I have this new belief now. I have to celebrate my birthday or any major occasion or else my life would suck.
Yeah I know. Sounds crazy. But I have a couple of incidences wherein this happened.
When I graduated from college, we just went out to eat to celebrate, in my favorite restaurant, in Spices in Peninsula Manila. Of course, like everyone else in my class (or the graduating class of 2006) I also started sending away my resume. Two months passed and I can’t seem to find a job I like. I might get accepted in a hotel but I’m not ok with for example salary, working hours, benefits etc… So nothing fits…
Then for some reason I decided to celebrate my graduation by cooking and baking… ( I’m not sure if I really cooked to celebrate or I was just justifying my cooking for no reason)… So I cooked a few dishes then I got a job I liked.
Then last year, I was in Singapore for my birthday. We just ate out with a friend. Turned out this year is a big blah.
My birthday dinner last year.
So never again.
This time I made some effort in planning and preparing the food. I don’t want us to celebrate in a malls (so usual) and it’s just not what I’m “feeling” this time around. I want it to be a family event. That even my Mom and my cousin, Auntie, and my niece and nephew will enjoy too not just the celebrant. So either go swimming in Subic or Batangas. Such an out of town event for sure is pricey. So I thought of having an outdoor with Tagaytay’s cool breeze.
I went there last July, on a weekday. I like it that it’s not crowded. And I saw some new attractions there. So decided to come back.
I invited my Auntie and my cousin and her two kids… Just a very small event, just family. My Dad is abroad, my Nanay is too far, and on and on. So just us. I guess the more intimate the better.
So the night before my birthday they came over.
I’m not used to having kids around anymore. I realized I missed having kids roaming around, hearing their voices, just their mere presence livens up the house.
Here are my guests.
This is my niece Pia. She’s 14 months old. I guess she’s getting dizzy here hehehe….
And behind her is her older brother Vincent…
She’s so cute! She’s so tiny, and yet eats a lot. Everytime you intend to feed her something, she will open her mouth so wide… So cute! She’s so tiny but she can run already. She’s smart too. She knows how to wear her slippers. So malambing pa.
Her Lola, my Auntie was telling me and my Mom that Pia took a trait from me, she also climbs stairs and windows that make them nervous, like I how I was when I was Pia’s age.
Oh gosh, I’m so obvious, I can’t deny I have favoritism here heehehhe…..
My cousin and aunt’s photos I’ll post next. And of course Mommy and I hehheh….
Because all of us love Jolibee’s spaghetti, I cooked that too.
After it was cooked, all of us can’t wait to have some.
I marinate the chicken wings in a marinade I invented hehehh…. I was too lazy to search for one… Just instincts… When it smelled great I got a bit calm hehehh….
Then I prepared the salsa for the Bangus‘ tummy, so it acts as the marinade too.
Then I baked my own cake. I decided it will be mocha cake. It’s my favorite….
My home made mocha chiffon cake with no melt butter icing…..
So the next day off we go to Tagaytay.