25 and no turning back
I am officially recognizing that I am 25 years old.
With all honesty, I celebrated my birthday exactly 1 month ago. Yes, I was born on February 14. Yes, that is Valentine’s Day.
Being born on a fake holiday has it’s good side:
Person 1: When is your birthday?
Nina: Feb 14.
Person 1: Really? But that’s Valentine’s day!
Nina: Yes, and that’s my birthday.
Person 1: Cool!
When you’ve been celebrating it for 25 times (maybe less, depending on when I became conscious about celebrating), the “cool factor” disappears, and you get faced with the inconvenient truth:
- Most food promos exclude Valentine’s Day
- Some buffets have limited eating time during Valentine’s Day
- All gifts come with a bear / heart, or is colored pink / red
- Everybody else is celebrating, the mall is so packed!
- Everyone is either too busy celebrating…or is just sad.
And with that, I always have birthday blues. All I wanted is to eat good food and celebrate with good people on my birthday, but the fake holiday is ruining it!
As a preventive measure to ensure I won’t have the worst start to quarter life crisis, I didn’t plan anything this year. Not a single bit. And that’s when the best things started happening:
1. A surprise from the partner
He wasn’t big on surprises. At least, not when we got married, so imagine my reaction when he came to the office with this pretty bouquet. Nina cried.
2. Celebrating with the family
We didn’t plan to, but we also celebrated with the family (including my mom, siblings, and pamangkins – nephew and niece).
We forgot to take a complete picture because the waiters were too busy rushing orders (see what I mean about the Valentine rush?), but we ate good food and that’s what matters.
We also found this cool nitrogen ice cream place – check it out here!
3. Surprise from the team
I didn’t expect anything at all, but my team gave me an electric mixer! Right on the peak of my baking addiction! I’M SO HAPPY!
4. And to top it all, I realized what my favorite flower is…
I didn’t know what a stargazer was until I received this. All my life, I always wanted a rose (because it’s a rose), but 1 look at this beauty and I was changed forever.
This flower was not something that I wished for, but it’s more than that.
And that’s me. Officially done with “intern-ing” my 25th year. A little bit braver, more patient and *definitely* smarter than I was before, I am now ready for the big things.
To officially mark this acceptance, I’m officially creating my own Facebook blog page.
Click and follow: https://www.facebook.com/iamninasogue
Thank you for bearing with me through the past weeks. I’m super excited to share more stories with you. Ask me something in the comments? 🙂
Enjoy life. Cheers!