A Merry Christmas to All !!!
From Guido Joy Joelo Alexys Miggy and Frits
…..Once again the Christmas Season is upon us…
2014 just went by so fast and already we are now breathing in the air of a new dawn, a New Year!
2014 started romantically – our dear friends’ daughter got engaged, and another wonderful friend remarried in the early days of January. It was a great start for our family and our extended families.
On the business side, our geothermal project in Mindoro started picking up steam in February as we began to earnestly work on all our licenses and permits, and mobilising all required preliminary scientific studies. The other projects too, started to all fall into place. Today we are drilling, and ever hopeful that the earth will yield the steam that can help steer the island of Mindoro to long years of clean, stable and inexpensive source of power.
On the personal side, April saw the family travelling to Switzerland and faraway Greece, a place that Joy had always wanted to visit even as a child. Steeped in ancient history and culture, we made sure that our 10-day visit included Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, Napflio, and Santorini. While there were many highlights of that visit, including finding new friends, Santorini was probably the most memorable one as this was where my family and I celebrated my birthday.
Joelo, now 28 and single, is currently helping us out with our wine business. He is running the day-to-day affairs of Bodegas Hidalgo de Filipinas. Alexys, our only girl, now dabbles in entrepreneurship with her partners – a lingerie shop in Shangri Mall, a brand marketing company, and until recently, a small food stall in one of Manila’s mall. Miguel, is a third year medical student, and bent on focusing on neurosurgery as his specialty . Frits, our youngest, has found solace and fulfilment in teaching. He is now a teacher in Northfield School for Boys, his alma mater.
These days, Joy and I often find ourselves alone at home. We hardly go out anymore because of Manila’s progress – traffic jams! As the kids are often out, we retreat to our small bar which Joy built this year, and enjoy a bottle of wine with our favourite music in the background. Oh yes, our home is still one of the few bars in the world where you can play any recorded music. Come visit us in 2015, and together we can while the time away…
To you, our friends, our relations, thank you very much for being a part of our lives; for teaching us and giving us the opportunity to live out the Christian values. Truly this world is a much better place to live in because your presence has added whiffs of love and friendship, which in today’s polarized world has become a rare gem to come by.
From us to you, Merry Christmas and Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!