:-) well technically, i've already been inching towards been a year older for a long time dee, it's just that that day was the treshold.
for my birthday, i wanted to go to Howth for a day trip on the first day of our holidays, but that was shortlived cause of the transport constraints and everyone having veery varied schedules. but my friends made me very happy. the night before, nal, sham, sharon, lorraine, xin-yi, alex, kenneth, wanjean, junmay, darvin and han (gosh i so hope im not forgetting anyone...) surprised me with a cheesecake, and the world's most beautiful hamper, as far as i'm concerned! it was a potpourri of body butter, face mask, soap, the works, just the kinda stuff i love to pamper myself with! truly amazing, and they really know what i like! (love you all!!!). then on my birthday,i went shopping with laysan and lorraine, malcolm and nabil before i was supposed to meet the rest for a picnic in the park, but that wasn't to be. so we ended up at my favourite restaurant at the top of Stephen's Green Mall, facing the park. i really feel like i'm on top of the world there, or even in a little part of heaven that God left to dangle near earth. hehe i've seen beautiful twin rainbows, my Mummy's been there with me, have had lovely conversations to keep there too! and this time, i had the ppl close to me there. even shirley came all the way. eugene and abhi turned up and i have got to say that means a lot to me... sharon, kahlay and victor were headed to galway but they turned up still (i'm realy so touched!). and wanjean and junmay came after their cardsigning. the rest took time off from their busy lives to share the joy of my ageing with me! :-) then later, a few of us strolled in the park. even thinking about it now, a smile curves on my lips! Mummy and Godma's parcel arrived that evening too! LaySan gave me the sweetest choker. i wore it in this pic... :-)
then, on the 10th, we flew to amsterdam! there were 11 of us RCSI-ians in the plane i think. :-) that was nice, felt like almost our own personal shuttle plane! :-) we did so many things in the three days we were there, i think i'll just bullet them all...
a. we got lost trying to find the hostel, and walked waaaaaay further than we needed to. but we found it. a cosy little thing too, and we explored amsterdam Rokin without realising it.
b. we met up with terry and limy and took a canal cruise
c. visited the much talked about Sex Museum! hehehe (it was exaggerated that it wasnt erotic, just quite funny)
d. dinner, then the Red Light District (no photos allowed i think) we went into this one shop and the guy guessed that we were Malaysians, and he actually said that Malaysian girls are horny , then he made up for that comment by saying we were hot also la (though probably a gimmick to con us into buying his T-shirts!)
e. Torture Museum (i had to control myself from running out of there. the place made me very very uncomfortable, to say the least...
a. tourist info centre in the Central Station. hehe
b. Rijkmuseum (pronounced Rex) (quite lovely Rembrant paintings and stuff we learnt about the Dutch and Indonesia and VOC in our history books!
c. Heineken Factory
d. Rushed like mad back to the Museumplein for our tour to the Cheese Factory, Volendam (and some fishing village, unless they're both the same... hehe). Limy did a very good job of stalling the bus and we're so very sorry! the cheeses were amazing! i fell in love with cheese again! the smoked one was nice, but not half as nice as the herbs and garlic. oooooohhhh
e. we were truly beat at the end that we had dinner in a Greek restaurant and headed back to our hostel, where we yakked and gossipped and yakked some more for about 3 hours! :-)
a. Albert Cuypstraat market (lovely lovely tea, Asian stuff like pounder, spices etc, fish galore, flowers - all kinda like our Pasar Malam only the weather's nice and cool)
b. Anne Frank's House
---->HIGHLIGHT: we saw a Prince William look-a-like, though he was quite short. took two photos of him too! :-)
c. Keukenhof!!! -a truly Dutch experience. kinda like the epitome of Amsterdam!
d. we breezed through Van Gogh Museum, where Nal almost got caught taking a photo of one of his masterpieces, but the guard actually let her take, though he asked to wait for him to walk away first...
e. headed home...
Easter's here. i really really wish i was at home. we used to get dinner, then get ready then head to church, chop place early, then get our candles, then the light would go off, and the Easter candle will be lit, then the altar servers would take the flame on their own candles, then pass it to the rest.. and the whole church would be swept in candle light.. sigh... then the bells would toil and ring loud and gleefully... easter vigil in st teresa's was nice too.. the choir was amazing with a violin and dunno what other instruments... but it still wasn't home...
Happy Easter, everyone!!