The Birthday Surprise

October 2003.

I rendered overtime with my bestfriend. I wanted to forget that that day was my birthday. I could have went home to my family and celebrate there but I chose to stay at work and just let the day pass.

You texted me a birthday greeting. Tears fell down my face. Just a month ago, you transferred to the big city to start a new career. I was left by myself and I felt so alone.

You said that you have a package wrapped in pink. I was anticipating that it was a ring.

“If you want her, put a ring on it!” I could hear Beyonce’s words.

You texted to ask where I was. I said that I intend to go home very late.

You said that I should not be working late on my birthday.

And advised me to just have dinner with my bestfriend.

Alma and I were walking when somebody put an arm around my shoulder.

My first reaction was to fight; Alma was just as equally shocked.

Then Alma’s reaction shifted from fear to joy.

It was you, yes you, clad in pink!

You kissed me and said “Happy birthday!”

It was the best birthday surprise of my life!

Years later, you broke my heart and we parted ways.

Yet that birthday surprise is still in my memory.

Thank you for this memory, it is worth remembering.

Thank you for loving me before!




My Son’s 7th Birthday

One and a half months from now, my son will turn 7. I am torn between giving him a celebration with his friends in our domicile or take the opportunity of doing it in the province in the presence of my relatives and friends there.

One of the purpose of delaying our transfer to our new house is to let my Adi enjoy his 7th year with our neighbors. I’ve been staying in this apartment for 10 years and I have come to love our neighbors like a relative. However, the neighbor next door plans to do her son’s 7th birthday celebration on Adi’s birthday because of schedule constraint. Because of this, her worry is we won’t be there for her son’s birthday celebration and vice versa, they won’t be there for Adi’s birthday, as well. I intend to simplify Adi’s birthday by doing it somewhere.

I told my neighbor that should her decision about celebrating her son’s birthday on the same day with Adi is final, it’s fine and she should just enjoy.

My 7th birthday was just a simple celebration at home with my friends and family. There were just around 35 of us then. It was simple yet intimate and I still remember it to this day. I want a similar one for Adi.

Sometimes, I feel guilty for not being a party person enough. A thing like this would have been a piece of cake had I have that gift of organizing events. That is why I consider my family my comfort zone. They would never complain wherever and whatever our celebration would be. How I wish that my mother were still alive so that she would be the one to supervise and plan everything!

Anyway, I decided to create an initial guest list and my target attendees is 100. I hope that my son will have a wonderful 7th year.

Adi’s Mickey Party

Adi turned one last September 10. Miel and I made sure that his 1st birthday would be memorable. We organized a Mickey Mouse theme for his birthday party:

1. Adi’s Mickey Mouse ears (headband with large ears)
2. Adi’s Mickey shirt- printed at the mall
3. Mickey balloons
4. Mickey Park c/o Goldilocks
5. Mickey lootbag
6. Mickey candies

We had spaghetti and carbonara for pasta lovers and five different viands to choose from for rice lovers. We had eight gallons of ice cream and pink cotton candies; even passers-by could have one. I wanted an atmosphere of a disney park; or something close to a real park. I think we achieved that effect in Adi’s party. I was planning to borrow my landlady’s see-saw and swing to complete the effect but I realized that some of the kids were too young for that.

I didn’t expect some of the guests and it felt good to see people coming for Adi’s special day.

Happy birthday, Adi! Mommy loves you very much!