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    Posted December 13, 2013 by
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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    Your New Year's Eve celebrations

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    My Funniest New Year's Eve Ever


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Niena welcomed 2013 with her family in Cebu City, Philippines.
    "What was special about it was it was my last night with them because my flight back to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was on the next day -- Jan. 1, 2013."
    Niena says she will probably spend this New Year's Eve in Saudi Arabia with her colleagues. However, she plans to Skype with her family in the Philippines if the electricity is restored in her hometown that was affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
    - PM91, CNN iReport producer

    My most memorable new year was with my mother, brother, sister in law,sister and my children in Cebu City, Philippines. My flight back to Saudi Arabia was on the 1st of January 2013. So, I had the chance to spend the new year’s eve with my family until the new year (2013). It was the funniest new year’s eve ever. My brother’s idea of exchanging gifts was unique. As we wrote our names on a piece of paper, each of us had to mention the gift that we wish to receive. As we searched for gifts at SM City (mall) we had to separate to keep our presents secret.
    Our exchanging gifts was loaded with fun and surprises. Laughter echoes even though we were less than ten family members. My brother drove us around Cebu City not knowing we were heading to the Tops, Busay. A panoramic overlooking view of Cebu City is so breathtaking. My family and I just talked, eat and had few drinks while listening to the reggae music.
    It was very cold, as my brother drove us on the chilling road  to the top of the hill, he started to tell us about a white lady walking around. According to the hearsays, she hailed some of the commuters. He scared us all and made my kids shout. It was fun though!
    The series of photos are going backwards opposite to the series of events.


    Photo No. 1 – Imitating the wooden statue of a monkey. ~ Tops, Busay Cebu City
    Photo No. 2 – Cuddling the wooden statue of a monkey. ~ Tops, Busay Cebu City
    Photo No. 3 – My sister’s turn to kiss the wooden statue of the parrot. ~ Tops, Busai Cebu City
    Photo No. 4 - Musician performing reggae music. ~ Tops, Busai Cebu City
    Photo No. 5 - A stall decorated with hanging empty cans. The drinks are quite expensive but we’re very far from the city. No other options available. ~ Tops, Busai Cebu City


    Photo No. 6 - My Mom and my sister. The other bottle is mine to keep me warm, not my mother’s. ~ Tops, Busai Cebu City
    Photo No. 7 – Under the big Christmas tree with my son at one of the 7-eleven convenience stores in the city. ~ Cebu City
    Photo No 8 & 9 - Taken inside 7-Eleven as we all went crazy over some ice cream. ~ Cebu City
    Photo No. 10 – In my brother’s wig during our party . (He used it during their company’s Christmas party. He won the Miss Gay pageant with straight contestants). ~ My brother’s residence, Labangon, Cebu

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