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Belated Birthday Greetings for Me

birthday-card-for-friendToday has been extra special for me. Wanna know why? Well, I’ve just received a special gift for my birthday. Actually, I had my birthday last week. So, I didn’t expect to receive anything after that. But I surprised that a postman was knocking at our door this morning and had something for me – a birthday wishes from a special friend of mine…

So, just a little tidbit about my birthday bash… I celebrated it with my friends and family last week. Thanks to my boss that gave me an early Christmas and birthday bonus, I was able to throw a small, yet a happy birthday party. I rent videoke, cooked some foods (spaghetti, dynamite, chicken lollipops, and more). We had some drinks. Errr, let me rephrase. We had a LOT OF DRINKS. We partied until 2am and I almost regret it. I had a major hangover after that!

Anyway, back to my special friend. Oh yes! I received something from her – a belated birthday card. Actually, it wasn’t supposed to be a belated birthday greetings coz she sent that a week before my actual birthday. But you know how snail mail works. So I got that exactly 14 days after she mailed it. She didn’t let me know that’s why I was surprised. I even thought that she completely forgot my big day.

She’s one of my friends who know who I really am, knows my likes and interests and keeps some secrets of mine. I consider her as one of those special friends, a best friend. I actually miss her. She’s presently working in Dubai – a region in Middle East. Due to busy working schedule, we have no time to chat or talk over the phone. We still keep in touch though.

Back to her birthday present for me…. Since she knew me well enough, she knew that I love flowers. So I’m glad to receive something with floral design. You can see in the picture that she chose a beautiful design of birthday card. It warms my heart the minute I open the envelope and sees the card. The mere fact that she remembered what I really want and the fact that she didn’t forget to greet me on my special day is simply touching.

Then, I opened the card and was touched even more. It has very heartfelt birthday messages on it. It says:

A Birthday brings
A very special opportunity
To think of happy
Days gone by
And the days that are yet to be…

Hoping sincerely
Your special day brings
Warm, happy hours
And bright, happy things…
Lighthearted moments of
Friendship and fun.
To help make your birthday
A wonderful one.

Happy Birthday!


It was very touching. I’d like to thank my friend, from the bottom of my heart. The joy I felt on my actual birth date has been renewed…. I really feel so lucky to have a friend like her. So tonight, I think I’m going to send her a thank you note on her email. I wish we can have more time to bond even online. It’s too bad we had to sacrifice our time for the friendship we had coz we both need to earn those bucks.

I think this Christmas, it’s for me to return the favor. I’ll be making homemade Christmas cards to send her and get something as a present. I hope she will like it.


New Year Celebration Ideas

new-year-2013There’s no other celebration as grand as New Year. It is the time when people from all over the globe bid ‘adios’ to the present and greet ‘hola’ to the next. It symbolizes transition from old to new and fresh start. Since all of us are joyfully anticipating the arrival of a New Year, might as well try a new way of celebrating it, far from the traditional house party in the evening, although sending New year wishes to family and friends shouldn’t be forgotten  Doing this might really make you feel like having a fresh start. So here are my suggestions on how you can celebrate this grand festivity.

Celebrating New Year with Nature

At least two weeks before New Year, book a flight, if living overseas, and make an arrangement to rent a cabin in the woods where you can rest and warm yourself in a cold night beside a chimney. It’s always better if you make a longer preparation for this to give yourself an ample time to look for a place and avoid the holiday rush. Nevertheless, a spontaneous thought of going outdoors would mean fun and adventure, so it could be an exciting idea for us all. Prepare your New Year’s party dinner, which include a hot creamy noodle soup and some hot beverage like brewed coffee. Cover yourself all over, using a thick warm blanket and enjoy the night.

This is best when done with your partner, because the whole ambiance is tremendously romantic. At the strike of 12 midnight, you can toast with your mug of hot chocolate.

Going Outdoor

Another unique way of celebrating your new year is to go out of town and go camping. It will be fun to bring your friends along and watch city lights below. A little preparation is required though, consider your transportation, how can you get there and where are you going to rest. Of course, do not forget to bring your tent because the idea here is to go camping. Find a good camping spot as part of the preparation.

If you and your friends are hungry for some adventure, going on the camping site by means of commuting and walking would be fun.

Celebrating New Year in the Beach

Some people do spend their holidays on the beach and you might be wondering whether it’s really a great idea. If so, why don’t you try it yourself? During nighttime, the wind by the sea gets refreshingly cold, it could inspire you having a solemn, peaceful and quiet celebration and reflection for the New Year away from the busy city life. Do a little research and you might just find a deserted beach where you can just sit and watch the waves crash into the shore. It is best done by couples as it is very relaxing and extremely romantic.

Celebrating New Year at Home

Some people just can’t leave the comfort of their home and would not exchange this idea for some holiday in outdoors. If they are, just let them be and have the most out of the holidays by making your New Year’s celebration fun and enjoyable. You can play games or rent movies aside from the usual New Year’s dinner. The perks of celebrating it in this fashion is that it wouldn’t cost that much. Last year, I spent this holiday with my family. After I send out my New Year messages and greetings through cards and via email, I joined the family as they watch different fireworks in the sky.

Spending New Year in a Spa

Remove your stresses by spending your New Year in a luxurious spa for some massage. You can definitely find a spa that is open during New Year. Make an advanced reservation for you and your loved one, give them this wonderful treat so that they can welcome the New Year relaxed and stress-free.

To make sure that your New Year will be hassle-free, make sure that the personnel doing the massage will be of the same gender. Letting your partner see a lady masseuse doing your massage would surely spell a problem.

Have your own Firework Displays

Prepare your own fireworks display at the backyard and make this a highlight of your New Year celebration. However, take extra care in handling and arrangement of new year decorations and supplies, as they as highly flammable and are made of substances that can harm one’s health when ingested. Invite your loved ones at the backyard before the strike of midnight; give them their glasses of champagne as everyone do the countdown. Light them at the strike of 12 midnight and watch them with your family, friends and loved ones.