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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas or commercialmas

What is Christmas to me? Christmas to me is the celebration of the birth of Christ our savior. Christians coming together to remember when Jesus was born. Why is it important? The importance of Christ's birth is the beginning of our salvation. He was born into this world to save us from our sins. I am not a theologian nor am I a religious fanatic but I do believe in my heart that Through Jesus I am saved, that my soul is saved from damnation. I am not perfect nor do I want to be because one can just imagine the pressure of being and acting perfect all the time. I think it would drive me nuts.

It seems now a days that people are giving more importance to the decorations, the food and the gifts to give each other rather than preparing themselves for the coming of Christ. It is the time to give and help the less fortunate. It is the time to relish in the joy of giving rather than on the receiving end. Yes, it makes us happy when we receive gifts but wouldn't your happiness be more meaning if you see other people with so much joy when you extend a little gift to them? I often ask myself this question : How lucky am I?

The way I see it now Christmas had been too commercialized. Stores having extravagant decorations, Santa costumes and all that. I don't have anything against the image of Santa Clause because he inspires people to give and share but shouldn't it be Christ instead of Santa who is given the most credit on this season since it is His birthday after all?Now that the world is in crisis does it mean then that we don't celebrate christmas because we don't have enough to buy decorations, food and gifts? I think not. We can celebrate by getting the family together and give thanks that we are together and still able to rejoice in the birth of our Lord.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


A friend of mine had twins just last month. We use to live very near each other in fact when you go out the backdoor you can see their house . A lot of family live in that one house. Her Family just occupies one room and they are about 9 in the family including the new born twins now. So they are like squashed together like sardines when they go to sleep there. They are poor and I don't say this to demean them or something like that I am just stating a fact. Almost all of her children were born at home.

We were actually expecting her to deliver this month of December when one day last month she just called me up while I was out on an errand to tell me that she had delivered and that it was twins. I was really shocked to learn when she said she just had them at home. The babies were really small and the old midwife who actually isn't your typical went to school and learned to deliver babies type was surprised when the first came and then she looked down and saw feet poking out. That was the only time my friend learned she had twins. She didn't have any prenatal ultrasound done so that's why she was as surprised as the old midwife. They came to visit me just yesterday and the babies were so tiny that I was afraid I'd break them or drop them. The other one was very small and I told her mom to call her Hope because the other one she called Grace. I really pity the twins because they had lots of mosquito bites and I felt like someone was squeezing my heart literally while I was looking at them. They should be in an incubator and monitored you know but they can barely afford food for themselves what more payment in the hospital. It's times like these that I wish I have all the money in the world so I can help them. Makes me even want to cry right now. Here are pics I took of them yesterday.

Makes me think how lucky I actually am.

Yum yum cookies!

Wow! I didn't realize how long it has been since I wrote something in my blog. Oh well baking cookies has taken all my time now. Since I love cooking I thought of using it to earn money and so I started baking cookies not long ago and then asked my cousin Dominic to sell them at his work place. Wah lah the cookies were a huge success. He works in a call center so I can understand why the cookies were a hit. I used to work in a call center and I found that we like to nibble while we are on a call or on a break , you know just to keep our minds off the pressure of the job and knowing filipinos well we sort of love to eat. Food business will always be a huge success here in the Philippines since the people oh so love their food.

I thank my aunt also for sharing some of her cookie recipes. I just modified some of them to suit my needs and my budget and yet not taking all the goodness and yumminess out of the cookies. For now my cookies are chocolate oatmeal, buffalo chip, chocolate chip and coconut cookies. I have also been baking mini apple pies . They also seem to love it. I have a very small oven which you just put on top of the stove, I wish mine were bigger but when more profit comes them I will buy some. My oven looks kinda scary since the outside is mostly busted up and a bit rusty but not to worry though the inside is very very clean, I made sure of that. And now presenting the cookie pictures and the mini pies too .heheheheheh. TADAHHHHHH!