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My Dream Board (a painted picture of mine)

8 Jan

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What is a dream?

A dream is a story that you create to express your unconscious self. Although your unconscious is an area of your self that you are often unaware of, it drives most of your waking actions and needs. However as a rational human being, you tend to consciously filter out that wider awareness and usually only experience it when you dream.

Even though a dream just appears to be something that happens to you, it is an experience that you actually construct yourself by using your own creativity and ingenuity. From the sunlight glinting on a distant window to the bubbles rising in the champagne flute you are holding, you generate an entire world that vividly reflects who you are, where you want to go in life and how you can get there.

By becoming more aware of your dreams and how they express your unconscious awareness, you can bring them into the reality of your waking life and begin to live your dreams, rather than constantly searching for them. Dreaming is the most natural and powerful way for you to connect with your true purpose and potential. (Ian Wallace)

A dream is a picture in your head that appears when you’re sleeping. Usually whatever you dream about is related some way to your life and something that has happened or is going to happen, it can show you your feeling about certain things. (Wiki)

“Can you define your dream for your life? If not, now’s the time. The first step in going after a dream is knowing what you want. What is it that you envision yourself doing with your life? What’s that passion that makes you jump out of your skin with excitement and makes you feel whole when you are doing it? What is that giant goal for your life that you keep tucked away and strive for?” (chasing the dreams) I saw these post on the internet and I begun to wonder and created my own.

A Painted Picture of Mine

I start opening my eyes, thinking where am I? Oh! The bed is so soft. Those paintings on the wall, I know they are expensive just upon looking at them. And the room! Yes the room is so spacious! Slowly, I turn my head on the left side, there he is! The most handsome man I’ve seen in the whole world, my husband. Slowly he opens his eyes and says “good morning baby” and kiss me quickly before I utter my response. Then I flash my sweetest smile.

Oh! Yes I’m very contented and happy with my life at 27. I’m married with the most loving man in the world. He runs his own business. He can easily make out a deal with his clients. He is very responsible and caring. And I know he will be a good father. Yes, we are planning to have our first baby next year. And when that time comes, he wants me to rest and focus with our baby while he is still on my womb. He said that our baby is a baby boy and he is very positive with that. I can’t help but smile whenever we are talking about this, well I want a baby boy as well, and I’m always being carried away by him being an optimistic.

He wants me to rest for a while from my own business. I own bookstores and as of this moment I’m on the process of opening my 4th branch. I know it will be a success just like the first 3. I always dream of this, me having my own bookstores. I love reading and collecting books. And I know from then that in the future I will be having my own business in line with this. And positive as ever, here I am running my own bookstores.

I get up and open the French door and from the veranda I can see everything. Our swimming pool and 3 model cars in the garage. The Lamborghini was my husband’s present on my last birthday. The Mercedes Benz is my husband’s car and I have my own BMW ever since I started doing my business.

Everything is fine and I’m doing well. Monday to Friday is our day of work but Saturday and Sunday we are very strict about this, that this is our family day. Saturday is our bonding time. And we have to visit our parents every Sunday. Maybe we will make some adjustments once our 1st born is already here.

We will be going to Paris next week and I am so exited. It will be my first time there and I really want to see the Eiffel Tower. I will be taking my 1 week vacation. And I can’t wait till next week. Most of the time I am so overwhelm of what I have now and how happy I am, it’s just so much that I want to cry, as in tears of joy. These is just all dream before and now they are all real.

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Giant Lantern Festival (Pampanga)

19 Dec

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One of the most awaited event every December for Kapampangan is The Giant Lantern Festival. Every year it is being held in the City of Pampanga, in San Fernando. The City is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”. During Christmas Season, you can find a lot of lanterns in the city, that’s why it is also popularly known as “The City of Lanterns”.

The first lantern festival was held to honor President Manuel L. Quezon. At that time, Quezon made Arayat his rest area and converted Mount Arayat into a tourist resort. As a show of gratitude to Quezon, the people of San Fernando held a Christmas lantern contest to honor the first family. Quezon himself donated the prize for his lantern contest, which was personally awarded to the winner by First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon. (Wiki)

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The San Fernando lantern industry evolved from the Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando. The festival, which is held every December, finds its roots in Bacolor where a much simpler activity was held. Following the transfer of the provincial capital from Bacolor to San Fernando in August 1904, this lantern event followed as well. “Ligligan Parol” was said to have started in San Fernando in 1904. But some say that the “Ligligan Parol” did not happen immediately after the transfer and in fact began in 1908.

This predecessor of the modern day Giant Lantern Festival was actually a religious activity which we know today as “lubenas.” The lanterns measured just two feet in diameter, a far cry from the fifteen feet that we see today. These were created in each barrio from bamboo and other locally available materials. During the nine-day novena before Christmas, which coincided with the simbang gabi from December 16 to 24, these paruls were brought around each barrio in procession to their visita. Before the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the lanterns were brought to the town church together with the barrio patrons.

This tradition gradually evolved as the lanterns became bigger and the designs more intricate. Later, one big lantern was made for each barrio, which was created through a cooperative effort. Each resident contributed to its construction, from the concept and design, to the materials and labor. In the end, these lanterns became a symbol of unity for the barrios.

It was in 1931 that electricity was introduced to the San Fernando lantern, thus sparking the birth of the first Giant Lantern Festival. The added illusion of dancing lights highlighted the bright colors and intricate designs of these Giant Lanterns. At this time, the lights were controlled by individual switches that were turned on and off following the beat of the music. The barangays of Del Pilar, Sta. Lucia and San Jose were among the first barangays to participate in the festival. (Wiki)

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And just recently, they held the “Giant Lantern Festival 2012” in Robinson’s San Fernando. On December 15, 2012, Saturday, Barangay Del Pilar claimed the Giant Lantern Festival crown. They took a giant star-shaped trophy and Php 120, 000 prize. Telabastagan placed second and got Php 60, 000 and San Jose placed the 3rd and got Php 40, 000.

Truly, it was a big event now not only for Kapampangan but also for foreigners and other tourists. Gathered as one to commemorates the essence of Christmas.

Who is Santa Claus?

17 Dec

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! Oh! Yes! 8 days to go before Christmas. Most of the people are excited, especially children. They are all waiting if they are in Santa’s list of gifts. They believe that once you were given a gift from Santa, you’ve been very kind and good for the whole year.

I remember the days when I was young, I usually stare at the window every night when Christmas is already near. Hoping that I will see him (Santa Claus) and handed me my gift personally, so that I can hug and thank him personally too. But I end up sleeping and the moment I woke up, I have a gift from him. It was placed under our Christmas Tree. And my parents will tell me “Santa does not want to wake you up, so he just dropped by and gave that one for you.”

As year passed by, I’m starting to come up with this question: Who is Santa Claus? No one could ever told me who is the real Santa. There were times that I thought Santa is just my mom or my dad. Now I did some research because this question did not leave me until now.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint NicholasFather Christmas and simply “Santa“, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas eve, December 24. The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece. (Wikipedia)

Santa Claus is a fictional character of the Christmas and winter seasons. He is the combination of the main subject of several different stories, including the tales of Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and real-life St. Nicholas of Greece. Santa is depicted in various ways around the world, based on how these stories have come together over time, but in the West, he is shown as a jolly, fat man with a white beard and red suit. He lives at the North Pole, rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer, enters homes of good children once a year via the chimney and delivers toys. People generally consider him to be a symbol of goodwill, hope, magic, and joy, but in some regions he is controversial. (WiseGeek)

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. (Santa Claus)

Facts or Myth, I know that here in my heart he will always be the man I’m waiting every Christmas. Because of him there is joy, excitement and hope on every children’s face during Christmas.