My last single-status 25th birthday at Abe Trinoma

In celebrating your birthday, it’s really a joy to have someone make you feel special. That’s what every girl wants. To be adored, to make her feel like she’s the most beautiful girl out there despite the many pretty faces. To feel cherished and precious in the eyes of the one she loves.

I’m thankful to God for all of  25 years last August 8, 2012 and finding the man who would make me feel special 6 years past and for the rest of my life.

That’s what I feel now. After several months of course, but on exactly August 8, that wasn’t my emotion then.

All of 25 and still quite not feeling a girl and not yet a woman. (enter Britney Spears) =p

I guess this is always the problem  and the common feeling of being the youngest daughter. (and the 2nd youngest girl among my cousins) You’ll always feel like the baby of the family in their presence. So though I am fully capable to decide already, they’d always think that you are still that baby they’d expect to never grow up.

So when I celebrated my 25th birthday and just a month after my engagement, I couldn’t quite put my finger yet on what side of the fence I was on – Was I really old enough to get married or am I ready to grow up and step up?

But one thing’s for sure, this is going to be the last year I’ll be spending my birthday as a single status female. 🙂

All of these musings, with only exactly 84 days left before the big day. o_o

There’s nothing like spending your birthday with the person you love. We celebrated my birthday in a restaurant thats truly Filipino, Abe in Trinoma.

For Filipino cuisine, it’s a must to go to Abe. I first tried Abe in Serendra with my family several years back, and I haven’t forgotten its lingering and memorable taste since then.

Jason's Calamansi Shake

Jason’s Calamansi Shake

My tamarind shake <3

My tamarind shake <3

I loved my tamarind shake, it wasn’t too sour and it really excited my tastebuds. It served the purpose of an appetizer and it actually gave me an insatiable craving to eat a lot that night.

Binukadkad na Pla-Pla (Php395)

Binukadkad na Pla-Pla (Php395)

In every Filipino restaurant I go to, I love ordering this dish! Also called Pinaputukang pla-pla in other restaurants. This dish is a Bistro Remedios original, overgrown tilapia butterflied and fried to delightful crispiness, served with balo-balo relish and mustasa leaves.

As I mentioned before, I love all things fried (which I think is very Filipino, fried chicken, fried pork skin etc) The fish went well with the bal0-balo relish and I couldn’t have enough of it. To prove a point, I think I even ate the head. o_o

Mutton Adobo with Popped Garlic (Php 410.00)

Mutton Adobo with Popped Garlic (Php 410.00)

We also ordered an Abe specialty, mutton adobo with popped garlic. The more garlic, the merrier! 🙂 However, we were on a date then, so hello garlic breath. But seriously I could understand why this was a specialty. The meat was really tender and it seems to have been marinated in garlic overnight because it was bursting with garlic flavour. One of the best adobo I have ever tasted (next to my lola’s adobo of course 🙂

Our plates looked as if it had been licked clean, that’s how delicious it was. hehe 🙂

Thanks for the birthday treat :)

Thanks for the birthday treat 🙂

Now that I think about it, I may not be a full grown woman of the world yet, but I’m glad to take these baby steps with the guy who would guide me and won’t allow me to fall back several steps. With a guy who would push me to grow the right way and not make a mistake  I would regret.

With only exactly 84 days left, 84 days to be a single-status(ed) female, I just want to make the rest of the days the best I could do while I’m single – to prepare to step up. To finally grow up and be truly responsible for the life of another person, to learn how it is to think about my partner first before myself, to surrender completely and give myself up to my partner because that’s what God wants for me as he assigned my partner to be the head of the family.

Enough with the immaturity of throwing tantrums when I don’t get what I want, of feeling I know what’s best for me without consulting my partner and our divine partner, God. Enough about childish nonsense but instead grow in child-like faith and total dependence.

I want to be that woman – by being levelheaded, being graceful under pressure, by handling conflicts with maturity, by accepting faults with humility, by requesting with respect and deciding with conviction.

I guess at the end of the day, I would want to be a woman  but still be God’s little girl for always. 🙂

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Abe Restaurant

3/F Trinoma, North Ave. cor EDSASto. Cristo, Quezon City

(02) 901-5692