Sunday, December 15, 2013


Today marks the beginning of the 9-mornings mass in the Philippines. This tradition dates back to the "I'm-too-young-to-remember" ages because back home, this has been practiced yearly. This is that time of the year when you wake up even earlier than your usual alarm time when you have school. Morning mass usually begins at 5:00 AM which means you have to get up at 4:00 AM or depending on your proximity to your parochial church. I miss doing this because this only happens in the Philippines and being away from my home country for almost 6 years now, life has been quite different.

But there is a tradition I have kept always. Despite the technological advancement of almost anywhere in the world. People have forgotten the once famous way of sending greetings to your loved ones, the Christmas Card. I have been doing this since I was a kid when my parents worked abroad and I have continuously send Christmas cards to friends and families every year.

I found these cards when I was travelling in Hanoi, Vietnam. I first saw these pop-up cut-out cards in Singapore and was priced at about $5 US each. And when I found it in one of the night markets in Hanoi, it only cost me 50c each. I can not believe how big the price difference that I hoarded almost different kinds of card to bring with me.

So you can call me old school but snail mails sent to different parts of the world still do exist. And my friends and families who receives card or postcards from me gets mesmerized by it.

Merry Christmas...


J Gerald C Legaspi is the Filipino author of and is currently working and travelling in and around South East Asia but spends most of his time in Jakarta, Manila and Singapore.


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