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Christmas 2008 in China

Dear Elisha,

I was browsing through some of our pictures in China when I saw our Christmas 2008 photos. OUR Christmas means including Meimei because she was already in my tummy. I bet she felt the joy and heard the laughter those evenings we had our Christmas parties with friends and with our OFW families in Jiaxing 🙂 Not to mention dancing to the beat of the happy songs! To let you see the different events that took place in the different parties we went to, here are some of the pictures and a little description of what transpired.

Jiaxing Foreigner Party

Every year, Speedy Tech (IMI-Jiaxing) sends representatives to this event and last year, your papa was chosen to represent the company in this gathering. The picture contains those who were seated with us that night as well as some of the special numbers presented to entertain the guests.

with Filipino band

After dinner, we went to Starbucks to meet with your uncles and aunts then at around 10pm went to a certain hotel to visit a Filipino Band that was playing there. We were the only guests that night so we had a nice time jammin’ with our Kababayans (fellow Filipinos) who were very glad we visited them.


IMI Jiaxing Party

This would’ve been an ordinary Christmas party if not for your “guts” 🙂 You wanted so much to sing on stage but you weren’t part of the program. So I asked you if you would like to follow the Chinese who went up the stage and gave flowers or balloons to the ladies. You immediately said YES… You went up not only once but twice! That girl you gave the balloon to won 1st runner up in the singing contest 🙂 The other photos are with your papa’s bosses and our housemates auntie Cathy and uncle Jon.

Jiaxing Family Christmas Party

This is the most memorable Christmas party of all… We all did our best to make this Christmas especially memorable for you. We had several games and we all had a good laugh, however, when we finished playing the balloon bursting, we were all surprised to see you sweeping the floor! And you complained that the floor was verydirty! Hihi… that’s what you get for spending too much time with your mom ;o) After the games we surprised you with gifts and papa becoming Santa Papa standing beside our Christmas “tree” (it’s not really a tree). And look at you opening your gifts! I’m sure the picture shows how much fun we had this evening.

There you have it son… Amidst all the fun and the laughter, we have always made you aware that Christmas is a special time for showing the ones we love how much we love them because that LOVE is the very reason Jesus came. He loves us that’s why there is Christmas 🙂 Wherever you may be – China, Philippines or anywhere God will lead you someday, you can celebrate Christmas knowing that the reason for this season is CHRIST.

I love you my spider boy (well at least for today that’s who you pretend to be 🙂



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Elisha Joey and Elizabeth Joy

My husband and I agreed that from time to time, we will write letters to our children so that someday, they have something to guide and encourage them when they need it. We can’t and we won’t be with them all the time, but with these letters, it’s as if we’re beside them. From these letters they’ll know how much we love them, what we value the most, what we pray for, what our principles are, who we are and what we, as parents, hope to impart to them that they too can impart to their children. We will categorize these types of blogs as LOVE LETTERS TO E.J. because truly, all our letters will be written because we love them. All our children have the initial E.J. Elisha Joey (Elisha or EJ) our son and Elizabeth Joy (Meimei) our daughter. If a third child comes, for sure his or her initial will still be E.J. 🙂

Just as the Bible is God’s love letter to mankind, this LOVELETTERS blog will be our love letter to Elisha and Meimei (and to our 3rd, 4th, 5th or nth child – ehhhhm!).

Below is the first letter written by Papa Joey entitled:



Today is the 23rd of August, year 2009.

Uncle Sydney came during lunch. We ate La Paz Batchoy instant noodles and leftovers of Ayi’s delicious pork knuckles. It was nice to have a friend around on a Sunday.

Just like the different seasons of the year, different friends come in different timing of our lives. Sometimes they’re there for a reason, while some are there for a lifetime. Some are conditional, while some are caring and real. Some comes during fair weathers, while some makes the weather fair.

I pray that as you grow up, you will have an abundance of friends. Friends who are divinely appointed by God to cross your paths… Friends who will share your joys and not rejoice in your sorrows… Friends who will love you unconditionally and not take advantage of you… Friends who will look up to you as you also look up to them… Friends who will mold your good character, build your self-confidence, lift your spirits up, and teach you in the ways of life.

Remember this always, friends are God’s gifts to us. No matter when and where, learn to treasure them.

I love you and I miss you.



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