My 30th Birthday

I turned 30 last Sunday, and it was the best birthday I’ve had in several years! So, here’s the story…

For as long as I can remember, my birthday eve was always spent at my aunt’s house with my extended family (except the one year I spent in England), and this year was no different. When the clock stroke midnight, everybody wished each other Merry Christmas, and a happy birthday to me. We then sang happy birthday and I blew my candles. We ate some cake, spent some more time, until finally it was time to go home.

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How Technology Saved The Day

Today’s R’s birthday and it is another birthday we spend apart. At first I wanted to postpone all celebration until he’s in town in the next couple of months (newsflash: he’s coming to Jakarta!! yay!!), but I still felt that I wanted to do something on the birthday. After having done some research, I found several present options and was able to send him something, right on time. Come to think of it again, technology has helped a lot in our long-distance relationship and I’ll share some of my findings/reviews in this post.

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Turning30 celebrations : The Yoga Party

Like I mentioned in this post, this year me and a group of friends are turning 30. To bid farewell to our 20s and welcome our 30s in the most fun way, we decided to host a celebration for each of us on our birthday. There are 7 of us so that means 7 parties this year! Sounds like a great start to our 30s, right? 🙂

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28 on 25th.

Today I turn 28. This will surely be a memorable birthday because I got sick 😦 Since two days ago I had some sort of food poisoning (plus the never ending cough is still here).

Being sick means I stayed home all day. I also had to miss my big family celebration (remember my previous post about Christmas tradition?) last night because I could barely get out of bed.

Thankfully, I’m getting better now 🙂 All the meds are starting to kick in and I feel like I have more energy. I consider this as birthday miracle considering how weak I was yesterday.

So, what did I do today?

I spent the morning Facetime-ing with my boyfriend. It’s not the 25th yet in where he lives but he’s celebrating with me already! Hopefully we can celebrate special occasions together, side by side, next year onwards 🙂 Then on the afternoon my grandmother (she’s 84!) along with my aunt, uncle, and cousin from my dad’s side came to my house and we had a humble Pizza Hut lunch. My aunt made us a very delicious lasagna which complements the Pizza very well. As for me, I managed to have a bite of the lasagna without my stomach acting up (yay!), but I still ate boiled potato (with no seasonings), just to be safe. I wish I could eat the Pizza though.. Hehe.

Today I feel so blessed to get many warm wishes from my family and friends, but most importantly, I feel blessed for the past 27 years of my life. Thank You God for that.

To close this post, I’m wishing everyone who celebrate a blessed Christmas and happy holidays for all of us. Be blessed, be merry, take care!

Until next post,
Christa

Giveaway! :)

This month I have been writing a lot about happiness and festivity. Well, it’s holiday season (and my birthday month :p) .. who can resist? But then I also realised that it’s almost my blog’s 1st anniversary, means more reasons to celebrate!

Yep, though blogging is not new to me, I moved platform and started fresh early this year. To be exact, my Blog Anniversary is the 4th of January! That’s when the first article of this blog was published. I started this blog with a simple reason, to share stories. Having readers and page views are bonus, getting new friends from all over the world is jackpot! 😀

Now, I want to share my happiness this month with a simple giveaway! Wooohoow!

I have 1 Zalora Indonesia voucher worth IDR 100.000 for 1 person (valid until mid January 2015) for those of you who resides in Indonesia

and….

I also have 2 postcards from Los Angeles for those of you everywhere else 🙂

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1st Anniversary Blog Giveaway!

How to participate? Easy breezy!

Simply answer either one of these questions below on the comment box by December 27, 2014 :
1. What makes you happy this month?
2. Are you a dessert person? What’s the one dessert that you can’t live without?
(P.S the boyfriend suggested the second question, hahaha :p)

Winners will be chosen randomly among the participants and I will announce the winners with a blog post on December 28th. Good luck! 🙂
So that’s it! My first blog giveaway! Hope you’re as excited as I am. Have a nice weekend! 😀

Happy birthday, my long distance lover!

Having known my boyfriend for 3 years (including 3 birthdays!) now, this year is actually the first year (his birthday was last week – July 16th!) we celebrated as a couple. So what did I do? I sent him a care package! 🙂

Back in 2012 (his first birthday since I know him) I managed to send him a birthday cupcake. Thanks to Google I found a bakery near his work area which lets me pay online and delivered the cupcake to his office. Though we were not together at that point, I felt like I needed to give him something on his special day, just to show that I care… A birthday cupcake seemed appropriate that time. Fast forward to 2013, just before we finally got together.. I contacted the same bakery and ordered a whole cake for him. It was successfully delivered to his office (again!). Oh btw, I finally visited the bakery – Susie Cakes in Newport beach – when I visited California. Trust me they have the best cakes!!

Now, a month before his birthday this year I started to get confused on what to give him. I did not want to send him another cake despite how good Susie Cakes’ cakes are. I wanted to make it more special simply because it’s the first birthday we celebrated as a couple. I googled for some ideas, until I finally found out about care packages! and thanks to Etsy I found some sellers who are able to take my order despite not being in the US at the moment. I contacted one and ask the seller to made me a custom care package with Game of Thrones theme with snacks inside 😉 Of course, it has to come with a card. I found another seller who makes really nice custom handmade cards.. and ordered a “happy name day” card (you’d get me if you are into the series!). In addition, I sent him a birthday video greetings from me, my family, my friends, his family and his friends. I think that should be special enough for a long distance birthday, right? 🙂

Btw..  for you couples in a long distance relationship like me, here are some ideas for a birthday present that is quite simple to do. I’m aware that there are many who have written similar ideas… but I think they are more suitable to younger couples. So this is my list, which I think should suit couples in their late 20s/ early 30s like we are 🙂

– Send a Cake / Cupcake 

Try to find a local bakery near your lover’s house.. this should be the easiest thing to do thanks to the internet!

– Create a Birthday greeting video 

Although you need to possess a video editing skill to do this.. this idea should be the most fun as it involves a lot of creativity. Don’t worry there are also a lot of video editing tools online if you can’t do it on your own. Me? I asked my design major baby brother to help me 🙂

– Sing a song

Actually my boyfriend did this to me on my birthday last year. He got the talent and knows that I like to be serenaded so as cheesy as it may sound.. he sang me a song for my birthday!

– Send a care package

If you are in a long distance relationship but still in a same country, it should be easy for you to make your own. You can add your own personalised gifts and can put your lover’s favorite stuffs inside. But.. if you’re like me, whose boyfriend lives in other part of the world.. this might be hard to do. BUT, thanks to the internet I managed to find help so it is still doable 🙂

– Send a card / letter 

Not just an e-card or e-mail, but actual hand written one. I did this once (not for birthday though), and it succeeded to make him smile.

So that’s 5 simple ideas from me! Any of you in a long distance relationship as well? What are your birthday gift ideas?