And it’s March again! The 27th March for me, for this month I celebrated my 27th birthday.
I was a feeling a little meh in the beginning, because for the first time in many years my whole family wasn’t in town to celebrate my birthday. My dad couldn’t make it.
In a twist of fate, my boss announced that we had a meeting to attend in Brunei one day before my birthday and very kindly allowed me to join. You can imagine how excited I was to hear this. My mum then decided to change her ticket to depart Singapore on the same flight as me.
Which meant – YEP, I got to celebrate my birthday in Brunei, although only for a few hours.
So off we went on Thursday evening. We reached Brunei at about midnight and then woke up early the next morning to attend a series of meetings (might I add that we got really lucky with the incidents that happened in between) and then we were done for the day. My boss then took us out for a boat ride at Kampong Ayer. You would think I would have experienced this before, being raised in Brunei and all, but in my 17 years of living there and 27 years of being alive, I have never once entered Kampong Ayer – let alone by boat!
And I had no regrets.
Because judging by previous history of motion sickness, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it. Having outgrown the issues in my head, I had SO MUCH FUN on the 45-minute ride. We spotted a bunch of proboscis monkeys, a monitor lizard came really close to our boat (a lot of shrieking happened), saw a shy crocodile, a snake zooming across the waters and witnessed the magnificent views of Kampong Ayer, the Istana and the mosque.
I then brought my bosses over for a quick view of my dad’s shops and then sent them off to the airport. After that, I had an even more awesome time hanging out with Wira (hi bro!) and my kolomee, having dinner at a new Indian restaurant with my parents (cheap dinner!), and then desserts with my best friends at Paddington House of Pancakes (yumm!).
The trip was cut short by my departure the next morning. I had breakfast at home and then had to wait in the super long queue to check in (I forgot it was school holidays). I ALMOST got upgraded but then someone else had better luck. Upon arrival, I had a scrumptious lunch in Singapore with my sister and brother-in-law. And before I forget, they were really sweet to head down to Haji Lane to get me a box of cupcakes from Fluff Bakery. FINALLY.
And that was about it. I went home, watched a couple of movies, ate pizza and lazed around because I could!
I woke up early. Prepared things to cook for my friends who I invited over for dinner, chilled out and watched TV. Had leftover pizza for lunch and then the doorbell rang and rang.
See, I have a track record for inviting people for a gathering but getting really bad response. This birthday brought me good luck, though, for my friend Ashrafe turned up with 27 cupcakes (there’s no such thing as too many cupcakes!); my colleague Matina was so sweet to drop by with a lovely gift; Liyana, Faizal and Mia came with like the perfect gift for nerdy me; Nickole popped by to help me finish cupcakes and to help me get my read on with Kinokuniya vouchers; Lizzie and Rama then arrived last to clean up whatever food was left on the table (thank you!). I couldn’t have been happier!
But I did because my beautiful friend Bavani showed off her amazing talent by quilling out an “m” as my birthday present.
So here’s a HUGE MEGA GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who made my birthday awesome! Thank you for remembering me. Those who were present to celebrate my birthday with me, I love you a little more!
I’m really looking forward to this year. I have a positive outlook for my job, my writing, and my life in general. I just hope all goes well for me and my loved ones. Now that age is picking up, I’m looking to step out of my comfort zone and start exploring even more things.
See: Bucket List
Cheers to 27!