DP: Ready, Set Go

This is my first time to actually join in the Daily Prompt challenges. I’ve always seen it but didn’t have the nerve to join in. But today is going to be different. I’m posting an entry in 10 minutes. Including the photo upload time. Can I do it? I only have 7 mins left! I’m always rushing, so I think I can.

Like this morning, I was rushing to work again. I’m waaaay early than our 9am time in. Hey, It’s only 7am but I’m walking fast. Really Fast.

Brisk Walking: That's my style :)
Brisk Walking: That’s my style 🙂

Then I pondered. Why am I always rushing when I can sometimes chill and take in the moment. So I looked around me. There are a lot of people walking. The morning rush, they say. But these are mostly call center employees that are just about to go home. Then I saw the trees and the buildings. I love this area where I work. It can really be refreshing in the mornings. I just needed to look and take notice.

Eastwood
Eastwood

And so, I decided to take it slow today. Chill and Relax. That will be my mantra for today. So I’m enjoying a cup of hot choco before I start my work day.

My Hot Choco
My Hot Choco

And that’s the end of my 10 minutes. I even had 17 seconds left. Cool! 🙂

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Travel Theme: Up

I’m guilty of sometimes walking with my head bowed down and did not realize that I’m missing a lot. A lot of that can be happening when you just look around. For this week’s travel theme, we focus on the things that we find when we look UP. These things show us how beautiful life can be.

Sunrise along the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines
Sunrise along the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines

 

Clouds as we drive along the highway
Clouds as we drive along the highway

 

We attended a birthday party before where their theme was Up, the movie. I smiled when I saw the travel theme and remembered these pictures from the party. 🙂

A miniature version of the house from Up the movie as table centerpiece
A miniature version of the house from Up the movie as table centerpiece
The flying house from the movie as party decorations
The flying house from the movie as party decorations

 

No matter what challenges life brings us, we should always stand up from each fall, hold our head up high and move on.

Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

For the second straight year, the Bunnies have written down goals for the year. Last year, I’ve crossed out driving from my list and the whole family is excited to fulfill our goals for 2013.

The photo challenge for this week is all about the Resolve for us to reach our resolutions. Slowly but surely, the Bunnies are also getting there. I blogged about one of our goals for this year: The Travelling Musicians. We resolved to get more travels this year and to learn a new musical instrument.

I’ve already booked a Cebu trip for February and although it is more work-related, I resolve to enjoy whatever adventures my team will plan for that weekend.

Camotes
Camotes…I’m coming back for you ~~~

Oh, and the music! Daddy Bunny already started his violin lessons last week and despite being basically “tone deaf”, I’m trying my hand at something new. I’m so proud to say that at age 30, I learned how to play a very basic Happy Birthday in the piano. And a baby piano at that! Promise, by the end of the year I will have learned more songs. Maybe Twinkle Twinkle and Old MacDonald. 😛

Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks
Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

The year is just starting but a lot of exciting things are already lined up for the Bunnies. This is going to be great! 🙂

Travel Theme: New

It’s 2013! It’s a new year! Woohoo! 

And what great way than to start the NEW year with the week’s travel theme. 🙂

Life’s greatest travel is life itself. And while we make that constant traveling to find ourselves, we always discover something new about us and others. Here are some photos that represent “new” to me which were actually events that happened as the year 2012 is coming to an end. As they say, With Every End There Is A New Beginning. 😛

For 2013, Daddy Bunny wanted to learn a new instrument. And the bunny family all got an instrument when we went shopping for his violin.

Traveling Musicians: Goal for 2013
Traveling Musicians: Goal for 2013

During Yui’s Christmas Program, I was able to experience being a “ballet teacher”. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Ballet Teacher: Old dream. New experience.
Ballet Teacher: Old dream. New experience.

Last 2012, I was given the opportunity to handle a new team and with this forge new friendships.

New team. New friendships.
New team. New friendships.

I always believed in the saying, “The only thing permanent in this world is CHANGE.” And one thing I learned recently is that we are never too old to try something new.

Miss Independent

When I was 12 years old, I went to school 2 hours away from home and started to live in a boarding house. I had to learn to budget my allowance or else I won’t have food to eat and have to sleep off my hunger. The same can be said for Daddy Bunny. He lived with his aunt when he started high school and learned to be independent at a young age. Looking back, these situations helped mold what we are today. We learned how to tend to ourselves and in Filipino colloquial term, “dumiskarte sa buhay”. 

It may not be surprising then that our daughter wants to be independent too- maybe not to the point that she sleeps off her hunger but enough for her to get by in life and teach her to be tough. At an early age, Yui already displays her independent attitude.

At her Moving Up program: Eating by herself
At her Moving Up program: Eating by herself

Ever since she started eating solids, she would always want to eat by herself. We let her be since it will help her motor skills when handling the food and utensils. Like I said, she will not sleep off her hunger like what I did in my early days. Whenever she feels hungry, she would just go grab a plate and then find food to eat at the table. The good thing is she would always ask first if the food is okay to eat. One time, I cooked pancit canton and gave some to her as merienda. After a few minutes, I noticed that she’s already eating another serving. She got the food on her own.

Now that she’s bigger, we stopped using her potty and she started using the adult potty. Recently, she does not want us to hold her when using the potty since she can already reach it by herself. She keeps mentioning that she’s a big girl already. She always say this when she wants to do things on her own.

One of the highlights of my Christmas holiday was when we went to the mall with her cousins. As we were going home, I told her that we will be riding with daddy but she insisted on riding with her cousins in the other car. I kept telling her that I won’t be there with her and asking if she can make the ride without me. I’m just cautious since her aunt might panic when she starts crying for mommy and daddy in the middle of the ride home. She cried as we were walking and then in between her whimpers, she said “Mommy, I’m not crying because I want you to be with me. I’m crying because you won’t let me be by myself.” I looked at her dad and we agreed that maybe she is big enough to try it and that she probably won’t cry anymore if we’re not there. And she didn’t. 🙂

There are times that we shake our heads at how this little 3 yr old girl keeps demanding her independence but then again, as long as it won’t hurt her deliberately and will help her be an independent and smart lady in the future, we let her do it herself. It’s how we learned and it’s how she will too.

I'll hold your hand as long as you want me to. I'll be here for you even if you walk your own path.
I’ll hold your hand as long as you want me to. I’ll be here for you even if you walk your own path.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

I’m not really the type to write year-end posts on “the year that was” since I can’t find the words to sum up everything that happened and all the rollercoaster emotions I’ve been through in a year. I’ve started blog posts for several year-ends and then quit before I finish a paragraph. It’s just overwhelming.

I guess now that the weekly photo challenge is about my 2012 in pictures, I can finally have that year-end post that has eluded me for so long. This year has been one of the most challenging and emotional one for me and my family. But like they say, what does not kill me makes me stronger. So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek of My 2012.

 

It may not be the best but it sure is still filled with memories and lessons learned. Now that 2013 is here, cheers to more challenges and fun memories! Happy New Year everybody!  🙂