Friday, December 22, 2006

Season Greetings

Christmas has always been a special time for me, and I always look forward to this once a year celebration. Churches would repeatedly preach the importance of acknowledging and prioritizing Christ’s birth on Christmas in opposition to modern day commercialized Christmas celebrations that took much away if not leaving out everything that was originally from the religion itself. People can interpret, and celebrate Christmas in so many ways. To me, Christmas is indeed a very auspicious event.



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Christmas has been widely commercialized, and in the holiday seasons, various business opportunities bloom just for the occasion, with once in a year money making schemes. Things are pretty much the same in Malaysia, though not so especially evident in Kuching, since this place is predominantly ruled by “you know what religion”. Fake Santa Clauses walking the street scaring the kids away and boringly fake Christmas trees with little attention and care put on the setup: are just not the best signs to bring out the Christmas spirits. People here do not really embrace the celebration. Even after buying something expensive from the gift shop, the cashier would just hand you your wrapped goods, change and receipt with such a sulk that even vinegar would taste sweet for a change.

The overly fanatic and obsessed with religion kind of people take this particular time of the year to “spread the salt and shine the light”. They would disapprove on anything commercial, accusing them of stealing away the true meaning of Christmas and depleting the roots of the religion. They would often remind the people of the “truth” and what Christmas should have been, with no snow, and no Santa and no presents. They go as far as striking full force and tricking converting new Christians on the Christmas day itself. I seriously think that those people should get a whack on their heads. If Christmas is really a seasonal holiday, being able to bring family and friends together, sparking magical moments, rejoicing in happiness and loads of cheers, and oh goodness, the joy of giving and receiving, I believe it is indeed something worth celebrating, considering all the good it brings, for Christians and non-Christians too. What better time of the year if not Christmas to share and love and care for one another?

That night after the Bandkuest Grand finale, I went off and happily maxed out my camera batteries and memory on the Christmas scenes around Kuching.

When there is plenty of golden sparkling light hanging around everywhere…


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When there are leafless trees with weird alien looking balls attached to the branches….


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When there is an orang utan trying to be Santa…


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When there is a snowman glowing in the dark..


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When there is a Blogger cam-whoring in front of a botak Christmas tree…


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You know that… it is CHRISTMAS !!!!

To all of my friends and family, blogger friends, and anyone who reads this.. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

Tis’ a Season to be Jolly…. Falalalala…

11 comments:

  1. lol..thats Christmas in Kuching for you...(=

    Merry Christmas, Robin!!!! Oh, and a blessed new year too! Cheers ;p

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  2. *lol* the last pic of botak christmas tree is both stylish and hilarious at the same time! And of course, the cam-whoring Robin. *snuggles you*

    Merry Christmas, mate! Have a jolly one!

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  3. hey san,
    merry christmas and happy new year to you too !!!!

    hey luxferi,
    Thanks thanks... aahhahha.. aiyaa.. that was an innocent shot of myself through the mirror... ehehhehee...
    U and Jee have an awesome and merry Christmas too !!!

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  4. have a wonderful christmas!

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  5. hey wuching,
    merry christmas to you too !!!

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  6. beautiful xmas photos.... merry xmas robin!

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  7. hey frank
    Thanks, and Merry Christmas !!

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  8. that's the spirit jolly dude! merry xmas!!!

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  9. hey alex,
    hahaha thanks, and you have a Merry Christmas too !!

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  10. Merry Christmas to you too Robin!

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  11. hey kim....
    MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!

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