How to Start the Year Late

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 0 Comments

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How to Start the Year Late

Seven long days after the official New Year of 2014 and I find myself frantically catching up with you all. Happy New Year - how have you all been? The holidays are just about to end from all over the world, but it sure seems like it’s still a thing in Manila. Philippines always seem to start the year late, because the holidays overlap with the New Year, which is definitely a good thing.

 I’m a week late in celebrating the Christmas season in MLA, but as soon as I stepped foot in PH territory, there were firecrackers of laughters and carols of noises from every spot. Despite the seemingly chaotic and dangerous environment, it always feels welcoming when in Manila during holidays, and most especially during the Christmas season. Belens are everywhere, boastful Christmas lights, and looped Christmas jingles are the orthodox. And no matter how anti-social, or anti-Christmas, or anti-holiday a person is, being in this kind of place makes you really enjoy the season. Just glad that even with the expat life of travels and all, going home to this is an absolute piece of good fortune.

I certainly don’t mind starting the year late here, Pinoy style - sharing a dump of the good Christmas Manila stuffs that I’ve gathered during my holidays in the Phils. Surprised by the amount of Christmas decors I found everywhere. Mall rats, awesome Christmas finds, yes. If you’re too early in planning your next year’s Christmas celebration, why not spend it in the Philippines? Budget-friendly, travel-friendly, and I am most certain that you’ll enjoy the tropical and comical holiday experiences here. Start the year early and end the year late? Yes.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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