Merry Christmas!

I have been on leave from work since the 22nd of December so that gives me more time to update this blog, to finish the book that I have started reading many months before and to learn how to crochet. But sadly, I haven't given much time to any of those activities. Instead, I get sleep as much as I can, watch cartoons, laze around and just do... NOTHING! It feels so good to waste time (and still being paid… LOL!).

Well, I just want to wish happy holidays to everyone. May we all realize that Christmas is not about the foods in our table or gifts under the tree... but being grateful for the blessings we received throughout the year. Merry Christmas to all!

Rush, Stress and Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year (I believe I have mentioned that in my previous posts). I enjoy seeing colorful ornaments and sparkling Christmas lights everywhere and most of all, I love the mood Christmas season brings; cold yet you can feel the warmth through love of family and friends, get-together/reunions also known as catching up sessions and of course, the wide array of treats for everyone (minus the cholesterol, sugar and expanding waistline). Oh I just love Christmas!

But if there is one thing I hate... or perhaps I do not like about Christmas, it's the stress caused by rush, delay, road traffic and the long lines on counters, gift wrapping sections and ATMs.

Although I have started my Christmas shopping few days before now, I cannot avoid dropping by the mall to buy this and that. Just like what happened to me today. I dropped by the mall near my office to buy a gift for my friends who will exchange I do's tomorrow. Paying at the counter wasn't a problem so I immediately proceed to free gift wrapping section. Not liking what I see, I proceed to another gift wrapping section in which you have to buy the wrapper, box and all. I really believe that I'll be able to finish immediately because there are only few customers considering the fact that most people want to avail the free service. But boy I was wrong! The guy who is incharge of wrapping the gifts takes forever to finish one item. I want to grab my stuff and finish it myself but then, I am trying to stay in control. And what's worst is I heard them sort of making comments about not buying a ribbon for the gift. Damn! I want to yell at them... I can pay for ten ribbons if I want to. It's just that I am a practical customer and most especially, I am doing my best effort to minimize waste. These ribbons, after serving their purpose as decorations will surely end nowhere but in trashcans. Yes, it made the gift more attractive but is it helping the environment?

After that gift-wrapping experience comes the annoying cashier who referred us to another cashier for some reasons I cannot explain. Next is the woman sitting beside me inside the jeepney. Her long straight hair loves to dance in the air and from time to time slaps my face.

What a day! And because of these events, I suddenly felt like I want to lock myself inside the room... throughout the weekend. But then its Christmas... it's not a good idea to be grumpy. I hope I have the strength to control my temper for tomorrow’s events... the wedding and the company party right after the wedding.

Wish list

Simbang gabi (also called Misa de Gallo, Aguinaldo mass) has started yesterday so we can't deny that it's indeed Christmas time. I am not sure I can make it to one of the nine masses being such a sleepy-head and besides, it's too difficult to wake up in the morning considering the cold Christmas weather. Nevertheless, there is something I am sure of... my Christmas wish list.

  1. Ray Ban Cats 5000
    I have been wishing for this for months now (see previous post). I would be very happy if I'll get this dream sunnies. But I don't think that this model is available here in our area and besides, I don't think I would spend much for this thing (it costs around US $100). I'd rather wait for someone to give me this as a gift. I hope waiting will not take until forever...

  2. Running shoes
    I'm not a runner but I am planning to start running as soon as my schedule allows. My Chucks and mary jane type Skechers shoes are not appropriate for running so I definitely need one that is good for running.

  3. Bike
    I have lots of reasons for wanting a bike:
    • It can get me to places (within our town) without spending much for transportation fare.
    • Biking is a great form of exercise.
    • I can bike around with my 4 year old nephew (he has a small bike already).

  4. Bloody red long-lasting lipstick
    Although I do not party nor attend formal/red carpet events often, I'd be very happy to have this lipstick shade. Perhaps stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga influenced me with this.

  5. Facial session
    My blackheads sometimes embarrass me and I know I have to do something about this... quick! But I am too busy or probably too lazy to idle around skin care centers to have my face done. But if it's paid by someone for me, I believe I can endure the long wait. :)

  6. Amazon kindle
    Amazon kindle was released in the Philippines last October and I can't help but wish I have one. A friend is discouraging me buying this product but still... I want to have one.

  7. Get-together and reunion with former schoolmates
    School is important to me so are the people and friends I met in school. Sadly, we became too busy with our own lives that we fail to spend time together as a group and have fun just like before. I hope we can find time to gather, be thankful for the blessings received this year and to prepare ourselves for more challenges next year.

Disclaimer: This list is subject to change without prior notice. ;)