Much love and happiness,
Much love and happiness,
What you see up there is my mom’s pièce de résistance this Christmas season. Our Noche Buena centerpiece this year was a giant piece of beef from Santi’s roasted to lovely pink perfection by my Iron Chef of a mother.
Sorry, I can’t tell you how this was made because I actually don’t know. I was working the whole of the 24th and I came home to a lovely spread already prepared. The beef was roasted over a bed of carrots, potatoes and celery, which made for a yummy veggie side dish. We also had macaroni salad and a cheese platter, which was my special request. Dessert was a homemade fruit salad with red and green nata de coco for that extra holiday cheer, and a chocolate cake from my sister’s friend Koko.
The holidays may have been busy, but there are few things more important in our family than spending Christmas eve together. Over dinner, my siblings recalled the one Christmas eve where we weren’t together for Noche Buena. It was the Cuyugans’ last Christmas in the Philippines, and Mr C, the kiddo and I stayed over at their place. I called my family via video call on my then high-tech Nokia phone to see what everyone was having for dinner at home. My sister says the whole family just slept early that year because Christmas eve wasn’t the same with someone missing.
For me, Christmas is all about family. We have never celebrated the holidays apart, and we continue each year to celebrate it together with our extended families on my mom and dad’s sides. My one wish is for us to be able include my new Cuyugan family in our busy annual holiday schedule. Today we will celebrate the first day of the new year with Ate Baban, and I think that’s a good start.
I hope everyone’s holiday season was as meaningful and memorable as mine was. And I wish you and your families a blessed year ahead.
One of my resolutions for 2012 is to be mindful of my appearance. I’m starting a few days early with this first post on my new “Today’s Face” photo project, which is an attempt to learn how to properly use all the makeup thingamajiggies I’ve been buying and receiving, documented through photographs.
Today’s face was put together for our annual family new year’s lunch in Valle Verde, followed by an afternoon at work for our last set of events for the year.
Bits & Pieces:
* The Face Shop Hydro Splash BB Cream SPF20
* Elf Liquid Concealer (Apricot Beige)
* Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15 (Fair)
* MAC Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette / Sultry (Lightfully & Fun!)
* Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (02 Brown)
* The Face Shop Freshian Volumizing Mascara (Black)
* The Face Shop Lovely Me:ex Blusher (PK104)
* Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Lipstick SPF15 (Perfect Pink)
I never knew makeup could be so addicting. Never saw it coming!
It’s my last working day for the year, yay! I’m sneaking in a quick post before my day gets busy because I’m starting to have guilty feelings over neglecting my blog this past month.
This year has been one big refreshing change for me in many ways, and I’m glad to see it come to a close only because I can now look back and see how much I’ve gone thru. I hope to write a detailed 2011 retrospective later on. I don’t have enough time to do it now since we’ll be leaving for Ortigas in a bit for a family get-together, and there are just too many things to write about – getting married, switching jobs, finding more ways to spend time with family, discovering makeup, reuniting with old friends, new friends, new plans, new promises.
What was 2011 like for you guys?
Wishing you all a very merry christmas!
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