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A baby blessing, a wedding and the cities of my childhood and youth

My family and I are currently visiting my parents in Munich, Germany and how quickly time went by as tomorrow we will be flying back to England again.

Last Sunday my family had the honour to witness and be part of the baby blessing of my nephew Kai Kristian Magpantay. There’s something very special about newborns. They’re such little angels that instantly bring joy into your heart and they smell like heaven too! It was such a wonderful family affair and we feel truly blessed. As me, my siblings and our families are scattered between Germany and the UK, reunions like this only happen once every blue moon and therefore we cherish every moment and memory we make together even more so. Here’s the Magpantay clan to date:

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Here’s Joseph with his cousins. It’s such a delight to see that they all play so well together.

My siblings and I on a lunch date with a very good friend in Munich at the rustic elegant “Kuffler Spatenhaus an der Oper” – they serve the very best organic ice cream!

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Last Thursday we embarked on a five hour roadtrip from Munich to Vienna, Austria to attend my cousin’s wedding. However, this was not your ordinary wedding, this was also the long awaited family reunion of my father’s side of the family. Aunts, uncles and cousins flew in from the USA, Canada and the UK to witness the Filipino-Austrian wedding of the year. My cousin and her groom looked absolutely happy, gorgeous and so in love with each other. From the bottom of my heart, I  wish them all the happiness and success. Also I love the fact that even though my family are scattered on every corner of the world (so it seems to me anyways) we all feel so happy and at home with each other. It was all about loud chats and laughter, selfies and pictures galore as it is typical of a big fat Filipino family reunion. And of course let us not forget the good food too! Oh how I love my family.

Whilst we were visiting Austria we also made sure to visit some of it’s famous landmarks and places. I am most especially happy that I was able to once again show and share my boys the beautiful city of Vienna. Whilst walking around the city centre childhood memories came flooding back. Funny how you appreciate and love a place even more after you’ve already left it and life’s destiny has taken you somewhere else….

Here are some of our few Viennese impressions. It is such an elegant and classy city:

Hallstatt, Austria – the absolute Austrian alpine paradise. This little town is not just beautiful but also so full of history that it is considered as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

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After a week of nostalgic, heart warming adventures with families and friends and being able to speak German again in the cities of my childhood and youth, we are once again homebound to good old Bristol, England.

Munich and Vienna you will always have special places in my heart. You will be missed. Auf Wiedersehen for now und bis Bald!

 

 

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We bought a house!

Finally, finally, after years of praying, hoping, hard-work, patience, tight budgeting and support from family members Chris and I are able to buy our very first house. Yey! We received our keys yesterday and we are super excited about it and at the same time nervous about the responsibilities and expenses that come along with being a homeowner. yikes!

It’s been a long journey getting there and definitely not an easy venture, especially nowadays when everything around the world is so uncertain and the house prices keep on fluctuating depending on the economic and political atmosphere. And believe me, we had our fair share of warnings and caution from families and people around us, especially now that Brexit is happening.

But I am glad that Chris and I decided to just grab the bull by its horns and not let negativity prevent us from achieving our goals and dreams. I feel that my little family has reached an important milestone and both Chris and I feel very blessed and humbled by this opportunity and experience.

There has been a lot of learning curve and compromises, but it is so worth it and this is definitely still not the end.

Now many of you might already know average houses here in England have much smaller floor space in compare to other European countries or the US unless you came to an inheritance or have tons of money to spend and can afford to buy massive suburban detached houses like those ones designers would blog about and pin on pinterest…..or those exquisite English country manor houses….(ahhh I wish…) how I hate to break it to you but this is only reality to the privileged few….(and do correct me if I am wrong)

So the house we bought is a 1970s three-bed terraced house within the suburbs of Bristol. It is a bit rough around the edges and outdated at the moment but it comes with a garage and a  little garden. I am sure with a little love and care we will make it  home.

So here it goes:

The front of the house: We will definitely replace all door and windows!

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Floorplan: I absolutely love the fact that the living and dining areas are already open planned. My brilliant husband came up with the idea of bricking up the door heading to the kitchen from the hallway and make an opening on the wall between the kitchen and the dining area instead. Yey! Bring on more open space and natural light into the house.

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The living and dining area: All flooring in the house will be replaced with laminate flooring. I can’t wait to not have carpets anymore. I can never understand why people would use carpets. It’s just breeding ground for dirt and dust mites!

The back garden:

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That’s that for now about the house we purchased. However, I cannot and will not end this blog post without mentioning how grateful we are for those people especially family members who helped, encouraged and supported us (and are still doing so) along the way. To those special people, we love you and we are forever grateful.

My little munchkin making himself comfy already….so this is definitely a good start. 🙂

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A good way to start….

This is it I am officially a newbie within the crazy world of blogging! And to be honest I have put off trying for quite a long time for fear that I really have nothing interesting or worthwhile to write about. Looking back in my teenage years I used to write A LOT and EVERY DAY in those crazy journals of mine! So why not have the courage to do so again!? I certainly have nothing to loose by slowly waking up that creative medium within me that has been in deep slumber for a quite while now. Perhaps who knows, this might be a start of something good…

So what to expect from “Style Your Heart Out”  (Golly! I absolutely love the sound of that!).

I suppose, when I was thinking of what to call my blog, I was thinking of the things that I love and enjoy the most:

  • Starting with my family and home and all the joyous, crazy stuff that come with it….
  • Healthy and happy heart…
  • Friends….
  • And last but not least….I JUST REALLY REALLY WANT TO BE CREATIVE AGAIN and to enable myself to gather all those ideas that have been swirling in my head and finally make use of it.

I doubt that this blog will be a literary feat however, I do want to be able to exchange and share ideas with friends and strangers alike. I want it to be light-hearted, fun and relatable. I want it to be me.

Puh! Now it is all out and there is no turning back.

I am determined to “Style my heart out”, my small contribution for a happy heart, happy home, happy life.

Wish me luck 🙂

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