31 December 2013

2013, a year worth remembering!

In a few hours, 2013 will come to a close and we'll usher in the new year.  I think it's an opportune time to be thankful for the blessings that God has brought in 2013.  Here are a few things I am thankful for both big and small this year:
  • The birth of www.tinavilla.com 
  • A kind, smart, funny, loving and supportive husband
  • A supportive family 
  • A group of fun-loving and supportive friends who are foodies too
  • Having a dog that's actually funny without even trying 
  • A reliable 16-year old car that takes us all over the country and hasn't broken down (yet) 
  • Travelling to places that I love: Boracay, Subic and Tagaytay 
  • Learning to paddle board 
  • God proving to us that He is faithful to His promises 
  • Being able to give back 
  • Reading the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star and finding that I'm in it (In a good way,  Haha!) 
  • Crossing off items from our home wish list: purchasing our Klippan sofa from Ikea and our Prizmic & Brill work desk and chair
  • Reuniting with old friends 
  • Making new friends 
  • Receiving an e-mail from GQ.com asking me if they can use one of my photos for an article they are writing (awesome!)
  • Collaborating with brands: Nestle, Bounty Fresh, Fruits in Bloom, Fifth Season Spa, Toccare Spa and Pevonia
  • Readers from around the world who rock! 

It has been four wonderful years! (read about it here)

Fun-loving, foodie friends
(read about some of our foodscapades here, here and here)


Celebrating Rhia's beautiful new home (read about it here)

Catching up with my friend, Gen (read about it here)

(ours is white!)


Boracay is one of our favorite places to visit 
(read about it here, here, here, here and here)



Subic on weekends and on a whim!


Read about our early out of town breakfast trip in Tagaytay here


God fully heals me!


Mickey recovers from his ACL injury

Thank you God, for the chance to help others last year during Typhoon Maring and Yolanda

Found myself in www.philstar.com's Lifestyle Section
with Leona Panutat and Charlene Carlos, curators of L'Indochine (read about it here)

Crossing out items from our home wish list this year (read about it here and here)

I hope that in the midst of all the revelry, you find yourselves among loved ones feeling happy, content, grateful and blessed.  Happy New Year everyone!  Here's to a better and brighter 2014!  Cheers! 

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