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Last year on my FB wall I wrote, You will always love the memories that Christmas brings no matter how simple the celebration is.

I feel so sleepy but I can’t go back to sleep. I only had four hours of sleep last night and woke up at 5:30 am. I saw mom earlier that she was already awake. She didn’t join us last night because she was deep asleep. I prepared breakfast for her, lumpiang shanghai and a slice of bibingka which we haven’t touched last night. Then Josef ordered breakfast at Jollibee this morning. Could not resist the aroma it brings. It’ll probably take two more days before we could eat all these. I still prepared pork afritada yesterday for lunch today. They will be spending the afternoon at Jovy’s grandma’s place.

I love all those photos posted by relatives and friends – family gatherings, so much food and gifts galore. The Filipinos always make it a point to celebrate despite the very high price of basic commodities and the high cost of living nowadays. For me, as long as we are together, it doesn’t really matter whether there is enough food on the table. As usual,there are no photos of the family but I took one of our noche buena meal.

Bibingka, buchi, lumpiang Shanghai, roasted chicken,spaghetti and ice cream for dessert. Ice cream in the middle of the night? We didn’t touch it though.

Blessed CHRISTMAS to all my WordPress friends🎄✨️🎉😘💜

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I was browsing the Memories app at Facebook when I saw this lovely image of our front garden several years ago. Those Pandakaki plants with tiny white flowers gave up on us but was replaced by Scarlet bush, Shanghai beauty and Kamuning. The Koi fish at the pond got lost during a flood. Our carabao grass are a little sparse now but all the plants have grown tall.

For the first time in more than two years, Josef and I went to the wet market to buy some necessities for Christmas Eve. I am planning to cook at least two recipes and the rest I ordered online. I don’t know when Nissa’s family would be coming over if it is on the 23rd or 24th of December. She hasn’t confirmed it yet. My gifts for mom and the kids are ready now. It’s about three days and thirteen hours to go before Christmas according to the Christmas clock.

It rains every day now and the sun is barely showing it’s face. I hope I could finish trimming the Fukien tea plants before Christmas day.

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For the first time, I joined the Christmas party of senior citizens at our village. Our municipal administrator who was our former mayor Atty. Kit Nieto together with our vice-mayor Ace Servillion joined us in the celebration. They gave cash gifts to those chosen randomly on the list of attendees. I won a box of bibingka, a rice cake which is the specialty of our town. They also distributed groceries to all seniors who attended. I didn’t stay long, went home after lunch. I gave the raffle tickets to our neighbor who is one of the officers of the seniors. What good luck! Mom and I won. I also received a gift from my online suki when I bought a gallon of dishwashing liquid yesterday. It is indeed a blessing to be remembered.

Been to my ENT and she changed my otic drops. She cleaned my ears again after noticing dried blood in the outer layer of my ear. Maybe that’s why two days ago, my right ear was so painful the whole day. I’ll be back on Thursday for another check-up. Hoping it would be the last with my ENT.

It’s eleven days to go before Christmas. Today is December 14.

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