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Birthday celebration in Tagaytay

It’s been a while since my mom and her siblings got together. For my mom’s birthday, Tita Ruth took us to Tagaytay. We spent the night at Tagaytay Higlands, then went around exploring various shops, restaurants and places.

Family food trip
As always, it seemed like one big family food trip. We had lunch at Akasaka, a Japanese restaurant located the Highland’s clubhouse. We had appetizers of various sushi platters, while main course was a dish for the each of us. I stuck with the usual rice meal, while everyone tried something new. Dessert was at Geraldine’s a 50’s themed diner inside Highland’s (too bad the jukebox didn’t work anymore).

Dinner was at the Highland’s Peak, where we had shabu-shabu to warm us up. The band there serenaded us and even sang “Happy Birthday” for Mama, culminating with some dancing and singing. We even had our picture taken for the Highland’s magazine haha.

Breakfast the next day was a variety of cold cuts, sausages and Tito Del’s longganisa. Lunch was at RSM, with coffee at Cafe Breton then back to Geraldine’s for some dessert (although some people had sandwiches. Di pa ba kayo busog? Hehe).

Tagaytay has always been one of the family’s destinations for weekend outings when I was growing up, since it was near Manila, allowing for a “balikan” trip instead of overnight. We went around mostly in Highlands, then a few places outside. We went to Ilog Maria (where my parents met and chatted with the owner, who is originally from Zambales), then to Maryridge/Good Shepherd, where we got to tour the retreat house. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place. We even tried going to a pottery shop but it was closed for the weekend, so we sort of did a trek for nothing, except for a few laughs.

It was a great weekend. Many thanks to Tita Ruth and her family for accommodating us. 🙂

My long overdue birthday post

Two weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday. Funny, I don’t feel any different from my previous age or the ages prior. I said it to my friend, who said back, “It’ll be different when you’re thirty.”

I still can’t believe I’m a year away from that, considering that I’m not really conscious about my age like some people are.

My new boss said that “Thirty is the new twenty.” Frankly, I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. I think it means something like, thirty is when you should start getting serious with your life, while when you’re at your twenties, you’re still allowed to go gallivanting or something.

Anyway, I’ve got one year to be footloose and fancy-free, so to speak. However, I do think I ought to use that year to really get my life in order. Then again, do I want to get it in order for me, or I want it to be in order based on other people’s standards? Ah, such are the questions of life.

My birthday week was nothing out of the ordinary. I didn’t really do anything outside of my usual work-home routine. However, I couldn’t help feeling really good about a lot of things that week. Maybe it had something to do with how the planets are aligned or something (another friend mentioned that it was a good week for that), or maybe one does just feel a little bit better on their birthdays.

That week, I got a new boss. I also got into a really intense conversation with an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time (if it weren’t complicated, that conversation would be taken further but I believe in karma, so I backed off). Generally, I think I was such a nice person that week, and I felt that nothing could go wrong.

Saturday, I got together with my family for a belated birthday celebration. It was the first time that I organized it. My tita and I did all the marketing and the grocery. I didn’t get to cook much because my uncle had everything under control, so I was more or less the sous chef of the entire thing.

The party (though I really wouldn’t call it that) was great. The food was plentiful, the company was, as usual, awesome. One of my tita’s (mom’s older sister, also my ninang) showed us her pictures of their visit to Egypt. She then gave us her pasalubongs and my gift (which was already an extra since she gave me my Neil Gaiman books last March).

*still waiting for Miel to develop her pictures*

So here’s to another year. I’m very grateful that I’ve gotten this far. Maybe it’s not what I envisioned for myself when I was younger but I can’t complain really. I have my wonderful family, really amazing friends, I have a good job, I’m healthy (even though my lifestyle isn’t so much) and best of all, I’m not stupid. Ignorant and naive sometimes, but not stupid.

Thank you for all the blessings, the gifts, the greetings and the love. 🙂

P.S. I finally got to finish a bottle of San Mig Light. I never liked alcohol, but this was consumed thanks to the help of ice, orange slices and Krispy Kreme. 😛

Family Food Trip at SBMA

To celebrate Toben’s birthday, TaRuth decided on having lunch at SBMA. Sunday morning, with the sun shining and weather hot, we left Manila. We were going to meet my parents and my cousin Karla there. Mama was saying that the weather was really bad in Zambales, and it hasn’t stopped raining since the Monday.

I was supposed to go to Baguio with a few friends but the foul weather had us change our plans. So I was free to join my family for this food trip.

Storm clouds along the road. It was so think I couldn’t see the mountain.

We passed along SCTEX, which cut the usual trip from Manila to the base by about an hour. I remember when we were younger, we thought Olongapo was halfway to Zambales, where in fact it was just the start of the province. Also, as far as I know, the part that people keep referring to as Subic is still actually in Olongapo, but along Subic Bay. Subic the town is different.

Food trip!
Tita Ruth took us to Xpresso Xpress Cafe inside SBMA. They specialize in Italian food. We ordered this giant pizza; two orders of crab pasta, spicy peanut pasta, appetizer platter and veggie sticks with pesto-mayo sauce; and three giant burgers.

Hello pizza!

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Happy birthday to me

I celebrated my birthday yesterday. I wasn’t feeling well, thanks to sore throat and impending sniffles. I decided to rest a bit, and spent most of my time browsing or reading, answering birthday greetings and trying to work on my part time job, but failing miserably.

Late afternoon my aunt (and godmother) asked if I wanted to eat out, but we opted for dinner at my uncle’s place instead. It was much like last year’s birthday, a small gathering of family enjoying good food and conversation. One of my uncles gave me a journal/planner, which is really cute.

Even though I am, as my brother pointed out, in my late twenties, I don’t really feel like it. I’m one of those people who really think age is just a number, and it doesn’t equate how you feel. I can say that I feel the same as I was when I was twenty, though I’ve probably matured a bit since then.

Ah, but I am in no mood to be yapping about my age & such. It was a good day. I am thankful for my life, for the people in it and for another year.

P.S. I found out that I won a free license for a MarsEdit app, thanks to MacAppStorm. How cool is that?

April no fools

Playing pranks on April 1 isn’t such a big deal for me, although I do know of some people who do it religiously year after year. It gets tough to top each effort, they say, and sometimes some people don’t get sucked in anymore.

Anyway, I love the first of April for a whole lot of other reasons. It’s my birth month… and also my sister, my cousin Lee, my uncle Athan, my aunt Tata, my late grandma Edith’s birthday as well (to name a few).

April also signals the other month for the year that has a long holiday, thanks to Holy Week (December to January is by far the longest). As a student I love April because it means the start of summer, the break from the tedious student life (bah, who am I kidding? I loved school, especially college). It also meant the trip home to Zambales (or to other places where there are relatives) for hanging out with my siblings, days at the beach, green mangoes and bagoong, and home cooked meals.

I add this to my reasons why April is a good month. Today, I received the pocket Moleskine reporter that I won from Avalon.ph’s 10th anniversary contest. I knew I had a slim chance of getting the autographed Neil Gaiman book, but I felt I had a fair shot at winning the notebook. Here is my entry, which I had fun writing. Thanks to Jasper, the brains behind Avalon.ph (a great site, I tell you).

Saturday is my talent determination test at UP Diliman. It’ll let me know if I am worthy to enter the hallowed halls of the College of Fine Arts. If I don’t pass this… well, I’m heading off to the hills of Baguio and see if I can get in there. Half serious on that.

I really have a feeling that things are looking up. 🙂 Thank you!