There. I’ve reached it. The starting line. The big 2-0.

I have the next prime years of my life ahead of me to take on real responsibilities, face new challenges, embark on crazy adventures, and make and learn from more mistakes. I honestly can’t believe that I have lived for twenty years! I feel truly blessed for everything that I’ve experienced and I can’t wait for the next surprises coming my way. Life is really full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and in the words of Aladdin, “over, sideways, and under on a magic carpet ride.” Yup, I just quoted a Disney cartoon. There are no barriers on our magic carpet as we breeze through this ride called life. No holds barred. We could always try to reach for all possibilities even though it may seem impossible. We could be who we want to be, go anywhere, and do anything. However, since there are no barriers, sometimes, we fall or crash and we end up holding on to the edge of the carpet just to lift ourselves back up. Now that I am supposedly an adult (but not yet! Give me one more year!!!), I should be able to tell if I might go overboard or if I’m crossing certain bounds. Being twenty, although I’m unsure of my current state whether I’m a teenager or an adult so let’s just call it ‘twenteen’, I should not only see the world as my playground but also as my battlefield. And so, I celebrate my victory every year on my birthday for being a survivor… and for also not pushing anyone off a cliff yet.

Last May 25-26, I had a pre-20th birthday celebration at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza with my family. Thank you to Sofitel for your hospitality, cake and greeting, and free food by the pool!

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After setting down our things and eating the chips we brought + my surprise cake from the hotel (yey!!!), we headed straight to the pool, ordered Pina Coladas, slid down on that treacherous slide (I’m exaggerating, however dear adults, leave the slide to the children because I swear, you will bounce and see your life flash before your eyes), and read “Trust In Me” by J. Lynn until I finally watched the sun set.

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For dinner, we went to Blue Wave and I never knew that it was also a drinking place! I always thought of it as a food center but when you go to the middle part of the courtyard, behold – tents and booze and music. We ended up eating at a pizza parlor called Shakey’s, which is a fam favorite and always gets a four thumbs up. When we got back to the hotel, my parents and I had a date at LeBar and I may have had drank too much of their South Pacific Beach cocktail because it was so good. The smell was really strong but the taste was so sweet! After we enjoyed a night of great conversations and laughter, we headed back to the room and called it a night.

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At 7am the next day, my siblings and I had a breakfast buffet in Spiral, while my parents had breakfast in bed. I love eating at Spiral because of the prestigious atmosphere and the wide variety of dishes to choose from.

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After not being able to move for half an hour, I decided to check out the hotel’s fitness center called So Fit… and I fell in love with that place! If only it wasn’t an hour away and quite pricey, I would be there everyday (and nope, I’m not exaggerating this time). I really enjoyed my time in the gym as it is well-equipped with machinery, ambiance, and beverages to help cool you down and truly enjoy your workout. I also got to use my new Fila babies, which was a gift from my grandparents, for the first time! I went straight to the pool area after my workout to meet up with my family and then we got ready to head back home. What a great pre-birthday indeed!

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On my birthday itself, I had a series of errands to run for both the magazine and my studies. I had to wake up really early to take care of our suppliers and also enroll myself for the incoming school year. It was the complete opposite of a hassle-free birthday. The enrollment process this year was too long and inconvenient instead of actually being more helpful. It was incredibly hot in the morning but then it starting raining really hard in the afternoon. But despite this, I was really glad to be surrounded by my close friends, especially celebrating the whole day with another May 27 baby, Chin! Our friends and I had lunch at Yabu and we had a really great time catching up with each other. We ended pretty late and I got picked up by my parents and had Mom & Tina’s for dinner. I ended the really exhausting day with a home service massage and fell right asleep.

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For my post-birthday celebration, I was supposed to get my mani-pedi done at I Do Nails but I felt sick today, due to the crazy changes in the weather pattern, so I’m scheduled to do it tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll feel a lot better by then and enjoy a day of pampering. To the rest of my days being 20, here I come! x


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