Always a treasure and a pleasure to go & escape to La Union for the holidays, to clear my head in time for the New Year. To regain my composure after all the Christmas rush & gift-buying & giving, the rush deadlines, the rush packing! All that RUSHing & puffing, boo!
The drive alone relaxes me already and takes my mind off work for a while, at the same time energizing me to plan & look forward when work resumes in a few days. And THEN there's the wonderful surf sessions we always seem to be blessed with once we are there.
2009. We found ourselves in the ocean with friends & relatives visiting for the holidays...
|cousins Roxy & Mia|
Miggy-- the real one & the sandy one
|buying fish to grill in the market w/ Diboy|
|little brothers, cousins, friends...|
|well, there's the other MAN's best friend...|
|Joncy looking out to the sea and to the sun|
all photos above by Dibs Trofeo
2010. This time with cousins, nephews, nieces, & parents---mommies & daddies, and most wonderful of all, a grandma! My 88-year-old gramma came along for the trip! A time together I will never forget. She put sunblock on me, ate liempo with me, and nursed my reef cuts everyday. Feeling loved is the best feeling in the world.
|Kiddo & Amy-- a year-ender staple in LU|
|The pretty Mommas!|
|Marshmallows & hotdogs around a bonfire, with friends & family---|
definitely better than any New Year's firecrackers!
|Aaaaaaand of course there's always the furry friend along for the trip. This baby belongs to Earl & Mel!|
2011. This year, not the usual cast & crew could make it to the trip, and we sorely missed some friends & furry creatures! But it was still a happy time. The new company was good company!
|Kevin, Kiddo (told you he was a staple), and Buji at our apartment|
|Killing time watching surf vids before Carille starts firing|
|buji, dad, brother, sister...!|
|Amy & me with the new company I was telling you about!|
|not-so-new company... I was happy to bump into old friends|
|my best buds for the trip: my cousins Charlie & Binky!|
|haven't gone to the beach with this cousin, in like, maybe 10 years!|
|but as for this cousin...we probably spend more time together in the ocean than anywhere else!|
|sharin a beer w/ my friend Roxy banana|
Year after year, the ocean is always very much kind to us and keeps on giving us unforgettable rides (& wipeouts) to close the year with...
|2009. clockwise L to R: Jing, Nikki, me, Buji, headin' out w/ Roxy, me wiping out :-)|
|2010. w/ Marco in the lineup|
|2010. Philip havin' a good morning.|
Photo by Yutaka Kishida
|2011. Heading out w/ Junjun. Pic by Charlie Gomez looking every bit like a Monet painting.|
|Claude Monet, The Sea at Saint Adresse, 1868.|
(Charlie, you must have been an Impressionist painter in your past life)
...and unforgettable sunsets to haunt us as we head home...
with friends, cousins, sons, brothers, fathers...
nikki with not-so-little brother Enzo
Photos by Dibs Trofeo
|The sunset casts a magical light on all things. |
530 pm. DJ hi-fivein' w/ Notnot
|5.30 pm Carille|
|everything is soft & beautiful|
photo by Charlie Gomez
6pm on our way back. Photo taken from my super mega ultrasonic hi-tech camera phone.
Bad photo quality but still, it's truly a gift from the heavens. :p
Moreover, the li'l bump in Amy's tummy is now a part of the weekend surf scene...
...and the little puppy from 2009 is not so little anymore...
Change is inevitable and so it must be welcomed if you want to enjoy this life on earth. So with these happy thoughts I end the year, and embrace the new one. Allow me to close this last 2011 entry with another quote by Brian Tracy:
"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good."
|Ivan Aivasovsky, The Ninth Wave|
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!