Around 3:30am on Friday, while I was somewhere in dreamland, my phone suddenly rang…it was Mama calling all the way from the Philippines jokingly telling me to wake up because that was the time I came out into the world. Actually, it wasn’t. I was born 12 o’clock midnight PNG time (that’s 4 hours ahead of Philippines and 8 hours ahead of UAE), but of course I still appreciated what she did. After a few hours, we all woke up to get ready to attend the 7:15am mass at St. Mary’s Church, then we went back home to have breakfast and to get ready, and at 12:45pm, we were in front of Radisson Blu. My sister arrived just a few minutes later.
The restaurants were located on the 2nd floor, and upon arriving, Caila was given a balloon and small pack of sweets. After we were seated at our table in La Moda near the terrace, we walked around to help ourselves with the wide international food selection. The first thing we tried was the Peking Duck, and it was delicious! There were 2 rolls per individual plate and we all finished ours within minutes. After that, I just tried everything: bread, fajitas, tempura, grilled seafood, pasta, pizza, roast beef, salad, waffles, etc…even some stuff from the Kids Buffet! Unfortunately, by the time I had finished, I was too full to try anything from the dessert area, as tempting as they looked. And to think there was even halo-halo! Darn!
While resting, we looked around the forms of entertainment that were going on around us. A staff was offering face-painting to the kids, a live band was playing, there was a play room that had a Little Tikes house, video games, and a mini soccer table, and a magician performed some tricks (although we didn’t get to see him because by the time we found out there was a magician, the band had returned…much to our daughter’s dismay).
A few minutes after we returned to our table, 2 servers came over with a chocolate cake singing Happy Birthday. Of course it was nice, but a bit embarrassing because there were a lot of diners. What immediately followed was the traditional blowing of the candles (I noticed that they put three, just like last year when we celebrated in Hana Restaurant), picture-taking, and cutting and