We have now reached the time of the year when we start to reflect on the year that was. The compilations are starting to come out for the best songs, movies, Facebook and Instagram posts, fashion and all other bests for the year.
It is also the time for reflection on a personal level: new people we met, new food we have tasted, amazing new sites we’ve visited, new skills we’ve learned, virtues we’ve acquired or maintained as well as the surprising circumstances we have encountered along the way. It is also the time when we reflect how we’ve been as a human being and what we want to be in the next year.
As for me, I guess all I can do is be the best person that I can be to those who need me. And to those who don’t need me, just wait and see because sometime next year you would realize that you do crave and long for me. Hahaha! I may not have a new set of resolutions but I will definitely do my very best to stay out of the treacherous waters that would be swirling around next year.
It is the end of the year and it feels like a lot of people are tired and need a break. I hope that next year would be more peaceful, meaningful and fruitful for everybody. Let us hope for the best!
happy new yeaar from sweet nengkoy!
happy new year! welcome 2019!
Happy New Year and lots of love from me and my mother, Nengkoy!
Late in the morning today, Jan 1, a new friend whom I met in New York shared/posted in his Facebook page a video and article that highlights the tradition of what underwear color men wears when welcoming the New Year. Interestingly enough my country, the Philippines, is included in the video feature. And I was not surprised to find out that men in my country wears polka dots!
The researchers of The Underwear Expert really did their homework. To support this claim, I am exactly one of those who wore polka dot last December 31st and when I welcome the year 2016.
The round shape being a symbol for money, wearing anything polka dotted in the Philippines during New Year’s Eve is believed to bring prosperity all year round.
This tidbit of a tradition has been instilled upon me by my beautiful and fashionista grandmother, Lola Teray (Nengkoy’s mom). I remember during the early years when Lola Teray was still alive, she and her sisters (Lola Sario and Lola Beheng) would make sure to wear polka dot “daster” (house dress) every New Year’s Eve believing that it would bring good fortune in the coming year.
A New Year is but a couple of hours away, I would like to wish myself and the rest of the world to further develop a pretty good amount of emotional and intellectual common sense. And may the exclamation points that we will encounter in the coming year be all physically and psychologically enriching. And lastly, may bliss and beauty be all over the planet!
Call it silly, call it insane. But it has been my personal belief and tradition to have a haircut on the last day of the year. I don’t know, but it brings me luck.
Like the Chinese, I believe that having a haircut on the first week of the New Year also cuts off your good luck that you’re supposed to receive throughout the year. That is also why I have a haircut on the last day of the year. But since I am thankfully not Chinese, I observe this belief every December 31.
While having my haircut, the TV set is turned on inside the salon. News about the statistics of stray bullets hitting innocent kids all over the Philippines is rising according to the news flash.
The tradition of igniting firecrackers to welcome the New Year is supposed to be for fun and supposed to drive away the evil spirits according to some baseless belief.
photo not mine…
But a pretty good amount of moronic people would rather fire their guns indiscriminately so as to create a loud sound without knowing the deadly consequence it may result to innocent people who would be hit by the stray bullet. This thoughtless act is what is silly and what is insane!
While having my haircut, I then thought of the idea that these dim-witted people should instead aim their guns to their very own faces. This would definitely reduce the number of evil spirits of this planet.
Have a safe and lucky New Year’s Eve celebration everyone!
Itutuk mo sa mukha mo para mabawasan na ang ibil ispirit. Hahaha!
I have something in common with Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sofia Vergara, Bill Gates and even Kris Aquino not only this coming New Year’s Eve but even in the previous New Year’s Eves. All of us, have not been lighting firecrackers during New Year’s Eve yet we are the rich, popular and powerful beings of this planet.
wealthy powerful people of planet earth
So if you think that producing deafening noise during New Year’s Eve like lighting a firecracker will bring luck and drive away undesirable spells and bad spirits, you better think again. I hope you realize that even if you will light a nuclear bomb, no amount of wealth, power and popularity will come to you unless you work hard, persevere hard and stay focused on what you do and what you want.
You should realize that making noises should be made not on a literal sense. But instead thunderous noise of diligence, progress and optimism should be produced in your heart in an uninterrupted manner all throughout the coming year.
A Wealthy New Year to all of us!!!
Nagtotorotot at tumatalon lang kami nina Oprah, Bill at Sofia pag bagong taon. Haler…
I have a problem with the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines or CBCP. The religious group chose to radiate a humongous negative energy by declaring next year (2015) as the Year of the Poor. They announced that this is in line with the upcoming visit of Pope Francis whose mission is to serve the poor with mercy and compassion. Thus, based on CBCP’s declaration 2015 is not going to be my year.
Let me clarify that I do look forward to the visit of the Pope but I refuse to consider myself poor. I am rich! With due diligence in believing in the “power of spoken words”, it has always been one of my mantras that “I am a money magnet”. I have always wanted to emit positive vibes that is why calling myself poor would be preposterous.
Let me also clarify that my being a money magnet does not determine how rich I am. For me wealth and prosperity is not only measured by how much money a person has in his bank account. It is the abundance of life’s experiences, the asset of possessing a healthy body, the wealth of attaining true friends, the splendor of having a happy and beautiful family and the fortune of continuous peace of mind.
For me, 2015 will be the usual Year of the Rich. My year, our year!
A Facebook friend posted this on her timeline. She indicated that the first three words you will see among those random letters inside the black box will be yours next year. I was ecstatic and excited because the first three words I found were Health, Happiness and Power.
Now you start looking… (I will highly appreciate if you type in your first 3 words in the comments below)
It is indeed amazing! This exercise is so awesome it creates an upbeat hope to the coming New Year. Too bad though, it has been four hours already and still I have yet to locate the three ultimate words that I wish to find. The words, “Extremely Delicious Body”.
But seriously, I’m definitely looking forward to a healthy, happy and powerful year ahead!
It’s January 1, the day considered to be the first page of this year’s first chapter. A fresh new year could mean a fresh new start to a lot of us. May it be a healthier new you, a more mature disposition, saving lots of money or a total make over for an amiable personality, changing for the better has always been a good preliminary and starting point for a day like this.
An effective change for the better will not take just a day, it would I guess be more effective if it be done one day at a time. Little by little. Can you just imagine what we would be at the end of the year if in each day of it there are some positive changes in us? That would be 365 little changes and improvements that we could have.
I have to have these changes because I feel that I owe my own life the very best that I could personally offer. Also, I believe that these changes can eventually lead to positive prospects and possibilities. I don’t intend to be a perfect person since that would literally be impossible. But looking at each day as a new chance at being the best that I could possibly can would be my ultimate agenda.
May it be about the changes in my body, improvements in my pocket, enhancement in my personality, progress of my brain or the upgrading and rebooting of my soul, “Change for the Better” would be my 2014 aspiration, target and intention.
Nothing will be missed, nothing will be gone. So in keeping with the Pinoy tradition of hoping and wishing for good luck and prosperous New Year, I have filled two humungous containers with varieties of sweet round fruits.
Let me also take this great opportunity to thank all the sweet-fruity-like people who provided me joy in the year 2011 may it be like a tiny cherry in shape or the titanic watermelon in structure. A heartfelt thanks to all people who kept me company in chasing butterflies and harvesting the crops of my existence, you made me further appreciate the rainbows of life. You have been the fresh grapes, apples and mangoes of my being.
And for those who’ve been like rotten fruits who gave me a sting in the neck this year, let me pronounce that I forgive you and I’m wishing you not to carry out the most evil thing that you would do on the coming fresh year that would result to a karmic debt that you will be repaying and re-harvesting for the rest of your life.
In 2012 we for sure will encounter noble failures – that’s the bitter part of life – but let’s turn and plant these mishaps to bear creative golden orange-like opportunities. Let’s all keep dreaming and try to achieve it with a smile. Happy New Year everyone!!!
Hwag kayong mag-alala, tulad ng prut salad, masarap pa rin ako neks yir!