Turning 34

The thing about having a birthday-person-husband is it slowly rubs on you, whether you like it or not. I think I’ve written about this a few years back: I’m not a birthday person but not in a grinch kind of way. I just prefer to go through the day in peace without the frivolities. But yes, I married a birthday person and we are on quarantine so I have nowhere to go. Haha!

My day officially started with a lovely greeting from my loves — the husband and the little ones. Husband surprised me once again with this sunny bouquet while Frodo and Eleven adorably watches on.

Lovely morning surprise from the husband and the grumble

Happy with this mañanita (lol), I treated them to a Japanese lunch from one of our favorites, Boteyju — albeit in takeout boxes. I made sure I have all our favorites – even the ramen, which is now available for delivery. Yay! The little ones had a slice of chashu from the ramen, too, for their lunch. Lucky!

Birthday in Takeout Boxes

It rained hard in the afternoon, which is perfect for an afternoon nap. But as with all other birthdays, I still reported to work. Nothing else to do, nowhere to go. So byebye, nap time! I just brought my bouquet near my workstation so I’ll have something sunny and bright to look at despite the gloomy weather.

I must say this is one of the happiest birthdays that I’ve had in a while. I’m very thankful for the gift of family and friends and for the blessing of life. Even though we are on ECQ and in the middle of this pandemic, I’ve never been more hopeful, full of purpose, and feeling more alive than ever.

4th of July

It is universally known that the 4th of July is the US Independence Day but it used to be the Philippines’, too. Yes, we originally celebrated our Independence Day with America but was later changed back to June 12, the day when the country’s independence from Spain was declared in Cavite. Now, the 4th of July is commonly known in the Philippines as the Filipino-American Friendship Day. This happened in the 1940s when the then US President recognized the Philippines independence from American rule.

OK, enough of history lecture! It doesn’t change the fact that I need to go to the office today and work. It has been raining here for the past 3 days so the throng of umbrellas in the office lobby is not an alien sight.

As gloomy as the day is, I was surprised by 2 of my friends with sweet gifts. Manimin, a friend from grade school, paid me a visit. She’s planning a birthday surprise for another common friend and she needed my help. I willfully agreed. I love BIG surprises, as long as I’m not the one being surprised. I’m weird that way. I just don’t know how to react to something that I, most of the time, am already expecting. I can spot a surprise directed towards me from miles away. Haha!

Anyway, in exchange of my wilfulness, she gave me this colorful Krispy Kreme donut. She’s still thoughtful until now. 🙂

Another friend, Gelai, who just came back from Hong Kong brought me back some cute goodies – red chopstick for dummies and a silver key chain (which I totally adore!). 🙂

So there, I got my fair share of the 4th of July of Friendship Day even if none of them are Americans. Haha!

Anyway, have a happy Independence Day, US! 🙂

Wednesday Surprises

This has been a day full of mini-surprises and quick wins! I am lucky I am surrounded by thoughtful people even though I act like an idiot most of the time. Haha!

Miko gave Jing and I twin fish coin purses from his vacation in Bolinao, Pangasinan. It’s sooooooooo cute and smells good. I just love the smell of new leather. 😀
Miko’s friend, Godfrey, whom I just met today gave us a box of these yummy Caramel Bars from Max’s. Sweet!
Jing brought her special baked potatoes in the office. This picture doesn’t give justice to how it actually tastes. Just look at all those bacon, and cheese, and mushroom. @_@
Coffee break with Janine, Jing, and Egay whom I haven’t talked to or hang out with for a long time due to her maternity leave.
Egay’s Grande Macchiato treat for me. Yay! (Told you this day is full of treats!)
Supple leather jacket for the cold. I went to the office wearing a sheer blouse and mini. But towards mid-shift it started to get cold so this baby kept me warm.  I love the satin material inside.

Today is also the 2nd day of our photo challenge. In a way, I am thankful that I have this mini-project with my friends because it requires me to do something “creative” everyday and it makes me write about something. Yeah, every picture taken has a story behind it. And here’s mine: Again, my puny HTC phone camera is hopeless in taking self-portraits so I didn’t really try to work on our project. Towards the end of the day, Janine lent her IXUS to me, prompting me to upload my pin on our Pinterest board already. Yes, I’m the only one who hasn’t. And so, taking her cam, I headed over to an empty conference room and took some shots.

Anybody here agree with me that taking self-portraits is difficult? Or maybe I’m just too self-conscious especially since anybody can just barge inside the room and find me looking like a dork.