happy birthday to me…

Yesterday I hit number 46
I don’t really know what to expect
I start to see many spots on my neck
and some changes around my body
I have lost 3 of my tooth
and my eyesight not 20/20 anymore
but I love getting mature
I feel wiser than my teens year
I start to see things differently
Not just plain black and white
but with some deep perspective

Yesterday my husband work very hard
to make me feel happy and special
He and the kids prepare breakfast
with flowers and candlelight too
and I think they’re quite successful
He also let me have a “me time”
to the hair salon for a treatment
My daughter Jasmine come along
She get hair cut too.

In the afternoon my family came to gather
My brother stuck in the traffic for 2 hours
but I really appreciate they take time
to encourage me and show me love
My mom gave me a beautiful verse from Bible
and my sister-in-law bring a cake for me
It was rainy outside but my heart is warm

There are so many message on my Facebook
From early morning to midnight
Every minute there are always new comments
friends and family from near and far
all of them wish me a Happy Birthday
Thank You God for a wonderful day
Help me to be more beautiful everyday.


Happy Chinese New Year…

Chinese New Year is around the corner. I am not a Chinese, but marry to one, so I am more than happy to participate in the celebration. I love the radiant red, the tradition and even though my eyes got teary from all the smokes, I enjoy the visit to the “Klenteng Petak Sembilan”. These are some pictures from last year.

i miss christmas already…


Christmas is my favorite celebration, I like it even better than my own birthday. There is a certain feeling about christmas that can’t be replace by any other event in the world. When I was a child I associated christmas with the present from Santa Clause, christmas tree decoration, the smell of new painting in the house, and the smell of the cookies that my mom baked, also the rain that often visit us that season. The combination of those things somehow create a good feeling inside of me.

But yet the imagination of perfect christmas is like what I saw in the magazine or movie: with the snow. My dream came true when I was study in Rhode Island. My friend Abby invited me to celebrate Christmas with her family in Pennsylvania, I can’t say “no” to that because that would be my first Christmas in the true American home. I remember we arrived a day before, and when I woke up on Christmas morning, I found many present for me under the Christmas Tree (the real pine tree with the smell too). Then we have a nice dinner, going to the mall which was full of Christmas decoration, I even recall walked by myself around the neighbourhood and play with the snow. That was the coolest  Christmas experience I ever have.

In my big family, we celebrate Christmas by going to church on the Christmas Eve, then go to my parents house to have a gathering. My mom will cook some food, we will have another small service where the children took part in singing, light up the candle, read story of Jesus Birth from the Bible and praying. And then we will exchange gifts and kids got to play fireworks afterward. Then usually my dad started to kick us out of the house, some will protest because they still want to play or talk, but we end up go home and have a nice sleep.

In my house, we start to prepare for Christmas early in December. Take out the Christmas tree (we have 2 artificial  tree, one is white and one is green) and put up one of them. The kids will help me with the decoration. I let them make their own decoration from paper or cardboard to be hang on the tree. I will play the Christmas music every morning, and read the Christmas story at night. Then before the break I will make Christmas Card (which is our family picture) and make some goodies for my co-workers. Usually after Christmas I will invite friends from church to have a gathering at our house and have plenty of food and gifts for their children.

I miss Christmas already and feel happy just think about it.

Birthday Celebration


Today is one of my co-worker birthday. Happy Birthday Agnes! She’s order lunch for us. Thanks my friend! May God bless you.

Working in a school give me some advantages. Almost every week we have birthday celebration, either students, teachers or admin staff. So I always got a piece of cake in my table or even invited to class for a party. In that case I can enjoy pizza, donuts, coke, or even got goody bag for my kids.

I celebrate my daughter birthday every year till she was 6. I try to be creative so that every year she will remember her special day. One year we celebrate it out-door, at a park in the back of my parents house. Another year We invite families and have it at the Karaoke. Everybody enjoy…or should I say fight to get a change to sing. The last time Jasmine celebrate her birthday at school with her classmate, before she graduate preschool.

But It’s different story with my son Edgar. At his first birthday We celebrate it at Pizza Hut. We stick a candle in a small size pizza and make it as his Birthday cake. After that It’s just four of us going out for dinner. I kind a feel guilty because I didn’t celebrate his birthday with his schoolmates in preschool. This year he will graduate in June and his birthday will in September. I kind of promised him to celebrate it at McDonald or KFC and invite his classmate, and other friends. Hopefully……

Just a thought: Readers……which one do you prefer? Or which one is common in your culture?

A. The birthday person treat many or

B. Many people treat the birthday one