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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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Special Birthday Presents from the City that Never Sleeps

Like she always does, Ate J never fails to send out her birthday presents to me regardless of the circumstances. I am aware she is in the thick of things of late and sending out a birthday present my way was least expected from her. I was very touched with her thoughtful and sweet gesture.

The birthday surprise my have been foiled because of a missed delivery.

The missed delivery

The missed delivery

However, it did not fail to bring a smile to my face and unsuppressed joy to my heart. I felt so loved and special by a person that I haven’t even met yet in the flesh. It is incredibly heartwarming that a special virtual friendship like this could exist.

Please allow me to brag a little bit about the gifts I’ve got overseas for my birthday 🙂

I can't wait to open it!

I can’t wait to open it!

The personalized card is the first thing I always take a look at.

The personalized card is the first thing I always take a look at.

Everything is personalized! Simply lovely!

Everything is personalized! Simply lovely!

First every maternity dress for the preggy me! ;-)

First ever maternity dress for the preggy me! 😉

As always, the tag was snipped off

For reasons known to me, the tag was snipped off 😉

A Coach tote

A Coach tote

Inside the tote was the first ever gifts I got for our baby!

Powder puff

Powder puff

The power Coach slippers

The power Coach slippers

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

All these gifts were very well thought of long before my birthday. I have surmised the warnings in our private conversations were well meaning.

It goes like this:

“Please don’t get too big or else your feet will go bigger. Ikaw din! Hahaha!”

Now I completely understand why.

I can’t wait to show off all these lovelies 😉

Meanwhile, I am sending my biggest virtual hugs and love to the most generous person there is in bloglandia. Thank you so much Ate J for the gifts and the special friendship. May God always bless your kind and generous heart.

Love yah always!

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A Happy Birthday It Was for Him

My Prince is a simple man- no fuss, no dramas. So when I asked him a week before his birthday what he wants to do for that special day, he simply retorted:

“Just at home and have a feast over McDonalds for dinner.”

And he saw me rolling my eyes! I can only mutter:

“You’ve got to be kidding me!”

I knew for a fact that our weekends had always been pretty loaded. Sometimes, we only wanna stay home and do nothing. But because both of us are working, we only have the precious weekends to do things together. So I completely understood if he only wanted a simple and relaxing celebration of his birthday where there’s peace and quiet.

It did not take a lot of convincing to opt for something “buffet” and not McDonalds. I only had to give so much emphasis that it was a Friday and a long weekend at that with the Queen’s birthday falling on a Monday and it’s a Public Holiday. That meant a sleep-in the next day.

Sweet!

We then both agreed to have it somewhere close. Buffet or “Eat-All-You-can” in the nearby restaurant came in very handy for the both of us. We had to directly go there straight after work. I did not even had a chance to take a refreshing shower. But because time is precious, we had to make do with the hurried arrangement.

Unknown to my husband, I bought a birthday cake for him which was revealed when he fetched me at the train station. Well, I simply had no choice. I can’t hide the box anywhere else.

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

I had to ask permission to leave work earlier so I can catch an earlier train. I was apprehensive that the cake would be such a big mess after the train ride, so leaving work earlier than normal was my solution to avoid congestion. Did I say I have an amazing Boss? He had no qualms in approving my request to leave work 45 minutes earlier and even extended his birthday greetings to my husband.

As it’s buffet, we were expecting to be seated just anywhere.

Influx of patrons on a Friday night

Influx of patrons on a Friday night

However, it was a lucky night as we got a reserved table where patrons did not show up. We were perfectly seated at a spot where we had a slightest bit of privacy 🙂

Buffet Dinner

Buffet Dinner

It was a night loaded with various cuisines. Buffet captures shall be published at My Bits and Bites. After eating what our bellies fancied at the buffet, it was time for the birthday boy to blow his candles and of course for us to sing him the “Happy Birthday Song.” This time around, I made sure I captured it on video.

From here on, I shall let the photos speak for itself of how the night went on for My Prince’s nth birthday 🙂

For posterity sake ;-)

For posterity sake 😉

Just about ready to blow the candles on his cake

Just about ready to blow the candles on his cake

Cake loaded with candles, LOL!

Cake loaded with candles, LOL!

Cutting of the cake

Slicing of the cake

The wifey with the birthday boy ;-)

The wifey with the birthday boy 😉

I promised to give him extra hugs that night. How sweet! ;-)

I promised to give him extra hugs that night. How sweet! 😉

True to my promise!

True to my promise!

With my lovely MIL

With my lovely MIL

Wrapping up the night with a pose

Wrapping up the night with a pose

My husband received the following cards:

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From the Philippines with Love

From the Philippines with Love

Read: Sweet Birthday Surprise from the City that Never Sleeps

It was a very simple birthday celebration for a very simple man that is my husband.

When I think about it, I have always looked forward to celebrating our birthdays together. It seemed so surreal that we could do it together now; finally after the long haul.

I look forward to more birthday celebrations with my Prince. I wish him all the best this world has got to offer. In prayer, I constantly ask God to manifest His abundant blessings in our union as we sojourn together.

Note: This post had been sitting on my draft for three long months. I only managed to go through it now and finally hit the publish button.

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