I woke up at 4am to make breakfast and lunch "baon" for my kids: longganisa and rice for breakfast and fish fillet for lunch at school. Four o'clock is my wake up call whenever I'm on leave; otherwise, it's 3am on a work day. By the time I close the stove and putting the hot water for the bath it would be around 5:15am. The good thing about being on leave on a school day is that I can go back to sleep after my early morning ritual. It was 5:30am whn I decided to hit the sack again. As I lay in bed I noticed something amiss---it's still dark outside! Did I wake up earlier than usual? Was my cellphone time advanced? I could have sworn that it was already 5:30am. That's when I realized that it's still winter solstice---shorter days, longer nights. Sweet!