Monday, August 27, 2007

A Birthday Post

I had no intention whatsoever in recognizing that it is my birthday today. I was planning to turn in early since I've got a lot of catching up to do for work (too much holiday-ing here!) and I've been depressed (notice all the video posts I've made the past few days). I have been emo-ing the whole weekend over something (I hope he is perfectly guilty over it!) and I couldn't see myself getting out of the rut. And add the fact that I've ended up brooding about all the mishaps I've been through the past year because the latest mishap triggered it (...I have not been smiling for 3 days!).

I have given up hope and accepted the fact that it was definitely one of the worst years of my life, and thus, a much worse birthday than last year (I was bedridden last year).

But when a friend of mine sent me this message -

We are often distracted by small dot-like disappointments, and we are prone to forget innumerable blessings we received from the Lord. The good things are far more important than the adversities that monopolize our attention. Rather than concentrating the trials of life, we should fix our attention on its blessings.

I felt like somebody whacked me on the head. Really hard. And here are just some of the wonderful blessings that I received in the past 365 days -

And I've got loads of other stuff I wasn't able to put in! I realized that indeed, the good things outweigh the disappointments. But then that's life coz it's the only way you can really appreciate all the good things and all the blessings that you receive.

It's almost 2 a.m. in the morning now and I could say that it's been one of the zaniest and craziest birthdays I've had. I never expected to have a salubong party! And online at that! I was about to prepare this post when I received an invitation for a blogger online conference. I joined in but had to wait to participate coz I was still working, little did I know (I think they didn't know as well) that the online conference would turn out to be an online party! It felt like New Year with the countdown, the booze, the pulutan, yummy food, cake and gifts (where's that fafa guys?). Toasts were made and I got all different kinds of wishes and I promptly cried (and finally broke down after holding it off for 3 days). The best things in life are really stuff that come unexpectedly and in a very simple manner. God always has His surprises after all.

Thank you guys! I'd love to publish the whole conference, but then LOL, madami sa inyo sasabit eh (so whatever it is that happened in the online party, stays there!)! Palagay na lang ulit ng wishes niyo in the comments. (Well I saved the whole thingy! Papabasa ko sa mga magiging apo ko).

Another year in my life, of course it wouldn't have been so blessed without the graces given by God (thank you Papa God), the support of my family (Dad, Mom, Miguel, my Ate and Kuya and the whole Enrile clan!), my best friends who keep me sane (Darwin, Tappy, Anne, and Jay), my friends, my colleagues (from the past and present) and all those who have helped me in the past year, especially the bloggers (mabuhay ang mga bloggers!).

#1 Oh! My birthday is August 28. (I forgot I registered my account in the US that's why the date is August 27).
#2 Thank you very much for all the greetings! Warm, fuzzy feeling :)


  1. Happy Birthday Aileen! :)
    more blessings, more success,
    more happiness,
    more health (is there such term?)

    seesaw year nga for you but
    the highs balances the lows... and you've experienced both ends of the spectrum. :)

    ps: yung comment window is
    only half open kaya i'm forced
    to type like this.
    (puro new line)

  2. Anonymous2:25 AM

    Waah sayang wala na ako dun sa Confe nung nag 12 argggh! Anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY! MAY GOD BLESS YOU MORE!

  3. Anonymous3:17 AM

    mam google filipinas! ulitin ko lang at dagdagan na yung wish at gift ko...

    wishing you more reasons to be happy, to be thankful, and more ways to express and learn more wisdom in the coming years.

    always remember that blessings come in different packages.. most problems come with bigger blessings. :D

    eto na yung spatteti.. lambanog at bicol express... yung iba na lang magdadala siguro nung mga naiwang pagkain sa conference room. ahaha!


  4. Happy Birthday Aileen! 23 years old ka na! Pero still pretty, as always. ;)

    Sorry medyo late sa greeting. I wasn't able to go online the whole day yesterday, thanks to my ISP. Ang dami ko pa namang dapat aasikasuhin na di ko na nagawa (pera rin yun, huhu), at isa na siguro dun ang pagbati sa iyo.

    Maligayang kaarawan! Until we meet again! :)

  5. Happy Birthday Aileen! :D

  6. Anonymous5:50 AM

    Happy Birthday ulit! Hinahanap pa ang V.P.!

  7. Happy birthday Aileen!

  8. Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan ^_^

  9. Happy Birthday! More blessings to come.

  10. It's perfectly alright to mope and feel sad because they are valid feelings. That's what are friends for though. They nudge you gently out of that sinking feeling. That's the best gift you can ever receive. Your friends. Amazing. Just enjoy whatever you have today. Let tomorrow's worries take care of itself when it comes.

  11. Anonymous8:46 AM

    happy birthday!
    so, who's the lucky guy? :-)


  12. Anonymous9:02 AM

    happy birthday! more more blessings!

  13. Anonymous9:13 AM

    happy birthday, dear, may you have your heart's desire on this your special day. yes, we should not delve on the insignificant dots, rather we should see the innumerable blessings that come our way. smile, dear :)

  14. Happy, happy birthday Aileen! :) May God continue to shower you with blessings and add more years to your life as He continues to add more life to your years. God bless! :)


  15. Maligayang bati! Stay happy and don't forget to smell the flowers. You are so blessed, my friend. Hugs!

  16. Anonymous11:43 AM

    Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Nakalimutan ko na yung exact na wish ko for you kagabi - out of kalasingan dahil sa virtual inuman session!

    So yeah, isang bagsak ng Jerbaxx jan! ;p

  17. ang masasabi ko lang.. kampaaaaaaay!

    happy birthday :)

  18. Anonymous3:13 PM

    happy birthday!


    This day should be celebrated (online party ..hey that was fun!) because we're happy and thankful for it as it marks the day a wonderful, beautiful and charming friend was born. We are so blessed to have met you and to have the opportunity to call you our friend.

    "We love you because you
    Are helping us to make
    Of the lumber of our lives
    Not a tavern
    But a temple.

    Out of the works
    Of our every day
    Not a reproach
    But a song.

    We love you
    Because you have done
    More than any creed
    Could have done
    To make us good.
    And more than any fate
    Could have done
    To make us happy.

    You have done it
    Without a touch,
    Without a word,
    Without a sign.

    You have done it
    By being yourself.
    Perhaps that is what
    Being a friend means,
    After all."

    God bless you always!

  20. Happy Birthday!!!

    Yes, God always has His surprises, and I hope that this year will be very sweet and lovely! :)

  21. Happy birthday kabayan!

  22. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Happy Birthday! :) mwuahugs

  23. Anonymous7:16 PM

    Happy Birthday Ms. Aileen!!! We wish you more aileenful success, more googleful activities, more apoloful events. More power and God bless you always! ;)

    - B, dYu, and the PBS members, subscribers & friends.

  24. Hi, Happy Happy Birthday Aileen. Wish you more blessings from the Lord. Be happy. Enjoy your day.

  25. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Happy Bday, AGE is strictly a case of mind over matter if you dont mind it doesnt matter Lol!


    btw nice site


  26. Belated happy birthday! :D :D

  27. Anonymous4:16 AM

    belated happy birthday ms. aileen, parehas pala tayo ng birthday. hapi bday din sakin. heheh


  28. Hi Aileen. Happy Birthday and thanks for commenting in my post about the blogger's party. are you one of the organizers?

  29. Anonymous4:49 PM

    ATE AILEEN!!! WE HEART YOU!!! Come back... ;)

  30. Anonymous4:52 PM

    Belated Happy Birthday!

  31. Thanks for coming to the PICS induction party on your birthday, Aileen! Consider it a little extra birthday bash. ;)

  32. belated po. happy birthday!