Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas fun

i promised my cousin a blog post before the year ends. here it is!

i spent the first week of my break frantically wrapping presents of different shapes and sizes. mik and i even made cardboard boxes because none of the boxes sold in the shops of sm north edsa were big enough. after all that work, i'm not too keen on wrapping anything for a very long time...

" we joined our church choir in singing lucio san pedro's simbang gabi" for the Christmas eve service. with tito abi's drums and tambourine, and the choir's surprisingly good singing, the congregation burst into applause even before the song ended. gosh, it felt so good to sing again. then, our family sped off to the miranos' house for paella and ham. yum! gift-opening was a riot. bop shrieked when she realized her parents gave her an ipod nano. (she was planning to buy a shuffle, but a nano is always better ;P). i got two copies of the new sugarfree album. i gave mik the other one. after a toast (i downed half a glass of wine thinking it was sparkling grape juice) and lots of yelling, we went home.

the next few days were more peaceful. the four of us went to nasugbu on the 25th to celebrate with mama's side of the family. this included a lot of eating, sleeping, and phone calls from the states and canada. after days of rest and relaxation, i think i'm ready to take on the new year.

part 2 to follow! ;)

verse for the day:
and there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. but the angel said to them, "do not be afraid. i bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. today in the town of david a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. [luke 2: 8-11]

Sunday, December 03, 2006

crazy taxi

while clutching onto my bag with such force i didn't know i had, i watched in fear (and maybe a little amazement) as the taxi driver zipped past cars with so much ease. he rushed past the u-turn in edsa without hitting the brakes. he shimmied into a tiny space between two cars because though they were fast, he was much faster. he changed lanes so many times at high speeds it made me dizzy. he'd use the turning light (perhaps as a warning?), before ruthlessly cutting into the poor motorist's lane. it usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to get from the church to our house. this taxi got us home in 10 minutes, maybe even 7. when we got home, mom paid the cabby in a flash while my brother and i scrambled out of the "cab of death". i seriously thought that insanely short cab ride would be the end of my 20 years.

moral of the story: beware of swerving taxi cabs. get out of their way asap. if you see one, mumble a short prayer for the poor soul/s inside. if you're in one, PRAY HARD. if you survive, make sure you don't board one again.

as for me, i'm never even going to think of hitting 100 kph as long as i'm behind the wheel. one crazy ride is enough for this girl.

by the way, if, by any chance, you're in the ermita area on dec. 5, drop by the 33rd tao rin pala variety show in st. paul's, manila. think about it - a night of singing, dancing, rocking doctors and med students. it's always a lot of fun. that, plus admission is free. ;)

verse for the day:
for i am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [romans 8:38-39]