Personalized Christmas Gifts

While checking out some online shops for potential Christmas gifts to family and friends, an idea popped out of my head. What if instead of giving them ready-made gifts this year, I give them something that’s made especially for them? Admit it or not, there’s something about personalized gifts that make our hearts melt. And since the occasion is as merry as the coming Christmas, then these kind of gifts will surely be much appreciated.

I have given personalized mugs and face towels before. I want something different for this year. I’m thinking of making some hand-made accessories especially for my girl friends. How about personalized holiday cards for my family? The text inside could be hand-written or not, so long as it has my heartwarming message and signature or anything that will add a personal touch to it.

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Back in the City

We just got back from the province after attending the burial ceremonies for my deceased aunt. We had a cheerful and safe trip. Our travel time was cut short because my uncle who served as our driver was quite familiar with the roads in Nueva Ecija. It was raining most of the time during our travel and throughout our overnight stay in Muñoz City but it didn’t bother us at all because we brought umbrellas with us.

As expected, it became a mini-reunion for all of us. I was happy to see my seven girl cousins again. I was surprised to find out they’re all married already. And with kids to boot. When it was their turn to ask updates about me, the predominant question was, “when are you getting married?” To which my constant reply was, “next year.” We also took the time and effort to take plenty of pictures using our respective canon slr cameras. I’m happy to have learned thru our group photos that I’m no longer the fattest among us. It only means two things: either I really lost weight or it’s just that their waist continue to expand because they have adjusted very well to married life. Haha.

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A Weekend Trip

This weekend, my family and I will venture in an out-of-town trip to Nueva Ecija to attend the burial ceremonies for my deceased aunt. Sad as we should be, we are also excited to see my cousins. If I’m not mistaken, the last time I saw them complete (all eight of them!) was during my grandparents’s funeral. Again, it’s gonna be a mini-reunion for us just like what happened during the funeral of my other aunt two weeks ago.

And since we’re going to the province, I planned to buy some kalamay (a native delicacy made from glutinous rice and coconut milk) and pastillas from our fave stop-over pasalubong store in Bulacan. I miss these kinds of food and I can no longer wait for All Saints Day (when we normally get them as we visit our grandparents’s graves in the province) to come just to taste them again. If I’d gain weight from eating them (which is as sure as the setting of the sun), I guess exploring some quick weight loss austin ideas would help me get back on track immediately.

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My Wait for Christmas Bonus Starts Now

Catching a glimpse of my wallet this morning, thoughts of receiving Christmas bonuses from various sources flooded my mind. At work, we normally get our 13th month pay in November and the extra bonus in December, a few days before Christmas. I’m happy to know that this year, I’m not the only one receiving a bonus in our family. My brother D, who works as a teacher in a private Chinese school, is getting his share, too!

Have you started shopping for Christmas presents? Me, not yet. But I think I might join my brother in going to Divisoria soon to shop at the popular night market there. I miss shopping with him. Unlike other guys that dread shopping places, my brother enjoys shopping as much as I do. Shopping is actually a great bonding activity for us.

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Birthday Celebrations in October

Forty nine days to go and it’s October once again. I so love the month! October is actually the most celebrated month in our family. Why? Because it’s my birth month! Haha. And the birth month of my grandfather (though he’s in heaven now), my father, my younger sister, the fiancee and a dozen friends.

Did I mention that the fiancee and I celebrate our anniversary as a couple on that month, too? That’s why I always get giddy and excited during this month and everybody in our family is in the mood for a celebration. Normally, we just hold one big party to cover the entire line-up of special occasions within our family. It’s one unforgettable celebration made complete by nice birthday cakes, colorful balloons, cool birthday party invitations, and other exciting party ensembles.

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