It’s a Wrap, December!

How is it that 2017 is nearly over? Doesn’t it feel like we were just talking about the start of a new year yet here we are 365 days later, doing the exact same thing? I don’t know about you, but sometimes my tummy hurts from thinking how time goes by quickly these days… In an attempt to stay on top of things during this holiday season, I’m drafting this post well in advance, and you may not hear from me again until next year (well, at least not here on the blog).

I’d be lying if I tell you that things died down since my birthday weekend commenced last month. In fact, they escalated real quick when Roan and I realized that we haven’t done much Christmas shopping for everyone else (other than for ourselves, oops!). Earlier this month, we were supposed to go to Balboa Park for the annual December Nights event, but got there a little too late that finding a decent parking spot was next to impossible. Definitely a lesson learned, but we hope to make it out there next year, and add it to our growing list of traditions!

Roan Marries Jae in December 7, 2013
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Happy Anniversary!

In other news, Roan and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this month! I posted this photo on Instagram, and I think it’s funny (almost borderline offensive—just kidding!) that some of you pointed out how fair my skin was on my wedding day! Some even insinuated that I went through skin lightening in preparation for the wedding! I mean, just look at my hands/wrists… I’ve already addressed this on Instagram, but that, my friend, is my natural skin tone!🤣

A quick backstory: Dad wasn’t around when Mom had me. They’d been waiting all day for me, and just as he left to take my grandfather home, I decided to come out! Remember, this was way before the convenience of having a mobile phone, so Dad had no idea that I’d been born until he returned to the hospital. When he asked the OB-GYN about my gender (they decided not to find out until I was born), she couldn’t remember at all; she just knew I was white as snow! I can only attribute becoming several shades darker to two things: (1) moving to San Diego two (almost three!) years ago; and (2) ageing.

Anyway, Roan and I had plans to celebrate our anniversary in an intimate dinner up in Escondido, but it also fell on the day the Lilac Fire broke out in San Diego County. We (our family and ourselves) live about 30 miles south from the fire, but it spread almost as quickly as it had started, so Roan and I did what sensible people would do. We started packing our valuables and monitored the fire progress closely in case a mandatory evacuation ensued in our area. Fortunately (for us), the fire spread through the west side of the county (in Oceanside), but it took 10 laborious days for the fire to be fully contained. We ditched our original reservation, and drove south to grab a bite at the San Diego Pier Café next to Seaport Village.

Adler’s DIY cake smash

Happy Birthday!

I talk about Ron and Jan’s first-born all the time here on the blog, and this little goof ball turned one this December! We pretty much saw him grow into this super adorable toddler over the year, and it’s just a proof of how fast time go by. We first saw him as a tiny creature in January when we visited them in their home, and we’ve seen them a lot more this year because of him! We were invited to his Seahawks-themed first birthday party in their home, and we learned a lot of new things about him! We can’t wait for him to start walking on his own and talk because he’ll be much more enjoyable to play with for sure!

Merry Christmas!

It appears that Roan and I are going to complete nine nights of Simbang Gabi again this year! Unlike last year, however, potluck reception/gathering will only be held on the first and last day of the novena masses. We loved having some warm home-made macaroni soup or porridge (lugaw) every night after mass last year, so it’s a little sad that it’s different this year. Roan and I always look forward to completing the novena masses in preparation for Christmas every year more as a way to give thanks for the blessings we received this year than wishing for something (well, at least for me).

Anyway, we’re spending Christmas Day with Roan’s family (as we have since I moved here), and we’re doing Elfster this year. I may or may not have changed/updated my wish list several times because I couldn’t make up my mind on what to ask for Christmas! I’m used to shopping for myself (or for Roan), so it was quite a challenge to come up with a wish list for my Secret Santa. We’re doing things a little different this year because we’re spending Christmas at my in-laws’ (Roan’s parents and sister #1) new apartment that’s literally next door (OK, not really, but the building next to ours!).

That’s pretty much what we have planned for Christmas… I think Roan is contemplating on taking a day off a day after Christmas for an extended holiday weekend, but we’ll see. We return to work for a few days next week, then it’s the new year! We haven’t quite agreed on what to do for New Year’s Eve, but I don’t mind doing the same thing we did last year—stayed in, ordered pizza, and binge-watched on a lot of TV shows and movies!


Before I close this last post for 2017, I just want to thank everyone who’s kept up with me and my blog this year. I remain to blog for myself, but it makes my heart flutter with joy whenever I see familiar faces (names) on here every time I publish a new post (regardless if it’s a travel-related one or something else). Just know that little things like such makes me grateful. I wish y’all a lot of happiness, peace, and love this Christmas and in the coming new year!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ll see you, guys, in 2018! Cheers!🥂

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  • I randomly just found your blog, but I hope you have that wedding photo framed somewhere in your home. You two look great! Hope you got to binge watch and stay in during NYE. 🙂

    • Hi, Teesh! Welcome, welcome to SCATTERBRAIN! Thank you, by the way! We do have a lot of wedding photos framed in our home, but this particular shot isn’t one of them. Happy New Year!

  • Whenever I think of how time goes by so quickly, I get a little anxious but then I ground myself, accept it and make the most out of it! Nowadays, it’s exciting for me and I can’t wait to see what is in store!!

    Oh my, that’s definitely happened to me and my family before. We’d go to an event too late and parking would be ridiculous! It is a lesson every time though which is a great thing!

    I hope you and Roan had a great anniversary! You look amazing in that photo Happy new year!

    • I’m sure I’m not the first to tell you, but you seem like a very level-headed kid. You inspire me in more ways you could imagine, Pauline! I, too, can’t wait for whatever else you’ll achieve this year! I’m truly excited for you (and for Matt, too)!

      Hahaha yup, definitely a lesson learned! We were a little half-hearted going to the even because Roan doesn’t do well with crowds, so maybe it wasn’t meant for us to be there last year.

      Thank you, Pauline, and happy new year to you, too!

  • I think you’re gorgeous now AND in that wedding photo! It’s strange to me how so many people focus on skin color! I don’t think I’d have noticed at all if you had mentioned it here!
    Sounds like a crazy month! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas full of relaxation and family and fun!

    • Aww you’re too sweet and thoughtful, Louise! Thank you! Hahaha yeah, I get that a lot from people I “meet” online. Crazy, but manageable! Merry Christmas to you and your family, my friend!

  • Once it hits the first week of December, the rest of the month seems to just fly by.

    Did people really accuse you of using skin lightening? Really? That is pretty rude (I also wasn’t convinced that they actually worked either…)

    Merry Christmas and hope that you have wonderful time with your family and friends xx

    nat // http://www.dignifiable.com

    • I couldn’t agree more, Nat! Hahaha yeah, some people did. I found it hilarious, though, so no harm done! Merry Christmas to you and your family; I hope you had a wonderful time with them this Christmas!