Monday, November 26, 2012


I just happen to attend conventions and workshops in Manila this Christmas season and I noticed that the Christmas trees in the places I've been to are the traditional Christmas trees with red and gold and other colorful balls. 

From Wikipedia, this is what they say about the Christmas Tree!
A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as pine or fir, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. An artificial Christmas tree is an object made to resemble such a tree, usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which with electrification could also be replaced by Christmas lights. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes.An angel or star may be placed at the top of the tree, to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century.[1] The Christmas tree has also been known as the "Yule-tree", especially in discussions of its folkloristic origins.[2][3]

I'd like to share some of the Christmas trees I've seen around Manila (only where I went extra effort to look for it!)... 

Century Park Hotel.
Very tall pine tree with colorful Christmas balls and oval lighted lanterns with the effect of jewels.

Heritage Hotel.
Another very tall pine tree with red and gold Christmas balls and ribbon garland... very classical tree!
The theme for Heritage Hotel this year is the Jungle Safari but they separated this from the Christmas Tree.
Heritage Christmas Tree by day
Heritage Christmas Tree by night
Manila Hotel.
The centrally displayed tall pine tree with red and gold Christmas balls, the Nutcracker and huge candy canes, including wreaths with red and gold balls.
The theme of Manila Hotel this Christmas is the Nutcracker Christmas.

Richmonde Hotel
The classic pine tree with red and gold Christmas balls and red, gold and green glittering fern-like leaves.
The other theme they have are the gingerbread houses and they, indeed smelled of cinnamon!
And of course, the grand staircase was also beautifully adorned!

It is also so nice to see the Christmas trees so traditionally decorated again with reds, greens and golds and brightened by the fine Christmas lights , tinsels and garlands!

Monday, November 19, 2012


I was going over my iPhoto library and found some old pictures which I scanned sometime ago.

I was actually thinking of Thanksgiving in the US but instead, I found Halloween... a bit too late, though!
I just want to share some pictures with the pumpkins...
We visit the pumpkin patch, with the very rustic tractors and pumpkins of all sizes... then, we get to choose the pumpkin. How did we choose? If I remember right, we just chose a pumpkin shape which we would like to carve later...
Here we are at Burger Farm surrounded by thousands of pumpkins...with George using his surgical skills and voila! the carved pumpkin!!!
More about Burger Farm where we got the pumpkins...
From Wikipedia:  The most beautiful yards in Cincinnati come from Burger Farm and Garden Center ! Since 1904, Burger Farm has been family owned and operated 4 generations deep. It started off as a Dairy Farm and to this day still has seasonal farm animals. We aren't your typical garden center!

Come and visit our newly expanded 64,000 square feet of covered greenhouse and shopping area. Burger Farm and Garden Center is open rain or shine. 
I miss the pumpkins and the colors of Autumn!!!