Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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I celebrated my Christmas holiday with a wedding! Sugar Famero, my host sister, lives and works in Singapore but is home for the holidays and with enough time for a wedding. The newly wed couple met while mountain climbing in Malaysia.

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I was a bit surprised to find a pig’s head at my usual seat at the dinner table!

Lechon, or roasted pig, is a Filipino food traditional too large celebrations and so this pig’s head found its way to our table for a post-wedding and Christmas feast! Two days before I remember opening the refrigerator door and finding pig’s hooves in the freezer.

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Missing from the picture are Mommy Jean and Daddy Bar in the front seat and Kuya Nono and Ate Ling-Ling who preferred to take a motor bike.

The day after the wedding our entire family piled into a van and we rode to Binocot Beach for swimming, picnic and games.

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I ride my bike to this beach (about an hour’s ride) nearly once every week or two for work. And so the repetition made the sight familiar and less exciting. I loved driving there with my host family who are lucky to visit this place once a year. Their oooos and ahhhhh as we crossed a picturesque river and first glimpsed the beautiful sandy beach and crystal clear water brought back all of its magic!

It’s funny how sometimes the visitors to a place end up seeing more of the sites than the locals. I mentioned to my family that I have never been to New York City and they were shocked.

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