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The Twelve Questions of Christmas

1.  What’s the best gift you have ever received?  And the worst?

The best gift, I have to say, is the book I received last 2005. The book 
was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I like that because it was wrapped in a very unexpected way.

I do not have a worst gift. I like every gift I received.

2.  What is your favorite Christmas movie moment.

Watch the film clip below: 

3.  What is your favorite version of a Christmas song?

“All I Want for Christmas is You” during the big number at the end of the movie Love Actually and sung by Olivia Olson.

4.  Describe an ornament that has special significance to you.

I like the angel atop the Christmas tree but it doesn't have any special significance to me. I just like it. I also like Christmas balls. I like the way your face gets reflected and illuminated on it whenever you go closer to it.

5.  Have you had any traumatic Christmas-related experiences?

None so far.

6.  What is your happiest Christmas memory?

Celebrating the yule tide season with my family.

7.  Favorite Christmas picture:

This year, below is my favorite Christmas picture.

8.  What’s on your grownup Christmas list (besides world peace, of course)?

A condo unit.

9.  What Christmas TV special do you look forward to all year long?

I'm not aware of any Christmas TV special here in the Philippines. But I love watching Christmas Carol in Disney Channel every year with my siblings.

10.  What famous person would you most like to encounter under the mistletoe?

Satoshi Tsumabuki  (Orange Days)

11.  What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

I love cookies!! So any cookie will do. Yum! Yum!

12.  Favorite Christmas quote?

I have to cite two quotes and both are from Charles Dickens. I just can't make up my mind what to choose.

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.  ~Charles Dickens 

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836 

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Untitled Update

In just a few more days, we will be saying goodbye to year 2008 and welcome another year. A lot of things happened to me, especially few weeks ago. I'm also aware of the fact that I deprived this blog of its regular updates. It's not yet christmas vacation, not for us, although some people I know already started taking days off from work and are now going places. I envy them! Not only they have enough penny to splurge for the holidays, they also have longer days off from work. In my case, I have to save. I really feel I need to control my impulsiveness when it comes to buying things and focus more on saving.

Last December 7, I took Level 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT. It is a standardized test to evaluate and certify the language proficiency of non-native Japanese speakers. Oh boy! It was tough as hell. I'm not confident I'm gonna be certified. Funny thing is, since it was scheduled on the same day as Manny Pacquiao's match, I bet on passing the JLPT if Manny won in the boxing. And we all know that he did.. Haha.. Although I feel silly after betting my chances on JLPT over some people's chances on winning a boxing game. Oh well! We'll see the result on March.

I'm still so into piano and violin. I'm still having my lessons every Saturday on violin and Sunday on piano. They are actually the reason why I haven't updated this blog for almost 4 months and for not studying Nihongo. We now have a new violin teacher. I considered buying a new violin but my friends told me that if I'm gonna buy a new one, I should have it made by a luthier which by the way cost a lot.  We're now on Suzuki Book 2 on violin and for my piano lessons, I'm already on Book 3 of The John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course.

Last week I went to Divisoria with my roommate and another batchmate to buy toys for my inaanaks. While we were inside the toy store inspecting the items on the racks, I spotted a glass chess set and immediately remembered my Dad. He loves to play chess, so I bought it for him. I haven't given it to him yet. I hope he'll be thrilled. We finished our shopping at 11p.m and got home by 12 midnight. It was so exhausting. It made me promise to start my christmas shopping early next year.

This coming Tuesday is our Christmas party in Fujitsu. The theme is cosplay. I first considered of doing Tinker Bell but after hearing rumors that some girls will also dress as the cute fairy, I rejected the idea. Then a friend offered her Princess Jasmine costume. I got excited by the idea so I bugged her to find it. Unfortunately, Princess Jasmine's costume is nowhere to be found. So I guess I will be coming in the party without a costume. I don't want to spend a cent for a costume so I already decided not to wear a costume. I hope it will be fun! Can't wait to see people in costume!
Sunday, December 21, 2008