Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Away from Home

I still celebrated this year's Christmas in Singapore. It is good that my cousin is here so we celebrated Christmas together. 

In Singapore, Christmas day is also a public holiday. Yuletide Season commences when Orchard Road is already lit with grand Christmas decors.     

Orchard Road glitters around Yuletide Season

The Filipino community also holds Simbang Gabi in various churches around Singapore starting December 16. The Simbang Gabi I attended was at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels. 

Well lit Church of St. Mary of the Angels
during "Simbang Gabi"

The Filipino community celebrated "Simbang Gabi" at
the Church of St. Mary of the Angels.

The culmination of Simbang Gabi is the midnight mass every Christmas eve. This year, I attended the midnight mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. 


With Msgr. Philip Heng, S.J., rector of the
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

With Archbishop William Goh, D.D., the celebrant
of the midnight mass 

Around the island, malls would also put up Christmas trees, some of which exhibit unique conceptual style.  

Christmas Tree at JEM, Jurong East

The Chocolate Christmas Tree at Takashimaya

Giant Christmas Tree at UOB Building

An Environment-friendly Christmas Tree at
Singapore Botanic Gardens

Christmas Tree at Lot One, Choa Chu Kang

To celebrate Christmas in most convenient way, my cousin and I just decided to have lunch on Christmas Day at Ce La Vi. 


Me with my cousin at Ce La Vi

Ce La Vi is the topmost restaurant of Marina Bay Sands. It offers breathtaking view of the city and beyond. 

We availed of the "Christmas Brunch" selection which offered five choices of main course, namely Oven Roasted Turkey Roulade, Charcoal Grilled Black Angus Striploin, Oven Roasted Barramundi, Charcoal Grilled King Prawn and vegetarian Assorted Mushroom Pie. We chose the Charcoal Grilled Black Angus Striploin for our main course.      

Charcoal Grilled Black Angus Striploin

Appetizers and desserts were also served in unlimited supply. Various sausages, sashimi and salads were available. The desserts were log cakes, ginger bread and small cakes.  

Choices of appetizers

Desserts

After our lunch, we proceeded to my Dutch teacher's house for a Dutch Christmas celebration.

Me, my friends and my Dutch teacher's family

We were served with a sumptuous meal comprising of delectable Dutch dishes, some of which can only be tasted there. The foods were well prepared by our Dutch teacher.

The delicious Dutch foods served to us. 

Dutch Dessert

This year's Christmas is truly memorable in spite of the challenging year. Our celebration was an auspicious moment for rekindling ties that matter!

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