Remembering 2014

2014 was a year of ups and downs and lots of good, bad, and the ugly parts to this year. But I won’t be one to dwell on what went wrong or, rather, the lessons learned, at least not on this blog.  I will, however, share in some of the highlights.  

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The Mulan production directed by Ernest Ochoco

First, I was lucky to enjoy a few of performances– Cantate, two Ernest Ochoco productions, and a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. 

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The tinala katne (dried meat) plate at Meskla's.

Next, I indulged in some good food both local and otherwise.  My faves were the pho at Pho Thanh Xuan (they have different variations, but 7 and 12 are favorites), the tinala katne at Meskla,  and the chirashi at Sushi Ebisu. 

Third, I met and made new people.  Some I work with and the others outside of work.  I also strengthened friendships while others I just became more mindful of and reconsidered.

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Returning to the tennis court after many years

Fourth, I started back up with exercising.   I joined a new gym, started a fitness schedule, and even added variety like more morning walks and tennis.

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French Quarter, New Orleans.

Last, I did a bit of travelling.  I was able to go to New Orleans and North Carolina.   I even got to visit New York City again. 

So, although this year was tough, I still consider this year a memorable and blessed one.  It’s a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye but the prospect of a different year ahead makes the goodbye a little more manageable.

I wish you all well this new year 2015 and thank you so much for sharing 2014 with me. 

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Christmas in the islands

I know, I know,  Christmas is long gone, but I couldn’t resist just one more Christmas post.   This cute Christmas display is located in Guam’s Hilton Resort & Spa. It’s the first time the hotel included this display as part of their Christmas extravaganza. And it’s also the closest thing we have to having some semblance of snow. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

I don’t think I will ever get over how beautiful sunsets are here on Guam.  For me, scenes like this have a way of reminding me more about the good things that happened during the day.  And if my day wasn’t so well, sunsets also console me with the prospect of another day.  So even if the sun wanes and the temperatures drop,  sunsets carry it’s own warmth and renewal.