Today’s the day I turn thirty-two, so I’m another year older. Like last year, I requested the day off for my birthday, and I requested the day after as sick leave, thus giving myself a four-day weekend as a present. I’d been planning this since September, so it was a lovely thing to look forward to in my birthday month — ironic since I’d been getting a ton of days off this month as it is, haha! All the days off aside, I am truly grateful to my understanding bosses who allowed me to take the days off. I didn’t tell anybody at work it was my birthday, but I’m sure they know now because I’m friends with a couple of co-workers on Facebook! I decided to take the low-key route :)
Speaking of low-key, I’ve planned nothing for today. Because of my medical appointments tomorrow, my 4CC trip next month, and my Japan trip in April, I decided to conserve my funds. Instead, I declared today to be my bum day. And let me tell you all — it’s bloody glorious. Being able to sleep in and then doing whatever I need to do at home is a good way to spend my birthday. When I told someone that was my plan, their response was, “You’re getting older.” I am — aging is inevitable — but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending the day of your birth just bumming around at home.
Present-wise, I find myself loving the little things people have gifted me. Yesterday, someone gave me money, bought me lunch, and paid for our cab ride home. Another person gave me a ride to and from my workplace to the bus station during lunch time. I received many well wishes on social media. For the bigger presents, my best friend in Guam is sending me a surprise package. My other best friend in Virginia gave me an Amazon gift card. Lastly, my parents bestowed me gifts in the form of food, which, in my opinion as a foodie, is the best kind of present!
Mum prepared me a great birthday brunch. It’s Korean custom to have miyeok guk (seaweed soup) on your birthday, so she cooked that along with some spam, rice, and kimchi. Everything was yum, especially the soup and Mum’s awesome home-made kimchi that was seasoned to perfection!
For dinner, Mum cooked tteokbokki for me. Tteokbokki is a spicy rice cake dish with fish cake, and it can be accompanied with ramen noodles. This is one of my favourite Korean dishes, so I appreciate Mum making this for me ^_^
Mum and Dad bought me this birthday cake along with some doughnuts and a chocolate croissant! I’d requested apple turnovers, but those were sold out at the bakery we frequent. I’m quite happy with this “Death by Chocolate” cake, though! My sweet tooth is quite pleased.
I’m full and content. What a nice way to spend my birthday. No obligations, no hassle — instead I was spoiled by the people who love and care for me. This is the life, mates, and I’m thankful for every minute of it. Here’s to another year of being older and wiser!