Top 12 Moments of 2021

I am writing this year-end post on the last day of the year, and I am unsure how to present a summary of my 2021. So I checked Google Photos to see what moments I captured and decided to choose 12 things we did, and that happened this year that I'll treasure.

For future me who might read this, we were still in a pandemic in 2021. So we can go out, but you both are still working from home.

1. Seasons

Actually, the four seasons should count as four memories, but I am grouping them into one. We had snow around February and more snow (than usual) in December. Walking in the snow, picnicking during summer, and the beautiful colours of spring and fall truly made me appreciate living in Canada.

Walking in Snow

Beautiful Spring

Picnicking during Summer

Colourful Fall

2. Canadian Citizenship

I don't think I have any good pictures of my oath-taking as a Canadian Citizen since it was done over a video call, but it's definitely one of the top moments of this year. I will apply for a Canadian passport soon!

3. COVID-19 Vaccine

Jomar and I (and both our families) got vaccinated from COVID-19.

Yay for getting vaccinated and keeping our communities safe.

4. Thank Granville It's Food trucks (TGIF)

Every Friday and Saturday, different food trucks park near our home all summer long. To say that Jomar and I pigged out and gained weight will be an understatement.

Spot the Food Trucks in this picture!

5. My Bridges Memory

One of the restaurants in Granville Island closed last summer for renovations and will reopen under new management and as part of a bigger chain.

During their last weekend open, we had lunch there to enjoy their food and the view one last time.

The Bridges Restaurant has one of the best patios on Granville Island.

6. Trip to Victoria, BC

Yes! We visited one new city in Canada this year. I call that a win. I wrote three blog posts about our trip and a few more about the food.

On our way to Vancouver Island

In front of The British Columbia Parliament Building
Home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

7. HelloFresh

I have been cooking meals at home with the help of HelloFresh. They deliver weekly groceries based on the recipes you picked. The delivery includes easy-to-follow instructions for each meal. It completely changed the number of times we visit the grocery, and we're surprisingly eating more vegetables because of it.

One of the 52 meals we ordered from HelloFresh

8. Anniversaries

Jomar and I celebrated 10 years of being a couple this year, our fourth wedding anniversary and our second Catholic wedding anniversary. As a surprise, Jomar ordered three roses for our anniversary.

Beautiful flowers from JT

Anniversary Dinner Date

9. Canadian Thanksgiving

To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I ordered a HelloFresh Thanksgiving box which includes all the ingredients we need. Then, the family spent 4 hours cooking everything.

Thanksgiving Dinner

HelloFresh Thanksgiving Dinner

10. Whitecaps FC at BC Place

I can't believe I watched the Whitecaps FC TWICE in person at BC Place. It's crazy! Full dramatic story here.

Inside BC Place during the pandemic

11. Filipino-organized Events

We participated in two events this December organized by Filipino in Vancouver. We purchased a lot of Filipino food from the Magkasama Christmas Market 2021 and at Maligayang Pasko, Vancouver 2021.

My Magkasama Christmas Market 2021 Haul

12. Christmas

Christmas Eve dinner and opening gifts at midnight is a family tradition. This year we had Korean BBQ and side dishes at home.

My mom's beautiful Christmas Tree

A rare White Christmas in Vancouver

For fun, here's a link to all my year-end posts in chronological order:
May 2022 be a kinder and more blessed year for all of us. Stay safe, healthy, and kind next year!

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