Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mi Nochebuena




Last December 24 was a tiring day for me, even though there's no patient to take care of in the hospital, I still have to finish the 8 hours OJT for that day, that was from 2 to 10 o'clock in the evening. It was the last 2 remaining OJT's in the hospital, the next one will be next week, December 31, New Year's Eve.

Now, if you are wondering what are those strange white things we are clasping as though they were a trophy on the photo above, well those are plastic plates; we were invited for a Christmas Eve dinner at a friend's house, we were holding them because the place was small, there were lots of people and the table was quite small too.  That's where we went right after we left the hospital around 10 PM.

The food was delicious! My favorite was the Calamares and the one with quail's eggs, I think it's called '7 Seasons'?, (Yummy!) We really enjoyed it.  There were lots of new faces and some old friends too, but unfortunately we had to leave early because I was not feeling well, I was coughing severely, and could not even sing at the karaoke even if I'd stayed, (damn!,) and besides, one of my friends will have to report for work the next day (yes, on Christmas day,) and I still have to drop him to his apartment. Thanks Ben and Joel for that wonderful dinner!

So, that was how I spent my Nochebuena. That was better than last year, where I just spent it infront of my computer. Hopefully next year will be much better. Eventhough the (Filipino) Christmas season is not yet over, (not until the 'Epiphany' on January 6,)  I'm now looking forward to the New Year. I just hope that 2011 will be a good year for all of us. MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Trivia: Nochebuena means Christmas Eve. It's just one word, not Noche Buena, otherwise you're talking about a Mexican beer, a brand of cheese or a theatrical production.

4 comments:

Gremliness said...

Merry Christmas =)

Spending Christmas with friends is already a feat I guess when we're away from home. There's no better way to spend it than home, really. And I guess as years pass by, we're getting used to celebrating Christmas, desert style. I just hope it's not so restricted there in SAudi, I mean here in the UAE, Christmas trees are all over. The million dollars tree at the Emirates Palace even became an issue =)

May you have a grand new year celebration ahead...

NFB said...

I hate Christmas season in the KSA... really i mean it. There could have been parties and loud singing all over the city of Jeddah were it not for these KJ cave-dwellers. Wala lng masabi dumaan lng kse ako hehe...hapi new year na lng pow! bawal paputok sabi ng mutawa wahahah!!!

Pepe Cabrera said...

@Gremliness, Eventhough I'm working in KSA for a long time now, every year when the holiday comes, I still get the blues, I don't know why.

Christmas is so restricted here in KSA, the only thing that will remind you of Christmas here is the weather.Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to U!

@ NFB,
Me too Nels, I hate it! I wish that someday my dream will come true, to have A White Christmas.
¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

joelsvill said...

You're welcome Pepe!Glad to know you loved the foods that we prepared! Say thanks to all your friends who came with you too! Happy new year!!!