The Royal Kiss

Amidst all the stress and angst that overwhelmed me this week, this made me smile, swoon, and feel giddy all over:

The Royal Kiss.  The now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kissing on the Buckingham Palace's balcony. (Photo courtesy of

I've never been infected by the Royal Wedding fever until I saw Kate Middleton, a vision in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, walk down the isle.  The ultimate heart-stopper was when Prince William told his bride, "You look beautiful."


Like Mommy Gladys tweeted, Kate's love story is every girl's dream...fulfilling all our wishes to someday find and marry our Prince.

And I believe I will.

Because just the like the rest of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who watched that fleeting  ceremony, I'm a sap who believes in weddings and happy endings :)

And the fool sayeth...

Celebrating my 29th with some of my
closest and dearest :)
I was born on April Fool's day.  Coincidence? I think not.  It must be some kind of cosmic sign saying that I was bound to grow up with a few inanities and a lot of quirks.

But I'm not complaining.  It's been a fun-filled 29 years for me and the future is shaping up to be even more exciting. 

It hasn't always been peachy, true.  I've had my significant share of lows, frustrations, heartaches, loss, and pain.  Would I go through them again?  Maybe not.  But I don't regret the person they shaped me into.  I still have my not-so-glorious moments every now and then but I kinda like me right now. 

Am I where I am supposed to be?  Honestly, I don't know.

It's still a work in progress.  And while it can sometimes be frustrating (largely due to the fact that I am oh-so impatient and will probably fail the Marshmallow Test because I'm terribly EQ-deprived), the process is one whole learning experience.

And I can never stop thanking The Big Boss Up There for it.

In fact, I am making this whole entry all about being thankful (taking a cue from Julia, The Thanksgiving Girl!).  I made a list of things I'm thankful for--from the most trivial to the incredibly consequential things--that made this quite a colorful lifetime for me :)

Friends.  The ones I've lost, the ones I've gained, the ones who stayed.  Those who tolerate my craziness but pull me back down to earth when I'm becoming too self-destructive.  Those who hold my hair up when I've had too much to drink and I just gotta get all those alcohol (and angst) out of my system (cue:  scene from Sex and the City!)
People who came into my life and changed it forever.
A fruitful career.
Career mentors and life coaches.  Them who pushed me, believed in me, and staked their own rep for me. (You guys know who you are! I'm forever grateful.)
My nephew and niece.  My real sanity breaks :)
An adventurous spirit.
Money to buy both my needs and wants.
A curious mind.
Love for photography and the means to practice the hobby.
Discovering my love for scuba diving!
The means to travel.
A resilient body.  I've been bad and haven't really been living healthy and I promise to take better care of myself.
Music.  I find that listening to songs that match my mood keep me sane ;)
The experience of loving and being loved in return.
Dreams.  And the prospect of making them come true.
A tough spirit.
A good education.
A happy childhood.

When my mind has a little too much free time, I have this stubborn tendency to wonder where I would be had I taken different roads and met different people in the past.  Whenever I do, I go back to that line from one of my favorite movies, Serendipity:

"Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, it is a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan."

And again, I appreciate life for all its wonderful and exciting possibilities.

So again, a big shout-out to the Big Guy:


Now let's see what else is out there for me ;)

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