Last Sunday, I turned 33 years YOUNG!
I had a wonderful birthday weekend and it was especially great because we actually lost my brother on my birthday many years ago. It made my birthday bitter sweet for many years as I would have wanted him with us instead even if it meant I never celebrated my birthday. It was only a couple of years ago when I wrote a tribute to him during a flight to Thailand, released a lantern off the shores of a Phuket beach and realised I needed to celebrate my birthday and life and reserve another day to grieve and remember him.
So this year I did a few things to celebrate! I hope it also acts as some ideas for your weekend ahead.
PLATE SMASHING AT AESOPS, GREEK RESTAURANT
I decided to go to a Greek Restaurant, Aesops in Sydney with my family and break some plates. It was great! The restaurant was pretty empty for a Friday night but it was perfect for my family and I who enjoyed the dancing and plate smashing tradition. The owner explained that the Greeks believed that when someone passed, they should break plates to ensure that the bad spirits didn’t follow them. Either way, it was healthy activity to break plates and get rid of any bad feelings with fun. We danced the Zorba in a circle. It got faster and more enjoyable. Breaking the plates made it a smashing night!
The food was ok and the décor exuded Greek Island surrounds but the service and fun atmosphere made it memorable. In my nephew’s words, he asked me if I enjoyed my birthday party and then said, “The café didn’t look awesome, but it was awesome.” I think his assessment was spot on. Check them out Aesops out here if you want to experience a fun Greek tradition.
WILD PEAR CAFE, DURAL
On Saturday, I was keen to have a birthday lunch with friends at Wild Pear Café in Dural. I love that I discovered this place through Instagram posts of their fancy fairy floss beverages. I wasn’t disappointed. The café lives next to a florist and gardening shop in amongst country surroundings. The café itself is homey and comfortable. It was filled with eager patrons so I was glad I booked a table.
We enjoyed our drinks, meals and desserts. The only thing was we missed out on some desserts we were keen to try like the Turkish Delight Pavlova. As they were busy, the service was a little haphazard and my quinoa corn fritters were slightly burnt but overall it was worth coming back for and a great place to celebrate with friends. Check them out here.
MASSAGES AT LESPEAR, BELLA VISTA
I enjoy a good massage and whilst I’m not a fan of Thai stretching massages, their approach to massages is calming, relaxing and thorough. Hubby and I enjoyed our Aromatherapy Oil massages with hot stones and my favourite, sweet Burdock root Tea. LesPear are worth trying for a therapeutic massage experience.
CRUISING ON P&O’S PACIFIC PEARL
I didn’t plan to celebrate my birthday on a cruise but it just so happened we had a group meeting to attend aboard this great ship. I have been cruising before but this one was especially fun given it was the Australia Day weekend and we were with friends. I especially enjoyed the Bianco white party. We danced on the deck, all in white and it was just a great atmosphere. I couldn’t have hoped for a better (somewhat free) party. The party was just missing foam! At one point the DJ’s equipment cut out but apparently we were all dancing and jumping so hard, a connection was affected. It was memorable to dance under the starlit sky. Unfortunately, I and some friends did fall ill to the rocky ship but it was memorable nevertheless. The shows, theme nights, dinner menus, cuisine, staff and even thoughtful signs and balloons at our room was a nice touch.
All in all I had a great birthday weekend and am thankful for another year to live my life filled with family, fun and love. My brother’s birthday is next week and I know he would be proud that I have managed to let go of the grief and sadness and celebrate life and all its beauty.
Here’s to celebrating everyday (if not most) like its your birthday, savouring moments, being grateful and appreciating those we love.