Happy Birthday, Dear Me!

Campfire

For some reasons, the picture above was sitting at #2 on Flickr's Interestingness thingy for April 6 last time I checked. Weird, since it's not really my most favourite picture from the roll I shot that day. Still, it's good to know that people like it. Anyway, since I have no picture of birthday candles, this picture of campfire will have to do it for today. :) Hell, I'm 33 today. Too old for birthday candles. *sniff*

My birthdays always make me think of my mum. I think the person who deserve all the birthday wishes and presents would be her since she did all the hard work delivering me. All I did was popping out. I just wish I'd realised that before she passed away. But I'm sure she wouldn't mind me getting all the credits for all her hard work. :) I hope she's celebrating it from wherever she is. But dude, if it's your birthday, go take your mother out for dinner or something!

I don't know if I've told you the story about my delivery. I was born at 00:58 in Jakarta, Indonesia. It wasn't an easy birth. The doctor had to keep giving my mum shots that part of her thigh ended up becoming numb permanently. And sometime during the deliverance, the power went out. No electricity at the clinic. I like to think that's how my skin got so dark. Ha! It's also probably the reason I look pissed in all my baby photos. *grins* Yup, I was difficult to deliver and I grew up to be a difficult person. Yay! All the difficult people of the world unite and take over the world! Or something.

Oh, and Troy did be a darling and give me more presents. I woke up to find a cute, handmade birthday card he was struggling to make only last night, a large changing bag, and gift card from a photography supply store sitting on the computer chair. Yippee! Now all I have to do is buy some photo chemicals with the gift card and I'll be able to do my own black and white film developing! So excited!

And what's a birthday without music? I've uploaded a couple of happy songs from Jens Lekman called "Happy Birthday, Dear Friend Lisa" and "A Lover's Concerto (live)" from our collection that you can download if you're interested. And of course, you can always sing me or wish me a happy birthday with your own voice. Just click the button below. C'mon, you know you want to! ;)

14 Comments

  1. Ruben
    April 7, 2006

    Too shy to talk. Hap­py Birth­day!

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  2. Lisa
    April 7, 2006

    Hap­py birth­day, Fir­da! :)
    Enjoy your day!

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  3. Troy
    April 7, 2006

    Hap­py Birth­day Babe.

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  4. Missyisms
    April 7, 2006

    Fir­da, Hap­py Birth­day!!! And many more. ;-)

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  5. Rachel
    April 7, 2006

    Have an awe­some birth­day and enjoy your pho­to devel­op­ing!

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  6. daniel
    April 7, 2006

    hap­py birth­day

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  7. Adrienne
    April 7, 2006

    Hap­py Birth­day, Fir­da! Just redis­cov­ered your blog after run­ning into your flickr pho­to­stream. Just added you as a flickr con­tact, actu­al­ly. Now I’ve got to sub­scribe to your feed too! ;) You know, it’s nev­er easy say­ing that to a fel­low blogger/flickrite with­out wor­ry­ing about com­ing across as creepy. “Hey! I am now going to read about your life and look at the accom­pa­ny­ing visu­al doc­u­men­ta­tion!”
    In all seri­ous­ness, I want­ed to let you know that the Inter­net (well, at least me!) appre­ci­ates your shar­ing of cre­ativ­i­ty. It’s love­ly and refresh­ing.
    Have a love­ly day!

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  8. melissa
    April 7, 2006

    hap­py birth­day Fir­da. Your pic is num­ber 1 as of now!

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  9. Kirsi
    April 8, 2006

    Hap­py Birth­day!

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  10. Dave2
    April 8, 2006

    The hap­pi­est of birth­days to you, Fir­da!
    (though I must say you are liv­ing very dan­ger­ous­ly to have put that “leave me a voice mes­sage” link there… I was very close to click­ing on it and singing to you, and trust me when I say that you don’t want a mes­sage like that!!) :-)

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  11. Jordan
    April 8, 2006

    Hap­py belat­ed birth­day, Fir­da! It wouldn’t be belat­ed, but I was out of town and inter­we­b­less.

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  12. kaley and nasser
    April 9, 2006

    Hap­py Birth­day Fir­da! Thank good­ness for you and Troy’s blogs or we would be total­ly dis­con­nect­ed over here…Cause email is just too slow (and we’re too lazy) — but we do think of you both often. Give yer hus­band a big hug from both of us too!

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  13. cristinamarie
    April 11, 2006

    Sor­ry, I didn’t sing “Hap­py Birth­day” I sim­ply left a mes­sage. I can’t real­ly sing quite yet. Get­ting over strep throat. Oh that reminds me, I for­got to take my med­i­cine.

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  14. Harris
    April 11, 2006

    I don’t know how I missed see­ing this post ear­lier, but I did.
    A belat­ed, but sin­cere, Hap­py Birth­day too you.
    My apolo­gies on being very late with the­se good wish­es.

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