Just another lowkey birthday

According to my parents, I was born at midday, on 16 September – thirty-something years ago. People say that if you’re born in daytime, you’re bound to be timid – I suppose I do have some ‘timid’ streak in me. I wouldn’t call it timidity though, more like being extra-careful and extra-sensible. 😀 If I were timid, I wouldn’t have plonked myself out of Indonesia and planted myself in Adelaide, nor would I have travelled solo all the way beyond the Arctic Circle. I am brave in some areas and overly careful in others – how can I explain that at my age, I am still yet to have my first car? 😮

So, this is my birthday – another lowkey birthday. Yani called me at midnight to wish me a happy birthday and after that barrages of Facebook messages started to pour in, as well as a couple of text messages on my phone. I couldn’t take a day off unfortunately as I have heaps of work at the moment. The folks at work were kind enough to have morning tea to celebrate my birthday – one of the consultants also has his birthday today – so it was a double celebration today. We had mini pies and sausage rolls – very Aussie indeed. 🙂 I ended up staying until about 6.30pm and then headed home. I thought about having dinner with Yani – but the ongoing rain dampened my mood a bit and made me a wee melancholic, so I told her that I would head home. Tomorrow the folks from church are planning to see ‘Up’ so the merriment can happen tomorrow or during the weekend.

However, just to do something a bit different, I stopped by the shopping centre near home and had my dinner at Nando’s. Nothing special, but at least I didn’t have instant noodle for dinner on my birthday. 😛 I had three Subway cookies to close off my dinner for $2 and walked back home slowly. It was quite therapeutic really – walking slowly in the rain. The sound that the water made on my umbrella was calming. There was a sense of serenity as well in the neighbourhood – it’s as if the houses, the trees and the streets were letting the sky washing them gently.

Birthdays are usually quite lowkey in our family – the only birthday that I had a major celebration when I was a boy was my 12th birthday, I think. I invited some of my friends from school to come over to my house. I was a bit embarassed because my shophouse was a bit modest compared to my friends’ houses. Nevertheless, I had great memories in that shophouse – I did have a great childhood. The other memorable birthday was when I reached 21 – I was all alone in Adelaide already at that time, feeling homesick. I remember posting a message in a bulletin board, telling everybody that I was all alone and feeling sorry for myself on my birthday. Because of that posting alone, I received a lot of emails back from people all over the world. Some just teased me for being a sook, the majority wished me a happy birthday. I still keep in touch with some who have become great friends all these years.

So yes, that’s my birthday today. Happy birthday to me.

Published by fuzz

I've finally relented to the lures of blogging - and for those who care, well, I'm a self-confessed geek who's a wanderer at heart, who thinks and analyses too much, and who's trying hard to hold on to his 7-year old inner persona.

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