2013-02-25

My big milestone

It felt like a big milestone. I remember reading somewhere that ‘The forties are the old age of youth, and the youth of old age,’ and that seems true to me. Though I expected that turning forty would make me feel more like a real "grown up" woman at last.
It was a very busy time, so I didn’t do anything special. My husband bought me a new smart phone, Samsung Galaxy SIII when my old Nokia stopped working suddenly  just a few days before CNY, but because it was near my birthday, we decided after the fact to treat it as a fortieth-birthday gift. I still like and appreciate it every day, so it was a perfect milestone gift.
My two girls had wished me the night before, and they called me 3 times this morning, each time before hanging up the phone, they said "Happy Birthday Mummy." They are going to present they DIY cards to me this evening. 
As I’ve grown older, and since I’ve spent so much time thinking about happiness. I   want to be whoever I want to be and I just have to decide to be it. 
Despite of no intention to celebrate it big, my office buddies still bought me these for lunch. 
PHD Pizzas, different type of nuts and pop corns.

Yours truly with Pretty Yvonne.

Yours truly with sweet Angeline

Earrings from Yvonne and belt from Angeline. You two have got me the gifts that I really like. Thank you. 

From left, Celine, Yvonne, yours truly, Angeline and Lorita. Thanks a zillion. 
I am not forgetting to thank all my dear friends who sent me lovely greetings on Whatsapp, SMS, FB and emails. I am touched by all your kind thoughts and wishes.

We all remember turning 17, turning 21, turning 30 and feeling super excited, but also kind of freaked out about not only how far we'd come, but also how much more we needed to accomplish in our lives. Turning 40 is probably one of the biggies in a woman's life. I was pretty happy and definitely contented — loving husband, small children, a bunch of best friends, busy career, helping to run a family. I never felt worrying about turning forty because these days, the 40-year-old woman sure doesn't look like she used to, so age is nothing but a number. 

49 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday again, Yan and welcome to the 40's club. :)

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  2. Have a happy and blessed birthday, Yannie!

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    1. It's true that age is just a number, Never let it shows how young/old you truly are ;)

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    2. Glad you like the earring, I thought it might look perfect on you.

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    3. Let me tumpang Ah Hua's comment to sing.

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    4. it's definitely a big milestone but i guess Hot Mama just hurdled it easily.. and this new milestone is definitely be more meaningful and beautiful for her.. :)

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    5. I also tumpang

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YANNIE!

      I certainly agree with Sk. Yannie doesnt look a day more than 30 leh.

      What is most important is Yannie have all the things that a woman would want at this stage of life.

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  3. What a lovely day you had so far. An early b'day gift.

    Lovely calls from your daughters.

    And celebrating it with friends and colleagues. :-)

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    1. yeah, the Hot Mama has got so many greetings from friends and relatives and her loved ones on her birthday.. so nice kan??

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  4. must show the card your girls made after this. :-)

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    1. oh yeah, must show us the cards that April and May made for you.. and we also want to see the photo Jin Jin gave your a birthday kiss~~

      SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!!

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  5. Wishing you a happy birthday today and hope there will be many more birthdays to celebrate. :-)

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  6. Although I've been MIA from my blogmosphere for so long,I would love to wish you again here. Happy Birthday Yan.

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  7. Pretty Yvonne, do you realised our gift for Yannie, both also bling bling one.

    I like the earrings too.

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  8. Hey! That is over the hill, so they say. Who cares? Anay still behaves like 20s. Tell me if there is other man who behaves silly like me at my age?

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    1. yalah.. today is just Hot Mama's 20th birthday (for the second time in her life).. and that's just a number, definitely the girls in 20s need to stand aside when they see Hot Mama~~

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  9. You are lucky to have nice colleagues to remember and treat you to a celebration. They are indeed priceless friends! I have no one here who celebrates for me cos hey have no hearts!

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    1. yes.. birthday greetings are indeed very valuable and sweet.. as we grow older we don't really care about materials and gifts.. but just warm greetings are already there to make our day.. agree??

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  10. Now you start thinking of the importance of happiness! Give yourself few more years and you will start reading up about healthy issues to stay fitter! In the 40s I started seeing my friends falling gravely sick, kicked buckets, divorcing or losing jobs. That is horrible life!

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    1. With your hearts closer to Buddhism now and all the chantings, you will be blessed with happy and healthy family always!

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    2. oh, and in few more years it will be Thambee's turn already!! Thambee also wants to have a happy and healthy life..

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  11. Happy Birthday Sheoh Yan. Agree with your point. Age is only a number. Life begins at 40!

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  12. Happy Birthday wishing you ching choon mei li always

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  13. Happy Birthday Sheoh Yan :) Here is wishing you lots of happiness and good health always. I agree, age is just a number ;)

    psst....your birthdate was not in FB event?

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  14. Happy birthday once again! You still look good, really.

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    1. That's a very nice earring! Fyi it's been ages since my last buy from MLC, don't think I'll 'phong chan' with her again... =)

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    2. Hot Mama Yannie is always looking good, anytime anywhere anyhow~~

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  15. gimme a Y
    gimme an A
    gimme an N
    Yan! Yan!! Yan!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HOT MAMA YANNIE~~
    always stay pretty and sexxay~~

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  16. Happy Birthday Yan! May you be blessed with good health and happiness! And surrounded by love all around! Cheers!

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  17. Happy Birthday to you! Wishing you stay beautiful and healthy always!

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  18. 40???? Are you sure? You're already 40? Gee...if you had said 30, I would have believed you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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  19. Man or man,your look really belies your age, I am so happy to know that you are 40 and yet you look superbly stunning,healthy and wonderfully fit...

    Now that you are 40....just remember age is just another number,,,,, keep up all that you are working on ya and have a Happy Birthday

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  20. Wishing you a happy birthday Yan! 40 is very young :)

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  21. Yannie is well love. Just see how many people turn out to celebrate with you and wish you . :)

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  22. am looking forward to see April and May's DIY card. Sure to be very specail

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday, Yan. Didn't know you're a Piscean too..:) Great blessing ahead!

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  24. Hi Yan, happy belated birthday to you, may you stay young and sweet always.
    Have a nice day.

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  25. Happy belated birthday Sheoh Yan!! I'll celebrate my BIG milestone next month :)

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  26. Hi Yan, many happy returns of the day....Happy birthday.
    You sure don't look your age....
    Stay young and have fun.
    Lee.

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday Yan. You don't look 40 definitely!

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  28. Happy Birthday, Yan! 30 is the new 40 and we will be never 40! LOL!

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  29. happy belated birthday Yan. If you do not mentioned, I can't believe you are 40. You really looks much more younger than that. Do not think too much. Do whatever you feel happy about, and it would be alright!

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  30. well said, we shall never afraid of getting old! Happy belated birthday to you, yan!

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  31. Happy Belated Birthday. Seems like you had a great celebration at work. And yeah, I don't usually celebrate much for my own B-days. :) I guess I do enjoy the nice and quiet.

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  32. It sure feel great to have so many ppl sharing this special day with you.

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  33. You're looking fab at 40! Happy belated birthday!

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