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Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines “Maligayang Pasko Sa Inyong Lahat” or Merry Christmas to Everyone! The typical Filipino does not need much of an excuse to celebrate and party. Christmas in the Philippines is no exception. The manifestations of the onset of Christmas start here as early as September. That is when you first notice the street vendors and stalls selling their Christmas lighting and decorations. It is a sight particularly noticeable after dusk when you cannot fail to see the twinkling, flashing lights of reindeers and other Christmas paraphernalia. There is no room here for “bah humbug” type sentiments I used to hear back in the UK – “Oh – I can’t get in the mood for Christmas” type of comment. I suggest if you… Read More

Christmas Comes Early in the Philippines

I had heard “Christmas comes early in the Philippines” before I arrived here. It’s true! We have had our Christmas tree up in the living room since September and that is a common sight throughout the Philippines. I like it. But there is a more serious side to the season because it’s all about kids for me. I love to see their faces light up at the sight of a new toy or present after it has been frantically unwrapped. So I thought you may like some ideas for toys and presents for your kids as Christmas is fast approaching. Robocar Poli Bucky Transformer Robot Car Toy Action Figure Buggy Academy Genuine | eBay New Batman 6 inch Batman Figure and Batmobile Gift Set Model… Read More

Christmas Eve: Criminals and Detectives Do Not Stop

Christmas Eve and I was on duty throughout the day. I was a Detective Sergeant in a town in Hampshire, England. Bob was a Detective Constable. We were the only detectives on duty that day working a 10 hour day minimum but on call out through the day and night. Some time that afternoon we were summoned to a house in the town. There had been a burglary, or home invasion as my American colleagues call it. The home owners had been out for a few hours completing their last minute gift shopping. On their return home they found every room ransacked. Items and belongings turned upside down. Naturally they were very upset. Several items of electrical goods had been taken. A TV set, hifi… Read More

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