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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Sunday Update 8: Birthday Week

Today is the first day of the last week of February. The last week already! To think just this past week, it was my birthday week and now it’s all over! 

This past week also marked the 4th death anniversary of my former boss/mentor. Everyone at the office misses him dearly. His leadership, strength of character, and the way he supported his employees are unparalleled. I don’t think we will ever have a boss like him again.  

On our way to the cemetery to light some candles on his anniversary, we passed by the river which was part of our former boss’ dream for the municipality that I work in. It felt bittersweet to look at the river that is so near where he is interred and know that he never lived to see the day that his dream would turn into reality. It’s heartbreaking, to be honest. 

Moving on to happier thoughts, I celebrated my birthday the way I normally do: at home with my family. I never go to work on my birthday. It’s been like that for the past 19 years or so. This time, however, it was a little different in the sense that we opted not to go out or prepare food for the day. It was just a simple meal/dinner with the family. 

We decided to have a sort of “birthday platter” -- a version of the charcuterie/cheese boards that are all the rage these days. My version was a mix of fruits, cheese, vegetables, nuts, and biscuits. I brought some to work the following day for the people at the office to enjoy as well. 

No birthday of mine, however, would be complete without the enjoyment of a little coffee. I spent some time with some work friends on a coffee break to celebrate my birthday. Another co-worker also treated us to a coffee break near the office after a work errand later in the week.  

As they say ininfomercialss, “but wait, there’s more!” I bought some local coffee called Kape Maria this past week. There were four kinds, and at P215 for 200g I decided to treat myself by buying all the versions. I can’t wait to try the Amuyao version from Bontoc which is supposedly the strongest kind.  

Apart from the coffee, I also treated myself to some Gising Gising, a Filipino dish that I love but do not get to have that often. When I had the chance to eat it for lunch, I just had to have it! I missed the flavor so much! I really need to try and cook it again one of these days! 

Lastly, what would be a better way to mark my 43rd birthday than to finally give in and get a pair of reading glasses? I have been trying to deny the fact that it has been difficult to read without them for so long, to the point that I often use my phone to magnify text! Now that I have them, I can’t believe that I have waited so long – reading has been so much better now! 

How has your week been? I hope that it has been as eventful as mine was!   


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