My 2023

My last post for this year is a look-back on the year that was. So many memories made and much to be grateful for.

Linked to Cee’s FOTD and to Xingfumama’s Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge

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Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas Season and joyous New beginnings…

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“No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.”

– Buddha.


It is still summertime and it’s our first time going to the Blue Lotus Water Garden. Such a wonderful experience.


Started our holiday in the Philippines on Valentine’s day. One thing that the country celebrates well aside from Christmas … is Valentine’s day.

And what better way to live life to the full than to have Filipino food. In the Philippines, every meal is a feast.

To escape and sit quietly on the beach-that’s my idea of paradise.”

– Emilia Wickstead


Enjoyed 3 weeks with family in the Philippines. It was such a blessing!


Back in Melbourne, Easter celebration is a great family tradition.

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco


Mother’s Day is a fun time for me because for once I am the star of the show haha

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.”
-Beatriz Williams


Winter has never been my favourite season. I’ve always struggled to enjoy the chilly and short days of winter.


A group of us, with my very best friends, spent a few days away and went to Ballarat. We enjoyed the Winter Wonderland light show in Sovereign Hill.


The last month of winter and I find it so hard to go out or even plan activities. Anyway, what I love doing is to go on a warm water pool to do my excercise classes.

And do my sketch meets braving the cold.


Father’s Day in Australia is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. I love seeing the closeness of these two

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Dalai Lama


Planning stage took a long time, but we got there in the end. Spent a few weeks in Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Dr. Seuss


I loved my November. I had time to spend with my son Tim, when we went on a road trip to different parts of the UK. i even had the chance to catch up with my cousin who lives in Edinburgh.

“Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.” -Charlotte Carpenter


Christmas is a celebration of family, and for me, that extends to cherished friends who’ve been by my side since our arrival in Australia in 1991. Our enduring bond has turned the passing years into a tapestry of togetherness.

This time we had our Christmas party by having a boodlefight. Have you heard of “Boodlefight”? “Kamayan” is eating with your hands, typically during a boodle fight—a shared meal with family and friends, served on a banana leaf-covered table, loaded with delicious dishes. Oh what a fun and memorable night with besties.


  1. arlene says:

    Blessed Christmas Techie. Hoping for a brighter 2024.

    1. Teresa says:

      And to you too Arlene ❤️❤️❤️

  2. bushboy says:

    A wonderful joyous post Teresa 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Brian. A wonderful year 2023 was. Hopefully 2024 will be as good if not better for all of us. Have a great Christmas 🎄

  3. Walking Away says:

    Love the Dr. Seuss quote.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes and it is so true, right?

  4. Toonsarah says:

    What a great year you’ve had! Here’s hoping 2024 will be just as good, and wishing you a very happy Christmas 🎄✨

    1. Teresa says:

      Wishing you a great Christmas and New Year as well Sarah! Hoping to see more travel photos from you in the coming year.

  5. restlessjo says:

    A good year, Teresa, and lots of great memories. Family and friends are so important. Here’s to a healthy and wonderful year ahead.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, it has been a great year for me, Jo. I know it has been for you too.

      Wishing you the very best in the year ahead. ❤️

  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Gorgeous flowers and post 😀

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Cee. Have a Merry Christmas! 🎄

  7. XingfuMama says:

    Lovely, indeed. Have a wonderful New Year!

    1. Teresa says:

      Have a great year ahead Mama! HNY to you and your family.

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