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After a certainly most boring holiday spent primarily at home, I am happy to say that I’m glad that TET holidays (otherwise called Chinese New Year in other parts of Asia and Chinese-influenced communities in the world) are almost over.

Yep, I showed up at the office today, expecting our ever loyal employees to be there before me, and wallah — they’re not there! Only my dear colleague Chi was there. And so laughing at the absent employees, we had a great time just having a long and late lunch.

But what drives up my ire is that “I couldn’t access Facebook” during the entire TET holidays! In fact, I can’t access Facebook at all when I use the internet at home

Okay, some people will disagree with me about the inability or difficulty of accessing Facebook in Vietnam. Some people say that you can tweak your DNS configuration, or even use one of those proxy servers just to access Facebook.

But despite these maneuvers and sometimes, the lucky chance of being able to get online through some server, it is MUCH, MUCH MORE DIFFICULT to get into Facebook these days. Because of that, I am faced with —

* Not being able to contact friends from as far as half a globe away

* Not being informed about what friends are doing as far as half a globe away

* Missed the latest jokes, the hippest videos and the wackiest antics of a few colleagues and friends

* Missed out on a couple of friend’s birthdays

* Missed out on trends and news from the home country or the region

* Can’t announce my latest blog posts on my Facebook page

* Can’t announce my status on my Facebook page

* Can’t inform my friends about my recent travel & lifestyle articles

And most especially, I can’t access my directory of friends’ emails and phone numbers as well!

But there is also an upside to life without facebook — I get to read more blogs online. In fact, I stumbled on this funny blog from China called “Ministry of Tofu” (www.ministryoftofu.com). Aside from its witty remarks and funny, sometimes weird stories (pole dancing subway commuters, sexiest Chinese language teachers, etc.), it also features stories of the ever-present issue of “online censorship” as well.

Which means we are not alone in this problem in this side of the world ; ) At least they’re having fun and a few laughs out there in China with their queer stories . . .

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Hiya!

I’m catching up on my blogging again ; ) Not that there isn’t much to write. There are actually tons. But haven’t had my mind focused on the blogging lately.

But there is much to celebrate. For instance, my youngest sister got married last Saturday – in a quaint little church on top of a hill in Tagaytay. They call it Calaruega. How people managed to choose this church for a wedding truly amazes me. The only dirt road leading to this church is pockmarked with holes. But there it is – along with its singing and iPad toting resident priest!

It was a great feeling – to see your sister and her new husband, her friends, colleagues and loved ones gathered around, all beaming with smiles, all laughing. For starters, my sister wore a fabulously hand –embroidered wedding gown care of a well-known Filipino wedding gown couturier, Ms. Veluz. She’s as chirpy as any one I know who really relishes designing all those frou-frou, fairytale like wedding gowns.

My sister’s was no exception. It was a confection of white tulle and lace, heavily embroidered with exquisite beading and some shiny Swarovski crystals. It had a little train and a long veil as well.

And most importantly, it took me 20 minutes to get my sister’s gown unzipped (we later found out that my sister was sewn into the dress , hence we couldn’t find the hooks).

So I had to don a blush pink bridesmaid’s dress, which honestly, I don’t think I did look very well in it : ). Still, it was fun to see half of the head honchos of the Philippine advertising industry being there, clowning and slapping jokes like little schoolboys and schoolgirls.

And the bride was radiant; so was the groom – har har har!

The Blushing Bride & the Suave Groom faces the wedding guests at Calarueda Chapel in Tagaytay.

The only thing that marred the event is when the bridal car driver tried to pull a fast one on me – charging an additional fee that was equivalent to 3 hours overtime when we only spent an hour more than agreed upon. No worries but at one point, I thought I was going home with a sore fist and bloody murder in my eyes, as I was prepared to slug it out with this lying and conniving driver out at the parking lot.

What I like most about the wedding? Taking photos of the preparations, including the pre-wedding fittings (when do I manage to fit a gown as gorgeous as that – har har har!).

So as a last say in this blog post, I turned another year older about 2 hours and 55 minutes ago. Yes folks – I was born 5 minutes after midnight in a cold January morning in Quezon City  not so long ago – har har!  My mother said I was so tiny and white, and loved to cry – har har!

And like any other birthday, I couldn’t sleep very well. Always thinking something good is going to happen after that magical time when the clock strikes 5 minutes after midnight.

Which brings me to the topic of my new zodiac sign, in the wake of an inclusion of a supposedly 13th sign in the Western Zodiac horoscope. So now I’m a Capricornian. This is not surprising to me. Having been born on the cusp, I have both characteristics from Capricorn and Aquarius, my birth sign.

But what the heck? I would love to have a world that don’t need all these signs. And this is the end of my blog post. Finding myself so sleepy all of a sudden . . . .

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