Thank you Father God for the blessing of an abundant life.
Without You, life is meaningless.
I offer to You all that I am and all that You want me to be. Amen.
Last month, I turned a year older. I’m officially 35 now! Wow. Does it sound a bit mature? Honestly, I don’t feel that I’ve “matured” enough. I’m still indecisive on many occasions, make a lot of mistakes and still struggle to balance priorities without being stressed-out.
I guess it will take me a long time before I figure my way around the art of living– how to live simply, how to overcome the 2 big F’s – Fear and Failure, how to courageously pursue my dreams, how to say “yes” to unexpected opportunities, and a lot more. All I know now is that my heart still yearns for more adventures, excitement and fun.
Now that I’m 35, I look forward to many more life lessons to learn, many successful and disappointing events to experience and several extraordinary people to meet. So for now, I’ll just live in the moment and celebrate this wonderful life He has given me.
Here’s a glimpse of what I did for my 35th birthday…
Since my birthday fell on a weekend, we decided to go on a road trip.
First stop: The field of pineapples and greens
It was a cloudy day in Dole, South Cotabato. But the charming view of pineapples and greens greeted us with so much love. Everything was magnificent. Perfect.
It was almost lunch time when we arrived. But before we ate, we enjoyed the greens first.
After playing, little Techno asked “Where are we going next Mommy?“Since we had so much fun playing golf, we decided to play some more. So we headed to the driving range ( now we get to use real golf equipment this time) and played more golf.
I got curious while watching my boys. So I tried it too.
(Oops, pardon my pink shoes. I was not ready for this )
and got addicted!
Now I know why my husband loves this sport. Hmm..I’ll practice some more so I can join him next time 🙂
To cap off the night before my birthday, we enjoyed one of my favorite childhood treats – Dunkin Donuts! For some reason, this donut reminded me of my childhood days. We always have Dunkin Donuts in school when there are celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas etc. And as kids then, we LOVE donuts! Expect that everyone will come rushing to get their favorites once it’s on the table. My personal favorite is the sugary pink icing, candy sprinkled donut. Yum! I’ll never forget it.
Second stop: Balik Bukid (Back to the Farm)
On the day of my birthday, I had a healthy and gastronomical treat! We went to Balik Bukid, a quaint farm tucked in the outskirts of Davao. I’ve always dreamed of my restaurant in a farm. And this sanctuary inspired me to have my own someday.
The Farm’s cafe resembles the Philippine bahay kubo (nipa hut) where everything you see depicts calmness and bliss.
Upon entering, you can see a lot of cacao beans, dried spices, woven baskets and recycled materials.
You can see and smell the food from the open kitchen while waiting. It was absolutely divine!
For starters, they served fermented carrots, celery & cucumber drink, and green garden salad – all ingredients were handpicked from the farm. Then, we had sausage pasta and freshly baked Ciabatta bread.
Then we had passion fruit cake and leche flan for dessert. Burp!
Can you believe I had more than 3 servings? That’s how good the food was. I guess my birthday is a perfect excuse for eating more than the usual huh?
After the sumptuous lunch, we joined the farm tour where we learned more about growing a vegetable garden
And raising organic livestock and poultry.
After the farm tour, we bid this sanctuary goodbye with our tummies and hearts full. I’ll never forget this experience. It taught me how to eat right and live harmoniously with everything around me.
Last stop: ORPHANAGE
On the way Home, we dropped by the orphanage to give some of our belongings that needed a second home.
And when we got Home...
“Surprise! I made this for you Mommy” my little Techno was so excited when he revealed his birthday surprise for me. I was speechless. All I want to do is just savor the priceless moments of motherhood.
There was another surprise. I received a birthday cake from my family who lived miles away from me.
To Mommy, Daddy and my lovable siblings,
Thank you. I Love You. And I miss you so much!
My birthday was indeed full of surprises, full of LOVE!
I’m grateful to Him for giving me a wonderful family and real friends who have always been there for me. And I am thankful for the ordinary moments that make my life extraordinary. I can’t ask for anything more.
What is it like for you to be a year older?
Have a great week ahead!