Welcoming New Year

Welcoming 2021 – A Look Back

Time flies so fast when you’re having fun! Can’t believe it’s Feb already — my birthday month!!! I was supposed to start a vlog about our new beach life right now but there were still a lot of videos I filmed last New Yearโ€™s. And because I’m OC (obsessive-compulsive), I canโ€™t seem to make the new ones without putting a closure first to 2020. So hereโ€™s a little look back at how we celebrated the end of 2020  โ€” the last celebration we did at Cagayan de Oro โ€” before finally, FINALLY, settling down in Oslob, Cebu โ€” the land of the whale sharksโ€ฆ one of my few favorite places in the Philippines (Boracay and Siargao are the other two) ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Itโ€™s just a quick vlog full of laughter and cheer which made me realize that those good vibes we exuded as we bid our goodbyes to 2020 and welcomed 2021 with renewed spirit and vigor really helped us bring about the same kind of energy to this new year. As the life gurus keep saying โ€” WHAT YOU FOCUS ON EXPANDS. And every single day since we got here in Cebu last Jan. 7, Iโ€™ve been feeling so festive, as if itโ€™s Christmas and New Year all over again every single day, and for that, I am truly thankful. Even on those days when I’m hormonal and I feel like crap, I just focus on our good life and things start looking brighter once again. What you really focus on expands! Try it!

For now, hereโ€™s a little look back last Dec. 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1. After this, Iโ€™ll be sharing with you my life stories about the brand new life weโ€™re now living. ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Year Charcuterie Boards

New Year’s DIY Charcuterie Table Design

As Iโ€™ve mentioned on my Christmas blog post, weโ€™ve always celebrated the holiday season at a nice hotel resort in the city. Thatโ€™s where I would usually see wonderful buffet table settings including charcuterie board offerings. So I said to myself, why donโ€™t I try to recreate that here at home and have that nice hotel resort buffet feel? Perhaps, I can already use some materials we already have here inside the house, and the rest, I can buy at the store? So thatโ€™s what I did! 

I just want to document here the layouts Iโ€™ve made. The idea came to me right after Christmas. I didn’t want to order any more food from Food Panda. We also didn’t want to cook. But I love to decorate and arrange things so having charcuterie boards on the table sounds perfect for what I didn’t want! Lol! So if youโ€™ll check my Christmas blog post, there really is a huge difference in terms of the look of our buffet table. The two table settings we had last Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were nothing compared to how pretty our New Year’s Eve and New Yearโ€™s table settings were. I didnโ€™t know I could do such an instagrammable and Pinterest-worthy charcuterie table decor. What do you think? Is it just me? Or arenโ€™t these charcuterie table settings so pretty?ย 

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