Going Double Two

Beautiful sunset at the river near school.
School has officially started. I'm taking my last elective class in graduate school, a course in International Marketing taught by a Fulbright professor from Philadelphia. I've also registered for thesis and fortunately with prayers, the thesis advisor I've been eyeing has finally said yes and has accepted me as her advisee. To make myself a bit busy, I again enrolled in a special Chinese class catering to exchange students and those taking their masters. I will try my best to make the most out of this semester to graduate asap.

In seven days I'd be turning double two. I don't really feel quite excited about celebrating my birthday this time, unlike when I was back home when we plan where to celebrate it and what to do. Last year, believe it or not, I celebrated it in Ikea, of all places. I was with Bea and Diet, two of my closest scholar friends. We ate Swedish meatballs with gravy and unlimited refills of softdrink. I had one tiny strawberry shortcake which we shared. It was a nice celebration and when I got back to the dorm, I Skyped with my friends and little did I know that they prepared an online surprise. I was even crying when I Skyped with mom because I really felt so distant at that point.

This year I think I'm much stronger. With the new sense of maturity this independence had given me, I think I am more than ready to face the world. Setbacks come and go, but with faith and hope, I know I'm bound to overcome them, just like how I have survived in more than one year of living alone. It makes you realize that the most important things in life need not be bought.

Happiness springs from within, cherishing the most important people in your life and caring for them. What would definitely make me happy on my birthday is knowing that people love and care for me and being able to give back the love they deserve.

4 comments

Henrik said...

I've always wanted to try Ikea's meatballs. Alas, walang Ikea dito.

Jacqueline said...

Try it next time when you go to SG! :) They serve it with gravy and fruit jam, yes, fruit jam. Weird but yummy, cuts down the "umay" factor.

hangingbridge said...

Happy Birthday :) I don't remember anything special being 22. The age just passed me by :) So make sure, it doesn't happen to you too. Advance happy happy!

Jacqueline said...

@Hangingbridge Thank you :) And take good care of yourself and the baby :)