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Before the year ends, allow me to thank everyone who made me smile, cry, proud, love, like, and all other emotions this year. Thank you all!

Thank you Him Indoors for being here, no matter what. For growing some flowers for me, for cooking my favourite food, adobo and rice, for making me laugh with your witty jokes and for keeping me on my toes. Thanks for all the holidays we’ve been this year – India, Philippines, Sicily, Malta, UK, Singapore – the memories we share, the fights we’ve had on silly things, the make-up straight away and of course, for the love we give each other.

Thank you HRH the son for being who you are – our pride and joy! Thanks for finishing your Masters this year – Master in Psychology from a prestigious university. Thanks for being a good son, who skypes us every Sunday, who Whatsapp us with some photos of Dr. Who convention, of what you cooked for your Christmas dinner, etc. Thanks for introducing us your beautiful K who we dearly love, too. Thanks for setting up a new home with her and for letting us know about the wedding plans for next year. Really looking forward to it.

Thank you Mommy for being our Mom – still rocking at 78, still beautiful. Thanks for being healthy, well, at least, for being in control of your diabetes, for looking after yourself and for keeping yourself fit by walking everyday. Thanks for being there when I ring, for telling me your day to day activities, what you did, where you’ve been with your friends, for reading some books, keeping your mind active. Thanks for your European tour this year, we always have London! We love you.

Thank you sister and husband from Canada, for skyping once a week, for your news, for your sports commentating, for planning to come to HRH the son and his beautiful K’s wedding next year and for planning our trip to London afterwards.

Thank you big brother and family in the Philippines. Big brother is still on his ship going around the world as a Chief Engineer and the family living next to my Mom’s. Thanks for the video calls from time to time, thanks for updating us about your lives. Good luck.

Thank you little brother and family in the UK. Thanks for being our hosts when we were there. Thanks for cooking sisig, sushi, leche flan for father-in-law’s 80th birthday party. Thank you Princess Zoe for making us smile, and of course, the two boys (they’re men, now) for sharing your lives with us. All the best for your future.

Thank you friends for our coffee mornings, Japanese lunch, shopping spree till we drop, our chitchats about everyday lives, our walks from one village to the next, our phone calls. Thank you to all my online friends, too. Thanks for sharing us your lives with the posts you shared, for liking, commenting, etc.

Thank you blogging community. Thanks for making me happy, thanks for sharing me your posts, thanks for letting me read fiction, non fiction, musings, book reviews, beautiful photos, weird ones, flowers, fun photos, etc.

Thank you gym for making me fit, for being there when I want to exercise, cross-train, zumba, Latin dance, body balance, have tea and talk with some ladies there, too.

Thank you classical music, good movies, lots of books, concerts, musicals, plays, museums, parks, mountains, lakes, new and old places, sunny weather, the spring, autumn and our mild winter.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

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Hello everyone! Hope you’re all well. We’ve just got back from our Sicilian holiday – it was brilliant! We flew to Catania and drove around the island on a bus tour. We learned a lot from seeing all temples, amphitheatres, churches, Mount Etna, the sea, etc. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us about the histories and other anecdotes about them. The group was also OK, mostly from Munich, Berlin, Vienna, etc. We had fun, we ate together and experienced the trip together.

From Catania, we went to Syracuse, one of the first Greek colonies on the island, founded in 733 BC by Corinthian settlers. We saw the Latomia del Paradiso – stones from this quarry were used entirely for the construction of Syracuse. The Greek theatre became the largest theatre in Sicily and begun in the 6th century BC. The Roman amphitheatre was built in the 3rd century AD and is one of the largest of its kind.

Then we went to Agrigento and the Valle dei Templi – the town boasted a population of around 200,000, constructed temples to its gods and was known for breeding horses, with which it consistently won the Olympic Games. Here we saw the Centro Storico, Abbazia di Santo Spirito and the Temple of Herakles.

The Villa Romana del Casale was the next stop. It was the hunting lodge of an important Roman official and was decorated with what is now the best preserved and most extensive set of Roman mosaics in the world. It was really amazing, all the details and art work involved were just brilliant! The mosaic floors are almost perfectly preserved because the house was buried under a mudslide in the 12th century.

Monreale – the last and the most spectacular of the Norman monuments , the mosaic cycle at Monreale Cathedral is one of the wonders of the medieval world. The Cathedral faces the lively Piazza Guglielmo, with palm trees and cafes, but the entrance is around to the left in Piazza Vittorio, with a fountain in the centre.

Dominating the eastern side of the island, Mount Etna is Europe’s largest volcano, with several craters and a height of 3,330 m and it remains one of the world’s most active. Today, the Parco dell’Etna encompasses much of the volcano, encouraging farmers to produce wine, cheese, honey and fruit in the rich lavic soil. For us, the visitors, it offers breath-taking views, great hiking and in season, skiing. Great experience with the hike around the volcano!

Norman Palermo – Norman rule of Sicily only lasted a century but it left a rich legacy of law, culture and architecture. Their early monuments are grouped around a fortified site in the heart of Palermo. We saw the Capella Palatina, Sala di Ra Rugerro, Cathedral exterior and interior and San Giovanni Cloister.

Last but not the least, on a spectacular site on Mount Tauro, with views of the rocky coastline, the blue-green sea and the breath-taking Mount Etna, Taormina was founded in 304 BC as a colony of powerful Syracuse. The plethora of hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as beaches and manicured gardens makes it Sicily’s most popular holiday destination.

That’s it folks – an amazing holiday! Have a great week everyone, cheers!

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gorgeous geraniums at the town hall

gorgeous geraniums at the town hall

had coffee and cake by the lake while the ferry cruised along

had coffee and cake by the lake while the ferry cruised along

a walk in the forest one Sunday

a walk in the forest one Sunday

wild flowers in the forest

wild flowers in the forest

lovely moss

lovely moss

took the train to Freising for a day, a gorgeous place!

took the train to Freising for a day, a gorgeous place!

sweet bear in Freising

sweet bear in Freising

lovely flowers in the garden

lovely flowers in the garden

went to a garden centre, bought some bulbs for next year

went to a garden centre, bought some bulbs for next year

Here's to wish everyone to have a lovely and peaceful week <3

Here’s to wish everyone to have a lovely and peaceful week ❤

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IMGP1957… Chinese and Mongolian buffet, the night before the wedding, to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. Food was delicious and it was nice to see everyone again!

IMGP1976 … the wedding, the three of us in our Filipino dresses, nice to see everyone again and celebrate our niece’s wedding 🙂

IMGP1979 … beautiful bride and handsome groom…. here’s to both of you – Best wishes and Congrats!!!

IMGP2012 … the euro building, we stayed near this building and the view from our room is amazing, with all the skyscrapers mixed with old town

IMGP2030 … we walked around town, was able to come to this weird mall, amazing!

IMGP2039 … reflection from the mall, really cool place!

IMGP2079 … sausages!!! great fast food at their Main Festival, with music, lots of people and fun

IMGP2082 … river Main in July, lovely!

20150801_170331 … padlocks at the bridge..oh, to be in love!

20150801_101235 … here’s to say cheers everyone! have a great week ahead of you 🙂

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lots of lovely flowers around us - been taking a lot of macro photos

lots of lovely flowers around us – been taking a lot of macro photos

had Pad Thai the other day - so yummy!

had Pad Thai the other day – so yummy!

Happy to have all my friends, whether we still see each other or not. Look after yourselves, please.

Happy to have all my friends, whether we still see each other or not. Look after yourselves, please.

lots of memories and fun of our long weekend in Amsterdam

lots of memories and fun of our long weekend in Amsterdam

still enjoying my life :) will carry on blogging, cycling, walking, having coffee with friends, working, playing, etc.

still enjoying my life 🙂 will carry on blogging, cycling, walking, having coffee with friends, working, playing, etc.

new books: Anne Franck, West End Girls, Good Omens, Funny Girl and How to be Both

new books: Anne Frank, West End Girls, Good Omens, Funny Girl and How to be Both

happy to be spending a lot of time in our garden - appreciating the flowers, having some barbeque, reading books, drinking and talking, etc.

happy to be spending a lot of time in our garden – appreciating the flowers, having some barbeque, reading books, drinking and talking, etc.

wedding plans going on :) HRH the son and his K are busy preparing for the big day, actually 2 big days, one in the UK and another reception in K's country

wedding plans going on 🙂 HRH the son and his K are busy preparing for the big day, actually 2 big days, one in the UK and another reception in K’s country

mother's doing well and enjoying her stay in the UK with my brother and his kids. Next week, they're off to Gibraltar

mother’s doing well and enjoying her stay in the UK with my brother and his kids. Next week, they’re off to Gibraltar

our friends P and K will be visiting us next week from the UK. A week after that, we're off to Frankfurt for our niece's wedding. Looking forward to it.

our friends P and K will be visiting us next week from the UK. A week after that, we’re off to Frankfurt for our niece’s wedding. Looking forward to it.

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