Sunday, January 11, 2009

sundays with sarah

Our Sundays are usually spent at home cooking up some experimental cuisine with friends, reading a book, catching up with blogs or doing marathons of Heroes or CSI. But this Sunday is special... aside from having really cool, crisp weather (the mercury tipped at only 16 degrees!) , it's also the birthday of a dear friend - Sarah, who also happens to be my wife's boss.

She was actually my boss when I first moved in Cambodia as a graphic designer for a hotel, but after a year, I decided to quit and put up my own graphic design studio. But unlike other bosses who would shake you off their lives after you resign from work, Sarah on the other hand, supported this decision all the way and loaned me ALL the money I needed to start up - from purchasing computers, cameras, printers and all! Now where can you find a boss like that?

So on her special day, we all ran our heads and hands together to give her a special bash...


We took advantage of the cold winter winds from China and set up our garden with a neo-Khmer barbecue- themed feast. I bought two ceremonial umbrellas from the market, 10 meters of fabric, and voila! Instant garden lounge!


The debutante - just turned eighteen. Again! :-)

Sarah has actually just recently returned to Cambodia after stints in China and Malaysia. Now, my wife works for her at the Sothea where she is the General Manager. Still looking cool after recovering from a major flu after returning from a weeklong trip in Cannes, France two weeks ago.


Faith, Freedom and Brother Bear


Don, down with a major upset stomach since yesterday still managed to pull his designer pants together to join the celebration. He took care of the cake.



the feast begins!


Fare consisted of grilled seafood, grilled pork, vegetarian elbow macaroni soup, couscous, tuna salad, fresh mangoes and strawberries as well as a plethora of ice cream and desserts.


Freedom had chocolate crispies for starters and had half a tub of ice cream for his entree.


Slam dunking a strawberry whole... my three year old eats anything and everything!


Chilling out after lunch. Sarah went to the orphanage with Olive and Savourn thereafter while Faith and Don went on with their usual vintage shopping ritual at the Psar Krawlajn.

We wanted to invite U2 for a private concert for her birthday but we couldn't afford that just yet.... so from the bottom of our hearts and our Havaianas... Happy Birthday Sarah!

31 comments:

fuchsiaboy said...

win! fun, fun, fun!

we have to do another outdoor set-up for your birthday!

blagadag said...

naglalaway ako sa fud.

oy, parents na mahabagin, careful kayo. uso ngayon ang diabetes sa mga bata. bantayan ang kalusugan ng minamahal, okay?

hapi birtde na rin kay madam sarah.

kudos to the organizer. you ar so thoughtful loven. no wonder your names connotes pagmamahal. wagi!

chezza said...

I like the mixture of colors from the fabrics to the food! You definitely have the best summer in winter! Luuv fresh strawberries with cream, yum!

Dakilang Islander said...

naglaway ako sa mangga..ang sarap tingnan sa picture...pangit kasi ng mga maangga dito

lucas said...

waaa! ang saya naman... hindi niyo na kailangang lumabas ng bahay to chill out..hehe!

ANG CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE ni FREEDOM. :)

the spool artist said...

@fuschiaboy: thinking about my bday gives me the creeps! don't wanna turn a year older anymore!

@blagadag: oo nga, we are getting worried on him screaming for chocolates and sweets all the time... we're trying to put him on diet already!

@chezza: yeah, this is the only time we're enjoying the weather here... come march, it'll be hell on earth here again! yup, strawberries and cream are just a sinful combo... we all love it!

@dakilang islander: the only problem with mangoes here is that they are all sweet! kahit green na mangga dito matamis!

@lucas: trying to do cost cutting kaya sa bahay na lang nag chi-chill-out! hehehe

Rafe T said...

I love an outdoor brunch especially with gilded parasols! So chic!
btw, I also linked you.

the spool artist said...

thanks rafe!

KRIS JASPER said...

Can she be my boss too? we'll just skip the application, work and resignation part. We'll just go straight to her giving me some monies.

:)

You had a nice weather in there. In here, it's starting to brighten up though my brain's still dim.

the spool artist said...

ha! you wish! :-)

yup, this is perhaps the best time of the year here and we are enjoying the great weather. i'm glad birmingham is brightening up. a few more degrees and it'll thaw you in no time! cheers.

Borneo Falcon said...

Sarah looks like a nice person to work with.

the spool artist said...

she really is!

PUSANG-gala said...

this is a fun picnic---in the grass---with those odd looking cahir---I mean beautiful ha.wlakasi sa PInas nyan.keke

pero ang hipon kuya Loven---ever present....and freedom always have this bear with him talaga ha. I remember there are so many of them with different names~~~

the spool artist said...

hipon is always a staple here sa bahay! yup, freedom always brings with him Brother Bear- his favorite stuffed friend!

Jake said...

the works! aliw! :)

Blue Rose said...

wow! galing naman. nakakagutom naman yon pagkain nyo.

extend my belated birthday greetings to sarah.

the spool artist said...

thanks jake and blue rose!

Dennis Villegas said...

Yummy!!! Sarap ng foods! happy Birthday to Sarah, she looks gorgeous!

the spool artist said...

thanks dennis... she will surely be elated with your greetings and comments!

oo7 said...

loved that shot of your son..



[v] aka oo7
http://dewdropandleaves.blogspot.com/

alex said...

i love freedom! so cute ^^

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hey yeah loven do that illusion thing soon that'll be cool

kegler747 said...

Wow! parang nainggit ako dto ah. Sana boss ko din si Sarah ;)

the spool artist said...

@007: thanks rainboy!

@alex: oo nga, i'm thinking of new ways for the illusion shots... wala pa yatang willing na models dito! hehehe.

@kegler747: hindi pwede... nauna na kami! hehehe.

wanderingcommuter said...

hampey bewtdey sarah...


naiinggit ako sa umbrella niyo. seriously, gusto ko ng ganyan... huhuhu. sana may nabibili niyan sa pilipinas!!!


waaaahhh

REDLAN said...

Belated happy birthday kay Sarah! SObrang nag enjoy si freedom ah.

the spool artist said...

@wandering commuter: i don't think binibenta to sa atin... if only it's not that heavy, i could bring one for you when i go back home on march... but that thing is like 10 kilos each!

@redlan: oo nga, mas nag enjoy si freedom sa picnic than anyone of us! :-)

the donG said...

astig! talagang U2 ang guest. hehehe... ang cool ng party na to. pinoy na pinoy ang dating.

Olivia said...

thanks dong. well, ang U2 eh wish lang yan... matayog man, eh papangarapin pa rin dahil libre lang! lol.

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