Filipino Christmas Songs to Remember How We Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

In past Christmases I avoided listening to Filipino Christmas songs for I know how they would affect me emotionally. They make me homesick and there is no cure to that except buying a ticket and visit home. While I may not have a problem for tickets but I just can’t do it in December, my kids are in school and I wouldn’t be happy leaving them while I enjoy my days in the Philippines. They like it there too and want to bring them with me, only not in December though.

Anyway, I am braving myself to listen to these songs these days, as expected it touched me and how I wish I could be with my little siblings this Christmas. While the songs touch me emotionally, at the same time they bring back lots of memories of my life while growing up poor. These songs used to be played over many times on radio stations when I was a child, they sure are soothing and relaxing to listen to.

One of the memories I have when I was  a child, I really believed that Santa was real and that he would come in our house one night. So, I hung my white sock outside the window and hopeful it will be loaded with sweet goodies when I wake up in the morning. But to my dismay, it was EMPTY! Like it was untouched in the same place exactly where I hung it that night. I was so disappointed and from then on, I did not ever wish to have a gift or someone would really give me something nice ever again.

Instead, I become a giver to my family and some relatives years later after I got married to my husband. It sure feels nice to give and see those children’s faces when I handed them candies/chocolates. Looking forward to going home next summer and see my little brother and sister again and hopefully visit my cousins in the province to hand out candies.

Beautiful in White is Stuck in My Head

We cannot help it sometimes there is a song we just heard or is commonly played over and over again in airwaves and somehow it got stuck in our mind all day. All we gotta do is keep singing it, play the song and let it out in our mind! Though it is not a very bad thing to happen, it is indeed frustrating at times.

Beautiful in White revival by Shane Filan (one of the members of popular 90’s boy band, Westlife) is soothing. First time I heard this song when someone on my Facebook list posted a live video of Shane having a concert in their area and I got hooked by how he sung the song on stage.

So I went and bought Shane’s entire album called, “Love Always”. Now, I can listen to this wedding song as long as I like without worrying about losing it since it is stored in both ipod and iphone phone in my possession.

A lyrics for you all so you can sing along if you search the song on Youtube.
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shane

Not sure if you know this
But when we first met
I got so nervous
I couldn’t speak
In that very moment
I found the one and
My life had found its
Missing piece
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
What we have is timeless
My love is endless
And with this ring, I
Say to the world
You’re my every reason
You’re all that I believe in
With all my heart, I
Mean every word
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
And if a daughter’s
what our future holds
I hope she has your eyes
Finds love like you and I did, yeah
But when she falls in love we’ll let her go
I’ll walk her down the ailse
She’ll look so beautiful in white
You look so beautiful in white
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight

High Price Slow Internet Connection

We live too far out from the town proper, the price we pay for being out here is that our internet connection sucks! It is slow, sometimes it will take me five to ten minutes to open a website with limited gb. We are allocated only 50 gb per month and paying twice the price than what we are paying for in Fort Worth.

In the city, we pay $70 per month on unlimited 100 mbps internet service. You see there is a big change there when we decided to live out here. Although the place itself is quiet, peaceful and nice, guess, we just have to put up with slow internet service then.

I can best describe it the same as the third world country like the Philippines, I have gone home several times in the past and I wasn’t happy with how behind they are in terms of technology. Out here in the country though is understandable why it is slow. It is very expensive to get that superb connection for just a few families out here, so for now, that is what we’re getting. Pablo, from exede who provided us the service told us that in three or four months, we should have an increase of our gb to 150 once the company is able to establish a satellite from above. We shall see if it is true or if it is gonna happen.

Fishing is to Kill Time in the Country

I was amazed how some people who live in the country are so laid-back and just finding ways to kill their time. The day we arrived in Avery for a short weekend getaway, one of our friend’s neighbors gone fishing to his bigger pond. I asked the friend why he bothers fishing and releasing the fish when he caught one, he said that he does not allow for the fish to be eaten. There are not too many of them in the pond yet, that’s why.

So, back to this neighbor of his, he just go fishing in his property to kill time. You know, when in the country the hours seem longer and you just have to find something to do to entertain yourself.

Fishing is just one of the many entertainments my children can do when in Avery. It is therapeutic at the same time fulfilling when we catch a fish. It also allows them to appreciate nature, breathe that fresh air and feel the cool temperature on our skin.

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Outdoor Fun in the Country

I can see the big difference between living in the country and the city. In the city, we mainly stay indoor when there is no school. Children refuse to play outside. While in the country, in our friend’s place, he’s got this 56 acres land in Avery, my children has got all the wide open space where they can walk, hunt for little bugs, go fishing in his ponds and or have fun swinging on a tree branch like the one pictured below.

There was almost no time for electronics, I tell you. Maybe when we move out to the country, our lifestyle will drastically change but it is for the better I believe. Children will be happier, communicating with nature and most of all getting a lot of fun just by exploring their surrounding. Looking forward to that, if not soon but later.

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Vintage Weighing Scale with Free Fortune Reading

My memory is still good that I still remember this vintage weighing scale with free fortune reading when you insert coins in it. I was in my elementary years if I’m not mistaken when I tried using this machine. It was my first and last try and never did I see this being out or displayed anywhere else in the Philippines.

During that time, I did not care much how much I weighed. I was more into knowing what my fortune was gonna be.

And one time on my first born’s birthday, I did not expect it to see in a an old skating rink called Silver Wheel in White Settlement, I understood why the Skating Rink has this machine, because their business have been around since the 50’s, the building is not appealing from the outside, inside smells like old and the skating shoes are also vintage. My daughter asked me what it was and so I explained it to her and that this machine is very old. It kind of brought a smile on my face because of the memory I had with it when I was little.

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No Filipino Christmas Songs For Me

As much as I’d like to listen to Philippine Christmas Carols, I am trying very hard not to hear or listen to any of it although it will take my spirit to how my country celebrates Christmas. I am avoiding it because it makes me homesick, it makes my mind go crazy. When homesickness kicks in, I know I wouldn’t be happy because the only cure for it is costly.  Going home, that is!

I do listen to Christmas songs here or even in my car going to and from home and work but it’s the American version that I choose to hear. They don’t stir my emotion, instead they cheer me up and makes look forward to Christmas, the American way. Children will decorate cookies on Christmas eve and opening of presents early morning on Christmas day. That has been our tradition since Jadyn was two or three years old. Hoping that it will continue in the years to come so they will have a memory of how the Sanborns celebrate Christmas and they will pass it on to their kids someday.

 

Anxious

I am anxious for Friday to come. That is the only time I can get off work early and go to Apple store and pick up that very thing I bought on my own sweat and labor. It is something some people already have and is not new to others.

It’s something that I would be proud carrying/using because I know that the money I paid for it did not come free. Two weeks of working in hard labor is how much this thing cost me. So I must be proud that for the first time I am able to afford my “want” and not obliging my husband to by me this gadget.

Friday can’t come fast enough…

I Wish People will Read and Educate Themselves

This photo below sums up  my thoughts I want these blacks to know about my home country, the Philippines. They are protesting for a very wrong reason. I wish they will read, visit the Philippines and educate themselves before they go out there and rally.

Clearly these idiots don’t  know what is going on in the Philippines yet here they are, displaying their false accusations about our newly-elected President. He is there for a reason, people have voted for him, I, is one of them. The opposition accused him of mass murder for what? For cleaning the Philippines of the rampant problem we’re all facing, DRUGS!

I wish these idiots know how big of a problem drugs are in my home country, walking on the streets and fear for your life or feel you’re in danger because of flooding drug addicts everywhere. We all yearned for a true leader who would do something about the general public’s problem.

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Side by Side with Mr. Google Maps

It’s not everyday we see this car in our daily drive. When we see one, for sure we are amazed and we probably think the same saying, ” so this is the guy responsible for taking pictures of our streets and our area for us to be able to search and see our street view and anywhere in the world” on Google Maps.

I saw this Google Maps car one day on Alta Mesa Boulevard. Gladly enough, he was next to me so I captured a pretty good pictures of him before the traffic light turned green. I didn’t care if he saw me or not. All I could care about I was not letting him drive off without me taking pictures of the car.

This was the second time I saw a Google service car, the first one was maybe two years ago driving on our street. He was driving on a 30 mph that day and who would have thought he was at work that time. He was taking pictures/moving pictures of our street at that time and was pretty sure of this because, I remember the husband just finished mowing the yard that day, it was summer and the crape myrtles were blooming. When I searched our home address on Google, exact the same picture was available for viewing when I did.

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