…And its October 2.

Wow. I honestly can’t feel the day. Well, except for the fact that I’m not really writing this on the exact date and I’m just publishing it on October 2, I really can’t feel my age. I know I’m getting old. And I know there’s a hell lot of responsibility now that I’m considered legal-legal. Which is over legal already. I’ve passed 18 and now I’m passing the 2nd mark of age in being legal. Ok, I’m legal. Enough of that word already. On the bright and not heavily burdened side, I have acquired more freedom. I know I have acquired it because the only reason I tell my parents where I’m going now is not because I’m asking for their permission, its only because so they can know where I am. Whether they say no or not, I will always find a way to reassure them that I can go by myself and I’m a grown up now.

Anywaaaaaay, its my birthday! I don’t wanna say my age since I still don’t feel like my age. Maybe in two months or so. When I’ve pretty much get used to writing/adding another year of my age on paper, that’s when I’ll start changing my stats too. Another thing, I’m not expecting anything for today. This is because I’ve learned a long time before NOT to expect anything on your birthday (This is good advice for those kiddos out there). The trick is, don’t expect anything. Don’t even give out hints. Just be happy with whatever they give you and you will be happy. Instead of expecting something you really want as a gift, and getting disappointed when they surprise you with the wrong thing in the end. Isn’t it better to buy what you want yourself than try to mask your disappointed face when they give you socks or something?

Today was a huge celebration for my tummy. Since it’s a Wednesday, and Renz and I usually spend our lunches together on MW scheds this term, we had time to have a little celebration of my birthday on the day itself. I tried not to eat too much since I know my family and I are going to a buffet later on, but with Renz, you just couldn’t help not to eat with him. We ate at Kenny Rogers Vito Cruz Branch. I decided to have some yogurt and corn muffins but Renz just had to order quesadillas and main dishes. He really wanted to celebrate with me. Look, he even wore red and something formal just because!

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How cute is he? ❤

After that, my dad fetched my sister, Pauline, and I in DLSU (Yay, no LRT rides on my birthday!). We also fetched my other sister, Justine, in UST and headed to Vikings North Edsa to meet up with my mom and my youngest sister, Angeline. For the review of Vikings Luxury Buffet I’ve made before, click here. 🙂

buffet day

I really prepared for this day. I made the reservations and we got the nice seats at last. We were six in all and we got the seats near the window and near the dessert buffet tables.

Introducing my family:

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From the left: Pauline, Mom, Angeline, Me, Justine, Dad.

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With my sister, Pauline. We look alike, dont we?

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With my youngest, baby sister: Angeline. Can you believe she’s only 12?! :O

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Justine and my mom 🙂

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I love my sisters ❤

After we have filled our stomachs to the brim, the waiters made me wear this stupid Viking hat and sang me the birthday song. I felt silly, especially when Justine caught it on cam. But it was funny! I actually laugh because one of the waiters had some awesome dance moves but it was coupled with lame singing. I didn’t expect to receive a cake (duh!) I’m too old for that. So it was a good thing Vikings gave me a complimentary one.

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My birthday cake 🙂

Oh it was a good day, a very splendid day in fact. I really enjoyed being with the people I loved the most. The experience was worth cherishing and I’m happy I spend it with my family. My mom even surprised me with another chocolate birthday cake she bought that morning! That, I was not expecting at all. I wouldn’t change anything about this day. Just knowing that I spent a good day, my birthday, with my family is good enough for me. See, its rare for us to do something like these nowadays. Now that we’re almost all grown-ups and we all have our own things going on, its such a rare sight that we are all together in one picture. I am slowly running out of these kinds of celebrations so I’m happy that I’m recording about one now.

Thank you for reading!

Patricia :*

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Renz’s Birth-Date

I chose the title ‘Birthdate,’ because it was a date meant for his birthday last Sept. 2. But this date was rescheduled so many times, I didn’t think it would finally pull through. The thing is, I didn’t even expect to wake up early. It was a rainy sunday morning and all I could think of is how I could get away with more sleep. To my surprise, Renz called. He’s already on the way to fetch me. Fudge. I’m running late.

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This is me debuting my new hair color – which I hate. >:) I’m totally going to change it next week. (excuse the face, had to do make up in the car! lol)

I quickly jumped out of bed, took a shower and got dressed. 20 mins later, he’s on my doorstep. We had to hurry out because we had to be at the place for lunch at 11am.

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So for our first agenda, Renz’s favorite BUFFET place: Vikings Buffet Restaurant. This is the second time we’ve been to Vikings and at both times, it was Renz who insisted. At first, I really didn’t want to because it’s really costly to eat here during the weekends compared to its weekday prices plus, I’m sure I won’t be able to eat as much as I want because of my recent diet. But when it comes to food, with Renz, it’s always the best. Afterwards, I knew our money was well spent. In fact, I’m going to write a review about it so I won’t have to post here all our food pictures.

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Salmon and tuna sashimi, sushi variety and some baked cheesy oyster. YUM! :p

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Candid photo of Renz pouring some miso soup. 🙂

More about Vikings luxurious and extravagant choices of food here.

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The mandatory couple’s picture for our date. ❤

Two and half hours later, we were so full it was hard to stand up without getting dizzy. With these kinds of buffet, you had to at least try a morsel of everything before you leave. We left SM and went to Trinoma. We walked around so we can help our stomachs digest our lunch. So we went shopping, I bought some makeup brushes while Renz led me to his favorite shoe stores again. The boy has a penchant for shoes and is always trying to look for great ones to add to his collection. While shopping, we ran into some of his relatives. I met his uncle and some cousins from his mom’s side. We said ‘hi’ and they joked about how I seemed to look like a different girl from whom they have seen before (lol different hair color). I love this part because I seem to be having a surge of ‘meeting his relatives’ this month. All of a sudden, I am meeting them all one by one. I guess this is lucky for me. I would know some people when Renz brings me to this major family event next month.

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We’re a couple, these are the inescapable things we do. Sue us. 🙂

After a while, we still had hours to kill before our movie starts. We went grocery shopping and bought nothing. HAHA. I almost bought a pint of Arce Dairy Green Tea ice cream but thought of it otherwise. I just had this craving for something green tea flavored so we went up to our favorite yogurt place, Red Mango.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

We chose to watch The Mortal Instruments because I have read the book before. I knew it was an exciting read at first, but then it got boring further down the road. I don’t remember why, but it was the reason I didn’t buy the next books in the series. After watching the movie, I remembered. I don’t want to cause major spoilers, so don’t read the next line! – it’s because the leads are actually brother-sister! Ok, it’s not yet confirmed by the end of the movie, but that totally led me NOT to buy the next books. In other non-content related news, the movie was great. The effects were nice and the story was not boring at all. But there is no denying you have to read the books sometime to get the total gist of everything that’s happening in it. The movie ran for more than two hours, by the way. I loved Lily Collins’ hair though! Red is totally in this year.

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Grandparent’s Day free photo booth pictures!

Lastly before we left, we passed by an event hosted by Trinoma for Grandparent’s Day. They have this big free movie screening and free medical check ups and free food (I didn’t ask) available for the elderly and the senior citizens. What do you know, they also have free photo booth sessions open for the public! When we asked, there wasn’t a line at all and only the personnel were taking advantage of the free shots. I dragged Renz into it (he’s always reluctant for these things) and we got one souvenir. Yay!

I wrote a blog post about this day because I want this to be glued in my memory as long as possible. This is one of those dates that are really memorable to me. We haven’t had a real date for the longest time and I’m glad we finally had one today. We talked a lot about meaningful things and got into a lot of first. Like for one, when we were already in the car and was driving out of the mall, we saw the long lines of people waiting for cabs and looking for other ways to commute home. That used to be us. Oh how I wished for this day to finally come, and when it did, I’m glad we appreciated the little things. It was a perfect date. Nothing went wrong and we were both beaming by the end of it. As of this post, I’m still happy about it and so is Renz. In the end, I regretted nothing about the day and it could not have gone more amazingly.

Hoping for more times like these,

Patricia :*

P.S. Last picture for this post! I collect receipts for future and memory purposes. Some people collect stamps, I collect receipts. Weird right? lol 😀

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Valet, Vikings, Laundry Receipts

Valet parking because we were running late, Vikings receipt, and the laundry receipt when we dropped Momo, the huge stuffed toy, he gave me to the dry cleaners before he drove me home. 🙂