Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Aye... I'm finally 21!
And you know what? It's not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. I mean, the other "age milestones" were much more major milestones when compared to what I can get when I'm 21.
When I turned 16, it was a big deal 'cause I could finally enter the pool and snooker centres legally (even though I snuck in many times prior). Trust me, it was a big deal that time. Also, in all the countries I've lived in, it's the legal age to have sex! How much more major can you get than that? When I turned 17, I was allowed to get my license and drive. And for the most major (in my opinion) 18, I was allowed to smoke, take alcohol and go to clubs and bars legally. And I could also finally go to an actual prison too. Plus, the biggest commitment (marriage) is legal.
So now I'm 21. What does being 21 allow me to do? It just lets me watch the highest rated movies, like R21 and stuff. Plus it allows me to enter a few more clubs who's age limits are 21. That's it. That's it! I mean, sure, everything is legal age-wise when I'm 21, but these were achieved in previous age milestones. So yeah. 21 isn't the big deal people make it out to be. And I find it very stupid that I'm allowed to have sex and get married already, but I'm still not allowed to watch certain movies or to enter certain clubs. I mean what the hell?
BUT! It's a big deal to me this year 'cause I got to celebrate it with a lot of people. 21 is a big deal 'cause its the biggest celebration I've had in my life for my birthday since 2001. Or even bigger than that. Not to mention I received 194 birthday wishes on Facebook alone, and including real-life wishes and SMSes, there was easily over 400 wishes. Yeah, I actually counted. Forgive me, but it is my 21st. Let me be vain alright?
So yeah. This is the first (and probably only) birthday where I celebrated over a number of days. When I was still in Singapore, it was celebrated by my cellgroup back there, who remembered. Touched! I got a white shirt from them, with a skull design on it. It's got a skull, but its white! They think I have too much black shirts. Lol. Then when I came back, my cellgroup here celebrated my birthday as well. And they gave me a yellow shirt. Yeah, yellow. I've only worn yellow once in the last 16 years, and that was because I was forced to. My cellgroups both have the same spirit "No black shirts for Howe!". Aw man.
My yellow shirt. I wouldn't mind if the colours were inverted... lol
On Wednesday, my actual birthday, the Sunway Lagoon plan was cancelled so I ended up watching Kick Ass with Ivan and Ruz. Brilliant movie! Hell funny, exciting (especially seeing Hitgirl kill everyone), and an incredible score for the soundtracks. Though several are simply remixes of older scores, they still sound damn good. We had a meal, and a great chat before heading off for Left 4 Dead 2 and heading home after.
The next day I checked my results and passed everything. Hung around in The Joint with Miki, Justin, James, Eddie and Jovin, chilling, shisha-ing and making a hell lot of jokes. After Eddie and Jovin left we played a drinking game and did a lot of stupid stuff. A LOT. Like kissing, licking, and uh... I'll spare you the details. Heh, we also had "truths" so we learned a lot of private things about each other. After that we were joined by Wai Kwan, Ruz, Henry, Neal and Jonas and went to eat at Pasta Zanmai. Had a great time chatting, and I received more presents. Lol, I got a Monopoly (no, not the board game -.-) shirt from Miki, and a shirt with bacon and eggs from the others in Essenism. Cute! After having a meal where a fly dive bombed into my spaghetti and spending some more time taking pictures and hanging out, I went to church for cellgroup meeting where I had an official celebration this time, with the cake and all. During fellowship, I got to make a new friend, Daniel Wong, who's 15 years my TOA senior. He's 37. And I told him that Veronica Ho died!
Neal, James (with quite a face!) and I. Lol.
Wai Kwan and I. There was a Miki/Ruz version of this. Haha! But I don't have that picture -.-.
Group pic! Thanks a lot guys! Means a lot!
The next day the supposed celebration was cancelled so I just watched Iron Man 2 with Ruz, although Neal was supposed to join along. The movie's entertaining and fun, but the ending was just eurgh. Whiplash died so easily. Pfft.
Next day Miki and her mom took me out to Chili's at KLCC to celebrate my birthday, as well as thank me for helping Miki in her assignments. Lol, granted that, but I owe Miki a lot too. Had a huge freaking, filling, extremely nice meal before heading back home to do my OTP work. I brought my laptop down to fellowship 'cause I missed service, and continued my work there, unfortunately I wasn't very social as I was very focused on completing my OTP work. After finishing I found out that the discussions for Faith's wedding cancelled so I went there for nothing, wasting half an hour to travel down. Zzz. Luckily though, Kysern and Adeline, who I met when I was introduced to Daniel (who also went) asked us out to chill, so Ai Lee, Robenz and I had a great time just chilling out with them.
Funny that there was no alcohol involved in my 21st birthday, 'cause I was expecting that. Was supposed to have a clubbing celebration on Saturday night, but due to my OTP work and a bunch of the people not being able to make it, it was called off. Last year, Wai Kwan, Ruz and Kok Kin blindfolded me, led me around Sunway Pyramid and threw waterbombs at me. Lmao! This year, no pranks, no funny stuff. But it was a time of quality spent with my dearest friends over several days. Altogether, I had 6 days of celebrations. 7 when my mom and Uncle Ben celebrate it in a few days. That's like totally ultimate. Plus I never organized anything myself. Everything was done purely from my friends, from the planning to the gifts and arrangements. I did nothing at all. I'm truly, truly honoured.
I can only say thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. My life would not be much of life if it were not for all of you. Many people say that they don't have much true friends, and that they can be counted with both hands. Then I must be the most fortunate guy in the world, because I've lost track of how many true friends I have. Always there for you, always there to listen, to help, to guide, to teach, to learn, to love. You know who you are.