Everybody just loves Christmas Day. Religious and non-religious people alike won't disagree to say it's one of the best holidays we've got every year. On that day, people gather with family and friends to enjoy a festive meal and exchange gifts as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. No work. There's a lot of food. People's mood are positive. Everybody seems to be getting along. Amazing, isn't?

Putting aside our religious differences for a while, what can we do to "feel" the tradition of celebrating a season of peace, love and giving? Okay, here are 10 things to do:

1. Send Christmas cards to family and friends wishing them a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
2. Set up a live or artificial Christmas tree in your home. Decorate it with ornaments and lights.
3. Hang decoration in a doorway. It is traditional for people to kiss when they stand
4. Place lights and other decorations on the outside of your house and on your outdoor shrubs and trees.
5. Buy gifts for family and friends and pile them under the tree.

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6. Ask your children to write down a wish list of the toys they would like to receive.
7. Play Christmas music in your house to get in the holiday spirit; some popular choices include "Silent Night" and "Pasko na Sinta ko."
8. Prepare a huge Christmas feast with foods such as Keso de Bola, ham, salad and vegetables; serve fruits for dessert. Include other favorite recipes from your childhood holiday meals.
9. Attend church on Christmas Eve.
10. Remember that the true meaning of the season is really about giving.

Help those less fortunate than you are at this time of year. Donate a toy for a needy child, or give food to a food drive or homeless shelter so others can enjoy a holiday meal. Christmas is celebrated around the world in a wide variety of ways. Incorporate traditions from other cultures into your own festivities to create your own unique traditions. Above all, show the true spirit of Christmas — love!
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Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Thursday, December 14, 2006 | 9 comments
It was in 1998 when I first got the taste of online chatting. YM and other instant messenger systems were virtually non-existent at that time (although AIM released their first version in 1997, it was practically unknown at that period). IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, ruled the chatting world then. The late 90s saw the monumental interest and passion toward Internet in the Philippines, so you could just imagine how hooked and hyped Filipino geeks were with the web. So when a friend introduced me to the wonder world of online fantasy — boom! — it hit me. In no time, I instantly went gaga over the net.

Who wouldn't get hooked with this technology? In a chatroom, you can bask in different identities. You can shroud yourself with another personality. You can either act like a pious saint or behave like a wicked asshole, and nobody can figure out what you really are. Usually, chatrooms become the outlet of your evil self — the bitch side of you. Once inside, you can blow your own trumpet. You can act like a big cheese. You can cry wolf. You can spit on the face of a person you hate (of course, in an "Internet action"). You can lie, you can curse, you can preach — it's all up to you. But while all these bells and whistles may enchant you and get you hooked, it can also get you in trouble. If you are in a cyber world and you act like a babe in a woods, you'll be a loser. Stupidity has no place in the Internet. Online romance, get-rich-quick scheme, etc. — these are just some of the stuff you need to familiarize yourself with. Newbies or users who are new in the Internet are usually the target because they are so gullible they think the real world and online world co-exists together. And it's usually too late before they get their senses back.

My girlfriend and I have had scores of arguments over the intention or direction (if there is any) that people, or I to be more specific, have in joining some online chatrooms and forums. So what's with the chatting and forums? There are five intentions I can think of:

1) romance (may include sex)
2) friendship/company
3) money
4) intellectual pursuit/information/knowledge
5) plain adventure (when bored)

Frankly, no. 1 was my first intention. I was in my college and my hormonal universe that time was in overdrive. And there comes number 2, but it was really vital to number 1. I mean, most romantic relationships, whether meaningful or not, start with friendship, right? LOL (the moves). What about money? Nah. Intellectual pursuit? Not at that time. Plain adventure? Nah. That would be too expensive. I hate to admit but aside from my cellphone bill, my Internet escapades burned my pocket really fast. I usually ran out of money before weekends came. All I wanted was a romance. Talk about being desperate. LOL!

Noon yun. Pramis! (I know some will raise eyebrows haha). Chatting today or joining forums, for me, are just mainly for number 4. Friendship will not be out of the picture completely, but that is not my intention anymore. Friendship will just come. No more silly cyber romance. Wallowing in the world of fantasy is not my cup of tea anymore. I've gotten over all these Internet hypes except this blog. That's what I can do best while lingering on the crazy world of Internet.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at Tuesday, December 05, 2006 | 6 comments
Don't let the title of my entry fool you. I'm not into dancing. In fact, I don't dance, except when I am thrust into just-for-fun moments. And I'll be blogging about it. It's just that some things you know from the past have a way of knocking on your brain. Like some dance songs.

I admit, I danced around when I was a kid. I remember dancing to the tune of the song "Name Game" by Laura Branigan (don't ask my age). It's an 80s song, probably hitting the radio station in 1986 when I was in kindergarten. I was also "chosen" to dance to Francis Magallona's "Mga Kababayan" in Grade 1, wearing a tight leather jacket that shines in daylight. It was also in my grade school days when I got up the stage and danced to the popular "Ice, Ice, Baby."

My "dancing career" didn't end there, though. In high school, I danced to some folk and native songs to my utter embarrassment. There was this folk dance program where we had to dance through thin benches without falling. Of course, I fell. My "career" suffered another blow when I lousily danced to the song "Always," which, at that time, was made popular by the UMD (Universal Moron Dancers). That was the end.

Okay, not exactly the "end." The last time I did it again was last year, during a company Christmas party. As expected, nagkalat kami. He, he, he.

Here's the list of dance songs which elicited some fond memories:

1. Billie Jeans - Michael Jackson
2. Play That Funky Music - James Brown
3. U Can't Touch This - Mc Hammer
4. Stars - Simply Red
5. The Sign - Ace of Base
6. Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
7. Mr. Boombastic - Shaggy
8. Shy Guy - Diana King
9. The Name Game - Laura Branigan
10. Always - Erasure

I forget the title of some songs. Like the one "Angelina..." (baho...blah, blah, blah, di ka nagsasabon...LOL). I know you like that song, haha! And there's this one "How Gee! American Express! How gee!" Hala, medyo napapasayaw ako rito ah. Hahaha!
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