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We were waiting for the New Year’s countdown at the TV. Our home’s clock told us it was already 12 midnight. Everybody’s firecrackers and trumpets were already shrieking outside the streets. The smoke was piling up as the Judas’ Belt rambling noisily. While we, our family, sat in front of the TV waiting for the TV stars shout and wave hello to the New Year.

Welcoming 2007 was extremely different. The banging and crackers ended right after the hand ticked a minute after 12. Unlike before, you could still hear the noise on bed disrupting any attempts of sleeping. The roads were not visible because the smog from the firecrackers covered every streets of the metro. One would be afraid to walk outside their doors because all the firecrackers’ mess were scattered over. This year was different. The street sweepers swept easily those mess, the air was not smoggy and everything went back to normal as if it was not New Year.

New Year’s day was also like the extension of Christmas especially for those kumpares and inaanaks who had not visited. Family reunions was also celebrated during this day. Some of the aguinaldos were still unopened or received by the respective inaanaks and Christmas carolers were still singing expecting for their pamasko. Now, it was different. There were no visitors pressing the doorbell. We were at home warming our butts on the sofa whilie watching that famous noontime variety show and those teleseryes by primetime. Nothing special, it was just a daily routine.

The New Year’s celebration was different from the previous ones. Every celebration is different, nothing is the same. There may be aspects that affects every occasion; finances, crises and more. But that’s what make occasions to be memorable. It’s once in a year or a lifetime occurance. Celebrations whether extravagant or gloomy will always make a mark in our grey matter.

Let’s make every second memorable, we only have one life to spare. It doesn’t matter if occasions are not as happy as before. Life, itself is already a celebration. Why wait for any occasion to celebrate?

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