Last year was another milestone year for me, in more ways than one.
First off, I turned 40. *fireworks!!!* Yeah, the big four-oh was something that I looked forward to, something that I wanted to celebrate. And celebrate I did! I wanted to commemorate this milestone by being with family and friends who have been there for me through the years. However, since I didn’t want to go all-out extravagant, I wanted to do it in the simplest way I could without depriving myself naman. My girlfriends from Multiply days was one of the most challenging group to gather, so I figured I’d have to go out of my comfort zone (read: Marikina) to be with them, since most of them are living and working near Makati. I booked a room at the A. Venue Hotel where we could spend my birthday salubong. I just ordered some food from a new food delivery service I discovered, and we partied all night, the thundercats way. Lol. We ate, we talked, we laughed, we laughed some more, we took pictures, and then we laughed even more. Oh, how I missed laughing with these precious girls! If only I could spend more time with them, I would. They are such a crazy bunch that I feel like I’m back in my highschool days when I’m with them. Ang babaliw lang. (I bet ibabalik nila sa akin ang adjective na yan LOL). They have been my anchor during my walwal-slash-lost days, and I love, love, love them to bits. I could not imagine spending my birthday without them, and I’m glad they were there for me. Although I missed gelplen, jowa, meyma, I know they would have wanted to be there if they could. That’s enough for me 🙂
The following day, my actual birthday, was spent with my family and Marikina friends. These people naman have been with me through most of my growing up years, have been there when I was an absentee family member (laging absent sa family gatherings because of…) and the friends I grew up with in church. They were those who supported me during the difficult times, the deciding moments, and they never turned their back on me. I am proud of this bunch, because we have grown our own ways and drifted apart but still remained friends through all these years. I booked the videoke room of Eat & Meat Restaurant to sing my heart out with them on my birthday. Of course, we also laughed a lot, okrayan nang kaunti, kainan, and maraming tawanan pa rin. I guess I’m blessed to be surrounded by basically happy friends who find joy and laughter in crazy, silly things. We belong together, ika nga 😀
The following day, Monday, I celebrated with my church cell group family. They are my spiritual family and encouragers who helped me get back to the church life. I couldn’t let my milestone pass without thanking God for them, too. So I brought some merienda for us to enjoy after our bible study and sharing-slash-kwentuhan time.
In all these three celebrations, my little family – Dadi, Kuya and the little girl were with me. They’re the biggest and craziest gift that I ever received in my entire 4 decades of living, and I’m more than grateful for them. Well, even if they really, really, really drive me crazy. Especially the two little people. Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Heehee. Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with more than I deserve. You’re sooooooo good!!! 🙂 ❤