June 16, 2021

Turning Another Page

I would like to apologize for my very long absence and thank everybody who checked on me while I was gone. Been caught up with work and especially now I have been assigned to a new big project which I also have to learn but in a way I am happy because I will be working closely on it with two of my favorite managers so even if it's more work, working with people you like makes it a lot more easier despite the new challenges since we all are still in the beginning phases of its implementation.

So this month of June, I celebrated my 31st birthday and it is such a happy month! It started even early because my cousin's threw a party at my cousin's house (just us a simple afternoon dinner because the covid is still bad here) at the end of May. I am so thankful for my cousins because they really treat me like their own sibling!

Look who's turning to the last day of the calendar!

My sister Carm got us some delicious soft tacos and buffalo wings, while sister Min got me a variety of desserts including this White Chocolate Matcha Mousse cake! I will forever be grateful to these cousins who are my big sisters throughout these years! they became like my fairy godmothers when my Mom passed away and I will forever be grateful!

Then the day of my birthday arrived and my sister Carm and her family took me to lunch! It was the first time I dined-in at a restaurant since the pandemic as far as I can remember. Bamba Bistro was a nice place with amazing food but the best part of it is that tables are spread across the garden with very far distances from groups of not more than 6 so I felt comfortable having lunch despite being a little hot and humid since it's a June morning.

Table warrior getting ready for its prey

I had their Steak Ć  la Manila and it was heavenly! Nothing beats a slab of medium rare! It is served with herbed garlic rice and truffled eggs. grateful for loving sisters and family who went so far beyond just to make my special day extra special!

Bamba Bistro's Steak a la Manila

After our hearty meal and hours of fun conversation, they dropped me home and I did just a few cooking. I prepared some spaghetti, tacos, and nachos because 4 of my high school best friends will arrive and we had an awesome time! They arrived early and helped me with the decorations. I really wanted to visit Mexico before the pandemic as my next big trip but of course, the world had an unwanted visitor so I thought I'd just bring Mexico to my 31st party!

Ready for the Fiesta!

I know that as we age year by year by year, we tend to take our birthdays just like an ordinary day. That's normal, I know. But I refuse to be like that. In the simplest manners that I can do, for as long as I could, I'll make my birthdays more special so I have something to look forward to every single year aside from Christmas. I think both are in a perfect place on the calendar because it's 6 months apart from the next.

Saved you all slices of my virtual cake and thank you all so much for being part of my first 31 years and praying that I get more years to celebrate with my family and friends, and of course, you my blogpals and dear readers! Praying that your upcoming birthdays will be a little more extra special than the last ones.


Never Stop Celebrating!
Steve


32 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh, such a happy pic, dearest lille Bro!!!!
    Happy, happy Birthday, to a great new year in your life, "Corinna" or not!
    Great pic, you made me giggle with "pride" to know you.

    And yay for your new work!!!

    And the food. My last tacos I had ten years ago, buhuuu (the Mexican restaurant closed, it was the only good one).

    Yes, distance is the key, people don´t get it here...
    Prey, you´re too funny! Carnivore, you, LOL. Eggs?! We get garlic-bread with that, from the grill.
    You cooked after that?! I´d lay flat with a book in my hands!

    Ohhh you do have sweet friends, Amigo, OK, I would cook then, too!
    Great cake and last words. So sweet to read this, and glad you´re back, too!

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    1. Dearest big sister!!! You always give the most touching messages, thank you so so much and just so you know I am also very proud to have a big sister all the way in Germany!

      Yas!!! Everything's the same, just a brand new big task, but I am so happy because I work more closely on it with two of my favorite managers in the company :)

      Oh I hope you can get some good tacos again after a decade! I had some too last year on a restaurant ughhh I did not like it! I think mine was a lot better than theirs hahaha

      Oh you said it! I felt so sleepy and wanted to snooze right after that but also wanted to chat some more because when I'm with my cousins, we never ran out of topics and laughs hahaha

      Sending you hugs dearest Iris and you guys are the reason why I keep going back and find the joy again in blogging :)

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    2. Yes, so glad you have a better job, dearest Stevenson! And that you came back to blogging, too. Today I have a funny one at mine :-)

      I think you will have to make me a taco some time, chances are low to get a good one here... Have a nice day, lille Bro!

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  2. So great to see you here Stephenson - and to know you have celebrated in such style, despite the pandemic! I have just finished my two shot vaccination, so hopefully I may travel more widely again soon.
    Happy Birthday, and may you be blessed with many more
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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    1. Oh dear Maxine, I feel so happy to hear that you received your two shots already! the world awaits you back on your next adventures :) I can only dream but I pray that it will be very soon for us too :)

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  3. Nice to see you back Stevenson. Happy belated birthday! You certainly had two great celebrations. Love the Mexican themed party, great fun.
    I love to celebrate birthdays too. Interesting how the wording on the cake is in Spanish, I thought there would be a Tagalog saying for "Happy birthday" :) Have a great year, and congratulations on the new project.

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    1. So happy to see you again dear Sami and also your lovely shots on Instagram, I'm always happy to see you on my feed whenever you have a post!

      Oh thank you so much! I loooved the Mexican theme and now my friends are even asking me what will be my next theme hahaha Well I hope the next year's theme will be me travelling but we can only dream here in the Philippines so probably have to ponder what country I would like to "visit next" haha

      Oh you are right! In Tagalog, Happy birthday is "Maligayang Kaarawan" :) Just thought the Spanish to stick to the theme :)

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    2. Oh of course!! How silly of me not to think of that :) Have a nice Sunday

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    3. Thank you so so much dear Sami and I wish you an awesome last week of June!

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  4. Great to see you back and wonderful on your birthday. Glad you had a great time :-D

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    1. thank you so so much dearest Ananka! So happy to be back here and so thankful for your thoughtfulness to greet me on my birthday via email :)

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  5. Nice to see you again in blogland. Happy belated birthday, glad you had a great time celebrating with friends and family. The food looks great and the cake delicious. Take care of yourself and stay happy!

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    1. Thank you so much brother Bill! I am also super happy to be back and be with you all my dear friends here! Stay safe Bill and have an awesome Summer!

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  6. First, a very belated Happy šŸŽ‚ Birthday to you Stevenson and I agree that one should always celebrate it a special day because it is just that! It was wonderful to find this new post and read of your new job as well, best of luck to you! You were missed from the blog world and hope that things will be improving soon so that you will be able to enjoy more fun times with family and friends. We are just starting to return to that here after so long, thankfully.

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    1. Hello Beatrice, I am super super happy with your warm greetings1 I feel so honored to have friends like you guys here in the blogworld that even if I come and go, you guys are still there! Still bad here with COVID but one can only hope for the best! I am so happy you guys are starting to return back as well :)

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  7. Well, happy birthday, a little late but just as heartfelt! I was just thinking about you the other day and Timeless Thursdays and realized I hadn't seen you for far too long. But you have a wonderful reason, that's for sure! And all the birthday celebrations are just fabulous. Isn't it wonderful to be wined, dined and feted by people you love and who love you back? That's just the best. I adored each and every wonderful photo and all the joy here! Happiness to you in this year (and I agree -- celebrate always!)

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    1. Dearest Jeanie! Thank you so so much for the heartfelt words you shared to me! I am so happy to be back and thankful for all your kind greetings! I very much agree about being with people you love and who loves you back, it's just priceless moments especially during these times :)

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  8. Hi Stevenson good to see you, I was also away for long time because of this covid chaos but now back and yes Belated Happy Birthday. . . :)

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    1. Nice to see you back Manav! Hope you are doing well and safe today. Oh I know what you mean, my teammates from Bangalore said how chaotic it was there especially after the festival. Stay safe brother!

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  9. Lovely to see this post, so pleased that all is well.
    Belated Happy birthday wishes, what a great idea bringing Mexico to your 31st party!

    Keep well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much Jan and I am so happy to be back and seeing you my blog friends :)

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  10. Congrats on your birthday. We celebrated our 61st Wedding Anniversary on June 1, so you were born at around the halfway point in our marriage. That Mexican outfit and the setting are way over the top. Great seeing you back but do give priority to your work projects.

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    1. Hello brother Kenneth! I am so so happy to see you here again! I missed the blog world and I feel so blessed to have you guys still be in here to welcome me back. Thank you so much and it's super cool that I was born exactly halfway through your marriage! Happy Anniversary to you both :)

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  11. Bom dia meu querido amigo. Sucesso no novo trabalho. Grande abraƧo do seu amigo carioca.

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  12. Hola stevenson y Feliz CumpleaƱos!!
    Me alegro volver a leerte, yo tambien estuve dos meses ausente pero ya volvi. Me encanta festejar mi cumpleaƱos aunque por el Covid solo lo festejar como quisiera con la familia. Que bueno que tenes a tus primas y tus hermanas son muy buenos!!
    Muy buenos platos para compartir me gustan los tacos tambien!!
    Besos y nos leemos.

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    1. Hola Gra! Muchas gracias y estoy muy feliz de estar de vuelta y de saber que tĆŗ tambiĆ©n has vuelto. Espero que se encuentre bien y le agradezco sus calurosos saludos en mi cumpleaƱos. Espero que todo vaya bien de tu lado. Enviando abrazos desde Filipinas.

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  13. Feliz cumpleaƱos atrasado , ten un buen fin de semana

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    1. Muchas gracias mi amigo! Buen nueva semana a tu!

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    1. Thank you very much Margaret! Sending hugs to NZ!

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  15. Happy Birthday to you! I'm glad to see you back. Looks like it was a perfect birthday celebration.

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