Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday dad!

Do you know why you are the best dad in the world? Because you are –
B – Benevolent
I – Inspiring
R – Resilient and reliable
T – Talented
D – Dashing
A – Amazing
Y – Youthful!

  On your Birthday today, I wish to thank you for every single
thing you’ve done for me in life, every single smile you’ve given me,
every minute spent on (me, on) my behalf.
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today!
All those years you helped me face every hurdle, every disappointment and every struggle that lied ahead by standing by me and supplying me with all the strength I needed in order to climb the great mountain called life.

I count myself lucky for having such a special friend. I count myself lucky for
having such a special father. Thank you for being both to me.
Happy Birthday and thank you for everything!
You are more than just a father to me; you are my icon, my teacher, my
inspiration. Thank you for giving me profusely every part of yourself. Happy
Birthday Dad!


Birthday card wishes for dad

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Happy 17th (Amethyst) Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad!

A small poem in your honor 🙂

Here’s to the best parents of the world

Because of whom I am here

It’s only because of them

That I have nothing to fear

Here’s hoping they get the best of life

As they celebrate their special day

I wish you both a happy anniversary

From your life, may happiness never go away!

 

Every time y0u wanted t0 surprise me
Y0u did it very secretly.
Every time y0u wanted t0 teach me a less0n.
Y0u did it very cauti0usly.
Every time y0u had t0 dream f0r me
Y0u did it very ambiti0usly.
Even when y0u f0ught in fr0nt of me
Y0u did it very healthily.
G0d must have thought s0mething amazing f0r me.
By selecting parents f0r me s0 appr0priately.
I l0ve y0u b0th and I kn0w y0u l0ve me.
I wish y0u a happy (wedding) anniversary.
“0n y0ur anniversary”
Please tell me what y0ur desire will be.
W0uld y0u like a bed 0f r0ses prepared.
Or an 0ld picture 0f y0u b0th on Faceb00k t0 be shared.
W0uld y0u like t0 sip 0n s0me bubbly.
0r spend the day by y0urself with s0me privacy.

May God bless you both:)

[Been] In China (part 1 of ∞)

Well I owe you guys a post on this. I promised you all one.

So I’ll start with when the 8 hour flight from Doha to China landed…. The airport was pretty cool, like some huge fancy warehouse, except it was missing something – ah yes – people! Apart from us (the other people in my flight) the area was practically deserted, not even the cleaning crew were spotted, and for a country with a 2 billion plus population, that would be a great mystery, but anyways we made it past the passport control (the guy at the desk was very friendly) and then kept strolling to catch a train. Seriously, to catch a train to get to where our luggage was waiting for us. I’m not joking. Unlike the airport in Malaysia, where everything was ‘spaced out’ this train was already jammed with people. I have no idea where they came from (after all the airport was deserted till we came there) and after collecting our luggage, we spotted our guides and went to our bus, conveniently parked right outside the exit. It was reported to be chilly in China (chilly as in 0 degrees Celsius). We all thought that would be nothing, especially since we were just going out for 30 seconds before entering the buses. But as you probably guessed by now we were wrong. Wrong by a long shot. After being used to a desert climate, by that I mean oven climate, you aren’t really adjusted to temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius, and for those 30 seconds we froze, not literally, but well you get the idea. Even after entering the buses the chill didn’t leave for quite a while.

 

After this we went straight to the first thing on our traveling list – the acrobatic show. I won’t say much except that the stunts they performed were well over the extreme….For example the Cage of Death, or more popularly known, the Wall of Death. Where one, or maximum two bikers (with their bikes) enter a decently large metal cage, then they keep going around it defying the law of gravity numerous times, enough to make Newton blush. Well China being China (and to be honest they have the ‘manpower’) they found 2 bikes were too little, so they put in lets say, not three, not four, not even six, but eight bikes! Well I’ve got a video of it somewhere, maybe to show any doubting Thomases (or Thomasitas).

 

After that we checked into one of the finest hotels known in Beijing – The Radisson Blu. Well I’ll continue this post someday, I’ll let you all digest this 🙂

 

 

 

Happy B’Day Mom!

Happy Birthday!

It’s your birthday, Mom.
So I will raise a cheer.
Without you, my special, loving mom,
I would not be here.Yes, I owe it all to you, Mom.
From the time that I was small,
You encouraged me in everything,
And tried not to let me fall.Throughout my life your caring,
Brightened each and every minute.
You loved me and enriched my life,
And I’m so glad to have you in it!You brighten up my life,
With tender love and care,
When I reach out
You’re always there.

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You’re someone I can count on,
When I need a helping hand,
You’re warm and loving,
You always understand.

I’m so thankful to have
A mom like you,
There is no other,
Who could fill your shoes.

I always took for granted,
That you were there for me,
And all the things you did,
But now I see.

You’re such a good example,
Of what a mom should be,
We always get along so well,
Even when we disagree.

You’re so patient,
And understanding;
You don’t ask for anything,
You’re outstanding.

You’re so quick to give,
And such a joy to be around,
You’re such a good person,
You deserve a special crown.

You have a good heart,
You’re honest and true,
You’re the best mother,
And I really love you!

Happy Birthday Mom! May God bless you on this beautiful day, mother nature even caused some rain here in Dubai:)

My next travel destination – China!

I have recently received a circular from my school management, which is collaborating with SATA (a government travel organization) concerning a trip to a certain place we see every time in those small tags – “Made in China.” I had never really thought about going to China, but I thought it might seem to be a good idea, especially if I was going with other people I knew well. My parents consented and the date for travel is 12th November!

Just like any other excited traveler, I have done a bit of a check up on the country that we all thought we knew so well, some of the things that interested me are:

Ten Things Never to Do in China

This article may save you from certain embarrassment and possibly even outright humiliation one day. It gives you ten important tips on what not to do if you really want to win friends and make a good impression with your Chinese acquaintances. Take these tips to heart.

Never accept a compliment graciously

You may find yourself at a loss for words when you compliment a Chinese host on a wonderful meal, and you get in response, “No, no, the food was really horrible.” You hear the same thing when you tell a Chinese parent how smart or handsome his son is — he meets the compliment with a rebuff of “No, he’s really stupid” or “He’s not good looking at all.” These people aren’t being nasty . . . just humble and polite. Moral of the story here: Feign humility, even if it kills you! A little less boasting and fewer self-congratulatory remarks go a long way towards scoring cultural sensitivity points with the Chinese.

Never make someone lose face

The worst thing you can possibly do to Chinese acquaintances is publicly humiliate or otherwise embarrass them. Doing so makes them lose face. Don’t point out a mistake in front of others or yell at someone.

The good news is that you can actually help someone gain face by complimenting them and giving credit where credit is due. Do this whenever the opportunity arises. Your graciousness is much appreciated.

Never get angry in public

Public displays of anger are frowned upon by the Chinese and are most uncomfortable for them to deal with — especially if the people getting angry are foreign tourists, for example. This goes right along with making someone (usually the Chinese host) lose face, which you should avoid at all costs. The Chinese place a premium on group harmony, so foreigners should try to swallow hard, be polite, and cope privately.

Never address people by their first names first

Chinese people have first and last names like everyone else. However, in China, the last name always comes first. The family (and the collective in general) always takes precedence over the individual. Joe Smith in Minnesota is known as Smith Joe (or the equivalent) in Shanghai. If a man is introduced to you as Lî Míng, you can safely refer to him as Mr. Lî (not Mr. Míng).

Unlike people in the West, the Chinese don’t feel very comfortable calling each other by their first names. Only family members and a few close friends ever refer to the man above, for example, as simply “Míng.” They may, however, add the prefix lâo (laow; old) or xiâo (shyaow; young) before the family name to show familiarity and closeness. Lâo Lî (Old Lî) may refer to his younger friend as Xiâo Chén (Young Chén).

Never take food with the wrong end of your chopsticks

The next time you gather around a dinner table with a Chinese host, you may discover that serving spoons for the many communal dishes are non-existent. This is because everyone serves themselves (or others) by turning their chopsticks upside down to take food from the main dishes before putting the food on the individual plates.

Never drink alcohol without first offering a toast

Chinese banquets include eight to ten courses of food and plenty of alcohol. Sometimes you drink rice wine, and sometimes you drink industrial strength Máo Tái, known to put a foreigner or two under the table in no time. One way to slow the drinking is to observe Chinese etiquette by always offering a toast to the host or someone else at the table before taking a sip yourself. This not only prevents you from drinking too much too quickly, but also shows your gratitude toward the host and your regard for the other guests. If someone toasts you with a “gân bçi,” (gahn bay) however, watch out.

Gân bçi means “bottoms up,” and you may be expected to drink the whole drink rather quickly. Don’t worry. You can always say “shuí yì” (shway ee; as you wish) in return and take just a little sip instead.

Never let someone else pay the bill without fighting for it

Most Westerners are stunned the first time they witness the many fairly chaotic, noisy scenes at the end of a Chinese restaurant meal. The time to pay the bill has come and everyone is simply doing what they’re expected to do — fight to be the one to pay it. The Chinese consider it good manners to vociferously and strenuously attempt to wrest the bill out of the very hands of whoever happens to have it. This may go on, back and forth, for a good few minutes, until someone “wins” and pays the bill. The gesture of being eager and willing to pay is always appreciated.

Never show up empty handed

Gifts are exchanged frequently between the Chinese, and not just on special occasions. If you have dinner in someone’s house to meet a prospective business partner or for any other pre-arranged meeting, both parties commonly exchange gifts as small tokens of friendship and good will. Westerners are often surprised at the number of gifts the Chinese hosts give. The general rule of thumb is to bring many little (gender non-specific) gifts when you travel to China. You never know when you’ll meet someone who wants to present you with a special memento, so you should arrive with your own as well.

Never accept food, drinks, or gifts without first refusing a few times

No self-respecting guests immediately accept whatever may be offered to them in someone’s home. No matter how much they may be eager to accept the food, drink, or gift, proper Chinese etiquette prevents them from doing anything that makes them appear greedy or eager to receive it, so be sure to politely refuse a couple of times.

Never take the first “No, thank you” literally

Chinese people automatically refuse food or drinks several times — even if they really feel hungry or thirsty. Never take the first “No, thank you” literally. Even if they say it once or twice, offer it again. A good guest is supposed to refuse at least once, but a good host is also supposed to make the offer at least twice.

You can find a slightly larger list by clicking here.

 

Anyways kept posted, as I will be sure to make a new post after this much awaited trip:)

 

Happy Bday Nicolai

 

 

ninjaHappy Birthday Nicolai…..

Here’s wishing you a great year ahead

Jump, Kick and Knock everyone off their feet

Do it so that they definitely need a whole lot of “Band Aid”…

 

Here’s wishing my really cool, tech savvy, blogger buddy, recently grateful,

ninja in dubai…

Ni COOOOL ai.. (it Rhymes too)

 

Avi Uncle

 

Happy BDay Uncle Avi!

Thank you for being a wonderful person,
For always being there and teaching me all those mathematical equation!
You’re a genius!

Happy Birthday Uncle

To my partner in crime,
Thank you for giving me your time.
We may spend it to do some mischief to play,
But it will always be worthy at the end of the day.
Happy Birthday uncle!

Happy BDay Kris!

Happy Birthday Kris!

I wish you the double of the best of everything. You truly deserve it! Happy Birthday to the coolest and most loving cousin brother around.

The childhood moments that I’ve shared with you are the closest to my heart than any other. I wish you a great Birthday and a great life ahead!

Thank you for all the fantastic and irreplaceable memories. I’m sending you loads of wishes on your Birthday!

On your Birthday I want to say that I’m very thankful to God for letting me have such a caring cousin in my life! May you get the best of everything in life.

Today is a perfect day to tell you that you are:
B – Brilliant
R – Resilient
O – Outstanding
T – Tolerant
H – Honest
E – Entertaining
R – Responsible
Enjoy your Birthday, Kris:)

You are a man who
Deserves the best.
Today is your day
To shine above the rest!
Happy Birthday, Bro!

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