A Memorable 20th Birthday

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Firstly and foremost,
i would like to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone for making my 20th birthday, such a memorable one.
thank you so so much for all the surprises, gifts and wishes.
thank you to all my dear friends for planning a memorable birthday i would never forget.

now i shall begin my story of how it all went.
first, it began when the clock struck 12 midnight, marking it's 12th October.
into my room came my batch mates (2nd years, those staying in Kuzmin) and block mates.
they brought in a small cake. it was merely a humble, very small cake cutting ceremony.
and everyone left very quickly, after eating the cake. for me, their expressions all looked very fishy, like as if something else was going to happen next, it was kinda obvious though. haha. but nothing else happened that night.

then during the day, went to class as usual. to me, the day was like every other day, i somehow didn't feel anything special about the day. morning, went for biochemistry class. when i went to the toilet, my group mates ended up telling my biochem teacher, Anton that it was my birthday and when i came back from the toilet and handed him my book to check n sign, he wished me Happy Birthday. i was shocked and stared at everyone.. no one admitted they told him of course. LOL.

then for dinner, we had potluck planned by Gan, Charmaine, Valynne, Chia Zhen, Brandon n Sharon. thank you so much for the wonderful dinner which included the chinese traditional noodles when it's someone's birthday. thank you so so much.. everything was so delicious :)

after the potluck, i did not suspect that there were going to be more surprises coz no one looked fishy anymore, until i accidentally saw one of my presents, a beautifully decorated board filled with birthday messages on it. the incident happened when i opened Sharon's room door after dinner, the other room in the same block as me. coz i saw Jasper's slippers outside my room so the hyper me at that time wanted to kacau so i went to see what Jasper was up to. i opened the door, Sharon who was sitting on her bed, stared at me with her eyes opened wide, i did not notice the board which was on the floor beside her bed yet. her reaction was she immediately took her pillow n watever she had on the bed n threw it on the floor to cover it, her eyes was still staring at me and with a wide smile/laugh on her face, like as if in a shocked state. and when she did that, my eyes diverted to the floor and i saw a bit of it, i laughed, and quickly ran out, still laughing hard. sorry Sharon. haha. n there was it, i just spoiled my own surprise.

then came prayer meeting. after prayer meeting, Marcus tried to bluff me with some reason using May Shi's name, he was trying so hard not to make it so obvious but to me it was very obvious that they were trying to delay my time to return to my room after the meeting coz they were all ready set in my room, ready to surprise me again, this time, the real actual surprise, the best kept to the last. haha. then when i finally went back to my room, i already suspected something fishy was happening, plus the fact that Gan walked me back to the room. i kinda potong steam when i reached back to my block, coz the first thing i did was open the bathroom door, and of course, all the slippers were hidden inside, i laughed quietly (i think that time Gan wanted to kill me for opening the bathroom door). haha. so i smiled and entered my room and low n behold, everyone was there.

i was really touched by everything, although i kinda found out at the end. first, they made me find 9 lighted candles placed around my room, i had to blow them and then i had to light it again. then i made a wish, and cut my real birthday cake this time, it had the big candle 20 on it. then they made me look for the precious gift from my mum with the clue that is was near food. it was actually under my bday cake, they used it to lift the cake up a little, i had not noticed it earlier. i nearly teared when i saw the gift my mum sent through Charmaine at the airport. never did i realize she had planned it from the beginning, it was a lovely diamond platinum chain. thank you so much mum. the card from home was supposed to accompany the present but it hasn't reach, coz i was late in sending the postal address to mum.

next, they showed me my presents, all laid on the bed. the present included the bed. they bought me an air-bed mattress. coz recently my bed had the bed bug problem and before i could do anything about it, they had already changed my mattress for me on my birthday. thank you so much everyone. then they made me climb on my bed and jump 3 times, while Matthew was happily taking video of the entire process.

after that, they gave me the remaining presents: A beautifully decorated board filled with birthday messages, a red rose, perfume with a key chain attached to it, and another soft toy dog (this time this soft toy can talk). haha. after all that, we took photos and ate cake :)

thank you so so much everyone, for everything. it was indeed a really special and memorable surprise. every year, the surprise gets more n more special in its way and i'm really touched by everything.

and again,
thank you everyone for making my 20th Birthday such a memorable one.


Trust in Spite of How it Looks

"for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."
(1 John 5:4)

It is easy to love Him when the blue is in the sky,
When summer winds are blowing,
and we smell the roses nigh;
There is little effort needed to obey His precious will
When it leads through flower-decked valley,
or over sun-kissed hill.

It is when the rain is falling,
or the mist hangs in the air,
When the road is dark and rugged,
and the wind no longer fair,
When the rosy dawn has settled in a shadowland of gray,
That we find it hard to trust Him,
and are slower to obey.

It is easy to trust Him when the singing birds have come,
And their canticles are echoed in our heart and in our home;
But 'tis when we miss the music,
and the days are dull and drear,
That we need a faith triumphant over every doubt and fear.

And our blessed Lord will give it;
what we lack He will supply;
When we ask in faith believing - on His promises rely;
He will ever be our Leader,
whether smooth or rough the way,
And will prove Himself sufficient for the needs of every day.

To trust in spite of the look of being forsaken;
to keep crying out into the vast,
whence comes no returning voice,
and where seems no hearing;
to see the machinery of the world pauselessly grinding on as if self-moved,
caring for no life, nor shifting a hair-breadth for all entreaty,
and yet believe that God is awake and utterly loving;
to desire nothing but what comes meant for us from His hand;
to wait patiently, ready to die of hunger,
fearing only lest faith should fail - such is the victory that overcometh the world,
such is faith indeed.


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