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    How to Celebrate a Happy Birthday Alone

    Spending your birthday alone can make you feel desolated and miserable, but this is not a bad thing at all. With the current situation and majority of us are still in quarantine, there is nothing wrong going solo on our special day.

    So what if there is no one around on my birthday? It does not mean I cannot enjoy the special day alone. Even though my family and friends are miles away, there is no reason to celebrate birthday alone when there is technology. What is the use of video calls, anyway?

    Sometimes, we need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy our time being ourselves. – Anonymous

    The best way to feel less solitary is by celebrating and having a great time. Our birthday comes only once a year, and we should not miss celebrating it even if we are alone. Whether it is birthdays or anniversaries, celebrations do not just stop during a worldwide pandemic. The pandemic took a great deal from us – our daily normal routine and even our jobs. Do not let it take our special day, as well.

    Here is how (I plan) to celebrate and enjoy (my) birthday alone while still being safe and healthy.

    Start the day by getting up early and giving thanks. There is no better way to start the day than a getting up early. This puts us in a good mood for the entire day. I am not a morning person, but I will try to wake up a little earlier on my birthday. I promise!

    Enliven my place like hosting a big party with birthday banners and inflatables a day before my birthday to get into party vibe. Waking up smiling, seeing your home decorated, is a pleasant feeling. For birthday banners and balloons, check happydayph at Shopee. I received my orders a day after I placed my orders. That fast!

    Watch a live broadcast of Mass. Since my birthday falls on a Sunday and public masses are still suspended, watching Mass online is one way of staying connected with the parish and the Church. Thanks God to technology!

    Treat myself with a delicious meal. Who does not love good food? For lunch, I will cook Pinaupong Manok, and for dinner, just Pesto Pasta. Or better, order via Grab Food/FoodPanda.

    What is a celebration without a cake? So what if no one is bringing me cake this time? I can get it at any rate. Buy that cake I have been looking forward to tasting. I love the Minimalist Cakes of Wadough’s and Aegyo Cakes. I could have secured a slot on my birthday if only I inquired earlier. All August slots are already taken as early as July. I still have Mary Grace Cheesecakes on my options, anyway.

    Binge a new series (not necessarily a new series) while having cocktails. I am planning to start watching “The 100″ on my birthday. I have not seen that post-apocalyptic fiction drama yet. There are lots of TV shows on Netflix. I bet it is well worth a watch for it is highly recommended by Netflix Community. And yes, having cocktails while binge watching.

    Lockdown is only temporary. When this is over, there will be a time to celebrate with our loved ones. Plan a great party or trip for when everything is over. Or just begin to think about next year’s party celebration.

    Before the clock meets 12, write about things I am thankful or anything that I would like to remember about my birthday in my journal.


    Missing my family and being sad on my birthday is really OKAY. I realize that it is not as bad as what others are dealing with. I know I am not alone in this fight.

  • Life Lately

    Activities Keeping Me Busy This Quarantine

    Aside from work, I have never been busy in my entire life. Although I wanted to take things slowly, I could not and I would not. The pandemic has driven many of us into our hobbies to keep us busy and sane. When things are back to the new normal, I will not be able to get back to those hobbies again. I will be juggling in between the demands of work and home. You know how busy we were at work before the pandemic.

    I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I could not find the time to do it.

    Let us take advantage of the time to make the best of it while we still can. We do not know when will this quarantine ends. But for now, just keep doing what we are enjoy doing.

    Blogging

    I made a lot of changes from the theme to the blog content. If you are a follower, you will notice the changes I have made. I have added some images and shortcodes to spice up a bit that boring post. It surely livens up that (dry) post, whatever you call it.

    Thank you, pngtree.com, for the one-line drawings.

    I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences with this quarantine for the time being. Honestly, I love this quarantine because I am a lot more inspired and creative. With all the ideas coming up, I think my brain is about to explode. Soon, I am going to run out of ideas and completely get stuck to that blank page again. I really admire bloggers and also vloggers who still continually share awesome content and never run out of ideas.

    Exercise

    I am in love with jumping rope right now. Who is not? I started to jump around mid-May when I was mentally and physically exhausted. Remember my post, Work from Home Burnout is Real, and how I managed to get out of it and cope with it. Pandemic can be very stressful. Jumping rope is a great way to escape the stresses and combat the effects of anxiety and depression. The benefits of jumping rope are better than we know and they can go a very long way.

    BTW, I bought my first (speed) rope at @jumpmanila through the Lazada Platform. Check them out!

    Cooking

    Cooking is more about feeding ourselves. It could also be some kind of entertainment to distract ourselves from anxieties. Ever since I started living alone, I have been cooking more and eating out less. Eating out has become a lot more expensive these days.

    I love cooking Pork Adobo, Chicken Adobo, and Pork Sinigang. From time to time, I challenge myself to try some of dishes I have found on the internet. Cooking at home is easy once you have made it a habit.

    Journaling

    I have learned that writing has the power to calm our minds and communicate with ourselves. I admit my May and June in my Hobonichi are empty. I have lost track and interest in writing my day-to-day activities. All I wanted is lie in bed and stare outside the window.

    Today, I am trying to get back into writing, filling up every page and not leaving a single empty page.

    Binge Watching

    I am not a fan of anime. Whenever my teammates talk about anime, I listen as if I am interested, but I am totally not. Since I have been tired of watching Korean dramas, I have given anime a chance. I enjoyed the story-line of Spirited Away, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, and The Classroom of Elite.

    My recent favourites are Food Wars, Yowamoshi Pedal, Fruits Basket, Toradora and Himouto Umaru-chan. Next up on my list are Uza Maid, Shiro Bako and Death Note.


    I would love to hear what activities are keeping you busy nowadays. I have heard many of you become gardeners, planters (Plantita), and interior decorators.

  • Life Lately

    Life Lessons Quarantine Taught Me

    Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst time and from the worst mistakes.

    Over a period of time, quarantine has taught us lessons about life. It made us realize that life is too short to be taken it for granted and to live with regrets. We do not realize how blessed we are until everything is taken away from us.

    The best lessons in life are learned during hard times.

    Every little thing in life has changed dramatically in a short period of time. It is hard to let go of our normal habits and daily routines. We cannot just go outside and live our ordinary lives.

    Being quarantined taught me a lot of things about myself and what I might want for my future. I hope that after this pandemic, we will become much better, stronger, and wiser.

    It taught me to appreciate little things. Being able to look at things with positivity is a valuable life lesson. No matter how difficult our life is, always be thankful and grateful. We will find ourselves happier and contented. We must not live with guilt and hate. There is something positive in every situation. Remember always to keep spreading positivity.

    It taught me to enjoy more of my own company. Being alone allowed us to take a chance to reflect on our lives. This quarantine motivated me to accelerate my thoughts and my feelings. It gave me the opportunity to rediscover and spend so much time with myself. At first, it really bothered me. Being alone can be exhausting and lonely. But as time goes, I learned to appreciate the perks of living solo.

    It taught me the value of our workplace. Not all have the option and privilege of working from home. But it is possible. Those engaged in manual labour cannot work from home. I am blessed to have the option of working from home. Thank you, Boss.

    It taught me that it is safer at home. By staying at home, we prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of infection. Staying at home is not as bad and hard as you think it is. We should be eager to sacrifice a little bit for the common good. Find hobbies and try anything you have not tried before to kill the boredom. At first, you will find it boring, but overtime you will get used to it.

    It taught me to go back to the kitchen. Cooking is a life skill that helps us understand how to eat healthy and budget money. Cooking is not that hard; rather, it is a fun way to enjoy something delicious afterwards.

    It taught me how important it is to have an emergency fund. While we were still living our normal lives, we often forget about saving for an emergency fund. There is no better time to start than now while we still can.


    What did you learn about life in these times? No matter what life throws at us, we have to keep going.

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