I was able to experience what it’s like to live in utopia for about a day; exactly at my birthday! I couldn’t hide my excitement to be here in this place again for the third time. It feels so good to reminisce that seven-hour euphoria again. I wanted to be happy and to get away from everything so I really asked my best friend to join me since her birthday was two days before mine and we can bond again after weeks of not seeing each other.
It was the first time for us to go together far from her hometown. So I thought this was one of those “best friend moments” we have created and we will be creating that will be added on our memories.
I had two options for my birthday celebration, the first one is to hike Mount Daraitan in the province of Rizal, and to experience again this magical place. So I chose the latter. There’s a lot of promos everywhere for birthday celebrants. Buffets, salons, travel fares, theme parks, etc. I checked Enchanted Kingdom’s website to see if they are giving away discounts for people who wants to celebrate their special day on their theme park. Gladly, I was not disappointed. Mine and Laviña’s (my best friend) entrance ticket will be free, we just need to show them our birth certificate and any valid ID. We were really elated because we didn’t spend our money for the tickets and we still have so much money to spend on foods and souvenirs.
That day I tell myself that we will make the most out of it because again I really wanted to make myself happy and see myself to genuinely smile again after a very long time. I want to unlearn some of my negative behavior and thought patterns. I have too much reality so I want to forget all that. I want to feel the wind blowing my hair while riding their Space Shuttle. I want to chase the sunset inside the gondolas of their Wheel of Fate. Shouting with people I don’t know while going 180° on their Anchors Away. Going back to my younger self atop the horses of their Grand Carousel. I want to make memories. I want to feel alive again. That’s all.
I was so stoked when I knew I would be spending my special day with my best friend. First thing that came to my mind: HAPPINESS. We started to go on wheels in the morning so we will be there before lunchtime. I can still remember how it felt to wake up really happy and with full of excitement. Though, I was dragging myself out of bed that time because it was too early and the weather outside is telling me not to take a bath and to just stay on bed. But I got up really quick. I’m in my black and gold satin long-sleeved polo, beige-ish cropped trouser, and in my two-inch height boots. I am golden! I must say.
We got there 30 minutes before the park opens. So we took a couple of photos outside. Finally, after the EK employees welcomed us on their dancing shoes we went first to take photos with Eldar and a princess-i-don’t-know.
We managed our time very well—experienced different rides and taking photos here, there, and everywhere. The intermittent drizzle won’t stop us from having fun. And in the words of a singer-I-don’t-know and from a song-I-barely-heard “nothing’s gonna stop us now”.
We enjoyed all the rides we have been to. But what I liked most about that day is we were able to ride the Space Shuttle thrice, the first one was an hour before the two consecutive rides on the late afternoon. A heart-pounding and an exhilarating ride I will never forget. I screamed on top of my lungs. I didn’t mind at all what will going to happen on my vocal chords. I screamed like there is no tomorrow. Yelling all the negativities I had into thin air until it vanished.
My favorite part of my birthday is that from all the employees assigned on the turnstiles located at entrance to welcome guests, to the employees tasked to help the people before and after enjoying the rides, up to the animated performers on the park’s avenues—greeted us a cheerful “Happy Birthday!”. How do they know that it’s our birthday? Well, at the entrance they gave us the pink-bracelet-like-tickets that means it’s our hella-day (also it means that we didn’t pay for the tickets because we don’t have the money. Lol.) Literally beaming because I can’t count all the birthday greetings I received from people I don’t know personally. What a nice gesture, right?
I realized that I was really blessed to live a life full of experience, either bad or good. I can say that I have lived the past 19 years of my life worth reading. Given the chance, I would really want to go back to Enchanted Kingdom once again anytime soon. I wouldn’t mind If it rains hard or I am alone. Every so often, I get this feeling of longing for my life when I was a kid with nothing too serious to think about. It was a whole lot different from how my life is going at present. I can say that my seven-hour stay in Enchanted Kingdom would be one of the best birthday celebrations I had as well as the best moments of my life.