It’s Not Even My Birthday



I was given a gift: the gift of friendship with people whom I value and respect. I cannot believe the journey I have been on and I cannot be any more grateful for everything I have learned from all these people.

Are you the type of person that feels bad when you can’t do more for other people? I have a hard time saying no. I feel bad when I cannot help more than I already have. I take responsibility for a lot of things that I really shouldn’t. How do you find to balance between being nice and not getting abused? Sometimes we give so much of ourselves not realizing that we are being taken for granted.

On the other hand, we are blessed with people who value us, people who help us see our worth. On Saturday, I gave my friend S a makeover as a present for her birthday. She has always shown such positive energy. You know how much I love being around people that I find inspiring. S is one of them. She showed me that you can do anything you want, with determination, patience, and a strong will. She and I are not very close, but there’s something about her that makes you just want to be around her. She doesn’t show insecurity. She is honest. She handles petty misunderstandings with maturity. She values her friendships. She knows her weaknesses and she is not afraid to admit them. She is humble, most of all.


I was going to take a different approach to this entry until she wrote an email to her friends to show appreciation for her beautiful birthday weekend. Some people feel entitled when it’s their birthday (ahem! *hands raised*), but she wasn’t a diva at all. She was so humbled by all the people who spent time with her and was so genuinely thankful to everyone that made her weekend special. I personally  have never received an honest email from anyone expressing how I contributed in making them happy. It made me think about what I have and how grateful I am for that.



So here’s my thank you to my God and the universe:

Mikey, thank you for being an awesome man to me and our boys. I am so happy I found you. You are the love of my life. My Cedrick, my Yes, you are such a blessing to me. My life would never have been this crazy beautiful without you. I had no business having you at 17, but you are a testament to a mother’s love. To my family that I love to love, I will always be grateful for all the hardships and successes we have gone through together: from 1 o’clock a.m. igib ng tubig and no electricity to uprooting ourselves and pursuing our dreams. To my best friends that helped me grow up to be a good person, your love, over land and over seas, will always warm my heart. To my new friends in my new home, I am so glad I met real people that I can keep close to my heart. And you, whoever you are reading my posts, thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.

I am happy. So very happy.



  1. Bobbi Brown Foundation Skin Foundation 6
  2. Bobbi Brown Sheer Pressed Powder in Basic Brown
  3. Ben Nye Loose Powder in Banana
  4. Eyeshadows from Mac – in an orange metallic tone, copper and espresso for depth, and yellow gold for highlight
  5. Mac Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering
  6. BH Cosmetics blush in a dark plum color
  7. S’s own clear lipgloss (Philosophy, if I remember correctly)
  8. Tarte Gold bronzer for highlighting
  9. Wet N Wild Black Gel eyeliner
  10. They’re Real Benefit Mascara




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