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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Family Outing at New Year's Day 2013


Every first day of the new year, we went to the beach for an outing. This is our tradition to celebrate the coming of the new year and also for a thanksgiving of the goodness of the Lord He has given us in the previous year. This year 2013, we were still at local beach in our place.

Family arriving at the beach
Family arriving at the beach

We spent for almost 8 hours at the beach. We brought our extra food in our media noche (midnight supper) for the whole family to partake.

We utilized the tryke of our son-in-law to transport us back and forth.

The local beach resort where we used to go every year is always full of people who are also spending their new year for family gathering, reunion or even to have a thanksgiving party there.

Family eating lunch
Family eating their packed lunch

The beach seemed to be populated by people to enjoy like the annual tradition of St. John the Baptist in local we term it as "San Juan", which most of the Catholics joined by other religious sects to have the whole day at the beach eating, swimming, drinking, singing and all other social activities.

Our family bonding was strengthened. Every member enjoyed while some were splashing at the warm sea water. Some were under the rented cottage enjoying the foods, the freshness of the cool air from the sea breeze.

Family members taking a posterity pose at the beach
Some family members taking for a pose for a posterity

This is how our family traditionally expressed of gratefulness to the Almighty for a new year, for a new opportunity to live another year, and for another chance to improve our way of life according to the expectation of the Lord.

We consider this is as one of the best opportunities for us to prove that family can be together, even forever as long as we live.

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31 comments:

  1. Great that the bonding you have with your family is strong and persistent. Outings should be a regular activity to keep interaction with each other. Hope it remains consistent and ever improving. Happy New Year.

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  2. Time spent with the family is just the perfect way to spend the new year. Happy New Year Sir Gil!

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  3. Is this from Palompon Leyte? One of the photo tells me so. Im from Isabel Leyte. Nice bonding with your family btw.

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    1. No it's not. It is in Negros Occidental, particularly in the municipality of San Enrique.

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  4. Celebrating the new year with the whole family is an experience we cannot trade for anything. Happy new year Sir Gil! :)

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  5. we used to go to the beach every 1st day of january but this year we stayed at home because rain poured heavily in our town.

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  6. wow beach! now im missing my phuket new year also!!! Sarap to celebrate the xmas and new year with the family tlg! Im sure all of you had fun! xx

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    1. Sure we enjoyed a lot! We had a great family bonding. We're all happy! :)

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  7. Nice gathering sir Gil. Me and the whole family planned a ZOO trip for the new year, but budget didn't allowed us to do so. Maybe some other month or day, we will.

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  8. We grew up in a family that observed New Year bonding with love ones at home. May kinalakihan kasi kami na tradition that goes "Bawal gumastos sa Bagong Taon".. So no outings.

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    1. Well, that is how your family custom used to be. You have to abide with it.

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    1. Gayun din sa iyo Nong Inong... manigong bagong taon... :)

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  10. Special occasions can really gather people together. Family bonding is awesome! Your family has a nice tradition and thank God it didn't rain that day. Happy New Year! :D

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  11. Great time for family bonding, a nice way of spending quality time with one another on New years day. my family back home ,stays home every January 1st, that is the day where my mothers side of the family do their yearly visit.

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  12. I envy you for having a happy family, my mom is gone and sometimes I feel there is no need to celebrate.

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    1. You may celebrate it with your own family.

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  13. That's a great way to start the new year by having a family gathering at the beach.

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  14. That's actually a great way to start the year -- some family bonding by the beach. That's a classic one for me! Unlike in our family, the whole family get together just really starts and ends from new year's eve til the wee hours of January 1 morning. We're just plopped on our beds, resting our weary bodies all throughout the first day of the year. we just get back to bonding some more when the 3 Kings is celebrated. :) Anyway, Happy New Year, Sir Gil!

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  15. daw nag-enjoy gid ang bilog nga family, Sir Gil. A Blessed New Year to all of you. Btw, where is this beach...daw la man babay sa La Carlota...hehehe.

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    1. Sa San Enrique, Negros Occidental, Las Olas malapit sa Soleo Beach. Not so well-known but very familiar for those who are "pigado" like us.

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  16. Dear Sir Gil thank you for assisting me during my first days at FBW. Also, you are a great father. The importance to family is a great trait that the coming generation must learn and you are leading the way sir. Hope that many people read this piece.

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  17. Happy new year Sir Gil and family! From the smiles in the photos, I'm sure you all had a great time bonding and celebrating new year!

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  18. What a lovely family tradition to celebrate every year! We as a family are not so big with traditions but I do want us to have at least one major family bonding every year. Same as your family, I realize how important it is to strengthen family ties and to have memories of fun with your loved ones.

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  19. Even if it's the same beach at the New Year's day, it's always a good and great bonding because you have with you your family. My family before does that every New Year, but now since we are miles and miles apart we don't have the luxury of doing that anymore. I'm so jealous of your pictures, and family bonding.

    I just wish, and hope that someday my family will the same as yours every new year.

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  20. If I'm not mistaken, this place was Las Olas in San Enrique. Near Soleo Beach Resort. Am I right?

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  21. Wow. I am so jealous! I always spend the New Year with my family too, but we usually spend it at home. Maybe next year, we can create a whole new tradition, right, Sir Gil?

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