Monday, August 21, 2006

Happy Birthday! (to me)

*This will be an 18-SX post. Mainly because I'm old enough now. And I wanted to quote some messages I got verbatim*

It's been 22 hours. I'm still surviving, nothing bad yet.
My lungs still breath the humid air. No MI-related chest pains yet. Eyes still chinky-squinty needing the same prescription glasses. Still have a headful of (thinning) hair. And as far as I can tell, my genitalia's still functioning normally.
So, being 30 isn't as bad as I had feared (so long as I don't wake up tomorrow morning bald with my male appendage dead and wilted on the hardwood floor beside the bed).

This has been a swell birthday. I got a ton of birthday wishes via SMS, emails, voicemail (thank you all so much)(if you haven't, it's still not too late). From dear friends who miss me so much, the messages retrieved from my voicemail:
"Oii cibai. Where the hell are you? Calling to wish you happy birthday lar!"
"Fucker. Happy birthday!"
"Where the shit are you? So difficult to reach. Cheh..."
I feel so loved.

Got a beautiful gift basket from dear old sis, in collaboration with mom and dad. She even paid for it using MY credit card. Bwahaha. Okay, in all honesty, this was after her card was rejected because it was foreign-issued. She promises to pay me back. It's the thought that counts dear sis!

And then, aside from the wonderful surprise from Kris, she got me my dream car!!! A Honda S2000! The poor dear went around looking for a white S2000 but couldn't find one. But this colour suits me fine.

But seriously. I thought about this last night as I had dinner with friends. How one truly feels blessed, to be surrounded by dear, dear friends and loves ones. To have a wonderful family even if they're far away. Because, compared to this, all the riches in the world mean nothing.

Thinking about what I've accomplished in my 30 years, I feel lucky too being here. How a tubby homesick kid from a small town in Malaysia ended up in this hospital is beyond comprehension. I think luck, fate and the powers that be, have more to do with it than me. While I feel privileged and honored, I remind myself that I can't take credit for it. I recall that famous line.
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants
And the giants who carried me this far, carry me still. My family who believed I could always reach higher than what I thought. My dear friends, old and new, near and far, who molded and shaped me into the person I am. And, the person fast becoming my primary source of energy, my dear Kris.
Thanks all, for a wonderful birthday.


17 Comments:

Blogger LP said...

Happy Birthday!!

snowday :)

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Hijackqueen said...

Where is your birthday cake? Must 'chia' us blogger also wat.

1:43 AM  
Blogger piffles said...

happy birthday oldie =P

5:24 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh.. a virgo? Happy birthday! Been following your progress - but hardly leave a message. Love your blog.

8:42 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

actually this is the first time in my life i didn't get a birthday cake. unless that piece of apple pie i had at lunch counted.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT???
No birthday cake to celebrate your 30 years in this world???
Yah........you keep reminding that you are at Mayo.Hey......we at Johns Hopkins are also world renowned!No offence......

12:04 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

Ah. Hopkins. Our arch nemesis. Kidding. Heh. No, not trying to remind people that, but to remind myself, and to count my blessings. Dont you do that too sometimes? ask yourslef what on Earth led you to that place?
Bday cakes are overrated lar. Only extra calories. haha.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Palmdoc said...

Well you could wish me Happy Birthday today ;)

4:59 PM  
Blogger kinokuanjo said...

HAPPY Belated BIRTHDAY!!!

Here is how to say "Happy Birthday" in 161 different languages of the world. Enjoy.

Afrikaans Veels geluk met jou verjaarsdag!
Albanian Urime ditelindjen!
Alsatian Gueter geburtsdaa!
Amharic Melkam lidet!
Arabic Eid milaad saeed! or Kul sana wa inta/i tayeb/a! (masculine/feminine)
Armenian Taredartzet shnorhavor! or Tsenund shnorhavor!
Assyrian Eida D'moladukh Hawee Brikha!
Austrian-Viennese Ois guade winsch i dia zum Gbuadsdog!
Aymara (Bolivia) Suma Urupnaya Cchuru Uromankja!
Azerbaijani Ad gununuz mubarek! -- for people older than you
Ad gunun mubarek! -- for people younger than you
Basque Zorionak!
Belauan-Micronesian Ungil el cherellem!
Bengali (Bangladesh/India) Shuvo Jonmodin!
Bicol (Philippines) Maogmang Pagkamundag!
Bislama (Vanuatu) Hapi betde! or Yumi selebretem de blong bon blong yu!
Brazil Parab幯s a voc?
Parab幯s a voc?
nesta data querida muitas felicidades e muitos anos de vida.
Breton Deiz-ha-bloaz laouen deoc'h!
Bulgarian Chestit Rojden Den!
Cambodian Som owie nek mein aryouk yrinyu!
Catalan Per molts anys! or Bon aniversari! or Moltes Felicitats!
Chamorro Biba Kumplianos!
Chinese-Cantonese Sun Yat Fai Lok!
Chinese Fuzhou San Ni Kuai Lo!
Chiness-Hakka Sang Ngit Fai Lok!
Chinese-Mandarin qu ni sheng er kuai le
Chinese-Shanghaiese San ruit kua lok!
Chinese-Tiociu Se Jit khuai lak!
Chronia Polla NA ZHSHS
Croatian Sretan Rodendan!
Czech Vsechno nejlepsi k Tvym narozeninam!!
Danish Tillykke med fodselsdagen!
Dutch-Antwerps Ne gelukkege verjoardach!
Dutch-Bilzers Ne geleukkege verjoardoag!
Dutch-Drents Fellisiteert!
Dutch-Flemish Gelukkige verjaardag! or Prettige verjaardag!
Dutch-Frisian Fan herte lokwinske!
Dutch-Limburgs Proficiat! or Perfisia!
Dutch-Spouwers Ne geleukkege verjeurdoag!
Dutch-Twents Gefeliciteard met oen'n verjoardag!
Dutch Hartelijk gefeliciteerd! or Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!
English Happy Birthday!
Esperanto Felichan Naskightagon!
Estonian Palju onne sunnipaevaks!
Euskera Zorionak zure urtebetetze egunean!
Faroes ( Faroe island ) Tillukku vid fodingardegnum!
Farsi Tavalodet Mobarak!
Finnish Hyvaa syntymapaivaa!
French (Canada) Bonne Fete!
French Joyeux Anniversaire!
Frisian Lokkiche jierdei!
Gaelic (Irish) L?breithe mhaith agat!
Gaelic (Scottish) Co` latha breith sona dhuibh!
Galician (Spain) Ledicia no teu cumpreanos!
Georgian Gilotcav dabadebis dges!
German-Badisch Allis Guedi zu dim Fescht!
German-Bavarian Ois Guade zu Deim Geburdstog!
German-Berlinisch Allet Jute ooch zum Jeburtstach! or Ick wuensch da allet Jute zum Jeburtstach!
German-Bernese Es Muentschi zum Geburri!
German-Camelottisch Ewllews Gewtew zewm Gewbewrtstewg. Mew!
German-Frankonian Allmecht! Iich wuensch Dir aan guuadn Gebuardsdooch!
German-Lichtenstein Haerzliche Glueckwuensche zum Geburtstag!
German-Moselfraenkisch Haezzlische Glickwunsch zem Gebordsdach!
German-Plattdeutsch Ick wuensch Di allns Gode ton Geburtsdach!
German-Rhoihessisch Ich gratelier Dir aach zum Geburtstag!
German-Ruhr Allet Gute zum Gebuatstach!
German-Saarlaendisch Alles Gudde for dei Gebordsdaach!
German-Saechsisch Herzlischen Gliggwunsch zum Geburdsdaach!
German-Schwaebisch Aelles Guade zom Gebordzdag!
German-Wienerisch Ois Guade zum Geburdsdog!
German Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Greek Eytyxismena Genethlia! or Chronia Pola!
Greenlandic Inuuinni pilluarit!
Gronings (Netherlands) Fielsteerd mit joen verjoardag!
Gujarati (India) Janma Divas Mubarak!
Gujrati (Pakistan) Saal Mubarak!
Guarani (Paraguay Indian)] Vy-Apave Nde Arambotyre!
Hawaiian Hau`oli la hanau!
Hebrew Yom Huledet Same'ach!
Hiligaynon (Philippines) Masadya gid nga adlaw sa imo pagkatawo!
Hindi (India) Janam Din ki badhai! or Janam Din ki shubkamnaayein!
Hungarian Boldog szuletesnapot! or Isten eltessen!
Icelandic Til hamingju med afmaelisdaginn!
Indonesian Selamat Ulang Tahun!
Irish-gaelic La-breithe mhaith agat! or Co` latha breith sona dhut! Or Breithla Shona Dhuit!
Italian Buon Compleanno!
Italian (Piedmont) Bun Cumpleani!
Italian (Romagna) At faz tent avguri ad bon cumplean!
Japanese Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu!
Javaans-Indonesia Slamet Ulang Taunmoe!
Jerriais Bouon Anniversaithe!
Kannada (India) Huttida Habba Subashayagalu!
Kapangpangan (Philippines) Mayap a Kebaitan
Kashmiri (India) Voharvod Mubarak Chuy!
Kazakh (Kazakstan) Tughan kuninmen!
Klingon Quchjaj qoSlIj!
Korean Saeng il chuk ha ham ni da!
Kurdish Rojbun a te piroz be!
Kyrgyz Tulgan kunum menen!
Latin Fortuna dies natalis!
Latvian Daudz laimes dzimsanas diena!
Lithuanian Sveikinu su gimtadieniu! or Geriausi linkejimaigimtadienio progal
Luganda Nkwagaliza amazalibwa go amalungi!
Luxembourgeois Vill Gleck fir daei Geburtsdaag!
Macedonian Sreken roden den!
Malayalam (India) Pirannal Aasamsakal! or Janmadinasamsakal!
Malaysian Selamat Hari Jadi!
Maltese Nifrahlek ghal gheluq sninek!
Maori Kia huritau ki a koe!
Marathi (India) Wadhdiwasachya Shubhechha!
Mauritian Kreol mo swet u en bonlaniverser!
Mbula (Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea) Leleng ambai pa mbeng ku taipet i!
Mongolian Torson odriin mend hurgee!
Navajo bil hoozho bi'dizhchi-neeji' 'aneilkaah!
Niederdeutsch (North Germany) Ick gratuleer di scheun!
Nepali Janma dhin ko Subha kamana!
Norwegian Gratulerer med dagen!
Oriya (India) Janmadina Abhinandan!
Papiamento (lower Dutch Antilles) Masha Pabien I hopi aña mas!
Pashto (Afganistan) Padayish rawaz day unbaraksha!
Persian Tavalodet Mobarak!
Pinoy (Philippines) Maligayang kaarawan sa iyo!
Polish Wszystkiego Najlepszego! or Wszystkiego najlepszego zokazji urodzin!
wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin
Portuguese (Brazil) Parabens pelo seu aniversario! or Parabenspara voce! or Parabens e muitas felicidades!
Portuguese Feliz Aniversario! or Parabens!
Punjabi (India) Janam din diyan wadhayian!
Rajasthani (India) Janam ghaanth ri badhai, khoob jeeyo!
Romanian La Multi Ani!
Rosarino Basico (Argentina) Feneligiz Cunumplegeanagonos!
Russian S dniom razhdjenia! or Pazdravliayu s dniom razhdjenia!
Sami/Lappish Lihkos Riegadanbeaivvis!
Samoan Manuia lou aso fanau!
Sanskrit (India) Ravihi janmadinam aacharati!
Sardinian (Italy) Achent'annos! Achent'annos!
Schwyzerduetsch (Swiss German) Vill Glück zum Geburri!
Serbian Srecan Rodjendan!
Slovak Vsetko najlepsie k narodeninam!
Slovene Vse najboljse za rojstni dan!
Sotho Masego motsatsing la psalo!
Spanish Feliz Cumplea隳s!
Sri Lankan Suba Upan dinayak vewa!
Sundanese Wilujeng Tepang Taun!
Surinamese Mi fresteri ju!
Swahili Hongera! or Heri ya Siku kuu!
Swedish Grattis p?f鐰elsedagen
Syriac Tahnyotho or brigo!
Tagalog (Philippines) Maligayang Bati Sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Taiwanese San leaz quiet lo!
Tamil (India) Piranda naal vaazhthukkal!
Telugu (India) Janmadina subha kankshalu!
Telugu Puttina Roju Shubakanksalu!
Thai Suk San Wan Keut!
Tibetan Droonkher Tashi Delek!
Tulu(Karnataka - India) Putudina dina saukhya!
Turkish Dogum gunun kutlu olsun!
Ukrainian Mnohiya lita! or Z dnem narodjennia!
Urdu (India) Janam Din Mubarak
Urdu (Pakistan) Saalgirah Mubarak!
Vietnamese Chuc Mung Sinh Nhat!
Visayan (Philippines) Malipayong adlaw nga natawhan!
Welsh Penblwydd Hapus i Chi!
Xhosa (South Afican) Imini emandi kuwe!
Yiddish A Freilekhn Gebortstog!
Yoruba (Nigeria) Eku Ojobi!
Zulu (South Afican) Ilanga elimndandi kuwe!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Hoban Family said...

Happy Birthday, sounds like you have a lot of people who love and care about you, that's wonderful!

9:53 PM  
Blogger dobbs said...

Happy Birthday TK. Great you had such a wonderful time See it's not so bad turning 30 ;)

8:01 AM  
Blogger gnat said...

happy birthday sweetie!

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you had a good birthday. You don't look half bad for 30! I must say that Kristen has great taste.

Cheers,
The Lin

PS- Have you seen what the combo of dry ice and diet Coke can do??

8:00 AM  
Anonymous anastasia said...

Oops, sorry I'm late but Happy Belated Birthday!

11:57 AM  
Blogger blueapple said...

HAPPY bIRTHDAY......

3:46 AM  
Anonymous masdie said...

Happy Birthday!

3:26 AM  
Blogger Las montañas said...

wow reaching the big 3 O! happy BD!

12:48 AM  

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