A Year and A Decade… Times Three…


I turned another year older. And it was raining on my birthday. πŸ˜› It’s already the rainy season so that’s expected. I was even born on a rainy morning years ago said my Mom. LOL! Well, I consider rain as showers of blessings so it’s fine.

Last Thursday, I woke up late and not feeling well. I have been having fits of cough for the whole week. I guess it has something to do with the weather. And the air conditioning at work. Good thing I already filed for leave for the next two days, as well.Β Β It was a good thing, too, that Z didn’t have a scheduled therapy that day so I was able to rest a bit. With the rain still falling, we went to the mall in the afternoon for an early birthday dinner and to do some grocery shopping, too (Thank God for Grab). Yep, that’s how I celebrated my natal day – grocery shopping. LOL!

BYO pizza and mushroom and bacon alfredo at Project Pie with Z and Z’s nanny, Ate Lhen
Selfie with the Little Z πŸ™‚

Given that my birthday falls on a weekday this year, I planned to have a small celebration with the closest of friends I have on a weekend. It was actually my first time to hostΒ a house party – a wholesome one at that! πŸ™‚ It’s actually a very, very different way for me to celebrate my birthday (compared to years ago). I guess it comes with the added years. Hahaha!

I baked the cake the night before (yep, an ambitious attempt that was somehow successful) and cooked cheese sticks and prepared theΒ topics for the nachos.Β I’ll make a separate post about the cake and the food preparation. πŸ™‚

colorful isn’t it? πŸ™‚ Bowls bought from Ikea a couple of years ago πŸ™‚

My friends sponsored the rest of the food – pancit, barbeque and pichi-pichi. πŸ™‚ My bestfriend even bough candles for the cake! LOL!

Afternoon foodie galore!

And I was made toΒ have that compulsory birthday photo beside the food, and blow the candle, too. πŸ™‚

#thatmandatorybirthdayphotowiththefood πŸ˜› #ootd pre-loved dress from Curvylish Petite

And what’s a birthday party without presents, right? πŸ™‚ Yep, I got presents from my friends, too.

Left: additional tools for my hobby Right: #adulting stuff πŸ˜›

But here’s the thing: more than theΒ bountiful food (enough to feed more than the adults present at my house earlier) and more than the presents, I am blessed to have these friends; actually, more like family now. I am grateful to have known and been friends with these people since high school and college –Β going on almost two decades of friendship. They were witnesses to a lot of my ups and downs, to my struggles and successes, they have been my support system, they have been my cheerleaders. There’s actually nothing more that I can say apart from I love these people. And I know that our friendship will go a long, long way. We areΒ already tied to each other’s sides. LOL! With friends like these people, what more can I ask for? πŸ™‚

Friends for life <3

This year may have been quite a struggle for me but turning a year older isn’t that bad. Not at all. I am just so grateful to have another year to conquer the battles that are thrown my way and to emerge victorious from the ordeals.Β Another year to celebrate life, another year to count the blessings, another year to be better.

Happy birthday to me! πŸ™‚


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  1. napahinto talaga ako sa photo ng nachos! sarap! anyway, its always good to have a grateful heart, that even in the bad times, you could actually say, hey, thank God im alive. cheers! πŸ™‚

    1. hahaha! Yung nachos talaga! And yes, it is hard to have a grateful heart in bad times, but in the end, it is what gets you through it all. And yes, I so, agree, I am alive and that’s enough to be grateful for. πŸ™‚

      1. haha oo sa nachos na lang! Ayoko ng banggitin na super inggit ako na you can bake your own cake, and eat it too! Gosh! Gang panonood pa lang ako ng boss cake eh! Enjoy your day sisteret! πŸ˜€

  2. Happy Birthdayyyy, mommy πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed your special day! Seems like you did!! <3 And I personally wouldn't know what's like to be in my 30s, but things are looking great cause you seem to be doing a great job!! Hope to meet you soon πŸ™‚

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