Mary Moh’s Birthday Surprises

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Birthday joy

Birthday joy

It’s my birthday today…yeah!! I’m  a year older, hopefully a year wiser. It’s such a thrill to receive birthday wishes from all over the world. A friend back home sent me a triple greeting….Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and my Birthday. He called it ‘triple happiness’. I fully agree with him. I think this has been a special and awesome season for me….great time with my friends, lots of special attention from my hubby and children and of course lots of special gifts, one of them being my new Apple computer!

My niece from Australia sent me a birthday message which ended saying, ”A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.” That’s really so true. I’m going to enjoy the next 365 days before my next birthday comes! At least I know I’m still going to enjoy my blogging and of course on my every journey, I’ll Keep Learning and Keep Smiling!

The cat celebrate my birthday too.

Joy's cat celebrates my birthday, too.

I have to admit that I have been having too much fun for the past few days that I had not had much time with my blog. So sorry about it, but I totally deserve it, right? Thanks a lot to everyone of you who continued to visit my blog and leaving comments while I have been a little quiet. I’ll catch up after this.

The dog celebrates my birthday

Joy's dog celebrates my birthday, too

And here’s something really beautiful. Joy from Joylicious at wrote a blog post, specially for my birthday. When I emailed Joy a few weeks ago asking her if she can be my guest blogger for my birthday, her reply came within minutes with an excited ‘YES’! She really made my day. I knew I would be in for a real great surprise from her. She chose to make a beautiful dessert specially for my birthday… sweet of her! The cake looked fantastic….has to be my favourite cake! Thanks very much, Joy! Besides, I really love her adorable cat and dog that celebrate with me…haha. Don’t they look cute and photogenic?

Joy had worked so hard through the Chinese New Year on this guest post…… just for me. I really felt so honoured. I felt so bad but yet so touched by her enthusiasm and love. However…..she didn’t understand what guest blogging is as this is her first time and she posted it on her blog instead of mine! We had a good laugh and decided to leave it that way. You can read it at

Joy’s name really suits her. She has brought much joy to me ever since I came to know her a few months ago. She’s very sweet and very friendly. What a joy to know her through blogging! Her blog posts, her comments on my blog and also her replies to comments on her blog always bring big smiles to my face. I really love her vibrant life, humour and all the funny pictures on her blog apart from all the mouth-watering recipes and food pictures. I’m sure no one can ever get bored or have a chance to get depressed around her! You need to visit her blog, more so if you have a bad day…haha. Her blog is utterly inspirational and entertaining. So please visit her blog to read more, get the recipe and leave comments.

How do you usually celebrate your birthday? What was your best birthday like? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Quote of the day……

“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.”


Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Divina  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary. Age is just a number. Good to have an apple computer for your birthday. I actually hope we can taste the cake that Joy baked for you. And you’re right, joy is truly a joy. Have a great day and year ahead. :)

penny aka jeroxie  on February 16th, 2010

Happy birthday dear! How lucky for you to have Joy make you a birthday cake. YUM!

3hungrytummies  on February 16th, 2010

Happy birthday!! Great photos!

Sushma Mallya  on February 16th, 2010

Many Many happy returns of the day Mary,hope u have a great year ahead filled with lots of love & happiness and may all your dreams come true…have a lovely day…

Sushma Mallya  on February 16th, 2010

And thats a beautiful cake,and so sweet of joy to make it for you…

zurin  on February 16th, 2010

happy birthday dear Mary!!n may u be blessed with good health, prosperity and happiness ever after (^^)

pegasuslegend  on February 16th, 2010

happy birthday what a fun post~

Trissa  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday! What a great gift you received - I would love a new computer for my birthday too (hint hint hope my husband reads this!). Anyway, wishing you many happy birthdays to come!

kristy  on February 16th, 2010

Wishing many happy returns!
I’m about heading back home in another few more hours. Really tired!
Best wishes, Kristy

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on February 16th, 2010

Happy happy birthday Mary! Wishing you a truly wonderful year ahead! Us Aquarians are pretty awesome, aren’t we? ;)

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on February 16th, 2010

Happy birthday!!!

You two are both sweet souls! What a creative idea to celebrate your birthday!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday!
LOL The cat and dog are so fun!

Mary  on February 16th, 2010

@Divina - Thanks very much. Totally agree with you….wish we can taste the cake. Well, I’m savouring the picture though :D

@Penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much. One of the reason why my birthday this year is the best…..such a beautiful birthday cake by Joy :D

@3hungrytummies - Thank you very much :)

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much. Yes, I hope all my dreams come true :D I love the cake too….best I’ve seen so far. I’m really thankful to Joy.

@zurin - Thanks very much :)

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much:)

@Trissa - Thanks very much. I really hope your husband sees this post :P

@kristy - Thanks very much for singing the birthday song to me :D It’s not belated. Today is the actual day even on your time. I hope you have good rest when you reach home.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Thanks very much. Totally agree with you…we are awesome :D But are we naughty & mischievous? …haha

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Thanks very much. Joy really made my birthday very special. Really love her post…interesting and funny :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much. Yes, the dog and the cat really make me laugh :D

Food o' del Mundo  on February 16th, 2010

How nice to have a virtual friend who will bake for you ;-) ~Mary

lululu  on February 16th, 2010

Happy birthday, Mary!
Doesn’t it feel grateful to have tons of friends join in the celebration?!
All the best!

Chaya  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday. Take this as a present. I could print every recipe on your blog; they all look and sound so good. Hats off to you.

To years of health, happiness and great cooking and baking.

joylicious  on February 16th, 2010

-_- I feel so silly…
I am happy you like your cake :) And even happier to hear you had such a great time celebrating AND got an apple computer!

Happy Birthday Mary I hope the new year will bring you even more happiness, love and prosperity. Sorry again for the confusion, it must’ve been a case of the brain farts. ^_^

Drick  on February 16th, 2010

happy belated birthday - sorry I missed this post yesterday … I know you had a wonderful day with such a positive view that you have, everyday that you post is like a birthday gift to us….we keep learning all while smiling because of you….

Roti n Rice  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Maryand many, many happy returns! Glad to hear that you had a great time and you truly deserve to take a few days off. :)

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary! Hope you are having a lovely day. That’s a great post that Joylicious did for you. I especially like the cat in the party hat!

Reeni  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Mary! May all your wishes come true!

5 Star Foodie  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mary!!! Have a wonderful celebration!

SKip to Malou  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday… happy happy birthday… happpy happy birthday to you!!!! Cheers!

Peter  on February 16th, 2010

Wow, what a joy! Double happiness I heard most of the time. Treble happiness, it’s really a joyful celebration for you. Happy birthday :)

Sarah Naveen  on February 16th, 2010

Excellent pics..
happy Birthday Dear!!!

Lauren @ CoffeeMuffins  on February 16th, 2010

Hope you have a wonderful birthday! All the best to you :)

Mary  on February 16th, 2010

@Food o’ del Mundo - Thanks very much. You are very right. That just makes blogging all the more fun and meaningful :D

@lululu - Thanks very much. Totally agree with you….even the animals joined in the fun :D I’m just so happy today!

@Chaya - Awww…that’s so sweet of you….very encouraging! Thanks very much. You’ve just made my birthday even better :D

@joylicious - Oh no, don’t feel bad. You did such an awesome post for me…the pictures, the write-up and all the beautiful thoughts put into it. I really like it. Thanks very much again. Really appreciate what you have done. You have made my birthday more fun and meaningful. I have been drooling over the cake and laughing at the cat & dog today :D

@Drick - Oh no….you are not too late…thank goodness…haha. It’s still 16th Feb on my side. Come on, heave a big sigh of relief LOL. Thanks very much for such lovely compliment! You have made my birthday very special indeed :D I have been smiling lots today :P

@Roti n Rice - Haha….thanks for your support. I hope I have not become lazy. I need to catch up :P Thanks very much for greetings too.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Thanks very much, Sarah! Totally agree with you that Joy wrote a great birthday post for me. She really made my birthday very special indeed! Both the cat and dog look so funny :D

@Reeni - No, you are still in time. It’s still 16th Feb on my side. Thanks very much for the greetings! You have just added to my happiness :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much! :)

@SKip to Malou - Thanks very much! :)

@Peter - Thanks very much, Peter! Yes, it’s fun to have so many happiness to celebrate. Imagine if my wedding anniversary is also this time….would be quadruple happiness!! :D

@Sarah Naveen - Thanks very much! :)

@Lauren @ CoffeeMuffins - Thanks very much! :)

Juliana  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary! And Many more to come :-) Lovely pictures!

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 16th, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you have an AWESOME birthday! :)

Ellie  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary!

TasteHongKong  on February 16th, 2010

Happy Birthday Mary!
You deserved more happy moments to come. Please take your time, I’d always love to come back here as usual.
Have a great great year of Tiger!

Mary  on February 17th, 2010

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :)

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! It has been a fun day :D

@Ellie - Thanks very much, Ellie!

@TasteHongKong - Awww… sweet of you :D Thanks very much! Tiger year…yes….a year to roar LOL

noobcook  on February 17th, 2010

Happy belated birthday and also Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! :) How sweet of your friend to blog about your birthday, and the photo of the dog balancing a cupcake is soooo cute!

Cheah  on February 17th, 2010

Happy Belated B’day, Mary! Just have some time to myself after all the travelling and visiting to relatives, in-laws admist the traffic jam along the way.

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 17th, 2010

Belated Happy Birthday. A birthday in conjunction with Valentine’s and CNY? What a great way to celebrate your special day. That cake is beautiful. I just love the colors, they’re so striking.

Not too many people know when my birthday is over here! Because the tradition over here is the birthday celebrant is required to treat everybody! And I’ve met a few who really INSIST on treating them out for lunch/dinner cos it was my birthday. The only ones who know when my birthday is (here in PH) are the ones whom I’m close to.

Mimi  on February 17th, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Mary. Have a wonderful year.

Mary  on February 17th, 2010

@noobcook - Thanks very much! It’s still counted :D. I love the cat and dog photos too. They really know how to pose well :D

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! It’s stil counted :D I hope you had a great Chinese New Year. Must be tiring with all the jam and travelling. Hope you had rested well.

@The Kitchen Masochist - Thanks very much! It’s still counted :D I love the cake too. Joy is very creative and a very lovely friend too. Wow, the culture there is really different. I always thought that other people celebrate your birthday. I thought birthday is a day to be pampered by others. I think you have to move here to be my neighbour. I will celebrate for you :D

@Mimi - Thanks very much, Mimi! It’s still counted :D

Julie Lynn  on February 17th, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mary!! Sorry to be late wishing you a happy birthday. That cake is beautiful! And the pets are adorable. =)

Light Delight with TouTou  on February 17th, 2010

Happy Birthday to you Mary!!! it’s such a coincidence of the trip celebration!!! that’s so lucky!!!

Blackswan  on February 17th, 2010

Oops, I’m late! Happy belated birthday, Mary :)
What a great bday & I’ve enjoyed reading your post!

Mary  on February 18th, 2010

@Julie Lynn - Thanks very much, Julie! It’s still counted :D I’m really thankful to Joy for the awesome birthday cake and all the beautiful pictures.

@Light Delight with TouTou - Thanks very much, Tou Tou! Sure lucky this year….hehe. But next year will only be a double celebration :D

@Blackswan - Thanks very much, Shirley! Still counted :D Thanks very much, too, for your lovely compliment. Makes my birthday ever more special :D

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on February 18th, 2010

Happy belated birthday to you and also Happy Chinese New Year!

Giles, Anyone For Seconds?  on February 19th, 2010

Happy Birthday for the other day Mary :)

Mary  on February 19th, 2010

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 - Thanks very much, Janet! It’s still counted :D

@Giles, Anyone For Seconds? - Thanks very much :D

Trisha  on February 20th, 2010

That is a beautiful cake! No cake I’ve ever seen before… it’s fantastic! Hope you had a happy, albeit belated, happy happy birthday!!!

Choclette  on February 22nd, 2010

A belated Happy Birthday. What a wonderful cake - shame you didn’t get to try it. I guess your imagination probably did a pretty good job though.

Mary  on February 22nd, 2010

@Trisha - Thanks very much! I had a great birthday this year. My birthday cake was also the best birthday cake that I’ve seen. A very creative piece of artwork. I feel so honoured :D

@Choclette - Thanks very much! Yes, so sad I didn’t get to taste it :( I had to imagine. I imagined Joy eating my lovely cake!….LOL

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