“25 years and my life is still. Trying to get up that great big hill of hope, for a destination…” ~ 4 Non-Blondes
I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with this undying song. It got stucked in my head when I heard it from one local radio station, weeks before my silver year celebration. And it kept on playing, and playing in my mind. Not just a simple LSS.
The song made me think and reflect: “Which direction is my life going to right now? Does it really have a direction? Is it really getting somewhere?”. I whispered to myself: “Damn”.
Was it a nice by-line? Let’s get to the lighter side of my 25th year of existence…I was in the office, working and pissed, instead of strolling in the mall or watching a movie. Unfortunately, my VL wasn’t approved, and I was uber busy. Nevertheless, I still had a great and simple celebration.
Days before my birthday, I got a very unexpected gift from Pats. I was overwhelmed, really, and extremely happy. Ganto ka-happy oh… (kita mo?) I had a surprise for her that day, but it was nothing compared to her surprise for me. ^_^
Moving on. To celebrate my birthday, I have pre-selected a number of people to treat for lunch. Parang ano lang…ayun pre-select, di ko maisip ^_^” I have established this simple, personal rule which qualifies people to my to-treat list. Last year, it was Kristin, Em, and Pats, who were able to satisfy that, and earned themselves a lunch at Jogoya. This year, there were quite plenty of them.
We had lunch at New Paris in SS2, the only resto (here in PJ) I’ve been into that serves Crispy Pata. Oh boy, how I miss the Philippines. We ordered several dishes, those which we knew tastes good, and the tab was on me.
Pats, who never failed to make me happy and feel “de-stressed”, ordered a box of cupcakes with nice and colorful designs – aside from the fact that they taste good, and served it as dessert.
Later that night, after scramming off the office, Pats asked me where I wanted to go. I actually wanted to go to MidValley to buy the pair of chucks from Converse that we saw when we went there days ago: Retail Therapy for the Stressed Soul. But then again, Pats had another plan for me.
We went to this restaurant in Bukit Damansara, named Checkers, and had a nice and sinful dinner. With Zari, Tonette, and Jules, the five of us enjoyed the night with steaks and pasta, and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon – which Pats also prepared (along with a birthday card. Correction: a music-playing, holographic, and ipod-looking birthday card). The food was great, though I liked Pats’ order than mine. Nevertheless, I was satisfied. The place though is quite hard to reach, by taxi (or by any other public transpo), as it’s inside a subdivision.
Props to uncle Sam for being so accommodating and for allowing us to stay ’till 11pm – an hour of OT. Oh, and for singing Happy Birthday. Cheers! I’m hoping to be able to get back there and try the ribs, the price is quite scary though.
Thanks to everyone who remembered and those who greeted. Thanks to those who bothered to join me for lunch and dinner. Thanks to Inay Tonette for the gift. And most of all, thanks to you Pats for everything. You really made my day. 🙂
I initially thought that this day was going to be another stressful and normal day for me. But, I was wrong.
One thing that I’m sure of right now…I’m happy. I really am. 🙂
Photos courtesy of Buddee.