Birthday 2015

Come -ber months, I already stopped hoping that my birthday this year can beat, be the same, or even come close to last year’s. I just wanted to celebrate the most important day of the year for me. Your birthday may be just a regular day for you, but then again, to each his own.

December 19, I went to Trinoma to meet up with Miko. Then we went to the Church of The Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman to hear mass. We arrived early, so Miko ate some red isaw, dynamite and hotdogs first at the stall near Mang Larry’s. I didn’t have any because I was still full from the Yellow Cab pepperoni pizza I got from Trinoma.

The simbang gabi was at 8pm and the gospel was about The Visitation. The homily said that we should focus on Jesus being the reason for the season and not material gifts or vacations or other worldly things we now associate with Christmas. I agree. Jesus should be the focus of Christmas. I should be the focus of my birthday. Haha.

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After mass, we went to Good Burger in Maginhawa for dinner. I still wasn’t hungry, so I only had some fries and chicken, while Miko had some healthy burger creation and milk tea from the store beside GB. We talked about work (mostly my career) while eating, so even if I learned lots from his insight, I kinda lost my appetite. Hehe.

We went to Taste of L.A. for my birthday salubong. This was where I also had my salubong last year. I love this old resto in Roces. It has candles and roses and paintings- three things that are on top of my list of favorite things. Instead of wine, I had some whisky. And instead of chocolate lava cake, we had frozen cheesecake. The cheesecake is much much much better than the chocolate cake. Guess what I wished for when it turned 12?

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Dec 20… we went to Galleria to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens. Before that, he hit the gym first and I had my me time at CafĂ© Pascucci. Then we went to Toys R Us to get some gifts for his inaanaks. I saw two Care Bears that look like us. Shempre ako si Funshine Bear.

It was my 2nd time to watch TFA and it was his 1st time to watch a Star Wars movie. His reaction after 2hours and 15minutes of watching?

“Ayoko. Walang Ewoks!!!” 😂

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It took us almost an hour to get to EDSA Shangri La. Terrible traffic! We were definitely hangry by the time we got to HEAT. In fact, I started eating while he was still parking. :P

I enjoyed the food better in HEAT than in Circles (Makati Shangri La), but I liked the ambience of the latter better. The dishes that I loved in HEAT were the maki with lots of bonito flakes, herb crusted cold cuts, meat loaf, crabs in lemon garlic sauce, roasted lamb chops, roasted angus belly, churros, and blueberry mousse. Miko loved all the meats except their sisig. He also liked the mango cheesecake.

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HEAT has an iced tea buffet, and you need to pay an extra 200php to avail. Also 200php for the unlisoda. And for unli wine, add 700php. I had the unli iced tea and my fave was cucumber lemonade.

The cost of Sunday dinner buffet is P2,200 I think. The original plan was to have my birthday/our anniversary dinner at Spiral in Sofitel, but it was okay that it didn’t push through because of the rain and traffic.

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I quickly fell asleep right after Miko brought me home. I woke up with a little sadness because my birthday was over. It was happy, but there was something else I wanted.

I went to MOA to meet up with my bestfriend Donnie and I already had a feeling that he tried to invite our other friends so celebrate my birthday. I also had a feeling that it was only Jan who could make it. And of course, tama ako.

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I was touched that Donnie and Jan took the extra mile to be with me and arrange a surprise to make me happy on my a day after my birthday. Sabi ko nga, kung kilala mo talaga ako nang mabuti, alam mo na gusto ko ng surprise. Hindi kailangang bongga, basta meron. At alam mo dapat na gusto ko ng cake na may masarap na frosting na may candle.

Nagpa-fireworks pa sila Jan at Donnie para sa akin. May live band pa sa tabi na tumugtog ng Achey Breakey Heart at Nanghihinayang. 😰

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Come December 22, I was already on leave. I went home here in Bataan and the first thing that greeted me in our humble farmhouse was that little brown furry cute puppy! It’s my parents’ birthday gift for me! A labrador mix that I named Toshi. It means alert, intelligent and bright in Japanese. Miko suggested that I name it Potpot. So I decided that should be the nickname. I think the puppy likes his nickname better because he wags his tail nonstop whenever he hears it. 😜

So that’s how I spent my birthday. It may not be as happy as the one in 2014, but it is still my second favorite birthday of all. Thank you to all those who remembered. To those who didn’t, HU U?

// listening to A Second Chance

Happy (?) birthday to me!

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In less than 24 hours, I will be turning a year older. I had a wish for my birthday that I made early part of this year, but logic tells me that it is not going to come true. God must probably be laughing and thinking that I do not trust His power to provide. I do. I am so convinced that He who gives also takes away.

All I hope for now is to feel loved and valued this time around. As Oryx was fond of saying, “It’s Iya’s Day!” I want to feel that it is my day indeed.

I have never experienced a birthday when someone planned a surprise party for me. With Estrel’s cake and shiny balloons and pizza and whisky and wine. It has always been a dream, but I am already down with the fact that none of my closest few are inclined or equipped to plan something like that. Except for my bff who already does events planning for a living. And I don’t want him burdened with the same task outside work.

I have also wanted to spend my birthday in Tagaytay, but with the traffic and weather, going there would be impractical. So I once again settled for Manila. So no more pink roses, garden dinner and salubong by the Taal Lake again. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just dragged me to a destination unknown? It would be nice if there were someone to plan for me for once.

I am not complaining. It is just the way it is. I have awesome people around me, just no one who shares the same thoughts.

Oh well. I will be glad if I will be remembered and treated with tenderness tomorrow. That should be easy enough, right?

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Hahaha I know that none of my closest read my blog. So okay.

// listening to nothing

Sweet Finale – Harbor Point

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There’s this new shop in Harbor Point we went to for dessert after my birthday lunch.

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Sweet Finale is at the wing where Pure Gold is. It’s near Tokyo Bubble Tea and Army Navy.

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I thought they’d only put a candle on my birthday strawberry cheesecake slice. The pretty plate design was a lovely surprise!

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Mama’s pecan pie was also nicely decorated. Both cakes were good. Not bad for the price, 110php and 90php.

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Aside from their cheesecakes and pies, their chocolate cakes also looked taste-worthy. Didn’t notice if they also sell cupcakes. Sana meron rin.

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Loved the small details. Appreciated theit nice staff who assisted us with all our requests.

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We’re glad there’s something like this in Subic that we can go to whenever we’d wanna end our visit in Harbor Point with something delectably sweet.

//listening to Madonna – Where’s The Party

The Big 3-2.

Off the calendar, pero pasok pa rin daw sa lotto. This number gave me all shades of birthday blues but I’m okay now! So I turned another year older. I am also assuming that’s equivalent to being a year wiser. And cuter. And awesome-r. :p As long as I can still fool (or bribe) people into thinking I’m still in my 20’s, I’m good! Haha!

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I originally planned to not fuss over my birthday this year, but the innate planner in me still managed to stage a celebration. Two, actually. The first one was a get together with some of my friends from college and then some. It was a steady drinking session at our usual spot in Tavern Asia in Aguirre Ave, BF Homes.

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I expected they’d get me a birthday cake because I specifically told Donnie na “friendship over na” kung hindi nila ako bibigyan ng cake na may candle to blow. I definitely did not expect they’d get some chocolate dicks to wish on and put on the innocent looking blueberry cheesecake. Eh sabi ko daw gusto ko ng ibo-blow eh. Aaah, the kind of friends I have. ^_^

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Gone are the years when the gauge of how much I enjoyed my time with friends was by how hammered I get in the following day. I only had 4 or 5 Jack-Cokes but it was a mighty enjoyable night in my book. Cheers, crazy people.

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The second celebration was with my parents. I did not celebrate my birthday with them since they moved to Bataan so I thought of going home to spend my special day with them again. We didn’t wait for the clock to strike 12 but they woke me up at 3am for simbang gabi (dawn mass, actually) so that we can, as a family thank God for another year given to me.

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As soon as we got back home, I demanded that they sing me Happy Birthday while I blow my birthday candles. I love that I can still act bratty around my parents and they just laugh it off. :p I requested for instant pancit canton to go with my cake and even if they don’t tolerate junk food, they said yes because it’s my birthday. :p

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We went to Harbor Point in Subic for lunch and some shopping. We ate at Cabalen, had dessert at Sweet Finale (where I had my 3rd birthday cake, hehe) and had merienda at Porto Cena. I wanted to watch a movie but I knew The Hobbit will just be a snoozefest for them. :p

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Even so, I had a lovely time with my parents. There were a lot I didn’t get to receive last December 20 but there were more things I should be thankful for. There ARE more things I am thankful for. :o)

// listening to Minute to Win It

Nov Stress Dec

Have been unexpectedly and exceptionally busy since mid-November that I failed to welcome my favorite month with a BANG! Of course December is my fave not only because Christmas is coming but my birthday is coming as well! Argh! Not in a festive mood yet.  Been always tired because of work lately. :(

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Sometimes I’d come home and go straight to sleep, wake up in the middle of the night and realize I haven’t even washed my face or brushed my teeth. Then I’d drowsily drag my ass to the bathroom to do so and then sleep for several hours until another morning when I’d be forced to wake up earlier than I should because I have dreamt of work again.

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But hey, I am still grateful for my job. I love being a recruiter. It’s just stressful that we’re still having so many activations this last quarter. I guess I was used to not having so much workload by December. I’m just really hoping that those that qualified would be able to start their training asap!

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I am also grateful that I still get to see my family and friends even if I only have one free day in a week. I got to attend my nephew Chael’s first birthday party McDonald’s Alabang. I got to meet Grimace!!! I saw some college bestbuds in ATC. I was able to go on a #medyobadgirls night out with Jan and Colleen.

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I saw Grease on stage and despite not being able to say it’s awesome, I still enjoyed the show because I have always loved the songs. And I was also able to have coffee with my 2 friends fro  church, Yanee and Saul.

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December is here and the stress doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It’s my 32nd birthday in two weeks and I can’t wait to spend more time with my loved ones. That’s all I really wish for this year.

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Oh well. Here’s to wishful thinking.

// listening to Alan Parsons Project – Eye in The Sky