Twenty Two

Birthday candles
Birthdays are special, would you agree? There's something about them that's simply magical and extraordinary. The year that was was a roller coaster ride. There were uphill climbs that brought me to the horizon while there too were trips that sent me spiraling downhill to the ground. It was a lot of things both good and bad for which I am very thankful for. Last week I turned 22. It was the simplest birthday so far with no shenanigans and whatnots but it sure was one for the books! All I had was cake and good company and I couldn't ask for more.

Paris postcard
Two days before my birthday, Mister Postman delivered a mail straight from La Ville-Lumière! It was a postcard from my Tita Racquel. She went on a European trip with her husband and kids and was so thoughtful to have sent me this. You see, handwritten letters and notes always get me and this one was too precious my heart was filled with so much glee. Thinking that it came from Paris itself got me all giddy. I think I felt Parisian air brush my hair as I held the card in my hands. Plus, I was sick with cough and colds at the time (and fever the following night). Who knew I'd get some surprise happy pills? Merci beaucoup Tita!

Rose Paper Bouquet
Rose Paper Bouquet
Since it had to be a "stay at home" birthday no thanks to my runny nose and sore throat, my BFFs came to our house instead and brought me these uber cute paper rose bouquet! Yay!

This is Rea, my sweet tooth partner in crime to Butter+Love and Cafe Tiala. The paper rose bouquet is her signature DIY gift. I got a similar one last year. They were pink lilies!

This is Grace or Gracey as I like to call her. She taught me basic Photoshop back in high school. I owe her a lot for that!

Rambutan
Rambutan
Since our Rambutan tree bore some fruits, we decided to bring out our innate countryside skills and went to harvesting. Have you tasted Rambutan? If not then you should. It's divine!

I've actually known these two way back kindergarten thanks to our moms. You see our moms met while picking us up after class. They're best friends too. How cool is that? Chummy moms equals chummy daughters. Hoorah!

Dancing Lady Orchid
Another thing I love about my birthday month is the lovely blooms in our garden. You see I have this thing about walking and thinking and pondering with nature in my background being its usual lovely self. Birthdays are both a beginning and an end. It's the beginning of a new chapter, one that's full of surprises and adventures. At the same time it marks the end of another year of memories, learning and life. Birthdays are wonderful. They are magical. You don't necessarily have to host a big party. It doesn't have to be grand to be memorable. Having the right people to laugh with you and enjoy the day will more than suffice. I also have my mom to thank for preparing that yummy caldereta for lunch and my sister for surprising me with my favorite choco butternut munchkins. Thank you for feeding my ever growing food babies. LOL.

So how has your birthday been this year? 

38 comments:

Milly said...

Happy birthday! Looks like you had a super fun day!^_^ Just stumbled across your blog and can't wait to read more of your posts:)

Milly xx

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Vanilla Potter said...

Happy birthday! I'm glad you had a great day, despite your runny nose and sore throat! These flowers look very nice and those munchkins your sister made you sound delicious, you should have taken a photo of them too (unless you ate them in an instant, as I know I would!) :D I wholeheartedly agree about handwritten letters and notes, it really make you feel special when somebody takes a few minutes of their day to sit down and write you something. :)

Marie said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had an amazing time. Those paper flowers look gorgeous! Sounds like you have wonderful people in your life!

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Anne said...

Thanks you Milly! I did have loads of fun.

Anne said...

She didn't actually make them. She bought them but she knew that they were my favorite. You're right about them being gone at an instant. We can't help but eat them all up. No time for photos. Haha. :D

Anne said...

Thanks Marie! Yes I do. :)

Antonella_7694 said...

Amazing post! :)
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Emma McIlroy said...

Sometimes those stay at home birthdays are the best :)
Also, Paris is my dream city too, I think we need to go there together one day. :)
My birthday was so long ago I can barely remember it!

Anne said...

Thanks Antonella!

Anne said...

That would be awesome Emma! The thought itself excites me to no end! Oh and by the way, that last email you sent made me feel so loved. Thank you!

Yana said...

I hope you enjoyed your celebration Ate!!! Belated happiest birthday again!! <3

Anne said...

Thank you Yana! I've just ready your Candy Fair adventures. So cool!

andrea garcia said...

Happy b day! :) LOVELY BLOG

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Anne said...

Thank you Andrea!

Cielo said...

I just stumbled around to your blog, and I love the design. You take beautiful pictures! Happy birthday!


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Anne said...

Thank you Cielo! That means a lot. :)

Nathalie Alexandra said...

happy b'lated b'day !!
rambutan are just so good :)


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Anne said...

Thanks Natalie!

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Happy late bday :)

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Valentina Batrac said...

Lovely post,happy birthday.Hope your next one will be even better.Love your photos,wish I had a friend that is good with photography :)

Wanna follow each other on GFC and bloglovin? Or maybe some other social media too?!

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Anne said...

Thank you! :D

Anne said...

Thanks Valentina!

alionablog said...

So creative - would love it of you could check out my latest AW14 beauty post xo

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libys11 said...

happy birthday!!! the flower shots are lovely!! and i miss rambutan, hahah!

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Anne said...

Thanks Aliona!

Anne said...

I'm glad to know you did. Thank you!

Antonella_7694 said...

Love this post,it's soo nice :)
xoxo
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Antonella :)

Stephanie Eva said...

Happy belated birthday to you!! I love the pictures in this post, really well taken with lots of color. My favorite!


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Anne said...

Yay, that's good to know. Thank you Stephanie!

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday!
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Jade Lee Wright said...

Ah sounds like a wonderful birthday and that's such a lovely surprise from Paris!! :) Mmm feeling the air brush your hair! Loved that line! xx


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Anne said...

Thanks Tracy!

Anne said...

Thank you Jade! :)

Unnati said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you :) That rose bouquet is so cute! I have a Body Shop Haul over on my blog! Would love it if you could check it out LBD:
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Anne said...

It is! Thanks Unnati!

Jasmine Gagarin said...

better late than never!!!! Happy birthday, pretty ate!!!! =)

Anne said...

Never too late. Thanks ganda!

alionablog said...

You're welcome xo

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