“The rhythm of breathing is a constant accompaniment to life” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Caro Mangosing by © Camila Gargantini

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An Interview with Caro

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. If I am going to be perfectly honest here, I never put much energy into celebrating my own birthday. So much so that I planned my wedding 3 days before my 30th birthday — so when I look back, I actually have zero recollection of my 30th birthday, and just remember my wedding weekend. So I guess in not remembering my birthday, I highlighted a different milestone in my life.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Even as a child, I don’t remember looking forward to my own birthday. It must be because I don’t like people making a fuss about me. So when you have no expectations, you have no disappointment. And that’s why I don’t have a “worst birthday” memory.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. I must sound like the most “no fun” person ever, but since I don’t tell many people that it’s my birthday, it usually just passes with no fan fare. I usually don’t get presents.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. My family and I will at the very least go out for dinner on my birthday. And we will always have noodles. It’s a Chinese belief that was adopted by Filipinos. To eat noodles on your birthday is to ensure long life.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. For me the celebration is internal, to have a quiet moment to have gratitude. And also to vocalize intentions for the new year of life, like my goals and what I want to accomplish, and what I would like to change, etc.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I mentioned in the previous question. We have to have noodles, usually pancit — which is a Filipino version of chow mein. For long life.