Saturday 9: Christmas Carols

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Saturday 9: Christmas Carols

1) What’s the first holiday song that comes to mind?
I am such a sucker for sentimental music (errr, it’s the hormones, you know!). Pasko na Sinta Ko, roughly translated as It’s Christmas, My Love, is absolutely the first holiday song that comes to mind. It’s a Tagalog Christmas song sung by no other than Gary Valenciano. It’s a melancholic love song with poignant melody. I need to have my sound system fixed even if it means getting myself a a cheap iPod, or something, so I could enjoy listening music at home, but here I found a video on youtube.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XlFY141Q-E[/youtube]

It’s about a man longing for his lady love (on Christmas) who left him for another man. Though it’s more of a love song, I think a lot of Filipinos would agree with me when I say this song evokes a general feeling of sentimentality and sadness brought by the holidays (or being away from loved ones during holidays).

2) Are you sending cards (either by postal service or email) this year? If so, have they gone out yet?
Sending cards and postcards by post. The first batch was sent last Wednesday, December 12, simply because I want to have them bearing the special 12-12-12 postmark. It’s a very auspicious date, if you believe in superstition, feng shui and stuff 🙂

3) Can you see any holiday decorations from where you’re answering these questions?
No. This year, my husband and I decided not to put up Christmas decors again (the second time in a row). Here in Cambodia, Christmas is not an official holiday and thus not celebrated.

4) Do you wrap gifts in paper or take the gift bag route?
I like wrapping gifts myself! I’m into paper crafting so I make my own wrappers. You can see from the gifts I give that I put a lot of effort and love in every present I wrap. I don’t know, I enjoy doing this a lot.

5) The holidays are an important fundraising time for charities. Here’s an opportunity to do a shameless plug for your favorite. What organization or cause do you wish got more support at the holidays, and all year around?
I support Kiva, it’s a big organisation connecting people and microfinance institutions to alleviate poverty through the internet. If you have something to share please check their website on how you can give. Also, I am thinking of the victims of the recent Super Typhoon Pablo in the Philippines who are in need. Please contact the Philippine Red Cross for your donations.

6) Andy Williams was famous for his family holiday specials. What TV family would most like to spend Christmas with?
Definitely the Simpsons!

7) The holidays are a big time for travel. Where did you go on your first airplane flight?
My first airplane flight was a short, uneventful one. I was going home for a school break and it’s a domestic flight from Cebu City where I was studying to Iloilo City (in the Philippines) where I took a bus home to Roxas City.

8) Does the weather have an impact on your mood?
Yes, but only second to my hormones. Got a problem with that, eh?

9) Snack time! You’re about to make yourself your favorite sandwich. What ingredients do you need?
I would need butter, mayo, mustard, Tabasco to go with ham, lettuce, tomatoes, and of course, bread. Please don’t say “eeeeww”!

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