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Valentine’s Day It Is, Celebrate!

Posted in Festivals and Celebrations with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2014 by bmpeters80

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It’s February. Well, frantic schedules made me forget that Valentine’s Day is just a sleep away, until I walked inside a galleria and was amazed at the deluge of various sweet and romantic stuff. I was thrilled watching the people getting frenzy about the occasion, and I sensed romance explicitly on every nook.

I have been through the shackles of many relationships. Some left worth-keeping memories, but some were better consigned to oblivion. Memories of Valentine’s dates are among those I don’t intend to keep, except those I spent with someone really special. There are many people, however, who are good at remembering the past and narrating their most worthwhile experiences.

Reminiscing my teen years, I can recall the most vivid thoughts of how I celebrated Valentine’s Day with the girl I honestly loved for many years. On our first year, we were still on our senior year in high school. She often sent me, through regular mail, Valentine’s cards without her name on it and left love notes in my backpack under my arm-chair. I did not treat her to dinner, but we went to the boulevard to watch the sunset.” — A Walk Through Life by Richard C. Cuthing

That was a simple experience of a teenage boy about love and Valentine’s Day. And I realized, most of my dates were upscale and definitely expensive—a date on a river cruise, a night in a high-priced hotel, a week-long safari, and many more. Our different experiences remind us that Valentine’s Day is not about classy dating. It should be a meaningful celebration of love and relationship.

There are many ways to celebrate the occasion. It is not merely for lovers, as almost everybody assumes, but also for friends and the family. It is a season of love … The essence of the occasion is on how you appreciate and treasure a relationship, not by material possessions but by how a person affects your life.” — A Walk Through Life by Richard C. Cuthing

I won’t be having a Valentine’s date tomorrow, but I know what to do. Whether or not you are in a relationship, in love and dating, enjoy the day in your own way like it is a gift. If you were single, go out and seize the day with your friends. You can also spend time with your family at dinner and play with the kids, or enjoy a sweating cold beer with a friend. Don’t forget to eat right and drink moderately.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Taste of Christmas

Posted in Festivals and Celebrations with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by bmpeters80

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I love Christmas. Who doesn’t? It reminds me of exuberant spirit at the family round table. Laughter is always made more meaningful by sharing wonderful stories over sumptuous dinner and luxe wine, with merry Christmas songs on the backdrop.

Elaborate parties are everywhere and holiday crazes are most expected from almost every nook of the planet, adding cheer and excitement to the grandest celebration of the year. More than that, it is a time of fatty bonuses and luxurious giveaways.

What is Christmas, anyway? For me, it’s the true celebration of life and redemption—a season of contemplation and gratitude. It’s a time to look back at my journey throughout the year and see if there were many reasons to celebrate, more things to be grateful and lucrative opportunities to count than the previous year.

I don’t savor the taste of Christmas through comfort foods and shopping sprees. Instead, I relish its essence by counting my blessings, through what I have become. How many lives have I touched? How many of my prayers were answered? Did I extend myself to those who are in need—the less fortunate, the battered and the children? Was I a worthwhile gift to others?

The taste of Christmas is a fusion of different flavors. You will only experience it by watching how our poor brethrens celebrate Christmas on their very simple homes. When you have more to consume this season, don’t hesitate to share. Christmas is merrier and more meaningful when you see them smile. Finally, don’t waste on food. There are millions of hungry people, especially children, all over the world.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Trick or Treat, Sky’s the Limit

Posted in Festivals and Celebrations with tags , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by bmpeters80

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Exciting sights of crazy and scary Halloween made me realized the evolution of this tradition has been tremendous over the years. Recent party concepts are streamlined. Creative ornamentation hefted to a whole new level, some of which are expensively stupendous. Halloween costumes fashionably creepy, but phenomenal.

Halloween is a time when spectacular parades of creative artworks, through awesome get-ups and props, would leave us gaping in surprise. Copy-cats bring ghastly characters to life. The good thing about Halloween is, it allows anyone to unleash his creativity and then stand among the crowd.

But that’s not all about Halloween. Now, it’s trick or treat and the multifarious events where sky’s the limit. A connotation that people have outgrown tradition and are always ready to dare to be scared with Halloween innovations. What modern and unique way of celebrating Halloween have you experienced this year? Don’t be shy to share.

There’s is but one thing I love most—food! Well, foodies love to feast. Of course, whenever there’s festivity, food abounds. But how do you like human brains for  an appetizer, innards for the main course and eyeballs for dessert? I would love to wash it all down with cold blood. Oops! Pardon my appetite, and don’t puke for those are not a cannibal’s desire.

Food experts diversify presentations of their creations, thus the sweets shaped like brains, and similar stuff. It’s just amazing how human creativity works to stun the senses and give us aesthetic pleasure. And during Halloween, it always leave me surprised!

How did you spend the Halloween? We would love to know.