Another year younger and happier

For those who have been reading my posts, you are more or less familiar of my dream to finally take a vacation leave on my birthday. Fortunately and unfortunately, I decided not to follow that dream. I reported for work and I am happy to say that it was a decision I will never regret.

I arrived at work late. Good thing I was blessed with a boss who is more concerned with quality output than punctuality. LOL I finished some works in the morning which mostly relates to teaching. Arrrgh to paper works! In the afternoon, another office invited me and my Boss to join their Christmas luncheon party.  We were so happy over some Chinese dishes, a videoke machine and the classic Christmas exchange gift.

A lot of offices in the workplace also had their respective Christmas parties on my birthday. In effect, everyone seems to be so happy, lively and pleasant on that day. No grouchy and pissed off faces for a day at work, the best birthday gift! Can we maintain this atmosphere everyday?

As my birthday treat to my few close colleagues turned friends, I ordered some boxes of pizza. And since there are Christmas parties everywhere, everyone seems to be so full. I have to force people to eat my pizza treat. LOL

Everything almost went well on my birthday except for some minor incident involving a gate crasher aka another case of insensitive colleague and a dissatisfied customer.   Modesty aside, I was able to handle and resolve the situation on my own. Phew!

The little stress faded away when I treated my few close friends for dinner.

 

Thank you Lord. Thank you for giving me another year to be happy.

A birthday dream

In a month, I will be turning YOUNGER again. LOL, a huge ouch for me.

I have spent my past birthdays at work ever since I became a corporate slave. This is contrary to what most of my friends usually do. My friends take a leave from work and pamper themselves for a day with their beloved ones. I’ve been fortunate to work with supervisors, who were not selfish in allowing their staff to take time off from work.  I also belong to a department that does not require a 24/7 operation so filing for a leave does not entail a month of permission and approval.

I know a lot of people might slap me for not taking advantage of the easy opportunity to temporarily escape work. Others have to pray and keep their fingers crossed for an approved day of leave. While others are begging for the opportunity, here I am throwing the privilege. Well, let’s admit it. Sometimes life has to be designed that way. We don’t really get the things we wanted. And though I am blessed with this opportunity, I for sure is least compensated in other aspects. A blooming lovelife and a promising career, if you both have them then treat me as your greatest envious enemy. LOL

My previous birthdays were happily monotonous. I get up early to report for work. Wear my new birthday clothes, treat my few colleagues  for merienda and have dinner with my few trusted friends at the workplace. Before I sleep, I check my email, Facebook and inbox and thank those people who took time to greet me. Though I don’t really enjoy too much attention, it’s good to once in a while know that people still remember me.

Over the past days, I found myself contemplating on how could I make my succeeding birthdays more meaningful and memorable. While I always look forward and enjoy the company of my few trusted friends, I had this idea of breaking this old but cherished birthday celebration.

On my next birthdays, I suddenly wanted a vacation leave. I wanted an escape from the city. My dream is to spend a day in a quiet and peaceful place. I wanted to be close to nature. I want to experience a breathtaking view of the mountain with a body of water surrounding it. I wanted to sleep in a small and comfortable cottage that provides me a view of every beautiful element of the nature.

I wanted to spent the eve of my birthday to this beautiful place. I will wake up watching the sun rise and feeling the refreshing morning breeze. Have a sumptuous healthy breakfast in a terrace that provides a fantastic view of the water. I will take a walk along the shore and later cocoon to a relaxing log cabin. I will be served with a seafood lunch with fresh fruits for dessert. I will waste my entire afternoon reading books and enjoying the view of the nature. In the evening, I’ll have dinner by the lake and perhaps treat myself to a relaxing spa.

The closest place I can identify my dream birthday would be in Tagaytay, particularly at Tagaytay Highlands (which remains as a dream), Club Balai Isabel or any place near the Taal Lake.

Yes I know there are more beautiful places in the Philippines other than Tagaytay, but for some reason I just fell in love with this place. A relaxing vacation to Tagaytay on my day, either by myself or with some special people in my life would really be a great birthday treat.

While some of my friends spend birthdays drinking and partying the night away, my preference is an extreme diversion. All I wanted for my birthday is silence, rest and nature. Is my behavior normal? Or perhaps, my preferences seem to change because of the simple reason that I am gradually and painfully entering old age?

Day 2 – Moving on

I’m now in my new workstation. We transferred to another office and my new space is a way bigger. These are simple things that really make me happy.. 🙂 Back to yesterday, I’m still coping from my intimidating experience. Hopefully, the pressure of the tasks coming in the office will make me forget yesterday. You see, sometimes a burden of workload is a blessing too. It makes no difference from getting drunk and temporarily forgetting a bad day, heartache or frustration.

Yesterday gave me second thoughts of going back to school. I was suddenly thinking of pursuing a degree in Productivity and Quality Management. The monetary aspect as always hinders my intention. Aside from money issues, time is another concern. I don’t know if I can still manage teaching and studying at the same time.

But if I will be given a scholarship or grant, I might think twice. There’s a high possibility that I will take the opportunity despite the tightness of my schedule. It’s not everyday that this kind of blessing comes.

Today is my mother’s birthday. As I am writing this post, I felt so selfish for ranting about my life. I should be honoring the person who gave me my life.  Like her ordinary day, Nanay is at home, taking care of my special brother and spending the day with my dad.

In my family, birthdays are almost like an ordinary day. How I wish I would be able to do something special for her.  Perhaps, a vacation in a nice and quiet place like Tagaytay will do. Problem is I am quite short of budget these days. It’s still vacation so I don’t have additional earning from teaching. Though I bought her a nice blouse as a gift, I know that’s  not enough to make her feel special.

Happy Birthday Nanay! She may not be able to read this but deep in my heart I am thankful for all the sacrifices and lessons you gave me. You were the only person who stayed with me from the first day of my life. I look forward on spending more years with you and Daddy. Whenever my spirits are down, I would always think of you and all the countless sacrifices you endured  for me. You will always be one of the reasons why I continue to live and pursue this life.