2017 was a blast, 2018 will be a smash!

It was mid of 2017 when my wife and I were faced with a seemingly negligible problem, that would soon keep us busy for the rest of the year. We were as usual busy catching up with work, our youngest now in senior high school with focus on arts and design, while Kurt gets landed in a job with an early morning shift. It all started with dilapidated roof drips that needed mending. Now we’re glad we not only took on that repair problem lightly but even took on a bigger challenge.

By the push and support of my mother-in-law and after countless convincing and discussions, layout planning with the kids, Googling designs, color combinations, and costing, we went ahead with our biggest family project this year (actually ever) – our house renovation – but it was my wife Rosalyn Panado-Lozano who bravely took on the day-to-day challenges from starting at the early onset of the rainy season last July, with which got most of our furniture wet and practically useless, until finally seeing the tiled floors, rooms in the hues to our liking, the bath tub with heated water we all wanted but almost didn’t happen, moving in after four months right just in time for the holidays. Our family was overwhelmingly happy to have finally welcomed friends and relatives to our home at the Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing.

It’s still a work in progress (at least for my wife who can’t wait for summer to have the exterior painted in our favorite happy yellow and fresh green colors) and continue working on her mini-garden, but we’re just so blessed to have celebrated Christmas and New Years Eve at our home we fondly call Happy Lemony Crib.

It was a tough but awesomely gratifying 2017 and we can’t wait to make great this 2018. Cheers!

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Running not jogging

When the guard at the office saw me going out in my running gear, she asked if I’m going jogging at the park. I smiled and corrected her, saying “Running not jogging!”

I didn’t renew my gym membership when it expired last August. Well aside from the savings (we’re having our house renovated), due to my schedule, I was only using the treadmill there after work to save time, essentially running or cardio mostly. So it’s a no-brainer that I instead do it outdoors, but I only got to hit the track seriously once construction work at our house was done this November. I signed up to two running events, but I’m not sure I’d be ready as I only started this week, so here goes, this time using Strava.

It’s been 4 months and we’re moving in

After four seemingly long, struggling months, losing most of our furniture as they got wet and broken, going over budget and making several outrageous changes, our house renovation project is almost done, and so finally it’s time to turn it into our home as we move in on this auspicious date. Our six dogs are even more anxious but we’re just happy we’ll be getting back our normal schedules and sleep in our separate rooms.

Laundry moon

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I was doing laundry this late Sunday afternoon. When the washing machine sounded off that the drying’s done, I looked up the sky to see if there’s any sign of rain coming. Instead I saw the moon dotting the orange, cottony clouds, looking small in its crescent phase, as if growing bigger as night fell. I sat there looking at what I’d call the laundry moon, wondering how many like me on earth are staring that way. I then whispered a prayer to thank the heavens for continuing to bless us with its wonderful nature.