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Dear 2024 ... 🎉

Updated: Jan 9




Hey, you! 😊


I've never been bungee jumping in my life. By the way, did you know that it's called Saut de l'Ange in French or the Angel Jump? Yeah, they could have chosen another name for it if you ask me. Anyways, I've never been bungee jumping in my life nor do I plan to, but entering this new year sure does feel like it.


New life direction, new job, new adventures, new challenges. I don't know exactly where I'm going, but therapy has helped me see that despite not knowing where I'm headed, I'm still heading somewhere. And that's good. *deep breath*




The Husband and I welcomed the new year just the two of us as our daughter, S went to celebrate with her friends. This is actually her first time to skip new year's eve with us but hey, it's that time of life, right? As much as I would love to handcuff her to me 24/7, I can't. Ok, that was a joke but ... 😆😆




We enjoyed a nice Hot Pot dinner which is actually becoming a family tradition for new year's eve. We did that last year and we loved it so much, so I said why not do it again this year? That way I don't have to spend the whole afternoon cooking in the kitchen. We don't really have Hot Pot very often, mostly on special occassions so this was perfect. A lot of French people I know have Raclette for New Year's Eve, so this is kinda the Asian version I guess. And there's noodle! Of course, there's noodle. There's always noodle for any special celebration. Lol.




Jokes aside, Hot Pot is actually a great dinner idea. Delicious broth (we chose a mushroom broth), meat, meat balls (because you're supposed to eat round food on NYE), vegetables, and noodles (for long life).




Growing up, we never celebrated NYE at home. We always checked in at a hotel and attended whatever hotel party was going on. Hmmmm .. but actually this is something we started doing with my dad after my mom passed away. My dad was a fan of staycations and we always had a great time. When my mom was still alive, we would always celebrate at home. She never really left the house because she had immunodeficiency from her cancer and the treatment. At home, we would always follow the Filipino traditions she grew up with and these are the traditions that I am currently following.




Because yeah, even if it was just the Husband and I this year, I made sure we followed the Filipino traditions I learned from my mom. Check it out ⬇️⬇️:


New Year's Eve:

  • Prepare 12 round fruits

  • Wear polka dots

  • Open all doors and windows at midnight

  • Clean the house

  • Make noise with pots and pans at midnight

  • Jump high at midnight

  • Eat sticky rice, noodles, and round food

  • Don't eat chicken and fish

  • Rice container should be full at midnight

  • Fill pockets with coins and/or shake coins in hands at midnight


New Year's Day:

  • Don't clean

  • Don't spend money at all!


So what do you think of my list? Haha I realize that it might seem slightly insane if you're not used to it. But I am (used to it, not insane!) and it doesn't hurt anyone to follow them.




So from the bottom of my heart, I wish you a Happy New Year. May your heart be light, your days be bright, your year be just right and I hope that this year you live your best life.


By the way, ask yourself this - One day or Day one?


xoxo Elodie


 

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