The year is coming to an end. Another year of my life has just begun. Yes, I am officially out of the calendar.

* insert drumroll here*

I am 32 years old!!!

Birthdays used to make me a little melancholic at best, downright depressed at worst. Almost always, some thing would come up on the very day that would dampen the spirit of celebration. Okay, I admit, I hate getting old. And birthdays, particularly mine, reminded me of me getting old and of me not getting anywhere. It reminded me of things I still couldn't call mine and of dreams out of my reach.

This year, when the big day finally rolled in, I was waiting for that familiar gloomy mood to set in. I was waiting for someone or something to rain on my parade. Surprisingly, it was perfect. Nothing made me sad. Nothing went wrong at my party. It was fun and I was wearing a big smile the whole night.

That night, as I thank God for all His blessings,  I realized that I am at the moment in my life where I am most contented.  I am in a place and time when I could say I am the happiest. I also realized ...

1.  That I dont need to have thousands of friends to be called friendly. I have lost some people along the way, people I would have loved to keep but was gone or chose to walk out of my life. It was sad. Like most, I hate goodbyes. Yet, the people that remained are the most special ones. The ones that I am sure are for keeps.

2. That I can give up anything for my family. Absolutely anything. Nuff said.

3. That I have learned to be contented. I used to be so restless, wanting to have everything, doing everything to have it all. Feeling bad if I don't get it and shutting myself away from the world. Now, I have come to accept the fact that I couldn't have it all. There are things and people that are just not meant for me. Surprisingly, I am happy with that.

4. That shopping is NOT everything. I only realized this this holiday season. I have stopped splurging. I have stopped buying just anything that I fancy. I have learned that thing they call restrain. Hi there, self-control!  My credit card and my husband are sooo glad I dont have the tendency to go on the spending spree anymore. If anything is a sign of maturity, then this is it!

5. That I am never too old to learn. And learning doesn't happen in the classroom alone. The lessons learned outside of it is a lot more important.

6. That I am not too superficial anymore. I have learned to look beyond what the eyes could see. I have stopped being too vain and have come to realized that my beautiful soul will still shine through. I still strive to be healthier and prettier :). I still got to lose some pounds. But it is not the be-all and end-all of my existence.

7. That I am never too old to dream. I still have a lot of dreams. Dream house, dream car, dream vacation with hubby, dreams for my little girl. I can go on and on.  Even if I will be 80, I would still dream and dream big.

8. That my happiness is my choice. And I choose to be happy.

(Please forgive the selfies. I dont usually do this. Pagbigyan nyo na. :)


  1. Happy Belated Birthday! And I don't mind the selfies, we don't see enough of you. I've gotten older and wiser as well and have stopped doing a lot of things I did in the past, including splurging. I didn't even splurge this Christmas besides buying a few gifts for families. I hope you'll have a great 2014 and looking forward to reading your continued posts. Love and hugs from Madison and I.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words,Amanda! You have no idea how it warms my heart. One of the best things that happened this year is knowing all my blogger friends. Happy New Year to you and the whole family! :)

  2. Happy birthday Kristine! A year older, a year wiser. I wish you all the best and God bless you!

  3. Belated happy Birthday tukayo.. wow. Those are really gastronomic delis.. nagutom ako..

  4. Nice photos! Lakas makasexy ng cutouts sis :)
    And we share the same idea. there are times when i feel sad suddenly, especially when i think of the things that are still out of reach too (ganito ata talaga pag nadadagdagan ang edad haha!). but we always have a choice to be happy. naniniwala talaga ako dun. so keep on
    shining dreaming big! Hopefully we do achieve those dreams one day. God bless and happy new year!

    My giveaway is still ongoing!

    1. And belated happy birthday sis!

    2. Hahaha! Naku naman, lage na akong magsusuot ng cut outs. Nakakasexy eh. hehehe. Thanks sis!

  5. Belated happy birthday and happy new year! :D

  6. Happy belated birthday! 32 is still young, I have 4 years on you (I'll be 36 this year). I hope you had a great birthday! I agree with you that I have changed my mindset with a lot of things as I have gotten older. I spend a lot less money on things than when I was younger :)


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