Funniest Christmas Gift I Gave

I remember going to the store to buy a Christmas gift for my Manito. If it is hard to choose a gift for a special person, I would say it is much harder if you are buying a gift for a person you do not even like. I do not have any Christmas gift ideas for him but for sure I would be buying a cheap Christmas gift considering my budget.

I was a High school freshman then. Before Christmas break, it was a school tradition to have a Christmas party and pick our Manito or Manita. We did not use code names so we know whom to give our gifts. I would take this a blessing in disguise when I picked the one person I hate most in the classroom - Roderick. He used to bully me every single day because of my skin color. I have dark skin because I love the outdoors and I love to swim every weekend. He would always tease me and would never miss his chant, "uling! uling! uling!" (a Cebuano term that means "coal").

The day before the party, I went to the store and walked over the display for teenage boys. There were many choices but I did not find anything that I like for him to have so I decided to go to another store. On my way down, I passed through children's toys and thought of buying something for my niece and nephew. I saw this little buddy and eventually decided to buy it for Roderick.

Christmas Gift photo courtesy of wallpaperez.infoThe most awaited Christmas party has come. I could not wait for the "exchanging gift" part. Roderick would be in for a very big surprise! After the food attack, we were ready for the revelation of our manito/manita. Now, it is the time to reveal mine! When I mentioned his name, everybody shouted! We were the "cat and dog" of the class and everyone was so excited what would happen next. Every eye was on the gift. I did not give a hint on what was inside the box but I told my friends it was very "Roderick". When he opened the gift, he got what was meant for him a long time ago. He was now the center of attraction and the boys bullied him for what he got. So what was the gift? A plastic pull along dog with rolling eyes that rolls around and around when pulled. It was a Dalmatian, it would be better if it was black but I never found one!

Classes resumed after Christmas break but I could not hear Roderick's chants anymore. Maybe it was one of the things on his long list of New Year's resolution. After our classmates' reaction over the gift, I have lots of great Christmas gift ideas for men like him that would come with a special Christmas gift wrap.

Tropical Depression URDUJA

We were late for work … again. Hubby and I had a hard time commuting. There were no available public utility jeepneys at the Opon terminal. There were numerous stranded passengers waiting. We even walked from Menzi to Gaisano Mactan so we would have a bigger chance of getting a ride. Jeepneys bound to Mandaue-Highway were always full and even the taxis were all occupied.

Satellite ImageRain poured early morning today. I thought this was just an ordinary rainshower. I was not able to hear the morning news because we have not turned on our radio lately. According to the 5:00 a.m. weather forecast update from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), at 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression URDUJA was estimated near Dinagat or at 50 kilometers East Northeast of Maasin, Leyte with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.

In the Visayas, Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 was raised over the provinces of Eastern and Western Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Negros, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras. Storm Signal No. 1 was also raised in Mindanao provinces namely Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat and Siargao Island. In Luzon, the storm warning was also lifted over the provinces of Masbate and Romblon. Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes in these provinces are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Gale Warning No. 14 was issued over the seaboards of Luzon. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels were alerted against big waves.