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.
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.
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.
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.