Seven Days of White Christmas

 

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Where the treetops glisten,
 and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow 

 During Christmas since my childhood, i’d always hear nanay singing the song “White Christmas” and since then, i started to like the song (no choice, haha) and even used to sing the same during Christmas programs in my elementary days. I never thought nor dreamed to experience a white Christmas because for me it’s impossible.  surprisingly, it was last year that i had my first white Christmas.  

it was on December 24 of last year, taking the 10pm flight, I left for San Francisco. with me was my best friend don, we were set to spend Christmas with other best friends rchie and his wife janice, who are presently living in the US. the airport was so quiet then, the flight was not full, I was quite sad yet excited.    

But before I left for the airport at 7pm, I spent dinner with my mom, my other siblings, nephews and nieces, though still early, we had our “noche buena”, nanay was emotional then, t’was my first time to spend Christmas afar, but in my heart I knew that she’s kinda happy for me because her dream of having a white Christmas would now be a reality, not to her though, but to me :)  

To cut this long story, I have here my seven days of white Christmas –- what I have received (unexpectedly) – presents, surprises, treats, wishes; places where I’ve been — and more.  really it was a meaningful Christmas. 

on the first day of white Christmas — @ noche Buena, a honey glazed huge turkey ham for me.  sa pilipinas, pang mayaman lang ang turkey, shocked ang batangmangyan haha.  aside from this, we had fun games after noche buena, got 29 bucks from the scavenger hunt, a billabong shirt from rchie & janice, 50 bucks from janice’s mom, and more gifts from janice’s family and friends– ang saya ng Pasko unang araw pa lang.  and in the morning of Dec. 25, @ 11am, we attended the mass.  Happy birthday Jesus! 

on the second day of white Christmaswhat a real Christmas Tree.  I didn’t  notice that it’s a real tree until the second day, i came across the Christmas Tree at the living room and smelled a real tree.  Putek, totoong puno.  Hahays, I learned that the trees are grown for one year and sold during Christmas.  Astig!  A six-foot tree costs 150 bucks.

how about a stroll at a Filipino neighborhood, houses full of Christmas lights – para lang nasa policarpio street in mandaluyong.  weather is too cold.  ang sarap ng kwentuhan at bidahan.  

on the third day of  white Christmas —  got a new watch…i love my tag. haha. while having a leisure walk around downtown San Francisco, saw a watch store and decided to get a new one, a white Christmas gift for myself. 

on the fourth day of white Christmas —  Let it snow today!  a Christmas treat to RENO-Nevada courtesy of rchie and janice.  @ dawn of the 4th day of Christmas, we left for RENO and along the road, we passed by these mountains fully covered with snow.  hahays, real snow.  was so happy then.  my photos could tell how happy I was.  Really a white Christmas! 

 

on the fifth day of white Christmas — got a new shades…i love my oakley.  Every time I’d go to a new place, I’d make it sure to get or buy something. and since RENO is a new place to me then, i’ve had to get a second Christmas gift for myself, hahaha. 

on the sixth day of white Christmas —- a three-night stay at Peppermill, a casino hotel in RENO, still a part of the Christmas treat courtesy of rchie and janice.  Sarap ng may best friends sa US. Libre!  Since we’re in a casino hotel, I played the slot machines and even tried to play a 3-card poker. It was fun.  I won a 100 bucks. Yahoo! 

on the seventh day of white Christmas  —  Let it snow again! On our way back home, we stopped again at a different snow park.  it was a fine day, snow was so fresh and white, snowfall had just stopped.   It was fun playing on the snow. it was hard to believe that really i was enjoying a white Christmas. 

indeed, i had a fun and meaningful Christmas last year!  Yet, the most important thing to remember when we are thinking about Christmas is that, it’s not just about presents/gifts, or Santa Claus or singing carols.  It’s not just about the place where to celebrate nor just the people to be with. Wherever we may be at, whoever we may be with, the most important thing to instill in our heart and mind is the true meaning of Christmas —–  a celebration of the incredible act of  LOVE HE has given us. 

A blessed and meaningful Christmas to everyone mula sa puso ng BatangMangyan!

64 Responses to “Seven Days of White Christmas”

  1. ahaha!base ako! base! base! isa pa base! =)

    wow paskong pasko na dito sa blog mo! ang ganda ng header!
    hays, sobrang na excite ako sa kwento mo
    at english pa! hihihi

    ang saya naman, though nakakalungkot yung experience
    mo sa pag alis kasi kalagitnaan ng noche buena sa
    pilipinas pa board kayo at mag cecelebrate sa loob ng eroplano

    kakaiba talaga ang pasko sa US. halos lahat naman
    yata nangangarap na maransan ang ‘white christmas’
    para kasing nandun na lahat, kumpleto sabi nga.

    ang sarap ng maraming kaibigan lalo na pag kabahagi narin sila ng pamilya.
    kahit na malayo ka sa mga mahal mo sa buhay at mga kaibigan ang kasama mo nandun
    padin ang pakiramdam na at home ka habang sinusulit ang bawat araw..

    anyways, astig ng TAG HEUER at Oakley! yaman ng mangyan! hehe

    i think i should start singing…
    ♫♪I’m dreaming of a white christmas..
    just like the ones I used to know.♪ ♫♪
    (makakapunta din ako dyan huh!).

    Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas!

    Merry christmas Bro! alam ko sa pilipinas ka ngayon magpapasko, make the most out of it!

    PS. pede bang pakilala moko sa mga best friends mo!? ahaha (joke)

  2. huwaw ang saya naman non at ang daming napasyalan…sulit! at ang dami pang regalo sa sarili..nagpatenk yu ba sayo ang sarili mo,hihihi

    ang aga kong magcomment no? kasi nakabrodcast sa Tiktik na may bago kang post..ahahaha…

    hapi pasko sandugo!

  3. nakakainggit naman. wahehe😀

  4. wow..feel na feel ang pasko! ang lamig nyan! hehe

    naks..porma ng shades..

    nakaalala ka din mag-update.hehe musta?

  5. pa 5th BASE!

    AStig sa bagong itsura ng bahay. napakasarap tumambay!

    ehem ehem… masaya ako sa tuwing makakabasa o malalaman ko na isa sa mga taong malapit sa akin o mga kaibigan ko ay nagiging masaya sa tuwing makakamit nila ang bagay na makakapagpasaya sa knila o mga dreams in life.

    with your story tol, ramdam na ramdam ko ang kasiyahan mo, (kahit na nosebleed ako sa lamig at sa english! ahaha) Hope that in time (in gods will) magkasama din tyo dito for a white christmas and mag snow ball fight! lagot ka batang mangyan! kaso di ko mapramis tol ung hotel stay ahahaha! sana kung mayaman na ako! ahahah

    anyways, regardless of where to spend your christmas, whether be it a white christmas or not, make the most out of it and be the best person to inspire and bring out the best in others life.

    have a wonderful holidays bro!

    • haha, sinabi mo yan ha, sige pagpunta ko ng canada, humanda ka sa snow ball fight. lagot ka din.

      tol, salamat sa pagdaan. at salamat sa magagandang salita na iyong iniwan sa aking pampaskong post.

      ingat lagi. advance merry xmas!

  6. i lab it. hahahahaha

    actually ngayon lang ako mag chichiristmas sa opis hahaa

    ang saya ng pasko mo ah
    white christmas nga Ahehehe
    kakainggit ang snow.

    kala mo maiinggit akoo sa mga pagkain??

    OO syempre hahahaha

  7. ang susyal naman ng pasko nayan, sana makapag pasko din aku jan sa ewan ko kung kelan, hehehe

    merry christmas in advance!🙂

  8. base!

    grabe kitang kita sa picture at sa nagliliparang mga nyebe sa post ang kasiyahan ng ating batangmangyan! isa yan sa mga pangarap ko, ang maglaro sa ice!

    siguro matutupad yang wish ko pag nasa roma na ako.

    ahahaha, wish ko lang.

  9. Leoj! Tama ba ang magpaalala sa mga lakad natin while you were here?! Kakamiss tuloy lalo. We don’t need to tell you how much we miss you and Leonard over here. Grabe talaga. Parang kailan lang you guys were here. Makapal na ang fresh snow and temperature is SUPER COLD up in Reno. Ang torture pa, panay email ng Peppermill Hotel ng notice of complimentary hotel rooms (2 nights pa free ha!). Waaahhh!! Just last night it even snowed in the Orinda area. Remember Orinda? Can you believe miski hindi sa bundok nag-snow. Ganun kalamig dito ngayon. How we wish you were here. In 2010 perhaps? Hmmm…simulan na natin mag-ipon ulit. *hehehe* Visualization works wonders, diba? Thx for sharing your blog..we appreciate the kudos, but of course not necessary. It is our pleasure to have you guys visit. Always! Enjoy maglibot sa Union Square in San Fran and shopping! We’ll try to send snow in a bottle but no guarantees it’ll make it in time. *hehehe* Ay teka…diba may pinadala na kami nyan before? *hahaha* Regards sa mga nanay and the family. Miss na namin kayong lahat. Ingat lagi sa mga travels and adventures. Though we’re not always with you, in spirit we are never too far away🙂 xoxoxoxo, Ja&Archie

    • thanks ja, huwag na malungkot, uuwi naman kayo sa May. at syempre roadtrip again. eh di may isusulat na ako sa June pagtapos ng roadtrip. haha.

      salamat ulit. miss ko na din kayo lahat dyan. warm regards to all. hugs to mom.

  10. miss mo na ba ang white christmas???????? may solusyon dyn men… BUMILI NA NG TICKET AT BUMALIK DITO!!!!!!!!!!! miss na namin kayo! txt lang pag sunduin na namin kayo sa BART station

  11. di ako inngit kasi una may tissot ako tas pangalawa kasi ayoko talaga ng snow. ayoko sa winter. dito nga sa dubai ayaw na ayaw ko kapag full blast ang winter kasi lagi ako nagkakasakit saka di ako makapag display ng katawan haha

    astig ng mga pix. at dumila pa sa yelo! ano lasa? haha

  12. Hello magandang umaga! just wanna say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! keep safe!🙂

  13. Happy Birthday ba? happy Birthday Batang Mangyan!

    Merry Christmas na rin! Sana me white Christmas din dto sa Pinas! (Wish ko lang!) hejeje!

  14. Ang ginaw naman dito sa bahay mo… at ang header PANALO sinabayan pa ng nahuhulog na balakubak! Ahihihi

    Snowee… Isang masayang alaala na pwedeng balik-balikan, ang saya mong pagmasdan sa pictures. Merry Christmas BM…

    Happy Birthday!!!

  15. racks starr Says:

    brrrrrr.. i can imagine ang super lamig na weather. dapat mag lagay ng fireplace sa gitna ng snow para pag pagod ka na sa lamig pwede ka magpainit sandali.. parang restroom. pwede natin tawaging “hot restroom” whahaha.

    ang gaganda ng pics mo ha. talagang enjoy ka sa Whitechristmas experience mo. at halata din na enjoy ka sa bonggang-bongga mong shopping experience!

    This year, may you enjoy paskong pinoy naman.

    A Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. ang saya naman..sana maka experience din ako ng white christmas pero sana dito sa pilipinas ehhe..para lalong masaya, (posible kayang ulanin din ng yelo dito ehhe..)

    merry christmas kuya batangmangyan..:)
    enjoy ur christmas dito sa pinas..

  17. wow, winter wonderland pala ang pasko mo, bok! pati ang blog, may snow din! brrr….🙂
    balato naman dun sa 100$ na panalo mo. hehe…
    thanks for dropping by our barung-barong last sunday. paki-photoshop na lang ako sa mga pictures mo, lagyan mo ako ng abs.

    God bless!

    • salamat sa pagbisita sa blog ko bro. utoy.

      salamat din sa pag-aasikaso sa amin ni jorge noong binulabog namin ang bahay n’yo sa Hemady. haha. sobrang cool ng ating bro. utoy, at may balato pa akong CD.

      sige bro., bigay ko na lang ang balato mo pagbumisita ulit kami dyan.

      have a blessed Christmas!

  18. galing naman.. ang saya ng white christmas nyo po… sana din po maranasan ko din ang mga ganyan… makakita ng tunay na snow… hehe..

    meri xmas po..

  19. Prinsesa ng Drama Says:

    Merry Xmas! Nagutom ako sa honey glazed turkey ham mo! hehe.

    Ang saya naman ng White Xmas mo!🙂 Godbless.

  20. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. merry christmas joel!!!

  21. happy christmas kuya joel..
    🙂

  22. hohoho merry christmast!

  23. hehehe ngayon ko lang napansin. ang ganda ng picture sa sidebar. haaang kulit!

  24. tao po! happy new year!😀

  25. NEW year na kuya!!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    YAHO!O!!!

    haahhahahaha

    tambling tambling!!!

  26. Happy new year ulet!!

    Ahaha, ang astig ng white christmas mo! ang ganda ng header, panalo!!

    Waahh, gusto ko ulet lumaboy kaso mukhang malabo na, huhuhu..

    ngaun lang ako ulet nakadalaw, cencia na.. busy lang talga..

  27. wowwww srap naman niyan white christmas…. may natira pah bah sah snow sir, pahinge naman akoh… hehehehe🙂

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