Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My 50th Birthday Celebrations

I just celebrated my 50th birthday this August!

It used to be celebration after celebration but I only had a few this time with family and friends.

On the 1st day of August, Cristina treated me for lunch at Via Mare, Landmark and then we went shopping for my birthday gift to be given by Odinah.

A quick and unplanned get together by my Baliw travel group.  We had dinner at Samyupsalamat in BF and then coffee and dessert in Jodie's house.

My absolute favorite birthday activity,  candle blowing on my cake even if I cannot eat the cake!

Birthday with my senior friends.  PD, Tita Tess, Tita Butchie and Tita Mita.

Celebration with Jing and Sherman.

Birthday with the Perlies!  FGM, Atey and Tita T!

Family birthday lunch with my favorite food of all time! Talangka!

I opted to spend my birthday week in Cebu.  Perfect place to eat Keto food!

My 1st stop was Rico's Lechon in Mandaue.

Spicy Lechon


I stayed in an Airbnb across Ayala Center Cebu.  It is just a studio unit but I love it!

The next day my Ate flew to Cebu to celebrate with me.

We ate Bulalo and Chicharon Bulaklak at Abuhan.

Went around SM Seaside and Landers Cebu.

Still so full from lunch that we only had cold cuts, sausages, nuts and cheese in the condo unit for dinner.

Happy 50th Birthday Lia!

Our lunch was in Feria, Radisson Hotel in Cebu.

Problem with doing Keto is that I don't eat as much now.  Good thing there were several choices for me in the buffet.


Lechon and Roasted Duck


Half a teaspoon each of chocolate and Mango ice cream, nuts and cheese for dessert.

A birthday cake for me!

Snow Ice at Majestic for merienda.  It is my favorite bui I only had 1 tablespoon.  It was enough for me.

Of course, I had to hear mass on my special day at Our Lady of Sacred Heart on Escario.

Dinner at House of Lechon!

Regular Lechon

Spicy Lechon

Chicharon Bulaklak!

Ate had to fly back home the following day.  We had brunch at Abaca Baking Company.

Eggs Benedict for Ate.

Omelette with mushrooms, ham, bacon and 3 kinds of cheese for me.

When Ate left, my friends flew all the way to Cebu!

I invited them for dinner at Alejandro's Crispy Pata.

So sweet of Mayette to bring all the props and decors and the Junkies helped her set it up.

Shey, Cat and Mona together with Paz,  who is a resident of Cebu, celebrated my 50th birthday with me!

My birthday "cake" was Crispy Pata!

Thank you so much Mayette, Mona, Cat and Shey for flying all the way to Cebu!

Brunch the next day was in House of Lechon! Again!  It is my favorite lechon place now in Cebu.  I do not have to go to Carcar anymore.

Thank you Paz for the brunch!

It was time to head back to Manila.

I really enjoyed my birthday in the land of Lechon!

My travel group, Baliws (Doc Bf, Dr. Cristina, Jodie, Eric, Pinky, Mona, Odinah, Dodai, Carrie and Gio) had a birthday "surprise" for me! Tina who could not attend the party sent the sans rival cake!

Hahahaha! I told them that I do not want a surprise birthday party because I want to be excited about it.

I was surprised by the "surprise" party!

You can see how well loved I am!  They decorated Jodie's house, they made loot "bags" and arranged the food in a way that resembles an Island Hopping setting!

I've never done island hopping because I get dizzy when I am in a banca for a long time so it was a dream come true for me.

There was even a program!

A long video presentation lovingly created by Cristina.

Hahahaha If you want to watch 22 minutes worth of ME, then tap on the PLAY icon!

Well, not just a video of me but a video of all the people who matter to me and love me.

A dance number to the tune of Perlie Shells!

Hihihihi one happy party goer danced to her own tune.  Can you guess who it is?

OMG! We had so much fun!

My last celebration was with the Happy Eaters group, my neighbors in Bel - Air.

Tricia, Mia, Babita, Mabel, Cat, Shey and Mona.

I feel so blessed and loved by all my friends and family.

Thank you so much! I love you all!

I was thinking and reflecting on what was the most special thing that happened on my 50th Birthday.

And then....

Boom! The greatest gift I could give to myself is a healthy 50 year old me!

Since I started doing Keto last July 11, my sugar reading never went overboard.  It is spectacular and amazing.  As my doctor would say, remarkable!!!

It was a really happy 50th birthday, Lia!