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Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you, my love.

有些事情…… 是我每天都挂念的,但每一年… 只能说一次:生日快乐。

A long long time ago, we were chatting and you told me about a romantic Chinese movie that you loved a few years back. You said you watched it with your sister and you cried during the film because you thought it was very touching, while your sister thought the film was lame.

I was intrigued, because you loved the storyline and you told me a quote from the movie that made you emotional. I told myself that I would google about it and remember it forever, so one day I can maybe do the things the lead characters did in the movie for you IRL.

I scrolled through many videos and finally found a brief YouTube introduction of the Cantonese/Mandarin film:

Happy Birthday is about two soulmates who spend a decade doing everything but getting together as a couple. They seemed destined to be the perfect lovers, but the girl can’t commit to a relationship. Yet, they clearly love and adore each other, so they continue in this on-off quasi-relationship for many years. And no matter how far apart they may be, one would still call or text the other person on their special day and sing “Happy Birthday” every year.

I’m sure you know the storyline by heart… So really, here’s my message to you as this blog post goes online on 22 August at midnight sharp. It’s a song that amazingly has all the right words that I want to tell you, but can’t. Even the part where they spilled food on themselves and tried cleaning each other reminded me of us. Ha! Maybe this is why you like Chinese songs so much. *chios*

Happy birthday, my love. Hope you have a splendid celebration and Oh! The Places You’ll Go! because today is your day.

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Buying an iPhone was the best decision ever

Hi there, gorgeous. How *you* doing?

My iPhone 3GS is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best birthday gifts I’ve decided to buy for myself. Since 16 December 2009, my iPhone has become the equivalent of my lover/personal assistant/entertainer.

I sleep with the phone on my bed and I carry it to the toilet all the time. It’s my alarm clock, my GPS, the gateway to all my email inboxes, my language translator, my dictionary, my weather report, my social and business calendars, my eBook reader, the place to book a cab, my games centre, the door to my social networks, an outlet for text messaging (a lot of it), a mini tablet for all my web surfing, and sometimes, an actual device I use to pick up actual phone calls to actual human beings.

It’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. And I can’t wait to get the iPhone 5 next! It’s way overdue. So whether it’s out in September or only available in October, I really can’t wait and I will get one by hook or by crook. After which, I will restore the iPhone 3GS to its rightful place — in its original box and to be revered throughout the ages.

I’ve dropped my iPhone 3GS countless times and thankfully I have always used screen protectors and thick phone casings. Although I did drop it without the casing once, it was still functioning, albeit very slowly. So I’ve concluded that it’s one of the most sturdiest mobile devices ever. I have bought only three to four screen protectors and three or four phone casings for this iPhone, which means I have probably spent less than $300 on phone accessories. But I do think it’s on its last legs now. The phone casing has shattered on its last drop early this month. My phone looks like a war veteran now. That’s why I can’t wait to get my next iPhone. Meanwhile, I have been perusing the web for all the latest rumours I can get on iPhone 5.

Apple has been part of my life for nearly three years and it has become the technological equivalent of my best friend. It’s now a permanent part of my life that I can’t imagine not owning one ever again. Like what I’ve always told other mobile phone users and those Blackberry owners, once you go iPhone, you can never go back, because you wouldn’t want to. And so far, every phone user I’ve converted in the past three years agreed with me. I can’t help being such an persuasive influencer. Hahaha!

P/S: You know what, I wouldn’t mind getting the mini iPad if it was launched around the same time too. I think I’m due a birthday splurge.

Image via 9to5mac.com

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Oh, the thinks you can think

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According to the trending topics on Twitter, it was Dr Seuss’ birthday yesterday and I hope you had a blast re-reading one of his books or googling his numerous witty quotes.

Dr Seuss has been our favourite author ever since we read “Oh, The Places You Can Go” last year in bed. It was a great morning as we took turns to read the pages each other. And I’ve captured the memory of that perfect morning right here. Reading that blog post again made me smile. She got me this book (pictured above) as one of the numerous gifts for my birthday package and she said it reminded her of me and I love it!

One of my favourite quotes from the book is:

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

So who exactly is Dr Seuss?

Theodor Seuss Geisel (2 March 1904 – 24 September 1991), better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, was a famous American writer and cartoonist best known for his children’s books.

So 2 March was his day and let’s celebrate… With a birthday tweet from funny host Ellen DeGeneres:

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By the way, is it weird if I have been reciting any Dr Seuss books in a Cantonese accent?

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Happy days

The past five days have been so amazing and awesome that I can’t believe I’m so blessed. I had and still am having such a great time that I’m still can’t grinning whenever I think about the love and kindness I have from my friends and family.

In fact, I’m so delirious with joy that my expression is exactly like when my favourite Milk Toof – Lardee is really tao zui (also known as “drunk with happiness”).

You don’t know what “tao zui” means? Tao zui at level one looks just like this:

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You can’t stop grinning now too, can you? Especially when you see both Lardee and ickle having so much fun like “wheee!” (tao zui level two) here:

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Bet you want to start jumping on some bubble wrap now too… Because we have reached the ultimate high in Tao zui-ness:

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I can’t stop smiling when I look at Lardee’s and ickle’s happy pictures. It’s as though I have this permanent grin on my face. I absolutely love this feeling. Don’t you?

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Sunday secret

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So Sundays are usually the day where PostSecret posts its weekly list of homemade postcards on which people from all over the world would write and mail in their secrets anonymously.

Today is a Sunday and I too have a secret of my own.

Twenty-six days ago, 16 August 2011, I made a postcard for someone. It was meant to be a birthday surprise. I didn’t know if it would even be picked or if it qualifies as a secret for the website but I thought if it got published, it would make her day because she is a regular reader of PostSecret. Then again, she might not have known it was for her!

Anyway I went to print out a picture that had significance to us, created a tv set out of a cardboard, and wrote a cheesy message (which I shall not reveal here) at the back of the postcard to Frank.

The next morning, I was the first person outside the post office waiting for the staff to open its shutters.

When I got to the counter, I realised I had to send the mail by express courier if I want the letter to arrive by 21 August. I handed over $40 willingly, because getting the postcard to PostSecret before that Sunday had meant a lot to me.

Once the envelope was stamped and ready to be delivered, I half-ran and half-skipped out of the post office breathlessly. By the time I reached the bus stop, my heart was beating really fast, my face was flushed red and yet, I was grinning.

I was smiling the whole time I sat in the bus, so excited I was to have done something I have never done for anyone before. I even emailed to PostSecret about how I had felt – doing something that no one knew. The future was filled with unlimited possibilities.

And every day, I’d check the delivery schedule, wondering, wishing and hoping if the postcard will make it on time.

Then Sunday came around. I woke up excitedly, holding my breath as I waited for the webpage to load. I scrolled all the way down and the postcard was not among them. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene had other plans.

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In the same week, many cities that laid in the path of Irene lost their power, electricity, and were in a pitch-black state. The package was delayed. No one was around to sign for it when it was delivered. When it was finally collected, it was two days past Sunday.

So I waited. Another Sunday came around. And another Sunday. Today marks the fourth Sunday. I just checked PostSecret and I think the postcard might have missed the cut. It must have been too bold, too romantic and too open a display of love to be counted as a secret. Ha! If I were you, I’d fall in love with me.

So here it is, here is my secret on Sunday, on a date where it has so much significance around the world but none more so than here.

“Tonight the sky will blaze
with stars. Today, my love,
rooms bloom with flowers.”
– Clare Shaw

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

This has been one of my favourite books ever since someone recited it to me one lovely morning. In the middle of snuggling in bed, she stretched out to the bookshelf and pulled out a hardcover book. She was so excited and all child-like, holding the book in her hands.

“Have you heard of this book?”

“No, I haven’t.”

“It’s a birthday book for kids… and I would annoy my sister by reading it in a Cantonese accent.”

And so she did the same thing that morning. Loudly, proudly, excitedly, she recited each word with gusto until she finished half the book. There were suitable pauses, long whispers and appropriate drama. Then it was my turn. And by the time I flipped to the last page, we were giggling like two school kids in bed. It was our new favourite thing to do.

Weeks later, it was her sister’s birthday and she decided to surprise her in the morning by reciting the entire book. As her sister tried to look rapt with attention, I took videos of her hilarious performance. She was so adorable sitting on the sofa in her pjs and looking so serious while reciting the story. That moment, I thought it would be a great tradition to carry on.

So picture me standing right in front of you now. I’m holding the book up proudly and I am going to recite the entire story with a strong nasally Cantonese-accented English, complete with appropriate facial expressions and hand gestures to you. Here goes:

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Happy birthday.