Surprise Party (Bob Burger)


A surprise birthday celebration was thrown by Cik Yah’s only son, Jani, last Tuesday night at HomeTeamNS Pasir Ris Holiday Chalets. Most of the relatives had arrived by 9 pm though the guest-of-honour accompanied by her children were still stuck at the Causeway, along with most of the food for the occasion. Luckily, there were chicken wings and hot dogs being grilled outside the chalet by some relatives because I was really hungry having come straight from work. Even the kids’ Japanese crackers weren’t spared as I stole a few.

Ooyah was like a mini celebrity as most of the kids surrounded her the moment she stepped in. She definitely has lots of cousins compared to yours truly. Fun times ahead for her no doubt.

There was something about the chalets’ grounds that gave us the creeps. It’s not as though the 50-odd of us in the big chalet that night didn’t create enough ruckus, but the surroundings felt weird. Right from the moment we tried looking for a suitable parking spot, to the point that we let Ooyah play around with her cousins at the playground. Maybe the pitch black silhouettes of the surrounding big trees played with our minds. I recall only one particular chalet on a hill somewhere in Changi that made me feel worse. Now that one evokes only images of Cik Pon looking down from the trees.

Anyway … about 2 hours later the birthday girl arrived, followed by the obligatory cake cutting and presents giving. A few songs shared and a few tears shed. It was one touching birthday celebration. Happy 50th Birthday Cik Yah.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on June 19, 2008.

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