Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Year Older

Beginning at 12 midnight on April 11th, birthday greetings were posted to my Facebook timeline and kept coming in even until the next day. I never cease to be amazed at how technology has advanced so much that I can receive birthday greetings from my friends around the world all on the same day. About a decade or two ago, we would have relied on sending greeting cards through the post and had to send them well before the actual birthday so that the card would reach the other person on time. 

For many years following my birth, my parents celebrated my birthday on April 12th. It was only when I had to bring my birth certificate to school for the Standard 5 exam (before we had UPSR for Year 6) that I realised I was actually born on the 11th, but very close to midnight, so I suppose by the time my dad called everyone to announce my birth it was already the morning of April 12th. On top of that, I found out that my Chinese name was misspelled in my birth certificate - what was supposed to be 'Ching' became 'Cheng' instead. So, 2 major surprises at the age of 11 for me... which led to having to change my name on ALL my school exercise books and the school register, as well as having to celebrate my birthday on the proper date the following year.

Anyway, turning 46 isn't as bad as I imagined it to be, haha. Still trying to keep my wrinkles away and stay young at heart, even though my creaky joints do protest if I attempt any vigorous activities. Hubby took the afternoon off and just told the kids that we were going on a lunch date. They were quite curious to know where we went! My parents came over for tea later in the afternoon and brought chocolates (yum!)

After dinner we had a cell meeting in a friend's home, where we gather in a small group to study a portion of the Bible, and I had a candle to blow and a cake to cut. The birthday song was also sung in various keys and didn't seem to end!..courtesy of the fun-loving young adults in our group.

On the way home, my kids decided to drop by the Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt store for supper, and since it was my birthday I had a discount. At the cashier counter my son took out his wallet and said he would pay for all our yogurt, so sweet of him.

My daughter, SweetTeen, bought me my favourite lip balm :)
(Not quite sure how the photo keeps rotating
to the right as I have already corrected and saved
the file the right way round.)
 Spent the rest of the night thanking all those who wished me on Facebook and Whatsapp, really appreciate them.

As the saying goes... Another year older, (hopefully) another year wiser!


YuinTing said...

Happy belated birthday!
It is so wonderful to celebrate the birthday with your loved ones.

Sunny-Cookie said...

Thanks, Yuin Ting. As the years go by, I suppose celebrating birthdays with friends and family becomes more precious than having lots of gifts :)