Tuesday, October 1, 2013


~ my mommy and me // it's weird and neat 'cause she is almost 29 years old in this picture ~ 

1 // i was born on clark air force base in the philippines.

2 // i was homeschooled from the 4th grade through my senior year of high school.

3 // i share a birthday with julie andrews, zach galifianakis, and jimmy carter.

4 // this is my first year to celebrate my birthday married to my hunk of a husband.

5 // i am sentimental and miss people and places easily.

6 // i can 100% understand Tagalog but i cannot speak it.

7 // i am a coffee addict.

8 // i get easily obsessed (i.e. hunger games, candy, books, Hello Kitty, apps, etc.).

9 // i paint my nails every 2-3 days.

10 // Charlotte's Web was the first chapter book i ever read.

11 // my blogging career spans almost 4 years long.

12 // i got my undergraduate degree from Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. in Communications (print media).

13 // i don't believe in luck.

14 // cupcakes trump actual cakes IMHO

15 // i will never get a tattoo because needles fuuuuuh-reeeaaak me out.

16 // i'd rather live on a beach than on the mountains.

17 // when i was 6 years old, i auditioned to be an extra on Forest Gump - for the role of a Vietanmese child.

18 // i have met Jennifer Hudson (nice), Shia Lebouf (not so nice), and Patrick Demsey (very, very nice) in person.

19 // i read books like it's my job.

20 // my sisters are my best friends.

21 // was a total pageant child - finalist for miss south carolina, baby!

22 // the thought of having babies is starting to excite me. the thought of actually giving birth to them freaks me out as much as tattoos. okay, probably a million times more.

23 // i am madly in love with my husband.

24 // i read Psalm 139 every morning of my birthday.

25 // my relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.

26 // i am 100% Filipino but people always guess i am spanish, indian or hawaiian.

27 // i am blessed to say that i have a mom and a dad who i have never doubted their love for me. and again, i know i am blessed because not everybody can say that.

28 // i have a fear of things that pop or snap suddenly.

29 // last but not least, today is my birthday and i am in the last year of my 20's! i don't feel any different but it is weird to think this is my last year before i turn the big 3-0. and i don't want to dread it. i want to celebrate it because another birthday means another year of life which is an absolute gift from God that i never want to take for granted!

i made one of these lists a couple birthdays ago - so you may have already known some of these things about if you read this blog long enough or know me in real life. or maybe you didn't and you are like "wow, what a weird-o." it's okay. i get that a lot, plus i'm 29 and this skin is a lot thicker than it was a few year back. rolling it off like water on a duck's back.

much love.
{happy tuesday, friend.}


  1. happy birthday blog bestie!! i love finding out more about you!!!!! :)

    Sandy a la Mode

  2. Love this! And love how you're excited about getting older because of the wonderful gift it is (though, what right do i have to say that, because i still have 4 years before i get into my twenties...)

    anyway, love you, and have a fantastic birthday!!


  3. Happy birthday! I enjoyed reading these 29 tidbits about you. I hope you enjoy your day today and celebrate in style. Enjoy your last year in your 20's and although it's a year away, turning 30 is pretty awesome!

  4. Happy Birthday!!!


  5. Happy Birthday!!!

    So jealous that you met Patrick Dempsey!

  6. Happy birthday Ilene!! I hope you have a great day doll!! xoxo

  7. Cute list! Happy birthday pretty girl!!! :)


  8. p.s. I read psalm 139 and cried. So, there's that. I love that you read it every year on your birthday.

  9. Woo woo woo!! Happy birthday, Ilene! I hope you have a wonderful day & a wonderful year ahead of you! Wooooo!

    Do you keep track of every book you read? You should check out goodreads.com! The past couple of years I've set a goal to read 52 books a year, and it's so helpful for seeing how far along you are on your goal & how many more you have to go! Plus it gives you tons of options for other books to check out. :) Let me know if you get it, I'll add ya!

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDDDDDDAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that you auditioned for Forest Gump! And I love that you are even thinking about babies!!! Gaahhhh!!!

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    1. I already said it on Facebook but HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY lovely Ilene. I wish you an AMAZING year.

  12. Happy Birthday! :) I totally get it about the popping things. I don't like toasters (I use a toaster oven) or jack in the boxes, or those biscuit cans. Like you, I read like it's my JOB. It kind of is--I'm a proofreader/copy editor, but you know what I mean! Also, cupcakes FTW.

    So glad I discovered your blog again!

    - Ronni

  13. Happy Birthday!!
    Your mama just look like you!! :D

  14. Happy belated birthday :) love the idea of making a list like yours on my birthday too. Hope you had a great time celebrating on your special day :)

    1. I said "belated" coz here in Maldives it's already 2nd October :)

    2. I said "belated" coz here in Maldives it's already 2nd October :)

  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day is wonderful! xxx

  16. Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest photo:) Happy Birthday, darling:) xoxo

  17. YAY! Happy sweet birthday!
    Now go get some Panda and then a vanilla Mc'D's cone!


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