I have been away for four years and I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be able to finally celebrate Christmas here this year!
In the Philippines, Christmas celebration starts as early as the month of September. People are already starting to decorate their houses, play Christmas on the radio and you could even hear children caroling in houses already. Most of these kids just sing without musical instruments, but they get coins in exchange for their song renditions.
There are also shows featuring orchestras with best sax mouthpieces at Musicians Friend. I would really love to witness a show like that one of these days!
If you are a backpacker and is thirsty for adventure, you might like to visit Vietnam. Unlike Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore (and they’re great places for holiday as well), Vietnam is still pretty much laid back, less touristy and the country is gifted with so many sights that tourists would love to explore and enjoy.
1. Vietnam is tourist friendly. Over the last decade, no reports of tourists being robbed or killed in Vietnam. The government is careful to protect the country’s visitors and to preserve its calm and friendly culture.
Hanoi by night (image via talkvietnam.com)
2. Sights and Sounds. There is so much to explore in Vietnam. If you have had enough of shopping and the busy streets of Hanoi, you could always visit the vast countryside and enjoy peace and quiet. The beaches in Vietnam are considered as among the best in the world but many of them are yet to be discovered by tourists.
3. Affordable. You can enjoy Vietnam’s street foods and shopping for branded bags and clothing could be one of your unforgettable experiences in Vietnam. It is not known to many, but many of high quality and high end apparels and bags sold in the US are made in Vietnam.
Christmas carols. Blinking lights in people’s houses. Christmas gift wrappers sold in stores. You can tell it’s almost Christmas! I can still remember how fun it was for us to exchange gifts last year in Bangkok. There’s just me, the hubby and the kids, circled around our tiny tree with gifts under it. Great memories that our family would always love to go back to. Why, we could make it a tradition!
We still have no tree yet, but we could always buy an equally small tree like the one we had in Bangkok and start buying our gifts. I can’t wait! Hubby would love to have acrolite snare at guitar center for a present I’m sure… I am actually confused between buying him this or that perfume he has always wanted!