51 today | My birthday 2016

I’m 51 today.  It’s been a pretty good day. I woke up at 4.30 with rain falling. 

I started the day with my favourite drink. Coffee made with condensed milk.

Happy birthday to me


My birthday breakfast was a simple omelet

Birthday Cheese omelet
Birthday Cheese omelet


I had a Yum Cha lunch with Bron at the Dumpling Inn. Sorry, no photographs.

Birthday viewing

The best view today was a FaceTime session with my daughters.

I also watched a couple of my favourite movies, viz., Crimson Tide and The Hunt for Red October. I like submarine movies especially two movies with Star Trek connections. Can you guess what they are?

Birthday exercise

I went for a walk around Lake Ginninderra. It rained three times, only lightly mind you. It was nice getting wet 51 today.

How is 51 different to 50?

Last year I celebrated my 50th birthday in Brisbane. The highlights of turning 50 in Australia include a faecal occult blood test and for some a colonoscopy

I’ve recently been enjoying some workplace training which has included sessions on persuasion and self awareness. The self awareness session reminded me of the importance of reflection. Birthdays are good for reflection. I spent a good portion of today reflecting on the last year.

Birthday disappointment

My footy team the Brisbane Broncos was defeated by the Cronulla Sharks.

Birthday dinner

I was thinking of making baked salmon but after a huge Yum Cha lunch I settled for a cake. I got the Big Boy from Ricardo’s Cafe and Patisserie

Big Boy from Ricardo's Cafe and PatisserieBig Boy from Ricardo's Cafe and Patisserie split open to show the mousse centre

Other birthday highlights

One of the great things about social media is the messages from friends and contacts. 

I really enjoyed the messages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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Final birthday thoughts

How do you feel about birthdays? Do you celebrate? Do you look forward to them anymore?

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24 Responses

  1. Happy birthday! For women turning 50 is important because it signals the decade of loss. Fertility lost, kids leave home for example. On the other hand these losses had unexpected benefits. It’s a bit like being back in your twenties, with a LOT more free time, less housework and cooking and driving people around and without the period pains. My social life is finally picking up again. Holidays are less family oriented and more about doing what you really want to do. No wonder retirees are so happy!

  2. Happy Birthday, Gary! Looks like you had quiet a day. Good food, good company, and good views all round. Seems that there was no ironing… 😛 I used to celebrate birthdays but over the last ten years, no. I don’t see the fuss. So today for me it was just a day of relaxing around the house and catching up with some people for a short while. The weather was a bit fresh for my liking, but there was sun and blue skies 🙂

    1. Oh I forgot to mention the ironing. Yes, I watched Star Trek and ironed business shirts. I think if it wasn’t for being a food blogger, I’d let the birthday go by but when there is food then I may as well make the most of it. This year was very different to last year. I wonder if I’ll have a party when I’m 61 like a traditional Chinese person might have.

  3. I love birthdays, particularly those of others. I have passed the 50 milestone but am yet to consider I’m old 🙂 Is that birthday cake the Ferraro Roche one? I visited Ricardo’s on my last Canberra visit a few weeks ago. Totally addicted to that cafe . Happy birthday

  4. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lovely day. Apart from the ironing. Yes, I still celebrate my birthdays. I agree they are a great time for reflection too. I will have to try that Ricardo’s cafe now that I’m back in Canberra. That Big Boy looks like a real treasure, what with the burnished gold casing.

    1. Thanks Alex, if I could, I’d be there every weekend for breakfast and the to take home a treat for lunch or dinner (or both). The Big Boy was very good.

    1. Thank you brother. Yes, 50 is the new 30! I think waking up each morning keen to enjoy the day is enough for me.

  5. Happy belated birthday. Love the cake you had. Looks so decadent. I enjoyed turning 50-celebrated in HK overlooking Victoria Harbour. And this year I look forward to another (half) milestone this time celebrating in Canberra.

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