Birthday Reflections

It’s my birthday today! And it’s my biggest “celebration” in a while. We’re not really big on birthdays, you see. In previous years, we just have dinner, just our little family of three; sometimes, we are joined by a handful of friends. It was always small, cozy, intimate, nothing grand.

This time, our family’s spending it in sunny Cebu. 😎 This is my first time to be out of town for my birthday. Though technically, it’s not a vacation coz we’re here for a conference. But any break from my usual routine is very much welcome. 🙂 At the least, I don’t have to worry about making the bed. 😛

bday pic
This was at the breakfast buffet. My friends’ told the servers that it was my birthday, so I got subjected to the customary “flash mob” singing. Quite embarrassing really. ^_^;;
elmo bday cake
It was actually the little boy who enjoyed himself more while the staff were singing. 😛

While in Cebu, we met up with Terci’s relatives who are now based here. Also met up with one of my longest friends from high school, Rita. We never really lost touch thanks to technology, but it’s still different and much much better to catch up in person. 🙂

On the whole, it was a wonderful day. And a better year even. There are still the little things I am wishing for, and the bigger things I AM PRAYING FOR. But it’s been a better year thus far (compared to 2016 which was very tiring and discouraging! @_@). I feel that I have got a renewed sense of Faith and purpose and gratitude. I hope things continue feeling being this way for a very long time.





It’s a Small World After All

Received an email from one of my blogger friends (BF) asking if I knew Blogger X IRL. Blogger X was a former classmate and a good friend. Apparently, he is the brother of BF’s batchmate at work.

Such discoveries on connections and relations never cease to amuse me. I look at my Facebook feed, and while some relationships are borne out of school or work or geography, it’s surprising to see friends with whom I connected with at different episodes in my life, themselves collide at certain points of their lives. 😉 The Internet and social media has made us more interconnected than ever. Although some of my notable “connections” are actually outside of social media. 😉

  • My husband’s classmate’s wife is the boss of one of my dearest friends, which we just found out on our wedding day. Good boss naman, so it wasn’t awkward. 😉
  • My dentist in Manila is my husband’s second(?) third(?)-degree cousin. Matagal ko na syang dentista, hindi pa kame ng asawa ko (tuloy, walang discount/family rate sa dental services. 😛 ) My husband actually knows my dentist’s brother and sister, but because of their HUGE family, my huband and my dentist have yet to meet.
  • One of the most amusing connections I have is with a college instructor I have never met. One of my barkada called me one time to ask about the latest on The X-Files (this was pre-Wikipedia days, when Google wasn’t as powerful a search engine as it is now, and we connected to the Internet using dialup. 😛 ). His roommate’s girlfriend’s sister’s teacher is an X-Files fan and asks X-Files trivia for bonus points. Turns out this teacher is best friends with my classmate at that time. Eh pwede pala akong dumerecho kay classmate for test question leakage. 😛

We’ve all heard of the “six degrees of separation” theory, that any two people can be connected in 6 steps or less. Recently, Facebook debunked this; in their analysis, FB has determined that each person in the world (at least on FB) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people. Why, I am actually connected to Mark Zuckerberg by 3.17 people! (What is a 0.17 person though? Kamay? Paa? Daliri? Kuko?)

Yes, we are more closely connected than we think. 😎

And yet, not all connections are lasting. Some are temporary, like a curve and its tangent line, that only intersect at one point and never cross again. And then there are those connections that last longer, some even enduring, and which develop into friendships and relationships. 😉

My favorite “connection” story thus far is that of my Maid of Honor, Veil Sponsor and Cord Sponsor. 🙂 I’m jotting it in bullets, so that it’s clearer, because even I am getting confused writing about it in paragraph form. 😛

  • VS and CS were best friends in primary school.
  • In HS, VS moved to a different school, where she, MoH and I became best friends. 🙂
  • MoH likewise came from another elementary school, to which CS transferred in HS; MoH’s elementary barkada, became CS’ high school barkada.
  • A decade after HS graduation, CS and I became roommates and ended up becoming good friends as well. 🙂
  • Several years later, when I got married, all three of them played important roles during my wedding. 😉

Every time I recount this story, I can’t help but be amazed at how intricately connected our lives are. 🙂 It makes me believe that some relationships are meant to be, and I don’t just mean the romantic kind, but friendships as well. 😉 That even if we “missed” the opportunity to be friends with someone in the past, Fate has its way of reconnecting us with that person (sometimes over and over again) until it is the “right time and place” for a friendship to develop. 🙂 Sa tamang panahon, ika nga.