Another year passed, again to celebrate the Christmas season. I just do not feel the season yet. I guess, I was too busy with our move that I didn’t think about Christmas time again. If not that I saw the Christmas tree that is lighting Victoria Plaza Mall and some other areas here in Davao that the trees are up I would not have thought about it. I guess I stayed too much inside our house that I just did not notice anything anymore. Just didn’t feel the coldness in the air I guess too. Hmm, I have to think about of what to give to the kids for Christmas this year.
A few days ago a friend of mine from Cebu came here for a visit and she’s opened a store in Tagum. Its a clothing line. She travels abroad to buy here stock and sells it here in the Philippines. She will be opening a store here in Davao city soon too. I can’t wait to see what she has for the kids in time for Christmas. I can get stuff a little bit cheaper then from her. I’ve been looking at some place for Jean Jean and my nieces. It’s easy to get for the girls. The boys are the hard ones to get presents for. They want different stuff. I have to be busy and finish up for my shopping before giving away for the poor. I have to work double time right now.
All of us here in the house are excited for our LIP drive. I hope we can give to a lot of families this year. We’ve been very successful with our drive in past years. We have to think what area we are going to give away. It’s going to be far from here in the city as always. A small village of course. It will be fun to give over to the people in the mountain since they hardly come and visit to the city. At least we can give some Noche Buena (the Filipino tradition of midnight dinner during Christmas Eve). Kids will be happy that they will have something too for Christmas. Can’t wait to see the faces and the big smiles of those people. It’s totally priceless.
Just driving around town and watching the beggars (especially the kids) breaks my heart every time. Gosh, we are just wishing that these people were not in that position they are in. Over the years we’ve been living here in Davao I’ve been seeing this same old man begging. His 2 arms were half cut off and he is blind too. He usually begs for money in the same area in the intersection near where The Venue (entertainment place) used to be here in the city. Probably some of you saw this old man before. We’ve noticed that each time we saw him he had different kids that accompany him. I’ve already heard a lot from the taxi and jeepney drivers that these beggars have bosses. The boss will get their money. With that in mind we decided that as much as possible we will give food instead of money to the beggars. If you give food at least the beggars will eat it right away. A few weeks ago I went to the downtown area to buy barbecue on sticks for our dinner. After we bought the barbecue we swung by at the gas station to have gas for our vehicle. While waiting for our vehicle to be filled, an old woman came to our car begging. I told my niece that will give the old lady barbecue pork in a sticks that we bought and some chips. Luckily we have chips in our car. You know what, the old lady was really happy that we gave her food. She’s really thankful that we gave her dinner. So we made commitment now that we will always give food instead of giving money. It’s really a good feeling to share with others and seeing that they are happy when you give.
Anyway, I hope everybody will have a good holiday season and a good year ahead.
Happy Holidays to all of you!