It's the time of the year again. December, my favourite month..probably because it signifies winter holidays, the end of a year, and also the festive seasons - Christmas, New Year's Eve, my birthday :p
Glad that I do not have any major exams this semester; although the continuous assessment, presentations and clinical exams are driving me crazy..
A was having her research block & couldn't finish her literature review. Furthermore, she was placed at Waterford for Emergency Med for 2 weeks. Hence, I wasn't expecting anything. We agreed to have dinner at a fancy 3-course restaurant in the city, which lowered my expectations of anything 'extravagant' this year.
She was back on Thursday but "went out to meet her friends" on Friday. Little did I know that she's actually busy preparing a birthday party for me!! So much love for this girl!! ♥♥♥
She remembered all things that I've mentioned, such as wanting to try & bake pumpkin desserts. Well, blame it on Pinterest; they have so many Fall recipes. We even bought pumpkins in the hope to try them out but we were so busy (my extra large pumpkin ended up being a decoration for my birthday party).
I finally get to try them recently and they're tasteless!! I have a hard time finishing off them now...
The cheapest canned pumpkin available here is €4+ because they're all imported from the States :( I guess I can only try baking when I'm back in Brunei.
Anyways, A went out to pick up Z around 10:30pm and they roamed around the city till T and W arrived at 1am. They were worried that I haven't slept and would suspect something's going on when I hear the noises..but I actually fell asleep around 11pm lol.
Woke up the next day and saw Z on the coach, in my living room and I literally gasped. o____o
Because I didn't expect anyone at all.
He asked me to go back into my room because he wanted to sleep. A then came and told me not to come out of my room as they haven't actually finished preparing xD
Long story short, they threw me an Autumn themed birthday party!! I was beyond awe; A+++ for creativity and ingenuity! I'll let the pictures do all the talking...
* image-heavy content below* - Sorry but I can't help it. Everything is so pretty!
Because it's December, they wrote down 12 words to describe me <3
..and they're now part of my wall decoration~ heheh
I certainly hope these are the characteristics that my friends honestly see in me; not just the sake for my birthday xD. Now that they're on my wall, they serve as a reminder for me to continue be who I am, or even someone better.
Did cha notice they're all in white? M's cafe with its employees :p They're in their 'uniform'!
Burgundy turtle-neck sweater with burgundy lips to match the Autumn theme x
Cutie-pie A who baked tiramisu cake twice because she thought her first attempt failed (since she didn't use eggs and opted for brown sugar as a healthier alternative)
Both of them were equally good!
Blessings of my life
T & W brought their fairy lights all the way from Dublin because they knew I've been wanting to have a photoshoot with it!! Bucket list ticked ;)
Went to Nosta for dinner :)
Arnotts cupcakes from my flatmate
So sweet of her~ So blessed! However, the cupcakes were quite disappointing. The cake itself was alright, but the icing was too sweet. Looking at the purple vanilla bean cupcake, and green mint chocolate cupcake frosting, I couldn't imagine the amount of food colouring that I've consumed..TT herself was disappointed too :(
Cakes in Ireland are usually sponge cakes with buttercream or fondant. People go nuts for them, but they're too sweet for my liking. I miss all the cheesecakes, chocolate cakes and fresh fruit cakes from Brunei T______________T
After my surprise hi-tea birthday celebration last year, A managed to top herself again!! I am really touched by all her efforts and sacrifices!! #sisterfromanothermother
Forever grateful for people who make an effort in fostering a deeper friendship. I consider myself an introvert and very difficult to get close with, as I do not trust easily. However, I would cherish and appreciate all my close friends because I know they're hard to come by, and I would do anything to keep them.
I still stand by what I've said last year - quality, not quantity.
"If someone doesn't understand you, they will love you the way they want; if they do, they will love you the way you need."
Thank you for loving me the way I need. Friends to keep eternally ♥