I haven’t been blogging these past few days since I got very busy with school stuff. The semester has finally ended and I could say that I enjoyed my teaching stint after being away for five semesters. I just need to check my students’ exams and papers so I can really say adios to this semester and concentrate on my 30th birthday. 🙂
If you have been following this blog, you’d know that the road to becoming 30 is a very personal endeavor for me. This blog is a product of such journey. That said, plus the fact that I am one person who likes to celebrate his birthday for an entire month or so, my 30th birthday is something that I really look forward to.
I’d like to believe that my birthday celebration started when I went on a Misibis Bay holiday exactly a month before my big day but the party started Tuesday this week when I had a Jollibee Kiddie Party attended by my colleagues from the University of the Philippines in Baguio.
While a Jollibee Kiddie Party is something that I do not lust, I will not deny that I am a big fan of Jollibee. Who isn’t, right? Since college, the fastfood chain’s chicken-spaghetti combo (with pineapple juice, please) has been my comfort food. I can actually eat it every day for two weeks. 🙂
Maybe it is the fact that I am turning 30 soon that’s why I opted to have this party. Maybe I want to be a kid for the last time before parties like this become painstakingly awkward for my age. Whatever it is, I am really glad I decided to have a kiddie party.
I shared the party with Manang Violy, our college’s dear administration staff who is also celebrating her birthday this month. I love Manang Violy! Everyone in our college does. She is kind, efficient, and does not forget to offer her coffee with us. Funny, but we like to greet each other “Happy birthday!” every single day. Every single day! So when we had our Jollibee Kiddie Party, it was like our greeting finally made sense. 😀
I am glad almost everyone in our college attended the party even on a short notice and even when everyone was actually busy with finals week. I guess the party was that needed diversion before we get lost in all the checking and grade preparations.
I got sentimental when I realized I have this picture with my friends I, J, and A. Can you tell how we are inside our classrooms? 😀 Five years ago, a group picture like this would have all the other faculty members our age, but now it’s just the four of us. Perhaps aging turns people into drama kings and queens. 😀
My mentors were there too and gamely participated on all the activities that night even when they had a long day at the office. It means a lot to me to have friends older than me because the wisdom that they share with me is just admirable and inspiring.
I was one happy kid that night knowing everyone in our group had fun and got to experience how it is to be young once again even just for two hours.
When the party has ended, the three of us decided to continue the celebration at Ma’am R’s home. Here are two of my most favorite people on earth.
This party was actually pretty historic. It was my first time to celebarte my birthday with my UP Baguio family and it was also my first time to have a kiddie party. Well, I remember I hosted one back in 3rd grade but I think no one really came because my classmates and friends were also busy with the yearly Camporal back then.
And yes, it was my first time to do the Gangnam style. Because Jollibee forced me to do it! No, it wasn’t bad, really. Oh, 30, you are so becoming my year. 🙂
- Except for the last photograph which was taken with a Sony TX10 digital camera, all the other photographs were taken with a Canon 550d.
- Thanks to I. Galang for the photographs.