I'm glad that's over.
A holiday vacation - Christmas and New Year - is the most frenzied time of the year. I barely had time to catch my breath with all the things that had to be done. This only meant one thing - traffic! The traffic in the metro was so congested that going to the office is almost an impossible task! Road rage became a common phenomenon during this time. So how did I spend my holidays?
For the first time in my existence, I had to spend my Christmas Eve in the office - working! What a happy Christmas for me and my colleagues. It wasn't that bad though. Our Team Manager bought three different flavored ice cream and we all shared it in the pantry. We were on break for an hour enjoying the ice cream and the company of each other. Christmas should be shared with family and friends. Well, we are in one LOB so we are considered one family.
My aunt from Japan always spends her Christmas with us ever since we were little (except for the time when she had her annual vacation in the middle of the year). We had our ritual of going to Duty Free to buy chocolates and chips. Our dad spotted a rubber shoes that he liked. My sister and I spoke with our mom for her to buy the shoes for our dad and we'll just pay her. That was our gift to him. Our dad seems to have a shoe fetish - well, we all do. I guess it runs in the family.
I was fortunate enough to have an early dinner with my family before I left for work. My mom however wasn't so fortunate that night. She was suffering from a toothache a couple of days before Christmas. She experimented in salt and vinegar to lessen the ache on her tooth and the end product - it became swollen. It looked like someone punched her jaw.
On the 26th of December, our LOB had our 1st year anniversary at the City Garden Hotel in Makati. Everyone was in their posh attire and we had lots of fun. Please see my previous blog.
I was anticipating my New Years Eve to be spent in the office like my Christmas Eve. Fortunately, There wasn't much queue so some of us were given the choice of not going to work on that day. Hoorah! My cousin, with his wife and child - our(my sister and me) godson - spent the New Years Eve with us. Ever since Ryan worked here in Manila, he has been spending the New Year with us. Now that he is with a family, his family has started spending the New Year with us as well. Hopefully this will become a tradition. Our godson - Xerxes - is already one year old. It is such a joy to have a child at home. Because we have the chance to spoil him. I can also see in my parents eyes that they miss having a child to take care of. That's why they like taking care of our dog and her pups.
Anyway, on New Years Day, some of our cousins visited us with their families. When we were little, almost all of my parents relatives who happens to be in Manila will be visiting us during the New Year. But since most of them now live far away from us, we just share our greetings through calls and text messages. After all, we the children, have grown up and have different ways of spending the New Year. I really miss that.
When it was time for my aunt to return to Japan, I was sad because I didn't get to spend much time with her. I'm usually at work or sleeping during the day because my shift starts at 1am and ends at 10pm. Hopefully my time will be more flexible this year.