My Year in Photos 2019

Since 2014, I’ve been writing the “My Year in Photos” post. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was. All I can say is that 2019 was full of change. 

First of the changes, was the fact that we decided to purchase a house of our own. We thought it would take us two months to do it, but real life has a way with messing with plans. 

The process of choosing and buying a home turned out to be a much longer process than anticipated. As of this writing, we are set to finally take possession of the house by the end of the month, but that’s just the beginning of the process of renovating, furnishing and figuring out how to live there. That will be the challenge of 2020.

But let’s talk about 2019. 

Manu started school. So Steph has settled on a routine of bringing him to school then working out or fitting in work before having to pick him up again.

No Nanny means we’ve been a lot more hands on than previous years. So a lot of our time is spent with the kids. When these two are asleep, I call it a mini vacation.

In early 2019, we decided to move out of the house Steph grew up in. The plan was to temporarily move in with my parents, and stay for just a few months, but we ended up there for the better part of 2019. 

The second seismic change was our decision to not employ a nanny anymore. We haven’t had much luck with Nannies unfortunately, and based from the stories of our friends, it seems really difficult to find house help these days.

I think there are just many more opportunities these days, which is a good thing, but Cebu society hasn’t yet evolved to make way for families without nannies. Maybe a half day or a whole day daycare? That would be awesome. 


Part of the nightly routine is getting the kids ready for bed. The secret to bath time is to make it fun.

The kids are getting heavier and heavier. Perfect excuse to stay fit.

Ever since moving to my parent’s house, we’ve had a much more hands on approach to raising the kids. Personally, I enjoy it.

Don’t get me wrong. It is super tiring, but really rewarding. I’ve learned more about our kids in 2019 than the first three years we had them.

But we’ll see if we can continue to do it once we move to the new house. Especially since we have to contend with the cleaning and the cooking.

In 2019, I got really serious with my cycling. When I say serious, I don’t mean training like a maniac, although I have to admit that I’ve done my fair share of training, but when I say serious, I mean going out on awesome epic rides. 

When 2018 started, I purchased a Jamis Renegade Exile, and that bike was instrumental in opening the cycling worldto me, and it showed me the kind of riding that I enjoy.

With that in mind, in mid 2019 I bit the bullet and got myself the Surly Midnight Special frame. I moved most of the parts from the Jamis Renegade to the Midnight Special. Many of my epic rides were with my new frame, the Surly Midnight Special. It’s a dream to ride. Then in December 2019, I bit another bullet and purchased the Shimano GRX groupset. 

2020 is looking like it’s going to be another fun bicycle year.

2019 Highlights below:

Cebu Epic 2019

The first cycling event I joined. It was super fun. Hoping for more events in 2020.

Spray painted the Jamis Beatnik. Looks nice from affar. From upclose, not so much.

End Polio Now Ride

The highlight of my 2019 rides. Riding the circumference of Cebu was a bucketlist ride. Glad to be able to do it for a good cause.


Lots of other rides were really good. About once a month, I did what I would consider epic rides. Super fun then ended the year with another Festive 500.

What seems like a lifetime ago, I used to play in a band called Rescue a Hero. I always refer to it as one of the most fun times of my life. 

So I had a major throwback right before 2019 ended.

Our vocalist, Mark Cortes, decided to spend some time in Cebu. So of course, we planned a quick gig. It was one of the most fun things I did all year. Super short and fleeting, but felt so good.

Thanks Julia for the photo!

Zerothreetwo Conversations continues to chug along. I’ve been lucky to have many great guests for 2019. People also continue to download the episodes. For 2019, we had twice the number of downloads of 2018. 

Doing the podcast continues to be one of the most fun things I’ve done.

I’ve gotten so much out of it. It’s allowed me to meet people I would other wise have not met, but it also allowed me to learn directly from people. 

The plan with the podcast is to simply keep chugging along. We’ll see if one day it becomes much bigger than what it is.


Truth be told. I am the last person who plans for travel. I don’t particularly enjoy making the decision to go on a trip. Even if it is a trip I want to do. This is one of the many ways that I am fortunate to have Steph in my life. She loves to travel. She loves the decision to travel, she loves planning it, she loves packing for it, and she loves being out there.

I, on the other hand, only enjoy the actual travel portion of it. So if it weren’t for her, I would end up staying in my little corner of Cebu, most of the time.

Thanks for getting me out of the house, Steph! 

2019 was a big year for Steph and me. It was the first step towards fulfilling our dream of living in our own home. 

I know this photo essay is meant for me to take a look back, but I can’t help but look forward to the rest of 2020. 

There’s so much that needs to be done, but 2019 was the first step in that direction. 

Let’s see how this goes.

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