Merry Christmas !

Hello !  Renxkyoko  Iglesias here.

I’ve finally created a new blogsite, as promised,  where I can write about mangas , animes, and video games to my heart’s content !  HERE it is.

I was supposed to post pictures of our Thanksgiving Day  fare , but it was a big FAIL.  My Mom volunteered to do it using her digital camera , but, guess what, there was no SD card in it. lol  It doesn’t matter, though, because the dishes are the same as last year’s, anyways ( there are pics of it somewhere here )…. paella ( I cooked that ) pork eggroll, caldereta, pork bbq,  chicken loaf, ham, sautéed veggies, and roast chicken, instead of roast turkey.

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Wow. I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of Christmas holidays.  * shakes head *  Here comes again this feeling of nostalgia for  Christmases past.  Is that a sign  I’m  getting old, or what ?  Please don’t answer that.

Anyway,  I was watching the APEC summit meeting that was held in Manila, Philippines , late November,  attended by 22 heads of state of countries that touch the Pacific Ocean rim ( that means the USA, too ). Pres. Obama was in the Philippines for 3 days. The Philippines has the longest  holiday celebration in the world ( starts in September, all through the ” er ” months ), so I’m sure the Philippines  had pulled out all the stops  to show off  how the country celebrates Christmas. Unfortunately, no one has uploaded on YouTube this year’s Philippine Christmas celebration. I did find an older video ( 2011 ) , but WP notified me that it couldn’t support the file type.  ( Seriously, what’s going on with WordPress? This has never happened before. )  Fyi,  the country’s population of 100 million is 90% Christian, more than 80% of whom are Catholics. It is a Catholic country. Don’t think Christmas is highly commercialized in the Philippines. It isn’t.  It is , in fact,  authentic , genuine,and religious in nature. I read an article by a CNN reporter entitled ” Why the Philippines leads the world in celebrating Christmas.” The article says, to quote , ”   it is the longest and the most lavish,  and  if a global competition were to be held for a country with the most Christmas spirit, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.  While other countries ( even non-Christian countries ) focus on the commercial side of Christmas,  the Philippines’ Christmas is very religious in nature, as it should be.  Like,  for  10 days before Christmas Day, Filipinos go to Mass  everyday at 4: 30 AM. They call this Misa de Gallo ,  ( Mass at cock’s crow ) . I actually remember this. How can I forget ? A marching band  ” marches” up and down the roads, playing Christmas music to wake the people up at 4 AM ! On Christmas Eve, Filipinos go to Midnight mass they call Misa de Aguinaldo, after which, they go home to eat midnight dinner they call Noche Buena. Also, each house is decorated with traditional Christmas lantern they call Parol  ( or Star of Bethlehem. )

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I wish I could show you guys the amazingly beautiful lanterns and the twinkling colorful lights, but again, WP couldn’t support the file type.  I have only 3% storage left , so do you guys think it’s time to buy the Premium ?

Also, I feel WP is not blogger -friendly anymore. It was easier to post before. Now, it took me a while to post this.  This got lost in the muck several times before I finally got this published/

This is all for now.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Be good and peace to all.

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67 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, it is so good to see a post from you in my reader! Plus you packed it with so much info. The photo of the food of course caught me! But you, it is always a joy to hear from you.
    Wordpress, well, is wordpress.

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    • Re WP… I know, right ? In fact, the whole article disappeared so I was forced to write again, but it wasn’t the same anymore. The mood disappeared, as well.

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  2. […] Source: Merry Christmas ! […]

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  3. Nice. Happy holidays to you as well.

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  4. Just nosing about dear. I thought I smelled dinner ! : )

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  5. Merry Christmas Ren!!!!!

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    • Merry Christmas to you, as well, aysabaw. So, how is Christmas where you are ? A bit lonely ? My mother is getting too nostalgic. We promised each other we’d go there in the very near future.

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      • Christmas is not so Christmassy in the UAE, its not even a public holiday he he…..

        But it would be really nice if you’d spend Christmas in the Philippines 🙂

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        • I’m sure it will happen . I really want to see how the Philippines celebrate Christmas. I have very little memories of Christmas there, except the marching bands. They were loud ! Ha ha !

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  6. Posted by The Twentysomething Social Recluse on December 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Merry Christmas! The food looks delicious!

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  7. I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family. I look forward to reconnecting with you in the new year. Now I am off to have a look at your Manga Blog. Very exciting development 🙂

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    • You, too, Peter. Have a good one with your loved ones.
      Oh, the manga blog….. facepalm….. I wish I could keep that a secret from you, he he he. Happy Holidays, and Cheers! Keep warm, Peter.

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  8. Posted by Rocco B on December 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Merry xmas to you too Ren :D. Will check out your new blog on anime, manga and video games too xDD.

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  9. I’ll be over for dinner!

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  10. Merry Christrmas Ren. 🙂

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  11. Your dinners always look absolutely wonderful! I’ve not had much of a problem with WP of late, except I keep forgetting to like things now that the button on the top border has gone. It would be nice to avoid Christmas commercialism, I can’t imagine what that would be like.

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    • It’s when people have forgotten what Christmas means, ie, the birth of Jesus,, then all those amzing decorations, merriment, etc., are nothing. Even China and Japan are so into Christmas , decorating the stores with Christmas trees, the works…. they don’t even know the reason for the celebration. I find it amusing and sad at the same time.

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  12. Merry Christmas Ren. I have just posted something on my blog how we celebrate Christmas. In all the frenzy, we sometimes forget why we are celebrating.

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    • It’s a good thing the Philippines has religious homegeneoty ( spelling ? ) . A family with a different religion will surely get mad if they get roused everyday for 10 days at 4 AM .lol

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  13. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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  14. Merry Christmas! I can’t wait to check out your new blog site.

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  15. Merry Christmas Ren! I hope you’ll get to spend Christmas here again! When was the last time? 🙂

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  16. That looks so very delicious! What a treat to finally see a post from you.
    Yes, you are missed! Will have to eat all this slowly, catch me in about a week…oh. That’s Christmas! Perfect! Have a great one. enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY, Eddie

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  17. you guys know how to eat!

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  18. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Hmm all the food you are lucky I wasn’t there! It would be gone!

    It’s snowing here! Want some nice icy snow?
    Merry Christmas, Ren! 😇😆

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  19. Posted by diwangtanglaw on December 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Maligayang Pasko sa’yo Sis Ren. For sure mauulit muli ang pasko mo sa Pinas.

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    • Hay, naku, sana ! Pulos panood naming mg Mom ko sa You Tube. And saya don talaga, di ba ? Suerte nyo, kase dito iba – iba ang religion. Sa street naming, maybe 50 houses, 3 lang kaming meron Christmas lights. Parang hindi Pasko. Makita mo lang and Christmas décor sa commercial area.

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  20. Merry Christmas, Sweetie.

    Xxx
    D.

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  21. Merry Christmas, and you’re only getting wiser, not older.

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  22. Now I’m starving!

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  23. Storage problems seem to be haunt you – be it SD cards or WordPress.

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  24. Very interesting post. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Jo 🙂

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  25. wow! invite me to dinner! happy holidays 2 u 2. continue…

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  26. Mmmmmmmmm paella!

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  27. Festivities are good, as long as it makes people merry and not alcohol drinking opportunity. Decorations and families getting together is good too. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Ren. 🙂

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  28. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Renx

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  29. We’ve woven a web, you and I,
    attached to the world, for no matter
    how long, inscribed, though poorly, for
    scant eyes, still, as bright a love aura as
    has ever glowed, tightly wound around
    our hearts, yet soaring miles above
    Moodung’s fog to warm cold February.
    Sparks fly off a round-rock fire rarely seen
    in these parts. We laugh, it feels like we
    shouldn’t be here on a cold winter night,
    just a few meters from trails so packed
    during the day. This charge will never
    leave. We’ve marked this space but must
    go to where the stars shine, deer run, art springs.
    Keep my heart in your brain, words in your hair.
    Matched lifelong yearning bursts in my hand,
    fluorescent. Quick, pack what you need, let’s
    flee! live life in the positive zone, expand
    what we enjoy together, bound by the luck
    that brought us this far. Where to next?

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  30. Your intent was so wonderful, sent you an email. The food always looks marvelous and so very tasteful.. I love the lantern. Thanks for always sharing and also embracing my poems! May your New Year be abundantly blessed!

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  31. Merry Christmas !

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  32. That’s quite a feast!
    Bummer about the pictures. But – the time spent & memories will be with you forever!
    {Hugs}

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  33. We do celebrateChristmas and of course in our own way….. do read the posts, on Christmas celebrated in a small locality in Calcutta, India, in my blog

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