The highlights of my week centered around my birthday, which was the last in a series of birthday celebrations for August; my poodle's birthday excluded. The new month should come in less eventful if we can help it. But as usual, and thanks to Providence, a party or two continues. Meanwhile my faves for this week are --
1. Absentee voter registration. In two years and a decade of living overseas, I have never done anything like absentee voting. In fact I never got any chance to vote at all. There's a presidential election at home in 2010 and I decided it's about time I made my choice official no matter how dim things seem to be both politically and economically.
2. A good laugh and a friendly vice consul. At the Philippine embassy for my registration there was a little glitch. While waiting for the computer to get back to ready mode for processing e-signatures, a friend took me riding down memory lane, "Didn't that guy carry you at some point when you descended Mt. Kitanglad?
Wow! it would have been fun if it happened but all I could remember was while we did hike together nothing romantic ever came up. Still I was thrilled to be reminded of those happy college days. We laughed. I giggled and then laughed at myself for giggling. After the glitch was sorted, the vice consul made some friendly chat over a final look at my documents.
3. Capital company. I needed to see a doctor to justify a day off work. But with the notorious Bangkok traffic it was too much of a hassle really. As other options were considered, a realization suddenly hit. It's not like taking advantage. But sometimes coincidence just makes circumstances convenient. It isn't anyone's fault if you are treated to your birthday dinner by a friend who also happens to be a licensed medical doctor, is it? Later in a YM chat with another friend I told her about the dinner. She said she missed fine dining. It made me treasure what I sometimes take for granted. Not the friendship, but fine dining.
4. Arts and Culture Centre. It's been a plan that celebrations for my birthday would include a few hours of admiring art objects. I'm happy the plan materialized. More importantly my five-year old was with me to begin learning how to appreciate art and culture. We had loads of fun.
5. A copycat. We proceeded to Siam Paragon for snacks that we didn't have for awhile - fish (Atlantic cod) and chips. Then we met up with friends for ice cream. Cj did what I normally do to him when eating out to avoid messy fingers and shirt. This was not the usual divinely yummy and pricey ice cream, but the moment was priceless.
Have a great weekend, everyone!