The family drove up to Dallas so we could all be together for almost two days to celebrate my sister's and brother's birthdays. It had snowed the day before we got there, so the roads were icy and slippery. Despite the cold and gloomy weather, we still ventured out to eat and explore in the city. Dallas definitely showed us a different side of Texas, and it was nice to have experienced it.
Aaron and I have been meaning to do a mini instameet or a photowalk for the longest time now. I've known him on instagram for more than a year. We accidentally met at a local Asian grocery store and planned a small meet up or a biking trek through downtown. None of those happened until yesterday.
In the Philippines, we observe a special tradition on the day launching the new year. How your next 364 days will unravel greatly depends on what you do (or not do) on the 1st of January. To attract good blessings, everything that has speakers is put on full volume, pots and pans are banged, and cars are driven around the village while horns are on full blast. Doors, even sink cabinet doors, and windows are kept open for a few minutes to allow good blessings to come and settle in. Kids jump as high as they can or hang on to the tallest post in the house in hopes of getting the extra vertical advantage. People refrain from lending or spending money on January 1st lest they want to have bad finances the whole year.
Houston Coffee and Cars held its first event for the year at City Centre. It was a private event organized alongside Scuderia Society. The crop of cars were all of high caliber, as is expected with events hosted by the Coffee and Cars group. The number of cars in attendance was great, especially since it was a small gathering; and although we got there late, there were still a lot of cars that stayed until 10 AM.
We went to the Houston Museum District's "Join the Museum Experience" event last Saturday and we enjoyed visiting the Houston Center for Photography, The Menil Collection, and the Rothko Chapel. It was such a beautiful day to enjoy art and music in Houston.
Dianne and I spent our MLK weekend in Austin with our grown-up siblings. The get-together was somewhat planned but it was mostly serendipitous in the sense that all 6 of us were available to meet up in Austin for a 3-day weekend.