This is a sponsored post and all mentioned here are my thoughts and opinions.
Waking up at the melancholic pitter-patter of raindrops on my window reminds me that Christmas is in the air. Unlike in the West, we never get to experience the delightful surprise of snow every time we go out. Instead, it is usually a light drizzle of rain or simply the chilly December air that greet us Filipinos in the morning.
As I went to the window to see if the rain has stopped and of course to contemplate a little about life, I could not help but think of how will I celebrate this year’s Christmas.
I believe that personal as well as financial preparations must be done. I think of the clothes I should wear during our family gathering on Christmas eve, the various presents which I can get from the Vitamin Shoppe, and of course the food I should prepare. A sudden jolt of excitement radiated through my system as I imagine all the good stuff I get to make. Traditional dishes will fill our table. Hot chocolate also known as sikwate will also be made available and, one must not forget, the Christmas wine–which is available at Wine.com and comes with a Groupon Coupons–to complement the holiday feast.
Now the rain had stopped and the sun is making its way through the clouds again. Unexpectedly, this early morning contemplation turned out to be a thorough planning. Then again, I have come to realize that it is not only about how extravagant your presents are or how fancy your holiday feast would be but sharing and giving love as well, not just this season but all throughout the year.
My birthday celebration this year wasn’t the most costly, but I could say, was the most memorable by far. It was a quick plan but everything went exciting unexpectedly. I’ve received no more than material gifts but unmeasurable love and emotions from my family, especially from my own family – my husband and son.
The most exciting of all is when I heard my not-so-talented singer hubby singing a birthday song, which definitely is in-tune but of its own tune. 😀 😀 😀 I guess my hubby just needs a musics friend instruments to back him up on his song serenade for me.
Anyway, I am so thankful for all the love sent through messages for me. I treasure all of those.
On my last birthday celebration, the family had a blast of it in a resort in Samal Island in the country. The island is best known for its white sand beaches and other spots, which are inviting for a whole family to spend a day or two. That is actually one of the many reasons why I opted to stick on that celebration instead of staying at home and just merely having karaoke session with my family friends. I first made sure that not only me who will sure to enjoy the day but also my son, the kids in the family, my family per se and my invited friends.
Remembering the two weeks before my birthday, I and hubby argued where to spend my celebration because of possible inevitable situations to happen. But thanked God the Lord has given me what my heart desired. I actually wanted to supposedly spend that big day outside of the country. Perhaps any southeast Asian country will do. One of the nearest in the country is Indonesia, specifically in Bintan Island.
The very first reason is that, honestly, is that it is accessible from the city we are living. We sure won’t be spending more bucks to travel to another city airport just to take a plane to fly to Indonesia. Another is that the county has requires no visa for any tourist to visit there. So whether will I be flying alone or with my whole family, I will sure to still save bucks on getting a visa and also, anytime we wanted to fly in the country, I got no issues and can visit the country anytime I wanted to – even a day before my birthday or exactly on that day. And lastly, there are great islands in Indonesia where the family can enjoy, and as mentioned above, one of the many islands in Indonesia that every tourist wanted to visit is the Bintan Island.
Bintan Island (image from bintanlagoon.com)
Bintan Island is one of many well-known islands in Indonesia where one can find numerous resorts and vacation stops for the whole family. Tourist spots here also offer relaxing ambiance, which are the best places to try for a three-day escape from the busy and stressful life in the city. And in fact, the island is the largest island in the Riau Islands province where a variety of exciting events can be done including water sports activities, leisure and even shopping for great souvenir items.
However, since we only have a very limited budget for the said getaway, the family just settled for the lesser expense celebration, but still in a resort, in Samal Island here in the country. Hopefully, the family can spend a day or two outside the country soon.
Every 19th of August, I always feel sorrowful as I could always remember what happened to my dad and also, celebrating his birthday without him is always heart-wrenching.
Today is supposed to be his 62nd birthday but he, instead, celebrate it in heaven.
For you Pa, always remember that I always love you and miss you. How I wish that you are still here celebrating with us — singing, eating, enjoying and living the life to its fullest. But anyhow, happy happy birthday Pa! We love you always!
Flower delivery services in the country is not that well-enterprising. Perhaps the reason why during holidays or events in the country, flower-giving as a present is not that usual. More often than not, as experienced also, people just used to shopping a bouquet of flowers in the malls or nearby shops to grab their preferred flowers for their loved ones especially on certain occasions or even not. This is one breakthrough that is missed advancing in the midst of technological development. Although online shopping and other one-click-away services on food and other commodities are almost available in the country, this online flower delivery has left behind.
This has actually just made me think of this flower delivery system in the country when one of the patients’ relative was murmuring about such which I overheard when I happened to check on the patient. He was actually having hard time looking for fresh beautifully arranged fragrant flowers in the vicinity near the hospital for his mother, who happened to be my patient. I supposed to butt in and tried to give him some ideas where to get some flowers, but I was also in doubt if the flowers he was looking for were still available. So I just thought to myself that only if flower shops are available in the country with florists like those florist sydney from Australia, I am sure we can provide flowers what every body is needing for.
Florist with Flowers, by the way, offers real fresh perfectly arranged flowers which are available to grab online and be delivered then to the doorsteps of the loved ones each client longed to hand to. Flowers varies from sizes, numbers and as well as on the types and kinds of flowers to give and for different occasions as well.
Image above is from caloundraflorist.com.au.