Celebrating Hubby’s Birthday

Just before we welcomed the month of October, we celebrated my husband’s birthday.

It was a working day so we just decided to celebrate it together by having dinner at a restaurant after work. His students, meanwhile, gave him a pleasant surprise (my husband teaches Grade 8 at the national high school).

Hubby with his advisory class this year.

The class gave him a birthday cake and balloons. But it was not only his present advisory class which did this. Those from his past advisory class also gave him balloons and a cake and then they also presented him with a tarpaulin with his photo along with their birthday greetings 🙂

One of my hubby’s birthday cakes. This one from his past advisory class .

We capped the day by eating dinner at one of the city’s recently opened (rebranded) restaurants. The staff overheard us that it was the hubby’s birthday and decided to perform a birthday song for him 🙂

We ended the day by eating out. 

We are truly thankful to God for another year of His love, favor and guidance over my husband. We know that His plans for him, for us are always for our good (even if at times, they may not seem so!). And we are also sure that the best is yet to come 🙂

Our Pet Dog Loves Bitter Gourd!

I’ve been meaning to share this for some time 🙂

Below is a short clip of our pet, Smoothy and guess what, she’s eating? Vegetables! And not just any vegetable, her favorite one is nothing less than the bitter gourd! That’s bitter gourd or ampalaya as we call it in our language 🙂

May this video make you smile today! And also remind us all to go ahead and eat our own share of vegetables. Let’s be healthy this year and always!

Our dog Smoothy loves Ampalaya/Bitter Gourd 🙂 #pets #dogs

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Celebrating Our 7th Wedding Anniversary in NZ

It was not really planned. And yet my husband and I ended up celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary in the land where they say there are more sheep than people: New Zealand 🙂

We checked out the following places and more during that one fine day in November (our 7th wedding anniversary also falls on the 7th day of November).

Pegasus Town. Together with my cousin Jaireh, his wife and kid, the hubby and I went to Pegasus Town in North Canterbury (we were coming from Christchurch). We had our lunch at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club and took time to stroll around the area.

Hanmer Springs. Next stop after Pegasus was Hanmer Springs. With the temperature at 5 degrees (Centigrade), one doesn’t really think of swimming. But as we were in a new place, Jaireh managed to convince us that we should go for a dip at Hanmer Springs, specifically into its thermal pools. Hanmer is also located in the Canterbury region. Yes, it was really cold as we put on our swimwear and walked to one of its pools (the pools have different temperatures, think hot to hottest) but as soon as we got into it, it was really relaxing 🙂 Below is one of the pools we chose to swim in:

Experiencing Nature. New Zealand is such a scenic country and it is easy to find so many postcard-perfect spots or should I say, instagram-worthy ones. And so before we headed back to Christchurch, we stopped several times to take photos 🙂 And I was so thankful that I finally got to see cherry blossoms 🙂  We also had to take photos with the sheep and deer which you could see just dotting the green landscape as we drove by.

Kiwi and Chinese food. Of course, the day won’t be complete without food 🙂  As mentioned, we ate lunch at Pegasus Town. We also had a light snack at Hanmer Springs. We capped the day with a dinner at a Chinese eating place: Dragon Restaurant. (You can also check out some of the Kiwi/New Zealand food we enjoyed in NZ here.) 

What a beautiful day we had! We are truly thankful to God, to Jaireh and to his “fam bam” and to our friends and family who have helped make the trip to NZ a beautiful reality 🙂  Thank God from whom all blessings flow 🙂

Note: Daryl and I were a part of a group of pastors and leaders from our church who were invited for a leaders’ training in Hamilton, New Zealand. We stayed on for a few more days after the training to see friends and family in NZ.

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