As K, one of my greatest friends reminded me, this year, my 30th brought me excitement or anxiety – depending on where I was in life. It brought me anxiety because I had my “timelines” or rather “deadlines” that by 30 I should be like this and that. Excitement because at the end of the day, my “by 30” list was completed even before that and more.
Turning 30, where I am now is quite bittersweet.
|Hubby and I on my birthday!|
|My 30th eco escape, The Ark at Matugama|
One, I never thought I’d celebrate it away from my family and life long friends. But I did say that I wanted to get married by 30. I (surprisingly) did by 28. And celebrated my 30th year with my man – the calming presence in my life, he who has made me happiest I’ve ever been in my life. My husband. Of course my mom woke me up with a call. Just like home!
|Me and my big fat belly with hubby and mates from work who came down to La Lanka|
Two, I never thought I’d celebrate it pregnant! I wanted to get married by 30 so I could get pregnant around that time. They say the chances of getting pregnant go downhill from there. I got pregnant at 29. I will give birth at 30. Why didn’t I think it would be a possibility? Silly me! It is an awesome birthday gift I swear.
|The invite designed by hubby|
Three, I never thought I’d celebrate it with a party, more so in Sri Lanka and around new friends. I take it as a symbolic act of sorts. Instead of feeling homesick and looking back on my birthday, I embraced that which is home (place and people) now. But hubby brought both together – with a lovingly crafted scrapbook of birthday wishes from family and friends from the Philippines and beyond. It was as if I celebrated it with family and friends after all!
|The scrapbook cover|
|With lovely notes from friends|
|And of course hubby|
K asked me how does it feel to be thirty? I said, when I turned thirty, it’s like “ok lang.” It just felt weird when I had to say I’m thirty to the nurse in the hospital (I had to get checked for extreme mosquito bites from our birthday eco-escape). Imagine, for 10 years I’ve been saying “twenty-something,” now I start with a different number altogether. It has arrived.
Hubby brought me to The Ark at Matugama for a chillax birthday eco-retreat. Check it out at www.thearksrilanka.com.
Awesome Thai food was served during my birthday by Dao Sihanam, a Thai chef based in Sri Lanka. Contact her at +94722165593 or +94779603760.