28 December 2007

"So remember while December Brings the only Christmas day, In the year let there be Christmas In the things you do and say."

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. It refers both to the day celebrating the birth, as well as to the season which that day inaugurates, which concludes with the Feast of the Epiphany. The date of the celebration is traditional, and is not considered to be his actual date of birth. Christmas festivities combine the commemoration of Jesus birth with various cultural customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Although a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday by many non-christians.

well, i & my family celebrated Christmas'07 at Gonzales subdivision, in my cousin's house. It was a reunion [fathers side]. Everyone one is expected to come wearing any 1980's wear. Unfortunately, relatives from Davao failed to come & celebrate with us. It was still great though.

We started the celebration around 7:30pm. We had dinner together. At around 10pm the program started. Two of my cousins prepared certain parlor games for both kids and adults. wheew! I had a great time with them. It was really fun. haha gained alot of prizes. After such, my cousins [gurlZ]
& I presented our dance showdown. well, it was funny...really. it was my couz' ate sunshine who choreographed the steps. know what title of the song? hehe .. [don'tcha' blah blah] haha! we're projecting as if we're sexy and hotty..geeeee! also a pop dance ****superman. :)

I enjoyed the season with my family. I just hope that for the coming Christmas, it would be more exciting and that my family who are in Davao would be here to celebrate with us..

Hows your Christmas experience??


20 December 2007

..as an expression of our devotion to GOD

Misa de Gallo is the Spanish phrase for Midnight mass, more literally translated as "Rooster's Mass". It is told that the "Rooster's Mass" owes its name in the idea that a rooster would have been among the first to witness the birth of Jesus, and thus be one to announce it.

In most Spanish speaking counties, Misa de gallo entails a typical midnight mass, starting at around 12:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve. However, as practices in the Philippines, this custom lasts for nine days, starting on December 16 up to December 24, during which Filipinos attend the dawn masses, usually starting at around 4:00-5:00 a.m. These masses were held before daybreak, hence the Filipino term "Simbang Gabi" (Midnight Mass). Even today, Filipinos wake up very early in the morning to attend the Misa de Gallo as an expression of devotion to GOd.

Every year, I'm aiming to attend the full 9 masses, and as an early riser, it really shouldn’t be an issue. But I have “completed” the entire Misa de Gallo (9 masses) only 3 or 4 times in my entire life, and attempted to complete it another dozen times or so… tsk tsk?! Well, I go to church with my mOm, dAd, and my younger brO. hmm. And I hate to sit during the on going mass because I'm feeling so sleepy. Well, I'm used to it.

When i was a kid, i thought the essence of such sacrifice is just to make our wish come true.. oh my, should i blame my mom for such perception? tsk tsk.. well, partly GOd blessed us more to compensate our sacrifices.. haha! i'm being rational again. now, i don't have wishes like new stuffs but rather more of an opportunity to have a better living [i'm pretty sure its not a selfish desire].. and i guess it is much meaningful. what about your wish/es?

Hmmm.. Regardless of my tough schedules ['coz I still have classes and work on its first 5 days ] I do enjoy Misa de Gallo, not just for the religious significance, but rather the time when I'm with my family and also because I enjoy the cool, drier weather conditions that makes me feel less tired.. I like taking a walk in the pre-dawn darkness [oh but sometimes really not]. I use the time to reflect on anything that needs reflecting [ try it and u'll discover something..].I mentally run down the year that has passed, grateful for all of the good things that have happened, and mildly alarmed by the bad things, or things I simply cannot control.

:( so far i have missed one meeting that was December 19. oh my????! and therefore? hehe. u got it right. hey, hows your experience? this ends my post.


13 December 2007

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

I’m going to pass this meme to Cecille,Hanse, and to my Friendster$ ...

>>> Do it this way <<<<

Make a paragraph or two regarding your personal meaning of Christmas, below the paragraph of the one who tagged you and you may put your name at the end of the paragraph linking back to your blog or right to the post of this particular tag. Then you tag as many as you can.
Start copy here:
Christmas for me is the ultimate reminder on how much God loves us, that He gave His only Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. For me, its a celebration of love and a time to share our blessings to others.. a time for giving and reaching out to the less fortunate and it's also a wonderful time to be with your family. Christmas is not just all about santa claus or the gifts that you will receive or for shopping, we should always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season and let us reflect on how much God loves us. - Just Let Go/Pieces of Me

Christmas is about giving love, forgiving. This remind us how lucky and how God love us when he gave us his only son Jesus Christ. A time for sharing our blessing to our family, friends and to others. - Celebrate Life/My Journey.

Christmas for me is not the new things that we have and enjoying the bounties in life but remembering that someone is born to redeem us from our sins and making sure of our salvation Teebob.

The true meaning of christmas for me is sharing, giving, expressing love to one another, and remebering that there is one person up there, who is born on the 25th of december to save us from everything . A lot of people told me that christmas is for kids. yes, it's true but I prefer to say that christmas is for everybody and sharing love to one another is the keyword remeber, "you can give without loving but you can't love without giving ". Alaverde33

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. The date of the celebration is traditional and is not considered to be his actual date of birth. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus birth with various secular customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals.In most places around the world Christmas day happens on December 25. It's a special time of the year - a season of love and a season of giving. A time to share, to give and of course to receive a wonderful gift from beloved..Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

As the word Christmas itself convey, this day is the celebration of Christ. It's his day since this is the day we celebrate his birthday. Everything we do on this day should be in his honor...just like we get the honor when we celebrate our birthdays. So do what you normally do on this day but remember to give the honor to the celebrant himself, Christ. Juliana of Pinay Wahm and Teacher' Corner.

What Christmas really means to me, here goes: My perspective on this is that it’s the time of remembering those people to be remembered with. This is the time that we all gathered, be more merrier, spend time to one another, peace on earth. How nice to hear the wonderful and touching songs broadcasted on the radios, but I just want to share that hopefully we will do all this wonderful things not only during DECEMBER, instead I just wish that we can celebrate Christmas in everyday of our lives. Not just in a particular month but try to apply this special holiday in each life. Time to help those who need our help, share the blessings we have to those who needed to be bless the most, love those who nobody loves them and give comfort place or things to those who abandoned them. It is wonderful that during Christmas we do this in remembering of the ONE who gave HIS life for all of us to be saved. But lets try to make Christmas part of our every day life. Truly yours, Nova of SuperNova & SweetPain.

Christmas! this is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. wheew?! wishing you a Merry Merry Christmas.. d:) +apRiL tiO.


07 December 2007

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something that echoes my sentiments...

"The rain may be falling hard outside,But your smile makes it all alright.I'm so glad that you're my friend.I know our friendship will never end."

FRIENDSHIP is a rare and precious commodity. If you have a friend, who truly understands you and accepts you despite your shortcomings, then you are the luckiest person in the world.
I feel fortunate to have good friends. Over the years, I have realized the value of friendship and I feel blessed to have great friends. d:)
we can always count on true friends. They help us weather every storm, they cheer us when we are down, and they chide us when we are wrong.

Sometimes we get so preoccupied with life's mundane troubles that we do not find the time to tell our friends how much they mean to us. so, word of advice... If you have not already expressed yourself, do so now. How? well, Pick up your phone, or send an email or a text-message with a touching quote.

Your friend will be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected gesture ...

If you have a real best friend, you are lucky.

If you are friendless, maybe you have not tried hard enough.

guys, thank you for everything you have imparted and thank you for accepting me as for who i am, for the understanding, and most especially for staying.

...for the laughters, tears and thoughts.. Thanks alot.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.


03 December 2007

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.

Love can be tricky. Barring a lucky few, love manages to trick and elude most of us. Whether you have been fortunate enough to find true love or are still on its trail,we must believe that love comes in a mysterious way.

December'07 has just began where i and my boyfriend talked about our up coming 2nd anniversary. For your knowledge, he is in Manila right now and still searching for a company to finally practice his profession. Going back, our situation right now is really tough. Just last Saturday (dec.01'07) i was in a dilemma of deciding whether to wait for him or to let him go. Weighing all the thoughts i have i decided to end up everything between us. i was honestly hopeless, and i'm longing to see him. i called and we talked over the phone until i said, "...i give up". i was brave then, though i'm crying. He ask me the reasons behind and if im sure and i did answer him with utmost respect and with his question that if im sure, i answered, YES, i am. He explained and ask if we can still fix everything..(he's like begging that time) however, that very day i was unhappy but i stood by my decision of letting him go.. My mind was occupied with despair and convincing myself that it was a right decision. wow that wasn't easy huh... huhuhu :( but my heart seems crying out loud

Time was running so fast until i decided to sleep. in the middle of the night my phone rang..without second thought, i answered the phone and we talked. That moment he kept on saying [ 'my, ayaw ko byaE beh?...] he was crying ..at that point i enjoyed the moment,vividly listening to his voice as he utter the same exact words i heard. i was guilty, really..i should have thought a thousand times before i made such decision.. i then realize that i was wrong.. we stayed up late talking over and over about what happened.. and we finally decided to move on..

well, i learned something out of that situation.. breaking up with my partner can never be the solution and it shouldn't be treated as a threat.. [im hope u understand what i mean. hehe!] i admit i was wrong though i did it with "reasons" actually.. theres something behind which i find unimportant to be included here.. hey,i did ask an apology and he accepted.

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