Family and Friends

Nearly a month later, I finally have time to blog about my birthday. It’s fine, right? Wala namang deadline ang pagkwento ng kung anong nangyari sa nakaraan. Bakit parang ang lalim nun? Mag-Ta-Tagalog ba’ko? Sure, why not? Or Taglish na lang, para mas-natural. “Our native language,” my friend R, quite accurately observed.

Anyway, for my birthday this year, I had two celebrations: One with family, one with friends. Palagi namang ganyan, I think. Because my parents always want to do something on the day itself, but if it falls on a weekday (like it did this year), we just have time for a dinner or something as simple. So then I would spend the Satuday/Sunday of that week with my friends, with a more elaborate (I think it’s fair to say that it’s more elaborate) celebration.

In case you still don’t know, I try to celebrate my birthday differently each year. I talk about this in more detail here. I’m proud to say that though I’ve recycled some ideas, none of my celebrations have ever been exactly the same. Or, I guess none of them can be, since I’m celebrating a different age each year. Pero ‘yung pinaka-magkapareho na ‘eh maybe 50% lang ‘yung similarities, which I think is pretty difficult to do, considering I decided to do this (celebrate my birthday differently each year) when I turned 17. So, what I’m saying is, I’m pretty proud of myself. Well, I think obvious naman ‘yon. Hehehe. But anyways, here’s what happened on my birthday celebrations this year:

Maple with My Family

I could only get half the day/night off from work on September 17 so we decided to just have dinner in Alabang. I chose Maple Restaurant at the Commercenter as I’ve heard good reviews about it, and my sister-in-law M, likes their Makati branch. We ordered a bunch of things and they were all delicious and because it was my birthday, they gave me a free dessert (Bourbon Bread Pudding)!

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The people in this picture are: Lolo, Mama, Papa, Kuya, Ate (?) ;) and me
The food in this picture are: blackened chicken, clam agli olio, Maple burger, prime rib tapa

As per usual, everyone shared their food with everyone, and I’m happy to report that everything was good. :D And they had good service, too. But I think pupunta lang ako dito tuwing may special occasion kasi medyo mahal siya.

It was a good experience nonetheless, and we were able to avail of the senior citizen discount for both Lolo and Papa. :)

Games and Getting-to-Know

Why do I want my friends whom I met at different points in my life interact with each other? I don’t really know either. But it makes for a lot of fun!

I invited my closest friends from grade school, high school, college, my previous job and my current job. And we played a game na kailangan ng teams, so I grouped them into four, na may mga magkakasama sa group na hindi magkakilala previously, or, I realized only this year, nagkikita lang tuwing birthday ko. Haha! Wala namang particular reason, really. Or maybe this one: I just don’t like parties where hindi magkakakilala ‘yung mga guests and you end up just talking to people in your own group and nagtatawanan kayo about things that only you can relate to and it’s weird/awkward for the other people around you. And since wala naman akong budget na panglibre ng several groups of people na iba-ibang beses, sama-sama na lang lahat and may activity na lang wherein they’re forced to interact! :P Fun naman ‘yung activity! Or, at least I think so. But I think they think so, too, kasi maingay naman lahat during the game and maraming tawanan. :D

We played Scattergories, the word game I got for my birthday last year. I-Google n’yo na lang ‘yung mechanics kung curious kayo, but take my word for it: Masaya siya. :D Actually, I think it was even more fun because I made my own categories (with visual aids and everything!) na customized for the event. So bukod sa usual categories na nandun sa game, e.g. Street Names, Things at the Beach, Words Associated with Science, etc. meron ding categories like Words Associated with Birthdays, Places in the South of Manila, Vacation Spots in the Philippines, mga ganun.

Strangely, two teams had the exact same score by the end of the game and I had to come up with a tie-breaker game on the spot! I was pleased to find (because it proves my theory) that the teams that got the highest scores were the teams na pinaka-balanced ang members. As in, they were the teams na may members na friends ko from school, and former and current co-workers. And, not surprisingly, the team that ultimately won was the one na balanced din ‘yung members in terms of gender: Two boys and two girls.

‘Yung prize nila, Starbucks gift certificates! Sorry na kung hindi na ‘yun original. I really wanted to give them movie passes but grabe ang mahal na ng movie passes and minimum of 10 ang kailangan mong bilhin each time! So… Nevermind. May consolation prize naman na chocolates ‘yung second place. That they shared with everyone, because they’re nice.

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I really truly believe that I won the friend lottery. Not one person who was at my house that night was someone na napilitan lang akong iinvite, and I’m quite sure na wala rin sa kanilang napilitan lang magpunta. Actually, I’m really happy because lahat sila nagpunta! :D I thought that a lot of people would cancel because it was raining hard the day before and akala ko na hindi na talaga matutuloy, but we had really good weather the entire day and everyone made it. #Blessed ;)

Mejo funny rin that when people started leaving, they told the others: See you next year! Like ine-expect na nila that I would have a birthday party next year ulit. I guess kasi nga naman, especially ‘yung girls, nagkita-kita rin sila last year when I had a Birthday Sparty. Nakaka-pressure kaya. I was planning on having this be the last birthday party pa man din because, you know, I’m 30 now. :P But I guess only time (and finances) will tell what will happen in September next year. Though with family and friends like these, I’m sure that whatever happens, it will be beautiful. Naks!

Happy Birthday to Me! :D

Bring Back the 90′s!

Dear Everybody,

I feel like now is the right time time to tell you of my obsession with Franklin & Bash.

In this article, it says that this show is a pop culture joke punch line. Now, don’t get me wrong. I actually agree with the article point per point, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like the show. It is really strange, this show. It starts Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, both of whom played such “iconic” roles in the 90′s that in some ways, it feels like this strange Saved by the Bell-Clueless crossover, which isn’t that strange really since they were set at around the same time (right smack in the middle of the 90′s, or okay, SBTB was slightly earlier), and were set in the same place, California. And Franklin & Bash is also set in California.

If they weren’t called Franklin & Bash, there is nothing stopping me from believing that Travis Birkenstock eventually cleaned up his act and went to law school (He’s good at making speeches, isn’t he?), and met Zack Morris there (He did get a 1502 on his SATs), and they became friends. They’re both kind of troublemakers, after all.

Perhaps that is why I like the show so much. I mean, yes, it’s cliche, yes, they don’t actually really do anything new, I mean, at best, it’s “one of those lawyer shows” and I have to admit that if they’d cast unknowns, I probably couldn’t care less about it. I mean, I like Angie Harmon when she guest stars in Chuck and… Agent Cody Banks. But the generic and trying-too-hard Rizzoli & Isles just puts me to sleep. But I think that is the genius of the thing. Putting two 90′s “icons” together and having fun with them. And, I’m not saying this to be disrespectful, but I think Jonathan Brandis would’ve made a fine addition to this cast. Not that I don’t like Anthony Ordonez, but if Jonathan Brandis had that role, this series would’ve been every 90′s fangirl dream come true.

So. Franklin & Bash. It’s on its 4th season now so you know I’m not the only 90′s fangirl out there.

Zack and Travis, all grown up

Zack and Travis grew up and became friends!

Welcome, September!

It’s September!

To me, that means one thing: BIRTHDAY! :D :D :D

Not just mine, of course. It’s also the birth month of 2 of my cousins and lots and lots of my friends. But! As this is my blog, please forgive that I’m going to put my wish list here. :)

For my birthday this year, I hope to receive more of the usual stuff I ask for:

  • Handkerchiefs – Seriously! I always lose my handkerchiefs so I can never have enough of these!
  • Pretty notebooks – Because I just write and write and write. Despite having blogs. And friends. :P
  • Mer-Nel’s Chocolate Cake – Because this is the best cake ever!
  • Big hairbrush – Because you know, I’m a girl.
  • Gift certificates – Because it’s like you’re giving cash, but not.
  • Japan Home Centre/Daiso Umbrella – ‘Yung cute ha! ^^’
  • Shampoo – Because para makatipid na rin ako with my monthly expenses hehehe!
  • Any product from Snoe (except for Let it B with WasaB cream) – for powder foundations, make sure to get Warm Honey!
  • Cologne / Perfume – any kind/scent but preferably NOT vanilla-scented (or anything that smells too sweet)

And if you have a “big” budget (because you love me!), you may give me one/some of these:

  • Waterproof backpack – Naka-sale ‘yung backpacks sa Converse! ;)
  • Handcarry luggage
  • Any Desigual accessory
  • Sports watch

That’s it so far! Hope this list helps you all. And hope you all give me gifts. Sige na! Once a year lang! Though if you’re giving me gifts for Christmas, you can refer to this list, too. ;) Yay!

I went to Malaysia!

Hey everyone!

This seems as good a time as any to tell you all that I actually have a travel blog!

Now, I am aware that I have entries on this blog that are about the places that I go to, so you might be wondering why I have a separate blog that is supposed to be for the blog entries that are about the places that I go to. The reason is: Because I can. :P

Also, because I was supposed to take travel writing seriously, except most of the time I feel more like writing about personal/mundane things, so instead of putting entries in my travel blog, I put them here where things are more informal and comfortable.

Anyway, I spent August 9 – 12 with my best friends in Malaysia and I wrote all about what we did here: 3 in 4: My Trip to Malaysia

I hope you all visit and leave a comment. :D