Friday, April 30, 2010
Six days before my actual birthday, I was given a surprise party by the Level 1 students at Apex. The five girls in the class bought me 31 roses and a chocolate cake. Needless to say, I was quite surprised at the gesture since we had one more class before my actual real birthday.
My second 31st Surprise Birthday party came two days later during my Level 2 class at Apex. On this occasion I wasn't very surprised because, well, almost all of my students showed up on time which is a rarity. Generally people trickle in for about ten minutes once class time is scheduled to start. On this day most of the class was seated at their desks with mischievous grins on their faces. Huyen told me that she needed my help downstairs in dealing with the landlord for the school. Immediately I knew something strange was brewing because Huyen is a terrible liar. Eventually Huyen got me to go downstairs with her and then almost right away said we could go back upstairs. As we approached my classroom door I saw that the lights were out on the inside and made a joke to Huyen about the oddity of the power having gone off when we left the room. After teasing Huyen for another couple of seconds, I went inside and was greeted to my second surprise 31st birthday party.
This was a great way to spend my pre-birthday. However the icing on the cake was to be the motorbike trip over the next few days...