Today is my birthday and I'm officially 44 years old.
Wow !! What a declaration this is for me.
I've always celebrated my birthday with my family but this year due to Covid-19, I'm stuck here in Vietnam while my family is back home in Malaysia. There's no reason to be unhappy or frustrated about it because we all know why. I guess once I embraced the change and accepted that this is probably my life for at least the next 3 months, there's no point to discuss it.
I'm glad that I still have everyday to look forward too and I'm still here. Though my family is far away but they are always close to my heart and that's the biggest joy. Birthdays come and go, anyhow it's just another 24 hours and tomorrow will come.
Many pray for the lockdown to be over, so that they can go out as being stuck home with their family for weeks and weeks which seems like torture. For me, I wish I had part of that lockdown with my family... Yeah, just part of it. Since I'm such a workaholic and career minded person, being a stay home mom just isn't in my job description. But, I do wish to have more time with my family; especially at times like these.
For me, it's home, to my family. I long to see my 2,000 sqm apartment; where I could see the view of the entire city from my apartment balcony. To go on our breakfast, lunch and dinner outing, even if it's to a local coffee shop down the street. Enjoying our favourite local delicacies such as roti canai, char away teow, prawn mee, yong tau foo and many others. To go shopping in a proper shopping mall and of course, visit my favourite home store, IKEA. The list is just endless...
Most important is spending time with my family; husband and kids, my parents and siblings and also close friends. I miss my parent's cooking especially my dad; he's the Masterchef in our home. Even simple dishes taste fantastic not to mention when he starts his 10-course Chinese menu. I also miss my kitchen... it has been a long time since I baked and cooked a whole menu for family and friends. I used to do that before I took on this job overseas. But now that I have to cook everyday for myself, I tend to shy myself away from cooking at home. I prefer to spend the hours with my family; we laugh, we play card games, we talk and we watch movies together.
This is what I would do once the lockdown is over, countries lifted off the travel restrictions & quarantine and airlines start to fly again. Every other day, I look at the airlines booking schedule and it says flights are temporarily suspended till further notice. I wonder when this will end.
So, for my birthday wish...
I wished that Covid-19 is over and we can all resumed back to our daily life and I can see my family again in person.