Happy Birthday, Dear Me!


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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜‰

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  1. 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! πŸ˜‰ 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!

  2. 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!!) πŸ™‚

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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