Thirty, Flirty & Thriving


“I wanna be thirty. Thirty, flirty and thriving”, the line that young Jenna Rink (played by Christa B. Allen) kept on repeating as “magic dust” cascade over her in the 2004 movie ’13 Going on 30′. I was 19 then.

Two weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday – the “big 3-0” as my best friend put it – eleven years since I’ve watched that movie. Unlike Jenna, I did not have the same exciting view of what being 30 is all about. I never really equated it with being flirty and fun. In my defense, from what I’ve seen growing up, majority of women I know who are in their 30’s are either married (both happily and not), pregnant, tired from work (if employed), and not exactly having the time of their lives. Yes, it is not exactly a promising age number as what the movie was trying to convey, but then things change… I became 30.

The good thing about finally being 30 is I get to finally realize that Jenna wasn’t entirely wrong. Thirty CAN be flirty and fun! And depending on the person, it can be a whole lot more. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to have such an epiphany. To realize that you are very much in control of your life and not giving too much crap to “crap” is very liberating. Age does become just a number that you won’t really think much of anymore. You can choose whether you want to be flirty and fun.

Anyways, as for my birthday celebration, I had to celebrate at least three times.

The day of my birthday, me and my boyfriend wore our couple tees (yes, I wanted to be all cute and corny with my baby boo) and went to eat for the first time at Wagamama at Ezdan Mall here in Qatar.

It’s a modern japanese restaurant where we ate our fill of spicy shrimp, duck gyoza, tonkatsu and coconut cheesecake.

also treated my workmates to a dinner buffet at Millenium Hotel. It was on a Thursday night right after work. I forced everyone to wear their best dress, heels, hair and makeup for the occasion. It was our first night out together. We took lots of pictures and ended the night with a cup of hot chocolate and mocha at Starbucks before finally going home.

My third treat, so far, did not happen yet… still on the works as my dad is being the busy bee that he always is. However, he did gave me a blueberry cheesecake (the cake) and blackberry classic (the phone) for my birthday. Teehee!

Looking more 13 than 30. LoL!

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That Day We Wore Stripes


In short, My BIRTHDAY!!!

I have to say this year’s birthday was better than the last one (thank God!), even if the celebration itself was kind of a last minute decision. To friends, they know that what I had in mind was just a simple lunch treat, mainly because I’m too lazy to plan a party. No need to worry about preparations, decorations and invitations. All I need is just enough moolah for a fine dining experience with 3 of my closest in doha friends.

… That is until my dad gave me money…. To celebrate, he said. His gift for me, he said.

Who says no to that? Haha! 😀

Well regardless of my added wealth, I still find the idea of preparing a party exhausting. I’m a lazy panda for such of thing. What I did decide, however, was dandandan to add more friends to my lunch treat, which everybody seem to agree to. Not that that surprises me. Ha!

So to choose a place that would appeal to my added guests, what better place to choose from than WOK of FAME in Villagio Mall.

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Basically, I picked the place because of their Eat-All-You-Can Menu (cater style). I wanted my guests to freely select the food they want to eat, just how it would be like if it was a real party I have prepared for. Also, the fact that the place is within Villagio Mall makes it convenient for my guests, since most of them work inside the mall and are still on duty.

My first guests (my baby <3 is here)
My first guests (my baby is here).
More has arrived. My cousin was able to make it. :D
Second batch. My cousin was able to make it. 😀
The Cinema/D'Lush Boys
The Cinema/D’Lush Boys
More friends has arrived. :)
More friends has arrived. 🙂

All in all, it was a pleasant experience. The food was delicious and it was unfortunate I wasn’t able to take a picture of the banquet table. I was so full and satisfied like everybody else (or so they say. LOL!). The celebration in itself was a success considering it was a first for me to do this. Majority of my past birthdays are mostly prepared by my mom. She loves cooking and I miss her cooking, but my mom’s not here with me so it’s mostly up to me to decide what to do. Thank you daddy for your gift. 😀

Surprises from the D'Lush/Cinema Boys and my Baby <3 )
Surprises from the D’Lush/Cinema Boys and my Baby

On another note, it was funny how “Birthday” was spelled wrongly on my chocolate cake. I was having second thoughts on posting a picture of that one, but what the heck! 😀

Turning 29


Yes, you’ve read it right the first time. In less than 12 hours, I’m going to be 29 years old . I cannot seem to fathom what that exactly means, I always thought I’ll be Forever 21 (teehee!). Of course, such assumption is ridiculous when I have friends and family who enjoy reminding me of that one day when I again turn a year older. I guess the truth shall always prevail huh? 😀

So now that I’m turning a year older, I’m basically doing this post because of reasons. To tell myself what changed? What do I know now that I didn’t know before? Was I happier now? Did I become the person I wanted to be? What do I want to do now? What SHOULD I do now? And why am I suddenly getting flashbacks?

But seriously, I just wanted to write my thoughts. Here are a few personal lessons life has thought me for the past 28 years.

  • Love yourself and accept who you are. As a kid, I grew up having zero confidence, mainly due to the fact that I’ve been made fun of for having dark skin. In a country where a lighter complexion is deemed more beautiful, it’s pretty sad growing up in that kind of environment, especially when you’re trying hard to fit in. Somehow, I consider myself lucky for getting past that period, and finally emerging with self-assured knowledge that I am beautiful (cue Christina Aguilera song) despite still living in a world where people think lighter skin is more beautiful 😀
  • The quantity of so-called friends doesn’t matter, it’s the REAL ones that really count. It’s good to meet new people and gain new friends, but it’s always wise to know who are worth keeping. Not all you consider friends are friends who care.
  • It’s okay to have a different opinion than the majority. It doesn’t make you a moron just because you’re the only one who thinks differently.
  • Putting too much stock in one’s physical appearance is ugly. Knowing your beautiful and showing it with grace is enough. But being self-absorbed with your so-called beauty makes you unattractive.
  • Ask and you shall receive. Well it doesn’t always work, but if you want something, why not ask first? Works for me 90% of the time. 😀
  • Envy is a deadly sin for a reason. An envious person can never feel happiness and contentment.
  • Define Love: Love is beautiful, but it HURTS. If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not love. Only a person you love has the power to hurt you more than you can imagine. And as a person being loved, you also have the power to hurt the people who love you. Such is the tragedy of love.  I’m being melodramatic again.
  • You can’t always get what you want, but you can always try. 😀
  • Travel. It’s a big world out there, see it!
  • Lessen the complaints and be thankful of what you have. Not everyone is as lucky as you are. Something I have to constantly remind myself whenever I think life is being unfair to me.
  • Golden Rule: “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.” I try to live by this golden rule for as long as I can remember. I’m not perfect so I forget sometimes, but I do my best.
  • Just because everybody’s doing it, doesn’t mean you should. No one is obligated to do something that everybody else is doing. Because when you think about it, most of the time, what everybody else is doing is just wrong.
  • YOLO: ‘You Only Live Once’. This statement is not used with care. It doesn’t imply that you have to party hard, be immature, be irresponsible or in worst cases self-destructive. What it meant is for a person to enjoy life in a way that is both meaningful and wonderful. Inspire and be inspired!
  • User-friendly people are everywhere. Feel free to be used at your own risk.
  • We still live in a society with an archaic mindset. Some beliefs are hard to change and not everyone is open-minded. Actually, open-mindedness is not as open as you thought it to be.
  • You can NEVER please everybody. So don’t always try.
  • It’s not easy to remain happy. A current realization while doing the 100 Happy Days challenge. Happiness is fleeting. It comes and goes. You can be happy today and find yourself miserable tomorrow. To remain happy is warfare.
  • Age is really just a number. When you’re around people with different age groups, you’ll know. 😀
  • Be humble. All the great ones are.
  • Take risks once in a while. I’m no risk-taker, but in the few times I did take that risk, I gained a certain maturity and strength in life after. I consider myself blessed.

TIME CHECK: 7 hours more to go… 😀

How I celebrated my So-called Birthday


I knew it was going to be a long day the moment I woke up the morning of my birthday. It was supposed to be a day of expected gaiety, except in my case, it was an emotional roller coaster ride. I was already feeling quite under the weather after a huge fight I had with he-who-must-not-be-named and no he is not Voldemort or maybe I could pretend he is and it has affected me greatly that my emotional torment manifested itself physically. Anyway, wanting to start the day right, i woke up at 6am despite the cough and colds so I could go to church and find a moment of solemnity.

After mass and skipping to another series of unfortunate events, my sister and two of my cousins invited me to celebrate my day and eat lunch at Korean Garden Restaurant located at Bin Mahmoud here at Doha. Since it was our second time there, most of our orders are similar from last time, with the addition of shrimp tempura and upgrading our previous order of regular sashimi to special.

#spicy braised beef #spicty fried octopus #special sashimi #shrimp tempura #rice
#spicy braised beef #spicty fried octopus #special sashimi #shrimp tempura #rice

After a sumptuous meal, pictures and thank yous, my sister and one of my cousins went home whilst I decided to go with my other cousin, Mhel, to Landmark mall where she works. It was there when I thought of buying myself a gift and I this is what I bought.

Mochi

It was 3:30pm and still too early to go home and since the Cinema at Landmark mall doesn’t have interesting movies to watch I decided to go to Villagio Mall instead. And there I watched the movie Beautiful Creatures (I’ll probably tell you my thoughts about this movie later on).

watched beautiful creatures!
watched beautiful creatures!

I was also able to get free strawberry shake (SASSY) from D’Lush care of a good friend — too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture. Oh well, after the movie, which ended at 9pm, I went back to Landmark Mall and waited until the end of my cousins shift. We went home together at 11:20pm. Ate some of my bought mochi and slept at 1am.

So fellas, that was how I celebrated my birthday. Lots of tears spilled and money splurged. My most memorable yet. I wonder what next year would be like? >_<