Joanne is our clan’s prima donna.
I remember her 28th birthday. She celebrated it for 1 month! And when it is her birthday, the world is at her mercy. Of course, everyone has their birth rights to enjoy. For Joanne, she just want to be happy, happy and more happy!
For the past couple of days, I was kinda worried how to please this "queen". She has lots of expectation, I believe. For days, I have been pondering what should I get for her…. Coincidentally, we was in Shanghai last year on 25th March 2006. So, that was like a "birthday trip" for her. And it was so coincident that she is here (again!) this year… I have no idea what to offer her this time.
Nothing beats "sincerity", I am sure. Last night, we were watching the Chinese movie "Happy Birthday" (man, dun know why Joanne picked such a sad love story). At 11:58pm, I excused myself to get some snacks and drinks for us. At the stroke of 12, I walked out of my kitchen with a cake, lighted with candles. Dun think that was a big surprise for Joanne. Still, she got that bright cheerful smile on her face.
Today was a packed day for Joanne.
My primary school friend was here. I brought 2 of them all over Shanghai (from the Bund to People’s Square, from Pudong to Puxi). It was such a tiring but fun day. By 6pm, Joanne was half "dead-tired". Juliana called her, asking her about her day. Joanne answered "Sian lor, so boring and tired
". I tell you, I came this close ><, wanting to kick her down HuangPu River.
What Joanne didn’t know is Francis and Echo have planned a surprise party for her.
At 9pm, I have to trick her to go to Francis’ house (on the reason that Echo and Francis are moving house and needed our help). So, what is the surprise? I tell you.. it is the most spectacular surprise ever.
Francis greeted us at the estate gate. He walked us to his apartment block. Just as we stopped at his block, we heard a loud explosion right above our heads!!! (To be honest, Francis never prep us for this. Both Joanne and me got a bad shock instead of a surprise. I almost jump into the nearby bush to take cover!) And that was when Francis screamed "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to Joanne, we realised what happened. Up above our heads, colourful and dazzling fireworks filled the night sky. It was magical! (Echo was at the other end, firing the fireworks).
We fired about 100 shots into the dark sky. Joanne had her 1st taste of firework. Like most 1st-timer, it was a scary experience for Joanne – and we expected it! (Mmmm..all Singaporeans really scare of dying..their 1st reaction is always like this "Safe or not huh?") After the fireworks, we went back to Francis’s house for birthday cake cutting.
Is our prima donna happy? I don’t know. But I certainly know she is happier and less lonely here. Caffeine Shanghai loves her a lot.