I can’t believe I’m already 22 βœ¨

On May 10, which is my exact birth date, my family, close friends and I celebrated my birthday at a food park located along Aurora Blvd. I booked a reservation in Asan Si Diwa At Ila Seafood Grill Restaurant. It’s like a stand-alone resto inside a food park. 

The food was okay. The serving is a little bit disappointing because some of their good for 2 is actually just good for 1 person but that’s alright. You get what you paid for, I guess. Their binagoongan is really superb. We just find their lemonade a little too pricey. The staff is accommodating although a bit hard to find sometimes because there was only 1 person helping us out during the first 2 hours, I think. I spent 4000+ for 16 people. I can’t remember the exact amount. 

This is how the food park looks like when you enter it. There’s not much space for parking. I think only 1 car would fit in their tiny parking space. The ambiance is nice. It’s very instagram worthy and it’s not very crowded compared to other food parks. Well, I guess, you can consider the fact that this was taken on a Wednesdat night. Not sure if it gets very crowded on weekends.

Of course, we took a lot of photos. Like I told you, the place is very “instagrammable”. Hahaha! 

We then continued the celebration in one of my guy friends’ house to drink the night away.

Thanks to all these people for celebrating my birthday with me. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌβ€οΈ And for the gifts! 

“don’t regret anything that made you happy”

3 months ago, my friend and i went to a remote island in zambales. on our second night, we decided to drink as we lie down on the sand, gazed at the stars while we exchange our life stories and swam to a pitch black sea. i got drunk and did some crazy shit(which, i will keep to myself). i ended up sleeping with beach sand in my jammies. as soon as we arrived in manila, i started getting sand flea bites and it drastically ruined my legs. i never had any scars in my legs before, ever. it stressed me out so bad and i cried a lot because it looked awful. all i can think about was i can never wear my shorts and short dresses anymore.
i felt so bad about it that i almost regretted having that amazing night beach experience where i did that one thing i’ve always wanted to do. now that i am thinking about it, if i could turn back the time, i would still have done everything i did that night despite getting my legs scarred because that was one of the best nights of my life. shit happens and the best thing to do is move on. i mean, my scars will fade over the years but what happened that night, i don’t get a lot of chances to do that. #noragrets

If there’s one thing that 13 Reasons Why(book version) made me realize, it is that I am not as mentally unhealthy as I thought I was. I sure am an over-thinker but what she went through is not something that would make me take my own life, I believe. I think I’ve gone through worse and I am still here. I am not, in any way, trying to invalidate her hardships or anyone else’s who went through the same thing as hers. It’s just that I feel like it is something I’d be able to bear, you know what I mean? I guess I’m stronger than what I give myself credit for.

Do you know how the Church always say “This year will be a breakthrough! Claim it!”? For the past couple of months, I was so lost and didn’t feel like any kind of breakthrough will come my way any time soon until yesterday, when I received this award and I received a very good news.

I keep saying I trust God because He knows what’s best for me. I do but I realized I didn’t trust Him 100% because at some point, I feared and I doubted. But you know what? He does know what is best for me and you. He knows the perfect timing because He has had it all planned out for us even before we were conceived. 

I know I worked so hard for this award but I would not have gotten this if God didn’t give me the strength and courage and wisdom as my weapons for the past 12 months. I managed to pick myself up because He picks me up. I can’t thank Him enough. I don’t deserve His blessings but He give them anyway. This award is all Him and all for Him! 

Maybe a soulmate is not necessarily someone you marry or end up with for the rest of your life. Maybe a soulmate is someone you will always love even when you’re already married or have a family of your own. It’s the person who makes you feel at home just by looking at them or remembering them. It is someone who will make your heart ache but in the most nonchalant, beautiful way.

You know what’s the difference between reading a book and watching a movie? in books, you’re the actor and the director all at once and you’re just being handed a script. Somebody else wrote the story for you, but the execution is basically all up to your own imagination. It’s amazing. Movies are easily forgotten, not every little detail remains in your head but when you read a book, you remember every wee bit of it because you are it. You turned it into reality. You became a part of the story. Actually, you became the story.

15 Book Challenge

  1. Eat Pray Love β€” Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone β€” Morgan Matson
  3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  4. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  5. The Zahir – Paulo Coelho
  6. You Know Me Well – Nina Lacour x David Levithan
  7. Uglies β€” Scott Westerfield
  8. Throne of Glass β€” Sarah J. Maas
  9. Love Letters to the Dead β€” Ava Dellaira
  10. The Kite Runner β€” Khaled Hosseini
  11. We Were Liars β€” E. Lockhart
  12. Second Chance Summer β€” Morgan Matson
  13. The Book Thief β€” Markus Zusak
  14. My Heart and Other Black Holes β€”Jasmine Warga
  15. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

I am gonna challenge myself to read 15 books this year β€” 2017. I know 15 is not a lot of book and seems like a small number of books to read for a whole year but considering my busy schedule? Boy that’s a lot. I honestly have no idea how I’m gonna make time but I’ll try my best to make it work.

I have already started reading Since You’ve Been Gone and Eat Pray Love last year but haven’t been able to finish it. So I really have to finish them by now so I can move on to the other books. 9 of these books though, I have yet to buy. I’ll write reviews about them too.

This is not in order though. I am also thinking of reading the whole Harry Potter series and Game of Thrones but… we’ll see. Hahahaha! Care to suggest some of your favorite books? I love reading book reviews! πŸ™‚