Been to UP last night with Sir Je, Christine and Jema for the Lantern Parade. "What are they supposed to be?" I asked, bothered with several carousels, pyramids and jeepneys of christmas lights. (It was my first time to attend such an event; in the previous years, it only meant heavy traffic). "Lanterns," Jema smiled.

Excuse of the year: last night's theme was carnival.