Thankful…

In my life, I am thankful that I am truly blessed with the best of friends. One of them will never fail to send me a card every year on my birthday. We go back some twenty years and still keep in touch regularly. Last year, she sent me this card…

Birthday card 1a

…and when you open it a bit, you will see this…

Birthday card 1b

…and the rest of the message that says…

Birthday card 1c

and as you open the card completely, the guy’s pants drop and you get to see this…

Birthday card 1d

LOL!!! And this year, she sent me this…

Birthday card 2a

Birthday card 2b

…and inside, it says…

Birthday card 2c

How very true indeed! Look, Kpenyu! It’s 8.00 p.m. – my bedtime!!! Hahahahaha!!! Thanks, Vivien (& Mary), for the card…and thanks especially for remembering without fail every year.

I also received a birthday greeting via sms from Jerry, a friend from the now-defunct TraxxFm radio show in the afternoon, 2 minutes before midnight…and a couple of minutes later, from Zee, another regular on the show. Zee has a blog of her own and she has posted a touching dedication specially for me on my birthday. That’s really so sweet of her, don’t you think?

Then, the greetings via smses came one by one from ex-students – Adrian, Jimmy, Eddie, Gerard, Andrew, Nicholas (now Dr Ngua, I guess), Housefly, Louis (the lawyer) and friends and family – Jimmy from Bintulu/Serian, Clare (who also included a birthday greeting in the Christmas card I received from her and Alvin), Sophia, Gundot. Melissa’s friend – Gin, Sabrina, my brother Charles in Auckland, Chris of i-anakapai…and Kpenyu called and I also spoke to Kpenyu jr and Fiq of what-the-fiq who is currently on holiday in KK..and Lindy Sister called too. Ah yes! Bongkersz sent his at 20.09.02…well before midnight for fear that he would not be the first to greet me Happy Birthday. LOL!!! Thanks, everybody.

Thank you also to those of you who posted your birthday greetings via the comments in my special birthday post and the one before that and also in Facebook. Of course, the first thing in the morning, in compliance with the Chinese tradition, I had the Foochow longevity noodles – mee sua (string/thread noodles) in ang chiew (red wine) chicken soup with a hard-boiled egg…

STP's longevity noodles 2008

…and I got this cake from my good friends, Lim and family…

STP's birthday cake 2008 1

…and my wife and daughter got me another one…

STP's birthday cake 2008 2

…as well as these presents…

STP's birthday present 2008 1

…and my friend, Jimmy from Bintulu/Serian, bought me this…

STP's birthday present 2008 2

Hmmm…just nice for the key to the safe where I keep my millions? ROTFLMAO!!! My sister gave me an ang-pao; don’t ask me how much as I have not opened it yet!

We did not go out to celebrate as we would end up eating the same ol’ things at the same ol’ places, anyway, and as my missus was working, I just cooked some curry fish head for dinner after which we feasted on the cakes. Don’t worry, we did not finish all that in one sitting, so if there’s anybody who would like some cake, do drop by before they’re all gone!

Once again, thank you very much, everybody, for everything!