For some reason, Christmas season is becoming shorter and shorter each year. Usually, you can feel it as soon as the Ber-months arrive. But this year, I only realized that the season is near when Dec. 1 arrived. Manila got an early Christmas present when the Typhoon changed directions due to our collective prayers.

It is now time to feel the Christmas Traffic, the Christmas rush and the bazaars. I hate bazaars while my wife gets excited when I bring her to bazaars. Once, she mentioned to me that she doesn’t get hungry when she shops and wouldn’t mind skipping lunch for shopping. Being a rational person, I cannot comprehend this. I avoid Bazaars at all cost and I asked her to join her girl friends to do those kind of shopping.

But yesterday, I can’t say no to allegedly the Best Christmas Bazaar in Manila. We usually don’t miss the St. James Christmas Bazaar in Ayala, Alabang. This is where you can find unique items and wide diversity of stalls. This year it got a lot bigger and it already occupied the Cuenca covered courts and the St. James parking lot. I actually got suffocated so I just hang around in the dining area where they sell Bananaque for P30, mineral water for P30, Roasted organic Beef for P250, halo halo for P55 and everything else with +50% mark up. Some of the guys would go here to do sight seeing of the young Alabang Girls with their casual beauty.

The bazaar was too crowded already and the alleys are too narrow. I can’t survive if I tagged along with my wife with Aidan in my arms so we decided to play in the playground. These is one of the priceless moments I cherish, every time I see Aidan sliding down. The smile and excitement in his face as he goes down the slideHe was soo proud that he was playing along the other young boys and girls. He was the only less than 2 years old toddler in the group.

By the time that you read this, the bazaar would probably be over. But keep a mental note that you shouldn’t miss this bazaar which is usually held during the first weekend of December.

St. James Christmas Bazaar in Cuenca Covered Courts, Ayala Alabang.