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Mom had her 92nd birthday yesterday. We had a simple lunch but we forgot to order a birthday cake early. Just ordered some food online because I just prepared a kilo of spaghetti. As always, anything new to her taste is always yummy.

Compared to years ago, she no longer remembers it was her birthday. She made me write her date of birth on a piece of paper and she doesn’t even know that it is now 2021. Her mind is focused on when she turned 88 years old. So if you ask how old she is, she always says 88…haha.

I took a few shots. She didn’t even want to pose in front of a camera. Reluctant smile 🙂

I am grateful that despite her age, she’s healthy. Thank you Lord for another year of blessing for my mom. I posted another photo on Facebook featuring the two of us and it garnered a lot of likes and 274 birthday wishes and greetings. What a joy🎂🌻🧁

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If you’re wondering about the title, it just means, “Happy Birthday Brother”.

This is my youngest brother Noel. BTW, there are three of them and I am the only girl. They live in Tulsa. We get by thru Messenger and Viber catching up on each other’s lives. Today is his 57th birthday.

I told him in jest if he could cook Tupig for me, a native delicacy in our province. When it comes to dessert, he is a better cook than I am and he knows how to prepare our native desserts. He is the most loving, thoughtful and responsible brother. He is very supportive of my writings, a memory keeper, he has all the pictures of the earlier years. He is a computer whiz, assembled our first PC back in the mid-nineties bit by bit. He would bring home materials for the CPU and assemble them at night. When Multiply closed shop, he saved all my published photos there.

Happy birthday bro. May you have the best of birthdays despite this pandemic. Keep safe always. We miss all of you.

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It was a quiet quarantine birthday.  We just ordered food at home for lunch and dinner. I’ve missed Nissa’s family though. I was busy almost the whole day answering comments and greetings on Facebook and a couple of long-distance calls to boot.

I enjoyed reading all their messages. I guess that is how a quarantine birthday is celebrated. Since we can’t all go out, we just decided to stay at home.  I got a lovely surprise when someone called that he was at our gate, he greeted me a happy birthday first before delivering a big box from flowerstore.ph – a gift from Nissa. Wow! Took shots of how the day went.  It is quite touching to see  Mum smiling and lovingly touching those lovely blooms. She just love flowers.

Wohoo, that’s me at 64!

Look at the white hairs. I haven’t been to David’s for almost eight months now.

A boodle “bilao” (a big tray)complete with sisig, barbeque, tapa, fried chicken, chicken inasal and lumpiang shanghai plus a kilo of ready to fry veggie lumpia.

A birthday cake from Red Ribbon, a gift from Josef and Jovy.

Making a wish? Just for good health always!

Sunburst! A beautiful, cheery bouquet of two toned violet mums, pink carnations and a sunflower.

It came with this lovely birthday balloon.

Those carnations and mums are just so lovely.

How they look in our sala. I noticed the leaves that look like cuttings from Gardenia. Can’t wait to plant them soon.

So that’s how the day went. Glad to be 64 at last.

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For Nissa, this is a precious gift from her unico hijo.  Nate always ends up his greeting with “you’re the best”…. 🙂

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Nissa sent me some photos which they took last night. I was so happy to see them happy too. So glad she enjoyed her birthday even without us around.

With Nate, the ever-loving son. We had a video chat last night.

 

The loving family. I think Obet is older by 8 years.

 

They ordered Samgyupsal, grilled pork with all those side dishes. It’s a Korean cuisine. Notice the grill pan in the middle.

 

And the birthday cake of course.

I really wished we were there if not for this pandemic….haha 🙂

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She calls this her birthday selfie which was taken a while ago.  Cheers to 38 years.

Thank  You Lord for all Your blessings. It’s another year –  more memories to hold, more dreams to discover and more lovely experiences to treasure.

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Took these shots a while ago. We had an early dinner, some sort of late lunch too. Another birthday to remember. I just wished that Nissa’s family was here with us.

the birthday boy at 36

Of course, Oreo wouldn’t be left behind.

Siomai

KFC fried chicken sent by Nissa via Grab.

A tray of Lumpiang Shanghai, Lechon Kawali and Embutido

Pancit Malabon

Pusit Sisig

We have a dessert of Carrot cake

and Tiramisu

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Yesterday was a quiet, oh so quiet birthday celebration for mom. Come to think of it, she didn’t even know it was her birthday so I had to remind her. She even asked how old she is now. 91 I think is a great age. There is a saying that says that when you reached 80, you are doubly blessed.  I agree.  Those reaching this age have  probably enjoyed life fully. Still standing tall with occasional pain in the joints, frequent forgetfulness that needs reminding now and then.

I cooked Ziti pasta for mom and ordered 6 rolls of embutido online, left-over bibingka for dessert, Tang apple juice for drinks.  Josef went to Mercury Drugstore yesterday to buy medicines for us. There was a long line of customers, he waited for two hours. My online order of Vitamin C capsules arrived today. It will tide us over for the next two to three months.

I am reminded of those  doctors we have lost, specialists in their own fields, at the prime of their lives and careers. They lost to this virus while saving more lives in the process.  It’s only now that this government is getting  focused in this pandemic. It would be a hard decision for them if they will lift this lockdown or not. Prolong it and so many people will get hungry. Many live on day to day basis relying on food packs from the government. Some breadwinners of the family lost their job at the beginning of the lockdown. Prolong it and the economy will suffer too. Lift it and more people would go out  while our hospitals are still full to the brim. Our frontliners are overworked  and some are underpaid. Mass testing is ongoing but it hasn’t made a dent yet on the number of people infected.  The curve hasn’t flattened yet so to speak. Statistics is still rising. What more if those who are in their homes now would go back to their supposedly “normal” activities and they get infected, we lack facilities to accommodate them.

Not all Filipinos  stand to benefit on the Social Amelioration Program of the government,  emergency subsidies to help the people cope with the effects of COVID-19. There are more exceptions than those qualified to receive it. Even seniors like us are exempted with the government saying that we have our monthly pension. Some sectors are sadly neglected.

Here’s my simple prayer for everyone: Lord, help us to hang on no matter what storms tomorrow brings.

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I did enjoy it.

Though it was just a simple lunch with my kids, Mommy and Jovy. I wish I could upload my birthday video here which Nissa took yesterday. I am sharing some photos instead.

Ah Oreo, you are part of the family

 

With Mom, she’s 90 years old.

 

Our group photo sans Jovy.

 

The boy with the missing tooth.

 

Josef and Jovy with Oreo of course.

Since pets are not allowed inside the restaurant, one of the waiters fixed our tables just outside the door.

Oh and yes, Nissa brought home a bagful of gifts some of which were given by my niece Liza.

I have refrigerator magnets and key rings again with lots of chocolates, a lovely blouse, condiments for Singaporean dishes,a big bottle of Neutrogena facial wash, Hainanese Kaya Spread With honey. Kaya is a sweet creamy coconut spread made from coconut milk, eggs, and are flavored with pandan leaf and sweetened with honey, Laksa and Tom Yam noodles.

And the highlight of course is purchasing a brand new Samsung phone, Samsung a20s which was newly launched last September 2019.  And I won’t have to add a memory card. It has a 64 GB memory /4GB RAM. a triple camera (13MP, 8MP and 5MP)…lovely

Samsung A20S

It is always a joy to spend an important occasion with the family no matter how simple it is.

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Let me see, I’ll be turning 63 in a few hours. Another milestone to reach, more dreams to uphold.

I have always said before that celebrating a birthday is like waiting for New Year to arrive.

The past year has been a quiet one, just the way I like it. I was overjoyed discovering new authors and new books. Yes, give me a book anytime, and I’m in 7th heaven.

Thank you Lord for the gift of life.

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