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Ah, the TV news programs have already started  the countdown for Christmas. The night is also beginning to be adorned with shimmering Christmas lights and colorful lanterns hanged along the streets and houses. Truly, I can already smell the sweet scent of anticipation for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. How I love Christmas, and surely everyone else does!

I plan to put a small Christmas decoration inside our room in the boarding house so that even when we study, we may never give up and lose hope. And perhaps, we might even forget that Christmas is already nearing due to our busyness to studying. Isn’t it beautiful when everyone’s heart is aching tenderly for the birth of our Savior? I also plan to download some Christmas songs to liven up the stiff mood of our room.

And now, here are my Christmas wish list:

1. YOUCAT book
2. Books by Saint Josemaria Escriva

  • Friends of God
  • The Way
  • The Forge
  • The Furrow

3. Catholicism of the Catholic Church
4. Any books (as long as it’s not SciFi)

  • Culture-related books
  • Alex Rider series

5 Comprehensive 2012 planner
6. DLSR Canon/Nikon Camera!
7. Geisha books

  • Geisha: A Living Tradition (Kyouko Aihara)
  • Women of the Pleasure Quarters (Lesley Downer)
  • A Geisha’s Journey (Komomo)
  • Geisha: A Unique World of Tradition, Elegance, and Art (John Gallagher)
  • Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile (George Braziller)
  • Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art (Jodi Cobb)

8. Suikoden III Manga Volumes: 1, 5, 6, 8, 10
9. 100+ Crayola Set
10. Blouse/ornaments

I never thought that gelato would taste this good!

My dear friend brought us to Gelatissimo for our finishing dessert in her birthday dinner treat. I was looking forward to this part because It would be my first time to eat gelato.

Gelato, as I have expected, was quite expensive so it was really kind of her to treat us there. As far as I know, it is an Italian dessert which contains less fat and air than ice cream depending on the flavor, thus giving it a  richer consistency, Speaking of Italian, I can’t help but remember Italy of Hetalia. According to one episode of the anime, the Italian army loved gelato so much that they even brought them during the war.

Now coming back to the story of our gelato trip, there were a lot of flavors to choose from! I asked for a free taste of strawberry cheesecake and mango yogurt flavors. Mango yogurt was definitely better, hands down. I love its fruity sour taste which I found very pleasing to my taste buds. After ordering our own gelato, we went outside the shop and offered each one of us a free taste. Some said that my gelato was very sour. Truly it was sour, but its sourness was really interesting for me. And I didn’t like much the flavors they have chosen. Mango yogurt gelato is just the best.

Now, I’m craving for more gelato. I wish I could taste the same thing again.

My younger brother turned ten since last May, but I guess it’s not too late to post about it. It’s just a very simple and ordinary celebration; just a cake, and I think we also cooked spaghetti, the most typical birthday food. After all, what is important was we remembered his special day, and also ours, where we had a younger brother.

I think tenth birthday are more significant and more celebrated in other countries since it’s one decade. But in the Philippines, seventh birthday is one of the most extravagant celebrations, including first and eighteenth.

We bought his cake from Red Ribbon – Oreo Cake. I also had a similar type of cake during my last birthday for my closest friends, and another chocolate cake roll for my org mates. Mine melted since I wasn’t able to chill it in a refrigerator. But it still tasted good, just very mushy in texture.

I like his birthday candle. It was sparking.

I was really looking forward for my sixteenth birthday since it would be a school day. That would mean a lot of greetings from my classmates and friends and also a little celebration with my dormmates. However, storm Ondoy came so classes were suspended, reminding me what super typhoon Milenyo did during my birthday when I was first year. It seems like September 28 is always a miserable day.

Everybody in our house has classes and work to attend to so I was left alone. I felt lonely but at least a few people greeted me. One of my friend gave me a really nice gift; a diary with a fantasy-style drawing of a lady at the front cover. I decided that I should start writing on it next year.

Anyway, we made carbonara pasta and crema de fruta but I ate mostly of them.

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