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Archive for October 26th, 2011


Don’t be fooled by the blog title, that reads, it’s the day or night before my birthday, whichever part of the globe you are right now.  Anyway, what I mean is , I consider birthdays as new years in our lives because we begin counting another year right on our birthday. What could be more fitting than to celebrate birthdays anticipating another fruitful, blessed and happy and joyous  year ahead.

I’ve received lovely thoughts and greetings from my friends at Facebook, some say they could not wait to greet me, hence the advance birthday wishes. They made me teary-eyed and made my heart swell with joy and pride that these people remember an important day for me. Why do I get a little sentimental and nostalgic for every birthday in my life? This morning, my mom was singing happy birthday while pushing a P500.00 peso bill in my hands. I laughed and she said, “buy a cake and blow  a candle tomorrow.”  I guess I am too old blowing candles and making wishes, but yes, they do make the occasion happier. Can I celebrate it without spending time in the kitchen and laboring over the hot stove to prepare a birthday dinner?  My kids always ask the same question every year, “What’s for birthday dinner Ma?” I don’t want to disappoint them so no matter how I sometimes loath cooking on my special day, I have to prepare something for the whole family.

Nissa told me to attend the book signing of Nicholas Sparks at The Podium on the 28th of October. If you regularly read my blogs, I said earlier that I saw his latest book which will be launched  on that day and he is here in the Philippines for the book signing. Nissa said she’ll buy the book and I have to be there earlier than those who will be qualified to attend (you see, if you buy a copy, you’ll be given a raffle coupon and will have the chance to be counted  for the 650 fifty guests for the book signing). But if you’re there early, you’ll also have the chance to get in without the winning raffle ticket in your hand. Frankly though, I don’t relish the idea of waiting for five hours just to have a book signed, if it’s Richard Paul Evans, I probably would. Nissa bought all my books of Nicholas Sparks and gave them to me as birthday gifts or as Christmas gifts. I am blessed to have a daughter who is a bookworm like me because I won’t need to say, buy that book for me since she herself collects certain authors that I like. It’s one thing we do appreciate doing together, buying and hoarding books.

A few more hours to go before I’ll be officially turning 55. Ancient? Maybe. I don’t feel my age  though because I don’t think of it as getting older. Getting wiser would be more like it.

So it’s new year’s eve…another year to remember and another year to look forward to. Thank you Lord for the blessings you have continuously bestowed on me and my family.

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