As I’ve said, I stopped celebrating my birthdays when I turned 20. And ever since family and friends would throw me surprise parties where, for the most of it, I would come under-dressed or unprepared, obviously. I am not really big on surprises but I’ve always appreciated their efforts, even when it’s also finding a good enough excuse to see each other and get drunk.
Every year, on my birthday, for the past couple of years, I leave and go on an adventure. This year, I was gone for 12 days so when I came back, friends were planning to get together as we haven’t seen each other for months. Honestly I was still so tired from all the hiking and chasing missed flights that I did not respond to text messages or calls. I seriously just wanted to lie in bed. They kept planning and I kept ditching, I had so many excuses.
But then, they know me too well. They asked me to have dinner at this new ramen place, Nezu, and I caved.
Went to get some drinks at Urit after dinner and the waiter blew their surprise (hahaha). He was like, “Ipagwa ko na maam ang cake or karon lang na i-surprise?” (Maam, do I take out the cake now or later as a surprise?),
while I was sitting there and Elaine was like, just take it out.
Thank you friends for letting me blow my cake! Group hug!
I’ve lived three decades and survived!
No, it wasn’t a lavish celebration, considering the fact that I don’t really celebrate my birthday.
But I thank God for giving me the wonderful gift of loving Family and really great Friends. All these unplanned events made me feel extra special.
Bananas from Dane, lunch date with my sister, pizza party from the office and dinner with the family, what a pleasant surprise.
Mahjong party with these beauties. My raccoon eyes were worth it! (lol)
Fancy dinner with this bunch. It was an interesting night indeed! (aka ang ita)
These people, these moments…I don’t need much, they are enough.
…and that concludes my big 3-0. Thank you so much for cheering me up, for always remembering me and staying by me through whatever. We might not always agree on things but I am confident that you truly care. I love you all so much! Cheers!