elyse: (bakanishi: reflective)
Reality struck me as the clock turns 00.00 on July 8th:

I'M 30 YEARS OLD, starting TODAY! (*゜ロ゜);

But... as the saying goes... "Life begins at 30", so I'm just gonna enjoy myself for the next 10 years and say the same thing all over again when I reach 40: "Life begins at 40"! *LOL*

[livejournal.com profile] utaoutao made me a very nice drawing of Jin wishing me a happy birthday! ~~~ヾ(^∇^)
ありがとうございます ピナちゃん~
\(^ ^)/

So, without large fonts and sparkly colorful background (like I did to Jin's birthday post below):

Happy Birthday to myself!

I fall down, but I get up again.
I lose faith in people.... and I start trusting all over again.

The cycle never ends.... but I know God's love will always fill me up whenever I'm at the bottom of the cycle.
elyse: (bakanishi: joy)
お誕生日おめでとう, 仁!

Keep being a Bakanishi, although you're already a quarter of a century! ヽ(〃'▽'〃)ノ☆゚'・

Cool Jin, Fedora Jin, and Evil Jin FTW! ヾ(●≧▽≦●)ノ


And Happy Independence Day to Americans! ヽ(〃^-^)/
elyse: (saki fukuda: white flower)
The things I need to do, starting from now!

Re-manage my LJ tags! They really need reorganizing & regrouping / recategorizing. Too many & too cluttered! I find it hard to search for an entry with the messy tags >_<

★ Share less. As much as I wanna share more, I've been too carefree with my sharings lately, I really should stop doing so! It might be a boomerang to me in the end. I have to control my expressiveness and extroversion in this case!

★ When I do share, though, I really must be extra careful with my words. It's been proven true, based on my experience in my whole life, and especially during the last few weeks, that people generally are either afraid of the harsh reality / truth, or they're simply just being defensive or blatantly refuse/reject them.

★ Don't trust anyone too much. Again, I've been too carefree with my trust lately, it's just gonna be a boomerang in the end.

★ Maintain a better relationship with Father, much better than I've been doing :)

★ Worry not about the cross, the future, the destruction, the whatever bad things in my visions, until they really do happen (although it might be too late then, but oh well. I have to try to live like a normal person! -_-;;).

★ Enjoy my life with the (very few) ones who really care about me, sincerely and unfakingly. I really should cherish them for being true to themselves and me :3

Let this reminder be my early birthday resolution, exactly 1 month before my 30th birthday ^^
elyse: (la corda d'oro: kazuki hihara)
Happy birthday to myself! :D

I'm 29 now, only 1 year away from being 30.
Somehow, during the last few months, I kept thinking that I'm now 30. Somehow I just felt like skipping the age of 29. I thought I'd rather be 30 for 2 years *lol* But no... 29 is a good age. I'll be sure to enjoy & treasure the last year of my twenties to the best I can!

Anyhow, as with previous birthdays, although I haven't really expected anything, God always managed to surprise me with some kind of a gift before the birthday. This year is no exception :3

A friend asked me 2 hours before my birthday, "You're gonna be 29 now. How do you feel?"
I'm like... "Eh? Just the same as today, yesterday, and the days before that. Should it be any different?"

Then another friend asked me 1 hour before my birthday, "What are you going to do at 12 am?" (that is, when my birthday came).
Me: "Er... browsing?"
She was astounded, "No cake?" (and she's going to be 31 this year, btw).
Me: "At 29? Oh come on, cake is so old-fashioned & for teenagers. I don't do that anymore. Besides, there's only my family in the house, and I don't really like cake, coz it's too sweeeet" (FYI, I don't really like sweets).

Yup, that's right. My birthdays are usually spent in serenity. Nothing fancy, not much surprise, no festivity. I've always been comfortable being in the silence of the night (because that's how my body chooses to work), and so should my birthday be, year after year. Perhaps because the day always falls on a vacation, wherever you are in the world, so people can't really make a great deal out of my birthdays. It's so nice to be in a constant holiday during my birthdays for the rest of my life :)

However, the tradition continues. My family and I are going to eat fine Japanese cuisine at Nadaman (Shangri-La Hotel) tomorrow evening. Yum :9

Added on 11 PM:

As much as I wanted a quiet birthday, I was given a surprise this evening.
My 2 close friends know about my habit of going to daily evening mass at St. Theresia's church (although not everyday :P)
So they saw my car there & when I was still having the mass inside the church, they bought a birthday cake and entered my car.
So when the mass was finished, I went to the car & opened the door, and there they were... screaming "Happy birthdaaaay!" with a cheesecake.
I was surprised, but then I noticed the cake didn't have candles on it *lol*
Apparently they were in a hurry, and couldn't bother to find a lighter or matches, because they were afraid I would've gone by then.

My mom, who went with me to the church, did have a gut feeling when she saw the car & our driver acting a bit weird. She thought to herself, "Hm, I wonder if there's someone in the car".
After that, my mom treated me to an Italian dinner at Puro Ristorante e Bar. Actually I chose the place :D

It was a slightly more-than-ordinary fun day ^^
elyse: (perfect girl evolution: shy sunako)
Boo! How are you celebrating Halloween?

I don't celebrate Halloween.
In fact, I have a meeting & an event tomorrow. There's a birthday celebration mass & I have to organize the music for it.
So, yup, that's how I'm gonna celebrate Halloween.

But I noticed someone's birthday is on Halloween. Happy birthday, [personal profile] beverly!
How does it feel to have a birthday on Halloween? ^^;

Of course, the userpic is Sunako. It only fits her perfectly!
Speaking of Sunako... I wonder when Perfect Girl Evolution is going to finish. I really want Sunako & Kyohei to hook up in the end *full of hope*
elyse: (nana: hachi - pink smile)
Happy Birthday to me! :D

Green tea birthday chronology; backwards (the most recent being written at the top):

Watched Transformers with the Gading gang in the evening, then had supper at Bubur Kacamata. Yum.
Took a 4-hour nap, because I only had 2 hours of sleep last night ~_~
Treated with a very nice surprise from my bestfriend, Nana: a 30gb white iPod! Thank you so much!
This morning, I asked Father Deshi (aka Moshi) to pray upon me. T'was a very beautiful birthday blessing, thank you Moshi!
Bombarded with birthday calls one after another, still in the middle of the night. Then followed by more calls, sms & emails & messages throughout the day & night. Thanks, everyone! Love you all :3
My close friends surprised me in the middle of the night with yummy Dairy Queen green tea ice cake! Thank you, dears.
Yesterday, I met my ex-boyfriend (with his wife, and the whole Boston gang) unexpectedly.
Within the last one week, I was pushed to face & accept my life as it is, get in touch with my inner self, and forgive the past.

Cheers to being 28! I hope only good things come my way in the years to come...

PS: this entry was updated.
elyse: (gokinjo monogatari: mikako - sewing)
Let me tell you an expensive tale.

Last April, on my bro's birthday, we had dinner at C's, a steak & seafood restaurant at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Jakarta.
The bread (don't know the name, it looks like pita bread, but much much yummier) along with the dipping sauce (looks like salsa, but a lot more spicy) that they served as free appetizer while waiting was very VERY good! Yum! We asked for one more..

Now, what did we order?

Since I don't really like steak, of course I prefer seafood. I wanted to try each of the seafood without paying too much, so here goes for 500,000 rupiahs (US$ 55):

A combination of seafood (salmon, prawns, lobster, mussels) and sirloin steak.
Of course I needed help finishing it. It might look average, but in reality the plate is soooo big!

Now what did my bro order?
Here's a custom in my family. If it's your birthday, then you can choose whatever you want. And of course, most of us see this as an opportunity to choose the best food (after all, it's only once a year!). And the best translates to: very pricey, sometimes the most expensive.
So here goes the very expensive (although it doesn't really justify the price) entree that my bro chose:

It's Kobe beef, baby! Priced at 1,900,000 rupiahs (US$ 211). Sluurrrrpp :9
Again, in reality, the steak is SO big! I wonder how my bro could finish it O_O
Oh, I love the side veggies in that Kobe beef and also on my entree.

The total bill? Almost 5,000,000 rupiahs (around US$ 555).
Only once a year ^_~
elyse: (kurt halsey: togetherness)

Eeepp.. I'm 27 and still enjoying my singleness.


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

May 2010


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