THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND SURPRISE

If you regularly follow Ashar and me, you’ve already noticed that we’ve been away for a while, like for 2 weeks, if I’m not wrong. Believe me or not, we’ve remembered posting every single day and missed writing as well. Still, the situation isn’t always the same.

They say every day is new, so here I am back writing on my desktop with my mind’s ideas. To communicate with you and share what my husband and I were up to!

Today was one of the lazy days that I’d prefer not to have around in the future. You know those days when nothing feels good, the brain is in a sleeping mode, and all our body wants is to stretch on the bed for the whole day. But this is the rare day. In the end, I cooked yummy dinner and writing as one of the kids is calmly snoring while the other just jumping around.

Not all days are the same in life, right? We had today, but we had SATURDAY as well that I ADORE entirely! You’re thinking, what was so special? Well, if you read the title, I’m telling you about my birthday celebration in this post. YAYY!!

This happened last Saturday though my birthday was on Sunday. All the credit goes to my adorable husband. Our original plan was to celebrate on Sunday, but our Sunday was a mess. In some other post, I’ll tell you what actually happened to us on Sunday that the celebration did not go as planned.

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My birthday celebration was not extravagant in terms of spending money. We invited no one on my birthday. Instead, we celebrated at home, just at 12 AM on Saturday night to Sunday morning. Just me, hubby and our son blowing candles (that we already had from before) and a home-made cake that I originally made for my son. My husband did not buy me anything but care and time. Though there was something more that I wasn’t aware of on the Saturday afternoon. Don’t worry, you’ll get to know soon; just keep reading.

A week before, my husband asked me, ‘What would you like for your birthday?’ And I’m like, ‘Nothing much, just some fine dine out.’ Obviously, I wasn’t interested in cooking the same food at home. Yes, I love cooking, and my original plan was to bake a Chicken Lasagne at home, but soon I realized that my husband and I must avoid Cheese and Fat for now.

Coming back to the gift, so he asked me to tell him something other than the food, and I go, ‘The only thing I adore is to eat out. Yes, I’m a foody’. I told him to take me to THAILAND.

What? No, don’t get me wrong! I asked him to go to ‘Thailand Restaurant,’ a unique Thai restaurant in our suburb, not overseas!

My hubby noted my request and said, ‘means I have to get something for you I won’t tell you.’ And I go, ‘But I really don’t want anything. I always get the pocket money from you and spends with my wish; why would I bother asking you something special?’. But he’s a good man. He kept what he wanted to surprise me within his mind.

On Saturday, he asked me to go somewhere I was unaware of. He lied that he needs to buy himself shoes. I’m like, ‘but why I’m going, mate!’ He did not answer. I ran up and got ready instantly. I’ve never been that prompt before!

We finally arrived at the Mall, and I asked him at the entrance, ‘Where are we going? The Adidas Store is on the right, not straight’. And he asked me to keep moving. I was quite familiar with the Shopping Centre, so I started getting a vibe of what was going on. Guess what? He was taking me to the HAIR SALON!

YAY YAY! I was waiting for the moment he reveals because I was extraordinarily happy within, but I wanted to be sure. And my guess was RIGHT!

Do you get enough time for self-care? Especially if you’re a Mom, and you take care of the family. Is it hard, right? Due to the COVID-19, I did not have hair color and trimmed done for the past 6 months from the Salon. Though I was dying my hair and trimmed at home every 2 months. But it doesn’t give as finished look as it does with a Salon Dye. So, I had foils plus hairstyling and blew dry. The whole process was so relaxing!

Gifts from the Family

For me, it does not matter how much he spent on my hair foils or whether or not he bought me a designer dress and a branded jewelery. Being his life partner, I’m most proud that he clearly understands my needs without telling him. He knew what I was planning to do for long, and he simply surprised me. This was a sweet little gesture that I could not thank him enough. But this wasn’t the only one; we still had a dine out at my favorite restaurant the next day!

To my husband: 

“I’m so proud of you. I just wanted to tell you in case no one has”.

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A CELEBRATION TO NEVER MISS…

Do you know how to celebrate special occasions during the lockdown? Since March this year, everything has changed due to the pandemic. Our everyday life isn’t the same anymore. We’re now getting accustomed to so many new habits and changes that we’ve never thought of before, like I’m studying online from the past six months, though I’ve never had to experience this, and online learning was a taboo for me a while ago.

EID DAY 2020

One of those changes is the way we celebrate Eid (a major Muslim festival) this year. This weekend, we were very busy with the joyful activities of Eid-ul-Azha. However, we’ve been unable to visit many people’s homes since the government is raising restrictions again in New South Wales, after the sudden rise of virus cases in the State of Victoria.

But this is Eid, the day that occurs just once in a year, and we don’t want to miss a single opportunity in making a unique and memorable day. Everything is essential, from special Eid prayers and new dresses to flavorsome food and exchanging gifts.

Eid brings back a bunch of memories from childhood. I remember back in the days when I was a teenager, I used to visit every house on my street to get a glimpse of animals they’ve got to sacrifice. The brown goats were always my favorite (they are too innocent by face) and those attractive white cows with black polka dots all over their body and a large black mark around one of the eyes. Not only were the animals the exciting stuff, but the noise of children that used to echo everywhere in town when someone brings a cow from the farm into their home. Childhood is indeed the most joyful time of everyone’s life.

So we had Eid on Saturday, just two days ago. I was both excited and fearful. It’s exciting because it’s a celebration day and a day to sacrifice for the sake of God and protect our wealth from evil eyes. But fearful because we’re trying our best to keep social distancing, and Eid is all about meeting with the loved ones.

Anyhow its all about how we manage to do certain things and adapt to certain situations. So, my husband and I decided to invite only brother and sister on the Eid day rather than inviting many other friends (we missed them so much!).

Eid day is incomplete without having a luxurious feast, which is usually to serve a beef or mutton meal to the guests. I was more interested in frying a liver for my guests. Though I had to accept that I always messed this one up, I overcook this particular dish. Share me a recipe of the beef liver in the comments, please.

After discussing for long, my husband and I decided to make a meat Lentil soup (aka Beef Haleem), especially for the Eid. Beef Haleem takes about three to four hours before it gets ready for serving. I was a little freaked out with this one too, as I’ve never made a Beef Haleem in the past (though my husband is an expert). I gave it a try, and to my surprise, everyone loved the way it was cooked in just three hours! I could see my guests licking fingers and mentioning all the good things about Haleem. I felt so relieved, so calm. But my husband did look at it as well before serving, so it was a stress reliever at the same time.

Not only Beef Haleem, but I made another famous food as well. After all, Eid is our Cheat day! Meaning, we allowed ourselves to what whatever we like, and we crave for.

BEEF HALEEM WITH GREEN GARNISHINGS

Anyway, we spent the rest of the day talking and making giggles and laughs all over. It was such a pleasant evening. The day ended with my friend’s WhatsApp call, telling me all the great activities she had throughout the day.

Life teaches a lesson everyday life is itself a great trainer. It trains us for many things that we’ve never considered learning before. As the human proceed to maturity, he trains himself in a certain way. It’s all about being able to and accepting to learn. So what I learned with trying out new meals on the Eid day is that we all have to face the fear at any stage. Coming out of a bubble is a tough work, not being able to come out of that bubble puts ourselves into more trouble anyway, because when the bubble bursts at some stage of life, we find ourselves helpless and alone. So start facing your fear from today. If you’re aware of your weakness, face it, and try to cope with it.

Here’s a reminder for all of us:

“You don’t have to be great to start, BUT you have to start to be great” –ZIG ZIGLAR

I hope this article gave you something to learn.

Thank U GIF by Denyse®

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