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My Super Late Birthdate Post


[Somehow the post I made last November 11 got erased… or my final output wasn’t saved properly… so I’m editing this one…]

I promised myself to – at least – post during my birthdays.  So I’m fulfilling that promise.

It’s been 3 months to this date since my birthday.  I had every intention of writing a post last August 11 (but I missed out that time.  Blame the lackluster drive to write) … the 11th of September… then I didn’t even try anymore last October.

You’d probably say “How pathetic!”  And I’d… somehow agree.  So instead of making excuses and justify with lame reasons, I’m going to simply jump in and share what’s been going on (to you my dear readers who’ve been patiently waiting).

Can you think of a time that you needed to accomplish something but just couldn’t get to really doing it?

This post would be one example for me.  I’ve been writing and rewriting it in my brain as if it were my birthday yesterday.  And yet I still could not make myself open my app.  Maybe the idea of turning an age older and not have accomplished much since last year was not even worth celebrating.  Even my boss has already encouraged me to take the time off then to finish my research paper revisions in time for my birthday to really have something to celebrate (the second example of something I needed to accomplish… you get the drift).  And I ended up coming down with the flu and fever during my birthday week.  Maybe celebrating for myself is just so passé. I haven’t been really feeling celebratory about my own self. Celebrating for others… well that’s another matter.

I guess it’s easier to celebrate for others than for myself. Glad to discover my “creative juices” have been free-flowing. I’ve been juggling from sketching, diys, and just about any stuff that catches my fancy. So I’m posting some photos of the ones I’ve done so far.

Office Stuff

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DIY Projects
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Sketches and Artwork

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That’s all for now. If you want to ask about the DIYs I’ve made, feel free to post a comment and I’ll try to get back to you. I’m currently helping out the English Department of my grade level in preparing for a production. So i’m quite busy with that. I hope to write about it once it’s done. So keep posted! 🙂

In the meantime, if you want to be updated on some of my arts and crafts, check out my Instagram account at the right side of this site. 🙂

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Early Celebration


It’s been more than an hour since the clock struck 12 signaling the start of a new year in my life. It’s been more than an hour since I parted ways with my girls. I initially planned a “Birthday Eve” post but somehow… what I planned to post last night wouldn’t apply anymore.

I still can’t label the exact emotion that I am feeling. Bittersweet… maybe. Happy on one end since the day brings joy as a present itself, and nostalgic on the other end knowing that I won’t be greeted in the morning as I was used to. Nevertheless, someone… somewhere… somehow… makes it right. With just a smile.

    Reasons to Smile

I rarely receive surprises (especially during my birthdays). Mom would always let herself slip in telling me about her “surprises”. My friends… well… I end up pointing out my suspicions and poof! Busted. I didn’t hear the silent hustling of feet this time nor paid too much attention to the nonverbal cues of my bffs. I wasn’t treated to the sound of a band loudly playing their natal tunes (not that I normally would) nor the charismatic greetings at home but instead, I was treated to an early surprise serenade by Baba. A much appreciated birthday gift from a friend a thousand miles away. Aside from that, a scribbled genuine and heartfelt greet gave me more reasons to smile. A reminder of how lucky I am to be me.

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Now, 2 of my friends (Kimi and Toffee) working in Manila flew in for the weekend. Toffee flew in especially for my birthday. It felt good again to just spend time with them and TALK. A memorable afternoon spent for gown-fitting (for Kimi’s wedding), dinner dates and hunting for materials for Toffee’s gown. Had coffee and tea at Toptea then stayed out until 12MN at YohFroz to celebrate the eve of my birthday. Thank you for sitting in with me as I welcomed a new year in my life. I feel so lucky and blessed to have the greatest set of friends anyone could have! Thanks Rai for sacrificing sleep to stay up much later than you should have. Most of all, THANK YOU for your surprise! A wonderful and amazing treat indeed!

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Right now my heart seems to palpitate heavily. This overload to the senses has left me wide awake. There’s still a void in me somewhere… questions still unanswered… But just by basking in the sunshine of the authenticity and goodness of true friends – whose presence warms my heart – I know everything will be alright.

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If Each Birthday Cake Were An Age Marker


If each birthday cake were an age marker, I think I’d have added a good 16 years worth of cake during my birthday week(end).

I’m not used to holding parties or any celebration of my birth for that matter especially during my working years.  The hassle in preparation plus finding a perfect mix for a celebration was always too restricting fo me.  I’ve gotten used to people giving hints on party details.  Even at home, bigtime celebrations were a thing of the past.

Just imagine my pleasure when a day before my birthday (since August 11 was a Saturday) I prepared a small serving of food for my colleagues when they whipped out their surprise for me.

My first surprise cake from SDC – Chocolate Cake

But aside from the surprise cake and other treats, my Grade Level colleagues gave such a beautiful prayer for me.

Really quite refreshing to be in an environment that’s very positive and selfless.

My celebration continued on the date of my birth itself.  We only had one class in the morning and the rest of the day was given to me as a gift (so to speak).  I decided to introduce some of my colleagues to Valhall Bar and Deli for cold cuts and other dishes.

Food Trip: Valhall Bar and Deli

When I got home, I found this… my second surprise birthday cake courtesy of my mom.  Plus my most favorite Baked Macaroni from Kimbell’s (my childhood favorite baked macaroni baker.

My 2nd Cake Surprise: Carrot Cake and Baked Macaroni

Since Mom prepared for dessert, I opted to invite my #DavaoRusher friends (including my bff) to celebrate with me at home.  And as luck would have it, I got my third cake surprise in likes of Red Ribbon’s Mocha Roll.  How I LOVE mocha!

Davao Rushers with one lacking – @Rawrph

And to culminate my weekend birthday surprise, Mom ordered chocolate cake as a “make-up” surprise for all the years wherein she never got to do this.  Expecting one piece of cake to bring to my workplace, she got her own surprise when her friend prepared a dozen and one mini cakes for me.

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I know it’s a month late in posting.  But I felt the need to really post this.  Thank you for everyone who made this year’s birthday a very memorable one.  The change in my life for the past few months have been such a whirlwind of experience and a rollercoaster of emotions.  In all my years of working in an industrial setting, it is only through my current job that have experienced being treated exceptionally.

I wish I could have shared it with friends who were far away and loved ones who’ve gone ahead.  Nevertheless, thank you for the greetings and memories I will always cherish.

If each birthday cake were indeed markers of age, then I wouldn’t mind getting thousands of cakes if it meant that I am loved.

Thank you everyone!

Merry Christmas 2011!


December 1.  The start of the Christmas season (for me that is!).  I can’t help but feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation.  Trepidation for the many uncertain things that awaits me in my current job (project planning and execution), and getting the jitters of my employment status by the end of the year.

Nevertheless, I’m equally – more so rather -excited!  We just planned out our exchange gifts for our upcoming Christmas Party.  As the official in-charge of the party-planning and the Kris Kringle, I’m looking forward to our day-to-day gift-giving.  I’ve prepared a list of “somethings” we are scheduled to give our “Manito/Manita” on a daily basis (except Sundays) and I can’t hardly wait to receive my bag everyday!

Our Secret Santa List of "Somethings...

I’ve already started looking for items that would fit the descriptions as scheduled, and so far, I’ve bought 5 items I’m excited to give to “Elle“.

Day 1, check... and four other days, check!

So far, I have the following:

Christmas Tree sticksomething that starts with a “C” and ends with “E”

Angry bird ballsomething round and blue (which I just found out it lights up when being bounced)

Rainbow Springsomething twisted and mysterious

Winnie the Pooh mirrorsomething shocking and cute

Fun-shaped Rubber Bandssomething small and hairy

So that’s 5 things.  All the rest, I need to look for.

Can you guys give any suggestions?

My [What A]Day


My day started out pretty gloomy.  No breakfast set on the table, no steady chants of the “Happy Birthday” tune from Mom or Dad, no presents by my bedside.  Waking up early wasn’t too appealing… but I slept early and oversleeping would have caused unwanted headaches.  Not a good thing to carry the whole day.  I wanted to take a leave of absence (even an unpaid one) but there were a number of pending workload at the office.

FINE…

I longed to be serenaded “Mañanita-style” – early morning singing from a group of friends to start my day.  But, so far, I haven’t had the privilege of that activity.  The more traditional greets I get are the midnight texts (and calls!) from a few of my closest friends.  2 people greeted me that time.  Tol and my ex bf.

The day continues…

I didn’t really know what to expect.  But with the numerous birthday greetings I got in Facebook, plus the personal greets (and off-key singing) from my office mates, it was hard not to feel a tinge of warmth inside me and cause a breakout of smiles.

Here are a few simple surprises that made my day:

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Flowers taken from a decoration at the office given by 2 of my teammates/officemates

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Rocker Girl’s Gift (For my basketball days)

A bouquet of flowers was also delivered in the office from a secret admirer (not really, let’s just pretend to make it more exciting! LOL).  I’ve always wanted to receive a package of that kind.  A truly heartwarming experience.

My day became quite hectic in the afternoon.  My scheduled interviews pretty much took up my time.  I was feeling a bit guilty not being able to provide, at the least, light snacks for the office.  But I had no choice.  Being broke is such a stressor!

I wasn’t too eager to go home and celebrate by myself.  Thankfully, bff Toffee told me her sis wants to meet up with me.

Maybe Ate MM will be giving me the souvenir she promised from her trip! Weee!

Bff Raisa was also coming along to meet up.  A welcome company.

Surprise, surprise!!!

Ate MM, came along with 3 boxes of Cello’s Donuts & Dips (as per instruction of her younger sister/bff Toffee).  Definitely unexpected.

I still miss the numerous personal greetings from people I know but this one sums it up.

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Thank you BFFs Toffee and Raisa!  Thank you, Ate MM!  Thank you for making this day special for me.  I guess no matter which part of the country we are (or the world for that matter!), going the extra mile, being able to put a smile in our faces and uplift our soul, will never be a problem.  I’m still a bit sad for a couple of things, but It’s not much of a big deal now. Smile

Thank you.

Great Things Come In Small Packages


I couldn’t agree more!

I mean, take a moment and think of the wonders of the iTouch.  A small package, but packs a wallop in giving loads of entertainment for the young and old alike.  My bffs ‘ day probably wouldn’t be complete if they can’t play Tap Tap Revenge, or Cut The Rope. Add to that listening to their favorite tunes and playlists, watching videos, taking pictures/videos (for 4th gen), PLUS being able to browse the internet in some Wifi hotspots!  Talk about multi-tasking!  Never a dull moment for those who have this baby.  (And loads of sleepless nights too!)

I’m itching to have one too but that would not be a reality anytime soon (unless if I win millions).

Moving forward…

Another small package is the mobile phone.  Depending on your preference, mobile phones have come a long way from what I was able to witness in it’s evolution phases.  From big, bulky, manly-type mobile phones to small, hand-held phones that vary for it’s functionality, fashion statement, “social statement”, and uniqueness.  One is ever at a constant quest on the “perfect” phone that would encompass all the most sought after functions.

But what I will never tire of mobile phones is it’s capability in connecting two (or more) people who are worlds apart.  Just this morning I was able to keep in touch in a number of people I rarely see.  There’s also one bff who’s inner desires she expressed through text.  I love being able to receive photos of friends from far away on things that have happened, or something new they’ve seen.  To borrow Smart‘s tagline: SIMPLY AMAZING.

And I’m down to my third item.  The main reason why I’m making this blog.  Well, just before break time, an officemate who i could say I’m not that close to (but get along with just fine) surprised me with his pasalubong for me.  A bag of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!!!  Just two pieces actually.  But I was truly touched since he gave me a separate package from what he gave to one group in the office.

It may have been a small package (not even a box) but it truly made me smile.  It wasn’t just the content or its wrappings, but the thought, the gesture, the effort made that made me feel special.

My Krispy Kreme Surprise

On a sidenote, one contractual worker offered me his small box of raisins which I gladly accepted.  What’s nice about it was that I was just expecting the treat of raisins when I noticed that the box housed a cardboard cut-out for a raisin paper doll.  Sweet! 🙂

Raisin and Paperdoll all in one

Another small package – FRIENDS.

They all come in different shapes and sizes.  Each differing from one another.  But each one offering more than what you would expect.

My year 2010 ended with a bittersweet note.  The first Christmas without my daddy, and welcoming a new year without his comforting presence.  But nonetheless, I’m thankful for celebrating the last days of 2010 with my friends, and enjoying the first few days of the New Year (2011) with the comfort of my closest friends.

Cheers to you guys!  And thanks for being my small packages in life that I could always grab on and carry with me – memories and all.

couldn’t find a group picture that was complete. Settling for this instead – A “Big Top”

What’s Up? Smile!


Nothing new really.  I just had a long exercise of my face muscles this afternoon.  My “darling” came for a visit after arriving from abroad.  I never realized how much I missed him until that moment that I had a hard time containing my laughter and smiles in front of many people.  Like I said, my face muscles were aching by the time he left.

Some would say it’s too early to be back to normal after a loved ones passing.  And sometimes I feel I shouldn’t be too happy because I am still grieving.  But life has other plans.  And I find myself, though sad at times, focusing more on things that make me smile and feel better.

So here’s a tribute to the day that passed… SMILEYS FOR EVERYONE!!!

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So cute!!! 🙂

Here’s another one:

sooo happy…

Oh c’mon!  I know you want to.  Go ahead!  Laugh out loud! 🙂

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And here’s a little “cutie” thing that’ll make you smile:

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So cute!!! 🙂 Hope I made you all smile! 🙂

Facebook Group Chat


I just wanted to shout out my excitement in being able to have a group chat with my friends at Facebook.  Yeah I know it’s just an ordinary thing.  But for me, it’s a great alternative!  Especially now that my YM isn’t working at it’s optimum level.  I think there’s something wrong with my computer.  Poor baby lappy.  huhuhu

Anyway, for those who want to try out Facebook group chat, you can start with creating a specific group for a couple of your friends.  Once they’ve approved joining the group, you can see their names there.  Then in your group page, you can see under the Members portion (upper right corner and just below the EDIT GROUP and EDIT GROUP SETTINGS option) Chat with Group. Then that’s it!  For members who are currently online, a “chatbox” would pop up on their Facebook page.

Sounds fun right?  Don’t take my word for it.   Try it! 🙂

My Cheesecake Surprise


I was surprised when one of my schoolmates sent me a private message through Facebook saying she’d like to meet up with me because a certain close friend of mine asked her to give me something.  I was a bit doubtful at first since I’ve never even talked to the “messenger” when we were in high school.  But after putting two and two together (questions from a friend abroad, and hints from my bff), I decided to give it a go.

Yesterday morning, October 25, I met up with Naidz at McDonald’s Bajada.  And I was right!  The surprise was from my friend in Australia – EJ.  The surprise?  A pack of baked cheesecakes.  Aww… I was deeply touched by the surprise and the thought.  What moved me more was EJ’s message.  “Just a little something to brighten your day.

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And it did!

As proof for EJ, Naidz took a picture of me holding the pack.  When I met up with bff afterwards, she too received a pack.

Now, I’m craving for more cheesecakes!!!

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An Unexpected “Date”


Monday night. Finally, day 1 for this week was finally over. Wasn’t really planning too much on what to do upon going home when my Monday proxy suggested to eat out for dinner. Hmmm… why not?

Jerry and I ate out at Chicken Tsunami – a food stall “franchise” with a number of branches all over the city with it’s main offerings of fried chicken.  A meal costs about Php 28.00 (which consists of 1 piece of fried chicken and 1 rice).  We ate at their F. Torres branch and was contemplating what to do next.  My thoughts were already in getting home when Jerry suggested to go to Jack’s Ridge.

WHAT?!?!

It was too far from where we were, and I was doubtful he’ll be able to return my “borrowed” helmet from one of our officemates before 10PM.  But since he was so game in going, and needing to have a change of atmosphere myself, I gave it a go  jumping behind him in his motorbike.

Jack’s Ridge Entrance

This was the first time I have gone to Jack’s Ridge riding at the back of a motorcycle.  Upon getting there, the view was as breathtaking as always.  Since it was a weeknight, only a few people were going on and about the whole area.  Just a welcome sight for those who wish to unwind and de-stress.  What caught my eye the most was the slow focus of the moon in the horizon.  It evolved from a lightened horizon into blooming fully in the night sky.  Too bad though that I don’t own a high-powered camera to document the moon.  Instead, I only have unclear photos c/o my point-and-shoot camera.

Wishful Thinking?

I realized that I’ve never gone to Jack’s Ridge with my ex on a date.  Sure we went there for school activities but it was during one early morning – a walk for a cause event.  Hmm… I guess there’s something to be said about that.  But I’m gonna keep silent though.

At around 9PM, we slowly trudged toward the motorcycle parking area to be on our way.  The ride downhill was quite unnerving (since it was dark and my ride was open in all sides), but VERY exhilarating.  The ride back to were we began was uneventful and silent that before we knew it, my ride was turning over the corner to reach my home.

Sometimes the best outings are those that are unexpected.  It’s fun to have moments with different people to bond with and just simply be yourself.  Can’t wait for the next one!

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