It’s my birthday in 6 days! Waaahh! I will be turning 32. You know what? I still feel like 22. Nothing has changed except that I am now stouter (haha) and yes, wiser. But, on second thought, I realized that in ten years, so much has changed. I am now a wife. I am now a mother. I am now a civil servant. What else? I have surpassed failures. I have made genuine friendships. I have nurtured old friendships. I have become a better daughter (weh) and sister and aunt.
I have always looked forward to my birthday. I grew up in a family where birthdays are special days. My mom would always make me feel special on my birthday. Hindi uso sa amin ang birthday party noon kasi we couldn’t afford it. Ang ginagawa ni Mama, she would cook and pack spaghetti and would let me deliver the packed spaghetti to my aunts and uncles. It was like an it’s-my-birthday reminder. And it worked. Pag-uwi ko, ang dami ko nang pera. Haha. Actually, it is a family tradition. My cousins did it. My younger cousins are still doing it. We also had this “birthday immunity.” Hindi pinapagalitan. Hindi inaaway. Hindi pinapahugas ng pinggan. Special talaga.
(Why do I feel like crying while typing this?)
When I moved to Manila and got married, my birthday has become an ordinary day…an ordinary working day. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always felt happy and grateful on the day of my birthday. Hindi nga lang special. Perhaps because I’m used to the way I celebrate my birthday back in Naga. Perhaps because I’m used to my parents’ sweetness. Perhaps because I married a “not so sweet” man who prefers to give me shopping money than to buy gifts for me. It’s not that I don’t appreciate it. I do. I really do. And in fairness to my husband, he also tries to be sweet. He is sweet in his own special way. Siguro OA lang talaga expectation kaya palagi akong nasusurprise. “Surprise! Walang Surprise!” Haha.
Still, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he’s really sweet and he just don’t know how to show it. So, for his benefit, I am posting stuff that may he may “utilize” to show his sweetness. Lol.
1. Convection Oven
|photo from lazada.com.ph|
|photo from amazon.com|
3. H&M Rug
|photo from H&M website|
4. Overnight stay at Summit Magnolia Hotel. (I read positive feedbacks about this hotel.)
|photo from travelbook.ph|
Thanks for reading my kababawan!