Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Something to Talk About Part 3

Celebrating birthdays is a long standing custom that people over the world recognize. Traditionally, birthdays are celebrated as a means to offer congratulations and present gifts in honor of one's birth.
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Birthday celebrations date back as far as biblical times, when celebrations among Pharaohs and other significant individuals have been mentioned. There is even some evidence to suggest that in pagan cultures people feared that evil spirits lurked about an individual on their birthday because they tended to become more malicious around important events in one's life. In this case birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and actual births were all noted for their importance and their potential for harm. Because of this, gifts were often bestowed upon the celebrant as a means of wishing them well and offering good luck.

Today is my birthday. Well, it is a happy 31st birthday. Geez, I am not as excited as I normally would be. How come ? But thank you for all the birthday wishes.

Do you get excited about your birthday ?

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.

17 comments:

arGlene said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT! I sent you an email..Do check it out! =)

Be happy on this day OK? Somehow I know why you're not too excited about it. But keep in mind that it's YOUR DAY, and it's much better to temporary wash away your worries. Give yourself a treat! =)

I do get excited about my birthday since I take plans on going to a place all by myself and meditate, unwind or whatever it is I want to do on my b-day...

I know before this day ends, it will be another memorable one for you because I know that there are people who loves you and your birthday is as important to them as it is to you. THey will make it even more special more than you think...=)

Again, happy happy birthday PAT! =)

Amber Amethryne said...

Happy 31st Birthday, Patrick! Likewise, I'm not excited about own birthday, but I do appreciate wishes and gifts. Have a good one :)

Sidney said...

Happy birthday!!!

No, I don't like my birthdays :-(

Amanda Brightwell said...

Happy BDay... now... GIMMIE THAT CAKE!!!

Ed said...

Mmm. The cake looks good. Happy birthday!

zbjernak said...

happy birthday to u pat...

tht cakes is delicious..

so do u wish ur mom and thanks your mom? for on your birthday... your mom went through the worst experience ... the pain of labour..

cheers

fish fish said...

teeheeheee... birthday guy, happy to see comments that the cake looks delicious. You editted the contrast right? ;)

How was your dinner last nite?

Patrick Leong said...

arglene : thank you. thank you for the lovely e-card. so nice of you. ate too much last night. and i had a great time yesterday.

amber : yea. i dont mind wishes and gifts too. received birthday cards from some overseas friends. really glad :P

sidney : hehehe ... how old are you again ? :P

ed, amanda : yes. the cake was good. my friend and i ate at an italian restaurant last weekend. the shop is owned by my landlord (apartment). we bumped into him in the restaurant. he provided us free cakes.

zbjernak : yea. did call home this morning. i was feeling unwell last night after too much food. was having chest pain. most likely heart burn. i also drank beer before food (which is not good). now ok. back to normal. back to work. thanks for greetings.

fish fish : dinner was good. way too much food. over-eating again. yup. i usually edit my pictures. and thanks for the cake pic.

Nightraveller said...

Ooops, I am late again....Happy Belated Birthday!

I am struggling too on how to prepare myself going into the 30's...gesh!

ODD said...

The cake looks yummy:)

Primrose said...

Oooo...and October Libran, eh? Many happy returns. Haven't you heard that life starts at 30? Well, I don't like my birthdays mainly because people tend to forget it and no, I didn't get so much as a piece of cake. And I love black forest cake. I want cake and blow candles!

Lrong said...

Used to feel like you in my thirties... but as I entered the forties, I feel very blessed to be still alive and kicking...

Patrick Leong said...

nighttraveler : well. join the 30s club :P

odd : yes. the cake was good. i crave for chocolates especially during cold season.

primrose : no libran la. i am the scorpion king ! well even my parents forget my birthday. what to do ~

lrong : still kicking eh ? i bet you are :P :P :P

nanmetta said...

Oops....Happy Birthday to U, Last but not least!

May the Triple Gem Bless and Protect U Always! :j

emotionalistic said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! So, how many years have you celebrated your birthday away from home??

Patrick Leong said...

nanmetta : thanks. thanks. i am glad to still see you visiting in my blog :P may the triple gem be with you always too.

emotionalistic : thanks for greetings. i have lived in penang for four years, then have worked in JB for four years. and this is my fourth year in japan. wow ... time really flies. did you realize it is 4-4-4 ? perhaps it is time to move on.

Fredrick Riina said...

Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful