At exactly 2.40am today, forty years ago, I was born in Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya. My mother, Jamaliah Abdul Majid, delivered her first born @ me, through caesarian section, performed by Dr. Ronald S. McCoy (now Dato' Dr. R.S. McCoy, a well known anti-nuke activist).
My mother said, I was already suffocating in the chamber, so Dr. McCoy decided to cut her open, to let me out. Not until two days later, she discovered that I was alive all along (she thought I did not survive!).
Ever since, I started schooling, I was always deprived of a birthday party, unlike my two other siblings. Since mine is at the end of October, when I was growing up, this is the time where final exams are held. So even if my parents held any birthday party for me, most probably the attendees were poor, because of exams week.
So I grew up, without proper birthday celebrations. Like last year, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri fell on my birthday. So almost every Muslim in this region focused on 'Hari Lebaran'.
This year it was different. Today, we had 'Mi Rebus Tuesday' (MRT), the first since seven weeks ago (due to Ramadhan). The usual Mi Rebus was served. Maria had some nasi himpit and lontong made. There were some satay too.
During MRT @ Maria's, the bloggers surprised me! Ahirudin "Rocky" Attan bought a cheesecake from Secret Recipe and we had a mini celebration.
I never would have imagined that Rocky remembered my birthday (I think, most probably my father didn't!). It was nice for them to throw a surpise birthday bash for me. The usual suspects (Nuraina, Zorro, Tony Yew, Elviza, Queen B, Ancient Mariner, Norzu, Raden Galoh, Mat Salo etc) were there. There were new additions like Kerp and Jasni Abd. Jalil (Nurin Jazlin's uncle). We also had crime prevention consultant Kamal Affendi. Kamal rendered some very nice hotel-lounge-like numbers on the piano, while we ate lunch and made the ambiance so classy.
*I would like to also wish Mohd. Atrash Azali of Kubu Gajah, Sg. Buloh, Shah Alam, Selangor, my friend during forms one and two, for sharing the same birthday as me. Also to HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah Mustain-billah Ibni Almahrum Sultan Abu Bakar, Sultan of Pahang who is also born today, 77 years ago.
The United Nations was formed in San Francisco today, in 1945 after the end of WW II.