That’s right! Christmas is fast coming. It is just around the corner. Christmas carols were heard on radio stations when the first ber month hit the calendar. Only in the Philippines, I guess. And there’s a lot of things to do. Get the tree and lights up, buy presents and who knows what else. Santa must be very busy, too, checking his list twice.
The night before the UNICEF run, I decided to go out with a couple of friends, my choirmates at Greenbelt church, to have dinner and just relax. The nearest mall where we could visit was the Power Plant Mall at Rockwell. As we were walking towards the mall’s entrance, in our delight, we saw a well-lighted and very tall Christmas tree.
Then, when we entered the mall, we saw this big Santa. Woohoo! We were acting like children again. Another click and this was the picture of me clinging to Santa’s arm.
Farther and in another corner, we saw a unique display of polar bears, foxes, and penguins. Hey, they moved mechanically! Of course, good only for viewing but a big NO for touching. The guards, at least, allowed us to take pictures.
After this shot was taken, I realized that I couldn’t do this pose–I shudder at the thought–if they were alive.
This, I learned after my research on the Net, “A polar bear is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding seas. It is the world’s largest predator found on land, an adult male weighs around 400–680 kg while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. As it can hunt consistently only from sea ice, the polar bear spends much of the year on the frozen sea, although most polar bears are born on land. The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with five of the 19 polar bear subpopulations in decline.”–taken from Wikipedia