Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Leftovers and New Year's Day meals

It's the day after New Year's and I'm sure there are still a lot of leftovers at many people's homes much like the food left after Christmas Day. In our case, there's still some including the round-shaped fruits though I won't call the fruits leftovers. As usual, we had grilled food for media noche as well as some wine. This year we didn't have pasta for media noche, opting for lumpia and leftover Christmas ham in addition to grilled tuna, chicken and hotdogs. The new thing was that we happened upon this Israeli wine at a nearby supermarket before Christmas that we decided to try out, even laughing that the pedigree for the wine went back to Bibilical times. We forgot to bring the bottle to my in-laws' home for Christmas lunch. The bottle ended up as part of dinner at a friend's home as the Clairvoyant brought it as her contribution for their informal reunion in preparation for their High School Homecoming later this January. It turned out to be a good bottle of Emerald Riesling, a semi dry white wine, of 2009 vintage that was bottled by Carmel Zion/Askalon apparently just before it was sold by the original owners.

Wine and grilled food for media noche, and puto, fruits and native chocolate for the morning after
It's the simple breakfast of puto (steamed rice cake) and tsokolate that I miss from vacations in Iloilo from when I was a child. It's simple for most people now but for me it's unique in a way due to the sentimental value that I put into such memories that hopefully I can still recreate. The puto manapla in the photo above was a pasalubong from my father who went home to his hometown in Iloilo recently. It is popular in the Visayas and we regularly get these in Iloilo and Negros for breakfast or merienda. It's very good with coffee or chocolate.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First day of the year

It was quite appropriate for the priest to mention in his sermon last night that we should be happy on this new year because we are starting from scratch. When we look back at the year that was, we always try to analyze what we did and what we should have done given certain situations. In certain cases, we regret our actions and the magnitude of this regret extends so much so that we feel a sense sadness over it.

The new year is a gift from God and allows us to start anew. We should be happy because it is in a sense (and for the newer generations) an opportunity to reboot and perhaps proceed by using the wisdom and knowledge from the experiences of the past years to improve our lot and perhaps make amends where it is necessary. The new year is also an opportunity for reflection and making a commitment to follow the Truth, the Way and the Life rather than creating our own truths (which may actually be lies disguised as truths as we want it to be), charting our own paths (without a guide to keep us from wandering dangerously) and living recklessly without regard and respect for our fellowmen.

The potential good of this young year will surely be ours if we choose to live by a principle guided by the Light provide to us by the Almighty. And we should do our darn best in keeping this light alive in ourselves, in our hearts so as to prevent ourselves into plunging into the darkness and, borrowing from DC comics, the "blackest night."

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Greetings for 2011

I post here the same I posted on my Facebook account as my status:

Here's a toast to a fruitful year that was 2010, and time for recovery and reflection from the outcomes of 2009. Another toast to the hope the new year brings where new challenges await, and with God's grace we shall overcome and emerge better people.

And may I add, more posts for the new year arriving in less than an hour... =)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I have been aching to blog since the holiday break started. Unfortunately, I've successfully fought the urge and have gone online only to check on my e-mail as well as my Facebook account. I still believe though that holidays are best spent with loved ones and to recharge batteries so that I can be energized in preparation for the new year.

There was indeed a lot to be thankful for in the past year. 2008 has been a very good year. I wouldn't want to call it luck. All the blessings were graces that were the result of genuine hard, honest work guided by the Lord. There are a lot of people I am also thankful to and thankful for. Without them, a lot of the good things and results wouldn't have been possible if not for their inputs and cooperation.

I look forward to 2009 and am hopeful for a peaceful and prosperous year tempered by the experiences, the wisdom gained from 2008 and the years past.