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Another trip (Travel)

It has been a while since my last post (I have been very busy working on my Windows 8 project which is coming along great), so it is time to update my loyal followers, friends and family. It is also my birthday today, albeit I'd rather forget it than remember the relentless passing of time. As another editorial note, I have updated my post The Filipina Wife, so you may want to take a look.

Christmas is not the time be in the Philippines. First of all the "season" begins in late August and lasts until Valentine's day -- stores playing "Jingle Bells" and other yuletide favorites non-stop, clerks wearing Santa caps or reindeer antlers and decorations go up for nearly a half a year. Around December 20 or so, the fireworks begin and go on every night well into the New Year. It is a loud (louder than usual), raucous time here. Major roads are closed to all traffic near churches that have "special" services and life is disrupted in many ways.

Perhaps the only times more lively than Christmas are New Year's Eve and the local (city-wide) fiesta called "Sinulog". The place reminded of a war zone during these times: gunpowder smoke fills the air, loud explosions continue throughout the day and night, music blares from wall-size speakers that can make your eardrums bleed -- fun times!

We planned to be away. We leave for Bangkok on December 11 and will return on January 15, 2013. In addition to Bangkok, we will visit Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Don, ride the elephants at Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (in northern Thailand, near the Myanmar and Laos borders) and may take a little time out to visit Angkor Wat at Siem Riep in Cambodia. If I can find some reasonable air fares, we might hop over to Bali, Indonesia for a change of scenery, but as of now, the fares are really expensive (double and triple the usual) near the holidays. I will post pictures as I have the time.


BrokenLady said...

From your tag I can guess you are living in the area of Talisay. Few years back it was a perfect place to live but now no more, I am from Talisay too but since I moved to Mandaue I am never motivated to visit the place if not for my parents who are still living there. Well it is because of some annoying stuffs such as trisikads, poor maintenance of roads and streets and more to mention.

In here you just mentioned the noise, the fireworks and bleeding eardrums. Luckily those annoying trisikads were covered. I don't blame the locals for that who barely struggle to make a living rather I pass it on to the local government for allowing such to happen.

Cebuanos are really fun loving people but too bad dept store owners take advantage of the vulnerable-fun-loving-clerks to the extent of letting them wear funny outfits. I hope in time this will change. They are taking too much advantage (well that is as far as I am concerned), I pity the girls.

Thank you for another great post. I shall continue to follow you and looking forward to seeing more of your vacations photos.

Todd said...

Christmas is not the time to be in the filipines?? Wow, I have never heard a foreigner say that!

Christmas, for me, is the BEST time to be in the Philippines!! I love the Christmas tradition in the filipines. Christmas in the Philippines is so much better than Christmas in America.

As for New Years Eve...NOTHING compares to New Years Eve in the Philippines. That sight of fireworks literally everywhere is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

I have never had so much fun in my life as the last two New Years Eves in the Philippines.

Christmas does go on a long time...but is that a bad thing?? Not to me!

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Think that everybody should keep fit and do some exercises to remain healthy. Travelling is a major part of our life. Thank you and have a lot of fun.

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