08 January 2007

Home is where the heart is

I had a rather different Christmas last year than the past ones... for one thing, my younger brother Dodi is in the Middle East. He usually did our video coverage and kept the overall energy of the party up. He would put up the disco lights outside the house, bring out the speakers and play Christmas and dance tunes.

And then my parents said they could not be able to cook anymore like they used to, so they told us to just celebrate Christmas eve in our respective homes, then visit them on Christmas Day instead. So my elder sister agreed, and our youngest decided to go to the province to celebrate Christmas with her husband's family.

It was a totally different Christmas from all those years where we celebrated it at my parents' house. It felt rather odd. I will definitely want to celebrate this year's holiday with them.

At any rate, we made the best of the holidays by preparing food and inviting my wife's brother's family and my mother-in-law to spend Christmas eve at our place.

Here I am cooking the barbecue. It's the first time we tried using this electric grill. The barbecue tasted strange using this contraption, a wedding gift from four years ago. When we didn't like the taste, we decided to go for charcoal grilling instead. That was more like it!
Here I am at the kitchen with my brother-in-law slicing and dicing away.
Jo-Lo with his cousins from Tina's side of the family.
We played cards while having red wine during a lull in the night activities.
Loads of gifts to open! We did not put these under the tree because Jo-Lo would have a field day with these.

We had our noche buena and opened gifts. It was a simple yet fun holiday for us all. Head on over to Jo-Lo's blog for photos with my parents!


  1. Anonymous4:46 am

    Canon Powershot Pro S2 IS -- ok ito, magkano daw ba nila binebenta sayo?


    masaya mag celebrate ng christmas with family, lalo na kung sama sama or tulong tulong sa pag luluto. daming regalo, ang saya kapag nabibigayan ang pamilya.

    ako din mas type ko charcoal, basta hwag lang masunod para di delikado sa health, bantay lang, tamang luto :)

  2. Anonymous4:14 pm

    Wow! That is a lot of gifts. Happy new year, Nick!

  3. Anonymous6:33 pm

    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year watson!!!

    I know the first bit of my greeting is a tad late but the second part still applies.. eh?

    We are still doing the Christmas Noche Buena with the whole family. I can't imagine celebrating it any other way, but I guess it is inevitable.

    Hahaha... BBQ ain't BBQ without charcoal!

    Jo-Lo's smile in the last pic is priceless!

    Wish you and your family health and success this 2007!

  4. ang cute ni jolo! he looks good on that spongebob shirt! hehehe...

    hope to see him soon..

    and dont trust those electric griller thingamajigies.. them bbq dont taste good when you use those..

  5. Anonymous5:56 pm

    wow, ang daming gifts.

    talaga, electric grill is not so good? i was thinking pa naman of getting one, kasi medyo hassle ang uling diba.

  6. Cruise: 18k. ok lang ba?

    Oo nga. mas masarap talaga sa charcoal. So... saan kaya namin pwede gamitin pa itong electric grill?

    Niceheart: Happy New Year!

    Alternati: Happy New Year to you too!

    Dessagirl: Shall we recycle this electric barbecue grill and gift it away as a gift? hehehe

  7. Anonymous10:30 pm

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas celebration. We sometimes use the electric grill but you're right, it's not quite the same. BBQ using traditional charcoal is always the best. I'm sure your son had a wonderful time opening all those presents.

    Have a blessed New Year!


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