Friday, December 26, 2008

Our traditional family Christmas party

Just like what I wrote to my wife, we were able to hold our traditional family Christmas party last December 24. Just like what my wife started with us way back in 2002. Although she is no longer with us, we want to continue this tradition to remember her by.

We offered our Christmas party to her.

After our opening prayer and welcome remark, the kids each delivered messages to their Mama, and of course I did too. Some of the games were in videos while some were in pictures. Although some part of the program were neither in pictures nor videos because it was not possible for me to take them. I am the emcee, photographer and game master all rolled into one.

First game was the longest sound which was won by Ralph (defeating our defending champion Edgar). This was followed by a dance number by Angel. Other games were Pinoy Henyo, Tissue Paper Tearing contest, a different version of Pik Pak Boom (no pictures/videos) and hotdog eating contest.

Edgar and Ralph performed twice. Ralph sang while Edgar accompanied him on the guitar. Angel also recited a poem for us.

We started at 9 PM and by 11:30 PM we were already finished, so we already shared our humble Noche Buena and after which we proceeding with our exchange gifts.

The kids had fun. I hope our Mama was watching us.

Our humble Noche Buena

Some pictures from the party

More pictures and the videos are posted in my multiply account - mcRoyver

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Is it worth it?

Is it worth it?

All those late night works and early morning log-ons, trying to come out with a quality output for a meager pay?

Is it worth it?

Doing something that practically isolates you from the rest of the world?

Is it worth it?

All those anxieties brought about by not being able to produce the required quantity and quality because no matter how hard you try you can't come up with anything.

Is it worth it?

Letting your daughter do her homework and projects alone while you are glued in front of your computer trying to earn your keeps.

Is it worth it?

When something you so love doing suddenly becomes without a value when somebody actually put a price to it.

Is it worth it?

Asking these questions...

Is it?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

One less gift to wrap...

This afternoon, I wrapped my Christmas gifts for the kids. Somehow I managed to get some funds so I can buy them a little something to celebrate the occasion. At least they would have something to open on Christmas day.

Used to be that I was happy wrapping expensive gifts for my kids. I never hold myself spending for them. I want to give them the best that I can give, no matter what the price. If I am short on funds then, getting a loan was easy.

But those were the days. Today is already different.

Still, I was happy as I was wrapping the gifts this afternoon, even if they were not even half of what I used to give to them.

But after I finished wrapping, I felt a sting... something seems to be not right... something's lacking...

It didn't take long for me to realize what was it...

I just realized, there is one less gift to wrap this year...

and it didn't feel good...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thoughts for the holidays... none

I don't know why. Like I said before, this year brings a lot of firsts for us and I don't know if I'll ever get used to it. Maybe, I just don't want to get used to it.

With Christmas fast approaching, and I haven't prepared a thing for our family's celebration, I am at lost once again. Cramming for the kids' Christmas party isn't helping either.

I don't know.

If you guessed that maybe I'm not making any sense here, you are right. There's nowhere this post is going. I might as well wind it up.


Friday, December 12, 2008

A video to reflect upon...

Is this video a reflection of things to come?

It's scary!

What can we do about it?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Great gift idea from

We always want to give the best gift to our friends and love ones this Christmas. But sometimes, no matter how much we think to figure the most appropriate gift, we end up blank once or twice. We just can't figure our specific gift for a special person. In cases like these, instead of wracking our brains, why not just give them the gift of choice with the help of gift cards.

These are special prepaid cards from the Gift Card Mall™, you choose the amount and the shop that they can redeem their gift from. With this card, you will stay on your budget and you won't be making a mistake of giving a gift that will not be appreciated.

Your love ones will surely love this gift from you because he can choose whatever he wants. And you wouldn't have to worry about a thing, because these cards will surely be accepted by the retailers you choose. Yes, even in these times of financial crisis. Retailers need their customers, that is why they will please them.

And there has been an independent survey conducted by Blackhawk Network on this, to ensure that gift cards recipients will not have any problem when presenting their cards to retailers. So get your gift card from and give your love ones the freedom to choose their gift.

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