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Joy of giving

When was the last time you experienced immense joy from making other people happy?

The last five years, I celebrated Christmas in Bangkok. I still remember spending my first Christmas away from home by working because Thailand does not consider it a holiday. My colleague was kind enough to understand that I must have been missing home so she played Christmas songs from her old portable radio. It just made me burst to tears.

Last December, I decided to go home for the holidays. But I must have been away for way too long that I started to ask myself, how does Christmas feel? Holding my warm cup of coffee and listening to the sound of the wind chimes, I reminisced my childhood Christmas memories; the surprise upon waking up to see bundles of gifts which my mother convincingly said were from Santa Clause; the fun-filled games I played with my cousins; the apples and candies hanged on the Christmas tree; that’s how Christmas was like for a child that was me.

Then my thoughts went to the thousands of children who may not have had the chance to open a gift during Christmas; children who were deprived of the experiences I was blessed with. Then and there it hit me, I knew what I needed to do for Christmas.

I immediately informed my Hilot family about my plan of organizing a kid’s party for Christmas. Blessed with a loving and generous family, my siblings and cousins from across the world responded pledging their support and financial assistance. On Christmas day, we gathered about fifty kids in the chapel. Not all these kids are less privileged but regardless of what they have or don’t have, they deserve to have a childhood where they can play together and enjoy each other’s company.

Christmas in Bohol

And of course Santa Clause is part of the celebration so our cousins dressed up as Santa and went around distributing sweets.

Christmas Philippines

We also gave away two dozens of slippers to kids who need them most. The following day, one of the kid’s mom told us that his son kept his new slippers near the altar because he was scared that it will be stolen outside or the dog will play with it. Awwwwww (sniffs)

Filipino Children

We organized various games. We also let some kids showcase their talents so that they will grow up confident. It is important for children to feel that their abilities are recognized. I was thrilled when my cousin’s daughter who I thought was a shy girl turned out to be proactive, she even sang Elsa’s Let It Go! Before we ended our little party, the kids gathered to sing “Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo”.

Estaca Pilar Bohol

We managed to give each of the kids a gift. The sight of their happy faces is just priceless. It made me feel guilty that I spend so much on expensive things I don’t really need when happiness is as simple as making other’s happy.

In the evening, I celebrated Christmas with my family. I have so much to be thankful for in life but what I am most thankful for is to have a family who showered me with so much love; a family who taught me that what matters is not money but charity; a family who values truth and fairness over fame and glory.

P.S the chapel is in the process of renovation. Donations will be most welcomed 🙂

1980s party theme, it’s flashy not classy

With the myriads of fancy ideas for a party concept available, perhaps a 1980s theme will rarely cross our or our host’s mind when selecting one. So when I got invited for a party last Friday in celebration for the August birthday celebrants born in the 80s I was so thrilled, more so with the Facebook event description as follows:

6 bodacious babes born in August invite you to ‘party hardy’ with them, following in the grand tradition initiated by Dame Speakeasy (2011). The Golden Decade of 1975 – 1985 brought the world many wonderous things – from Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Pacman and the rubix cube. The Cold War was on, and the Berlin Wall was up. It was the advent of MTV, and while Micheal Jackson still had his nose, Madonna … well, was she ever like a virgin? These fantabulous gals say let’s rock out and celebrate that primo golden decade that heralded their arrival to this wild, wicked world.

So, ready to get Hot-oh-rama? Grab those acid wash jeans, fluorescent gear and get ready to back-comb your locks — or slip on that white leisure suit you’ve been secretly stashing in your closet since Saturday Night Fever – or punk out like the Sex Pistols. It’s definitely on, whatever garb you grab from that golden decade.

I wasn’t really a good guest as I didn’t dress up but I made sure I keep the memories of the party alive through photos.

The event venue was a pub with vintage decorations, old photos — some are of the Beatles — and old looking paintings all over which added to the 80s kind of ambiance. And of course, what else can give the party more life than the 80s  music!