Thursday, September 08, 2005

Happy Belated Birthday to... ...

I just celebrate my birthday recently in KL. For most of us at our age, which is not too old, celebrating a birthday doesn't have to involve binge drinking, stripping, or embarrassing ourselves at a local pub by way of singing or dancing.

I remember when I was a teeny-bitty ahtiong. Birthdays used to mean that we'll have more sweets/cakes to have during recess from the rich man's son/daughter from our class. Many of us took pleasure in it as most couldn't afford more than the regular bowl of noodles and bandung during recess.

Secondary school was a different ball game. Where I went there were more rich men's' sons/daughters around. So we waited with bated breathe as the birthdays drew nearer; would there be some special dessert after recess for us? Would there be some special memento sitting at the table before the day ends? Or maybe we'll be invited to a BBQ after school?!! It was the secondary school version of Big Brother; you're either in, or out...

Going into adult life, birthdays are dreaded. For most it meant that a year has passed them by again without them achieving anything of great magnitude. It meant another 365 days has went by where their lives has not improved, financially or emotionally. Most choose to work through their Birthdays, hoping that no one would find out, and remind them how miserly small their lives are on this earth... ...

This year, however , I had a trip, literally. I took a bus up to KL with a companion, and had an enjoyable time going thru the malls and gorging on all that local food. Lemmme tell you for a fact that shopping for shoes is serious business for the ladies, you better stand outta the way when they get started or else....

I received nice SMS and emails, also a nice cake on my birthday, which goes to show that when you are nice to others, they're nice to you back. I also got the new Arsenal jersey, which I particularly like... No big parties,no binge drinking, kinda sedate in my books actually but hey, one has to start growing up yo?

Happy birthday to one and all...

7 comments:

Sandra Ng said...

This is a lil late, but....



Many happy returns of the day :)

Anonymous said...

haiyo! i'm late. happy belated birthday! :D
next year you come celebrate in malacca k? we can have bbq, kampong style ;)
i want to remember my birthday but i do not want to remember my age! hehe

powerpuff said...

happy belated birthday ah tiong!im glad to hear you spent a good one. I spent my birthday last year in KL shopping too :P

Unknown said...

Thank you to all 3 of you.

May visit Malacca next time.

Yes KL shopping cheap if you go for the pasar malam stuff, otherwise it's the food liao.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

"Secondary school was a different ball game. Where I went there were more rich men's' sons/daughters around. So we waited with bated breathe as the birthdays drew nearer; would there be some special dessert after recess for us? "

Wow! Seriously? When I was in school, I don't recall anyone celebrating this way. I guess that how things have changed over the years.

Unknown said...

Chuang: Yes i guess time is the only constant, as they say. Wow you an artiste? Took a peep, you sketch very well...

Anonymous said...

Arrghhhhh...meant to get u a present...but can't find a wrapping paper to wrap myself in...tink cardboard better..hey wait..last x pple bury pple in cardboards..not auspicious to u & me...no no no..damn!so I had to gve up!?Anyway,glad u enjoyed ur birthday..dis one is WayYyYyYyY...too late...but alas..as the saying goes..better late den never..HARE-PEE BEEELATED BIRD-DAY TO AH TIONG!!! kudos!Woahahahahahahaha... ;)