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Christmas Musings


Christmas Eve is just a few hours away.  Pretty soon the quiet will settle and I will have the house all to myself.

A couple of my friends have been incessantly inviting me to spend time and have Noche Buena with them.  Repeatedly telling me (and others) matter-of-factly that I’m spending Christmas with them.  However, I politely declined each offer.  I have such great friends who are so sweet, so giving, and so loving.  I know they mean well and they don’t want me to be on my own for Christmas.  But I don’t want to be an imposition.  And frankly, I prefer to be at home for this season.  To be closer to the memories of my parents.  Where I can be myself. (Put it this way, it’s easier to treat this season in a normal note rather than be reminded of things that have gone.)

When my parents were still alive, we didn’t have any Christmas traditions (the must-have foods like what’s commonly commercialized on TV).  As long as there was food on the table, and we went to the Christmas Eve mass that was already enough.  It was just like any normal day at home.  So I guess our celebration was just downplayed.  I guess as I grew up and we all grew older, Christmas was more celebrated in solemnity rather than being a party.

For someone who’s sometimes tagged by friends as a “social butterfly” in most occasions, I honestly prefer the quiet of my home during this Christmas.  I guess the past few years (since the time of my dad’s first hospitalization) I’ve lost my moxie in holiday preparations, cheers, and even spirit.  But then again, my Christmases were usually spent at my grandma’s house with my relatives.

Wow… I forgot about those memories…

Anyway, now that I’m currently on my own I should start on making my own traditions.  Maybe go out and ride my bike, turn up the volume on my music, visit my neighbors, play dress-up, map out my lifeplans… Lol. Well, whatever I may have planned, it’ll be something of my own.

To my bffs, if you’re reading this, please don’t worry about me.  It’s cute (and annoying!) that you’re constantly monitoring me but I am totally fine being on my own for this season.  I know (and you keep on reminding me) that I’m not an imposition and that I’m practically part of your family but I can’t help feeling like a spectator from the outside-looking-in.  And there are some seasons I have to celebrate on my own.  You guys enjoy your own traditions while I celebrate (for now) .  I’ll see you real soon!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Bugsay Mindanao with Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw


It’s the middle of the week and I’m still on a high from one of the most memorable weekends I’ve ever had.  My last Facebook status read like this:

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Remember a few months ago I posted that I took on a new sport?  Dragon Boat?  Well in case you forgot, you can read it here.

My team, Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw (HMD), decided to join the Bugsay Mindanao, the 1st Northern Mindanao Dragon Boat Race once we knew about it.  Aside from being able to put into play what we have practiced, the event’s advocacy was right up the alley of our team.  And since the race was just in Mindanao, traveling concerns would be easily handled.

The race was hosted by Liceo de Cagayan University, the home of the Liceo U Dragonoids.  Other dragon boat teams from all over Mindanao also joined the event.  Iligan City was represented by Team Bakunawa, Butuan City by the Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Blue Dragons, and 3 more teams from Davao: 1. Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw; 2. Dragons del Sur; and 3. Base Camp (Dragons) Davao.

I don’t think my words can do enough justice to the hype that was going on during those moments, so I’m sharing some photos instead.

paddles

paddles

stretch!

stretch!

other side!

other side!

photo op!

photo op!

Some race photos…

Blue Dragons

Blue Dragons

Dragonoids

Dragonoids

Team Bakunawa

Team Bakunawa

The Heat is on!

The Heat is on!

Women: Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Women: Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Base Camp Davao

Base Camp Davao

Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw

The Heat is On!

The Heat is On!

Bakunawa

Bakunawa

Heat up!

Heat up!

HMD Lady Minokawas Wacky Poses

HMD Lady Minokawas Wacky Poses

1600m Men's Open

1600m Men’s Open

1600m Mixed HMD

1600m Mixed HMD

ZEMgear

ZEMgear

Cool Down

Cool Down

Still Cooling Down

Still Cooling Down

It was truly a memorable experience!  We won as Overall Champion with the following awards in our name:

200m Men’s Open Category – 3rd Place

200m Women’s Category -3rd Place

200m Mixed Category – 1st Place

1600m Men’s Open Category – 2nd Place

1600m Mixed Category – 2nd Place

But aside from the awards we won, and the medals, plaques, and trophies we received, it was the feeling of being one with all the other paddlers who joined the race… uniting as One Mindanao!  Aside from promoting the sport, the advocacy of safeguarding the river and promoting the conservation of the environment and being part of something positive and life-giving makes all the muscle pains all worth it!  Not to mention the bonds we’ve forged with other dragon boat teams in Mindanao.

Always slice the water with purpose.

If you want to view more photos, you can also check our Facebook Fanpage here.

I’m also sharing one of the most memorable moments during the whole event.  The coolest cool down ever.

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