Friday, September 05, 2008

5:56 PM

I am 18!

In Singapore, turning 18 is a huge milestone for anyone. The most common (may be all) "benefits" are watching/buying M18 movies, drinking, smoking, buying glue, driving, betting, donate blood without parents permission, self-enlist in the army, get married (for guys) and getting a supplementary credit card. (Let me clarify, the voting age in Singapore is 21.)

Well, the only secret I can reveal here is that I did three of the above before the legal age. No prizes for getting it right in the first try, and dun hound me for the answer.

My birthday celebration by my class was 5 days ago so that was an early surprise. A whole slew of messages I received today. Many creative gifts, some physical, virtual, delayed and unclassifiable. I'm sure all of you know who you are!

The first thing my parents did was to ask me to buy 4D (with my father's assistance). Surprisingly, the storekeeper didn't even bother to check my age. The original plan was to let me gain the experience of getting drunk. But that has to wait in view of the coming prelims.

My parents treated my whole family out to lunch at the Tampines IKEA. They knew I had a craving for those tasty meatballs there. I did not get a cake and I did not force for one. But they bought mooncakes since that forgotten dunno what Chinese festival is coming. Mooncakes also cake what? Of course we did not go to the extreme of putting candles on the mooncake!

My younger sister made this for me.

I really bought the three 4D numbers you see there except 8888 which was unsurprisingly sold out.

I love you sis and family! And to all my friends who remembered it! I will not forget this day!

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