Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy 59th Birthday, Dad!!

It's here again! I just looooove the end of March. This is when the two guys in my life will celebrate their birthdays!! My dad's birthday is on the 30th and Kevin's is on the 31st (different years, of course :P). I just realized I don't have a photo of just my dad and Kevin, so here is a family photo taken early last year.

It really sucks that my dad is half away across the globe from us, so we cannot really celebrate his birthday with him. We would usually just buy him a birthday cake online and have it delivered to him. Being so far away from home really cuts down on the choices that we have when it comes to buying a gift for my's either order a cake, order flowers (that's for my mom) or something that the florist would deliver.

This year however, we managed to get something a little bit different. I remember how my dad used to say that a good present is not something that a person needs but something that a person would like but would not have bought it for himself/herself. I read about this online shop in Malaysia called RedRibbon Days a few months ago. The unique thing about this online shop is, they do not sell actual 'gifts' but they sell 'experiences' that you can buy for special occasions. You can choose from a list of experiences that they already have or you can work with the team to tailor an experience that suits your budget and taste. This was just perfect!! We spent quite a lot of time browsing thru the website and even emailed the Pleasure Team from RedRibbon Days to ask a few questions. They were really helpful and professional, I was really impressed with the way they suggested various 'experiences' to suit the budget and occasion.

At last we chose an experience that we thought that my dad will enjoy and decided to get it hand delivered with balloons to my dad on his birthday. We even got to choose the time we wanted it to be delivered and true enough, a lady in a black Aveo arrived at our house at 9:30AM with this for my dad! My dad did say that he was truly impressed with the packaging of the 'experience'.

A red box with three red balloons! Inside the red box was a black envelope sealed with red wax.

My dad opened the envelope to find a voucher with the 'experience' that we bought him. A Traditional English Tea for Two at Carcosa Seri Negara.

We figured that my parents would enjoy some fine English tea and scones with clotted cream at Carcosa (once the official residence of the highest British rep of the Malay states), away from the hustle and bustle of the city on a Saturday afternoon. It might not be an over the top experience but I trust that it will be a pleasant experience for my dad. I hope that he will have a great time, enjoying an elegant but pleasant afternoon with my mom as they soak in some timeless colonial charm.

Dad, may you have a great birthday and we are really sorry that we could not be there to celebrate it with you this year. May God continue to bless you richly and may you also be a blessing to others at home, work and your ministry!




i can cook? said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've been searching for something like that for ages for my mother this coming mother's day !! Now its all solved. Seeing how wonderful the packaging and service is, I have no qualms at all in engaging RedRibbon Days services. Thanks once again!

Charlene n Kevin said...

I'm glad to be of help :D Thanks for dropping by my blog!!