Saturday, December 3, 2011

Yuletide Bubble


"I can't believe it's December already," a colleague of mine in the US mentioned in one of our online meetings. "I can't wait for Christmas."

That was the first time it hit me. Well, you don't really feel the Christmas spirit here in China. They have started putting up Christmas decor in the malls in recent years, but it is not yet ingrained in the local culture. The 25th is not even a public holiday.

I was thinking of flying with my partner to Manila. But I'm newly employed and not entitled to any leaves yet. And typical of OFWs, with the ridiculous fares, I'd rather send the money back home. Don't I just sound perfect for Coke's OFW ad that's gone viral?

So i guess I'll be stuck here, working my ass off, as everyone elsewhere celebrate with yuletide cheer.

Quite a number of friends from Manila are in town though for a short trip. Having had their fill of Chinese fare the past days, we opted to go for Spanish. We feasted on paella, callos, cochinillo, flan, and the latest news on Piolo, KC, Mo and Rhian in between swigs of San Miguel.

A Filipino band came on stage and started playing Christmas carols. In the midst of friends, noche buena fare and the festive mood, I felt that Christmas has finally arrived in China.

photo from tumblr.com

10 comments:

Orange said...

Merry Christmas though, malayo man, malapit ka pa din. :)

bien said...

Sige Sean sabay sabay tayong mag-emote habang pinapanood ang Coke OFW ad.
Kumusta?

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

staying in taipei for 4.5 years i have 3 Xmas that does not look Xmas at all esp. my first year until I myself started decorating our floor. problem then, every year I was assigned to do all the Xmas decorations throughout the whole building with no incentive at all... huh! anyways, I am done with it. I am off for from dec 19th to 26... back 27 & 28, off again 29-31, then working 31pm til 2nd. so my buddy can take the new year... hope you'll have fun.

and to start my fun, off to New York City next friday til monday... yehey!...

take care and have fun!

JJRod'z

lonewolf said...

Advance Merry Xmas sean. Ako nga nasa pinas pero di ko maramdaman ang pasko :)

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KikomaxXx said...

heheh showbiz din pulutan...

Kiks said...

so many ways to celebrate xmas. nice to know pinoy bands rock China. as they do HK.

ZaiZai said...

advance merry christmas sean! I'll send you and the hubby the warmth of filipino christmas sa christmas day itself. papadala ako ulit ng band, ako lead singer!

c - e - i - b - o - h said...

merry christmas to you and to your partner,, though the season isn't celebrated there as much as it's being celebrated here, be happy still because, christmas is in our hearts sabi ni jose mari chan.. char!!

:))

citybuoy said...

Aww..merry christmas (in advance lol) sean. and that stupid coke video made me cry!

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