The best birthday gift – Lessons in Life…

31 10 2010

How many of your birthdays can you remember?

To be honest I could only recount just four. Including last week’s which I could certainly say was the ‘bomb’, all because of the effort poured in by family and friends.

The first I could remember could be dated back when I was 8 years old. There were a lot of guests I was not familiar with. I could still remember there was this huge huge cake I thought was all for me. All of a sudden I saw my sister’s godparent slicing the cake. My mom even assisted her in wrapping the cake, being readied to take home. “Why is she taking my cake?!” I grunted. “…she’s not even my ninang”, Okay I was selfish, I admit it. What I did afterwards was kind of blurry but I was so sure I ate a massive part of the cake. Heck was it delicious. Nonetheless, I could still remember I was very happy way back then. My family’s complete and we were all so happy, could’ve wished the day never ended.
There was another celebration way back in high school, mind you, it was both pleasant and … er unpleasant… Three of my closes friends were also celebrating their birthdays in October, earlier than mine. The circle of friends I was in, liked Amazing Race, so it was not a surprise they had incorporated this during their b-days. I happen to sort it all out by myself which was very very very difficult. I love providing the clues, destination, over-all plans, etc. But boy oh boy was it never easy to pull it all together. And so the day came, it was rewarding to see all the friends and classmates I invited around 10 – along with some who gate-crashed. Probably there were more than 20 people in total. “Wow, “ I thought to myself, “how the heck am I supposed to feed all these people with my allotted budget for half this pips?”… Well, thank God for msg-loaded junkies! Oh gulay, was I surely embarrassed! Never thought of it and never had a contingency plan. From then on, I realized the value of Plan B’s.

Believe it or not, it was only last year’s celebration that I could remember after that terrifying event. Yeah, t’was traumatizing isn’t it? Anyway, I kind of created a blog entry for my ‘bday’ last year, but for some apparent reason, it never got published so, here it goes:

Celebrating 21 years of a rollercoaster ride called LIFE
Wow, neat title huh? But this isn’t a slogan for a company commemorating their 21st anniversary, it’s about one of the memorable days I had – my birthday.
My life has become quite routinary lately. (Wait, is that word even acceptable in the dictionary?!) Waking up at 2:30 AM. Drinking water to cool my system. Washing up without even eating breakfast. Taking a jeepney ride to work. Talking non-stop for 8 hours straight. Eating every food I put my hands on. Taking the shuttle back home. I never suspected anything special to happen this daw… until I arrived home…
After opening our door, I immediately went to our kitchen to freshen up, and of course since I’m famished, grab something to swallow down. Took a glass of water from the kitchen which was a few steps away from the “sala”, I turned my back and spat out the water I was drinking. I saw there in front of me: our plain old wall previously, now a signpost of how I’m being taken good care of.

Kuya Lawrence oblivious to me while taking a picture

I really never understand what I was feeling right at that moment maybe because it’s the first time someone did something so special for me on a day I thought was supposed to be ordinary. I’m not saying that others have not done anything special for me at all, what I’m saying is this is soooo totally unexpected, I was even at awe looking at our decorated living room. I caught myself smiling ridiculously and gazing on it for 15 minutes or so. I was alone so it was okay, but if ate and kuya where awake, I’d sure look silly!

Anyway, I finally decided to eat on our small plastic table and then something caught my eye. I noticed that our table had a crack on it, I took away the cloth hiding the crack only to find that the whole table had a big opening in the middle and was just glued together by glue stick! (Ate Yum told me she used it to decorate the ‘sala’, good thing she wasn’t hurt, and talk about resourcefulness!)

So after my “moment” I washed up after eating and hurried to bed since I need to get enough sleep. Around early in the evening while I was sleeping, someone turned the lights on and betcha by golly wow, ate Yum was holding three cupcakes with a candle! She was even singing the happy birthday song! And to top it all off, we ate a yummy and juicy roasted chicken for dinner. Wow, talk about a very fulfilling day!

I wrote down all the greetings and messagesi gathered via social networking sites, these came from family members and friends who remembered (or who had load of course!) :

1.) RACER – Bday mu kua kirky? he he.
2.) ROWYN – Kirkie. . . Belated. . . Lavyu so much. . . Mwah. . . Ingat. . .
3.) ISRAEL – Advance or belated happy bday u
4.) RACHEL – ei…bELated wapi bday..:)
5.) ROCHELLE – kirky! bl8d! u GodBLESS! u muah! U
6.) JIREH – Bez advance hapi birthday I love u so much.
7.) TRISTAN – Kirky! Happy birthday! Ano handa mo, mekeni? Hahah
8.) MILET – Happy birthday kirk!u
9.) DIANNE LILET – Happy birthday Kirk! 
10.) JOELYN – Happy Birthday kirky.,u waah,cgwo gulat k n alm q bday m nuh?hehe pburger k mmya ah?:) hope magng msya k ngyng bday m, erkei? LoveU kirk anthony balmonte..u
11.) KATKAT – .,upfie bdae tito, upfie bdae tito, upfie bdae upfie bdae, upfie bdae , upfie bdae tito.,u
12.) JASMINE – Kirky!!happy birthday!!naway pagpalain ka pa ng may k lagi.nagmamahal,jasmine o
13.) ANGELI MAE – ,. Hai kua belated APpy bday. . fr: narciza family
14.) MEL C – _hapi birthday po..u
16.) KATRENG – Happy Birthday kirk! Don’t 4get 2 thank God 4 adding u another year of ur life! Mag-resign k n s col ctr job m! bday gft para s sarili m! hehe.
17.) ZSAM – ,kuya kirk, happy birthday po!,u
18.) YUM – happy bday kirk! Celebrate tyo bukas… kht 3 lng tyo…cge,try mu na magrest sa byahe, duty kpa later…


Not sure though why I always keep a copy of who remembered my birth anniversary. Maybe because it’s that feeling of being remembered even for a while. Here’s just the continuation of the people who sent their greetings via SMS for this year’s celebration.

– Kirkee! Happy birthday!i miss you! Love love! 
– I remember God’s love for me in people like you… so on wings of prayers, I whisper my thanks to Him and ask Him to bless you in countless ways. Hapi bday 2 a wndrfl son! love u ma.
Jireh thru Sophie’s phone
– … belated happy birthday!more bdays 2 c0me..Godbless ubEst!(:
– Happy Birthday Kirk! 😀
Jerome R.
– Happy birthday kirk! Wish you more birthdays to come! Haha!
Angel slu
– Happy happy birthday friend! How are you? (with cute graphics)
Boss jhae
– Helo kirky! Happy birthday!sobrng miss na kita.. dami ko n kwqn2 uyet sau.. tas ikaw..mis ko n kwn2 m0h.. enjoy m0 Day na to ha.. sorry i cnt be der..
– *greet.ii
Upfiew 22nd cdae
*k. txt??

I guess you’ve noticed it too. Yes there’s a huge reduction in the numbers of SMS I received. But when I opened my facebook account, figured all the load went there. 86 notifications! Woah! Record! Never had this much last year. Maybe since FB was not yet this big back then.

Can’t get over it…

Eighty-six people remembered me…


Eighty-six people were reminded by facebook…

But still…

Wish I could list them all, it’ll just take up too much space. Okay now going back. This year’s October 21st was by far the most special. For the first time I gave myself a neat gift that took me almost a year to save for. Let’s just say that “Lappy” is not your common birthday gift.

"Lappy" - cause of sleepless nights and sore eyes

I got off early from work. Kuya Wow asked me not to go home since he wants me to spend the morning with him and his special someone, who’s also a dear friend of mine. But as much as I wanted to, my tummy’s just not cooperating. Y’knaw what I mean. Then, I took off in a jiffy. I was planning to spend the rest of the day at home. Play computer games or better yet, finish watching an American TV series. I was thinking about this as I walk towards the door of our apartment. Upon opening, here’s what I saw:

I knew it! There were plans already! Realizing that their plans have yet to be completed, I hurried to go to the wash room and readied myself to go to sleep. Unfortunately Joey woke up and Ate Yum just came home from the market. Surprised to see me early, they immediately sent me off to bed. What a way to force to sleep! And that’s what I did. Waking up several hours later, even though my senses are still kind of numb and all, I could still smell the waft of the fried chicken cooked from our kitchen. And to my delight, there was spaghetti, ice cream cake, and chicken lollipops lying on the table waiting to be devoured. Joey and ate Yum woke up as well as they need to head out to work as well. The day ended with the three of us going to work with full exploding bellies. This was also the perfect opportunity for them to tell me their whole plan, where I was supposed to be stalled by Kuya Wow and not to arrive as early as I did. “oops, sorry…”

I may not be with my immediate family but I was happy with the company of my Ate Yum and Joey. Two very important ladies in my life. I’m not saying this since they did set-up a birthday celebration I could not forget, but because we’ve been supporting each other through thick and thin. In addition to that, we’re the family we got away from our very own. This independent life I’m not yet fully accustomed yet with, has brought a lot of challenges and lessons into my life, pretty much like celebrating birthdays. Interesting and insightful. Surprising and rewarding at the same time. The future may be uncertain but what I’m sure about is that there’s a long list of people who are concerned about me and who I care about too.. And for this I could not ask for a better gift. Thank you all for making life more meaningful and significant for me… oh and thanks for playing such a big part. 😉


My Birthday … Wohooo! ;)

20 11 2008

Happy B-day to me!!! …

Well, BELATED to be exact …

Nothing out of the ordinary happened today actually. But prior to this day, I went out with an old friend who I haven’t been within the last couple of years.

So we met up at 6 pm in front of the National Bookstore Abanao, then we headed to this café(slash)drinking bar near some gas station. We got some drinks here and there. Made frequent trips to the wash room since our bladders were often about to explode. We talked about a lot of things. Political, social, cultural, scientific, and a lot of the crazy stuff you talk about with a close friend.

We called it a night after he guzzled the last bottle remaining. It was nearing 9 PM after we left the place. We parted ways *nosebleed* soon after he went to fetch his mom. And I marched back home to my sweet old bed. Tired.

Then I woke up at 11 am. My stomach’s a little grumpy since I wasn’t able to feed it breakfast so I hurried to the kitchen and my nose lead me to some delicious bundle of hotdog. Yummy! As I was about to grab some, my Aunt slapped m hand saying it was for the spaghetti. I looked at her like a wittle fuffy wud … but she glared at me and her evil eyes told me everything. I just walked away, but when she turned her back, I seized a fork and grab as many hotdogs as my fork could – 2. Well, guess I need more training on that.

After some time, I went back to my room and boy oh boy! I virtually saw my PSP glowing at the corner of my eye. As I gazed upon it, it was like speaking to my soul. It was saying “Play me… c’mon, I know you can’t resist me… Play me… “

Needless to say, I gave into the temptation. Before I knew it, he sun was about to call it a day. I looked outside the window and saw the beautiful sun retiring. I looked at our backyard and saw birds flying away. Going home maybe. I was really at awe with how the greenness of the bamboos overpower the color scheme of the city. I was actually doing some reflection here when all of a sudden a cockroach came flying and unfortunately saw my arm as a landing strip.

EEEEKKKK!!! Startled, I ran in different directions, grabbing every opportunity to smatter the little crit. Sadly it got away. “Next mr. cockroach am gonna use my secret weapon – ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL. “

During the night, we ate and talked and ate and talked. And watched the television and ate and talked and watched a movie.

A Birthday wish is a tradition that every birthday shouldn’t miss. Well, guess what… I didn’t have any. I am quite contented with what I have right now. But then I realized, how about world peace? … WHATEVER!!! Then again, I really want world peace. So that I could watch other stories in CNN other than bombings in Iraq or Mindanao for that matter. (Yes! Na-CNN ang Mindanao! :P)

Today basically it’s our mouths and fingers that were doing everything. What a great way to exercise! Yup, that’s my birthday celebration alright.

Anyway, it’s been days but I’d still want to give my deepest gratitude to all who greeted me on my birthday! Although there were quite a few who have greeted me in advance, the list just got bigger. I couldn’t believe that these people really took some time just to let me know that they’re still around and that really meant a lot. I was kind of expecting several people to greet me but maybe they’re just busy or something… Anyway, here’s the complete list of those who I’m talking about, and I’d like to tell you something about them…

1.) happy birthday kirk! eto number ko.. **********… ipadala mo na ung gift mo sa akin. jejejeje. ( – confidential – ) …. complete address talaga yan ha. jjejeje. happy birthday again kirk. wish you all the best that world has to offer. may god bless you always and continue reaching your dreams! aja kirk! jejeejeje. (…)


I met Marco at a seminar in Astoria Plaza Hotel in Manila. He seemed to be just an ordinary guy, but once you get to know him better, you’ll soon find him an amazing guy – full of talent and aspirations. And behind his boy-next-door appeal, is a warm-hearted and gifted person. Very thoughtful and sympathetic kind of guy, no wonder lots and lots of girls fall for him. Indeed, attractive inside and out.

2.) matet

Date: 10/21/2008 12:35 am Subject: getting older!!! Message:


Matetzky … she used to be the pa-sweet and shy type of girl during our Freshie years and college. But now… wel… she still is… but mind you, she really packs a wallop! And what I mean by that is that she’s kick-a** smart! Oh and did I tell you how charming she is in person?

10/21/2008 8:29 am

3.) happy birthday po kuya.. =)
staysafe po.. =)

She is he lead actress in the movie “Seat-in” which of course a movie we also aided in … anyway, all I can say about her is aside from being pretty she’s an actual toughie. Very sweet and very polite. Beware though, as I mentioned earlier, she’s absolutely resilient inside.

10/21/2008 7:07 am

4.) Oi..Happy Birthday naman…Enjoy ka po..Ingatz..

Kuya Bryan… I consider him my cousine even though he’s my cousin’s cousin… does that actually count? … anyway, I really miss him… Kuya Bryan’s exceptional ability to make everyone laugh at the most unexpected times would always make someone close to him, well… miss him… from his unique sense of humor one would immediately forget his or her problems upon contact with Kuya Bryan. Oh and best of all, he has a heart of gold.

10/21/2008 4:11 am

5.) Happy Birthday Comments

Hmmm… not actually very familiar with BigBro but, I appreciate the greetings. Especially since this would be the 2nd consecutive time. Thank you!

10/21/2008 2:18 am

6.) kirk friend……….happy bday… goodluck sayo….mish yoh……….mwah…..many more blessings to come…mwahhhhh…and bdays to come na din…..

Lalang, as we fondly call her, is remarkably one of the strongest people I have encountered in my whole life. She’s brutally frank also. But that doesn’t mean she’s got a heart of stone. In fact she is a loyal friend and anyone who dares to hurt her friends will get some terrible consequences.

10/20/2008 8:26 pm

  • hi kirky!
    hapy birtdy!
    hapy birtdy!
    hapy birtdy to you…

    God bless!
    more blessings to come!

I met Chayne during our sophomore year in college and thought he was best friends with Arianne N. since they seem so close to one another. I’m not saying that they aren’t now, but … well… they are … friends. Moving on, I’d really like to say this to the world that Chayne would probably be one of the sweetest and kindest persons to ever grace this planet. Why? Simple. She’s just her own kind and sweet self. No pretentions whatsoever.

10/20/2008 2:38 pm

  • HAPPEE BIRTHDAE KIRK… =) enjoy your day…

Aha! … Abner Christopher Caguioa… I’ll certainly never forget that name. of course along with my HS buddies (Guill, Arvin, Airon, and Gary) To tell you the truth I miss this chubby guy. His theories about the world, crazy plans for over nights, insatiable energy when singing, and of course his appetite… for arts that is… he he he …

7.) 21 Oct 08, 12:20

anthony_capiz: hehe

21 Oct 08, 12:20

anthony_capiz: hapi birthday!!!?

I was just browsing the KNN Website when all of a sudden someone greeted me via the shoutbox. And to my surprise it was none other than the person I thought forgot who I was. Daddy Nic of Capiz!!! …

Additionally, my close friends and co-KNN’ers texted me…

1.) Hapy bday pop ala.. Haha.. 2matanda n po tau.. Haha,, at ngaun lng aq nagkalod.. Haha – Pebbe

à Hardworking gal. Small but terrible.

2.) Hapy bday kuya kirk. (with the “u” that looks like it’s a smiley.) – Mylvie

à Very very sweet. Charismatic at the same time diligent.

3.) kuya, happy birthday po (with the “u” that looks like it’s a smiley.) – Zsam

à Has a strong character. Assertive but logical.

4.) Kirkie!Hapi bday!Salamat s lahat. . . Continue 2 be our inspirxon. . . We love u. Mwah! (with the “u” that looks like it’s a smiley.) – Rowyn

à How can anyone ever forget Rowyn whose signature moves includes sleeping at unexpected times! Let me see… we caught her sleeping while eating… we caught her sleeping while painting… we caught her sleeping while doing her essay-assignment (well, who wouldn’t) … we would not be surprise if we caught her sleeping while walking! … anyway, can you believe that drinking hot coffee, easily makes her fall asleep? … well, maybe that’s the price you pay after being so hyper when you’re awake. What’s really amazing about this young woman is her guts to fight trials and tribulations set before her and how she manages to emerge victorious in the end. Oh! And She’s also adorable when she asks for hugs and kisses… I mean literally! Well, that’s Rowyn alright!

5.) Kua khat 2 uppie bdae fue umwah yabyu haha blehj – Kat

à well… don’t know how to start this but… ok… here it goes… She’s my sister! Wohoooooo!!! … there… got tons of energy… never calls it quits until I or her enemy for that matter wins by a mile CLEARLY… has a loud mouth… really LOUD… fashionable – making her an icon (well, to my young nieces and cousins – DEFINITELY!) … she can be very determined with a push here and there… undoubtly, one of a kind… PUSA! 😉

6.) Kirkie! Happy2 birthday! Sowbra! Ang tanda mo nh! Happy Burday tlga! Tara sa bilad! Waaahh… Oa.. Haha.. Hapi bday! Mwah! Cecile d. C. hir – Cecile

à Maria Cecile Leah… whenever I hear her name, I always remember the charming and thoughtful friend I got to know since our sophomore year in college. Remarkably, she surprised everybody when all of a sudden she started cracking jokes and making punch lines. But beneath her glowing aura is a sign of all the tears she wept – making her a resilient young woman. At first glance, she’s really shy, but once you get to know her better, you’d forget who the country’s comedy queen is. She’s been quite star actually… she’s been mentioned different times by different professors in different subjects, all pertaining to her “asset”. That’s not all, with her so-called “asset” she could be the next Rapunzel – literally! She could even replace Piolo anytime in his CLEAR SHAMPOO commercial! (Now that’s what you call LOOOONG and SILKY… )

7.) Kirk! Happy bday happy bday happy bday happy bday. Wishing u d best. (with the “o” that at looks like it’s a smiley, a smiley with wide opening of the mouth.) -Tan

à “The Hair Meister” – don’t know what he last word means but it sounds cool with hair… recently he did a lot of things to his hair… late last year he was semi-bald… maybe he figured there was something lacking … nope not hair… so he shaved in a couple of lines here and there then became stars… then lately he looks a character from Dragon Ball Z with all the spikes going everywhere… well, he’s one heck of a cool guy… kind of laidback… somebody who likes to do things properly… but mind you, he can be jealous at times… (let’s just say he’s got some complex of some sort *wink*) … but most importantly, he’s one of my dearest friends… though he looked like a match stick at first glance, let your other senses – most especially your olfactory sense – help you realize that he’s more than what meets the eye…

8.) Maligayang bati maligayang araw, maligayang bait sa iyong pagsilang, sumaiyo nawa ang ligayang tunay, kahit manawari lumawi ang buhay! Happy birthday kirkie! (with the “o” that at looks like it’s a smiley, a smiley with wide opening of the mouth.) – Icee

à Fetch! … nope, not the doggy term but the “cool term” … with so many things she wants to do in her life, she’s really got the whole world to conquer. Not only that but despite her “American-teenage-blondie-who-doesn’t-know-anything” demeanor, she actually packs a wallop! Imagine, she knows a lot about general information and actually more than that, she knows the formula for computing SPEED! Whoa! That’s soooo like dork-material! … he he he … I kept telling her that people who thinks she’s stupid are… well… stupid. Let’s face it. Whether we like it or not, she’s an actual genius! Waiting to strike when the timing is good. She can become lazy at times and just want to have fun and party but I can attest to her royal highness that she’s one hell of a general information queen! Move over Queen Elizabeth, Queen Icee’s going to take over the world… oh wiat is she still alive? … anyway, you wouldn’t expect her to do office work… it’s her phobia… 😉

And last but not the least… Got these messages from my e-mail…

Hello fudgie47,

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Hi Kirk

We wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. We hope you have a great day! 🙂

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1.) Katreng

2.) Cielo

3.) Ate Milet

4.) Lorena