Gilbert ~
The Best Gift
When I was little, I wished for a lot of toys and expensive material gifts from Santa.
As I grew older and at present, I realized that the things that I've always wanted for Christmas... are not even things.
And this Christmas, I think Santa heard my wish because he gave me the best gift ever...
... and that is my prized family. : )
Growing up in a big dysfunctional family in the Philippines, even though my family would gather around the table for Christmas Eve and go to mass before that... things were really different. It didn't feel that .... genuine?. I couldn't blame anyone because we all had many personal baggages and frustrations that time. But still, we strived our best to be united.. even just for Christmas. : ) Those were all great memories even if it felt that there was indeed something lacking. Spending Christmas in the Philippines would always remind me about what really matters and how thankful I should be about my situation.
For three years, I had not seen our eldest brother in the family (Big Brother #1 out of the four the I have). One day, my brother / Kuya Mark decided to bravely face the world / reality... and he ran away. For 3? or even 4..? years, we didn't hear anything about him. For some reason, even we didn't have any contact, I knew that he was doing it for good. For a good change for himself.
I am proud of him because it must have taken so much courage to run away from your comfort zone.. to decide to make some big changes in your life.
And during Kawaii in Manila 2 preparation, I got to reunite with my brother and family for the first time ever. And it was an entirely new feeling for me. And boooooyyy, my brother DID change into a better man!.. and you could say that my faith in humanity was restored! :D truestory.gif
Yesterday night (or rather, morning? at 1-2AM), after we have finished pigging out during our Noche Buena, we had a skype call at home in Manila.
And I saw my family with Kuya Mark, Nanay (our family's nanny who is like a dear grandmother to all of us), with my Mommy and Daddy.. and I couldn't help but feel the happiest right there.
I could tell that my Mom and Dad were really happy because they got to spend the first Christmas with my brother after 3-4 years.. and almost a decade of family reconciliation.
What I learned from all of these is that... forgiveness within the family may take time & years, and whole bunch of maturity and buckets of understanding... but it can happen, naturally.
And it is possible.
Maybe, sad things do happen for a greater reason. Some people drift away for some time so that you would also realize their importance in your life. : )
And I am thankful for this year's greatest gift that was given to my family. : )
Thank you Santa for hearing my wish for years.
You nailed it.