Happy New Year!

Our first New Year’s eve celebration in the US. We were used to the loud noise and air pollution caused by fireworks and firecrackers in every corner of Manila. So to remember Manila’s way of welcoming the new year, we somehow got some sparklers and celebrated in the parking lot of our Utah apartment with snow in the background.

This year, 2019, we wanted to have sparklers but the stores don’t sell them (hello Walmart). Party City carries them but too late, they closed at 8PM. Here’s to welcome 2020! May our new decade be filled with better opportunities, growth & maturity, healthy well being, beautiful memories, stronger family bonds and success beyond our imagination. So many things transpired in the last 10 years, good and bad, happy and sad. But one remained steadfast, the love of Jesus for us. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!IMG_4568IMG_4572 IMG_4571

First Day of School



I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. – Isaiah 54:13

Trusting God that both of our children will not only gain knowledge and acquire new skills in school but that they would learn from life experiences of being students.




Ad’s first day in college. IMG_3949

Mich’s first day in college too. She was a junior high school taking college Japanese language class in the evening at Mesa College.


Here’s her first day of Junior High School photo. Don’t know why she had a rose. IMG_3933

2017 back to school

Last year of being both in high school.


Mural Paintings: Lion King

This year’s At The Movies theme by Rock Church San Marcos is Lion King. After painting for 10 straight days, here’s what we were able to accomplish. Steady hands and excellent color mixing, Michelle did a great job! I never imagined we would be painting this big. Thank you Mich for your selfless dedication and your patience even at the most tiring moment when we did the “Pride Rock”. :) More next year? 🦁









This game was designed by husband and executed by Adrian on the engineering side. Kids love them! Actually, even adults. Below, Pride Rock enhancement.



And some Lion themed throwback! From Legoland, Carlsbad and bouncy playground in Laguna, Philippines.lion2

Side Note: The most exciting part was during the service (the first week of At The Movies), 2 young kids about the same age as Ad & Mich in this photo, accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We witnessed that!






Tuzigoot Pueblo Ruins

Tuzigoot is an Anglicized Apache word for “crooked water”. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. (NPS). The pueblo is situated on the hilltop 120 feet above the Verde River Valley.  It is located in Clarkdale, Arizona. We were able to spend a little of our time in this ancient ruin. It’s interesting to imagine how people then lived here, like living in a modern condo with a magnificent view. The highest point here was occupied by the most important people in the village. Talking about VIPs, :) here are my VIPS standing on the hilltop pueblo.

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What made me enroll my kids to Aikido was the fact that they would learn self defense and discipline but the philosophy behind is, avoiding harming others whenever possible. With bullies all around, it’s best to at least defend yourself if needed be.

Sadly it only took us 2 seasons, then we have to leave Utah for good. Kids only moved to yellow belt. I wished I had them continue lessons when we moved to San Diego.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen!

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen (Neil Sedaka)
Tra la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
Tra la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
Tonight’s the night I’ve waited for
Because you’re not a baby anymore
You’ve turned into the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen
Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
What happened to that funny face
My little tomboy now wears satin and lace
I can’t believe my eyes you’re just a teenage dream
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When you were only six, I was your big brother
Then when you were ten, we didn’t like each other

Welcome Autumn!


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Favorite season is back! Who doesn’t want autumn??? Pumpkin spice. Pumpkins! Cool weather. And Adrian’s birthday! Throwback photo was taken at Layton Park on our first autumn experience. 2008.

Dora Days

Dora Crazy. Yes. There was a point in our family life when Dora was a necessity. Dora was part of the day. Dora here, Dora there, Dora everywhere. Here’s the proof! More photos to come!dora1


Sharing is Caring

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” Prov. 3:27

This card was sent to a patient during one of those kids camp at The Rock church where each kid prepared a box with goodies for young cancer patients. More than the material things and simple letters that patients received, everyone at the camp prayed for them too. We can never go wrong when we share no matter how big or small. Reading this always makes my heart melt like a caramel.♡♡♡ I noticed, all that she gave were things that she likes most.

Another throwback, when Adrian was just a little boy, around 7 years old, he had a piggy bank where he keeps all his money. You know how Aunts and Uncles give money randomly and elder’s cash gifts for kids during Christmas? He puts them in that piggy bank. For his age, it was quite an amount that he knows he can use to buy toys or anything that he likes. Then one day, Ad told me that there’s a baby who needs financial help for her heart surgery. I asked him if he is okay with giving all his money away. Without any hesitation, he agreed. I was so proud of him because I was just testing him that moment. He donated the money. The baby had her successful surgery and living a healthy, normal life now.

I’m writing this not to brag or be glorified as people who help but may this serve as a reminder to my kids that they had been a blessing to others in need and may they continue to be a blessing to people around them now or in the future. cardtoasickperson

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