A Birthday Filled With Overflowing Gratitude

I am aware I have been slacking across my blogs. My birthday took place almost four weeks ago and I am only writing about it now. That is indolence at its finest! Hahaha! 😂 I have learned to ditch the excuses. It doesn’t really matter now as I don’t have a crowd nor a readership to please anyway. But in case you’re interested to know, I might just talk more about it in my next post. 😜

My birthday came and went in a flash! I got stuck with 25 as you may very well know it. But who knows? This might be the last year as I get bored and tired of that number too you know.  😂😂😂

Well, it was very hectic. Our original plan was to go for a coastal walk; I had been wanting to do this for the longest time! When my husband asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday, I saw it as an opportunity to get this done. 😂

But he had his own way of surprising me even before then. A bouquet of long-stemmed roses was delivered three days before my big day while I was working from home. I was speechless! And I thought that was about it. I got the surprise of my life when at the stroke of midnight, he asked me to go down to the kitchen saying that he heard some “funny noises” and requested me to check on it. It was quite strange for the man of the house to be asking me that. I felt something was amiss right there and then! When I came down, I felt so touched and teary because he made all the effort of arranging the dining table with my birthday cake and card on it. How lucky can I get? I had never even noticed him doing all of it while I was busy upstairs getting some things done for another event that I was organizing in the Philippines.

Please note that I had all these documented in photo and video forms but I am just too lazy to refine the photographs with their corresponding watermarks.

On my birthday itself, I thought it was going to be foiled by a bad weather as initially forecasted. But it turned out to be a pretty day! We started the day rather late because we were mostly waiting for the rain that never came. Lol! 😂

We braved the hot, humid day. That’s not me. If I was in the Philippines, I’d hail a trike or use an umbrella to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Ha! Ha! 😂 However, we made sure we were protected by rubbing off some sunscreen all over our exposed skin.

THE COASTAL WALK

We took “the most famous, most walked track in Sydney- no question and for good reasons.” It’s very easy to get to and passes between two of Australia’s best-known beaches, Bondi and Bronte. We made Bronte as our starting point for easy parking access.

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It was a 6- kilometer walk, two- way for a minimum duration of 2 hours. It took us longer than that as we had our toddler along with us. My husband had to carry the pram every now and then each time we had to go down or up the steps. It was a tiring day for him!

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But it was an entirely leisurely stroll that’s perfect for families. The path is mostly sealed with the exception of some rocky patches, and a steep set of stairs. The highlights of the walk were the coastal cliffs, views of iconic Sydney beaches, historic beach baths, and the Sculptures by the Sea. We were told this is also the best spot that gets visited by celebrities. We were too engrossed with our walk that we never spotted one.

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It was a total delight and pleasure to have witnessed the beauty of nature on my birthday itself.

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Everytime I celebrate my birthday, it is ruled by my heart- I feel it from the very core of my being- it is a whole year’s worth of overflowing gratitude, faith, hope, optimism, support, love, and friendship.

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I thank God for the tiniest bit of blessings that I truly do not deserve but He has graciously bestowed unto me and my entire family.

Indeed, every waking hour is a gift and I am grateful beyond words!

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It’s Been Too Long; It’s Good to Catch Up

I had this post sitting in my draft but had been procrastinating like I always do. Then came the bug that had me drained off my energy. So there goes my indolence story. Lol! 😂

Going back to this post, the feeling of frustration and disappointment was real when my supposed meet up with Neya did not materialize. She is my high school schoolmate and a Uni classmate in our Political Science class. I literally know her for more than half of my life! It was planned ahead yet bummed to the core. I eventually got over it after some time.

On a much happier note, a rendezvous took place two weeks ago at the streets of Sydney. It was one of those abrupt let’s-do-it-now thingy. In short, it was never planned.

Dorvin was an elementary and high school classmate and a schoolmate in the University. It was very interesting to note that we went to the same school all our lives! He reminded me of the person I once was!!!

When I learned he was coming over to Australia for a work-related trip, I wasn’t expecting we were ever going to meet up. Sydney was not originally included in his itinerary. But for some reason, he touched down to Sydney on a weekend.

It was a Monday when he confirmed he can take time to meet me. The closest place that was most convenient for me to meet him up was at the Central- it was only 3 minutes away by train from where I work.

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He was late for 30 minutes so I waited for him at the platform.

But we eventually ended up having lunch at Chinatown which I was not really familiar with; it entailed longer time to track the place down.

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Thanks Dorvz for the Yum Cha shout; appreciate it! ☺️

But all’s well that end’s well.

We had a wonderful yum cha experience for lunch; it was only a short catch up.

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Happy tummy! ☺️

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Yum cha without chicken feet is not complete! 😜

Please take note that we haven’t touched base since our Uni graduation; save for all Facebook updates.

At the very least, I experienced a hit of nostalgia. Meeting up with Dorvin brought an air of youth along with it. It brought memories rushing to the forefront of my mind, allowing me to bask in the warmth.

Nostalgia is a beautiful feeling. It reminded me of the way things once were, the happiness that I experienced growing up, and all the wonder.

The short eyeball with Dorvin allowed me to see the world in a new light. Life seems to become more complicated and more difficult with age. But no, I retract. I will be forever 25. LOL! 😂

Overall, I felt so fascinated with the experience of meeting up Dorvin. Each of us writes our own story and it got me thinking that although many stories have similar beginnings, the middle and the end will differ greatly.

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That’s Our Boy!

We had our son’s 18-month needle yesterday. Each time he is scheduled for this, it is met with a little bit of apprehension. However, if we should take it as a fairly positive sign and warning, he did not cry at all when he got his 12-month needle.

The 18-month vaccination is performed to fight against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV).

We let our son get a pretty good nap before we headed off to the Medical Centre. It was not too busy so it was a good timing for us to come at that hour.

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One of those quiet and rare moments where he’s sitting like a Boss, hahaha!

Our son was all over the place; he simply can’t sit still!!! He loves walking around, poking his face at other people’s spaces and giving them a big grin or laugh. He’s quite a sociable little fella!

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Walking around the Medical Centre

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I told yah he can’t sit still!

I had to constantly run after him and his Dad had to keep him entertained.

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Mummy chasing after this little fella!

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Dad was keeping him entertained

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Pre-vaccination

When our son’s name was called, they had to weigh him in and had to also take his height measurements.

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He lost some weight when he got sick for two weeks but he is still on the normal range

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Some cms taller :-)

My husband was expecting him to have a crying fit when the vaccination was performed because he thought that our little boy would now be more aware of his surroundings at 18 months, hence the pain would have made him scream and cry. But on the contrary, we were the proudest parents as he pulled up such a strong demeanour after two pokes were performed on both arms- no complaints, no tears, no nothing.

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Such a tough little boy!

He’s such a tough boy! We were very impressed with him! After the procedure, as if nothing had happened. My husband can’t help but quip:

“I had never seen a child so happy after being poked”!

That’s our boy!

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A Father’s Love in the Eyes of a Wife

Australia celebrates Father’s Day every first Sunday of September. It is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the unique and important role of fathers in every families.

It wasn’t too long ago when my husband had his first taste of fatherhood. Having witnessed it all from Day 1, I must say that he’s doing an exceptionally marvellous job.

Setting modesty aside, my husband looks younger than his age.

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The awesome and wonderful Dad of my son 😘

But he aged quite a fair bit after our son was born. He has been a hands-on Dad and being robbed of his normal routines and sleeping patterns were the norm since then. Thus, the increasing wrinkles around his eyes.

He is everything that I prayed for as a father to our son. His kind, gentle but strong demeanor around our little darling boy is something very rare and special. His loving and caring ways towards childrearing is undoubtedly one of a kind.

I feel extremely proud that I married a man who is the best father there is to our firstborn. It is such an honor to have witnessed how he has found his way through all the Daddy duties that he has to perform day in and day out with no complaints. No buts. No ifs.

I still feel amazed at the special bond and interaction between my two boys; it is something that only they can fathom. I can see it by just looking into their eyes.

Our son is still too little to appreciate everything his Dad does for him but he’s got me for a witness, ha! ha! 😂

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad! You’re our Boss for the day 😜

Oh how my heart melts with every hug and cuddle he gives, every play time he shares, every moment that he listens patiently and intently to our son’s oohs, aahs, and coos, everytime he perform his fatherly duties with so much love and dedication, everytime he takes a deep breath and sees things from our child’s perspective. He can’t wait to teach him all the appropriate values and virtues so he will grow up to be a decent man and will know how to show up with honor and integrity, and so much more!

My heart swells with pride to celebrate this man I married who is also the awesome father of my son. Life is meaningful and precious because of him. 😘

Happy Father’s Day!

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Weekend Special #12: A Hearty Brekky

After such a long break from posting our Weekend Specials, please allow me to share a tiny bit on how it fared today.

We have this so-called Sunday tradition wherein we have breakfast after Worship Services with some friends from the Church.

We are not fussy; we just normally go to somewhere close- McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, or any food shop of our fancy. But today, we chose to go to IKEA Restaurant.

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With my family pre-brekky

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My baby love can’t wait to eat!

We have been at this restaurant a couple of times in the past but for the first time today, I heartily enjoyed my share of breakfast. It’s not only the food, but we occupied a really good spot which I find too cosy an ambiance. Of course, I am not discounting the fact that we were in the company of wonderful people; that made it even more special.

So what’s for brekky?
My husband and I both chose English traditional breakfast. He felt upset because he paid for soda only to find out that there was none; however, there was an abundance of citrous fruit drinks in lieu of soda. Being the soda drinker that he is, his meal wasn’t complete 😩. Anyhow, he got over it in the end.

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Can you not see it? ;-)

We picked a small cut of cake for our dessert, and out of impulse, we also grabbed a piece of cinnamon bread; which we didn’t end up eating. We were just way too full!

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English Traditional Breakfast- meatballs, tomato, hash brown, bacon, and scrambled egg

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Our companions choices of food.

I consider it our brunch (breakfast and lunch combined) as we normally have it around 30 minutes past 10, and by the time we’re done, it’s almost 12 noon!

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That obligatory foodgram pose. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ah well, drinks at hand in this instance ;-)

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We are all set for our meals!

For our small eater, we chose a small meal which consisted of bacon, scrambled egg, and hash brown. He didn’t eat much as he was still suffering from a bad onslaught of the cold, cough, and slight fever.

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Our small eater 🍽

He was a bit grumpy but as soon as he was freed from his pram, he felt happier. He just loves to be up and about!

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Spell freedom!

Eating our hearty meals in between tête-à-tête was fun! We haven’t even noticed how time went by so quickly!

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With the whole bunch of us- minus my son :-)

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Happy us!

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The girls!

Overall, it was a time well spent with beautiful people!

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