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Shopping, shopping, shopping in Christmas-fied Hong Kong!

I am, once again, spending Christmas in Hong Kong! I wouldn’t be posting more than 1 entry about my trip to Hong Kong since I feel like Hong Kong is my second home!

Every few years, my family’s main reason for spending our Christmas holidays and New Year’s out of town is to get away from the traffic and pollution in Manila. Sure, we miss the festivities in Manila every once in a while but who also wouldn’t get excited spending the holidays in another country and in a different culture??

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Christmas in the Philippines Part 4: The parties!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!! I sincerely hope you are having a great time with your family and friends this Christmas season. ❤

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To continue my series of Christmas in the Philippines entries, next up are the parties. Be prepared for the holiday festivities. I say, be prepared for the partiesssssss!

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Christmas in the Philippines Part 3: The decors

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Photo credit: CNN

We have tons of Western decors that we normally put up during Christmas season, such as statues of Santa Claus, reindeers, stockings, Christmas trees, fake snow, wreaths, mistletoes, poinsettias, and shiny Christmas balls.

But we also have our own local Christmas decors like the parol and the Belen.  Parol — a star-shaped Christmas lanterns usually made from paper, plastic and wooden sticks (sometimes they also use shells) —

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Parol photo credit: Gino Manalastas

and Belen — a tableau depicting the birth of Christ (which also comes in many sizes from one that can fit in one hand to one that is as life-sized as Shaquille O’Neil).

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belen-pintadaBelen photo credit: mynerja.com

 

Christmas in the Philippines Part 1: The -ber months

ONCE THE -BER MONTHS COME A-KNOCKIN’…

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“January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, Sep… CHRISTMAS TIIIIIIIIIME!!!”

Our Christmas starts on the very first month that ends with the syllable -ber. I’m not kidding. The Christmas decors and, sometimes, the carols start as early as September. Walk into our local department store and I swear to you, Christmas songs will be playing in the background while you shop!

It doesn’t stop after December 25 though,

Keep holding your breath…

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