01 August 2012

Happy 14 Years, Self!

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It has been 14 years since I uprooted myself from Cebu and move to Manila to take a job in the UN. It may seem funny to some that I celebrate this 'uprooting' every year, but I like celebrating my life in this big city. It's some sort of thanksgiving for that incredible journey and for all the blessings I have received.

But I will not make a sentimental entry this time. I'll do that next year, on my 15th. *grin*

On my anniversary two years ago, I wrote this. Last year, I did this.

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Today, CBB and I had early dinner at Italianni's to celebrate. The pasta was fantastic. I also ordered Mango Panna Cotta, a favorite. Delicious, creamy, and just divine. :)

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Yesterday, I met up with my Ireland-based highschool classmate, Noel. He was in Cebu recently and dropped by Manila on his way back to Ireland. Noel and I were partners-in-crime back then, both in laag and in school activities. He's the doting brother I never had. And if we look kiat in the picture, it's because we really are kiat when we are together.

And because he is a doting brother-friend to me (and because it's my anniversary), he gave me a rather expensive gift, which got a lot of protest from me. He told me: "Pero daghan na kaayo ko'g utang nimo." After saying thank you, I teased him: "Wala pay labot ang birthday gift ani ha!" We laughed.

Before he left, we promised each other we'd scuba dive together the next time he visits.

Thank you again, Noel! Don't forget our pinky swear! :D

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Meikah Ybañez-Delid August 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM  

Congrats, Ai! You really have 14 blessed years behind you. Look forward to more blessed years! :)

Chelo August 4, 2012 at 12:40 AM  

I'm so glad you celebrate yearly your Manila move,Ai..its a big thing..I agree,its a start of so many wonderful things for you..;-) im so happy for you..
and esp looking at photos of you and your hig school buddy...ikaw gyud na iyang bukambibig whenever he comes here..idol gyud ka anah niya;-) im happy for him;-)

Liza August 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

Happy 14 years in Manila, Ai! Oh my, naglaway ko sa Mango Panna Cotta! I am a big fan of anything mango--remember that big mango dessert I had when we met? But, I must say nga mas lami gyud tong imong cheese bread. Kung wa pa lang ko maulaw, gikaon na to nako tanan! Hahaha! I was telling my friend Lori last week--that was the best cheese bread I've ever had! :-)

julai August 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

Congrats on your 14th ate and I am already excited for your 15th.:) Ug kilig ever na unta ko coz I thought it was a photo of you and CBB that you´re posting, until I read further, wrong man diay ko.hehehe.

I am so happy for you Ate Ai. Thank you for the inspiration. I love u.

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