Rowena Wendy Lei of ANIMETRIC’s WORLD is one classy lady whom I have always admired from afar. I always read her posts but I don’t comment because she exudes this “taray” air, being one of the topmost bloggers with sponsors aplenty. But when you talk to her, she’s really very nice & pleasant. She just has this commanding presence even though she smiles a lot, haha. :)
When I decided to go for this ambitious 12 Angels of Christmas Guest Bloggers project, I knew in my heart she HAD to be a part of it, but I didn’t know her personally & I have interacted with her only once on twice, posting comments far & in between. So I was really hesitant. But my desire won out & I sent her an email. At first I thought she wouldn’t reply like the other big-named bloggers because she was quiet for a while, but she readily accepted in a heartbeat when she did. I was beyond touched that she would do it for a complete stranger! <3
Thank you so much, Ro, for agreeing to guest blog. It really means a lot to me, and I hope to meet you in person someday soon!
I now present to you my 4th Angel of Christmas, and I hope you enjoy her exclusive post as much as I did! :)
Hmmm… it’s my absolute first time to guest blog anywhere, lol, and I don’t exactly know where to start. To be honest, I was super surprised when Jane e-mailed me asking for a guest post. I normally don’t post anywhere else online except my own blog so I guess I can consider this a milestone.
When Jane asked me to post about my favorite Noche Buena dishes, I didn’t know what to say. We have a family dinner complete with my in-laws every year on the eve of the 24th – we eat, exchange gifts, talk, and then everyone goes on their own merry way. When we get home we just go on a movie marathon with the kids… but everyone’s usually asleep by the time the clock strikes 12mn. We never actually get to the part where we have Noche Buena.
The last time I had Noche Buena was when I was still single and living in my dad’s house… and it would usually just consist of Christmas ham and Quezo de Bola. I would play video games all night long, hahaha. I’m really such a geek.Most years, we go out of town for the holidays. We’ve celebrated Christmas in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan… also at local destinations like Batangas and Bataan. Our helper usually takes a vacation by this time so we don’t really bother to decorate at home anymore. We just keep everything as low maintenance as possible. At the risk of sounding like a real Scrooge, I will admit to not owning a Christmas tree.
I really enjoy travelling with my family during the holidays because it’s the time of year when we can actually chill and get away from it all. We’re into the construction supply business and December isn’t really our month so it’s pretty slow and easy in terms of work.
Darn I’m really not good at posts with a sentimental side! If I were to pick a favorite Christmas memory, it would probably be one where my maternal grandmother (she’s based in the US now) made Noche Buena an extra special treat for us. She would make ube halaya from scratch, hamonado, and a host of other delicious dishes for us to feast on. My lola is really the best cook in the world. I kind of miss those days. Life was just much much simpler back then.I’m usually chattier than this but I will keep this short and simple as I’m only a guest and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I’d like to thank Jane for the opportunity to share but I also want to apologize for being such an emotional Scrooge so this probably was not quite the way Jane imagined my Christmas to be. XDHere’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D
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