At 2.00pm today, I received a call from my friend Janie reminding me about todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event; her son ReeveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1st birthday celebration. Ivan is to be at the Gymboree in Bangsar Village Shopping Centre at 2.45pm sharp as the gym commences then for exactly 1 hour only. I have totally forgotten about this although I had reminded myself over and again for the past 2 weeks or so. So being such a great friend, she asked me to wake Ivan up and get him there so that she can bring him in first before I look for parking.
The rain has something against me today. As I was leaving the house at 2.30 pm, it started raining cats and dogs. In order not to get Ivan wet, I asked Sutini to put him in the car first and then the rest of the things can be transferred after that. Sutini being Sutini, went into the car with my boy, and started changing him into his kai-kai (Kiddy Cantonese: going out) clothes. I was left to load the stroller and open the gate in the blasted weather myself. By the time I got into the car, I was half drenched. And as if that alone is not enough, the vertical wind blew half the gate closed and I found that I have left the wipers UP. Now, this is starting to get on my nervesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ first thing, being lateÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ second thing, lots of deterrence. Out I went again with the umbrella (which is quite useless in this case because the strong wind was blowing sideways), this time to reopen that gate and put down the wipers. This time though, the darn rain showed no mercyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I was thoroughly drenched and wondered how I was going to attend a birthday party like a drowned rat!
I went into the house again, this time to get a towel and extra clothing. By then it was already about 3.00pm and as I stood at the doorway, I am already quite frustrated and ready to give up. I gave Janie a call to tell her that I would not be able to make it. Right after going back into the house and nicely settling down again, the rain slowed to a drizzle. #&$*%@! In the end, we did not attend the Gymboree for the kids, but we did go for the second half of the party held at NandoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Peri-Peri Chicken Restaurant.
ReeveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s birthday party is a success, all thanks to his mummy, Janie. She has done previous parties for her daughter Renee and also ReeveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s full moon. The cake was a work of art, I believe she ordered it from a friend who does home business. It tasted great too! The food was normal Nando’s fare, but the company was great as most who are there are also parents. All in all, the day ended nicely after the way it started.
Last by not least, happy birthday baby Reeve! Fai kou cheong tai (Cantonese: grow up quickly)!
Update @ 07/11/05 12.00nn
I’ve decided to add Renee’s cake from last year also, which I think is also very nice!