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. 😀