Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Maligayang Pasko

The joy of the holidays is being with family. As we celebrated Christmas today, I am grateful to be blessed with the love at home. The past few days have been fun, catching up with my parents and with my daughter Nicole as well as enjoying the glory of being an aunt to my fast growing niece Gabrielle and nephew Liam.

This entry will be brief because my internet is not as efficient as that at home in New York. But you can only be so sure that there's much more to tell than what I can share at the moment.

For the meantime, from my family to yours - Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Anticipation

cost of airline tickets - $1,100
flight from New York to Asia - 15 hours
stop over - 4 hours
flight to Manila - 4 hours
spending the holidays with family - priceless.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I am ticketed and prepping to take the long haul flight to be with family for the holidays. At work, I have finally submitted my leave form and though it is not yet signed by the section chief, we all know there is no way they can stop me now. Not unless they are willing to reimburse me the full cost of the frigging ticket anyway. Of course they are all still bitching about my long absence this time of the year but hey, cut me some slack since I rarely take days off the rest of the year.

Literally psyching myself up for the 15 hours from New York to my connection in Seoul prior to a shorter flight of 4 hours to get to Manila. My fantastic travel agent worked on a wonderful itinerary that wouldn't require me to have more than one stopover and to make sure departure and return dates are as I have requested. This, despite the fact I only gave her 3 weeks to get me my tickets. If you want a great travel agent, email me and I will give you Juliet's number. She comes with my highest recommendations.

Next steps now are shopping - which started yesterday when we went to the outlet mall in New Jersey, packing and to mentally prepare myself for the loooong trip. And yes, starving myself for the days prior to departure so I can create enough expansion space for my mom's dishes.

Most likely, I will be blogging from Manila next.