Surprise Dinner at Albert Schloss
So on Sunday 21st January, my friends from church cunningly but sweetly surprised me with a birthday dinner! So after our church service 4 of them casually took me to Costa coffee and kept me there for TWO HOURS despite complaints that I was tired and hungry (I’m not very good with surprises might I add, I get very restless). Then two of my friends just decided to go home. I eventually left Costa with two of my friends and arrived at Albert Schloss, ordered a drink and waited for a table BUT whilst waiting…I noticed two other friends of mine in the restaurant and some more huddled by the bar! Then the friends who left me at Costa reappeared! The plan was EXPOSED. Game Over. Although I did show my gratitude and explained to them that it was a lovely idea. The cocktails were free due to a delay in being seated at our tables, the meal was scrumptious and my company were delightful. Overall it was a success and I was moved by their thoughtfulness. ^_^
Personalized BBC tour, lunch at Botanist and Vision night at Audacious Church
So I am very blessed to have a friend who works in BBC and in ITV in Manchester and I managed to secure a personalised tour around the BBC headquarters which was awesome. I saw the meeting rooms, quiet areas, technical areas and the reception (which was the best part!) The pictures speak for themselves – I had fun. This was followed by a calm but yummy lunch with the same BBC friend in the secret garden restaurant that is ‘The Botanist’ which is truly beautiful.
I finished my night off going to my church’s ‘Italian themed’ Vision Night to reflect on the journey of the church in 2017 and also share/pray about the church’s vision for 2018 both locally and globally. And to add the icing to the cake, it was my Pastor’s birthday too! So the congregation sang happy birthday IN ITALIAN to myself, my pastor and one other guy who was celebrating too! We also got a slice of his cake – yum!
Dominos and cake with work friends
When I thought the fun in Manchester had ended…my friends at work surprised me with a birthday Dominos and cake! Followed by a card inscribed with thoughtful and kind words AND……. tickets to CRYSTAL MAZE LIVE! At the time…I didn’t realise the significance of this as I don’t watch the show but after googling the show, I was like WOWZA. I’m gonna be famous. However I hope they can join me too!
My mum knowing that the way to my heart is FOOD bought me my favourite dish from my favourite Turkish restaurant and my aunty baked me a cake! What more could a girl want eh?!
Namco Funscape Arcade and dinner at Vivat Bacchus
Now I couldn’t leave my London crew out! So at Namco we played a competitive but civilised game of ping pong followed by a nice sit down meal at Vivat and more cake!
Saturday 3rd February, my thoughtful flatmates took me out for a belated birthday brunch at an American themed restaurant called Home Sweet Home which I thoroughly enjoyed, the pictures speak for themselves really!
All these events both in Manchester and London made me feel loved, celebrated and joyous. Your birthday only happens once a year. Make it count, in whatever way that makes you happy. I look forward to 2019!
So I turned 24 and I was going to list 24 things I was thankful for…but that will make this blog even longer so I’ll just share a few things i’m thankful for…
- To God for my life
- Good health
- Loving Family
- Loyal friends
- My ambition and drive
- The ability to show compassion where it’s needed
- The ability to make people smile and spread joy
- You readers for reading this blog!