Saturday, April 2, 2011


I think it was Bob Hope who said: "You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake"

But we all love birthdays don't we?

I'm terribly busy collecting them durians, but no way I'm gonna miss my A-Z Challenge - not on the second day anyway. So I had to pass this task to a guest writer. May I present to you grandson Numero Uno:

Hello, my name is Irfan Adam Irwan Shahrin Ismail (just call me Irfan.  My name is long because my papa and Grandpa want their names to be in too).  I am five years old.  Some of you may remember me.  I visited Grandpa's Farm once and wrote about it.  Then one day Grandpa babysit both my cousin Iskandar Zaqwan and me - I wrote about that too.

Grandpa wanted me to write something beginning with the letter B. He said it has to be in by midnight tonight, otherwise he's breaking some kind of rule. (I wonder why adults do Sesame Street stuff...)

I told Grandpa letter B is easy, it's my birthday today!

Easy for me too. The party's just over, so I'll just show you some pictures. Hope you like them.  I'm sorry I cannot show you my presents as I haven't opened them up yet. Tomorrow is schooling day, so I'm off to bed early.

The spread. My mama spent many stressful weeks
preparing for my birthday. Papa had a rough idea that
something big was coming up.

My friend's dad helping her decide
what to eat - too many to choose from!

You are not seeing double - they are my German twin friends

That's me in green, welcoming Aunt Afzan

My papa, mama, and Uncle Ike

My cousin Iskandar Zaqwan and his Mom

Mothers chit-chatting while the children play

Grandpa didn't like cupcakes, until he ate these. Now he's
addicted to them, I think

Aunty Alia who baked the
delicious cakes with her Uncle

Grandpa arrived with his car load of durians. The adults
went crazy and didn't care about us anymore.

Actually I wanted that seat, but I was told
to always give way to ladies.

Zaqwan is still a baby so he cannot join us big people -
he has to play on his own

Some ladies became too hard to handle
so I tried putting them to sleep

I blew the five candles after my
friends sang "Happy Birthday"


Carole Anne Carr said...

Thank you so much for sharing your birthday and the lovely photographs,Irfan. Happy Birthday!

Theres just life said...

Happy birthday Irfan. Looks like everyone had a good time.

Alison Stevens said...

What a beautiful family! Happy birthday Irfan, thanks so much for sharing it with us.

sue said...

A whole ute full of durians. I've never tasted one - someday though perhaps with a nose peg on! Lovely post by Ifran.

Joylene Butler said...

I'm so glad I was able to see just what a special B day it was. The cupcakes look so yummy. Everyone looked to be having a wonderful day. Happy Birthday, Ifran!

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! What a lovely post, thankyou for sharing.

Aishah said...

Happy Birthday Irfan. What a wonderful celebration. Now I know what your Grandpa's name is. I am surprised he was allowed in with that truck load of durian!;) If he had opened up them durians as he said it, I think it would've been a different kind of party;)

Irfan, you are such a lovely boy. You are five today and that is a very big number. Happy birthday again, and maybe you could share with us again what gift Grandpa got you;)

Kari Marie said...

Happy Birthday. Thank you for sharing you pictures!

erica and christy said...

What a wonderful, memorable birthday!! (and I wasn't sure what durians were - at first I thought some kind of money!)

Jingle said...

Happy Birthday to a special kid.

festive smiles..

Kiernan said...

Your grandson is adorable. Happy Birthday to him. :-)

New here - hello!

L'Aussie said...

Hi Grandpa. This is the warmest entry I've read so far. How gorgeous and it's nearly like being there with the lovely pics. Beautiful entry.

My B is up. HOpe you can come by.


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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Irfan. I hope you get lots of cool pressies. :o)


Akelamalu said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Irfan
Happy Birthday to you.

What a lovely party you had!

Talli Roland said...

Aw! Happy birthday, Irfan - looks like a fantastic party!

Wan Sharif said...

salam..beautiful scenes, grandpa, I enjoyed looking at it..the children must be having a blast..happy birthday Irfan..

Happy Frog and I said...

Looks like Irfan had a very happy birthday which is lovely. Also wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate you on you 100 followers :-)

baygirl32 said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like a great time was had by all. (those cupcakes look great)

thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and comment. I look forward to "c"ing you on monday

Grandpa said...

Dear All, thank you so much for all your comments. You know how much I appreciate them.
Yes both children and adults had a great time (of course Irfan's mom had a busy time clearing up after that);

Aishah - I did open some durian and the adults and even a few children enjoyed them. But I was too busy serving to take any photo;

erica and christy - I wish they were truck load of money! lol!

Happy Frog and I - Thank you! It is 101 as I write this, the latest being baygirl32 - thank you!

secret agent woman said...

A belated Happy Birthday to your grandson!

Serena said...

Belated Birthday Wishes, sure looks like you had a great party!

Kittie Howard said...

A belated Happy Birthday, Irfan! Your birthday party looked like lots of fun! Thank you for sharing!

Maria Zannini said...

I hope Irfan had a wonderful birthday. He's adorable too. Wonder where he gets that from. ;-)

Grandpa said...

secret agent woman,
Thank you! And you are welcome.

Maria - he had a whale of a time! I wonder about that too ;)

Lady Jennie said...

Happy Birthday! Those cupcakes do look delish!