Saturday, 2 February 2008

Turning 22: 'Twas a Lovely Week!



And so it seems I have been very terrible in updating my blog...=(



But I swear, I had very good reasons...



Firstly, I had horrible wireless connection, which absolutely refuses to allow me to log on to Blogger...

Secondly, the power was cut in my hostel 3 nights in a row, twice the first and second night, and thrice the third, which effectively shut my wireless down...

Thirdly, I've been busy...My real darling of a Japanese-American Psychology lecturer, Dr Kimura, had to go on leave, so we've been seeing her a lot more often than normal to cover the days when she won't be around...



Seriously...



Anyway, it was my birthday last Sunday, the 27th of January...I wasn't thinking of blogging about it at first, then someone broke my cover on my previous post, and then I thought, why not lar? Not some big national secret, right? ;)



Anyway, I took the bus home that weekend, and my friends knew of my plans to come home...And so it was that on Friday, just before class, we went out for lunch...



I was told by all of them that we were going out to have a belated birthday 'party' for one of my friends, Jiun Wei, whose birthday fell on December...When 10 am came, and 2 of my other friends were not ready, me, Chun Yin, and Meng Min went out first in one car to buy a small cake (Chun yin and Meng Min said because they plan to pig out in food, instead of cake) for Jiun Wei...




When we finally all arrived in Queensbay Mall, we went two different ways to shop, Chun Yin holding the cake...I did feel something was a little fishy, this going of seperate ways, but I thought, oh well, the cake is with us (with only 19 candles)!



And lo-and-behold, when we arrived in Breeks, this cafe, I suddenly found that I was sitting in the middle...And then Jiun Wei (the supposed birthday girl) came with Tze Pin and Shu Hui, with another cake...This time, from Secret Recipe...No wonder they insisted we get a small cake just now!




Caught!




And so it was, I was caught...Turns out, it was my birthday they were celebrating...=)




So now, we have two cakes! We went around ordering our food, and we had a swell of a time ordering different kinds of juices and drinks...And being the crazy people that we are, we just had to mix them up just to see how they would turn up...Being the birthday girl, needless to say, I had to do the honours of drinking it up first...






Blue Dolphin + Some Latte-of-the-day + Some-Lime-Thingy + Blue Ocean + my Irish-Latte...


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Yucky!






I think my face says it all, no?




But, surprisingly, after taking more than a sip or two, it didn't turn out to be soooo bad...If you don't mind sour coffee...;)






Two cakes, side by side...




In the end, the bigger cake one on the left had 22 candles for me, and the one on the right, had 19 candles for Jiun Wei (we hadn't celebrated hers anyhow)...The Secret Recipe cake was a super-nice Chocolate-Cheese cake, while the little one was a BlackForest...

My friends clearly know my love for chocolate and cheese, because both this year and the last, they produced two lovely chocolate-cheese cakes, from different places...=)







Posing, posing, posing...Memang cam-whore queens lar...=)






Jiun Wei, with the candle still between her teeth...




I tell you, nobody will believe the amount of food my group can eat...We have been known to seriously shock people, having once gone through (that day was 7 of us) an entire all-you-can-eat buffet steamboat + bbq (5 rounds!) and an entire Haagan Daz ice-cream cake!

This time around, we toned down a little, sharing 3 plates between the 6 of us, lotsa drinks, and a third of each cake...






Eat!





Six good friends, only half full...Cake, is up next!

Clockwise from left: Meng Min, Tze Pin, Jiun Wei, Shu Hui, Chun Yin, and me...





Cleaning up! We felt bad dirtying the tables with all the candles and cream, so we cleared up!





All in all, it was a satisfactory meal, and there were 6 very sleepy heads in class that day...I ended up with another third of both cakes (squashed together) with me on the bus on the way home...






Altogether it was a very productive week for my stomach, as my parents later took me to this lovely breakfast at CB then to a super-spicy Thai restaurant, and then I had dinner with Ruverny at Paddington's House of Pancakes, with ice cream!, and then...



Oh gosh...I have been eating, haven't I?



Thanks everyone for the lovely week, the lovely food, the lovely bags, and shower gels and multi-fruity lip glosses, and chain...

Special mention to Su Juin for the very interesting box of different earrings that you sent up! I know you read this blog, and just wanted to say I especially loved the pink-teddy-bear-like one! And thanks to the few who wished my via email and sms (you know who you are)...


Ok, looks like it is time I go on a serious diet...


Erm, after Chinese New Year lar...

Hehe!

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

just dropping in to wish you a "Happy Belated Birthday".Been reading ur blogs for some time....like them very much.Best wishes...may u be blessed with health and happiness.

Akmal said...

Daphne,
Hahaha, salute to your friends!
Good one ladies! Cool, awesome, wicked! All that are for you all ladies :)
Waah, big appetite, you all have ye? Hahaha. BTW, Daphne, are you sure about the diet after CNY? No? Hahaha.
Hey, happy belated birthday ya :)
Best wishes from me.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 23.15,

Thank you for dropping by...And thank you for the wishes as well...I wish you the very same, blessed with health and happiness =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

Cool, awesome and wicked huh? I agree...Keke...

As for our appetites, oh yes, memang gargantuam! Huge appetites, and we get hungry very quickly too...

As for my diet, ahem...No prizes for guessing that it will never happen lar! If I had had the will-power, I would have gone on a diet a looooong time ago...

Tengok size pun dah tahu ler...

Puteri said...

Happy belated birthday, Daphne!!

Glad to hear you had a good time with your friends! The cakes sure look yummy!!

Here's to many, many more birthdays and all the best for the year!

kl_gal said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Daph. That Black Forest cake is making me drool :)) Glad that you guys had loads of fun + good eats. The drinks certainly looked interesting

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such thoughtful and kind words. I will respond to your comments in the coming week. :)

Allow me to wish you once again (publicly, this time), A Very Happy Birthday.

You know, I can remember when I turned 22 - seems like only yesterday. Time flies so fast. Soon, I will be soooo much older. Ah! but I tell myself age is just a number. Sometimes my body reminds me that I am not 22 anymore. :D

Your birthday celebration (as well as Jiun Wei's) looked like so much fun. Happy to know that you gals had a good time and stuffed yourselves. By they way, don't diet. Eat right and in moderation and you will be alright. One day of sinful eating (haha) will not set you back ... not unless you plan to do the same over CNY (which really can't be helped, right?)

Take care dear and Happy Chinese New Year to you, your parents and brother.

nstman said...

Happy birthday. By the way, birthday girl should be drinking beer, not latte or coffee. No kick lah.

Faridah Khan said...

Hi Daphne,
Happy belated bithrday again! I do not think I have ever seen so many of your photos before. Usually you don't upload your photos or your face half hide behind or only from the side. So it is very nice to see proper pictures of you! You have such a lovely looking smile and so sincere and happy. Oh I love your ear rings and it is so sweet to see that your ear rings and braces matches in colour! By the way tahi lalat you banyak. Senang memikat jantan ni. Heh heh. And I am happy you had a wonderful birthday. You desrve it!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Happy, happy, joy, joy, joy!!

hehehe...i just love happy occasions.

i tell you D. when i turned 22 not so many years ago (ehem..), i decided to shave my head bald. partly for health reason, and mainly because i wanted to look like a certain brazilian footballer. so anyway, when we met the other day, i was exactly like that when i was your age now. but not so much a big deal since it was (only) some years back...hehehehhe...

U.Lee said...

Hello Daphne, a happy belated birthday to you. Wow, mine just a day earlier....you celebrating your sweet 22, me arriving at my milestone.
Imagine the inbetwen years, 43 miles difference! Oh boy! Ha ha.
I have no link to your place, so was thrilled see your name my place.
We had a horrible snowstorm, blizzard day before and people still digging themselves out.
My car was practically buried in snow, and my wife and I took turns to shovel my car out. An 18 foot long car too!
And there I was in 2 feet of snow (due wind drift)..eeee, shoes, socks all wet, freezing my feet.
And then reversing the car doing a Tango, waltz, rock and roll to get the car out as there was also ice.
Lots of accidents, fender benders as mostly new drivers driving first time, or talking on the phone and slamming their brakes then skidding and slidding till the 'crrruunch'!
Me? I drive like carrying my grandmother. Ha ha.
Well, where you going, you will be seeing more snow up there.
When you leaving, Daphne?
I have two married neices, and one good friend all from Malaysia who will soon be receiving their PR papers to migrate here.
They and children you can imagine all terribly excited. We too...
Well, Daphne, you take care.
By the way, nice photographs. And you sure look good...very attractive young lady too, ahemm. Best regards, Lee.

elviza said...

Happy Birthday Daphne dear...

A year older, a year wiser...hopefully *wink wink*

Nightwing said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Not bad...Uncle Lee's birthday on the 26th and urs on the 27th.

So nice of ur friends to do the birthday thingy with you.

U deserve it. Keep well now.

On another note:

An early CNY greeting.

Wealth can melt;
pleasure is unsure;
power is not forever;

but friends who remember each
other will always stay together.

Therefore i wanna wish you and your family a very Happy Chinese New Year 2008.

Jo-D said...

Hi Daph!
Happy belated birthday! You know, if you or any of your friends go on diet, you will not be visible anymore. So skinny one you all. So forget dieting after chinese new year and just eat! I will do the same!

PrincessJournals said...

Happy Belated Bday Daphne!gosh u girls do eat a lot! lol. i have to say no to the sour coffee tho. :P

straycat's strut said...

You are only 22? Darn, how come you get to be so young and I get to be errr... older?

Happy birthday. Happy birthday. You gave smiles to so many lives and this day belongs to you.

22.... sheesh... jealous.

Kak Teh said...

Happy birthday daphne dear! what a shame we didnt meet when i was in penang - never mind some other time.

Pi Bani said...

Happy belated birthday Daph!

And happy CNY too!

I think a few more extra lbs over the CNY holidays shouldn't be too bad... hehehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Puteri,

Thanks! The cakes were yummy, and writing about it now at 10 pm, I am having a sudden craving for nice gooey cake! It's ok...Turns out, I'm having another belated birthday lunch tomorrow with another friend! Haha!

I wish the very same for you, Kak Puteri: "Here's to many, many more birthdays and all the best for the year!"...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Gurdeep (Kl_Gal),

I'm drooling also now lar...;) Somehow or other, when I eat 'Blackforest' cake, I don't feel so guilty...Kinda like, cos it's got fruits in it! Hehe...

Thanks for the wishes though, and the drinks were definitely interesting! Thank God they didn't add the Tabasco Sauce like they said they would! ;p

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

I believe you were the first to remember my birthday, wishing me almost a whole week in advance, in one of your emails!

As for the words I left on your blog, I meant every word of it...=)

You know, I think after our many lenghty talks, I believe you know how much of 'moderation' I can handle! No self discipline whatsoever!

And in Malaysia right, there's no such thing as one day of sinful eating...Just thinking of Char Koay Teow/Nasi Lemak/Roti Canai is enough to give you extra layers of fat and cholesterol plaque! ;)

Oh well...

Hehe!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi NSTman,

Sorry lar...Coffeine is enough to get me high...=)

Anyway, Baha'i's don't drink (alcohol is a no-no)...So I memang don't touch any form of alcohol...

I'm already all hyped and neurotic with coffee, can you imagine alcohol?!?!? ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Faridah Khan,

Hey, hey! You actually noticed the colour-coordination of my brace and earrings? Cool! Cos, erm, I didn't ler...Hehe...

As for the pictures, ahem...I can choose ma, which one doesn't make me look sooo big, you know? ;)

As for tahi lalat, I found out too, when I got this student-artist to draw my portrait...He said: "You want me to put in all your tahi lalat? Banyak tau!"

Aiks!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Lee!

Hey, hey! Happy belated 65th birthday, Uncle Lee! Next time, we can celebrate together-gether! Hehe...

I keep forgettting to change the add to your link, so I veyr malas to find someone's blog with your new link...Finally said must do it, so, hopped over, and found myself with sooooo much catching up to do!

I'm looking forward to really experiencing snow, but know that I would be moaning in a while...I memang takut sejuk one lar! *Brrrrr*

And snowed in really doesn't seem like fun at all, cos, well, when the snow thaws, ewww...How dirty everything will be, all wet! *Yuck*

But I will be seeing you soon, right?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Elviza,

Thanks for the greetings! And I hope also lar, this older, wiser thing...But, erm, don't set expectations too high ler...;)

Hey NightWing,

Thanks, and it is pretty cool our (Uncle Lee and me) birthdays are so close to each other...

As for the wishes for CNY, I agree, so thank you for being my friend, NightWing, and may you have a wonderful CNY too...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Bit fat, coming from you right? (Pun intended)...You're like some super-model, you know! Bleh!

Anyway, dieting is not for looks and vanity alone lar...I don't mean a crash-dieting of not eating at all, or a fad diet, but more like watching what you pop into your mouth lar...=)

I seriously need to learn to keep to it!

mob1900 said...

Lai -lai, you have been Muhibbah Tagged! Cepat-cepat share your Muhibbahness with us.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Princess,

Kak Farina, kalau you see us, mesti 'kagum'! Hehe...And surprisingly right, the sour coffee wasn't that bad lor...Quite good! Haha...

Wait, when you come back Malaysia, I will try and concoct it up for you...Muahaha...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Straycat's Strut,

Start your own blog woman! Then I get to read too! Hehe...Anyway, I am the oldest in my gang, so I know what you mean about getting ahem, old...

But will go on consolling ourselves that 'we gain wisdom' (and lotsa white hair)...

*Wink*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Teh,

Thanks! I tell you, memang I geram when I read your blog, too late, about your visit to USM! Yeeee...Memang geram giler...

No wonder you said you'll be seeing me soon in one of your posts, tapi I didn't have proper line to go blog-hopping! Aiyer...

Wait, must have next time!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Thanks for both wishes! Tapi ar, a few more lbs' over CNY will mean I cannot wear my clothes lar...

Sudah double chin, mau triple lagi ke? Tak boleh...Everybody I see these past month keeps exclaiming how much weight I've put on, you know!

Sakit hati...

*Bleh*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mobbie,

Ok, but am feeling cynical, so might be a little nasty...=)

Happy CNY anyhow!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Firstly, allow me to convey my deepest apologies for missing your comment...I know you ter-rasa, when you ping'ed me on MSN...

Sorry yeah? Janganlah merajuk...=(

Anyway, I really wished I had known you are bald (yes, I know, by choice) before meeting you...

And thanks for the sms at midnight to wish me Happy Birthday, dear...=)

*Still angry ar?

Anonymous said...

Hey,

U got thinner! Keep it up in slimming down~ LOL