I think the people who really know me know that I’m not festive at all. And so I’m not into parties and social gatherings. And to be honest, I do not know exactly why. I’m the kind of guy who just prays through his birthday day for the most part. For me, it’s just a personal thanksgiving day, which I spend just looking back on the past year, and being grateful for how it had unfolded for me.
Yesterday was quite eventful.
Two days after my birthday, unbeknownst to me, a certain team of people have come up with a surprise birthday celebration for me. This cunning team of “suspects” apparently included some of my closest, closest friends, and, to my surprise, my family.
It was well planned out. And up to now, I’m still trying to put the pieces all together as to how it was all conjured up for as short as two weeks. Apparently.
As I try to wrap my head around it, I am feeling utterly overwhelmed by all of it (understatement). I am still in shock (understatement). I am tremendously thankful (understatement). And I am extremely happy (understatement).
But after it all, I got reminded that I am fortunate, I am blessed and well loved by these people who are collectively my family. They’re the “village people” who have helped raise me and shape me into who I am today. I thank the Lord for them. This memory will always be remembered and treasured.
And so here are some photos from yesterday.
An out-of-this-body moment
You wouldn’t believe this is the first birthday I had the most number of cakes. I had seven. Not two, seven!
I don’t always feel startled, to be honest.
The KFC cake: dream come true.
Watching some recorded birthday greetings from my young fellas. This was special.
Nikki Nikki Nikki Nikki!
These gorgeous Mums. So thankful for them
Birthday cake made with love by my Tita Ruby
Our Batman, and all time loved Tita Virgie
They’re growing up so fast, it freaks me out!
Inspired by them
Praying that they all grow up with wisdom, courage, and closeness with God
My family, my family. I have no words!
The main culprits. Especially that one in red. They’re guilty of loving on me heavily and relentlessly!
Loads of fun and brainwork at rehearsal. Man, how time flies! We are only a couple of weeks away from performance day. We were too diligent to be in uni rehearsing during the intra-session break. How good it actually made us feel! Ha-ha!
Photo session! Simply ’cause we need it for the blog! Ha-ha!
Looking over the overall impact and quality of the performance, the team had to consider the helpful suggestions and insights put forth by the people in our class during the workshop. It was kind of thrilling to try out some new things and to tweak some parts a bit so it would create a better effect. We know that there is still a lot to engineer in terms of structure, dynamics and overall impact. We have scheduled our last filming day (plus general rehearsal) next Friday to continue to polish and memorise our parts.
We can never let a day pass without photobooth-ing. We believe in the saying that “Crazy is creative.”
One of the highlights of this day was actually lunchtime! Funny how we had our “lunch break” first, before actually rehearsing. We also discovered that our Amabelle is a great cook! Her thoughtfulness is as sumptuous as the very special homemade lasagne she prepared for us. It’s definitely saying hello to truckloads of kilocals to burn! Nevertheless, it was just so finger-licking good and we had quite an amazing time!
How could lasagne taste this good! And there is one word to describe it: heavenly. Quoted from Gerielle.