The Christmas in November – 2008

So yeah yeah, I guess it’s finally happened. At approximately 6pm today (or so I’m told) I left the world of a 21 year old and joined the ranks of a 22 year old.

It feels a bit weird… it’s the birthday after my 21st… which I suppose means the first birthday of being an actual adult by all Australian standards. I was wondering if this was a bad thing until a good guy on my MSN set me straight and informed me that all the fun actually starts from here on. πŸ˜€

Since I can barely remember what happened on my 21st birthday (I can probably chalk that up to the rampant drinking, but also to my lack of a blog at said time), I’m going to pretty much write down everything that happened today. πŸ™‚

So I get into work at the normal time, and sit at my desk wondering if I should let it slip that it’s my birthday today. Apparently the norm at my office is that the birthday person brings in a cake to share, and since I didn’t do that last year, I got in a bit of hot water. XD

Just after I let it slip, my project manager walks into the room and drops it anyway (Facebook I guess lol), so either way, there was no escape at all hahaha. πŸ˜›

One of the other developers was going to leave at lunchtime, so I went and got a ‘Torta Mocha’ (I think that was the name…. :P) cake from Miss Maudes up the street. Upon bringing that back to the office, it was promptly consumed with great joy by all. πŸ™‚

As for lunch, I was very excited/happy to go down to Taka’s yet again and order a huge box of Teriyaki Beef. I told my waitress friend at the counter it was my birthday today, and she basically replied saying ‘WTF 22. You’re still a baby!’. πŸ˜›
In any case, of all all of the beefs I’ve had from Taka’s, today’s was possibly the best hehe.

Following that, the rest of the day was mainly receiving happy birthday messages from lots of my friends online. πŸ˜€ And for that, I’m truly happy and thankful they took the time to do that. ^_^

One thing I found particularly ironic was I got more ‘O tanjoubi omedetou’s (ie Japanese for ‘Happy birthday’) than I did for ‘Happy Birthdays’, half of which the people weren’t even Japanese! XD XD

Haha interesting I guess.

And then the other half was even funnier. Basically as the time zones basically shifted into the 20th every hour, I received a ‘Happy birthday’ from every forum I ever registered on and provided my birthdate. I’m actually considering turning that off on the forums I moderate now, since receiving about 20 of those in a day (especially if it’s the exact same message word-for-word! XP) kinda sucks the life out of it a bit hahaha.

Finally after work, as I got home, I was presented with presents. πŸ™‚ From my parents I received 2 books, one on how to develop for the iPhone and one on how to make 3D models for current-gen game engines, as well as some new clothes for work. XD From my sister, I received a gift voucher for Sanity Music and a 512 Meg thumb drive (Because you can never have enough megs!)

After which point, we all went out to dinner. πŸ™‚ We tried a restaurant near our house called ‘The Bridge’, which was aptly named as it was a kind of restaurant that was working on merging Western and Eastern style food together…. which was quite interesting to say the least. I tried the barbecue ribs on a bed of mashed potato and salad, which I can say was very delicious. ^_^

One thing I did notice however was this was the first birthday dinner I’ve had without my grandmother, who passed away earlier this year. For that, there was a bit of sadness in the air as well. -_-

Finally, to top the night off, we went to the nearby GelΓ£re where we all had huge ice cream cones. We sat at one of the tables, where my dad and sister promptly started to get into a cone wafer throwing war… the mature beings that they are. XP

And to top it all off, now we’re back home. πŸ™‚

I can definitely say that it’s been a very good day, especially when birthdays are concerned. πŸ™‚ Lots of birthday messages, good friends, and good food. πŸ™‚

From here on, I’m planning on having a little bit of a shindig on the weekend with some friends, so I’m going to have to start planning that.

All in all, a good day. πŸ™‚

  • Published November 20, 2008
  • Categories Personal