I know this is already considered a late topic since we are well on our way to the second BER month. But just try to indulge me on this one and I hope to get your inputs, too. 🙂
So, here are the things that usually happen around these months:
- First day of September, you start hearing Christmas songs being played on the airwaves, Christmas decorations are being sold in malls, some families start decorating their houses with Christmas decors (I remember our neighbor when I was still a kid, they decorate their house mid-August. LOL)
- For us in our company, September is the busiest month since it is our fiscal year end. Say hello to long work hours and deadlines after deadlines.
- October means Halloween (and lots of Halloween costumes and paraphernalia sold in malls, too)
- Undas by the end of October until start of November (I don’t really know what this meant before.. Come to think of it, I still don’t know what it means apart from it is what All Saints’ Day is called), lots of overpriced flowers and candles, too. 😛
- Mid-November, the Christmas spirit all over is in full gear (well, here in the Philippines, that is). Lots of Christmas-themed commercials (and I know a lot of us are waiting for the Coca-cola Christmas commercial. Admit it 😀 ). Malls start to get packed over the weekends with people doing their early shopping to avoid the Christmas rush.
- End of November would mean 13th month pay and bonuses for some. Others get these by mid-December.
- As early as December 1, there are already Christmas parties being held in different venues. Monito-monitas in companies, schools, groups of friends, etc.
- December means overspending (since there are lots of Christmas bazaars, sale events, and rush shopping for the holidays), heavy traffic jams (have you ever tried getting a cab around these times in the big metro? It is horrible!), overpopulated malls and events places.
- And during the BER months, crime rates are quite high (lots of hold ups happening from what I heard).
I know I have missed a lot of things that happen during these months but at quarter to 4 in the morning, these are what I can squeeze out of my sleepy brain cells.
It’s not all bad. There’s lots of fun happening around this time of the year but we only have to keep reminding ourselves that we have to be careful at all times. And if at all possible, plan ahead. You don’t want getting stuck in traffic and missing out on a great sale or standing in taxi queues for hours because all taxis passing by are occupied or ask for additional pay on top of the metered one. It doesn’t hurt to have plan B’s and C’s and even up to Z if possible. 🙂 I know I exaggerate, but you get my drift. 🙂
Let’s enjoy the adventure of the BER months. 😀
Oh, the horrible traffic in the metro!! But, I love the BER months. Christmas is more fun in the Philippines 😉
I totally agree! 🙂
Yes “Ber” months are the most stressful month too. It’s the last quarter of year and budgets for PR business is limited to. Ito din yung madaming hold-up crimes so ingat ingat talaga
It is indeed stressful. But it is still full of fun din 🙂
I love the Ber months and I love Christmas. You’re pretty on spot with what you listed. Hate the overpricing and even more terrible traffic but love Halloween and Christmas!
I can feel the “simoy ng hangin”! Lol. 🙂 We have to start shopping for the gifts. 🙂
oh yes! shop early to avoid the rush and the hassles 😀
As sad as it is, you’re spot on with the commuting. but that one happens all year round. everything else is so spot on. Oh, hope that we don’t forget though that Christmas is a time for family, not necessarily the gifts. Bonus na lang din yun 😀
True, mommy. At the end of the day, the holidays are all about spending time with family. 🙂
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! *singing* Sorry nalang sa iba, but for me, once September begins, Christmas na! And the -ber season is my busiest, too!
good for you, mommy! 😀 I do love the holidays pero napepressure ako pagdating ng september kasi ang haba na ng listahan ko ng inaanak.. LOL!
When September comes my daughter starts to count the days because her birthday is coming which I dread as my birthday comes first. Then she’s excited about Christmas too.
i used to do countdowns for christmas myself. now, i don’t LOL
Christmas is my favorite season ever! Despite the craaaazzy gastos.
I love Christmas, but I hate the traffic! I remember my husband and I were always stuck at MOA because there weren’t any taxis, and if there were any, they were choosy! Nakakainis! But I love buying gifts for friends and family, and now especially for my son! 🙂
In Alabang, it starts to feel like Christmas when the bazaars start! I totally felt the holidays approaching when I checked one out a few weeks ago. 🙂
I haven’t been to any bazaars yet but I am really tempted to visit one. However I am on a very tight budget right now. Talk about control LOL
this is the time of the year when taking a bath can be challenging! hahaha. Lumalamig na sya! It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!