Hello birth month!
It may surprise you to know that up to now, the word “September” still stirs excitement in me. I guess I’m still like a kid in that aspect. This year though, I’m not looking forward to anything special. I feel like my birthday this year would be some sort of a blah birthday.
On my 30th birthday two years ago, Randy gave me my first personal car (I’m so embarrassed to admit it but up to now I still don’t have a freaking driver’s license!!! I already know how to drive but because of things that I’ll divulge later, i.e., when I already have my license) and several of my friends attended my 30th birthday “party”. It was really simple, but I was still happy with how that birthday turned out.
Hong Kong fun and thrill on my actual birthday
Then last year on my 31st, we were in Hong Kong. In “the happiest place on Earth” for a kid (and me), no less. Despite all the kamalasan I experienced a few days before my birthday, that trip was one for the books because I just loved being in Disneyland!
Tinker Bell was so cute and pretty!
Oh wait. May naalala akong kamalasan. My birthday was our second day in Disneyland and last day in Hong Kong. Our flight was in the evening, that’s why we still got several hours touring Disneyland. On our way to check-in, I was held by the airport security. It seemed that the baggage X-ray caught something in my bag. They checked my bag very thoroughly and found nothing. Then they X-rayed my bag again and checked again. They kalkal-ed my make-up kit and when I brough out my teensy-weensy eyebrow tweezer I sighed with relief that it could be the problem—after all, it’s metallic and slightly sharp. I was ready to have it confiscated. But noooo—airport security said that wasn’t it. They X-rayed and kalkal-ed my bag again and again and I swear kinabahan na ako. Although I know I am no terrorist or smuggler or drug mule, what if nasalisihan ang bag ko ‘di ba? My gahd, Randy and I were so scared. Baka mamaya asa death row na ako sa Hong Kong!!! So guys remember to be careful of your belongings especially when travelling. It’s not impossible for bad men put their stuff in your bag ‘di ba? But after the nth time they went through my bag and found nothing, they let me go. Finally. Wheeeeeeew!
Touching post-birthday celebration
When we arrived in the Philippines, everything went back to normal, except for the preparations made for Motherhood’s 2nd citizenship (you know, her becoming a Senior Citizen along with being a Filipino Citizen. Hehe) celebration.
After Motherhood’s party, I thought that was it. And then one lazy, fine evening, Randy told me to dungaw from our window.
It’s the Brain Train teachers serenading me, with matching candle formation pa! I forgot what they singing, but I remember that after their song they all shouted, “We love you Ma’am Dew!” I was grinning like a Cheshire cat that night because of happiness, but now that I’m remembering it I’m teary-eyed.
After their “presentation”, I was even more surprised with what they had in store for me: everyone chipped in to bring my favorite cheapipay dishes! My true blue favorite foods!
lumpia and siomai
Alam ko “brand ambassador” kuno ako ng Shakey’s but I’ve made no bones that my favorites at Shakey’s are its chicken, mojos and other dishes and that it’s Raviv and Randy who love Shakey’s pizzas…kasi ako, ‘yung mga cheapanggang pizza like Lotsa Pizza ang bet ko. Bow!
There was also isaw (from my favorite—Ferd’s Grill!) and J. Co donuts (kasi sosyal din naman ako kahit papa’no). And Mom also brought lechon de leche straight from Davao.
Kaya pala! I somehow knew something was up because a few days earlier while Randy was bathing, Mom called on his phone. I answered but she insisted she needed to talk to Randy. And Mom also asked for Irvin’s phone number. Fishy-fishy!!!
Then it didn’t end there—this lot gave me one of the best gifts I have ever received: it’s like a love calendar. They transformed an ordinary calendar into something extraordinary—each page had a picture of me and a touching message from the Brain Train teachers whom I loved with all my heart.
Then ever the thespians they are, they read the messages one-by-one, acting as though they were the person who gave the message.
“The” Sargei Azurin
“The” Albert Valencia Para Sa Masa
And ngayon ko lang ito napanood, pero napangiti uli ako ng asawa ko:
This happened almost a year ago. Remembering it is bittersweet.
Bitter, because our “migration” to Sta. Rosa to seek greener pastures pulled us away from these dear people whom I miss every so often. I just miss the days when any one of them would plop in our house para makikain, maki-internet, makipanood, makitulog o makitambay.
Sweet, because I realize that I am loved despite my bluntness and my mood swings.
Hahahay. On my birthday, I expect nothing phenomenal would happen. It will just be an ordinary Friday (when one of our Nursery 2 students would celebrate his birthday at school). Then the following day would be another grueling day teaching sixth graders. But when loneliness kicks in, I’ll just reread this blog entry and reread the “Why Do We Love Dew” calendar these dear people gave me. That will definitely cheer me up. 🙂
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