Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Holiday Hangover

From the moment it was announced that we were to have a 2-week shut down at work, my brain instantly went shut down itself and thought of nothing but those precious 16 days (counting every day of it not one less). Fortunately, the International Church Thanksgiving fell within those days too saving me the trouble of requesting for sick/rec leaves. This is just one of the things I love and am thankful about my current job. Last year, I had to call in sick for the thanksgiving. Not that it was too much trouble but one less to think about means less stress too, if you can relate to what I mean.

Anyway, the last 3 days at work before officially going on holidays had been very festive. I think a separate post is required to share the experiences properly. But on the last day, after finalising a case in the morning, I secretly declared that my holidays officially started in the afternoon. After the morning tea and the friendly chit chat with fellow Filipino pals, my mind proceeded to flying away with the activities I was planning to do with my family, day by day, because I didn't want to waste a single precious moment being idle. I guess you can picture how excited I was about this vacation. Initially, this was the list of things to do, some of them obviously unsure of haha:

SAT
SUN
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
Dec 20 Regular Thanksgiving at Church
Dec 21
Go to Manly Beach
Dec 22 
Stay at home, Dear’s driving exams
Dec 23
Barbecue at home?
Dec 24
Kids open their presents
Dec 25
Cupcake baking for PNK giveaway
Dec 26  
PNK!
Dec 27 
PNK!
Dec 28 
PNK!
Dec 29 
La Perouse Beach with cousin?
Dec 30 
House cleaning and decorating
Dec 31 
Tea party at home with kids
Jan 1 
Science experiments with the kids
Jan 2 
Rest
Jan 3
Regular Thanksgiving

Jan 4
JC’s Birthday






But just like most often timesthings didn't happen as planned. Firstly, I had to scratch out the going to the beach part because some serious news about potential “terrorism” compelled us to avoid the city. Thank God, nothing bad actually happened. Anyway, looking back, I am quite happy that some things happened differently because the reality turned out a whole lot better. As summarised below, this was how I actually spent the vacation:

SAT
SUN
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
FRI
Dec 20 Regular Thanksgiving at Church
Dec 21
Kids open their presents
Dec 22 
Dear’s driving exams
Dec 23
Went to library with kids
Dec 24
Clean the house
Dec 25
Cupcake baking for PNK giveaway
Dec 26  
PNK!
Dec 27 
PNK!
Dec 28 
PNK!
Dec 29 
The Entrance Beach – sleepover at Newcastle
Dec 30 
Ocean Baths Beach – BEST EVER! – still at Newcastle
Dec 31 
Maitland Park – still at Newcastle
Jan 1 
Chilling with friends from Church at Newcastle – travel back home
Jan 2 
Rest – Dear’s driving exams
Jan 3 
Regular Thanksgiving

Jan 4
JC’s Birthday





So I decided that the kids should open their gifts on Sunday instead so that they (we, including I hehe) could enjoy the toys throughout the break. Most of the presents were gifts I received from work mates but the toys were from whenever I frequented the shops and spotted them on sale. I wrapped them up to quench my love for gift-wrapping and because I wanted to surprise the kids. Supposed to be, they were PNK treats but I thought it best to give them earlier. It turned out to be a good decision after all because the first week of the holidays was pretty quiet. At least the toys got me and the kids occupied. :)

Baking the cupcakes and the 3-day PNK were non-negotiable ones so thank God we were able to stick to the plan. Then out of the blue, some friends from Church spontaneously set up a holiday over at their house in Newcastle, us including. It’s funny how some plans just sprung out of nowhere and without much thought yet they most frequently turn to reality. Such is the case with this unplanned getaway. I am pretty sure sis M wasn’t prepared about this one but she had been a most hospitable host (or hostess for gender matters). Anyway, there’s so much to tell about this wonderful escapade. For one thing, it was our first ever long travel in Sydney since coming here and it was the first time we have been to Newcastle. Again, this will require a separate post because the wonderful experiences we have had with my friends could not be contained in one paragraph. But just to briefly describe it, travel by train took 5 hours but the surrounding view were so majestic that we hardly noticed the distance. Plus on the way to Newcastle, we stopped over for the beach midway. More of the adventures on another post. Hopefully soon.

Finally, the last days of the vacation were mostly rest days except for JC’s birthday celebration which was one fun party too. I might do another post for that so that’s 3 pending all in all. It only proves that this end of year holidays were the best it required 4 post to sum up everything! But reality bites and so I’m back to work again trying my best to get back on track. I have to admit I still have hangover as evidenced by this post. As my boss had asked us, do we still know the Payroll Tax Act? 

Hmmm… what language was that? Hahaha.

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