One year older, one year wiser?

bday cutting

I turn 28 today. My birthday is on the 5th of April 1981 (it’s always Cheng Beng except for leap years) but I don’t make it a habit of celebrating my birthdays.

bday me

I remember less-than-optimal serotonin levels during my birthday, being in rehab during my birthday, and being so totally messed up that I forgot it was even my birthday! Birthdays are not exactly my favorite day of the year.

bday heli

Anyway, I had an office birthday this year, thanks to SH (less than 3 you, always). She was kind enough to go out of her way to get a cake and a miniature helicopter (to commemorate my helicopter ride) for me. Thanks SH! πŸ™‚

bday cake

It’s a nice feeling to have people remember your birthday and the people at work set up a diversion and got the conference room ready for the cake cutting ceremony. Thanks to Mimi, Vei Teck and all the others for showing up (and the ones who were there in spirit – thanks Joyce). Cheers! I appreciate the gesture.

You the best SH. I know what you did and I’m touched. My eternal gratitude for the office birthday on Friday. πŸ™‚

Cheers to Eiling and Yiling who were the first to wish me a happy birthday and the lunch invite next week.

Doris, thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m glad you remembered.

Cynthia, Zoe, Mel, Sze, appreciate the birthday wishes. πŸ™‚

Cheers Teng Loo for the birthday wishes. You didn’t forget the article that Karen sent us. πŸ˜‰

Abby, my real estate agent, I suspect you read this blog from your text and I’m surprised you let me rent the place despite all that you know. Thank you for your birthday wishes. πŸ™‚

bday cherie

Thanks Cherie for the…erm, *cough* birthday gift, the single malt whiskey and the kolo mee all the way from Kuching.

The best birthday wish goes to Arthur, who sent me a text which goes “May you be as handsome as you think, as rich as your friends believe and may you have as many women as everyone suspects! Happy birthday!” LOL! I still can’t stop laughing. Cheers buddy.

To anyone I missed out, my apologies, here is a catchall – thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday!

Alright, this “Thank You” post has gone way too long so let’s go through what I did during my birthday. I went to the Nuffnang Music Bash on Saturday, dropped by Cherie’s condo after that to chill, and went to the F1 race in Sepang on Sunday. I just got home and I’m coloring my hair back to black now before heading to bed. My apologies for the disjointed post – I’m sleep deprived and I need to catch up on zzz.

…and finally, thank you all for peppering my Facebook wall with birthday wishes. You made my day. πŸ™‚

Oh, and if you want to give me a birthday present, I really need a wallet. I suggest – get it delivered to my office. πŸ˜‰

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55 thoughts on “One year older, one year wiser?”

  1. First to wish happy birthday on this blog, bro!
    Man i’d love to see u carry on the blonde look, but I guess it’s too much to ask for, eh?
    Rock on bro, us guys tend to mature like wine, so now you’re a full 3 years ahead of me when it comes to getting what you want (u know what i mean) πŸ˜‰

  2. Happy birthday (over here it’s still the 5th of april ;)) – all the best to you!
    Cheers buddy – I’m drinking the next Lagavulin to you… πŸ™‚

  3. wah serious ah we were the first to wish you?? so honoured heheheh. i have some pressies for u which you will definitely love (*hint: mass murderer) :p

  4. OMG how come they know it’s your birthday and didn’t tell me about it?? Now your whole post made me look so bad πŸ™
    Anyway Happy Birthday Huai Bin! May you like water, juices and tea 10,000 times more than you like alcohol as you grow OLDER and WISER!

  5. happy b’day HB, I have always enjoyed n followed on your blog and colorful life. Wishing you a good life, as you always have it!

  6. At least you got a broom for a ‘present’ πŸ˜€
    Older ppl tend to celebrate less, that shouldn’t be the way!
    Anyways, do enjoy yourself next week. Gong xi ni ah. I mean, shen ri kuai le.

  7. BLue: Thanks Nath! πŸ™‚
    Chris Thoo: Thanks Chris! πŸ™‚
    annant: Thanks buddy! πŸ™‚
    chriso: Haha! Cheers bro. Yeah, I have to color my hair back coz I’m meeting clients this week.
    Jason: Thanks Jason! πŸ™‚
    bryanlyt: LOL! Cheers Bryan! πŸ™‚
    raoul duke: Thanks, my friend. πŸ™‚
    Appreciate the gesture!
    chefmel: OMG! I’m sorry Mel. Yeah you did. I shall update my post accordingly when I get home. πŸ™‚
    cindy: Thanks Cindy! Yeah, I’m pure Aries. πŸ™‚
    I have all the traits of Aries.
    suituapui: Thanks buddy! Appreciate that you remembered my birthday. πŸ™‚
    …and for the witty text. Heh!
    YilingL: Yeah, you were coz you did it right after midnight on 4th April so it just hit 5th April. πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the present! Haha! I’m gonna need it. πŸ˜‰
    fish fish: Happy birthday fish fish! πŸ™‚
    eiling: Thanks Eiling! Yeah, very direct. I got some but none were wallets. πŸ˜‰
    maggot: Thanks buddy! Appreciate the well wishes! πŸ™‚
    KY: Cheers mate! πŸ™‚
    cynthia: No worries. πŸ™‚
    Ringo would be hard pressed to bring it back anyway, if it’s that. πŸ˜‰
    See ya soon!
    eric: Cheers mate! πŸ™‚
    It’s back to black now. πŸ˜‰
    ziling: Haha! The Z of the EZY sisters is missing la. πŸ˜‰
    …but seriously, no worries. I know you’ve been busy with work. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the well wishes, Ziling! πŸ™‚
    Brand: Thanks for the birthday wishes, my friend and thanks for reading! πŸ™‚
    Z0E: Haha! Yeah, very useful for my messy condo. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the wishes! πŸ™‚
    Tian Chad @ 永遇乐: No la…this was at work, how could I possibly be drinking?
    I get red when I get hot, I don’t know why. I flush when I get warm and when I laugh too hard. πŸ™‚
    Darren: Thanks bro! It’s the thought that counts. πŸ™‚
    victor: Cheers Victor! πŸ™‚
    Jeff: Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚ I enjoyed some of them already. πŸ˜‰
    Zues: Yeah, I haven’t had any for a very long time! Cherie’s dad tapau from Kuching.
    cibol: Thanks buddy! Appreciate the well wishes. πŸ™‚
    Hp: Thanks mate! πŸ™‚

  8. what friend would we be without wishing u a happy belated birthday??? slow lar your post next time post before your birthday mar… at least can give present summore >.

  9. Yeah, I’m very sure I’ll miss your birthday every year because it’s right in the middle of the Ching Ming week and I’ll need to go back to hometown every year for that event. πŸ˜›
    Thanks for knowing that I was at the office – in spirit – for your cake-cutting ceremony. πŸ˜›
    Glad to know that your hair is black again. πŸ˜›
    Thanks for helping me to “get rid” of the soju bottle or else my landlord will have a lot to say. πŸ˜›
    Have a great year ahead, friend!

  10. Aww man, looking at those old posts made me want to cry. It reminded me of my past 2 birthdays. Everyone was trying to get me to have fun — like a normal person — and I was too busy finding/buying/shooting heroin. I remeber how incredibly depressed I was at the end of that day when I realized that was not what I wanted at all. It was auctually the opposiste of what I wanted. I wanted a stupid office birthday party where you get stupid gifts, you talk to your family, and go to be happy. I HATE HATE HATE being and addict on birthdays. Birthdays and christmas. Christmas is a lonely time to be an addict. Here is to hoping my next birthday is better.

  11. I am sorry that i am a day late πŸ™
    , but i wanna wish you a hapy belated birthday anyway
    I am sorry i have to tell you, but the one year older, one year wiser doesnt work like that πŸ˜‰
    you have to work for it πŸ˜›

  12. Dude, Kolo mee is the best present for a Kuchingite, Cherie is such a sweetheart.Happy birthday and wish you have a few more years…at least till you get an Absolute L.A from us. I saw only at the Duty Free Store of LAX….will get you a bottle when I go to Malaysia.

  13. ShaolinTiger: Thanks G! πŸ™‚
    Appreciate the well wishes! πŸ™‚
    binn: Haha! Who posts about their birthday before the actual date?
    BTW, turns 7 on the 19th of April. πŸ™‚
    Myhorng: Thanks buddy! πŸ™‚
    Joyce: Thanks Joyce! My sister was born in Kuching. My parents were working in Kuching then and came back to Sibu for Ching Ming. I was born while they were here – had a hard time finding a midwife too. I went back to Kuching after that, but I was actually born in Sibu so I consider myself from Sibu. πŸ™‚
    Mike: Chin up, my friend. I used to be like that too, I like to remind myself how bad I was back then and how fucked up my life was. The best thing that happened to me was rehab. Now I’m clean and reintegrating into society. It’s a great feeling mate, I wish you all the best.
    You know what you want, I have faith in you, that you are ready.
    Thanks for the birthday wishes mate!
    sylvia: It’s okay, it’s the thought that counts! πŸ™‚
    clement: To good health and long life. Cheers! πŸ™‚
    calvin: Haha! I love it though coz I’m not superstitious. πŸ™‚
    shadowking: True, which is why there’s a ? after the sentence. πŸ˜‰
    Cheers for the birthday wishes!
    Shu Fen: Thanks Shu Fen! πŸ™‚
    Anthea: Thanks Anthea! πŸ™‚
    …for both the birthday wishes and the compliment. πŸ˜‰
    Christine: Thank you Christine! πŸ™‚
    julian: Cheers mate! May the best of last year be the worst of this year eh mate? πŸ™‚
    e: Thanks Ed! πŸ™‚
    All the best to you too, I hope the married life is treating you well. πŸ™‚
    Jayelle: Thank you Jolene! πŸ™‚
    Yeah, still young, I keep telling myself that to make me feel better. πŸ˜‰
    Colin T.: Yeah, I don’t see why not. πŸ™‚

  14. hey man, sorry I missed your birthday πŸ™
    Happy Belated Birthday!! it really seems to me that I’ve known you for ages through the good ol’ days of former and eventhough I haven’t gotten the chance to meet you in person (yet) πŸ˜›

  15. Aiks! Missed it by a mile!!
    Happy belated birthday!!!
    And whyyy dyyeeeee haaaiiirrrr back to blackk???
    I was getting attached to the Ah Beng look.

  16. hitomi: Haha! Yeah, getting very old. :S
    Melissa: Thanks Melissa! πŸ™‚
    Arth Akal: Hey there Arth! Yeah, I’m an Aries. Hmm…are you dating an Aries too? Two fire element signs, can be fun. πŸ™‚
    pinkporkchop: Thanks! It was great! πŸ™‚
    Cheryl: No worries, it’s all good. πŸ™‚
    OMG! You still remember the forums. Awesome. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, we nearly met twice – once in Coca and the other in 1 Utama.
    Nevermind, I’ll make sure we’ll meet next time you come to KL. πŸ™‚
    shadowking: Haha! Fair enough mate. πŸ™‚
    TOM: Thanks! πŸ™‚
    erin: No worries, it’s the thought that counts. πŸ™‚
    Anyway, I colored it back to black coz of work. I don’t mind keeping it, though it does look a bit Ah Beng. πŸ˜‰


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