Turning 27 and Getting Schooled by Life

The last time I blogged, which was one day before my birthday, I was in a pretty melancholic mood. Things did turn around for the better, as expected, but at that time, I just didn’t have the energy or the motivation to feel upbeat. All I wanted to do was accept that I was being miserable because nothing was going my way.

But as I said, things did turn up for the better. I’m feeling a lot happier right now despite things not being 100% awesome. My smile is back.

Job and I eventually made up — he broke the ice and sent me a message first, but I admit I would’ve sent him the first message if he didn’t already. Knowing him, though, I know hindi niya ako kayang tiisin charot. He also doesn’t have any choice because it’s my birthday, just kidding 😛 In my defense, I really didn’t do anything wrong and was unfairly accused.

My best friend George and I also made up. We didn’t really fight but like some of you pointed out, I was really nagtatampo because of our cancelled birthday date. I wasn’t really mad but was just feeling frustrated, and now I’m totally over it.

Things are finally going my way… NOT!

It was my birthday yesterday, and I had a simple celebration. Why is it that the older you get, the less grand your birthday needs to be? Or is it just me? I just made cheesecake, bought some food, and celebrated at home and at the hotel. You see, early last year, I chanced upon a promo for Go Hotels Davao, which was not yet open at that time. They had an P88/night promo for their opening (which is this year), and I quickly availed. Nothing to lose!

I’m glad to report that my stay at the hotel is uneventful so far (except for the fact that the hotel internet is down right now).

So what is not going my way?

1. The bank fiasco

Guess who’s celebrating her birthday penniless? Me! Imagine my shock, waking up on my birthday, and finding out that BPI has basically shut down operations. My salary is in my BPI account and I haven’t had time to withdraw it. On top of that, I haven’t paid the bills yet and my Sun Life VUL. Gaaah BPI!

(I was able to pay my Sun Life VUL earlier using some of the savings I have with me. Whew.)


Always be ready and always have a backup plan.

2. When the tables are turned

Also, I have another date with another friend, Yankee, this weekend. And due to some unforeseen events, it needs to be cancelled, too. This time, it’s me who needs to cancel! Oh, the irony!

This was a really humbling experience for me. When it was me who had to experience getting “left at the altar” (exagg), I felt very disappointed and hurt. I did not talk to my best friend for a day because of that. However, now that it was my turn to cancel a date which I knew Yankee really looked forward to (and needed!), she felt hurt and sad but she forgave me right away. She also needed to move appointments to accommodate me, but she didn’t blame me for it. I wish I did the same.


Always forgive. 

3. Saying goodbye to a friend

And on a more serious note, I found out that one of my dearest friends from my office-girl days, Kristine, passed away earlier today. Just a day after my birthday. We were almost the same age, so to say I was shocked is a sore understatement. I knew she was ill, but I thought she was coping well. I never imagined that she would die so young. 🙁

I always think of her from time to time because I admire her strength. She had a chronic illness which attacked her internal organs, and she had to miss work regularly to get long treatments at the hospital. But not once did I hear her complain. In fact, she’s a very lovely, brave, caring girl who didn’t want special treatment just because of her condition. In fact, only a few of us knew about her illness.

Kristine is wearing bold yellow stripes, me on her left

There was a time when I randomly sent her a message because I just happened to think of her. Actually, I read an article about her illness, which made me admire her even more. The last time we chatted was when I was in Manila. We weren’t able to meet up because I didn’t know she was in BGC when we went to BGC, so we just ended up chatting. How I wish we were able to meet for the last time.


Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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  • Reply Chessy June 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Belated happy birthday! And sorry for your loss. Our family lost a grandaunt just recently and I know we could’ve spent more time with her while she was around.

  • Reply May Palacpac June 10, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I’m sorry for the loss of your friend and I’m sorry your birthday wasn’t the way you planned it. The BPI fiasco really affected so many people. I’m really hoping they fix this because my parents also have an account in there.

  • Reply Tipid Mommy June 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Belated Happy Birthday Maan!

    I am so sorry for your loss, she looks so young but in everything there’s a reason and purpose.

    I agree to what you’ve said “the older we get, the less grand we wanted to celebrate our birthdays..”

    You got a good deal too P88 for Go hotels? Wow!

    • Reply Maan June 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Yes! It wasn’t announced (I think). I just happened to be in the right place at the right time 😀

  • Reply jeany June 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Belated happy birthday Maan!
    God bless you even more!

  • Reply Yvonne Bertoldo June 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Belated happy birthday ms Maan. I also turned 27 last April. 🙂 Thanks for the great advices. Sorry for your loss and I hope the BPI fiasco wouldn’t happen again 😞

  • Reply dory June 11, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Belated Happy Birthday! and sorry as well for the loss of your friend

  • Reply ann valdez June 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Belated Happy Birthday more Blessings to come and more power to your blog! 🙂

  • Reply EINz June 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry for the loss, it’s really hard to accept the passing of someone, especially at a very young age. We can never tell what tomorrow brings, at this age, I came to realize to enjoy every moment and cherish simple things that makes me happy.

  • Reply Juvy June 12, 2017 at 4:29 am

    The older we get, the more complex life becomes. The important thing though, as my mom would always say is the the stuff we’ve learned to make us better versions of ourselves. Belated Happy Birthdau.

  • Reply tweenselmom June 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Belated happy birthday! For me, birthday celebration goes with the mood and the budget 🙂 The celebration is not important, but the event itself, the fact that you are healthy and alive will always be something to be thankful for. Sorry for your friend, but not sorry actually, she seemed to have lived her life to the fullest.

  • Reply Nerisa June 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Belated happy birthday! adding another year in our life means a lot of realizations. Some realizations, include financial, others getting old. Nevertheless, we have to be thankful to God for giving us another year to celebrate life.

  • Reply Michi June 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Belated happy birthday! The BPI issue is really scary, good thing when I checked my account it was not affected. I think more on payroll ang affected but I hope it won’t happen again.

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