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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

Birthday Celeb with the Fam

I am officially a year older!

Time flies; just yesterday, I was in college, having the time of my life, and excited about the real world. Now, I am adulting and almost entering a new decade in my life.

Many things have changed, a lot has happened over the years, and I have had some challenges that put me at my lowest, but one thing remains the same: the inner child in me is still alive (this is entirely different from being childish, ha). It is one of the things I'm thankful for on my special day.

Filipina girl posing for a photo | Birthday cake from The Cake Shop by Iko's | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Philippines

When I was younger, I spent a lot of my time going out with friends and acquaintances. My birthdays were fun. In my childhood years, I had small parties that my playmates and I enjoyed. In high school, birthdays meant having a few drinks and shopping. In college, I received gifts and surprises from my friends and roommates. When I was employed, eating out was always the best option.

Through those years, we'd also have dinner as a family, and this year was no different, except that it felt a bit different for me.

It was a busy weekday, so we decided to eat at a nearby hotpot restaurant, and since there were many customers at that time, we had to wait. As we were chatting and taking photos, I could not help but look at my mom and dad, who both wear glasses now. They still look great. I like how they let themselves age gracefully and still have the same smiles on their faces as if I was a little girl celebrating my 7th birthday.

Birthday girl in Red | Memento Vivere | Lifestyle Blog

With every moment of awareness that my parents are not getting any younger (such as these times), I feel kind of sentimental but thankful. I'm glad we were able to come home and visit them. Not everyone can dine with their parents on their birthday so the moment was something I did not want to take for granted.

In a nutshell, I am happy that everyone I love was with me physically on my special day. ❤️

Life is short, spend time with the people you love
Memento Vivere | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi

Happy Birthday to Me! Hehehe. And Happy Birthday to all the December birthday celebrants out there. My auntie Emily and friend Hapy celebrated their birthdays this month as well. Hello sa ibang mga ka-Decembabies (Decembabies talaga?! mapilit lang lol).


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