Cheers to 2014!

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  • “The Mom and Dad Year”: I am going to always remember 2014 as “The Mom and Dad Year.” Since my parents’ arrival in July 2014, I spent almost every Sunday with them. They also stayed at my house for few days each on many occasions. I was ecstatic to be able to spend this much time with my parents.
  • “The Year of the Family”: This is also the “Family Year.” Planning my dad’s surprise birthday party made me feel closest to my siblings, the BF,  brother-in-law and sister-in-law. We had lots of get-togethers, Sunday meals and family trips.
  • ‘Firsts": Many “firsts” again in almost two decades” First Christmas as a whole family in 20 years, first Thanksgiving in 25 years as a whole family, first celebrations of my dad and mom’s birthdays in 2 decades.
  • ‘Milestones": My dad celebrated his 80th birthday this year while my mom celebrated her 70th. My siblings and I, along with my guy, brother-in-law and sister-in-law successfully organized a surprise birthday party  for my dad attended by about 100 people. He was truly happy, while we spoiled my mom on her birthday by taking her to the restaurant of her choice and showered her with many presents.
  • “Trips”:The first year for as long as I can remember that I did not get to travel outside of the country because of my parents’ visit. No regrets. Spending time with my family was precious and worth missing traveling this year. However, I went with my whole family  to Las Vegas and Reno/Lake Tahoe.
  • “Friendships”: Lots of lunch and afternoon tea dates with BFF Heather. Despite our busy schedule, my girlfriends and I were able to meet up for drinks, lunches, birthday celebrations and trip to the Wine Country. After many, many years of friendship, my friends have become my other family.
  • “The BF and I”: This year, the BF and I put away our foodie badge. Saturday nights were impromptu, healthier,  cheaper and fun. No more running after the latest food craze in town or the most popular chef. Despite the demands of the family, we still went out almost every single Saturday for date nights. This is also the year where I feel closest to him after overcoming some difficulties, and seeing how kind he is to my family.
  • “New Discoveries”: This category goes to blogging and photography. I struggled with the decision to convert my food blog into a personal blog. And I am so glad I did because I enjoy blogging tremendously. Through Tumblr, I look forward to reading  many blogs from all over the world. I am truly inspired by the passion, youth, enthusiasm, wisdom and energy of the bloggers that I follow.  And this year, I learned a little about photography. I always love to take pictures but now it is a little better than me “pointing and shooting.” 🙂
  • Faith: I have been looking for a home church for years. I have visited a few over the years but nothing really made feel welcome. I grew up in church and faith is a big part of my life. Without it, I feel empty inside. It has nothing to do with religion but my personal relationship with God. It is like having a place to meet with friend although with Him, you can talk to him anywhere. San Jose is an hour away from where I live. Since my parents are visiting, we have to go to church as a whole family. At first I was doing it as a family obligation thinking that an hour’s drive every Sunday is too far. Now I know why it took me years to find my place of worship. It was so I could be with my family. I immediately felt at home at this church. It is a small family church, very down to earth and very accepting. It’s a “come as you are” philosophy. I am very happy that now I have a home church that I can call my own where I also see my family every Sunday. And I look forward to going every Sunday.

2014 was definitely a hectic year with not a lot of time left for myself and my relationship. However, it was one of the most memorable years of my life – with milestones, moments and stories that I will always remember.

God has been kind to me, my friends and family in 2014 as He is always faithful in every single year of my life.

Cheers to 2014! A truly, beautiful year!!! And looking forward to 2015. The best is yet to be!

Photo: Waiting to toast the New Year in our room in Reno, Nevada. And is there a better way  to welcome the year than opening a bottle of a lovely French champagne – Veuve Clicqout Ponsardin?!  One of my favorite champagnes ever! Cheers!

First post in 2015! Yay!

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