Memoirs of 2016





Welcome to my website!

My goodness, how time flies! I was just learning how to blog in 2006 and now, I am launching my self-hosted blog 10 years and 3 months after! Wow! Putting that in writing actually makes me realise that’s a long time of blogging already! On to writing my first post.

2017 is off to a great kickstart with lots of changes as I start to discover how WordPress works once and for all. Changes always remind me of new things to discover. It reminds me of an opportunity to be knowledgeable of something different, something fresh. But, as an annual tradition from http://kytedalino.blogspot.com, I always put up a series of photos which I found remarkable and meaningful from the previous year. I put it into a theme as part of gratuity and tribute to what God had made me see… of what I have to experience. Let me honour one for each month of 2016.

January

There’s always something remarkable about the first month of the year. It reminds us to let go of the past and be confident with what lies ahead. I chose this photo because it signifies the two things I’ve just said. When things don’t go your way, it usually is nature taking place. Don’t blame yourself for something that is beyond your control. Get a grip and liberate yourself from negativity. Learn to dance in the rain.

Photo Credits: Wilson Choi – performer

February

Love is always on steroids during this month. But this photo reminds me that every day is a way to make your loved ones feel special. Allow yourself to be silly in the name of love for this will weave one moment to another. There’s no guarantee if we will make it until the end of the year so besides the grand treatment your spouses, your parents, your children or whoever you consider you’re most closed to are entitled for, let me encourage you to spend time with them. That’s the most important thing you can give. Time.

I was cleaning my locker when I saw these photos. My husband and I were just going silly during the 10th year anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland.

March

Last year around this month, a dear person in the family had passed away because of Lung Cancer. My brother-in-law, a beloved son, husband and father, was just 35. I am currently 34 years old. And the impact of this moment to my husband and our family had been painful to us. This photo somewhat was the feeling every day when that happened. We were in pain but we had to give out happiness to people as performing artists. It was tough. But then understanding the truth about being a dancer, every show we did was in celebration of his life.

A phenomenal shot during the Rainy Day Express parade in Hong Kong Disneyland

April

Taking one day at a time after my brother-in-law’s passing was like a whole in my heart. Let alone what my husband felt. Constantly I check on him and he doesn’t say much but I felt like he is trying everything to walk pass it but there are just these incredible weights pulling you down. And when I had browsed this particular photo, this is exactly what he had to bear everyday.

Photo credit:
Yong Martinez – jumping stilts performer

You see, unless you hold on to something, you can never stand still when on jumping stilts. If you had to stand on your own, you need to keep moving, you need to keep jumping.  At this time, life just kept on propelling us to keep on jumping.

May

Every villain has an untold backstory. That said, it just makes me realise that each and every one of us carry a certain load and each one of us goes thru rough patches. We are what we are because we have grown, we have thrived and we have coped. When this happens, we get stretched to a point of no return and that’s alright. This is a way to balance us out. I was complaining one day to a colleague because of a bad day at work and I immediately apologised for doing so because I felt like I was exuding bad energy. But that person just proved how mature she was by allowing me to complain because she understand its importance to stay normal. That doing so is actually helping you cope. What matters is, after you have complained and whined, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to transform such energy to something productive? I hope you wouldn’t just let the momentum go to waste.

Never underestimate the power of a broken heart.



June

You own your story.

I may have had the worst pages in the chapters of my life but I always choose to mend them to a beautiful ending. You don’t have control over people’s reactions. Heck, you don’t have to bend your rules, your beliefs and you don’t have to change the way you are to please anybody. Be yourself, chase your dreams and respect others. That’s all that’s important.

Mickey’s Wondrous Book showing at Hong Kong Disneyland

I choose this photo for the month of June because it signifies strength to one’s own capabilities and surrender to what God wills.

July

During this month, we had a remarkable day doing the parade when a stage manager was being sent off to a new life adventure and the veteran leads had come to help out in the parade operations. Leads make sure guests are ensured of a smooth flowing parade. And I was in awe seeing the people I’ve worked with for 10 years advance into becoming stage managers themselves and even getting promoted to higher roles. Above all, it’s nice to see them still as themselves for their friends. As a go away memoir, they had come down from their comfortable offices and participated in the parade as how they did from the beginning.

Keeping in touch from your starting point helps you see how far you have accomplished. And to the newbies, they can get inspiration from the legacy you had imparted encouraging them to be at their best to end up pursuing their own achievements too.

My leads of 10 years in Hong Kong Disneyland

August

From time to time, I get the chance to see this milestone of Hong Kong Disneyland turning 10 years old and it reminds me that my own 10th year is coming of living here in Hong Kong. There had been life changing decisions I’ve done during a journey that long that I am glad had happened. In appreciation and in anticipation, I had to put this picture up for the month of August for this marks ticking a lot out of my bucket list as I lived here in Hong Kong. I was able to perform outside internationally (meaning outside my home town); I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I was able to put up a mini food business. The 3rd one still needs a lot of work though. It made me accomplish 3 things. So, those 3 need to be replaced. Which will be shared to all of you before the month ends. I encourage you to make one too and then do it!

Hong Kong Disneyland cast members had just finished celebrating its 10th year. More power to Hong Kong Disneyland as lots of expansion will be made in the coming years!

September

No matter where we came from, there’s always a common thing that connects all of us.

Love.

And the rest of the emotions every human being possesses. It doesn’t matter which kingdom you’re from, it doesn’t matter what your skin color is and which ever background you have, when you find that connection, nurture it.

From a ball, all of these princesses came out and just had that opportunity to show the connection they have. Having good friends to stand by you no matter what is a gift.

Princess Belle, Princess Ariel, Anna and Elsa

October

Adaptation is power. As defined by Merriam-Webster, it is a process of changing to suit best in a situation. But before you could attain this, you should accept what has to be changed. Once you figure this out then you can conform to a new shape, stretch into your best and hope every single time that you will be given all the resources to stay strong. This photo stands up for this lesson I learned at the month of October last year. I see that the utmost importance of accepting who you are may lead you to greater heights of opportunity, wisdom and makes you more than capable to give out love.

Halloween satellite shows in Hong Kong Disneyland. Here is a contortionist and a tree man.

November

Photo credit to: Lawrence Law - photographer

-A beautiful sunset enveloping Hong Kong Disneyland-

Days may not be always end perfect. But a new one will always come. And that is always a new chance to write a page of your life. It’s always a new deal handed to you and it’s in your hands to turn everything better. There may be things that you cannot change, but you know what? It’s always in the past. Looking at it on zoom, there’s still the present and the future that you can do something about. Never settle for less, take a risk, forgive fast and take the lessons with you. Trust every process that is happening in your life. Good or bad.

December

Give time to celebrate your life. Every now and then, stand on a pedestal yourself and breathe in all the experiences you’ve had. Allow yourself to hail the achievements you’ve made. Forgive yourself from the shortcomings that came in being human. Cry out all the pain. And then, choose to live with no regrets. You have one life to live. Make it count!

Fireworks on Christmas Day in Hong Kong Disneyland




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