Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year)

Spring festival, or what is more known as the Chinese New Year, is considered one of the most important events in China.  This year we will celebrate it on January 23, 2012.

The celebration is based on the lunar calendar, so that the first day of the lunar year marks the Chinese New Year.

Nowadays we often hear people sa “Kung Hei Fat Choy” (they want to say “Happy New Year” to you).   But do they know what does it mean?  Here are different ways to greet someone on a Chinese New Year:

Gung Hay Fat Choy! (may prosperity be with you)



Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year)

Gong Xi Fa Cai  (congratulations, may you be prosperous)

I guess Xin Nian Kuai Le is more approriate when you want to say Happy New Year.


Friday the 13th

January 13, 2012 -> Friday the 13th

     Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of bad luck.   Why?  According to biblical sources, Friday was the day on which Eve offered Adam the forbidden fruit and Jesus was crucified.   Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper.  
Another popular theory links the superstition to the demise of the Knights Templar, a monastic military order whose members were arrested en masse by France’s King Philip IV on Friday, October 13, 1307.

  I don’t really believe in any of these… Friday the 13th is just any other day.  If you think any day is unlucky, then it will be UNLUCKY.  But if you think that any day or even Friday the 13th is a LUCKY day, then it will be.   No one really knows what will happen in the future, so make everyday a LUCKY DAY.

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and its my last day at work. 🙂   Do you think it’s unlucky?  I don’t think so!

By the way, did you know that the fear of Friday the 13th is called “friggatriskaidekaphobia”???

2012 Official List of Philippine Holidays

Official List of Philippine Holidays for 2012

(based on Proclamation No. 295 signed by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on November 24, 2011)

♣ January ♣
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday) Regular Holiday
Chinese New Year – January 23 (Monday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
♥ February ♥
1986 EDSA anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)  No classes only for schools
♦ April ♦
Maundy Thursday  – April 5 (Thursday) Regular Holiday
Good Friday – April 6 (Friday) Regular Holiday
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday) Regular Holiday
◘ May ◘
Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday) Regular Holiday
Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday) Regular Holiday
☼ August ☼
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Tuesday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
National Heroes Day – August 27 (Monday; last Monday of August) Regular Holiday
All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Thursday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
Additional special non-working day – November 2 (Friday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
♫ December ♫
Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday) Regular Holiday
Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday) Regular Holiday
New Year’s Eve – December 31 (Monday) Special (Non-working)Holiday
Eid’l Adha (Islam Feast of Sacrifice) – to be announced later
End of Ramadan (Eid’l Fitr) – to be announced later

Do you Believe in Feng Shui?

Image: Naypong /

According to WIKIPEDIA:

Feng shui (or Fung shui) is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi.  The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (simplified Chinese: 堪舆; traditional Chinese: 堪輿; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.

Christmas around the World

Christmas maybe over but I just wanna share to everyone how SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center) celebrated it.  It was a busy month last December but the employees still managed to find time to enjoy some activities..

3rd Place – Headdress (ALASKA)

All employees were required to wear a head dress depending on which department they belong.  Each department represent different countries.  The design of the headdress should be somehow associated with their country.  There are 10 departments/countries: China, Japan, USA (Alaska in particular), Thailand, Egypt, India, Mexico, Brazil, France (Paris), and Africa.

1st Place – Parol Making Contest (INDIA)

There was also a PAROL making contest.  Each Parol should be designed according to their countries.   The lighting of the Parol started on the 1st day of Misa de Gallo.   You can definitely feel the spirit of Christmas in SPMC.  When you enter the hospital you will be welcomed by the 10 gorgeous PAROLS.  Congratulations to China, Alaska and India the 3rd, 2nd and 1st placers respectively.


Japanese Christmas Tree

Paris, France (the Eiffel Tower Christmas Tree)

African Christmas Tree

     Another highlight is the Ward Decor Contest.   Each department / ward really prepared for this competition.  The designs were amazing that when you visit each department you would feel that you’re in a different country.   Everyone wanted to win but… like they always say.. only ONE shall emerge as VICTORIOUS..

Chinese Belen

After the judges have seen the different wards/departments two COUNTRIES stood out.  They got the same average score.  So, to break the tie the five judges voted on who they thought was most impressive ward.   It was a close fight between China and Alaska.

The judges have decided and they voted “ALASKA”.

Other activities that happened last December were Back2Back (Quartet and ICON: SPMC’s Singing Sensation) and Dance SHOWDOWN Season 2. WinnersQuartet (Admin – Janice, Francis, Lita & Jun)ICON: SPMC’s Singing Sensation (Admin – Francis)SHOWDOWN (Surgery Dept)