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Eight blissful shots from last weekend. I have a bunch of photos to share with you but I'll settle with these 8, they all have a great moment behind the camera. We went up straight after work last Friday night and returned back to the city Sunday lunch after 2 relaxing days out from the crowd. As you might know already I live in Cebu, Philippines which I've done for about 1,5 yrs now - but I haven't got the chance to explore as many Islands as I've been wanting to though we work full time and weekends are mine and my brother's way to just shut down and ''be'' for two days. It was quite a while since I wrote here and quite alot has happened since my previous post - one of them was this weekend in Malapascua which was nothing short of amazing. Malapascua is a 3 hour drive followed by a 25 minute boat ride away from the city, paradise is literally just around the corner. I had a bunch of first time experiences such as scuba diving, I took my first session out of 3 and I will definitely finish my certificate when the time is right. We stayed at a small resort called ''Tepanee'' and got ourself our very own bungalow and private beach. The days followed by massage by the beach, reading under the sunbrella and stargazing with our feet by the shore line. The sky was better than any movie I've ever seen those nights, the moon was light enough to guide us but gentle enough to not take any attention from the stars... Stargazing is one of my top 3 things to do, I can lay in the sand for hours just watching the sky watching me. It's powerful to realize that we are only around here for a few years but the ocean will remain kissing the beach, the blossoms will keep on blooming year after year and the sun will always continue to raise for the moon regardless if we're here or not. It makes me realise how important our time is. Don't let it slip through your fingers, live it loud and clear. xx
2016, let's get this party started! I have a tendency to be extremely inconsistent with my blogging but honestly I couldn't have cared for it less these last 3 weeks. 12 flights guys, 12 dam flights later and I'm back in the Philippines after a wonderful vacation in Florida with my absolutely amazing family. I'm happy that me and Alex got ourselves a few layovers here and there so we were able to experience a little HongKong atmosphere and some cold ass air in Sweden. 1 day was enough, I swear! But back to the holidays, it has been an adventure, like always when fab-five are together. As I've mentioned earlier here in my blog - my parents and little sister are moving to Florida to develop a new market for our furniture and to offer our capabilities there as we are moving our factory to a bigger plant inside an economic zone. They are also moving cause they want to. I love my parents for beeing the way they are and for never giving up on their visions or even compromise about it. Me and Alex's job is to run the factory which is a international and independent company here in the Philippines.
See, I was suppose to talk about our holiday but I just go back to the business part hahaha, sarrey guys but l can't help myself for beeing extremely ready for this year. Anyways, to make a long story short - those two weeks in Florida was the best medicine for a broken heart and for just loading up with that great energy again. I don't think I mentioned it earlier cause it was too fresh at the time, but I broke up with my boyfriend a few days before we left for the holidays. For me. He is wonderful in many many ways and I won't rip it all open here cause it's a private matter and in respect to him, but it has been tough. But you know yourself, you know? When your heart tells you something, don't ignore it. One of my favorite things to do when I was in our new house over there was to wake up just before the sun rose, prepare breakfast and my favorite tea in my absolutely favorite tea-cup that my mom brought all the way from Sweden for me, wear my the bathrobe I was given at Christmas Eve and just sit outside in our big sofa and watch a new day begin. Our backyard has a beautiful view over our pool, boat dock and canal that was just so very still and only moved when a boat passed by. People were waving good morning from the boats and it was just such a wonderful thing to start the day with. But the first morning was terrible, he was constantly on my mind and I couldn't seem to find my peace. But I welcomed the thoughts, it was natural to feel that way and I allowed myself to do it. Every day became a little easier and I just knew that I am strong enough to do it, I just had to let myself be weak for a while. It's ok. I'll upload more photos from our trip soon, mwah mwah! 💛
I was at the hospital yesterday and saw this absolutely amazing, handmade paper-decoration. Such a fun idea for those handy Manny's out there that has a little free time on his or her hands. This will definetely be a project for 2016 and our livingroom - I'm planning to make 2 or 3 in different sizes but first mission will be to find a book that I'm willing to rip apart haha. Tips: Try to find a second hand store in your town to get this little 'bohemian' feeling of the paper. I'm not sure how they fastened the pages in the middle but I'll try my way, stay tuned! 🌵
Photos from when I was admitted, March 2015
Do you know what we are taking for granted? Our health. Our God dam life and soul. I've grown up in a super strong family but at the at of 18 my brother got diagnosed with cancer at the same time as my grandmother. We touched death and in that battle we lost one. It was time for my grandmother to leave us after a long fight against a cancer that refused to give her a second chance. There goes not a single day without the heartache of not having her in this world. She was more than just a grandmother, she was my best friend, idol, queen, explorer, the greatest and most pure source of love and joy in the world... but she didn't make it and it is hurting me til this day. But she wouldn't want me to spend this precious time to grieve, she would tell me to go out there and live, out loud. She made place and space for Alex to make it - that's how I'm thinking. Alex is today 23 years old and stronger than ever. I'm so thankful for every day we have together as we live and work together every day in a foreign country. As you see above I got my fair share in March this year, I had been ongoing 4 antibiotic treatments but I aways seemed to get back my urin infection. Yes guys, 4st antibiotic treatments - I don't think I've been taking that many during my entire life but down here they just write it out like it's candy. So, I decided to trust the doctors which may be the worst thing that I've ever done and resulted in a very crusial situraion for me. THe had given me the wrong one, four times. So instead of treating the infection it got worse.The bacterias grew in there and I could feel how my immnue system got worse and worse for every day. One night, I started to get an unbearable pain in my back. But I decided to soak it up and just take the bullet - I literally thought it was some kind of stomach ache, but on the back, hahaha. This pain came and left for 3 weeks and stupid as I was, I decided to just take it because it just ''had to go over somehow''. I had no idea what was about to happen in my body and what was building up in there. I got admitted at the hospital for one week after falling to the floor when I came home, by myself. Alex and his friend went for the movies and I, thought I was done there and then. I hated my body, I couldn't move and my brain was working slow and not processing correctly. I serisouly screamed for help and thanks to higher powers - our mald was home even though she wasn't suppose to. She got in contact with Alex and I was able to go to the hospital. Yeah that's right - they don't have 911 here. Once at the hospital, they refused to touch me until I had payed and for some reason, they didn't take me serious as a foreigner. The girls were giggling and pointing at me and I felt so exposed. I was in such need for medical help and not even the doctor were someone to rely on. Helpness, my life was in danger. Also - they have zero medical records of me. When we go to a doctor in Sweden they can easily check our entire medical history since birth on the screen and then, decide what to do with me. But ofcourse, I'm a foreigner here but wouldn't it be good if they ask me anything before they give me an EPIDURAL? Yeah, they shoved that into my biceps. Epidural is the pain reliliever they give to woman who's in labour, yes, when they are about to give birth to a baby. That shit knocked me out and I got admitted, imagine yourself getting pipes and needles pulled into your body in a foreign country… In Asia. I was given so many pain relivers and they put me on a strong cure of antibiotics intra vain and guess the hell what? They gave me the wrong one. They were literally testing their way. To make it clear for you, in a normal urin test there is around 250-300 bacterias. In mine, at the time, I had 100,000 bacterials. I had a really bad kidney infektion that was about to end really ugly and my Swedish doctor said that with those pain attacks where I blacken out - noone could get in contact with me adn I was cold as ice - I was inches from a blood poisoning. Anyways, after 3 days they gave me another antimiotics that finally bit on me and the results slowly got better. For the first time in my life, I felt helpless. I prayed to God and begged from that bed to please bring me back to a healthy life so that I can taste more of life and show love to my family and friends as they deserve. It was a horror, it felt like they gave me the wrong medicine so that they could keep me for longer and get more money out of me. Healthcare in Philippines is measured in gold, it's so stupidly expensive. I couldn't trust that anyone wanted me to get better but my brother and Jonas. They were complete angels. I still pay the price of this entire thing as I got MRSA from the hospital (an aggressive bacteria in my body that lowers my immune system and can make pimpels turn in the huge boils). No normal antibiotics can cure it and I literally have to go to Sweden, be isolated for two weeks to make this medicine chock to my body to make it completely go away. I have a plan to get back to my star-power again - I will make that cure in June next year and until then, I will take care of myself. In every, single way. I didn't listen to my body even though it screamed for help. This thing made me realise, in my heart, what it's all about. It's not about social media and friend that you don't really like but you entertain them anyway, it's not about spending precious time of your life doing things that doesn't fill you up or it's not about lowering yourself with bad thoughts or finding excuses to not do things that you love or - not telling people you love them until it's too late - it's about just doing it. DO IT. Imagine how many people out there with so many odds against them, running from war, getting told that they have less than a year left to live… Live for them. I thank God every morning and every night that I get so many chances to live this life. I realised what's real
Cause I am - let's get this Monday started!
Please excuse my blurry pictures at moment but my camera has decided to not focus anymore, I've tried to talk to it and all but I think it's goingthrough a tough phase right now... I'm going to the States in one week and I promise to bring my big baby Canon so I can serve some deli shots this holiday!
I've had an awesome Sunday - woke up early and alert with a super good feeling in my body. It was like ants were dancing in my vains and I couldn't help myself but jumping right out of bed to catch the day. Started off with season 2 of The Last Man On Earth (I've told you before and I'm telling you again, if you want a fun-time-series - watch it!) and a bowl of oatmeal to balance my pretty unhealthy diet hehe. I usually eat healthy 2 out of 3 meals a day which leaves me no choice but to go ham for dinner. It's a pretty good deal I have with my body. Me and my brother dressed up to grab some milk tea from our new favorite place where they brew their own tea and I don't know how they do it - but they are doing it reel guud. As the hopeless tea-lover I've always been back in Sweden this is the best I substitute I can find. Later on we went for a Christmas Charity Party/fiest for poor people in Cebu arranged by a Christian community. It was an amazing experience to be part of a 900-people-dinner and to give 10 less fortune people the ability to have a wonderful Christmas dinner. My Christmas is almost accomplished - met so many wonderful kids and took a whole bunch of pictures but I've decided to keep them for myself. There was laughter, singing, food, joy and so much hope. Religion here is such a strong core in the society, and it's beautiful for me to see as we Swedish people are extremely private with our relationship to God. But one thing is for sure - I've never seen so much thankfulness in Sweden, nor so much belief - and also, so much togetherness. It sure was a blast to join the party and to put it out there - giving is far, beyond, much more amazing than recieving. So, my Catching Christmas-mission is 50% accomplished, now I just have to make my way around the globe to take care of my family and spend this wonderful time of the year together with them. We are leaving next Sunday and I am out of my controll excited to get some new ground under my feet! Taking off for the land of dreams now errybody - take care of eachother. ✨Hugs!
I fell for this absolutely amazing, handpainted sink today. I was millimeters from buying it but caught myself in absolutely zero need for a sink. And that's, why I would've bought it. Women logics. 😉
Me and my brother today - I'm wearing wky-high crimson red pants and a ripped t-shirt from H&M, bag from River Island, hat from Forever21 and Nike's. Alex is, Alex. Haha!
...you did something for the first time? I like that question, actually the last time I did something for the first time was today - I tried shaved ice cream and it was a funky concept but I was really disappointed. It was pretty and all but tasted nothing but flavored snow so I'll give it 2/10 stars. I believe it's important to try new things as much and as often as we can to get that spicy kick in our lives. My Saturday has been top of the top - woke up early with the sun beams on my face and we're like ''nice try pretty day but Imma go back for a couple of hours...'' just because I can! Do you also do that sometimes just to know that there's nooo have to:s? Tomorrow is gonna be my proactive day off - planning to do yoga in the morning, spend a little time by the pool and cathc up with some reading and then attend a Christmas party for the people in need. Today I've been watching series and relaxing for the entire day - me, Alex and his beautiful lady went out earlier to grab some dinner and to try out this dumb ice cream I was talking about and later we ended up at a bowling place. Now I'm gonna grab a facemask and have some ''quality time'' with my man over Skype - we are working our ways around the distance... Together by heart. Have a wonderful day and evening everybody, hugs!
Sara Woodcraft Sweden's annual Christmas letter for all valuable customers. By : me
Something I really, really miss is greetings card - when I grew up it was such a deal to arrange family photo (or any cosy photo from the year), to write and decorate them and to at last - not forget any addressee! I used to help my mom every year and it was actually a big activity to put time and effort in. But, ofcourse, internet has replaced that tradition, the easier - the better. (Cough) I don't think so, the effort will always and forever be seen and felt much deeper... Anyways - today I've been working on this greeting card that we will send out to all our customers, just a wish that their time will be wonderful, a sign of caring and appreciation that their are chosing us as their supplier. Bottom right you can see me and my family on the international furniture show in Manila last year, Sara is playing with her headband but I gotta give it to us, we look kinda normal here! ❌⭕
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It's Friday guys! I'm sitting here at the office and hopelessly trying to figure out what I want to eat for dinner tonight. Me and my brother have had this what I would call a... dispute, cause I'm feeling Vietnamese and he wants Mediterranian so we ain't talking as of now. It's funny because it's true. I would say that this is the only subject we can really argue about, yeah and that's right - if I take the water pitcher to my room late at night and leaves the ref without cold water. That is his true achilles heel. That's kind of dumb of me but I would say that it's also a task for me as a little sister. Yes I promise, I will update you later about the food-situation. Haha also, we make up super easily and it usually happens that one of us send a 9gag-link that we can't resist to love or laugh at. Like this one. Today I'm working on our Company Business Plan and aside from that I'm dealing with some design works for the homepage/fb-page and instagram. I like to work on two things at the same time to go back and forth, it's helping me to bring new ideas to each one of them. Please feel free to visit our company's - Sara Woodcraft Sweden - homepage to view our full collection and read more about us and ofcourse - to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information and inspiration. Hala! 🎄