"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 15 June 2013

How To Surprise A Zombie - Part II

I've had just enough time to...  be fooled thrice and love it!

Taken of the thrid surprise - a juicy carrot cake

The next day, an ex-colleague dropped by at the flour mill. They asked me if I have the time for lunch and I said “Of course, there is always time for old friends”. We went to a Thai-Chinese restaurant and I was surprised at the turn out. Hmm… Quite a big group. After fragrant Pandan chicken, fiery tom yam soup, steaming fish brewing in salted vegetable and other sharp tasting foods that I missed dearly for the last two weeks…

They brought out another cake with a single lighted candle and sang the birthday song in the restaurant. I was fooled again. It was a coincident that my ex-colleague visited us that day and my devious colleagues made use of the accidental visit to fool me. That was the second surprise.

Though that lifted my spirits, I struggled through the day hardly able to keep my eyes open as I was still in my zombie state. After 3.00 pm, the jet lag effect kicked in and after so many visits to the restroom, I must have washed the skin off my face. So when the call came in to go home a bit earlier, I was all for it.

After dinner, I thought I would call it an early night when my sons brought in yet another cake with another single lighted candle and sang the familiar song I heard thrice within 24 hours. This time it was a juicy Carrot Cake with butter cream icing. The bakery bought me a Black Forest because they think it is my favorite while the flour mill a Mixed Fruit Praline because they think I will like it. 3 cakes and 3 surprises within 24 hours. I smiled, thinking the three different groups have different opinions of the types of cake I liked. Maybe, they have different opinions of the person I am too. Whatever, I felt most blessed that day, to have good friends and family to celebrate my birthday with. Strangely, another strong emotion took hold at the same time. I felt rependant at my good fortune and thought of seeking forgiveness from all I have hurt one way or other through the years. Thankful and rependant was how I felt on the day I was surprised thrice.


  1. You must be very happy. The cake looks delicious! ;-)

    Kind regards from the Netherlands,
    Gert Jan

  2. This was my third birthday cakes within 24 hours. My bakery colleagues bought me a “Black Forest” Cake because they think it is my favorite. My flour mill colleagues gave me a “Mixed Fruit Praline” because they are sure I will like it. My family brought a juicy “Carrot Cake” from a boutique bakery for something different. 3 surprises and 3 different cakes within 24 hours. I’m thankful for good friends and family.

    Steve Taylor (Photography), Yasmin de light , 娜 娜☂Nana, 5div,
    october blue , Geo_grafics , ineedathis , 狂野的男人 , ΞSSΞ®®Ξ ,
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    1000 Reasons 7 days ago
    I’m traveling again, though my recovery is slow. I have to go to Australia tomorrow for a week so will be slow to catch up. This year is shaping up to be a year I will be traveling the most number of miles. There are so much to do and I’ve to drop some travels due to priorities but it is still going to be a “most busy” year. We will take the good and the bad as they come along… :D

    "Black Forest for me"...:-) Imagine all those calories. Well presented.

    You are a lucky person buddy:)
    Because you always have 1000 reasons to love them back:))
    Don't forget to bring back some souvenirs for friends and family :)

    The Visual Poet
    Looks good! 3 cakes! how Blessed you are! Happy belated Birthday Wishes! :)

    Great shot of this birthday cake! you are very lucky to get 3 birthday cakes, I usually make my own:-)
    Happy birthday my friend!
    Have a great weekend!

    Happy birthday my friend!

    Belated Happy Birhtday!!!!!! ♥

    Sounds like you had a mighty fine Birthday :)
    This looks delish and I bet you did enjoy them all !!

    Happy Birthday !!

    october blue
    All three of the cakes sound delicious ...and I am sure they made your special day very sweet ! Happy Birthday, my friend ! I hope that your many travels this year will bring you enriching experiences ....and I look forward to the memories you capture & share with your camera & pen ! Wishing you safe and rewarding travels ....and much good health and happiness in the next year of your life !

    Happy Birthday ! Enjoy your day and all the cakes!

    You are a very lucky guy my friend...much liked, I can see...:)

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great presentation with this image-- great and safe travels

    娜 娜☂Nana
    yes...You are so lucky !!! Happy Birthday ! San
    and best wishes for you!! :)

    oola *
    HIPPO BIRDIE TWO EWE!!!! carrot cake please

    msonflk appreciates your photograph

    ishratzakiasultana (on and off)
    Well all three are my favorite! Belated Happy Birth Day Thou-San!


    Happy belated Birthday greetings, dear thou. May the year ahead be filled with surprises as sweet as your 3 birthday cakes. Wishing you safe travels & business successes wherever you go.

    Andrew 62
    Belated B'Day wishes ...
    seems you can have your cake and eat it too

    Yasmin de light
    Happy Belated Birthday wishes dear Thou. That carrot cake looks absolutely delicious - one of my favourite cakes. The other two treats sound delicious too. How lucky you are to have such thoughtful and well wishing friends and family. I hope you had a good celebration and were able to catch your plane on time after the heavy indulgences of this feast of cakes he he he.
    Wishing you a very happy and safe travelling fun my friend : ))

    I think you've got them all right where you want them...three different friends thinkng you like three different favorites. Well done my friend!
    And Happy Birthday too!

    娜 娜☂Nana
    Enjoy Your Happy Life!! :)
    We are still alive,
    Whether pain or sorrow .

    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    So well decorated


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