Ilang Tulog Pa Ba?! PASKO NA!

Ang bilis ng panahon, ilang araw na lang, PASKO na! Sa office nga may Christmas playlist na ako habang nagtatrabaho. Random Christmas songs yung nasa playlist ko, may English at syempre Tagalog songs. Ang lakas maka-good vibes! Nasa lima o anim ang paborito ko dun, pero syempre may #1 sa mga paborito ko, “Ilang Tulog na Lang?” by The Company. Familiar ka ba sa kantang yon? Sobrang nagustuhan ko sya kasi maka-Pilipino yung dating nung kanta na pinaparamdam nya yung pagkasabik sa darating na Kapaskuhan. Kung hindi mo alam yung kanta, eto ang lyrics nya (i-download mo na rin para mas magandang sabayan haha!):

Kanta nang kanta, ensayo nang ensayo, awiting pamasko’y di pa rin kabisado.
Sige lang nang sige kahit wala sa tiyempo. Malapit na kaming magkaroling sa inyo.

Bilang nang bilang ng inipong pera. Kabado man sa gastos ngunit tayo’y maligaya.
Bili pa nang bili ng kung ano-ano.
Alin nga bang regalo’ng ibibigay sa’yo?

Ilang tulog pa ba? Malapit na malapit na! Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya? Ilang tulog pa ba? Darating na.
Ilang tulog pa ba? Malapit na malapit na! Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya? Ilang tulog pa ba? Darating na.

Usok ng putobumbong–nalalanghap ko na.

Ilang tulog pa ba? Heto na heto na!
Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya?
Di na hihiling ng kung ano-ano:
mahalin mo lang ako, ayos na ang pasko

Hamon at keso’y malapit nang ihain;
kay tagal nang binili, hulugan pa man din. (Aray!)
Di bale nang medyo gipit basta’t tayo’y maligaya.
Ang masayang pasko’y hinihintay ko na.

Kalembang nang kalembang ang kampana—kay lakas!
Batian nang batian ng “meri krismas!” Lahat ng masalubong ay may ngiti sa labi. Kahit nagtatampuhan ay nagkakabati.

Ilang tulog pa ba? Malapit na malapit na! Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya? Ilang tulog pa ba? Darating na.
Usok ng putobumbong–nalalanghap ko na.

Ilang tulog pa ba? Heto na heto na!
Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya?
Di na hihiling ng kung ano-ano:
mahalin mo lang ako, ayos na ang pasko

Huwag mong bibilangin ang tulog sa tanghali,
Sasapit ang paskong pagkadali-dali. Magigising tayo sa tuwa’t ligaya
Ilang tulog pa ba? Pasko na! Pasko na!

Ilang tulog pa ba? Malapit na malapit na! Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya? Ilang tulog pa ba? Darating na.
Usok ng putobumbong–nalalanghap ko na.

Ilang tulog pa ba? Heto na heto na!
Ilang tulog pa ba ang paskong masaya?
Di na hihiling ng kung ano-ano: mahalin mo lang ako, ayos na ang pasko

Di na hihiling ng kung ano-ano: mahalin mo lang ako, ayos na ang pasko Ilang tulog pa ba? Ilang tulog pa ba?
Pasko na!

Ganda di ba?! 😂🎄

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Four Days to Go ’til Christmas!

And the countdown continues…

 

Are you still thinking on what to cook on Christmas eve? Let me think and share some for you. These are common but at least can contribute…somehow…haha!

 

  • All-time MENUDO! My favorite!
  • Kare-Kare
  • Mechado
  • Pansit Guisado
  • Embutido
  • Hardinera
  • All-time lumpiang shanghai/shanghai rolls
  • Hamonado
  • Lechon Paksiw
  • Lechon Kawali
  • Cordon Bleu
  • Salpicao
  • Caldereta
  • Garlic-Buttered Shrimp
  • Black Pepper Crab
  • Grilled Liempo/Fish
  • Barbeque

These are just suggestions. Feel free to add more and comment below.

 

One of the importance of celebrating Christmas is also to have a bonding and cherish memories with our friends, families and loved ones. We, Filipinos, love food. We can have great memories over food. 🙂 But whether you have lots of dishes to share with or few, the most important thing is we are all happy, complete and blessed.

 

Prayers to all the sick people, that they may recover the soonest and may they enjoy this holiday season with their families.

 

May your Christmas be decorated with cheer and filled with love. Have a wonderful holiday!

 

 

Five Days to Go ’til Christmas!

It’s official! Five days to go until Christmas day! I know most of you are excited and happy for this most-awaited season of loving and giving, right? I wish I am, too. So many things happened this whole year to me but God is always with me. I am so much blessed with His love.

 

What are your plans this Christmas? Have you bought gifts for your friends and loved ones already? Have you planned your menus for Christmas eve? If not, I would suggest you plan them NOW. It’s harder to be on RUSH on Christmas rush. Haha!

 

But above all, NEVER forget to thank God for all the things He has done for you and all the blessings that you received (visible or not). Your life alone is GREAT GIFT. Whatever had happen this whole year to you, KEEP the faith in HIM.

 

So, let’s start this countdown! I wish you all good health and prosperity. Advance MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

My One-Day Christmas Shopping

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Yes, it’s 3 days to go until Christmas day and I woke up with full blast energy because today is a BIG day for me. No-no, it’s not my birthday nor anyone from my family… It’s a big day for me because today is my ONE-DAY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY. Super redundant? I noticed that, too. Hehe 🙂

 

After starting my Christmas countdown yesterday (4 days to go ’til Christmas) at my social media accounts, I realized that I am not yet prepared for the coming Christmas day. No gifts for my family yet, no groceries, nothing! Well, yes, except that our Christmas tree is up and the Christmas socks of my kids are already hanging. So, I slept early last night for today’s “big” day.

 

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I woke up fueled up today, ready for an action-packed Christmas shopping. Some quick points to remember when you’re planning to have a full day Christmas shopping:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes – Choose clothes that you’ll feel at ease and relaxed while shopping. You don’t need to wear dresses with very tight belt to look sexy or whatever your motive is. Your goal for this day is to complete your shopping and grocery list, not to flaunt your fashion style or be a ramp model in the middle of the supermarket. For shoes, wear something flat and comfortable, something that won’t be a load for a long day walking around the mall.
  • Get a list of things that you will buy at the grocery store. Plan your menu ahead. This will help you manage your time better with lesser chance of missing any ingredients.
  • Make a list also of the people you are going to give gifts. If you can write across their names the gifts you think they would like, the better.
  • Go out alone or plus one companion who can help you carry things (or be a hero to fall in line at the cashier while you grab the last items from your grocery list. Haha!). DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT BRING KIDS. It is of greater percentage that they’ll have tantrums when they get bored.
  • EAT BEFORE STARTING YOUR GROCERIES.

 

So, today’s the day!

 

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I started the day at the mall with my groceries. Why? (1) Since it’s already December 22, I assumed that there will be long queues at the cashiers. And I am right. Good thing I already planned my menu and jot down the ingredients. I was able to finish everything in 2 hours. (2) Priorities, food before gifts. I don’t want to spend my money to buy gifts for everyone at first and then sacrifice the food that we’ll eat or even the basic necessities at home. So, whatever’s left from my Christmas shopping budget after doing the groceries, that’ll be the money I will spend for the gifts for my family.

 

Want to know what are the GOOD DEALS I got for gifts?

 

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  • Entity – men’s cologne and lotion (Php 149/box)
  • Fashionable earphones – (Php 149 each) There are also some cute earphones that costs Php 129 each, these doesn’t have mic (pure earphones) and some because they doesn’t have pouch or casing.
  • Nivea gift pack – lotion, soap, deodorant and facial cream (Php 159)
  • Flash Cards/Picture Cards – I bought two packs: shapes/colors and fruits/vegetables. (Php 160)
  • Bath brush/sponge with wood handle – It’s 2-in-1, has long wood handle to reach the back and can be converted to a smaller one for reachable body parts (Php 109)
  • Glam BB Cream – a good deal which is buy 2 take 1 (Php149 each)
  • Hurricane – free size shirt (Php 99)
  • Pentel drawing set – drawing book/coloring book, color pens, oil pastels (Php 149)

 

There are some of the cheap items I got at the department store. You can really score a lot of good deals out there, just be patient and have plenty of time to roam around. But of course, when it comes to gift giving, it is always the thought that counts. The importance of remembering them, and giving back.

 

But do you know what’s the most important thing to remember on December 25?

 

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!”

-Luke 2:11