Tuesday, December 30, 2014

TRAVEL | Chapter 1 - Night in Hongdae

Let me talk in the third person to add some spice.

He descended the subway, all alone now at midnight in Seoul. It was only he and his big heavy backpack roaming the now empty streets of Hongdae. He was playing cool pretending that everything was all right. He tried to navigate the streets using his hunch. He was pretty confident that Kimchee Hostel shouldn't be so far. So he walked here and there, until he couldn't take it anymore. It was close to 1am and his back had started to ache.

TRAVEL | From Dubai to China to Korea

I've been putting this off for a while now but the itch to blog this just won't go away. And since we're closing the final days of 2014, I guess it's only fitting to get this done once and for all.

August 9, 2014

My flight to Korea had not been very pleasant.

China Eastern 756

Boarding China Eastern Airlines from Dubai, I had to endure the company of insensitive passengers who were so loud and what with all the ruckus! And no thanks to some ill mannered Chinese family who kept on rattling with their nonsense complaints on why I didn't want to move from my seat. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

REVIEW | New Year Superstitions

You know how as Filipinos, we tend to be very superstitious on important events, like New Year for instance. When we were young, our parents taught us the DOs and DON'Ts at the struck of midnight. Now when I think about how strange our superstitious belief system is, I just laugh about it. 

For example and I quote my friend #Rachel who sent me the message below ( which sounded like a Chinese expert )

Para hindi malas new year natin ha...wag handa bilog prutas itim buto gaya pakwan, chico atbp.wag din handa ice cream pala di tunaw swerte,higit sa lahat...wag handa apat paa tulad baboy, baka, kambing kasi baka takbo malayo ang swerte...wag din isda alimango at lamang dagat kasi baka lunod ang swerte...wag din handa may pakpak tulad manok o pabo baka lipad swerte.Pala sigurado pasok swerte sa 2015...wag na handa.

For New Year to be lucky...Do not prepare fruits with dark seeds like watermelon, chico, etc.Do not prepare ice cream as well, so luck will not melt.Most of all...Do not prepare anything that has four legs such as pork, beef, goat because luck might run far away...Do not also prepare fish, crabs or any sea food because luck might drown...Do not also prepare anything that has wings such as chicken or turkey because luck might fly.To make sure that 2015 is lucky...Do not prepare anything.

This brilliant advise came out in the middle of our discussion on what to bring for New Year's Eve. It's just funny but Filipinos are deeply following this afraid that something unlucky could come if anything DON'T has been done.

Some other Filipino superstitions which bear a strong Chinese influence would include:

  • Make as much noise as you can to scare away evil spirits. 
  • Turn on all lights so that the coming year is bright. 
  • Open all doors, windows, cabinets and drawers to let good fortune in. 
  • Debts must be paid off. Fill you wallet with fresh peso bills. (Filipinos believe that whatever your financial state is in at the stroke of midnight, so it will be in the new year.)
  • Clean everything. 
  • Wear polka-dots. Anything round signifies prosperity. 
  • Scatter coins around the house, on tabletops.... inside drawers… 
  • Jump twelve times at midnight to increase your height. (Observed by Filipino children.) 

See related article from- 15 Filipino Superstitions on New Year's Eve

But whatever belief we have, what is more important is that we always work hard in order to achieve our future plans. It won't hurt to pray to God and ask for His guidance. In the end, it is us who will make our lives truly lucky or unlucky. Your choice.


15 Filipino Superstitions on New Year's Eve (Tagalog Lang)

How do you celebrate your own New Year? We'd love to hear more from. Just write your comments below.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SPECIAL | Entry Schedule

After rounding up my articles for 2014, I came up with an entry schedule which would help me focus more on the topics that I am writing. I guess this will be a lot easier since I won't have to attempt to cover broad topics ( though I'm sure that I won't be able to write regularly but at least I now have a guide ). Cheers to 2015!

Do you have any suggestions or comments regarding the topic schedule? Or maybe you have something else in your mind? We'd love to hear from you. Just write your comments below. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

EVENTS | December 2014 Christmas Parties

December is definitely a season of parties. Would probably say that this is the most party packed month I've had in my life... but come on, you don't really get to do much in Oman, so I am not guilty about it.

And below are just some of the photos ( the wacky ones ) that I've been to... and there are still some other parties to come up.

Latin Dance Muscat - Third Year Anniversary at the Diplomatic Club last Dec. 5th

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