Written on a paper napkin

12:33am. Continental Airlines just served us dinner and I was pleasantly surprised to be handed stainless steel cutlery instead of plastic ones. Just had a few forkfuls of the fish and rice before I gulped my meal down with a plastic cup of apple juice.

I’m off to the US again. My parents and my sisters (plus their respective families) are being hosted by Uncle Sam in his wonderful,imgp5715 wonderful home—where Coca Cola comes in as almost as many variants as the number of states; where I first tasted the heaven of a donut, Krispy Kreme.

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As Bing Crosby croons his signature seasonal song, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” I can’t help but smile. But I am not singing with him. Because truly, all I want for these next three weeks away from my desk is to take a break, be with family members I already miss, and reflect on God’s love during this best time of the year.  And, this might seem insignificant in light of what Christmas is, being away will allow me to be far enough to appreciate what I have back home—where Coca Cola comes in only three variants—regular, light and zero, and where Krispy Kreme is trailing behind other more popular fares especially during this time of the year, when Puto Bumbong and Bibingka reign supreme.

6 Responses to “Written on a paper napkin”
  1. Abaniko says:

    You seem to be so ready for Christmas in NY. I see falling snow on your blog. 🙂

    Have fun with your family. Don’t forget my pasalubong – an iPhone. Hahaha. Joke.

  2. Beng says:

    Thanks.Not snowing here.Cold but not chilly.hey,if you get an iPhone from me,you’ll be sooo lucky already eh lucky ka na,di ba?;)

  3. carlotta says:

    enjoy the christmas holidays with your family! take care! 🙂

  4. JC says:

    I should give you a free Coke for your free ad 🙂 Dati may vanilla Coke sa tin pero inalis na 🙂

    Thanks for bringing back the book and disc! Enjoy your time with family!

    Happy birthday! 🙂


  5. Beng says:

    Hi Carla, thanks for the greeting. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

    Hi JC, will you really give me free Coke?! Can I collect? I think the vanilla coke got a cold reception from pinoys because it was too sweet for our taste.

    Am happy to do you a favor, JC, in exchange for all the favors you did for me too. Merry Christmas!

  6. Abaniko says:

    Beng, I can always be luckier. Hehe.

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