It's that time of the year again when I am the focus of my family, friends and prince (cheesy!). Right! It's my birthday!! yipeee!!!
But wait. Days before my birthday I actually want to pretend my birthday isn't happening and just wanna sleep the whole day (birthday blues?nah),maybe just for a change.
Sure! I already slept in during my 2008 birthday but that didn't count as I was on a week-long birthday getaway with prince in Macau-Hongkong. I had birthdays on the road, island adventures in Kota Kinabalu , hanging in Singapore Flyer and Skyride, up on the mountain in Provo,Utah, and lotza, lotza big theme parties so this time want some me-time (emote! emote), with no surprises, no gifts, no parties. (is that a sign of getting old?)
Thankfully, I have wonderful friends and family that always make a big deal of my birthday! Seems everyone would wanna come out and show their love and spend the day with me. Also I realized that my birthday is an unsolicited 'gift' for my 38 precious years and that in itself is a big reason to celebrate!
So as and by way of a compromise, I decided to have some food prepared on my birthday and post a rather late invite on FB! (not that i don't want people to come but i was undecided right?).
That was a good decision. I feel so much love on my 38th birthday either through spoken words of I Love You's from greeters in person,on the phone, on texts,on FB messages, on emails and on the mail. And by those suggestive 143's around me. (Hey, in case you don't know yet, 143 stands for I love You)!!
Here are the Ten Big Loves (143's) I received on my 38th birthday!
1. Thank you to the 143 birthday greeters on my FB wall from 12:01 of October 1 until 11:59 of October 1 who are either my church friends, relatives, colleagues, law students, bloggers family, college friends, high school buddies, law school classmates, San Pablo Mission mates, and even my prince' family. (1.PTB Pinoy Adventurista, 2. PTB Lauren Gaile, 3. Let Bautista, 4. Angel Lois Fernandez, 5. Lingling Gilmartin, 6.Gladyz Credo,7. Beth Directo, 8. Marissa Morelos Baluyot, 9. Grace Angeles, 10. Ruth Joaquino Herrera,11.Bernz Roque, 12. Charmily Lavarro, 13. Jack Stokes, 14. Venus Saba Seals, 15. Hannah Stokes, 16. Shelly Sy Requiron, 17. Russel Riel, 18. Adela Ocado, 19. Elizabeth Andrea Salvan,20. Liam Langam Dala, 21.Minerva de Leon Lee,22. PTB Ivan Brinas Cultura,23. Angeline Ojeca Villanueva,24. Micaela Rodriguez,25. Bjorn M.Madrid, 26. Jennifer Merdegia,27. Angie Silva Liwanag, 28. Eumer Manlusoc Geronilla, 29. Anj Banal,30.Issa Collantes, 31. Chie Ojeda Solomon, 32. Judith Mascardo Pua, 33. Malou Gaddi, 34. Fhatz Togonon, 35. Tess Ojeda Mendoza, 36. Princess Cyndyrella 37.Catherine Indac Kaloush, 38. Rez Cortez, 39. Vivay Sta.Monica, 40. Ma. Anacleta B.Gloria, 41. Jean Carlos, 42. Ma Cristina Canals Espiritu, 43. Brenda Pulia, 44. Babylin Clavite, 45.Juvy Ann Guzarin, 46.Neotono No Evishley, 47.Lherma Bonagua, 48. PTB Marky Ramone Go, 49.Anne Adaza Renner, 50.Sarah Dalman, 51.Bryan Colona, 52. Nikki Madriaga, 53. Jane Cabugao, 54. Tina Capati, 55. Anthony Carl Ong, 56.Jane Labuca Ugsod, 57.Annestien Ong, 58.Merril J.Tobias, 59.Atty. Cheng Parenas Garcia, 60. Kate Laurenne Servanez Belleza, 61.Alyz Perez Ignacio, 62.PTB Josiah Sicad, 63. Lanie Montano, 64. Hydee Nazareno, 65.Kymie Caldamo, 66.Shiela Caballero Balane, 67.Szu Xhin Sayaka, 68.Kate Ojeda Ramos, 69. Kalai Vanessa Sarabia Wan, 70. Jean Bautista de Leon, 71. Fiscal JonJon Roque Jr., 72. Dawn Montez, 73. Jovelyn Abugan Dagal, 74.PTB Ian Dela Pena, 75.Jocai Sarion, 76. Rigel Quinto, 77.Rosario C. Selma, 78. Mafel Hebulan, 79. Taritz Ritzmrbc (Rita Consumo) 80.Feliza Bernardo Tablan Obuyes, 81.Porfirio Don Pagsinohin 82.Atty.Zaniah Siton, 83.Clarissa Angelica Galang, 84.Rona Demetria, 85. Gerlie Macalincag, 86.Frizian C. Esteban-Capinig, 87.Atty.Merz Flores, 88.Ces Leon Tianio, 89.Nornyl Sampang, 90.Sally Velasco, 91.Edz Ang,92.Harrizon Stokes, 93.Charlote Placido Jornacion, 94.Bou Sheng Chou, 95.Yolly Alvarez Ojeda, 96.Lorena Macaspac,97.Atty. Marie Antoniette Sto.Domingo Espejo, 98.Emma Cristobal Garcia, 99.Jettie Mae Evangelista Tuttle, 100. Lloyd Lostboy, 101.Kate Ojeda Ramos, 102.Prince Fernandez, 103.Zaide Uy, 104.Chito Zabala, 105.Arlene Quirante, 106.Nilo M.Penales, 107.Chel Leena, 108.Ruby Ann Ocampo, 109.Cherry Mae Baldomero Gallarpe, 110.Joseh Buenbajo Bornilla, 111.Anna Lisa Seva, 112.Anthony Galorpo, 113.Ofelia Bastillo, 114.Celestine Gabriel Caingat, 115.Joseph Fabila Barcenal, 116.Elizabeth Contratista, 117.Atty. Alemar Mosquito 118.Hannah Carlota Seva, 119.Atty. Caron Lascano, 120.Buena Combes Aguilar, 121.Jhoanna Lozano, 122.Anna Salayog, 123.Domini Thereza Manzano -Pecundo, 124. Rhea Alba, 125.Manny Francisco, 126.Erlinda Santos, 127.Monet Espinosa Salonga, 128.Parker Stokes, 129.Arenas May, 130. Ariel Sarabia, 131.Evelyn Delacruz Sarmiento, 132.Teresita Tomas, 133.Jay Jasper Javines, 134.Teofanes Jamero, 135.Ruby and Roy Evangelista Tuttle, 136.Elisa Ojeda - Misola, 137.Anne Valle Balanlay, 138.Kaye Tyapon-Bay, 139.Judee Albalos Ablang,140. Justin Norell, 141.Lieu Tran, 142.Travis Reitz 143.AndrewRia Evangelista Gonzales.
2)In connection with my 143 wall post on my exact birthday, I clicked 143 'likes'.
3. Still on FB, posted 1 birthday status slash invite which elicited 43 comments (includes greetings from Love Directo Calpo, Ariel Zamora, Armi Dionisio, Cynthia Ampil, Roy Christenon,Delilah Fernandez Serafica, Chad Meredith West, Riza Mendoza Maginsay, Arce Coronel Morales, David Sanglap, Atty.Abby Orilla - Orara, Angeline Gabisan, Felisa Santos, Marivic Tablatin, Jhelia Punzalan Lucero, Rosita Flores,Belenda Ojeda, Tes Bridgman, Cielito M.Versoza, Charito Catada Kent,Cheter A. Demetrio, Julie Stokes, Vivian Tyapon, Joel Lavarro Ojeda, Atty.Bibs Bustamante).
4) 14 text messages (Judith Mayocyoc, Jean Marcaida,Ping Olivare, Manulife family, Reynard Saldana, Grace Tabujara, Joel Ojeda, Imee Ojeda family, Amelyn Ojeda, Jay-A Ojeda,Mitch Ojeda, JM Ojeda, Michael Anthony Ojeda, and Sister Margo)and 3 phone calls from my prince, my BFF Dearie and my parents (in the order of time of calls of the three most important people in my life!)
5) 1 material gift (wallet from my neighbor), 4 cakes and 3 greetings on the mail!
6)I literally did the 1 (Smile) 4 (Nap) 3 (Meditate) of Michael Moniz' 101 Simple Ways To Make Yourself Happy
7) My 38 Birthday means 1 Videoke and 43 singers who attended the small get-together (20 kiddos, 10 from church, 10 families and 3 neighbors).
8)A heartfelt 143 to those who greeted me well in advance on FB(Chito Zabala, Judith Mayocyoc, Leily Tumulak),and those who sent chats or email (Aries Leonor, PTB Claire Raborar, Mary Claire Tia, Ma. Theresa Baul, Racquel De Los Santos, Noel Sandoval,Carol Velasquez,George Ojeda, Milleth Maningas Rivera, Volet Leonor Abad, Atty.Vivian Mac, Elma Gaoat Toleda, and Jeremy Mass)
9)To complete my greeters, I appreciate and say 143 to the 4 girls who came for a post- birthday celebration (Jean Marcaida, Mary Claire Tia, Arlene Quirante and Jeniecris) and those who send belated birthday greetings on FB (Helen Soque Ucat McEntire, Juliet Vallejos, K.C.Hawkes, Ruth Jackson Evangelista, Helen Isernhagen, Atty. Robert "Obetsky Cool", Arlene Bautista Nebab, Aya Palillo, TravisJessica Golding, Atty.Ed Allan Lindain, Penny Eleazar, Glenda Rojas Belnas, Genalin Dichoso Flaminiano, Elma De Jesus Lungca, Atty. Jeanne Serrano, Emily Sofia Arteche, PTB Sol Victorioso, PTB Edelito Sangco and PTB Gael Hilotin)
10. And last but not the least, my most anticipated 143 Journeys was revealed on my big day! (I will keep it a secret for now until it happened!)