Saturday, January 8, 2011
Firecrackers and Other Ways to Spend the New Years In the Philippines
Over time, as I got older, I developed asthma, and the fanfare of the NY tradition just got totally lost on me as the "smog" the day after only constantly reminded me why I just hate firecrackers.
Oh there were some moments of inspiration, when my cousins and I were in my teens, and a cousin who lived in the U.S. visited for the holidays, that we decided to set-up a sound system in the garage and blare music all night long. It was fun and we invited our neighbor/friends for a disco party.
Eventually there were yet other alternatives when we moved out of the suburban life. When we moved to a neighborhood that was predominantly composed of policemen or ex-policemen, shooting their guns in mid-air appeared to be their alternative. Now at that point I thought to myself I just jumped from the frying pan into the flame! I feared a bullet would tear across the roof or the glass window and hit me or my relations! Aside from the fact that living in a neighborhood with row houses next to one another makes it easy to hear a myriad of noises (turned-up T.V. or radio) blasting at midnight! Somehow it does beat the morning "smog" though.
Overall, it was a great kick-off for the year, our first "almost" whole year together (February 12, 2011 will be the official whole year). I turn 40 this year... and our fifth year as a married couple! I am sure the year will pose problems just like the previous year but I look forward to this year as the year I break out of my comfort zones. May it be a GREAT year for us all!