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Nephie’s Birthday!!!

Yep, it’s my nephew’s birthday today. Whooooo! *ala Rick Flair* He’s turning 12 today. Which is pretty cool. He grows up so fast. XD

Actually, it kind of sucks a little, because it’s his birthdays that makes me feel older, rather than my own birthdays. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be 18 pretty quickly, which I dread, because by that time I’d around my thirties. Argh!

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEPHEW! ^_^v

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Of Birthdays and Ex-Presidents…

Yep, it’s my birthday today. XD

I’m twenty-frickin’-five years old. Sheesh.

Actually, it’s not that bad. It only goes to show that I’m growing… though I don’t know if I’m growing wiser or something.

I find it a bit ironic, though. I’m celebrating the day I was born, while just a few days ago, one of my countries greatest presidents, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, died of cancer.

I was born in 1984… 2 years before Cory liberated our country from the Marcos’ regime, so yeah, I was born during the time of Martial Law. My mother said she was very afraid during the time she was pregnant with me (hence, my disturbing ability of being scared so easily XD). Her brother was a police officer at that time, and she was very afraid for his life and our families’ safety. She hardly went out during that time, because they were so many reported deaths and missing people. Even my brother, who was already 3 or 4 years old at that time, never really enjoyed his childhood because of fear.

But, as you can see, I was conceived and born safely, and after 2 years, my country was liberated by Cory’s (and my people’s) tireless efforts to overthrow Ferdinand Marcos from presidency.

If someone were to politically analyze Aquino’s reign as president, they might say that she wasn’t much of a political leader. There were many coups during her time, and I can even remember that there were so many power shortages, and the agrarian reform act wasn’t passed. But if you think about the long term effects of her presidency, then, a lot would say that she did a great job. My mom, especially, was thankful to her. She said that it wasn’t for her, the Philippines would have been a country of bloodshed. A lot of people would have been dead and missing, and the people would fall into poverty. She even said that if it weren’t for Cory, computers, the Internet, and other technological advancements would never had reached our shores.

So now, even if I’m celebrating my 25th birthday, I guess, in some way, I’m celebrating Cory Aquino’s life as well. Actually, as I was looking down at the spaghetti sauce I was cooking, I kept thinking about what our life might have been like if the Marcos’ tyranny had continued. It made me shiver a bit because… the way I see it, I probably wouldn’t reach this age if the Martial Law still continued. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Cory Aquino.

So to Cory Aquino, the Mother of Philippine Democracy, I raise this glass of Pepsi (sorry, no alcoholic drinks for a while XD) and toast to her life, while I eat this plate of Filipino-style spaghetti and Cheezy Pops Hawaiian-flavored pizza, knowing that she’s in heaven, and is finally at peace with her husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

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Of Birthdays and Ex-Presidents…

Yep, it’s my birthday today. XD

I’m twenty-frickin’-five years old. Sheesh.

Actually, it’s not that bad. It only goes to show that I’m growing… though I don’t know if I’m growing wiser or something.

I find it a bit ironic, though. I’m celebrating the day I was born, while just a few days ago, one of my countries greatest presidents, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, died of cancer.

I was born in 1984… 2 years before Cory liberated our country from the Marcos’ regime, so yeah, I was born during the time of Martial Law. My mother said she was very afraid during the time she was pregnant with me (hence, my disturbing ability of being scared so easily XD). Her brother was a police officer at that time, and she was very afraid for his life and our families’ safety. She hardly went out during that time, because they were so many reported deaths and missing people. Even my brother, who was already 3 or 4 years old at that time, never really enjoyed his childhood because of fear.

But, as you can see, I was conceived and born safely, and after 2 years, my country was liberated by Cory’s (and my people’s) tireless efforts to overthrow Ferdinand Marcos from presidency.

If someone were to politically analyze Aquino’s reign as president, they might say that she wasn’t much of a political leader. There were many coups during her time, and I can even remember that there were so many power shortages, and the agrarian reform act wasn’t passed. But if you think about the long term effects of her presidency, then, a lot would say that she did a great job. My mom, especially, was thankful to her. She said that it wasn’t for her, the Philippines would have been a country of bloodshed. A lot of people would have been dead and missing, and the people would fall into poverty. She even said that if it weren’t for Cory, computers, the Internet, and other technological advancements would never had reached our shores.

So now, even if I’m celebrating my 25th birthday, I guess, in some way, I’m celebrating Cory Aquino’s life as well. Actually, as I was looking down at the spaghetti sauce I was cooking, I kept thinking about what our life might have been like if the Marcos’ tyranny had continued. It made me shiver a bit because… the way I see it, I probably wouldn’t reach this age if the Martial Law still continued. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Cory Aquino.

So to Cory Aquino, the Mother of Philippine Democracy, I raise this glass of Pepsi (sorry, no alcoholic drinks for a while XD) and toast to her life, while I eat this plate of Filipino-style spaghetti and Cheezy Pops Hawaiian-flavored pizza, knowing that she’s in heaven, and is finally at peace with her husband, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

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Of Debuts…

Whew. So tired.

It’s been almost 3 days since my cousin’s debut, but I’m still bushed.

But I guess considering the work I do also, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m tired often. XD

Anyway, my lovely cousin, Jessica, just had her debut last June 5th. My cousin is 18 years old, man! How amazing is that?! It seems like it was only yesterday that she was clutching my stuffed teddy bear and was crying in her mom’s lap because she couldn’t have it (but I gave it to her anyway).

I’m not really a big fan of debuts. I never had one. All I had when I turned eighteen was 3,000 pesos that I used to treat my friends to Jollibee, then eat out with my sister and cousin on a nearby Pares restaurant near our boarding house. Very classy, no? I always thought that celebrating your “entrance” to the adult world when you turn 18 seem pretty vague. I guess it’s just me. My parents are really practical people, hence, we were raised to think that some celebrations are not really that necessary. My sister had a pretty good debut, though. When she turned 18, my mom treated us and her friends to a local bar where she allowed my sister to drink her first ever alcoholic drink. How’s that for welcoming adulthood? XD

But I guess, in Jessica’s case, it’s pretty good, considering she is the only daughter.

This is my lovely cousin. Ain’t she pretty? XD

Anyway, before her debut, I was very annoyed. First of all, I was an hour and a half late for work, then I had to get out of work before 5 (meaning a probable cut in my paycheck), THEN, it was raining like crazy! By the time I got home, they were getting ready to leave, and they had to stuff me in the car even though I was wet with rain. ~_~

Luckily, my sister brought clothes for me, and my relatives have already rented a nice, posh hotel room in the venue. It was pretty cool, specially since our older relatives allowed us (my cousins) to stay together for the night and have fun. And it was VERY fun. My male cousins made me laugh so hard because they were testing the beds if they were sturdy or if they made noises. Haha! Looks like they were testing if they could imitate Hayden Koh. XD

The debut was pretty good too. My cousins and I had a great time, not to mention I had a great, big plate of warm food for dinner. Then we danced a lot too, turns out that my cousin’s college friends were party animals. (What do you expect?! They’re CEU students! Same as me! XD)

Yep, that’s me with the weird, white flower on my ear with glasses.I had my back turned this time, I was cheering on my Aunt who was dancing with my sister. XD

Anyway, the after party was where the real fun started. My cousins and a few of Jica’s friends came over to “initiate” her into adulthood by giving her her first alcoholic beverage… namely tequila and vodka. Unfortunately for me, since I was very tired from work, half a bottle of vodka and two shots of tequila knocked me to sleep. But I was still awake when my cousin got tipsy enough to get dizzy. XD

All in all, it was a pretty fun party. I got to spend some time with my cousins, got to drink vodka, and most of all, was able to welcome my cousin to adulthood with nice shot of tequila. Well worth leaving an hour early at work. Honestly, an alcoholic drink is always the best way to welcome someone into the world of adulthood.

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Of Debuts…

Whew. So tired.

It’s been almost 3 days since my cousin’s debut, but I’m still bushed.

But I guess considering the work I do also, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m tired often. XD

Anyway, my lovely cousin, Jessica, just had her debut last June 5th. My cousin is 18 years old, man! How amazing is that?! It seems like it was only yesterday that she was clutching my stuffed teddy bear and was crying in her mom’s lap because she couldn’t have it (but I gave it to her anyway).

I’m not really a big fan of debuts. I never had one. All I had when I turned eighteen was 3,000 pesos that I used to treat my friends to Jollibee, then eat out with my sister and cousin on a nearby Pares restaurant near our boarding house. Very classy, no? I always thought that celebrating your “entrance” to the adult world when you turn 18 seem pretty vague. I guess it’s just me. My parents are really practical people, hence, we were raised to think that some celebrations are not really that necessary. My sister had a pretty good debut, though. When she turned 18, my mom treated us and her friends to a local bar where she allowed my sister to drink her first ever alcoholic drink. How’s that for welcoming adulthood? XD

But I guess, in Jessica’s case, it’s pretty good, considering she is the only daughter.

This is my lovely cousin. Ain’t she pretty? XD

Anyway, before her debut, I was very annoyed. First of all, I was an hour and a half late for work, then I had to get out of work before 5 (meaning a probable cut in my paycheck), THEN, it was raining like crazy! By the time I got home, they were getting ready to leave, and they had to stuff me in the car even though I was wet with rain. ~_~

Luckily, my sister brought clothes for me, and my relatives have already rented a nice, posh hotel room in the venue. It was pretty cool, specially since our older relatives allowed us (my cousins) to stay together for the night and have fun. And it was VERY fun. My male cousins made me laugh so hard because they were testing the beds if they were sturdy or if they made noises. Haha! Looks like they were testing if they could imitate Hayden Koh. XD

The debut was pretty good too. My cousins and I had a great time, not to mention I had a great, big plate of warm food for dinner. Then we danced a lot too, turns out that my cousin’s college friends were party animals. (What do you expect?! They’re CEU students! Same as me! XD)

Yep, that’s me with the weird, white flower on my ear with glasses.I had my back turned this time, I was cheering on my Aunt who was dancing with my sister. XD

Anyway, the after party was where the real fun started. My cousins and a few of Jica’s friends came over to “initiate” her into adulthood by giving her her first alcoholic beverage… namely tequila and vodka. Unfortunately for me, since I was very tired from work, half a bottle of vodka and two shots of tequila knocked me to sleep. But I was still awake when my cousin got tipsy enough to get dizzy. XD

All in all, it was a pretty fun party. I got to spend some time with my cousins, got to drink vodka, and most of all, was able to welcome my cousin to adulthood with nice shot of tequila. Well worth leaving an hour early at work. Honestly, an alcoholic drink is always the best way to welcome someone into the world of adulthood.

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