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I don’t feel like celebrating Christmas this year

Bah Hambug. I might as well be the scrooge or the grinch.

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I have always loved Christmas. But as I grow up I sort of hate it.

I mean, before as a kid Christmas is a time of great joy! Opening presents, vacation, good food and playing with other kids.  I look forward to it every year.

But now, I have this fear of Christmas. Really. 

I fear seeing my cousins/aunts/uncles.  (Because of all the comparisons and side comments that I will have to endure on that day and after. And that I have to put up a front with them. )

I  get paranoid looking for presents. (I might not have enough, or the recipient would not like/fit what I got. )

I dread the stress that comes with planning the holidays. (Every time I am part of the planning for the holiday festivities, I tend to be too obsessive compulsive.)

Might as well  go to a far flung cave and hibernate.

And with the recent Yolanda/Haiyan tragedy. I don’t feel comfortable celebrating Christmas right now.

 

But, don’t get me wrong. I still love Christmas for the fact that God sent us our Savior Jesus Christ. Its just that at this time, It doesn’t seem to be the focal point anymore. Christmas has become about commercialism. (With all the santa, reindeer, elves, penguins and presents decked on all the store window display…) Sigh. 

 

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope

 

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stay strong

It has been exactly a week.

Like the rest of the Philippines, I’m speechless and heartbroken at what happened last Friday (Nov 8, 2013).

It felt wrong for me to post on my own blog/social media as if nothing happened. So I kept silent for a few days.

We will rise from this stronger.

Stronger. We will rise again.

With God’s grace, Manila is spared.  Life goes on as usual. But I believe we should be actively doing our part to bring relief and comfort to those who are in need right now. Kei went to volunteer yesterday in DSWD-NROC National Resource Operations Center  (Chapel Road, NAIA, Pasay City) to help pack relief goods for the typhoon victims. For now, I have already sorted out my clothes to donate and hopefully, after work tomorrow I can volunteer too.

 

Here are the details if you want to help/volunteer for DSWD:

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Location: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
DSWD accepts cash deposits through their Landbank of the Philippines account
The account numbers: Current-3122-1011-84 Savings-3124-0055-81

If you wish to volunteer in repacking relief goods you may call 852-8081, 851-2681 & 0918-930-2356 for schedule.

Interested volunteers may go to the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department & back of Air Transportation Office). The Center is open 24-hours and volunteers may repack on shift.
 
 
As per Kei’s experience in volunteering for DSWD here are a some reminders from him:
1. You must register first, log in before you help and log out when you are done. -Age requirement of Volunteers – youngest age is 15, no max age.
 
2. This is harder than it looks – honestly when you see people repacking on the television it seems like a breeze, in reality it’s a lot of work, planning and coordination, you also have to jive well with people who you do not know. *Come in with “work appropriate” outfits- T-shirts and pants. Come in only with necessities – no need to bring your DSLR, di dito photoshoot…unless you are willing to risk your gadget getting lost.
 
3. There are people in the government who aren’t douchebags – although they are a rare breed, I’m glad that in my lifetime I’ve met people with actual hearts for the work they are doing.
 
4. There will always be douchebags in this country – there were people being caught, stealing relief goods…and stealing from volunteers, MAKE SURE YOU DONT BRING EXPENSIVE STUFF AND DONT PUT ON ACCESSORIES WHEN VOLUNTEERING.
 
5. Don’t go Volunteer just to get selfies – There were people who got kicked out for not helping and just taking selfies.
 
6. Bring H2O and your own water bottle – DSWD provides water and a drinking station, it’s going to be hot and sweaty in the warehouse, make sure you have your own waterbottle.
 
7. Be Organized – Come in with a buddy and don’t separate, it’s going to be easier if you come in organized, with a group, make sure you have a leader.
 
8. You can do amazing things if you put your heart into it – I just lugged around 8 sacks of rice on my own…until this minute, I still can’t believe I did it, although my back hurts right now.
 
 
  
Here are the details if you want to donate for Red Cross:

The Philippine Red Cross Manila Chapter: Gen. Luna cor. Victoria St., Intramuros, ManilaTelefax: 527-2161, 527-3595, 527-3594Mobile: 0917-806-8535E-mail: manila@redcross.org.ph
*You may donate through SMS by texting RED and send it to 2899 for Globe and 4143 for Smart. You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 and for Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

For cash deposits:

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Metrobank
Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift code: UBPHPHMM

For in-kind donation you may send it to Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila. You may also contact them to arrange donation pick-up.

*what to donate? -Money, Medicine, Blanket, Clothing, Food & water, Soap, Diapers, Napkins, Infant formula, Coffee..etc.

 

And if you can spare some for the animals that need to be saved too.

For those who wish to donate to PAWSPhilippine Animal Welfare Society:

Location: Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights Quezon City, Philippines 

Office Hours: 10am-5pm, Mondays to Saturdays except holidays

Contact tel. # 475-1688 (office hours only)

Email philpaws@paws.org.ph

BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
USD Account No. 3944-0021-61
PHP Account No. 3943-0086-11
Swift no. BOPIPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Swift no. PNBM PHMM
PHP Account 37-826-380001-2
(old number 072-830174-0)

Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO)
PHP Account No. 6250058159

Account Name for all bank accounts: Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
and email us – philpaws@paws.org.ph a copy of the validated deposit slip with a note “for disaster-relief -Typhoon Yolanda victims”.

For credit card or Paypal donations:
http://www.paws.org.ph/be-a-supporting-member.html

 

Not from the Philippines? You may send your Help/Donations to:

-My thoughts and prayers are with all of those families and friends who lost someone that they loved.-

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. -Psalm 62:8