TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: MY 18TH BIRTHDAY (PART 1)

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Let me share to you one of my favorite songs of Taylor Swift " Nothing New" here's a line of the song that really caught my attention, "How can a person know everything at eighteen but nothing at twenty-two?"

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While hearing the lyrics of the song, I began to ponder, as I try to remember who I was when I turned eighteen. When I was eighteen, I thought I had my life figured out already. I had initially set a timeline for my college life including what I plan to do after college. After taking my current course, occupational therapy, I planned to proceed to either medicine or law or if I do not choose to do the former, then probably I would migrate abroad to work. Now that I am already twenty-two and in my senior year in college, I honestly feel so clueless about my life. I felt the need to look back to when I was eighteen.

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A few weeks ago, I created a blog post about my trip to Hong Kong Disneyland and even showed a few photos of my Debut Celebration on the night I turned eighteen. In that blog post, I shared to you guys about my love for Disney and Beauty and the Beast. If you want to read more about it click here.

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A little throwback to when I lasted visited Hong Kong Disneyland and when I had an opportunity to take a photo with my favorite Disney princess Belle and Beast! Such a magical experience!

In order to celebrate my love for Disney and my eighteen years of existence, my mother decided to throw me a Beauty and the Beast themed soiree. In this blog post, I would like to share to all of you my pre-debut shoot including some photos of that evening's celebration.

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Just to shed some light to everybody especially those who are not familiar of debuts. Here in the Philippines, when a lady turns eighteen, we usually celebrate it through a debut or sort of a coming of age where a woman transitions from being a minor to a full-fledged adult. It is usually celebrated through a soiree or others celebrate it by travelling or through a small gathering with family of friends.

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Prior to my debut celebration, I also had a pre-debut shoot so that I could really live in that Disney princess moment. I would like to share some of the photos we took on that day.

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Prior to Belle becoming a princess at the castle, she was a beautiful maiden at the village who enjoyed reading books and spending time with her father, Maurice who is an inventor. I also took some photos of Belle in a villager costume.

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It was the perfect day to live as the sweet lovely lady Belle. I honestly felt like I came straight out of a storybook.

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We also did a shoot at Temple of Leah, where I was able to be Princess Belle for a few hours. I got quite shy during that time because people were looking at me but I gradually ignored the stares and just simply enjoyed the moment.

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Hope you guys enjoyed reading through the Part 1 of my 18th birthday celebration. It was truly one for the books and up until now I could vividly remember the happiness that I felt when I got to feel like a princess even just for a few moments. My inner child was truly in bliss.

Tune in for the second part of my 18th celebration! Will be sharing more photos and stories about how that night went. Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Love lots!

DISCLAIMER: All photos were taken by Mr. Hafid Caballes, my official photographer for that event. The first photo was edited via Canva.

lifewithera is a 22-year old, college senior, an aspiring yogi, a furmom, and a wanderer, who writes stories about her personal life, mental health, fitness, travel, and just anything and everything her heart wants to speak. If you want to get to know her more, then you can connect with her through various social media platforms.

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You look so gorgeous, Era! I enjoyed a lot flicking through the photos.

I got quite shy during that time because people were looking at me but I gradually ignored the stares and just simply enjoyed the moment.

It can be annoying when people 'stare' than just 'look' but I wouldn't blame them, you do look like a princess came to life!

Belated happy birthday, dear! ❤️

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Awee thank you for dropping by. Will be sharing more photos in the next blog post🤗

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Now that I am already twenty-two and in my senior year in college, I honestly feel so clueless about my life.

Don't worry too much. We all have different time zones. You might think you are clueless right now but you are definitely going somewhere. Take your time and just live in the moment!!! Thank you for sharing not only your extravagant 18th birthday but your thoughts and views about your life right now! Great job Era!

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Awee thanks Kuya Klause!! I'm quite lost but I'm sure I'll get there someday. I think I just need to be a little more patient and to stop constantly worrying about the future and instead focus on the good things in my life right now🤗

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You carry being Belle so flawlessly, Era! 💕 love the photos but also, this post is so meaningful. What you're feeling is normal and down the road you may encounter more doubts. But what we can do really is just keep going and figure it out as we go 🥰 As long as you're surrounded by people who love and support you, trust that everything will turn out alright ❤

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Thank you Krystal!! I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane 🤗 I think this is part of the journey where in we feel quite lost along the way but I know I am with the right people right now, I know I will get there and slowly figure things out as I walk with them along this journey😍

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The pretty Era Belle! ☀️😻

To more birthdays!/🐝🦋✨🍩

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Thank you!! Cheers to more birthdays and more candles to blow😍

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Whoah chuia kau ang pics and decor/theme

When I was eighteen, I thought I had my life figured out already.

Pressure nako inig 18 nako da hmmm

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OMG! You're so beautiful and even more adorable in your belle dress. I know that feeling of being eighteen and making random choices, seeing yourself doing extraordinary things and at some point when you don't see those things happening we tend to question our inner self. I love your photos 🥰.

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Awee thank you for your kind words 💓 When I was eighteen I loved planning about my life because I felt like I could do anything and everything as I get older but years later now that I am 22, I tend to question my capabilities. But I know I will get there, there may be detours along the way but it's all part of the journey 🤗

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Yeah! You'll surely get there

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Sweet 18....we all remember that time with a sort of nostalgy in our hearts. You had quite a celebration, very fancy! I loved my spirit at 18 and I love my maturity even more now that I am 31.

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Definitely it was wonderful taking a trip down memory lane. I wanted to rekindle the spirit that my 18 year old self once had. Thank you so much for dropping by 😅🤗

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You perfectly suit Belle! Especially the pic of you carrying a basket 🤍🤍 Your name even sounds a Disney Princess 😍

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Aweee thank you for reading my post 😍 my childhood dream definitely came true on that day 😅

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I don't know if you believe in numerology, but before I gave you an upvote, the number was 222. It's an auspicious number. Let me lift the exact words from The Habitat:

"Angel number 222 signifies a new beginning. We all have access to a powerful tool for creating our life experience: our mind. By choosing to focus on positive thoughts, you can create a different life. Angel number 222 tells you that your positive thoughts and visualizations are about to become reality."

I think it fits the season of your life. Happy birthday! 🎉🌸🎉

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Ohhh wooow!! It's my first time encountering numerology 🤗 thank you for this. I guess now's the time for new beginnings 😍 Once I have a positive mindset, eventually all my dreams will slowly unfold ❤❤

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Wow a nice theme to your debut I couldn't experience that because we celebrate In simple but I appreciated

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We all celebrate our birthdays in different ways 🤗 We celebrate in a way that we feel the happiest on that day. Thanks for dropping by Blessie 💖

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Pretty awesome moment with beautiful kits and decos

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This is every girls dream! I too would like to play the role of a princess except for the beauty lol. You look really beautiful sis 😍💕

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Truly! I felt like I lived in my childhood dream 😍👑

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You are a beautiful woman, your photos are amazing .

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Thank you so much for dropping by! The photographer did an amazing job 😍😅

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Life is all about figuring life out. Take your time at it. Happy Birthday!

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Indeed. What makes life exciting is that we have a lot to figure out 😍 Thank you so much for dropping by ❤️

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Great theme for a beautiful woman, your pictures are amazing.

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Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated 💖

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Very beautiful. It's so good being young 😍. The shots are amazing. I'm not a photographer but just can't help appreciate those shots and of course the model as well 😁

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So much to explore while being young 🤗 I appreciate the shots as well, never regret choosing their team to be my photographer. Thank you so much for appreciating ❤❤🤗

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Hi @lifewithera. Sorry, I just notice your post now.

I just want to say "Wow" you look so amazing on your 18th birthday. You're so lucky to experience that kind of celebration. How I wish I could before but it's okay that's life . Thank you for sharing your birthday experience.😍 Have a great day!

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