Lesson 1: The most comfortable way of turning a year older is to stretch your birthday parties into a month-long celebration. You may be constantly reminded that YOU’RE3YEARSAWAYFROM30!! but because it’s so frequent, you take it for granted, and it never really quite sinks in, thank God.
When: 3 April 2012
Where: Ruby Tuesday, Newtown Plaza, Sha Tin
Who: The Ostleys
No picture because we were too busy shushing the baby
Lesson 2: One of the best moments there is is when you sit down with your oldest friends here, the ones who call you part of their family, drinking tea in the quiet of their house, taking turns to hold the baby, looking back and seeing how you’ve changed and they’ve changed and how you will still all change, and realizing, as you do every year with them in April without fail, how lucky in life you’ve been so far.
When: 5 April 2012
Where: Al Pasha, K11, TST
The work gang Friends who just happen to work together
Lesson 3: Seriously, I had no idea there’s so much you can do with birthday whistles! (Don’t read too much into that.)
When: 9 April 2012
Where: Lawry’s: The Prime Rib, Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
Who: The parental units, in for a visit
No picture because we were just too stunned with the prime rib.
Lesson 4: Your parents will love you forever and ever.
Lesson 5: PRIME RIB.
When: 13 April 2012
Where: Full / Half, The One, TST
Who: The church gang
Lesson 6: If you can remember how old you were when you first saw Titanic in the cinemas, you aren’t old at all.
When: 20 April 2012
Where: Red Chimneys, Prudential Hotel, Jordan
Afterparty: Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, on the 118th floor of the ICC, West Kowloon
Who: The girls
No picture because come on: 1. I am there 2. Makiko is there 3. It’s a buffet.
Lesson 7: Some of the coolest and classiest friends you have are the older ones.
Lesson 8: TAKE ME BACK TO OZONE PLEASE NOW THANK YOU