I’m officially “LATE 20’s”

The oldest I’ve ever been & the youngest I’ll ever be again!

Cheers for never growing up!

You remember that catchy line from The Chainsmoker’s “Closer” song,

“We are never getting older?”

Yes, because we are indeed never getting older. We never really grow up, we just learn how the world works and blend in.

Another year has passed and another number added to my age. But so what? We live by memories, making differences, overcoming disappointments, and getting through rough heartbreaks. Age is just a number and it does not define who you are and what you are as a person.

I wrote this blog to share what keeps me going & a photo diary of my birthday celebration at the end!

I’m officially in my “late 20’s” now as my brother would say. Oh well, like I said, age is just a number!

So many things have happened for that past year. I left my work as an international flight attendant, I got new print & video advertisements, my boyfriend left for the United States of America for his career (yea, long distance relationship for the win! lol), I flew to the United States of America, toured and stayed there for 2 months and got to know their culture and way of living. Time flies indeed when you’re preoccupied with a lot of things.

As I look back, no matter how good or bad life gets, no matter how long your endeavors are, what matters most is all about how you handle it, how to look at things in a bigger perspective without being shallow and selfish, and most of all, accepting that nothing is permanent in this world except our Sovereign Lord.

Life, like any other recipe, is made of sugar and spice. The sugar of life is being able to experience the thrills and excitement of being alive. The spice of life is that sometimes you have to deal with the people, things and situations that change as quick as the sun sneaks out after a rain.

One moment you’re full of smiles, and the next, you’re in tears.

As a human being, accepting changes in our lives is not an easy process. Not all people could tolerate change but no matter what happens, win or lose, for me, life goes on. Why? Because not all things that come my way are for me. I have to be knowledgeable enough to know what’s right for me and what’s not. Some are meant to break me while some are meant to make me. Life is a circle full of ups and downs. Sometimes you’re at the top, sometimes you’re at the bottom. You must always remind yourself that no matter how good or bad it is you’re going through, you’ll always make it through for there’s no challenge that we cannot handle.

I learned to embrace the changes in my life just as how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. A long and grueling process but eventually worth it in the end.

Another thing I realized is that no matter how fast it is, my life goes on. No matter how many obstacles I face along the way, my life goes on. The only one that I can trust and run to is the one who watches me from above, our Almighty God who sits in the throne and to continually trust Him and His purpose.

Don’t give up because God will never give up on you.

Every single day I breathe the air of this borrowed world, I remember that life isn’t about how long I spend my life here on earth but rather, what I did while I am still living. Living life isn’t merely molding yourself into someone you have dreamed of, it should also create a positive impact with everyone and everything you encounter as you conquer the road you chose to take; that’s what I’m trying to work on.

Like a construction site, we are all a “work in progress”, God is still working in our lives. Just don’t live on WHAT makes you but live for WHO made you.

Now, enough with all my realizations and life talks.

As promised, I will be sharing some photos of how I celebrated the day of my birth this year. Nothing much but as long as I get to celebrate it with my loved ones, it’s always one for the books.I want to start this off with the “Happy Birthday” song that was sung at 12:00am of September 13 by my family and household as they came in the room (while I was talking to my boyfriend, Gabby) with a very pretty Unicorn cake by SweetKiss Custom Cakes and an “ANGEL” cake topper by on instagram.

To be honest, the only thing that keeps us from being surprised every midnight of our birthday is anticipating the type of cake they’re going to give due to the fact that we never miss anyone’s midnight surprise in the family.

So, whenever our birthday comes, we just wait for that 12 midnight tick on the clock and start expecting who’s going to be there because if you don’t know me that well, here’s a little background: my parents and second sister live in our province, my eldest sister is married so she lives in a different house here in Manila, and my brothers are busy with their businesses in Cebu and Zamboanga.

To put it simply, that makes me alone in our house in Manila. haha! 

A Family that celebrates together stays together.

In every occasion, we do our best to be complete but the most important thing is, we make sure that no matter the distance nor the absence, we always remind each other that we got each other’s back and we love each other so dearly. I’m just very blessed with my family, all thanks to the Lord.

So usually, to celebrate our birthdays, we have our family lunch or dinner. For this year, I decided to have a birthday dinner at HEAT, EDSA Shangri-La since I love buffets (only in special occasions, of course) haha! Well, specifically the dessert buffet!

It’s not my first time in this restaurant so I am eager to come back for the sumptuous food and the the desserts that are waiting for me! lol.

I always celebrate my birthday with my family, I was raised being taught the value of family, that they come first after God. We may not be a perfect family but the respect and love towards each other always prevails.

I was glad we were almost complete during my birthday dinner. I’m just hoping that I can easily insert my boyfriend, Gabby, here who is currently in the US, my sister Kat and her fiancé, Rejhi.

Nonetheless, I had another family birthday dinner celebration to remember!
And of course, I wouldn’t forget to throw something small for my closest friends (although, some didn’t make it).

I threw a mini slumber party at Okada Manila which I think was really made for me (because of the pink motif of the room, ofcourse, which was worth mentioning)!

Let’s just say we added more pink to it with the help of my friends. We did all of the pumping and sticking of the balloons. They also took my photos and brought food.

Seriously, What would I do without them?! They’re so awesome!

As I grew up, I realized that my circle decreases in size, but increases in value. I am very blessed to have friends that are true and never wear a mask, who hears me even if I don’t say a word  and that even if we’re apart for the longest time, maybe in distance, we are never apart in heart.

That feeling of finding friends with the same mental disorder, totally PRICELESS!

I have so much photos I would love to share but these are the best ones for me. You can check my Facebook albums for complete photo ops! haha!

So there, thank you for reading this personal blog of mine. I hope you learned something from it, too!

Please don’t forget to comment down below and let me know what you think about this blog.

xoxo, Angeline