I love birthdays. Your natal day is something to look forward to. A day when your mother was busy puffing air to get you out of this world, and as you celebrate another year, you commemorate that maternal sacrifice. And you could not help but think of a better way to celebrate life. Partying, eating, and praying. That's one of the best ways to celebrate your day.
Haruki Murakami, one of my favorite authors edited one novel entitled Birthday Stories chronicling strange birthday experiences. As James Urquhart wrote, "Birthdays are the one day when one might expect to be made a bit of a fuss of, and the best stories catch the awkward tension that surrounds wanting to be noticed."
Well, I do want to be noticed, to be surprised and to chronicle my life this year. My birthday is something not to be noticed, falling on Friday the 13th- one of the day some people avoid. 13th being an unlucky number. But no. I don't believe in it. Nothing bizarre happened on that day. For one, I am sure one lucky lady- celebrating THE day not just for 24 hours but for a week! Can you get any luckier than that? :D
To show you how lucky and blessed I am, let this be a visual treat for my year.
YOU ARE LUCKY ....
....when your kasiopao's mom tells you look young and beautiful on your dress.
Her exact words, "Hala day, mura lagi kag bata ug gwapa kaayo sa imohang suot."
and thinks you are thin (!) and famished. She still has good eyes, mind you. :))
...when your colleagues call you Bunsoy, pamper you and feed you yearly with the traditional pancit and bihon for long life. :D
...when your girlfriends decided to have a band, Happy Freaks and have your first semi- public concert.☺
♫ ♪ We are family, I got all my sisters with me, We are family
Get up everybody and sing ♫ ♪
...when your girl friends are the epitome of craziness.
...when your group decided to reenact The Beatles' Abbey Road walk at midnight and the taxi drivers just stopped.
...when the hands of the person taking the pictures are shaking yet your smiles are like sunshine emanating.
...when you go home and your sister makes you a nanny.
Hey I'm not complaining. I love these chikitings! :))
...when your birthday becomes a children's party!
...when your birthday becomes a reunion of sort. The iGATs, elementary and highschool buddies reunited.
...when you are with your loved ones.
...when you meet new friends with the same passion.
Trekking to Hubo and Sandig Falls at Brgy. Linan, Tupi, South Cotabato for Walk for Earth 2, a post-Earth Day celebration
....when being one of the boys inspires you to be more physically healthy! :)
...when you are one with Nature and mesmerized by God's handiwork.
...when you have someone who understands and supports your fanaticism to football.
Got my darling Ronaldo Cristiano (from my brother-in-law) and Andrei Arshavin (from a common friend. whoooohoo!) jerseys, Arsenal banner (from my hunk brotha Hernan) and Manchester United's banner (upcoming promised gift from my poging tito Amor).
...when your ULTIMATE CRUSHES made your day extra special.
Jimbolicious (will be proposing next time. haha!) and Surfer Dude hottie Luke Skywater surprising me (i'm the only person he tweeted that day! paimportanmte ako eh. CHOS!) :D
and your super friends' efforts to surprise you is really heartwarming! To Manins and Ate Fetus, labsyooou both to pieces! You made me so giddy, feeling like a high school swooning teenager. haha!
...when you live life as if you just turned 18!
yeeehaaa! La vita e bella. Life is beautiful.
THANK YOU LORD FOR THESE BLESSINGS! :D
"Count your life by smiles, not tears,
Count your age by friends, not years."
"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." - Lucille Ball