OSI Christmas Party 2009

Our company will be having a Christmas Party. The party committees were very busy preparing for the event for the past few weeks. Thankfully, the program and the venue are now ready. Were they missing something? Of course, there should be a party invitation! How could anyone forget that? Well, before we get frantic, our witty animators had taken care of that. In fairness, it was pretty well done! It is clever and humorous indeed! Why the long wait? Here it is!

A video invitation for the annual OSI Christmas Party featuring the FatBoys Slim with Santa Claus courtesy of wonderboykun.

Philippine Christmas

Christmas Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25th that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

BelenModern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, and the display of various decorations—like Christmas trees, Christmas lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In gift giving, we remind ourselves of the importance of selfless act, which is the foundation upon which we build trust, friendship and love. In receiving a gift, we are reminded of the practicality of the wisdom the more we give the more we receive.

Christmas in the Philippines is one of the biggest holidays on the calendar. Philippines has earned the distinction of celebrating the world's longest Christmas season. The Filipino Christmas would not be complete without the traditional Philippine Christmas symbols and decorations. As early as September, people would start putting up Christmas trees and decorations. They adorn their homes with "lanterns" or "parol", Christmas lights, and the most traditional symbol - the Belen or creche. Caroling is also a natural activity. Children in small groups would go from house to house singing Christmas carols and wait expectantly for their rewards - mostly coins. Young and old would also go caroling and partake of the earnings and some donate them to their chosen charity.

Traditionally, Christmas in the Philippines is ushered by Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, a nine-dawn novena which begins on December 16 as early as 4:00 in the morning and culminates with the "Misa de Aguinaldo" on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a significant moment because not only it strengthens relationships among family members but also because it is the time where our faith is intensified. This is the time where we mostly feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Completing this novena is believed to mean that God would grant the devotee's wishes. In some churches, the Panuluyan is reenacted showing the effort of Joseph and Mary to find a suitable birthplace.

Puto BumbongbibingkaAfter hearing the Mass, families partake of traditional delicacies served on Christmas that are commonly sold outside the church. Vendors offer a wealth of native delicacies including bibingka or rice cake topped with shredded coconut or slices of kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs)), puto bumbong (a rice delicacy made from purple-colored ground rice cooked in bamboo tubes that are placed on a special steamer-cooker and sprinkled with brown sugar and shredded coconut), salabat (hot ginger tea) and tsokolate (thick Spanish cocoa).

On Christmas Eve or Bisperas ng Pasko family members dine together on traditional Noche Buena and would exchange gifts. Others would stay in the park and watch fireworks display.

A typical Christmas Day in the Philippines is primarily a family affair. The whole family usually attends the Misa de Aguinaldo. Family members would visit other relatives and friends. Some would share Christmas lunch and exchange gifts after and others attend Christmas parties. Though not every family could afford to have a grand and glorious feast during Christmas, just feeling the spirit of Christmas with the whole family brings joy and peace in one's heart.

Be Grateful for All Our Troubles

Thanksgiving Day is a time to give our Thanksgiving greetings and Thanksgiving wishes as an expression of our gratitude for all the blessings we received. It is always easy to be thankful for the good things. However, have we ever been thankful for the "not so good" things we had?

We may have faced difficult times and committed many mistakes still we should be thankful because during those times of hardships, we grow and through our mistakes, we learn; and we became wiser. We should find a way to be grateful for all our troubles. If we find this in our hearts, those troubles could become blessings.

It would be best to make every day a Thanksgiving Day and appreciate our blessings daily. If we do not have much to offer, a simple Thanksgiving card would be the most thoughtful Thanksgiving gift anyone could receive.

Victory is on Our Hands!

When Tribu ni Lapu-Lapu ("TLL") was founded in travian.comx, many of the elders envisioned a glorious experience. We did not aspire for the World Wonder ("WW") victory back then. We took aim in establishing our name as one of the toughest there ever was. Our playing styles and strategies, which were to slay the enemies or die trying, suit many of us.

As true sons and daughters of Lapu-Lapu, we never back down from any fight. Though the enemies are colossal, we face them head-on without blinking. Our power comes from our kinship.
TLL - Cebu

In the recently concluded server, TLL joined the WW race for the first time. From the very first week of the server, while most of us are pillaging and banging the enemies, our leaders laid out a plan for the WW and engrossed themselves with diplomacy and the like.

What a good plan it was! Everything boiled down to our performance along the way. If we had not established a stronghold and made everyone know that we are a force to be reckoned with, all diplomacy would have gone south. Our tightly knit group with our coordinated efforts — now, that is our ace up our sleeves.

Many of the enemies would attest and say, "... I have never seen such precision with over 100 attacks incoming from several players all landing in a mere span of 20 seconds ... Can I join your alliance? ...". These kinds of In Game Messages always make me proud to be a TLL member.

We joined Play for Fun ("PFF") in celebrating our triumphant run. Our meta-alliance PFF&TLL finished top three positions with Bigtrouble, the lone TLL holder, in Third place. We did our part and gave our share, now we join along in the victory ride.

We pay respect and give proper recognition to all who shaped us and helped us achieve our standing.

TLL Officers - you people, kept us in line. You stepped up when no one else would. All coordination runs through you all and planning it all requires great sacrifice. Yours are a thankless job but you performed with pride and patience.

TLL Warriors - You were all TLL’s might! You are the core of this alliance. We salute you for building those mighty forces on behalf of the alliance.

To our friends and confederacies:AYO™
  • RYO™
  • BKK-Cafe
  • THA-BKK®
  • UnionHD™
  • [RP]
  • UnionTH™
  • BKK_Cafe
  • PFF and wings
- We appreciate your faith in TLL. You supported us based on our words alone; and we know you are sincere in every attempt (Holy, you stand true to your words - let this be known to all your detractors). TLL is proud to have fought with you side by side. We hope we could repay your sincerity in the future -- this we pledge!

To our enemy combatants - Thank you for keeping the game interesting. For the most part, you kept the old TLL spirit alive. Yes, we fought hard on opposite sides but only in this game; and only in this game we shall.

To the PFF&TLL WW holders and coordinators - We mastered this round, didn't we? Much kudos to Raysama for pulling it off.

To HolyDrac - Thank you for believing in us and defending us when others were in doubt but most of all, thank you for the friendship.

To our "secret" friends - We will have that victory dance as promised.

I give my final salute to our TH friends. Our collective effort took us to where we are now. Truly, you are our brothers-in-arms.

After four long months of sleepless nights and tons of coffee, with class and grace, we claim glory for TLL! Let none of us think otherwise!

Travian is only but a game but in here, we made real friends. Friends, who would fight for you and stand with you against insurmountable odds. We stand as ONE. We fight as ONE. We defend ONE another for ...


 TLL World Wonder Team
  • Team bigtrouble - Erwin and Co.
  • Team oohtooth - RjC/Mavrick and Co. 
  • Team vher - Vherzeth and Co.
  • Team Friction - Don/Sally/Rafael/Amanda 
  • Team Wagpokuya - John/Darthsorn
  • Team Rumpelstiltskin - Wendell/Almyr


"We also thank all the Thai who have given us support on defense and crops till the end." - Erwin

Screen captures of the WW when the server ended.

TLL Cebu

We encourage all Filipino warriors and strategists to join our force.

I Remember the Boy

Over the years, I have accepted the hurts and disappointments and have moved on. Now, whenever I hear those songs, they bring back many memories. The difference is that I could smile over the foolish things I have done, laugh over my mistakes and learned so many lessons from the tears I have shed.

I learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world does not stop for your grief. I also learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you have had and what you have learned from them and less to do with how many years you have lived.

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Fixing a Broken Heart

A break up is like a broken mirror. It is better to leave it broken than hurt yourself trying to fix it.

There is no use asking for that love to come back. Time goes by, life goes on, and all I can think of is how to move on. I loved him but he broke my heart. Now, it is time for me to let go and love myself more than anyone else would do. I would never forget him, and I do not have to. Memories are the best souvenirs and with them are lessons only life could give.

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My First Broken Heart

The night totally turned dark when I saw him standing in front of the church smiling over a pretty girl. Tears kept falling down my face. I could not breathe, I could not move. I just watched them as they walked holding each other's hands.

I was so thankful to have friends on my side on this very painful moment of my life. They kept me company, listened to my outbursts, gave me sound advice and reminded me of my self-worth. They did not allow me to drown in self-pity. Without them, I would never know how to deal with my pain.

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