Warning! This post is going to be an explosion of photos!
I celebrated my 28th birthday in October 2009 but didn’t get round to posting it up till now. As we get older we have more and more groups of different friends and I celebrated my birthday with little dinners and gatherings with different groups of friends in October. However, one of the more memorable ones is the little “early” birthday party I threw at 1-caramel for some close friends and special people.
The whole place was reserved and it was a lovely cozy venue with a wonderful catered buffet spread. In addition to having my most treasured friends to spend the evening with me… what more can a girl ask for?
As it turns out that day… the birthday girl (that’s me!) was late for her own party due to some last minute issues with her flight the next day! So I was a little embarrassed to have my guests waiting for me to start!
Unlike the crazy birthday parties of my youth, I wanted it to be a really small relaxed affair. No big effort needed… just an evening’s company with the people that matter to me.
There was a lot of laughter and catching up amongst friends and I’ll like to thank all of you for being there for me always! Friendship is a precious commodity which requires time and effort to allow it to grow strong and in such hectic times where spare time is hard to find… I’m blessed to have friends that still make that effort to spend it with me. It’s the time spent with people that make us grounded and offer us support.
Some of them I’ve know for decades and still have so much to share with each other while others I’ve met only for months and clicked instantaneously. All of them possessing the unique quality of knowing that people matters more than possessions or positions. To embrace each other for who they are… learning and accepting. My birthday was merely an excuse to have them all around for a meetup.
It’s odd but a lot of my closest friends have moved out of Singapore to seek their fortunes elsewhere and even among this group of friends there are a few that would be moving in the near future. But I’ve been lucky to be able to maintain my friendship over long distances and I hope that I’ll have such strong bonds every birthday to be thankful for.
After everyone had their fill of food and drinks it was time for the cake! And I have to say that this has got to be one of my favorite birthday cake.
All my favorite brands consolidated in one cake! And everything is edible!
There were tons of cameras snapping as they sung me my birthday song and I made my wish before blowing the candles out. My camera was handled by Clara that day which gamely took over the role of the official camera woman since I was busy catching up with everyone.
A few snapshots with the guys…
And then with my lovely ladies!
Of course there were lots of lovely presents from my dearest friends as well. I haven’t showcased everyone’s presents here as there’s too many… from bags to makeup to books to vouchers to champagnes and wines… I love and appreciate them all! Just for the sake of sharing… I’ll just randomly picked a couple of photos here.
Sushi gave me a the very same coach wristlet I was thinking of getting sometime back. For some reason we always end up liking the same things!
Lots of beauty products to keep my skin moisturized for those frequent travels.
A Che Che bag from Bernice… I haven’t used it yet but I think it’ll be great for keeping the ang pows during this coming Chinese New Year.
The most creative gift award goes to Ben for taking the effort to compile so many of my favorite hobbies into a mix-up of cake box presents.
Time for everyone to have a slice of the birthday cake!
It was really rich dark chocolate cake… absolutely sinful!
The cake toppings was made of sugar craft and was to pretty to be eaten so I took photos with them and brought them home. The pastry chef said that as long as I keep them in a cool dry place in room temperature, they’ll actually last indefinitely.
The night ended around midnight or so as I had to catch an early flight the next morning. But I had a lovely birthday celebration. Thank you my dear friends for making me feel so blessed. For your love and generosity, I would like to dedicate a poem to you and to those whom were unable to make it that night but sent their greetings from afar.
As we walk our path in life,
we meet people everyday.
Most are simply met by chance,
but some are sent our way.
These become special friends,
who’s bond we can’t explain –
the ones that understand us
and share our joys and pain.
Their love contains no boundaries,
so even when apart,
their presences still embraces us
with a warmth felt in the heart.
This love becomes a passageway
where even miles disappear.
And so these friends life sends our way
remain forever near.
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