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The last day of the first month, the 31st, is done. There you go. The cliche clicked again -- time's too fast. It's fine by me, I finished my finals anyway. Term 2 will start this Monday, but I don't have subjects for term 2. What I want to say is: I'm done with high school.
So... WHAT NOW?! *SHRIEKS*
2008 is the year of the Ox. Haru's time to shine.
Christmas and celebrating the New Year is different here in Winnipeg. IMO, I prefer how I spend Christmas back in the Philippines. I'll probably rant all the way. Excuse me. But you know, I just love the days when we spent Christmas back in the Philippines. How relatives gather together and laugh. How friends drown themselves in a crowd in front of a lively concert. How I sit back outside and just relax in a cool and comforting climate while watching giant lanterns make their lights dance in techno.
I talked about this to my friend while we were in McDonald's. He told me that he got kicked out of his house. I was surprised. Family issues. And he isn't the type of guy to make a mess too. It's far-fetched and I probably got affected a bit too. He's my friend and it's almost Christmas. And so I was thinking that he would have to spend Christmas away from home.
When I asked how he felt, he wasn't sad or at least didn't look like it. The very essence of celebrating Christmas is celebrating it with your family and friends. Family is still important though. Now he couldn't. I told him that he could celebrate Christmas with us. He humbly refused and so I had nothing more to say. But still...
I told him how Christmas is so different in the Philippines. It's hard to convince them with words, so I told him that one Christmas, I'd take him and the others there. That is if I have the money.
Then I totally missed my home country more when I went off telling him how the streets were bright and colorful during December. Such a sigh to remember.
Yes, the streets are bright and colorful. Lots of people walking. But not like a you're stuck in a tough crowd. I mean the streets are lively and the atmosphere isn't boring.
It's like Christmas is the most awaited day there. There are Christmas songs in the radio, even on the streets as early as August. I think earlier than August too... And there was a point in my life when Christmas lasted until March.
It's like the Philippines changes when December shows up. The air becomes comfortably cold. It's not below zero but it's something that really soothes me up. There's food everywhere. Random people who are having barbecue outside would offer you to eat with them as well. The town becomes alive during the night. There are lanterns everywhere. Christmas decors and lights fill each house like there's some competition in one block. The place just lights up and it gives out a happy feeling.
I told you, I love Christmas in the Philippines, especially during the night. During the day, it could still be hot, because of our tropical climate. But night skies and the night temperature embraces me in a way I couldn't describe. It's something cold that would make me smile. And the skies look different too.
Food. I remember eating puto bumbong, a cake during Christmas, and the bibingka, another type of cake that I especially love. They're one of my favorites since I was little. Oh, man, I want to eat some now.
The market place becomes alive in the night as well. It's like a big party. The front of the church is one place to visit during Christmas.
Anyone I know would visit the mall as well. There's a lot of good stuff there that are cheap too. The quality isn't compromised, mind you. Exported goods, branded clothes, shoes, furniture, electronics, yep, they're cheap in the Philippines and they get cheaper in Christmas. It's unbelievable.
Parties, man! Family parties, family gatherings and house parties from friends! Oh God, it's priceless.
And after Christmas, what else? The coming of the new year.
More parties. Concerts. More stuff to buy. More food. And fire crackers. And did I forget to mention more parties? Haha, I miss my Philippines.
It`s just different here. My new home isn't bad. 2008 wasn't bad as well. It has been great. I had no serious problems at school. Work was slow. I've made many friends. I've had many experiences and encounters. I've learned and accomplished a lot of things. There were some challenges, but I solved most of them. We bought our new home. There was just a lot that I couldn't everything. 2008 wasn't boring at all.
I'm still a hopeless romantic though.
Do I have any New year's resolution(s)? Erm... does anyone still do new year's resolutions? I guess if there`s one thing I need to fix, I'll go and fix my sleep. I need more of it.
And here comes my favorite part. I usually go to the rooftop during the sunrise of the year and pray. Now it`s impossible since: A.) it`s freezing outside. B.) I couldn't climb our roof because of all the snow on the roof. C.) it's steep and I`d fall down because of the angle and the slippery snow -- but the impact wouldn`t be so hard, since there`s a lot of snow below.
It has been a habit of mine to meet the first sunrise and just watch the sun make its way. Then pray.
I pray for a lot of things this 2009. I pray for good health. I pray for my work. I pray for my studies. I pray that my family and friends' would be safe. I pray for providence.
I'm sure there will be more blessings this year. 2009 will be great.