2016: Of Travels, Friendships, Family, and Spreading Happiness

“Life is meant for Good Friends and Great Adventures”

As we bid goodbye to 2016, I look back at how the past year has brought me to awesome places and taught me life lessons along the way as I travel with friends and family. Lessons that honed me as a person, a friend, a sister, a cousin, a daughter, a mother, and so much more. Lessons that not only helped me but helped those dear to me as well.

January: Cebu

My first roadtrip of the year is to the South of Cebu as I joined in the birthday celebration of a dear friend. It was with a group of friends from my previous team in Cebu and this journey reminded me that it doesn’t mean that friendships end when we stop spending (working) time with each other. It was also the time when some of my new team mates joined the older group and a good opportunity to build new friendships as well.

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Dalaguete road trip with Sasuke; Osmeña Peak sunset

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Happy 3 Years!

This month marks my blog’s third year anniversary. I wouldn’t have remembered if WordPress did not greet me. 🙂

Lucky Three! :)
Lucky Three! 🙂

Wow, I can’t believe I lasted this long (I think this is the longest blog I’ve kept). I’ve posted a lot of personal thoughts, adventures and Yui stories in this blog, but to commemorate my third anniversary, here’s my top 3 most favorite posts.

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Things I’m Grateful For: Feel Good Friday Edition

I just read an article from Mashable about Patrick Stewart’s Heartfelt Response to Domestic Violence. Linking to it is the tumblr post of Heather Skye, the girl who asked Sir Patrick Stewart the question.

For some reason, I was all tears when I was reading both posts. Not just the teary eyed type but tears actually flowed. I don’t know why I was deeply affected, I didn’t know any of them personally nor was I a victim of domestic violence.

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6 Blogging Years

This month marks my sixth year of blogging experience. I can’t believe I’ve been writing online for this long. Happy 6th to me! Yay! Anyway, I never really considered myself to be a hardcore blogger as I’ve been doing this on and off for the last six years. I’ve tried several blogging platforms already and looking back it seems that I’ve been making a new one for every stage in my life. My blogs seem to each have a theme and whenever I move on to a next stage, I create a new one. Now let’s look back at my blogging history and reminisce the good old days. 🙂

 

BLOGSPOT: http://meleshia.blogspot.com/

The Bunnynose

I’ve started blogging in 2005 pala but since this site only has 2 entries (and a 3rd one to redirect to the new blog), I wouldn’t really consider this to be an official site. Through the links in the right navigation, you would see what kind of things I was into back in ’05. TipidPC, The Sims, and hey, Friendster! This was the gaming era.

 

LIVEJOURNAL: http://meleshia.livejournal.com

Livejournal

My LJ was “live” for 2 years and I would say this was my J-Pop, JDorama, anything Japanese addiction days. You would see posts mostly about Arashi, Hana Kimi, Hana Yori Dango and even other topics like travels, UAAP and some personal entries. This is also the site where the Tales of a Commuter series started. There are a lot of great memories from this site and it’s nice to revisit and read the entries once in a while but my all-time favorite post from LJ is the Geek Coffee incident. 🙂

 

MULTIPLY: http://meleshia.multiply.com/journal

Preggy Mommy Bunny

Live from 2007 to 2009, I would say that pre-marriage and early family life is what this blog is all about. I’m happy to have chronicled these things for moments like this. I can reminisce all the exciting experiences in my short life like the time that I didn’t know how to work a coffee maker in Chicago, the big announcement of the upcoming addition to the family, Yui’s birth story (I still get overwhelmed everytime I read this), and the times that I started to exclusively pump and fill our freezer with pumped milk. Oh the joys!

 

WORDPRESS: https://thehoppymommybunny.wordpress.com/

And now we’re down to this. The Hoppy Mommy Bunny. The joys, pains, ups and downs of being a mother to Yui are in here. For 2 years now, this site has several adventures already including trips and travels of our family, reviews of food and places and most importantly, my life as a mommy bunny. It’s not easy experiencing these things and then blogging about it. There are always a lot of blog-worthy topics and experiences that I encounter daily and the biggest challenge is getting online and writing about it. It takes time and effort but as they always say, “No Pain, No Gain”. This blog still remains to be a non-profit, purely personal journal and I’m happy about it. As it seems that my role as a mommy bunny is in for a long haul, it looks like this blog will be live for quite some time.

I wonder what the next stage, next platform will be? 🙂

January Yui-isms

2 years and 9 months old. Wow, three months to go and we’ll say goodbye to the “Terrible Twos” stage! Isn’t life grand? 🙂

Our household is in eternal loud broadcast having a very talkative toddler that is almost always awake. And to welcome the new year, here are the most recent Yui-isms that we’ve been constantly hearing the past few days:

Out of the blue, Yui had a habit that whenever she faces a mirror (anywhere with a full-body mirror, including the elevators), she would place both arms in her waist, tilt her head sideways and say: “I’m sexy!”  (this really cracked us up prompting even her grandmothers and aunts to copy her signature pose while saying I’m sexy)

In the playgroup, their current lesson is about community helpers. Teacher asked them “what do you want to do want to be when you grow up?” Yui unabashedly answered: “PRINCESS!” while wearing the princess cape costume that they have in school. Wow, if only Prince William and Princess Kate would have a baby boy and our family moves to London, then we might have a 0.01% chance of making this come true. Right? I asked her the same question at home and she’s consistent with her answer. We all have that “first dream career” or the answer to the “what to do you want to be when you grow up?” question, and the usual answer would be doctor, astronaut, lawyer or police. Mine was a flight attendant and my daughter’s a princess. I guess our brood really is different. 🙂

We try to make her a healthy eater and refrain from giving her softdrinks as much as we can. Last night during dinner, she asked if she can have a coke and we said no. Then she reasoned, “But grandma gave me coke last night!” Haha! Grandma was caught red-handed! Although she said it was a really really tiny bit. Good thing, Yui didn’t insist when we said that grandma just forgot that she can’t have a coke. She enjoyed her water after that. Whew, tantrum averted! 🙂

I’ve read that two year olds start to love pretend play and I can attest to this. I guess it started a few months back and has escalated the past weeks. Yui’s favorite game is to play pretend, she would be the mommy and I will be the baby. She would feed me milk, sing me to sleep and read me books. And with her love of the Supa Strikas show, she even changes our names with that of the Supa Strikas. She’ll call herself Shakes, I’ll be El Matador and daddy is Twisting Tiger. These are really fun times and very cheap game to play. So win-win to all of us 🙂

When her grandma came home from Zamboanga and gave her an umbrella, which is a gift from Mamuh Wella, she was really excited and even said “the umbrella is so cute!”

Yui even showed it off to her aunts that came to visit.

yui's umbrella

And yesterday, the nicest thing just happened. As her grandma was texting:

Yui: Who you texting someone, grandma?

Grandma: I’m texting Mamuh Wella

Yui: Please tell her thank you for giving me the umbrella

Aww…. things like these just melts my heart. It makes me think that there is hope for the future of mankind and that children these days can still have the goodness that we, people, once had. 🙂