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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

The Holiday Rush Before the Calm | Life Lately Dec'23

First of all, happy new year! May 2024 be the year you've been waiting for.


Today, I am sharing some of my favorite moments from December last year- more like a late holiday Life Lately.


Holiday Things


We have been constantly traveling to and from the city. Most of the time, we schedule our trips, but other times, it is spontaneous. Last December, we visited my family twice: (1) to celebrate my birthday with them and (2) to show support for my dad's Christmas party for his agents. Bale apat na bus rides yun kasi nag commute kami twice, back and forth.



So, for my birthday week, I attended an event with my mom and sister, then had dinner with the whole family at a nearby mall. We had a simple celebration worth every minute. We maximized our stay and did whatever we could because we had to leave the day after my birthday.


Hanamaruken Ramen birthday dinner with the family
Salted S'mores Caramia Cake
My sister got me a cake from Caramia (Salted S'mores)- this tastes so good with Black coffee
Birthday dinner and stroll with the fam


For our second trip, we only stayed for less than a week. We went back to attend my father's party for his agents at Cafe Esa. I am so glad we went because it was fun and we could not spend the holidays with them. We left two days after that, I think. Nakakapagod din magpabalik balik ah, para nadin kaming nakatira sa bus hehe ok lang naman pero hirap ako makatulog sa byahe.


Function room at Cafe Esa in Pasig City
ADT Group Christmas Party 2023

Gallery (scroll to the right to view some photos)



Maligayang Pasko 🎄 Hello from our Puppies


My husband and I spent Christmas here in the province because we had to look after my in-laws' lodging. It was busy, and we had to attend to all the guests' needs. We were in the kitchen most of the time, packing meals or cleaning. 


Since the area where we're at is a quiet spot where you can't see any decor, we ordered a tree on Shopee! We didn't get a tree skirt anymore because we have little pups inside the house, and we don't want them pulling it from the Christmas tree. Here's the tree (and our Aspins).


Simple Christmas tree from Shopee | Adopted Aspin dogs from the Philippines
Merry Christmas & God Bless =)

And speaking of dogs…


Look what I found while getting veggies from the vegetable stand- a cute dog! So pretty and adorable. Pawbili po, char lang baka di ka natawa dun lol. Ang cute nya oh, huhu kahit di pa nagsusuklay sobrang adorable. She reminds me of our Maltipoo Barbie. Medyo hawig sila. Super cute.


Cute dog at the local vegetable stall


I think that would be all for today. We'll leave for the city again next week, so I hope you stay in touch because I'm creating more food and travel content. Once again, happy new year and I hope you have a great year ahead ❤️


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