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Monday, September 16, 2013
Blessed 21st Birthday (in details & my thoughts) - Part I
I'm so so so happy and loved that I feel the need to pen (or rather, type) down my thoughts so that I will always remember this feeling. Such an amazing beautiful feeling! It's exactly 12 noon now on my 21st birthday. Truth be told, I wanted to sleep before 12 midnight last night cos I was feeling pretty lousy... But guess what?
Everything changed after I received a text from Will at 11.14pm. (If you've my Instagram, you'll know what happened, heh.) I spent my first 1.5 hours receiving phone calls and replying texts that was filled with so much love. And another half an hour chatting with my parents at the balcony and giving them each a hug, an exceptionally longer one for my Mom... Have you realized that while you're celebrating your birthday every year, it was also the most painful day for your Mom - years ago as she brought you out to this world? Yeap, she deserves a hug. More than just a hug actually.
At the end of that 2 hours and as I lay on my pillow, I really felt that my 21st birthday is already complete. And after a good 8 hours of sleep, waking up to even more messages/video/voice records hidden in my phone inbox... I feel even more thankful for everything I have in my life. I must have done something really good in my past life to deserve such amount of love from all my loved ones (:
Can't help but to smile to myself while penning (typing) this down...
Can't wait to post this up along with my first birthday post!
Till then, xx!
Hello there, the above abstract was a draft that was saved on my birthday and yessss, I'm back here at this space again feeling like the most blessed girl in the whole wide universe. (: (: Will just reminded me this morning that I'm officially 21 years & 2 days old which means... Two days have passed since my birthday but I'm still not over my birthday at all cos it was truly the happiest day of my life. I didn't really take any photos with my own camera because I was busy walking around, taking Polaroids for the guest book and trying my very best to at least talk to each & every guest who have made the effort to attend my birthday. So, most of the photos are still with Melvin from Multifolds Photography (Please click to check out their awesome work on Facebook. And ahhh, can't wait to receive my photos!) but I'm still going to blog without bulk of the photos simply cos I really want to remember that very special blessed day in details (:
Since young, I've always wished for a birthday that will gather all my loved ones --- my family, relatives & friends to sing me a birthday song. Indeed, my wish came true... You've no idea how happy I was when I was listening to the loudest birthday song that was sung specially for me in my whole entire life. After the birthday song, I just had to make a speech for all my loved ones to thank them even though I've got serious stage fright (bet you didn't know)....
I can't remember the exact words but it went something like:
"I really want to sincerely thank all of you for being a part of my 21st birthday. Some of you here are friends whom I've known for the longest time, you're there for me through the ups & downs and watched me grow up to who I am today. Some of you here are friends whom we don't usually meet but you guys are really my happypills and you're there for me at some lowest point of my life. Some of you here are friends whom I've just met a few months ago but I know you are here to stay for a very long time. Also, I want to thank my bb for running all the birthday errands for me and I will learn to change my 大小姐脾气 (princessy temper). I also want to thank my family, my relatives, my two brothers and especially Daddy & Mommy...
谢谢你们的細心照顾和你们的金钱把我抚养成人 (Thank you for your attentive care & concern showered on me and also, money spent on me to raise me up.) My dream has always been to have all my loved ones with me on my 21st birthday party. Your presence really mean a lot to me and anything else *points at my table filled with presents* is just a bonus. Thank you for making my dream come true. I really appreciate it."
I can't believe I already started crying at the second line of my speech and my buddy even had to pass me some tissue to wipe away my tears. SO EMBARRASSING, LOL. Am I the only idiot who makes birthday speeches and even cried on their 21st? Hahahaha, oh gawd. But whatever it is, I'm so glad I managed to thank everyone, composed myself and finished up this impromptu birthday speech. And I think the reason why I cried was because when I stood on that little platform by the pool that overlooked almost all 80 people who were present that night, I really felt very loved and touched :") Someone asked: "Your dream so easy ah?" Yes, I'm really this easily-contented. (:
Apart from all the lovey dovey mushy-ness I felt on my birthday, did I mention my birthday was a truly epic one as well? In the early evening, my hair was accidentally stucked and all tangled up in the comb cos of the hair spray. It was so bad that my Mom & cussie tried to salvage it for more than an hour and eventually resorted to cutting some of my hair to rescue my all-tangled-up hair. I almost wanted to cry cos I thought I had to cut that whole bunch of hair and I even texted Will: "I am going to be the ugliest princess tonight. I don't want a party anymore." Hahahahaha, died. Stupid things I say sometimes which I cannot comprehend either. I thought that was the most epic thing of the day already until it was time for cake-cutting then we realized....
THERE WAS NO CANDLES AND KNIFE. OMG I WANTED TO CRY. WHAT'S A BIRTHDAY WITHOUT CANDLES?!?!?! And I was sooooo paiseh to make all my guests wait even longer :/ So my brother had to quickly drive out to the nearest 24-hours supermarket to find some candles for me but he couldn't find the usual candles and guess what, again.......
TADAAAAAAAAAHHHH~ My girlfriends came up with the most creative idea and put an even bigger smile on my face! How special right? I've got sooo many candles to blow, hee. That was also the moment for the first time, I was so thankful for all my friends who smoke cos they came to good use with their lighters. (I hope you guys quit smoking after that night cos I don't need you guys to light up this many candles for me anymore, lol.)
What's 21st birthday without some alcohol and partying with your besterestest girlfriend right? It's been so long we last partied together due to our different hectic work/school schedule now and I was so happy that we finally relived some good ol' fun we had a few years back. I was really glad to meet many boyfriend's friends that night too! Shall do a separate post for post-party cos I just realized we actually took soooooo many photos that night, heh.
Please pardon my no make-up face but I guess that huge grin on my face makes it up for my bare face, heh. Truth be told, I don't usually receive birthday presents. I'm not showing off or whatsoever but I really don't lack anything in my life. I'm very, very contented and thankful for everything I have in my life. That's why every year, my friends including my BFF (who knows me inside out) never fail to ask: "So what you want for your birthday?" and I never fail to reply "I also don't know. Anything from the heart lor. (:"
Okay, I mean, yes, no doubt everyone has a wish list and of course there's some branded bags ladies would love to have including myself but there's no way am I going to expect it from my friends. Most of my friends are either around my age group, just entered the corporate world or saving money for their future/marriage, the thought of receiving expensive gifts from them is just........... TOO CRUEL. :/ I'd rather earn it by myself. Hur hur.
SO THANK YOU, MY FRIENDS. REALLY. I really never expect myself to receive this many presents at all. Not at all. I even received presents from friends whom I didn't invite.... Ahhhhh, kill me. I FEEL SO BAD ABOUT IT. If you're reading this and I didn't invite you and you feel somewhat offended, I'm really sorry... It's really not because I don't treasure our friendship. It's just because I don't want you to feel pressured to buy gifts for someone whom you aren't really close to. It's not that I'm expecting any but I guess I'll feel pressured to buy gifts for a 21st birthday as well. Actually, I even told some of my friends that it's really okay to not buy any gifts cos their presence is really enough. Nevertheless, thank you all for racking your brains & spending your free time to buy a gift for me. No matter how big or how small or how expensive it is, I really appreciate it all. It's truly the thought that counts. (:
"Please enjoy the brownies I baked specially for you with all my heart. I know you enjoy my cooking and do not lack anything in your life hence the homemade brownies so I really hope you love them." :") Guess what? My Mom and I just finished indulging one each after our lunch as our desserts. This was baked by my dearest BB whom I've known since primary five.... Thank you so much. We really love it cos it's so yummy(!!!) My mom can't stop going on and on and on about how yummy it is... Lol.
Oh yes, did you realize that I've got TWO birthday cakes too? One of them is a really pretty carrot cake baked by my really really awesome good friend whom I've known since primary one. (ahhh sucks that I've no photos for it, boohoo.) Ahhhhh.... I can't help but to smile while typing this down.... Thank you all so much for reminding me that such love and these friendships I've forged over the (so many) years is really priceless. I'm so thankful that although we don't talk as much as we did in primary/secondary school, they still never fail to let me know that I'll always have their back, no matter what. (:
Priceless. I never knew I'm a good friend, honestly. I always think I'm quite a bad friend whenever I'm attached cos I'm such a boyfriend's girl. Hahahahaha, oooops. But thank you so much for this..... By the way, did you spot some made-with-love (@williamthe)whale(s) birthday cards? My friends are just too annoyingly cute, seriously! :P
Opened up one of the boxes and I see my all-time favourite (handmade) BUBBLES!!!!!!!!! I totally forgot I told Javier (My assistant class leader back in JC... Yeap, I was a class leader. I know I don't look like one, lol.) what's my favourite cartoon character and I was even more surprised this army boy managed to find time to make one for me. Thank you so much for the effort!! Such effort is really hard to come by from a guy, don't you agree? And the really pretty handmade card is from both my treasurer and assistant. Oh by the way, these two little bros of mine are single and available ;) Contact me if you're interested! (I'm actually pretty serious about it, lol.)
My dearest artsy-fartsy Mel (whom I've known since sec 2 & definitely came a long way) dropped by earlier cos I wanted her to design my guest book for me. And for as long as I did my hair and make-up, that little perfectionist was sitting at one little corner drawing this all by herself. Thank you so much, Mel. (:
Unwrapped all my presents last evening like an excited little girl, heh. I really love each and everyone of it! From clutches to wedding photoframe to water bottle to perfumes to nail polish to make-ups to gift vouchers to (a very rare) metal pen to earrings to necklaces to bracelets........... I really appreciate it all equally. It's really the thought that counts (:
So quite a few saw my bags of Pandora and exclaimed: Oh my gawd, I hope they are not the same!
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Pandora. I wouldn't even consider the thought of buying it for myself. A few months ago, I even asked C: "What's the hype over Pandora? Seems like every girl owns it." Then she explained to me that each charm symbolizes something but recently, it seems like people bought it only because it's pretty. I guess that's the reason why I wasn't interested in Pandora cos I see no meaning in these charms back then.
When I opened up the three boxes of Pandora, I texted them individually and asked: "So, what's the meaning behind these charms?" Then, they replied:
"Finally 21. Time to travel the world & no one can stop you!"
(She knows my parents very well indeed, lol.)
"Cos we (my bestest girlfriends) love you always~"
"There's always up and down in life but remember, when there's black, there will always be white. There will always be obstacles in life. When you face any challenges, don't give up, you can turn to us and we'll walk you through the dark dark clouds and accompany you till you see the bright white sky! It will also remind you of us since we're always wearing black and white most of the time! :)"
No prizes for guessing which bracelet belongs to which meaning.... Yes, they might be physically the same but to me, each of them are really unique and different. My best friend and ShiQi even told me there's a receipt in the bag so please exchange it within 14 days for something I like. NOOOOOOOOO WAY. They're all way too precious to me! Never ever gonna trade these Pandora bracelets <3
And please don't get me wrong, all presents really mean equally to me. I purely just wanna share the special meanings behind these Pandora bracelets with you (:
I also want to thank a very special someone of mine cos I wouldn't be able to handle the whole set-up of my 21st beach-y birthday without this dearest love. Thank you so much for helping me out, from accompanying me to the store @ Haji Lane to try out my birthday outfit before your meeting that day to racking your brains with me & discussing with my parents about wet-weather plan B to making time to head down to IKEA to get my birthday deco to planning the first ever (midnight) surprise you've ever planned for anyone (YAY, I AM THE FIRST. VERY SPECIAL INDEED, HEEHEE.) to rushing to the east then to the west to collect my birthday cake and balloons despite waking up early for a charity event at 5.30am on my birthday to heading down to my poolside earlier to set up everything with my best friend while I was doing my hair and make-up to taking the initiative to entertain some of my friends while I was busy at the party to splurging 2.2k for a table cos you want me to have a comfortable time partying in Zouk with my girlfriends.....
Thank you so, so much, my love. I really appreciate all the efforts and all the love you've showered on me. We don't know what the future brings but I will definitely give my very best to make our relationship work and become a better girlfriend of yours with each and every passing day (:
Like I mentioned, my favourite boy planned a surprise for me:
"I got a surprise for you. It's not me physically but let's play a game of blues clue. Something six sided, similar to grass, outside your comfort zone where I always koala you. Get to that place and I will guide you through........ Take a photo of your surrounding (so I snapped a shot). Go to the third tile. Your search area is 10x10 metres. If we think alike, you should be able to find what I left you."
And too much telepathy, I found it within 5 seconds.
Guess where did he hide it? THAT GREEN BOX OUTSIDE MY NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE, HAHAHAHAHAHA. He once joked that he was very tempted to throw his rubbish inside there and I refused to let him do that! Lol. I've no idea why I suddenly remembered that and walked to the box immediately. Heh, too much telepathy indeed (:
He wanted me to open it up by myself, wear it, take a picture and send it to him but I refused cos it's meaningless without opening this present together with him :( So I opened it up together with him and he wore the necklace for me before I start to entertain all my friends, hee. Thank you so much, my baobao. I'm still feeling very happy, very touched and loved that you planned the first ever surprise specially for me just to make me happy, hee. <3
Last but not least, I'm so thankful for this beautiful lady in my life: My all-in-one (my mother, my sister, my best friend, my mentor, my guiding star) and my forever constant in life. She listens to me, she guides me, she scolds me, she encourages me, she supports me, she cares for me, she loves me, she nags at me, she knows me inside out.
Without her, I'm nothing at all. <3
Oh oh yes, thank you for all your ang baos too! I've yet to open them up but it's really the thought that counts. Once again, thank you for all the love showered on me on my 21st birthday, making it such a successful celebration! I really, really appreciate it and my 21st birthday will always remain as (one of) the happiest day(s) in my life.
This is the longest and most wordy post ever. I've never penned (typed) down so much thoughts in details for a really long time..... This is actually for my very own safe-keeping purpose which I would also very much love to share my happiness with you guys that's why it's up on this space! (I guess, this is also the reason why I enjoy blogging since I was 14.)
If you managed to finish reading this post, thank you. I really appreciate it <3
I'm truly a very blessed girl.
Till then, xx.
I'm no angel, I'm just me
But I will love you endlessly.