Tis the season to be jolly?

Falalalala lala la laaaa….

The carolers are out, the Christmas decorations are up, the gift buying has commenced, greeting cards are being exchanged,
holiday parties are in full swing and those planning on traveling are getting ready for their trips. There is definitely no shortage of things to keep one jolly over the Holiday season.

But with all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Christmas holidays, comes an added stress for those
(unlucky) individuals who just have too much to do, to buy and to prepare. It helps if you have an idea of what needs to be
done. Be sure to follow Santa’s example and make those lists and check it twice.

This year, it feels like Christmas is sneaking up on me. Just ten days before Christmas and even a fewer number of days until
I am off on Christmas vacation! Although I welcome the break from work and the chance to spend time with family and friends during the holidays, this Christmas just won’t be the same. Those familiar with my blog might already know why, but
this is the first Christmas without my older brother. It’s still hard for me to accept that he won’t be there to pick us up at the airport like he did every year. It will be difficult to celebrate and be jolly when someone we love so much is missing. But thanks to my brother I have many wonderful Christmas memories. This Christmas don’t forget to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them.

If there was one person who absolutely loved gift-buying and giving, it was my brother.A number of my favorite possessions were gifts from my older brother. He never ceased to surprise me with something really useful.Like the year he gave me my first computer so I could program from home instead of commuting 45min to work in the school computer labs. His generosity and enthusiasm for Christmas gift-giving is something I will always remember.

My brother also made sure to provide some entertainment for my family. You see, after the eating and the talking, we must have some form of entertainment. It could be either, a movie, cards or playing games (video games or board games), just something to keep us entertained after a nice holiday feast.
I’m going to try to take on this role by bringing a couple Wii games for my family to try. I checked out the Wii games at the crowded Futureshop earlier today and the poorly reviewed “Wii Music” was still a ridiculous $50 which makes me think twice about buying it.
There are other games I might consider like Warioland Shake it, Cooking Mama, or Samba de Amigo (although not as good as the original, I remember how much fun we had with the Dreamcast version and how much my brother loved this game).
I guess I still have a week or so to decide, but games are flying off the shelves so I need to decide soon.

The World Begins With You

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In other news, I have finally finished the original Square Enix IP, ‘The World Ends With You’, and it was no easy task.
The final five-headed boss was pretty tough. My hand actually started cramping, and I noticed that I had finally gotten some good use out of my DS screen protector (So many scratches!!).

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The game wouldn’t let you save in between bosses which was slightly annoying. I ended up leaving my DS on for a few days (with the charger plugged in of course) to avoid losing my progress. Siiigh, this game reminds me so much of my trip to Tokyo! Shibuya, Hachiko, 109 building, the Scramble Crossing, Harajuku st…I was there!!! Even if it feels like such a dream now, I was actually there. Just like Neku, Shiki, and Beat, I woke up each day not really sure what happened or where I was. Haha!

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I’ve been terrible at keeping up with my gaming (and updating my blog!). Hopefully, I can fit more gaming in during the holidays!

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A “Green” Purse.

Yes, there is such a thing!

It may not be a designer purse but it’s definitely still valuable. The value doesn’t come from the material the purse is made out of, rather the work that went into creating this unique purse. With all the money we women might spend on a purse today, must we have one for every occasion? I admit to owning several purses, a few for a night out on the town, so it’s not like I need another one. But when I saw this purse, I knew it was worth it…

So what makes this purse so special? It is made out of Recycled juice pouches. Garbage that would have ended up in the landfills if this worthwhile project had not been started by a small group of women in the Philippines. After the juice pouches are collected from local schools and sanitized, the women sew the bags together and the money goes to support their families. This effort to clean up their environment also gives  the women something meaningful to do with their sewing skills.

After seeing the “Beyond Ultraman” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art (sorry photos were not permitted), I wandered into the gift shop and saw two such purses by the cash register. To my dismay, they had already been reserved for someone. I was pointed to a corner where there were even more purses! I looked through the pile and decided the best ones were the ones that were already taken. I almost didn’t buy a purse but decided I wanted to support this unique project by my purchase. At only $15, it was not only a souvenir from my trip to the PMCA, but my purchase also gave a little support to the women who created this work of art from trash. My new purse also makes for a cute sustainable accessory 😉

Check out the other purses here

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