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That’s the spirit!

Don’t know about you and your friends, but mine have actually, seriously started behaving and socializing like it’s Christmas already. Seriously. A good thing, too, this December-in-November, seeing as how bad the traffic will be with the shopping, the endless partying, delivering gifts, and visiting special people wherever, whenever.

Manila – centric

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The last time President Duterte gave an order to DOTr Usec and MMDA GM Tim Orbos, it was, “Speed things up, kawawa ang mga tao.” Pity the people who lose six hours of their 24 – but who’s counting the hours lost during that all-day all-night gridlock on EDSA last Saturday?

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Less stress

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DOES the rush to the Christmas crush have to be so stressful? Not about to morph into Grinch, the creature who stole Christmas, I imagine there must be a sane way of working around Christmas’ nerve wracking merriment. Supposing we play the aggressive parts before and after Christmas, and leave the holy part – peace on earth, silent night holy night, going to church – for Dec. 24 and 25? Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and that kind of time-and-space sharing, that we may enjoy the true spirit of the first Christmas without the frazzle and the frenzy?

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Victoria, Van Gogh

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AS our taste for foreign cuisines grows with a smorgasbord of restaurants with exotic names and menus, so has our appetite for movies other than those from Hollywood. What a pleasing change.

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WHAT fun, to be in the springtime climate of Baguio – no sun, no typhoon, the temperature a balmy 13 to 19C – and witness children costumed for All Saints and All Souls with their elders indulging their spirit of holiday. What a thrill to dress up to look like ghosts and goblins while all around the vibe was merrily and already that of Christmas – the coolish weather, the obligatory lights, shopping for presents, the anticipation of that most wonderful time of year just as Nov. 1-2 was surely but slowly dying away.

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Undying

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A lady in white, the phrase usually abbreviated to a generic “white lady,” possesses romantic, therefore mysterious, elements. It is common to project stories of love and loss onto a lady ghost because women, so we believe, die for those reasons. Whereas ladies in misty white garments inspire whispered speculations of why they refuse to leave this valley of tears, male ghosts are consigned to the prosaic realm of violence, vengeance, and so-called unfinished business.

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