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Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Sunday Update 4: Family

Another week has passed in 2020. I can’t believe how fast the days have been. I feel like it was only yesterday we were celebrating the new year and now we just celebrated Chinese New Year! Only one more week to go before it’s a whole other month!  

So much has already happened in the past few weeks, it sometimes feels like a whole year of events have happened in that span of time: Taal Volcano, Corona Novel Virus, the US-Iran thing, Harry and Meghan stepping down as royals...I really wish there was more of the good than bad but lately it’s been more of the latter. If this is an indication of what the rest of the year will be like, I don’t know if I should be excited or worried about what the rest of 2020 could be. 

Work has been busy and honestly not altogether that pleasant. It has been a challenge so far and I am just keeping my fingers crossed for it all to be better as the year goes. Hoping that the work situation will get better is the only thing that motivates me to go to work these days. If that hope ever ran out, I can’t imagine what I’d do to get myself going. 

I have been weighing my options as far as work is concerned. Should my obligations outweigh my personal happiness or my health (both physical and mental)? It’s something that has been on my mind this past week. Trying to figure out how much is too much of my happiness and health that can be sacrificed for a job, how many challenges I can tolerate before it forces me into the type of person that I don’t want to’s a lot to think about considering I have been in this industry for almost two decades. 

Enough about work, the highlight of my week has been a visit from my aunt who has been living abroad. She flew in from Switzerland recently and I haven’t seen her in years, I was glad that she took the time out of her short trip to stop by and have lunch with us to catch up. I grew up having her around a lot when I was younger and she was always someone I could count on when I needed someone to talk to and ask for help from. She’s like a second mom not just to me and my sisters but to all of my cousins as well, which is why we all call her Mommy instead of Auntie or Tita. 

As per her request, we prepared a boodle fight – a traditional Filipino meal on banana leaves where we eat with our hands. We bought some vegetables, seafood, and fish that were steamed and there was also some chicken adobo and salted eggs. Aside from that, we also invited a local street food vendor, who everyone in this part of town calls “Idol,” to serve fish, squid and chicken balls, kikiam and kwek kwek. It was a fun afternoon of catching up and pigging out not just with my aunt but with a couple of my cousins as well, exchanging fond childhood memories of our summers at our grandmother’s house and all the cousins' get-togethers we often had when we were kids. 

With this past week come and gone, it’s time for the final week of January 2020 to kick in. It’s my birthday month coming up and I’m hoping that it’s better than this one because I really need good things to happen! Please let good things be coming soon! 


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