29 February 2012

At 39.


39 | 7 Nov 2011, GB3 | @2012

Just so I'd remember how I looked when I turned 39.
Taken on my birthday dinner November last year.
And yes, I will not make excuses for my eye wrinkles and imperfect skin.
Or my excess pounds or my love handles.

Because if there's anything I learned, it's that character is more admirable than well-defined calf or abs.
I learned, too, that a beautiful mind is better than a beautiful face.
And that having family and friends who love you unconditionally is, hands down,
way more important than owning a high-end camera.

I'm grateful for all the blessings of the last decade.
I'm excited about starting a new one.

I will rock my 40s. That's a promise. :)

Thank you CBB for this picture.

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18 left some love :

kookooforcocopuffs February 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM  

its so true;-) and you have already rocked your 30s;-)

stay beautiful the way you are;-)

Aileen February 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM  

kookooforcocopuffs said...
its so true;-) and you have already rocked your 30s;-)

stay beautiful the way you are;-)

. . . . .

Thank you, Chel! And thank you for being part of my 30s! :)

Anonymous February 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM  

pretty.

and true.

rock on.

-e

Iris March 1, 2012 at 2:37 AM  

I always thought that you couldn't possibly be a day over 30. I was pretty bowled over when I read that you're 39!

I'm a friend of Chin's and Kaith's, by the way, and a long-time blog lurker and admirer. Never had the courage to comment till now because I just had to tell you that you are gorgeous! =)

Anonymous March 1, 2012 at 5:42 AM  

your so pretty ai. i always admire all about you. :D marislie

julai March 1, 2012 at 6:14 AM  

nahh ate Ai, no one will believe that you´re already 39 coz u look way younger. Feeling ko ka age ra ta ate. And I so agree with the things you mentioned above. Stay happy, young and beautiful Ate. God bless you always.muahhhhh

konsuy March 1, 2012 at 7:21 AM  

you are beautiful, stunningly beautiful. i admire your spirit. can't help but stare at this photo and think how charming your eyes are.

Marianne March 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM  

You are so pretty! A true beauty inside and out. Even though I don't know you personally. Just judging based on your blog. =)

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 1:38 AM  

Anonymous said...
pretty.

and true.

rock on.

-e

. . . . .

Thank you, E! Looking forward to Beijing! :)

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 1:48 AM  

Iris said...
I always thought that you couldn't possibly be a day over 30. I was pretty bowled over when I read that you're 39!

I'm a friend of Chin's and Kaith's, by the way, and a long-time blog lurker and admirer. Never had the courage to comment till now because I just had to tell you that you are gorgeous! =)

. . . . .

Hi Iris! Thank you. *blushing* I'm a long time blog stalker, too. :)

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM  

Anonymous said...
your so pretty ai. i always admire all about you. :D marislie

. . . . .

You are so kind, Maris. Thank you! :)

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 1:55 AM  

konsuy said...
you are beautiful, stunningly beautiful. i admire your spirit. can't help but stare at this photo and think how charming your eyes are.

. . . . .

Thank you, Chi! We must be members of the mutual admiration club because I admire your spirit, too. And you are one of the most amazing human beings I know. About the eyes, thank you. I've learned to appreciate them. I used to want them bigger. :D

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM  

Marianne said...
You are so pretty! A true beauty inside and out. Even though I don't know you personally. Just judging based on your blog. =)

. . . . .

You are making my heart swell. Thank you, Yan. :)

Aileen March 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM  

julai said...
nahh ate Ai, no one will believe that you´re already 39 coz u look way younger. Feeling ko ka age ra ta ate. And I so agree with the things you mentioned above. Stay happy, young and beautiful Ate. God bless you always.muahhhhh

. . . . .

Oh no, you are very young pa Jul uy! But thank you! :)

Dea March 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

Oh, no, no, no, no, no! I refuse to believe you are 39! I'm 29 and I had this notion that we are around the same age. And I'm sorry, but where are those eye wrinkles and imperfect skin that you are talking about?

You must live a happy, fulfilled, and contented life to look this youthful at 39. :) Idol na kita, promise!

Liza March 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

You look like 29--no kidding! You have accomplished so much in your 30's. I'm sure your 40's will just be as fabulous! :-)

Aileen March 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM  

Dea said...
Oh, no, no, no, no, no! I refuse to believe you are 39! I'm 29 and I had this notion that we are around the same age. And I'm sorry, but where are those eye wrinkles and imperfect skin that you are talking about?

You must live a happy, fulfilled, and contented life to look this youthful at 39. :) Idol na kita, promise!

. . . . .

Thanks, Dea. Bigla akong na-shy. Haha. You look very young yourself and very pretty pa! I didn't look as gorgeous when I was your age.

And yes, I choose happiness all the time. I'm happy with the choices I've made and the things I'm doing. And my approach to life is very simple (di ako masyadong ma-drama). My closest friends tell me I haven't lost my sense of wonder, so I guess, that's what's keeping me (looking) young, too. :)

Aileen March 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM  

Liza said...
You look like 29--no kidding! You have accomplished so much in your 30's. I'm sure your 40's will just be as fabulous! :-)

. . . . .

Thank you, Liz! But I honestly could already feel my age. :)

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