christmas rush

I am so freakin’ tired and broke. It’s my second straight night of Christmas power shopping, of trying to strike out as many names possible on my gift-giving list, of squeezing past the sticky crowd in the night market or breezing through the thousand square meters of a high-end department store.

Last night, I went to one of the country’s long-running and most visited night markets. Greenhills is your haven (or hell, when the crowd thickens) of product knock-offs, novel trinkets, and other Christmas finds, great ones or otherwise. This was where I bought gifts for my godchildren (god that makes me sound so old) and people at the office outside my division that I usually work with. Now that place is really one helluva shopping challenge, good thing that there is a nightly Animatronix show which keeps the shoppers entertained. A huge overhead stage comes alive with a carnival and moving mannequin characters in giant proportions. It’s like Las Vegas, what with all the laser and sound spectacle unfolding. A Christmas train bedecked with a gazillion colorful lights even goes around the stage every 15 minutes or so. I remember looking forward to and watching this yearly production when I was younger. It was staged in its original location though, the now defunct department store COD.

Tonight, I bought gifts for my parents and my nieces, which were of course more special and well, expensive. But I didn’t mind; I didn’t put my budget to a minimum. I got my dad this nice looking belt with an expensively-looking (not necessarily too expensively pricey) hide. My dad’s into belts, really. Every time we go abroad, he’d horde belts and belts. From military looking ones to leather belts. As for my mom, I got her two bracelets – one Victorian-looking, and the other a funky string of turquoise beads, glass charms, and miniature balls of yarn or some sort of fabric thread. For my nieces, it’s Barbie Barbie Barbie, one’s Princess Annika of the Magic of Pegasus with her glowing wand, the other’s Crystal of Fairytopia with her glowing body and “snap-on wings and styles”. The things kids want these days. Or more proper, the stuff companies manufacture these days to lure kids and burn holes in their parent’s pockets. I remember being all gleeful with plastic character figures or rattling guns or at once, the lowly brick game. Well I guess whatever the time frame is, it’s all about giving glow into the eyes of the kids and making them happy.

I guess things have changed for me, too. While I was once happy with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book, an Archie/Jughead comic book or a Bioman (and a slew of Japanese-TV-of-yore) action figure, what I want for this year is the new iPod Video with a 30GB capacity, in sleek black. Now that would surely bring glow into my eyes – and aural orgasm to my ears. Ho ho ho!


6 Responses to “christmas rush”

  1. 1 Shigeki December 22, 2005 at 6:21 pm

    If you say you feel old, I am gonna have to punch you good!!! (-_-凸

    A lot of shopping thingies to do… wow, I am impresssed. I am glad I am done with my shopping for Christmas. They are really overwhelming some time. But you get to see great smiles. :-)

    Happy Christmas Eve-eve!

  2. 2 Mr. Brian December 22, 2005 at 6:40 pm

    That display sounds quite interesting!

  3. 3 Chas Ravndal December 22, 2005 at 8:12 pm

    wow u bought tons of present to ur family..

  4. 4 ça va pas la tête December 23, 2005 at 6:01 am

    Happy holidays!

  5. 5 savante December 23, 2005 at 10:28 am

    An IPOD video! What the heck is that! It’s taken me time to even get used to the regular IPOD :) Impressed with your shopping list!


  6. 6 Mark December 23, 2005 at 7:25 pm

    Hello Shigeki!
    Well, I’ll turn another year older in 2 weeks. Love the icon, btw. Another one I could use from time to time. :) Good for you that you’re done with your Xmas shopping. I still need to buy wine for my Dutch uncle. Indeed, it’s better to give than to receive. :)

    Hello Mr. Brian!
    Saw it again tonight when I went to Greenhills to buy an iPod. It’s the same story and spectacle every night, but still dazzling just the same. :)

    Hello Chas!
    Wow you bought lots of things for yourself! Whereas I haven’t gotten any for myself except that Conde Nast Traveler subscription, which hasn’t even arrived yet!

    Happy ho-ho-ho-ing to you, too, ca va pas la tete! :)

    Hello Paul!
    It’s the latest from Steve Jobs’ workshop. 5th generation iPod which can also play music videos, video podcasts, and TV shows, hurray! I’m sure i’d also take some time to get used to this new toy.

    Happy Ho-Ho-Ho-ing to y’all! :)

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