Selfish birthdays

I just celebrated my birthday last weekend, the selfish way! Away from the crowd and from other people who don’t care about me at all.

As we grow older, birthdays become more about ourselves rather than about pleasing others. More “me” time like pampering, shopping or learning something new instead of getting friends together and throwing expensive, senseless parties; asking for approval from people who technically don’t have a choice. (Ok, I am sounding too much like an introvert now)

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So this year, I thought that since my birthday will fall on a Saturday, I might as well use that weekend to get away.

BIRTHDAYS + SUMMERS + SATURDAYS = BEACH

I used this tried and tested formula for my celebration. Something I only see from my friends but haven’t tried myself.

So, setting off as early as 5:30 AM to avoid traffic congestion, my husband, my son, and I embarked on a five-hour long drive to Lian, Batangas where the famous Matabungkay beaches are found. It’s our first time in this part of the country so we didn’t really know what to expect.

Finally, upon making a turn, we were welcomed by a quiet and exclusive resort fronting a white sand beach.

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The first thing I noticed was the private pool, which was already filled with groups of foreigners, soaking in their tiny bikinis and having a great time.

This truly isn’t a surprise. The Philippines is famous for its beautiful beaches. I guess I was simply amazed that they too have found this seemingly secret paradise.

Other things I noticed in this resort aka the Coral Beach Club

1. FRIENDLY STAFF

No hassle talking with all the staff.

2. COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

3. PRIVATE AND EXCLUSIVE RESORT

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4. CLEAN, PRIVATE BEACH

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5. NICE BAR AND RESTAURANT THAT SERVES A WIDE VARIETY OF FOOD

6. HEARTWARMING SUNSET

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It’s a little embarrassing to admit that in all beaches I’ve been to in my life, I have never caught the sun set. Ever. Good thing I was blessed this time around.

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Helped myself with another refreshing bottle of coca-cola back in the room.

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I had so much fun that I dubbed this as “the best birthday ever!” in one of my facebook posts.

This, I believe, is one good kind of selfishness. A time to think of only the good things and to leave all stress behind. A time when you are allowed not to mind other people at all. In a place that is not that difficult to reach from home; and for a day enjoyed only with the select important people in your life.

Cheers to happy, selfish birthdays!

Jazzyhappy

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