Holiday 2013 Pictorial

It has now become a de Leon tradition to have a pictorial while we wait for the New Year to come in.  We started doing this last 2011 when Liam was only 1.  I bought red Angry Bird shirts for the 3 of us and since we are in red na, my MIL decided that we all wear red for the night to bring in luck and para maganda din ang pics. Last year, we decided to wear green, since this is the feng sui color for 2013. (see our 2011 and 2013 year end pictorials here)

This year,  feng sui color is still green, and we want it to be different from last year, so I checked the net what  the color trend for 2014 is and that decided what our motif  will be.  Am glad naman that everyone was so game and even bought their shirts just for the pictorial.

We always start with the family portrait
de Leon family portrait
Liam with Ninang Tita and Tito AJ
Liam with Ninang Tita and Tito AJ (and yes, my SIL is Leah of the Bright Spot! ahem ahem!)
Liam with Lolo and Lola
Liam with Lolo and Lola
and here's our family portrait this year.
and here’s our family portrait this year.

and some bonus shots….

de Leon girls...
de Leon girls…
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Liam is asking when will his turn to take pictures be..
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Now it’s my turn.. 🙂

Liam’s now starting to get interested in taking shots.  Sana matuto and maging magaling like his dad.  Yun lang, sayang ang kagwapuhan if he’ll always be behind the cam lang. hehehehe.. just saying..

Am hoping to have more pictorials this year.  Am planning to have an outdoor pictorial.  Sana matuloy.

Stay tuned pala for our Picture company experience.  (I have yet to go back and choose which pics to buy – oh my!!)

CNY Pictorial

Last but not the least for our Chinese New Year celebration.  This is one thing I made kulit and made sure to happen.  hehehehe..   Initially, I wanted us all to wear Tiong Sams, but it’s so hard to find one for Dino! KOW! Liam and I have ours na. Since Liam turned 1, my cousin bought him a set already (Kaya medyo bitin na ang pants ni Liam, mukhang maksaaska tuloy. haha).  I, on the other hand had to buy one last united nations celebration for Liam’s school program.

Since I can’t find one for Dino, we just wore red shirts and let Liam wear his Tiong Sam.

Liam playing with our Chinese Lanterns..
Liam playing with our Chinese Lanterns..
How many Chinese Lanterns do you have?  Liam:  Three!!! :)
How many Chinese Lanterns do you have?
Liam: Three!!! 🙂
Since his not yet in the mood to do our pictorial.. eto muna..
Since his not yet in the mood to do our pictorial.. eto muna..
Wag kayo loloko loko!! hehehehehe..
Wag kayo loloko loko!! hehehehehe..
Liam playing the drums.. Dragon Dance daw.. :)
Liam playing the drums.. Dragon Dance daw.. 🙂
Of course a running shot of Liam will not be missed!!
Of course a running shot of Liam will not be missed!!
ALAS!! our Family portrait! :)
ALAS!! our Family portrait! 🙂

Happy Chinese New Year!! May we all be prosperous and healthy this year of the Sanke! 🙂

CNY Traditions

Aside from the Chinese Lantern Project, I also wanted to start a family tradition for the season.  So, days before Chinese New Year, I researched about Chinese Traditions during CNY.  I learnt that in Chinese countries like China and Taiwan, they celebrate CNY for 15 days!  Imagine!? 15 days of holiday!! WOW!!!  We don’t even celebrate Christmas this long here in the Philippines.  Anyways, aside from this great fact there are many things they do to drive away evil and to lure in good fortune like giving kids Ang Pao with money to make them prosperous, eating noodles for long life and a lot more, I also called my sister and cousin to ask what they usually prepare for the occasion.

Oh well, since it will take too much time and too much food to prepare (and there’s only 4 of us to eat), I opt to make it simpler for us.   I asked Ate Aya (Lilia) to prepare Bam-I for long life and cook Shrimp (something red) for dinner.  I also put a bowl of rice and used chocolate gold coins instead of putting real coins (I just can’t do it, knowing that the coins are dirty, hehe). Also prepared few fruits that we can actually consume. Of course to keep our family close and sweet, I also have yummy tikoy on the table! 🙂

Fruits - I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Fruits – I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam's delight! he loved those coins..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam’s delight! he loved those coins..
Our CNY feast! :) simple yet meaningful.. :)
Our CNY feast! 🙂 simple yet meaningful.. 🙂

Oh well, I know Liam is too young pa to remember and understand this celebration, pero nakakatuwa lng cause until now, he still remembers that eating noodles is for Long Life!! Hmm.. not a bad start right!?

Chinese Tradition

Have you heard of Chinese Grandparents loving their sons and grandchildren (grandsons to be specific) from their sons (apo sa anak na lalaki) more than  other grand children? Well, this is very typical in Traditional Chinese families.

Malas lang for me, since our grandparents (father side) died early. So di ko naranasan ung side na mas mahal ako kesa sa iba. (bitterness! hehe)

Anyway, why am I writing this post now? Wala lang feel ko lang, Kiber?!? hehehe. Jowk!

I was talking to my sis last week and we were talking about how her 2 kids are soooo different from each other. Kahit same parents and same way of pag-aalaga at pag papalaki, they grew up to be different people. (not my story to tell)

I was also telling her about the line I heard from a friend – “Parents cannot love their Children Equally.”  Weird line but true, kasi nga each child have different needs. Each person, or child for this matter, has their own way of thinking.  She agrees to this, since yun nga, her 2 kids are soooo different.

Ano naman connect nito!? Oo nga naman, anong connect nitong kwentong kong to sa title ko?! hehehe

I don’t how our conversation went na, pero we ended up talking about this tradition and how we both disagree to this practice. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Generally, girls are more obedient than boys, more studious din. And they are not pasaways.  Lesser headache;
  2. Parents invests more for their daughters. more fear, more worries, more sermons and a lot of other mores;
  3. Boys, after they get married will always follow their wives.  My mom once told me that my Aunt use to say that: “Husbands are Wives’ first born.” (oh well, more of, they need to take care of their own family na kasi. His first priority will be his family na.  – I need to have a disclaimer, baka my MIL will read this, am gotlay! hehehe)
  4. Lastly, at the end of the day, it will always be the daughters who will look after their parents / grandparents. Am not saying sons don’t care about their parents but they can only do as much. Siguro only 1 out of 100 will give their parents a bath or clean after they.. you know..

Diba!??

These are just my thoughts, I am not necessary right. Baka din bitter lang ako at naranasan ko na di ako mas love.. hehehehe..