Sunday, May 15, 2011

April 30. Happy Birthday Joanie!

Hello April 30!!!

It's another birthday indeed. The year that was--came so quickly that I didn't realize I am a year older again. I can say that last year was the best year of my life. It has a lot of meaningful anecdotes, significant stories, priceless moments, dreams turned into reality and a breaking milestone.

So as usual my birthday is the day of my life that I really yearn for a cake. I prepared myself to do my own cake with the fear that no one will give me one. So prior this day I've been struggling which cake to make. Whether an Australian Pavlova or the Italian Tiramisu. And guess what? I know you figured out the answer even before you read this. Pavlova made it! I was able to bake this meringue dessert from the people down under. It was a success despite the mishaps. I promise to do it again next time to perfect it, Baking it the first time is not as perfect as it supposed to be.

So came the day of my birthday I just intended to cook little food plus my Pavlova and invited friends who are in town at that day because most people are out of town because of the 4-day weekend. I had 4 guests and they all brought me presents. I was really touched. Yeng Reyes brought in an additional cake, JP & Marge brought me a bouquet of flowers and Xie Hao never fails to give me something for my beauty regimen. After dinner, Xie Hao and I went to Park Hyatt for one round of drinks and what a surprise when a guy who is a traveling business man approached us. Xie was teasing me that he was smitten by my petite beauty that he kept on giving adorable compliments. He offered me and Xie free drinks. We had an interesting conversation with this generous and gentleman American. He would catch us again some other time when he is back in Saigon. Nice to meet a stranger who could possibly be a good friend. To conclude things, it was a quiet April 30 birthday.

A week later which was on the 7th of May, I selected a very few friends from office and Filipino friends whom I can share the celebration of my birthday. It was held at GEISHA, the cafe where I work as a weekend chef. I themed it as a royal birthday celebration and I asked my female guests to wear some hats to join the fever of the royal wedding. My good friend Mariano Agostini rendered his adorable trumpet performance; again it was a stunning performance! This guy never fails to amaze me with the music from his trumpet. I owe him a lot when he performed during my painting exhibition and now another debt for me. But I was happy to give him a little gift I brought from my Liverpool, England trip--the Beatles "Pennylane"collectible guitar pick. My Filipino friends also performed few songs with their guitars and my guests had to forgive me as I jam with the musicians. JP Albito rendered Beatles "You've got to hide your love away" and Paolo Garcia did "In my Life" aside from his Dave Matthew's songs. On the other hand I was surprised that my Aussie friend Adrian Ammendola really graced my birthday party despite knowing that he confirmed he's coming. Honestly I'm touched because he has been dormant for quite a long time and I have already concluded he has forgotten about me. What a neglectful friend he has been. But it's good to be in touch and to hangout with him lately. And I must admit that I enjoy every bits and pieces of his company and our bonding moments! Anyhow, what a birthday night about food, music and good friends I had on the 7th of May!

So to recap everything, I am dearly happy that almost everyone remembered my birthday even the unexpected people still remembered to send me their greetings. And I also need to thank my Canadian friend Kyrke Gaudreau for the surprise greeting. He owes me a Skype-date again, wherever he is in Senegal! And lastly, there's one person I really have to thank BIG TIME ---Jurgens Masciulli! He never fails to remember me not just on my birthday but every possible way through his sweet emails and impromptu calls that warms my heart. I will see him very soon on September!

Last year was really a very happy year in so many ways. Maybe you can read in my year-end post last January where I cited the reasons how beautiful the year was. It will be another year coming and I do believe that this is my prime. I haven't really found what I am exactly looking for. Things are coming my way but I have to choose which one is the right one. But for now, the only thing that I know is right---is my upcoming culinary study in Italy this September. I don't have plans in my life right now except for that. If I succeed or not, I know the experience I will have in Italy will enrich me as a passionate cook.

Anyways, I still believe that whatever I am giggling about, if it's meant to be... a sign will just fall from the sky. In the meantime, whoever joins me with my journey it will be great if another pair of running shoes will go with my adventures in life.

This is it... THIS IS MY PRIME! :-)

big hug,
joanie xxx


Michael Toa said...

This is your prime indeed Joanie. Happy belated birthday to you. Happy to hear you had a great celebration with your friends. I wish you all the best in the future. Italy will be coming real soon :)
I did watch the royal wedding, but from the telly. I had some friends over and we had lots of food. The wedding was great I thought, the hats especially, hehe.
Have a great one!

Joy said...

Happy Birthday Joanie! Very belated. but you have stretched your birthday out in such a lovely way, and my good wishes are coming in just in time to boost you through the rest of the year! Have a lovely long prime of your life!

RJ said...

Belated Happy Birthday Joan!

What a colourful story! I haven't met those persons but I love reading it, you've painted those words nicely!

Your pavlova looks lovely, I honestly want to have a slice.

I am excited to read The Artist Chef blogging live from Italy. Soon... U

Joanie said...

So good to hear from you and it was nice to catch up with your blog. I watched the royal wedding at the office, I was at Hey i'll try to get a UK visa again. Lets see if that pursue :)

Thank you for the comment. Forgive me, I was so thrilled to tell my stories. Yes this is my prime that's why. Hope everything is fine with you in Melbourne. :)

It was a colorful birthday indeed. The Pavlova is not as successful as I wished it should be but it wasn't bad for the first attempt. I had several mishaps but managed to plate the dish in time for my dinner birthday :)

Debbie Martin said...

Oh happy happy birthday Joanie. Belated :P My wish is for you to go back in Melbourne. Who knows what you exactly looking for is just here? Fair enough mate? :)

pierre said...

happy bday to you ( sorry i am late !!!Pierre de Paris

Joanie said...

DEBBIE, keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks

PIERRE. Merci Merci :)

Anonymous said...

i must say that you and sarah palin have the same thing in common. guess...

Joanie said...

guess what?! I knew it, you're back :D