Except for Hubby and Caila (who, again, were at work and school), all of us met up on the morning of the 14th of April last year and headed to The Farm at Al Barari so that we could have a late breakfast and early lunch. Mama loves the greenery at The Farm (it's one of her favorite restaurants in Dubai) which was also why we chose to eat there instead of somewhere near the city. Our table was outside of the main restaurant, but because summer had already started, they had closed the area with glass doors and installed an airconditioner in the (somewhat) private room.
When we decided it was time for us to go, we tried to convince the bird to leave as well. It wouldn't. Until finally upon my sister's instructions, Gabe (I think) took the bird in his hands and handed it to Mama. Then we all stood behind her and watched as she let the bird go.
We then headed to Miracle Garden so that our family of tourists could visit another famous landmark, and because it's also another of Mama's favorite places in Dubai.
It was already afternoon and getting really hot so we eventually separated with plans of meeting up again for dinner later. The grownups and Sophie went to our home, while Mama's grandchildren went with Ate Ning to her apartment.
That night we gathered at La Mesa, Asiana Hotel...finally complete with Hubby and Caila. Of course, more surprises were in store for the celebrant.
|greeting on the television screens|
|servers with a cake singing Happy Birthday (again!)|
|teary eyed while looking at her bouquet of flowers|
|grandkids singing a song from the yesteryears|
It was definitely a day full of love for our dear Mama. And although she cried several times, for sure they were all tears of joy because her heart was so full of happiness...for our efforts to make her day a memorable one, and most especially because our family was finally complete to celebrate her birthday with her.
Part 1 of Mama's 75th birthday can be read here.
Part 2 of Mama's 75th birthday can be read here.
Part 3 of Mama's 75th birthday can be read here.