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Personally, I have nothing against them – those psychic and fortune tellers who predict  the future, 2015 particularly. I just get irked when I turn on the TV and the more popular TV channels are showing the same format in their shows. This and that TV personality would split up this year, a reporter will die from car accident, there would be more calamities to come.  There are also phoned in texts of televiewers giving their time of birth, birthday and the fortune-teller would say a few words about them as in,  outright? Come on people, I would not even believe that. They are cashing in on the vulnerability of their customers (even radio shows have interviews with psychics). Feng shui experts are on the loose.

Some of us love to believe in luck, that is why, even some important decisions are made based on the suggestions and expertise of these people. I strongly believe that only God knows what happens in our lives. I remember when Nissa got married three years ago and she has to fit the gown before the wedding. Mom said she should not do it because it is bad luck to do so.  You know, our old folks believe in so many myths which they inherited from our ancestors. It would be more of a disaster when  on the wedding day, it would not fit, right? So we defied all the age-old beliefs.

I remember the mass we attended on New Year’s Eve, the priest asked the congregation what year  2015 represents and someone from the back pews answered it is the year of the sheep. The priest said that is a Chinese zodiac.  No offense meant to our Chinese readers here.  Chinese New year does not even begin until February.  I think we inherited our penchant for serving twelve or thirteen fruits on the table during media noche from our Chinese ancestors. Every fruit represents the 12 months in the calendar. It’s tradition! Serving sweets is another tradition that we have because as a family we are supposed to stick together through thick and thin. I buy different fruits during this time not  because I follow the twelve lucky months of the year but I like how they make the table preparations so colorful and they are healthier than the pasta dishes, meat recipes etc. I enjoy tasting the juicy and sweet chico fruits that I only get to see aplenty during new year. There are more traditions that a Filipino family believes in. Please read my post on how a typical Filipino family celebrates the beginning of the year on top of the war-like zones we see in all areas of the Metropolis because of firecrackers and fireworks. Year after year there would be statistics of firecracker victims flashed on news reports but some people never learn. There were thousand of families who lost their homes on the first day of the year just because of some careless throwing of a firecracker that got inside one of the shanties  and razed hundred of homes in Quezon City alone.

“2015 is the year of our Lord”, the priest said.

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I am reviving (oops, that sounds like it’s dying), I have updated my other blog Gardens and Empty Spaces by posting lots of pictures I took of our garden in the province when I last visited there. I have neglected it for so long and it looks pathetic.  I set that up so I could separate the photos from the usual shots that I take to go with my blog posts. May I invite you to visit me there too and maybe follow if you like?  Thank you.

It’s a rainy New Year this side of town, just enough drizzle to wash away the dirt and grime brought by endless firecrackers which our neighbors lit last night.  The fireworks were lovely to watch but they added to the polluted air and brought more toxins which are so harmful to all living things. The firecrackers were something else though, it felt like we were in the middle of a war zone a few minutes before and after 12am. Even Kuchi, our Japanese Spitz hid herself under the bed. Despite the warnings from the Department of Health and reminders from  Pres. PNoy, Metro Manila was a bedlam. I don’t know why they don’t want to ban it completely. There are cities that have designated some areas for fireworks, I wonder why every city and town could not do the same. Waste of money and so dangerous because most of the victims are children who don’t know anything better or are just too stubborn to listen.

It’s the first day of 2015,  the start of another 364 days wait. How was your new year celebration?

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