Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year!!!


Hello 2009!

We had an extra-long holiday this year and I am just recovering.

We first headed down south to Davao for a wild and wonderful wedding, fabulous feasting (incredible fresh tuna - raw, grilled, and everything in between!), and unrepentant relaxation. Well, relaxation for me as C and my mom were busy kayaking and what-not (endorphin chasing I suppose) -- by the time we got back to the city he was down with a horrible flu! So despite the many holiday celebrations/meals/parties lined up, we were forced to forgo most and hole up in out flat for Christmas. And the truth of it is...it wasn't bad at all! A sort-of escape from all the clamor, we spent a quiet Christmas eating take-out (I was lazy!) and opening our presents together in our pajamas...after which we burrowed back in bed where I put a dent in my reading while getting up occassionaly to give C his medicines. Horrible, shameless, decadent, laziness! Was there any any grand meal preparations? No. But as I lost track of time in the middle of my book-pile and that awesome way the sheets feel when you're in them all day, I couldn't really bring myself to bother. A quiet Christmas...I enjoyed it more than I expected :)

Although C was up and about after a bit, we seemed to unconsciously continue that peace throughout the holiday -- first a visit to his mom's farm where I spent a marvellously indulgent day doing nothing but tending a pot of chili in between cocktails, then a relatively quiet New Year's (well, as "quiet" as a New Year's Eve can be) in my mom's flat (with her delicious sopa cartuja). And days of sleeping in all throughout!

Now here I am, on the cusp of a brand new year, stretching as if awakened from a deep luxurious sleep...still a bit foggy-eyed but ready to jump right in :) Look out 2009...I'm awake, and I'm hungry! ;)

Happy New Year everyone!

***Don't think I've forgotten! I've counted the votes, and checked them twice, and will be announcing the winner of HHDD: Pesto shortly!

21 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2009!

Cheers,

Rosa

Em Dy said...

Happy new year, Chicajo. Your quiet holiday is just what I wanted and I did have one actually although punctuated by work. Much better than a frenzied pace still. It's nice to slow down, isn't it?

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Happy New Year Joey! Hope 2009 is a wonderful year for you.

A quiet Christmas is perfect - we had one of those too and we loved it, even the boys, who thought it was going to be odd not seeing lots of people at first.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Lovely (except for the sick part). Quiet is something we really need and don't often allow.
Happy New Year Joey.

creampuff said...

Except for the flu, sounds like you had an amazing time! Happy New Year, Joey!

Foodista said...

Happy New Year Jo! I also had a surprisingly "quiet" holiday, really had me some quality time with the family. Wishing you and all your loved ones the best for 2009!

MeetaK said...

Joey, I loved spending my time here with you and I so look forward to 2009 and more fun and delicious dishes from you. Loads of hugs!

Watergirl said...

It was a quiet Christmas and New Year, and minus the firecrackers, all the rest, the sleep, the reading, the tv marathons, glorious.
Hope you and C are feeling better, eat well throughout the year!

Suzana said...

Have an excellent 2009, Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa! Happy new year to you as well :)

Hi Em Dy! Happy New Year! It certainly is nice to slow down :)

Hi Amanda! All the best in 2009 to you as well! Glad you enjoyed your quiet Christmas :)

Hi Tanna! We should definitely allow more quiet into our lives don’t you think? :)

Hi Ivonne! I did! Thank you and same to you! :)

Hi Foodista! Glad to hear you had a good holiday...happy new year to you too!

Hi Meeta! Thanks so the sweet message! :) I enjoyed all the time I spent over at yours as well! :) Looking forward to more in 2009!

Hi Watergirl! I loved it! Just wanted to stretch and take it all in and not let it end...but it was back to work for me already! Siiiigh...Looking forward to more of our eating adventures in 2009 :)

Hi Suzana! Thanks! All the best to you and your loved ones in 2009 :)

Erin said...

Happy New Year Joey! We went the quiet relaxing route since snow left us stranded, it was great.

Manggy said...

Happy new year Joey! You know, even completely well, quiet Christmas sounds looovely. Of course, mamimiss ko din ang regular frenzied Christmas dinner prep. (Will never miss frenzied Christmas shopping, though.. eww)

veron said...

Happy New Year, Joey!

Ling said...

Happy 2009, Joey!! Lucky you, all that rest and doing nothing much! Looking forward to another year of great posts from you :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Erin! Funny how life sometimes hands us uncontrollable events that force us to slow down and relax! Always reminds me that I should be doing that of my own accord ;) Happy New Year!

Hi Manggy! I am still finding ways to eradicate frenzied Christmas shopping...if you discover a way let me know! I really enjoyed this holiday...it certainly was different but lovely :)

Same to you Veron! :)

Happy New Year to you too Ling! Looking forward to 2009 as well! :) Hope to always “see” you here :)

Katrina said...

I wish you a delicious 2009, stuffed with scrumptious surprises and delectable delights!

Midge said...

Hi, Joey! Here's to a happy 2009! ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! Thank you! Hope we will share more of that deliciousness together this year :)

Hi Midge! A wonderful 2009 to you as well! :)

Anonymous said...

definately a quiet Christmas is perfect - we had one of those too identical and we loved it, even the girls, who thought it was going to be odd not seeing lots of people at first!ciao http://www.AussieFoodShop.com

katiez said...

We spent a quiet Christmas, too - no internet, of course... Just lots of white dogs!
I think yours sounds delightful! Reading in bed...
Happy New Year!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anonymous! Yes, quiet can be nice...especially when you’re with the people who are important to you :)

Hi Katiez! A cozy Christmas...sounds lovely! Happy New Year to you too!