2010, bye, New Year 2011, hello!

 2010 is over, goodbye, I hate to see you go, but I, more or less, had a good time, thank you.  So, hello, New Year 2011 ! I hope this new year will have something better for me. Not that 2010 was a bad one… it was , in fact , a good one. I went to the Philippines this summer , met new friends and relatives, had my 15 minutes of fame at Jason Derulo’s concert,  went to see Usher’s concert too.

So, how was my Christmas ? Well, it was rather stressful. Christmas eve, my mother and I went shopping for ingredients. We left at 10 AM. I forgot to eat breakfast, ( and I ate very little dinner the night before, like 4 spoonfuls of something ) and grocery shopping went past lunchtime, so , at around  2 PM, I almost fainted, right there at the grocery aisle. Good thing Mom was with me. I sat down on the floor and mom had my head down between my legs until I recovered.  There was a Chow King nearby, ate something there, but i just threw up  and made a mess of it in the car.  Anyway, once home, we buckled down and started cooking. I made the maja blancaleche flan , and wrapped the bananas and the lumpia ( pork eggroll ) for frying the next day.  Then , the family attended the Midnight Mass, at 10 PM. We got home at 12 midnight, ate the traditional hot rice porridge we call  ” arroz caldo “, and though we went to bed at almost 2 AM, we still hoped we could wake up at 5 AM to resume cooking. But I  guess we were all so tired  we overslept . Mom was the first to wake up at 9 AM !!!!  It was supposed to be a Christmas lunch and we had at least 7 guests coming over.  The stress was tremendous, and  at 11 AM we figured we wouldn’t be able to get everything done by lunchtime, so my sister started calling the guests ( her friends actually ) and moved lunch to  a later hour like 2 PM.  They nevertheless came much later, at 3 PM . The Christmas lunch became a Christmas supper.  They had a good time, emptied 3 bottles of champagne,  and actually left at 1 AM ( this morning ) . Here are some pictures of our Christmas dinner. Not shown in the pictures are leche flan, maja blanca, the teramisu cake and the pretty fruit centerpiece  that I made. There just wasn’t enough space on the table. We put them on the kitchen counter.





My mother and sister miss the Philippinie Christmas tradition.  Midnight mass there is really held at midnight.  Christmas in the Philippines is one of the longest in the world. From Dec. 16  to the 24 th, Filipinos attend a 4 AM Mass, called ” misa de gallo”,  the so-called mass at ” cock’s crow “, a 9- day novena of Masses.  Before 4 AM, church bells ring everywhere, and brass bands parade down the street to wake the people up for the misa de gallo. ( I remember the brass bands…. their music was loud, lol )

On Christmas eve, Filipinos prepare for the Midnight mass and midnight meals after the Mass they call Noche Buena 

We used to observe  this Filipino tradition of Noche Buena, a sumptous meal right after the Midnight Mass, here in the US but It’s not practiced here , even among Catholics.  So, we discarded it 6 years ago and opted for a  lunch or dinner  on Christmas Day.

We opened our gifts after lunch . I got a Kodak digital camera from sis and cash from my parents and brother.  I wished for a PS3, but I guess I’ll have to save for it.

Well, this is all for now. Happy New year everyone ! ! Peace !!!!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dreamsending on December 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Wow, looks so good! I bet you ate lots! Nice pictures too!

    Aw, you wanted a PS3, its fun, but make sure you get a good one that won’t die in a week.

    Well, bye bye, 2010, it was nice knowing you as well. 2011, will bring good times.

    Later girl


  2. Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink……as usual, I ate very little. My stomach was rejecting food the whole day.

    The PS3 that my brother is using now is his second. \

    LOL ! The first one lasted 2 years, at least. But we have had our PS2 since forever.

    Alex, we haven’t chatted for a while ! What have u been doing these days?


    • Posted by dreamsending on December 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm


      Between work, getting ready to move, working out medical stuff, being sick, working out with other paper, issues with college, oh, I could go on, but its all for good.

      On my free time, I do write in my new story, its now 25 pages!! Oh, I am at a very scary part, one of the main characters is in trouble. lol


      • Speaking of scary, I’m currently reading Monster by MONSTER by Naoki Urasawa. Brilliant and critically acclaimed manga. Martin Scorcese bought the rights so I;m sure there’s going to be a movie adaptation of the novel. There are 20 volumes and we have the complete set here at home. I’m in 6th one now. If you haven’t read Monster, I highly recommend you do. It’s awesomely thrilling !!!


  3. Posted by kindamixedup on January 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Everything looks so good! Note to self: find a filipino restaurant in montreal and try everything on the menu. 😉


    • I’m sure you can find one near the area> there are a lot of filipinos in Canada, I think. Some dishes are an acquited taste, by the way, especially if there’s Kare-kare…. that’s meat stewed in peanut sauce ( oxtail )and eaten with bagoong, a smelly shrimp paste that Asians are so fond of. And if it’s true, blue Filipino restaurant, I’m sure there’s going to be blood soup, Dinuguan, ahahaha…. I love it, but that’s another one that you have to think over before even trying it.


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