Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I'm home!


Finally! After 2 months of no blogging, here I am. Two months and a lifetime of change. A new home, a new kitchen, and a wonderful team mate with whom to play this game of life. These past two months have been filled to the brim with all the big events, and little experiences, that have gotten me from where I once was to...here. Married!

So starts a new and exciting chapter for me, and for 80 Breakfasts as well. We'll be cooking for more than just my zany whims now. And we have got a new place in which to stage our culinary efforts. Yes, that picture above is my new kitchen! Although we had to work around what was already in the flat we are renting, and it is not exactly the most spacious, working-island-in-the middle type kitchen, and counter space is a rare commodity...I love it! I love it to the point of repeatedly wiping the counter tops (not that there is a superfluity of that) and entering it for no apparent reason. And since the wedding, there is a whole new posse of toys to play with...which will defnitely be making their appearance here bit by bit.

Ah, and what of the blessed event that got me here? Even now, a month or so after the fact, I still can't put it as eloquently as I'd like. What's it like to experience something that feels so right at such a fundamental level? Something so wonderfully important that even a vicious typhoon (yes, that indeed happened, typhoon Caloy, 100+ kph winds of destructive force, stranded guests and suppliers, having to move the actual wedding!) could not dampen my spirits nor resolve. How do I describe that? Maybe a better writer, a more expressive poet, would be fit for the task. Perhaps someday I will reach the heights of literary greatness that will allow me to put this experience into the words it deserves. For now, all I can say is this: I am exactly where I should be...home.

44 comments:

Katrina said...

Congratulations, Joey!!! I've been checking your blog every once in a while, although I did figure you were probably too overwhelmed with your pre- and post-wedding activities to post. I'm sure you'll be cooking more now that you've got someone to share breakfasts-in-bed, brunches and even midnight snacks with. Not to mention a spanking new kitchen! I'm looking forward to reading about it all.

By the way, I like the wedding picture you put up. Despite gloomy skies (or maybe because of it?), it looks wistfully romantic. The advantage of a storm is you have the beach all to yourself! ;-)

angelika said...

Joey ! Hooray ! I am so happy to find you back on blogging, a truly magic moment. And what beautiful writing you have done. I will be back with a personal mail in the evening my time....
Hugs and looking forward to finding new and exciting posts on your blog, it's always so good to be at home ! Hugs, hugs... angelika

mae said...

Congratulations Joey! and welcome back. Your wedding beach photo looks so romantic! and your new kitchen is just as lovely too. Can't wait to read your 'cooking for 2' adventures.

Really glad you're back - i keep checking here like... every other day.

tattum said...

welcome back joey!!! and muy congratulations for your wedding!! that picture looks amazing!! hope to hear from you soon!! muchos besos

Zita said...

WB! Congratulations.

ces said...

hey joey! all the best to you and hubby! good to have you back...and with a new kitchen at that! lovely! have fun kids!

Sam said...

congratulations and welcome back. the wedding picture looks insanely romantic - walking on a stormy beach under an umbrella!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! So good to hear from you! And it's nice to know that you've been checking...I'm touched! Yup, will definitely be cooking more now :) And of course, will be posting all about it. Glad you liked the picture...I do too. A lot of the pictures had that wistful, dream-sequence lighting because of the weather :)

Hi Angelika! It's good to be back! Thanks you and I'm glad you like my post and I will be writing more soon! :) Thanks for your kind notes while I was away from blogging...it really meant a lot :)Looking forward to your email! Hugs!

Hi Mae! I'm touched that you checked here often and sorry for not updating! Thanks you for such a nice comment...Glad to be back :)

Thanks Tattum! Glad to see you back to blogging as well :)

Hi Zita! Thanks :)

Hi Ces! Thanks! We are definitely having fun in the new kitchen and playing with all our wedding gifts, heehee :)

Hi Sam! Thanks! It was romantic...the storm actually gave this whole epic romantic drama feel to the whole weekend :)

ces said...

it's me again...forgot to mention, we're expecting more photos of your romantic beach wedding!

JMom said...

Welcome back, chichajo! We missed you. AND Congratulations!!!! What wonderful new things are unfolding for you. We'll look forward to hearing more about your married adventures and cooking for two :-) I love the beach photo, it is so romantic. Was that a planned shot or a happy accident? Whoever took that photo has an artistic eye...even the lighting is perfect.

Mila Tan said...

Welcome back Joey, I was also checking the blog regularly but figured you'd need time to recover, especially after reading about the typhoon-afflicted weekend on another blog. What a dramatic wedding! If this isn't a test of you and your husband's fortitude, I don't know what is.
Looking forward to reading all about the future kitchen experiments.

paz said...

Yay, Joey! Glad to see you back! CONGRATULATIONS, once again on your wedding. I love both photos of your new kitchen and walking down the beach. Looking forward to reading more of your posts (and seeing more pics!)

Hugs,
Paz

briliantdonkey said...

okay duhhhhhh !!!

lets see rob......2 + 2=????????? wow it apparently DOES equal 4!!!! I read about your wedding on christine's blog and from talking to her. Somehow at the same time had been wondering where you had dissappeared to. Joey wedding,,,,,,,,,Joey from 80 breakfast,,,,,,,hmmmmmm (enter Chandler bing voice here) "could it BE any more obvious they are one and the same?" I am such a moroooon sometimes lol. Anywas, welcome back Joey and mucho congratulations! Glad the wedding was such a success in spite of mother nature not cooperating.

Note to Katrina......

careful using words like "spanking" they ARE newlyweds after all.

Take care Joey who doesnt know christine at all and again Congrats!!!!


Rob(briliantdonkey)

Katrina said...

"Note to Katrina......careful using words like "spanking" they ARE newlyweds after all."

HAHAHAHAHA!!! I could retort, but this is a pretty wholesome blog... ;-)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ces again! :) We are currently sorting through a ton of pictures...but hope to find a few others to post :)

Hi Jmom! Thanks, thanks, and thanks :) Yes, yes...exciting times ahead :) The picture was not quite an accident...the photographers just let us loose on the beach and followed us around. The pastel-like lighting is thanks to the typhoon actually :)

Hi Mila! Thanks for the nice welcome :) Yes, it was quite a test but we both came out of it famously...even the staff at our resort commented on us keep our cool!

Hi Paz! It's good to be back :) Thanks for your words of welcome! Will be posting some "adventures" soon...

Rob, rob, rob...you are just as funny as Christine (who I don't even know) says! I'm honored to have you here :) Thanks for the felicitations and hope to see you here again soon! :)

Hey Katrina! I knew there was a reason that word jumped out at me...and in the kitchen too! Haha! >:)

christine said...

YAY!! She's back! I missed you Jo Jo! Well, I missed you in blog world at least. :) (ummm not that I know you at all! no)

Awww love your picture, you're like Maria Clara with C holding the umbrella for you. Is this from the photographer's pile?

Ivonne said...

I think you've expressed it perfectly! Congratulations on your marriage and your new home. I'm looking forward to the posts to come!

Midge said...

Hi, Joey. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you!

ChichaJo said...

Hello Nenuks! I missed being here too! Yup...the pic is from the photographer...am off to go there now and give him our selection for the album...slowly but surely these things are getting done :)

Hi Ivonne! Thanks! :) I'm looking forward to more experiments in my new "turf" too! :)

Hi Midge! Thanks so much! Nice to hear from you :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Welcome back and congratulations!!!

I love your new kitchen and the wedding picture looks very atmospheric...

I'm looking forwards to read your forthcoming posts!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and best wishes!

I recognize those waves as i was in Boracay during the height of the typhoon. Sadly, the sun only came out on the last day of my trip when I was at the airport.

I'm sure you would agree that it was a day to remember. What a memorable wedding :-)

Have a happy life :-) Candice

Lori said...

Welcome to the world of the "marrieds", Joey! :) It's a whole new ballgame now -- and kitchen, too! Eager to read about your adventures.

Lani said...

Welcome back, Joey. We really missed u.

Welcome also to blissful married life.

Enjoy your new role.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Thanks a lot...it's great being back :)

Hi Candice! Wow! You were there too? We extended a day so we could have a little of that sun...sigh :) Maybe we even saw each other!

Hi Lori! Haha :) Just feeling my way around now...hoooboy! Exciting though :)

Hi Lani! Thank you :) I'm looking forward to it :)

ting-aling said...

Congratulations Joey!!! 'looking forward to hearing more stories about your "discoveries" in the next days to come.

mike mina said...

hey joey! welcome back . . . congratulations to you and hubby!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ting! Thank you...have already posted my first! :)

Hi Mike! Thanks for the warm welcome and congratulations :)

stel said...

what a sweet wedding photo that is, joey! best wishes to you and your husby. i love your new kitchen! so bright and sparkly!

Barbara said...

Congratualtions Joey. It's been awhile since I've visited 8oBreakfasts but it only seems like yesterday when you became engaged. Good luck in your new life together.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stel! Thanks! :) Right now am in a wonderful honeymoon stage with both the husby and the kitchen...that's why it's so sparkly (the kitchen not the husby)! :)

Hi Barbara! Thank you so much :) I know, it does seem like time just sped up...so I made sure to savor every moment :)

Eggy said...

congratulations Joey. Your new kitchen looks fab. Here's to your new life! May you enjoy love, peace, happiness and fulfilment always!

keiko said...

Oh Joey, you've made me happy too, many many congratulations! Beautiful picture of you two on the beach, looking forward to reading more of your posts from the lovely new kitchen...

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

shalimar said...

hi joey
so is the honeymoon stage with hubby over but not with the kitchen hehe
congratulations... am swamped with work i have 5 hrs sleep ahead now as we pull up anchor tomorrow for 3 days passage to sicily

good luck and enjoy the new kitchen and hubby too

ChichaJo said...

Thanks a lot Eggy for warm wishes! :)

Hi Keiko! Thank you for all the sweet thought :)

Hi Sha! So good to hear from you! Good luck with work! :) Will enjoy both kitchen and hubby...hehe :)

stef said...

congratulations, joey and hubby!!! so excited to see you blogging again. i regularly check here and figure you're busy with wedding stuff, was just wondering when the actual wedding was!! best wishes and prayers for a life of love and happiness for both of you. the pic is just beautiful and breathtaking.

Marketmanila said...

Joey, congratulations! I nearly gave up on you but didn't realize you were JUST about to get married! Fantastic! Welcome back to blogging and I hope your first year of wedded bliss is a brilliant one!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stef! It's good to be back and I am so touched that you checked back here while I was away :) Thank you for all you best wishes!

Hi Marketman! Yes! I was off getting married...heehee :) Thank you...I definitely am aspiring towards brilliance for this year and onwards! :)

Typical INgredients said...

Joey Dear,

It's been a while and I've been missing you and it seems like for a long time now. So many things going on right now and I never thought that you just got married, sigh- Congratulations!

That picture was lovely and I can't wait for the next chapter of 80 Breakfasts...Hugs from me-Tin

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tin! Thanks for such sweet comments! :) Yes, it does seem like such a long time...I'm also looking forward to this new part of my life...which will also make its presence felt on my blog :)