Monday, August 6, 2007

My 21st Birthday

Last Saturday night I had a small gathering of family close friends to celebrate my 21st birthday (which is actually today)! It was a really fun night (or so I'm told, I was mostly too busy to notice!) and I'll never forget it :)

The GarageI decided to have my party at home this year, and keep it small since our house is spatially limited. My mum worked really hard and managed to turn the garage, which is usually so full of cars and other stuff that you can barely walk through it, into a gorgeous room which I personally thought looked like some sort of Arabian palace. We put some rugs down around the place, and Matt's parents lent me their plastic chairs, so together with a table overflowing with food, we had a nice little party happening :)

And Kym is the Winner!I really wanted it to be as fun and non-formal as possible, and so I refused to give/accept speeches/toasts, and insisted on having a pass the parcel and a Pinata to prove that I am NOT an adult no matter what number candle is on my birthday cake. Although I did go a bit far on the dress, but hey, I thought I'd push the boundaries of my usual style and take a risk. Everyone really enjoyed the games, especially the pass the parcel, and especially Stefan who hadn't ever played either game. The pass the parcel was played to Toop Toop by Cassius with me as the music stopper lady person, and Kym won the big prize which was a beer mug filled with chocolates and lollies.Who Stole the Back of my Dress?

Ashvin's Winning HitI had the first go at the Pinata, and managed to hit it once (very weakly), and missed for both my other goes. When it was Ashvin's turn, I had to leave the garage to take a phone call from Matt's Nonna, and when I came back everyone was crawling on the floor. I assumed everyone had gone crazy, but then I noticed that there was chocolate everywhere and the Pinata was no longer hanging from the ceiling but was in pieces on the floor. I was really upset that I didn't get to see what happened until Matt came running up to me to show me the awesome shot he got just as the Pinata had smashed to pieces! So awesome.

The Manea FamilyApart from that the night was pretty tame. By the end of it though people could barely move because of how much food there was. People had heaps to drink but I think it's virtually impossible to get drunk with the amount of food that was eaten. I forgot to mention to everyone that it is customary for my family to make food for 10x the actual number of people coming, and I probably should have mentioned that NOBODY can say no to my grandma when she's offering food. Seriously though... there were 4 cakes!

Asuka's Eva Unit 02So all in all it was a great night with great memories that will last for ever :) I put up all the photos at my Flickr page including photos of the night and of the pressies, which were all really awesome (OMG I have Eva Unit 02 I can't get over it it's so awesome - thanks Matt!)

Turning 21 is funny - I don't FEEL any different, and nothing has actually changed, except for being able to legally drink in America (FINALLY just what I've always wanted). I guess I'm still stuck at thinking I'm 17, but that was a whole 4 years ago! Time didn't fly by or anything, in fact it's dragging it's ass with uni taking me so long, but I guess I always thought I'd feel mature and responsible at this age...


Blowing out the Candles


Rick said...

Party games are style! Also, Eva 02 is by far the coolest.

I remember when I turned 21 I felt the same - that I was basically still 17. Now Im about to turn 25 and I feel like Im basically still 21. Maybe Im just four years behind? That would certainly explain a few things...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you scored a nice pile of loot!

Jess Manea said...

I know how cool is Eva Unit 02. The mass production series is also really awesome - there's this special edition that comes with wings!

Thanks Ricky!

Rick said...

btw, I remembered the story I was going to tell you.

We had a major power outage last Friday (2 hour lunch = win) but in the meantime Nick declared the end of the world when he discovered that an SML hardware engineer did not know what 3-phase power is.

(I was also going to give you directions but Im guessing you found your way)

Jess Manea said...

Hahah isn't it always the end of the world according to nick? (ps I actually do know what a 3-phase supply is, well enough to know that I don't care about them anyway)

And yes I did find my way home, eventually...