Abbas and I were very helpless this year that we couldn’t do much to celebrate Mantam’s bday. We didn’t even know many people. We told them their birthday celebration would be very limited this year as their parents didn’t have a job. Tammu replied “It’s okay Mumma. Let’s change our birthday and celebrate once you both get jobs.” We were planning to celebrate with A & S but there was some tension piling up between the two of them. But we did decide on going together to a beach as Mantam had been asking to be taken to the beach ever since we landed. On 8th of June early morning, I woke up to make a simple chocolate cake with bare minimum ingredients I had on hand. I also made some chicken tikka filling, cut some chillies, lemon and roasted the store brought tortillas and packed them to carry along. We also packed some snacks, juice, paper plates, towels, Mantam’s swimsuit and also a pair of party gowns that an ex-colleague of Abbas had gifted before we left Kol. We wanted to cut the cake with Kelly and Mendell but they already had some plans and were leaving before us. When we told them that it was Mantam’s bday, they quickly went back in with two cute envelopes with $10 each and a cute little pen each. They even sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Mantam and then left. I kept a big chunk of cake for them to eat when they would come back.
We caught a train from Gordon in which A & S were already there. We then reached Wynyard (pronounced winyard) and changed a train to Circular Quay (pronounced Key) and from there took a ferry to Manly. The ride on the ferry was amazing as you may see in the pics below. We were mesmerized. On alighting from the Ferry, we had to walk a short distance to the beach. We could see seagulls all around. Mantam changed into their swimsuits and plunged in to the water. It was very cold and they still managed to stay in the water for a considerable amount of time. But when they came out, they were terribly shivering. Abbas and A quickly went to get them changed. We then assembled the tortilla wraps and S had brought some boiled eggs with salt and pepper. We initially planned to cut the cake there but as it was getting colder, we decided to go to A & S’s home and do the cake cutting there. We reached at around 7 I believe and all of us were dead tired. But Mantam were full of energy as they wanted to change into the pink party gowns that they badly wanted to wear from so long. Abbas and A went out to get some food for dinner. Once they came back, we cut the cake, had dinner and stayed there that night. Mantam were extremely happy at the end of the day. We were feeling blessed that we had kids who were so adaptable and very easy to please.