One Last Birthday Hurrah!

Birthday Smoothie

My company has quite a nice perk – staff do not need to come to work on their birthday, so yesterday, I had probably one of the best birthdays I can remember. I started with a self made strawberry mango smoothie which I drank while watching the two latest episodes of the best show on TV : Mad Men.

Dim sum at the Mansion Hotel

I didn’t have anything planned, but a friend also had the afternoon off and asked if I had lunch plans, so we ended up having a dim sum lunch at the Mansion Hotel, which is a lovely, old style hotel on Xinle Road near Xiangyang Road.

Chocolate cake at Hof

After lunch we had a walk before heading for dessert at chocolate heaven, aka Hof on Sinan road. I was surprised to find it was completely full at 3.30pm on a week day. It’s incredible how many people here don’t need to work.

Hof is close to Fuxing Park, so after dessert, we went for a walk in the park to burn off some of our lunch time calories. I was feeling pretty tired by then, so I headed home to get some rest before the evening activities began.

Pre-dinner Dom Perignon at M1NT

After a short nap, I met a few friends at M1NT for a bottle of Champagne followed by dinner at M1NT. I have to say, it was a very enjoyable was to spend an indulgent birthday evening. The food was excellent, my favourite being their battered soft shell crab appetiser which I’ve had before.

After dinner, we moved to the club section for more drinks and a cigar before heading home where I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. Between 4 of us, we managed 3 bottles of wine, a few glasses of whisky and aperatifs, which I thought was very impressive. Needless to say, this morning, I wished the company policy was that staff did not need to work the day after their birthday!

That’s well and truly it for all birthday related activities (I promise) until next year. I just have to add that this year was probably the best birthday week I have ever had and I think the difference with previous years was not working on the actual day.

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18 Responses to One Last Birthday Hurrah!

  1. flutter-by says:

    What a happy day to idle around indulging yourself while the rest of the world toil and moil. Envying!
    And you’re switching to contact lens? Look younger but less scholarly. Can’t have both. Make your choice.

  2. WoAi says:

    @Flutter-by – The Gods must like me. Yesterday was a perfect day weather wise. I guess my whole perception of the day would be different if it had rained. And it is odd, but being off while everyone else was working was really a nice feeling. Like I was special, unlike weekends when everyone is in the same boat.

    No lenses. Tried about 15 years ago, never managed to make it work. I’m only slightly short sighted so if I’m in a bar or restaurant I remove them and place them on the table. Also at the office. Only put them on when I go outdoors.

  3. flutter-by says:

    You made me to consider take a day off tomorrow.
    And I got your knack – remove the glasses in a bar so as to look younger, and put them on when going outdoors so as not to miss any beauty across the street.

  4. WoAi says:

    @Flutter-by – That only works if, like me, you also look young to start with :-p

  5. Anthony says:

    Happy Birthday Wo Ai !

  6. Heinrich says:

    Happy birthday again WoAi!

    And happy constitution day to me!

    Everybody happy!

  7. WoAi says:

    @Heinrich – It’s constitution day again? Seems like just last month!

  8. Heinrich says:

    WoAi- It’s a time zone difference thing. I promise it’s actually been a year.

  9. WoAi says:

    It’s okay I’m celebrating syttende mai tonight.

  10. T. says:

    Are you celebrating your 2012 birthday, Highlander?

  11. WoAi says:

    @T – Well to be honest, today, I do feel 2,000 years old. It’s been a long, hard week.

  12. ChrisB says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday my beautiful son. Please supply me, via email, your smoothie recipe. At your leisure will suffice. That is all.

  13. daveNYC says:

    happy belated birthday mate!

  14. WoAi says:

    @Chris B – Thanks. One banana, one mango, a small tub of yogurt (about 100ml), a tea spoon full of wheat germ (purely for health / nutrition, not taste), 10 cubes of ice and about 100ml of orange juice.

    @Dave NYC – Cheers. It’s been a mad week of partying. Kind of glad it’s over, but it was awesome!

  15. ChrisB says:

    Interesting… I don’t use ice, just freeze some fruit and add skimmed milk to lube it up at bit. Also small amounts of honey and organic peanut butter are essential.

  16. WoAi says:

    @ChrisB – Lube is always a good thing, but not too much!

  17. Rita says:

    I love the ‘Mad Man” show too…write a blog about it ! :-)

  18. WoAi says:

    @Rita – I just finished season 5 tonight and feel sad I have to wait till next year for season 6. It’s the best season ever!

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