Philippine Island Times Adventures of an American expat in the Philippines

December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Filed under: General — Donald @ 11:42 am

SM Christmas 2008


  1. Merry Christmas Don! Haven’t had time to keep up with your Philippine adventures but as soon
    as audit season is over I’ll make it a priority. We are spending the next two long
    weekends at the cottage – wish you could be there or better yet we could be with you
    in the Philippines:) Who knows now that you have a house (we get mom’s bedroon) you can
    invite us over for a few weeks.

    Take Care and have a wonderful holiday season – Rich & Karen

    Comment by Karen Smietana — December 25, 2008 @ 2:26 am

  2. You and Rich are always invited. The matron of the family has wisely passed on her option to use her room while I’m in the house, so it’s always available. I’d enjoy smelling a little hardwood smoke and crunching through some snow up at the cottage about now though too, I have to admit. The sand and palm trees will have to do. Cheers.

    Comment by Donald — December 25, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  3. I hope you had a great Christmas. We didn’t have a tree, but as you had two, the balance of is maintained. Hope all is well with you and your heart is joyous. I was realizing that this may be you first Christmas away for St. Joe. You are a much more adaptable man than I.

    With great admiration – Paul

    Comment by Paul And Christa — December 30, 2008 @ 4:53 am

  4. It was indeed my first Christmas away from St. Joe and family. Christmas day here is actually very quiet. You and Christa and Charlie weren’t around to cook for, but I made some stuff anyway and took it around to my neighbors. They lived, but aren’t so friendly anymore. Hahaha. In the Phils the real celebration is on Christmas Eve. I did it up like a local; hung out at the karaoke and then went to midnight mass. The mass was scheduled to begin at 10:00 but I arrived at 9:00 to be sure to get a seat. Some sort of pregame show was underway, featuring dancing girls at one point. The service was actually over by 11:30 and by midnight most of the devotees had made the two block pilgrimage to the outdoor basketball court where a disco was cranking up. Cheers!

    Comment by Donald — January 5, 2009 @ 10:39 am

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