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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Dreaming of a Pinoy Christmas, atbp.

Name: dina_bumblebee0901
Date Posted: Dec 2, 02 - 5:56 PM
Message:


In response to Pimp's suggestion, I am re-sharing an article I read in one of our news dailies.

STILL dreaming of a white Christmas? Unless Pinatubo belches another load, you're in for a reality check. This is the tropics, we're smack in the middle of the equatorial belt and we put on sunscreen and skin whiteners to feel decently dressed up.

Forget about Santa Claus sliding down the chimney. Except in Baguio, we only have smokestacks blighting the landscape, and can you imagine the jolly fat guy shimmying down those ozone busters? He'd be toast. Rudolf and Prancer and Blitzen and Dancer? Ummm, we don't mean to be a Grinch, but they'd make for fine pulutan the moment they venture out in the open.

Marahil ito po ay dahil hindi nagbabago ang ww2bam. Marami pa ring tao at mainit pa rin ang kanilang pagtanggap sa bawat miyembro at bagong karakter na pumapasok sa silid. Parami nang parami ang kaiga-igayang patimpalak. At sa tuwing ako'y aalis, kakaibang saya ang aking nararamdaman, di lang dahil sa mga butil ng kaalaman na aking natamo, ngunit dahil muli ko na namang nakadaupampalad ang ilan sa mga makukulay na karakter sa mundo ng chat.

But far from being a Scrooge or a Muggle in these days of seasonal cheer, we'd like to suggest a more homegrown celebration -- scaled down, sure, but with all the trimmings, glitter and cholesterol overload of Christmases past. Not to mention uniquely Pinoy as well. So find the familiar in this grab bag of ideas guaranteed not to bust your budget, burst an artery or drive you to Prozac.

1. Tiangges all over the place (the better to load up on aguinaldos, and don't forget to haggle!)

2. The Pampanga parol (or its substitutes, made of capiz, cellophane, papel de Hapon, old newspapers or Dixie cups)

3. Escayola belen, the bigger the better, with a manger made of sawali and nipa.

4. Bah, ham (bug)! Make it a Majestic, available by the kilo in wet markets.

5. Puto bumbong at tsaa (preferably taken after Misa de Gallo).

6. Piping hot bibingka with salted eggs and native cheese.

7. Tsokolate eh paired with suman

8. Potluck family dinner (check what the rest are bringing so you don't end up with endless bilaos of pancit or three versions of fruit salad)

9. Queso de bola -- if you shirk from the expensive imported versions, they've got edible local versions

10. Misa de Gallo, never mind if they're sometimes held the midnight before

11. Damit pamasko: must be new and in na in

12. CastaƱas, fresh from the street peddlers' steaming cauldron of sand

13. Fruitcake (or its poorer but more appreciated cousins: brownies, food for the gods, carrot cake, lemon squares, chocolate chip cookies, etc.)

14. Pancit (of all kinds: bihon, Malabon, luglog, habhab, canton, molo, etc.)

15. Puto (sapin-sapin, maja blanca, with salted eggs and cheese, puto ube, etc.)

16. Halaya (home-cooked ube, thick and chewy, with a dash of dayap just like Ima used to make)

17. Leche flan (with burnt caramel on the bottom)

18. Sinamay angels, rubbing wings with the papier mache Santa and reindeer made of rattan twigs

19. Christmas tree (green, plastic or white-painted twigs, with complement of wrapped gifts, walang laman ang iba)

20. Christmas lights: pin lights and rice lights in all colors and shapes, sometimes lighting up the whole house

21. Carols (live, as in the roving brass band or the parish choir, or canned, as in synchronized with the blinking lights on your Christmas tree)

22. Street kids jangling tansan tambourines and chanting, "Piso lang po" when your car gets stuck in traffic

23. Improvised Christmas wreaths (of sinamay, papier mache, resin berries, silk leaves and flowers, walis tingting accents and gold or silver paints)

24. Balikbayans (relatives, friends, boxes na amoy Amerika pa!)

25. Tricycle loads of inaanaks clutching the toy of the moment (Harry Potter accessories, Zoids, PowerPuff Girls, etc.)


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LIFE'S DAILY SURVIVAL KIT
Name: abyan mo Date Posted: Jan 30, 02 - 4:45 AM

Item 1: TOOTHPICK - to remind us to pick out the good qualities in others.
Item 2 : RUBBERBAND - to remind us to be flexible, things might not always go the way u want, but it will work out.
Item 3: BAND AID - to remind us to heal hurt feelings, ours or someone else's.
Item 4: PENCIL - to remind us to list our blessings everyday.
Item 5: ERASER - to remind us that everyone makes mistakes and it's ok.
Item 6: CHEWING GUM - to remind us to stick with it and we can accomplish anything thru the grace of God.
Item 7: CANDY KISS - to remind us that everyone needs a kiss or a hug evryday.
Item 8: TEA BAG - to remind us to relax and go over the lists of blessings that God showered upon us.


PRIORITIES

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings. happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No.
Suffering draws yo apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No.
You must grow on your own, but i will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that i might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. God said... Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY:
Name: Stinky
Date Posted: Jun 18, 03 - 1:46 PM


1. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
2. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
3. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
4. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
5. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
6. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
7. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
8. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
9. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
10. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
11. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
12. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
13. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
14. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
15. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

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FUNNY DEFINITIONS
Date Posted: May 8, 02 - 9:27 AM


ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people.
CHICKENS: The only creatures you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
GOSSIP: A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn.
SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.
WRINKLES: Something other people have. You have character lines!

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