A few more days and it's Christmas day! Yippee!! How I love Christmas! I mean, who doesn't, right? hehe.. Christmas day is the day when you can get to be a kid again... Parties and games and food and presents! Ooh! And the lights! I just love watching the Christmas lights dance and twinkle like stars against the dark sky.
I never fail to go to the San Joaquin town plaza every Christmas season, just to see the sparkling lights and the colorful decors. And whenever I do go there, I'd be in awe.. every single time. Really. Just take a look at these pictures. These were taken December of last year. And oh, I'm so excited to see the plaza this year.
I'm currently stayin at Miagao (a small town about 20 kilometers from San Joaquin). It's a 20-minute drive and I don't have a car (How lame...) so I couldn't go to SJ whenever I feel like it. Though, I'd be going home to SJ on the 20th of the month. I still have to wait 7 more days before I could get to see the wonderful plaza lights.
Anyway, the municipality of Miagao also has a town plaza (Of course, every town has one..) and so, I decided to see what this little town has to offer. Tuesday night. I asked my next door neighbor's kid to come with me to the Miagao town plaza to see the Christmas decorations.. I was planning to ride my bike all the way to the plaza (it's about 400 meters or so) but then it started to drizzle. So we just took a ride on the "traysikel" (auto rickshaw). It was 6:30 in the evening when we arrived at the plaza. And well, I was a bit disappointed. You see, I was expecting to see magnificent decorations and dancing lights. The town plaza was quite.. bare. Yes, there were some lights and decors, but nothing extraordinary, really. I mean, when we stepped out of the traysikel and looked at the plaza, I was like, "Oh. okay.." Yeah, here I go again. Always the critic.
I'm not saying that the plaza looks ugly. Heck, no. I was only disappointed. I was expecting to see Christmas lights on the shrubs and poles... see Santa Clause and Mr. Snowman silhouettes highlighted by dancing colors... some magnificent Christmas trees. But no. The Miagao Municipal Building looked great. But aside from that, well I didn't see anything else worth taking a second glance. My opinion. No offense to the residents of Miagao. The town plaza is nice. But it's not really attention-grabbing.
Maybe I'm just a bit biased. I'm not a local. I'm from San Joaquin and sad to say, I keep comparing the 2 towns. Yeah, I know that both towns have their own local tourist destinations, promotional gimmicks, highlights and such... different in every way, granted. But oh well, I just can't help myself.
Miagao is one great town. It is where one of the most famous and prestigious university is located. I just thought that with the presence of the university and its students, the municipality could have given some more effort in making the town plaza a bit more extraordinary. And it's Christmas time. It's Christmas. Do I need a bigger reason than that?