December 28, 2008
It's my 5th Christmas celebration in Qatar. Being a Muslim country, Christmas here is just another ordinary day. It is noticeable though that shopping malls have more elaborate decorations now as compared to my first Christmas here in 2004. Also, many shops are now selling Christmas decors and goodies. It's really good that Qatar is tolerant of Christmas celebration. However, Christmas here is still dry and sad.
I filed for leave of absence in order to get a day off from work on Christmas day. Other companies such as my husband's and my brother's declared a holiday. Since everyone still went to work on the 24th, we didn't have time to prepare Noche Buena so we just had dinner at Bennigan's. Nothing special at Bennigan's - I just wanted to dine somewhere we haven't been before. The menu is very much like Chili's, Apple Bee's and Friday's. Interestingly, I just found out that Bennigan's company-owned restaurants in United States have closed down after filing for bankruptcy in July 2008 although franchises remained open.
After dinner, we went to corniche to take photos. Corniche again? Yes - because there's no other place to go to.
Group photo with buildings as the background....
Nothing compares to the Christmas celebration in the Philippines but as the saying goes, the most important thing is being with your loved-ones during Christmas. I am so lucky that I have a family here to celebrate Christmas with. I hope you also had a meaningful and blessed Christmas. May you have a great year ahead!
Photo credit: The last two photos taken by my husband.
December 26, 2008
One of the things I've always wanted to learn is baking. Finally, in 2005, I attended some of Heny Sison's short courses. I enjoy baking. Perhaps, it's because baking is much like a chemistry experiment and I love chemistry! Like a lab experiment, baking requires exact measurement of ingredients, proper mixing and proper oven temperature in order to yield a fantastic product!
Since I've been busy the whole year and I didn't bake much, I made up for it this holiday season. I baked four (4) types of cookies and two (2) recipes each. I brought some to our Office and shared some to our friends. Everybody loved it. The favorites are choco chips and choco crinkles, which are my personal favorites too. By the way, I found out that choco chips cookies have interesting history.
While I love baking, and I get inspired with all the praises I receive, it's a bit time consuming to prepare the ingredients and to clean the utensils used (hehehehe!!!) so I guess the next cookies overload will not be soon.
What is your favorite cookie?
December 25, 2008
Thank you for all the greetings, visits and comments! My greetings post is somewhat late already but today is still Christmas so it's not yet late. I hope you had a meaningful and blessed Christmas. I also hope 2009 will be a great year despite the financial crisis. Let's hope for the best and have a positive attitude always.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
December 4, 2008
Maraming bagay ang nagbibigay sa akin ng eksaytment. Pero kakaibang eksaytment ang nadarama ko tuwing pauwi kami sa Pilipinas para magbakasyon. Hindi pa ako nakakabalik sa Qatar, pinaplano ko na ang sususnod naming bakasyon. Malayo pa, sinisimulan ko na ang countdown at pinaghahandaan ko rin ang mga pasalubong at ilalaman sa balikbayan box (na mahirap punuin).
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