Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Turning 30+

Tu's birthday at Viola's house

It's nice to be 30+ but from now on, I think I will get older and older quicker than I thought. When I was a little boy, thinking about turning 30 years old, it seemed a really long way to go. Looking back from yesterday, Oh my, I'm a few years over it now and it is starting to get scary! Que sera sera is one of my favorite old songs and I suppose there's not much I can do about it.

Tu - Cong - Sam - Khai

Anyway, I made a nice beef hotpot with some different mushrooms at home with my close friends for lunch. My friends seemed to enjoy my cooking and we took a few photos at home. I appreciated their coming and some gifts which I told them not to bother about. It was very nice of my friends Sam, Cong and Khai.

Salmon with dill and cheese

In the evening, Viola, another friend who lives near me in Hanoi invited me and some friends over her house to have home made Canadian food for my birthday. It was really nice and quite a surprise for me. I received some gifts and Viola brought a very nice birthday cake and sang birthday songs in different languages. I got a happy shock as I didn't expect that much of a big deal. Thank you very much for making my birthday even more memorable with great food, excellent company with funny stories. I had a great evening.

Roasted pork with chilli, risotto and veggies

I was spoiled a little bit but I love that!!!


Hilary said...

Well timing is good.. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. I had no idea about "Blogs of Note" and was suddenly swamped with visits. Not all were kind enough to leave a comment. I thank you for yours. :)

Butterfinger French said...

I always enjoy reading your blog! Happy birthday and hope you had a good one!

hoahongsitka said...

Thirty something isn't that old.:) Happy Birthday + Happy 2009!!!! I ran into your blog and decided to check it out. Really interesting stuff I have to say. Thanks for posting them!! Cheers,

lillian said...

Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year !!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Tu. Best wishes

Luuworld said...

you have a great blog- thank you for sharing your pictures of mouth-watering viet food and gorgeous landscape. keep up the good work. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới. :-D

Applecart T. said...

yes! happy birthday! time does go faster, but yes, you can't do anything about it. stay healthy!

NWO said...

Hope that #30 is a great year for you!

Christina | AmiExpat said...

Looks like a wonderful birthday. Happy birthday and Happy New Year!

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First of all, happy birthday! Thirty doesn't look old from the perspective of almost 60....But age is all relative, isn't it?!

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naireth said...

Happy Birthday from Spain, and congratulations for your blog.


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Godknows said...

Thanks all!!!