Greeting Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
A few more hours to Halloween! Compared to the rest of the world, Halloween is a somber event here in the Philippines. We Filipinos don’t usually dress up in costumes but we do visit the cemetery and light up candles. We visit the gravesites of loved ones and light up a candle for them. No costumes, no candies, just candles, and flowers.
With that said, Philippine Halloween doesn’t mean it’s no fun, It is still a celebration after all. A celebration of the life of those who have been lost but not forgotten.
First, I’d like to thank Helen for tagging me for this, I appreciate it! As I said, Halloween here in the Philippines is different from the rest of the world. But I’ll try to answer the questions to the best of my abilities and to what my experience would allow.
Please check out Helen of Helen’s Crispy Confessions @ https://crispyconfessions.com/2020/10/30/halloween-fun-in-the-time-of-covid-19-blogger-style/
As usual, these things have rules. Imagine how things would go without rules, and the rules are:
- Thank the blogger who tagged you and link their post
- Put the rules after an introduction, then answer the 13 questions
- Tag 13 more bloggers to participate in the game
- Use these same Halloween questions, or create new ones of your own
Now time for the questions.
What’s your favorite thing about October or Halloween?
My favorite thing about October? Well, My kid’s birthday is in October and I get to celebrate it with her every year. If that’s not enough reason to be my favorite thing in October, I don’t know what else it would be.
As for something Halloween related, I get to binge on horror movies. I’ve been watching at least one horror movie a day. So far, the best I’ve seen are The Maid, Alterados, Sunod, and Laddaland.
How much do you spend on Halloween?
Right now, nothing. The Philippine Halloween is a rather somber holiday, a few candles, flowers, some pancit and you’re good to go. Given the COVID situation right now, we don’t plan on going to the cemetery. We bought some candles to light at home.
What do you think the average person spends on Halloween goodies & does it match what you spend?
To be honest, I got no idea and I don’t have any plans to find out either. I’ve been taught to never count the change in another man’s pocket. How he makes his money and how he spends it is his business. As I said, candles, flowers, pancit, and you’re good to go.
Does social media influence how much you decorate for Halloween, causing you to spend more?
My taste defines my spending, and whether you like it or not our taste is determined by the external to an extent. With that said, I’m not saying that everything on the internet is good, it’s quite the opposite. There are tons of useless garbage on the internet, you’re better off spending your money on useful things. But, I will admit that not everything on the internet is garbage. It’s more of a hit or miss kind of thing.
Do you buy or create your Halloween costumes and what was your favorite costume so far?
I don’t do costumes, sorry. I do dress ups, however.
Share a trick you have played on someone at Halloween.
Trolling a troll. I’m happy for people, but some people are simply asking for it.
Do you have a favorite Halloween treat?
Nope, as I’ve said Halloween here is different from the rest of the world.
What is something you can do with a pumpkin once Halloween is over?
We don’t have pumpkin here, but we do have Calabaza or west Indian pumpkin. I love stir fry veggies with Calabaza.
Do you consider pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?
What is the scariest food you’ve ever eaten?
My mom’s cooking, not that it’s bad. I don’t know if you’ve ever come across Uncle Roger on YouTube. He jokes about your mother smacking you if you left out pieces of rice, that’s because we Asians don’t like to waste food. It is scary because you have to clean up your plate, and we would get a scolding if we don’t.
Do you have a favorite Halloween drink?
Coffee, Water, Beer, and Whiskey.
People usually spend money on Halloween, but have you ever made money related to this holiday?
Have you ever read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or another frightening book?
Yep, Frankenstein is one of my favorite books of all time. It is up there with Coelho’s The Alchemist and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
If it’s still not obvious enough, I love the horror genre. One of the scariest books I’ve read was Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon.
There you have it. I hope that despite the difference in culture, you still get to enjoy the answers.
Now, I tag
- Shiela Navarro
- Summerhill Lane
- Maja Asgautsen
- Gail Hysop
Before we end, please check out my little fundraiser. The bank didn’t come this October but I’m sure they will this November. So, instead of waiting for them, I decided to schedule a meeting next week and negotiate with them. I’m still halfway through the money we need but it’s still a good idea to notify the bank about our willingness to pay them.
I can’t express how much I needed it and if you got $10 lying around somewhere and want to help out, I would appreciate it. Everything you need about the situation is here. Please check it out, thank you!
Another thing, I’d like to thank my friends for their support during this difficult time. You made us believe that we are worth something when other people seem to turn their backs on us. I’m so thankful for your friendship and support. I wish this would be over soon. Maraming salamat at mahal ko kayo!
Please check them out!
- Russell De Castro
- Penny Berry and Captain Quinn
- Anna Vill Garcia
- Joey Banaria
- Michael Orseo
- Neil Convento
- Bee Halton
- Phutie Tallada and Cherms Mantes
- Marco Banaria
- Mikki Bih0n
- Jiorgio Alvarez
- Sally Pamintuan
- Matt Smythe
- Robby Banez
- Nino and Diana Cassidy
- Susi Bocks
- Arcadio Rivera
- Yang Lee
- Sheila Navarro
- Mrs. Wayfarer
- Devi Pierce
- Three’s Mariaass
- Summerhill Lane
- Maja Asgautsen
- Jess Hannon
- Gail Hysop
To Courage, Freedom, and Happy Halloween!
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