Epilogue: Part 2 – The Best Post Ever Written On My blog Is By 723 People Who Are Not Me

It's humbling, that so many strangers, particularly with the anonymity of the internet, would say a few kind words and in many cases pass on God's love. That's the incredible message Rockstar will grow up to read one day - that people can be nice, Just Because.

I could write til the cows come home and I would still never, ever be able to top what 723 people (and still growing) conveyed in the minute or two of their time together and a few simple, sincere words. For that, dear readers, THANK you. I'm so grateful and overwhelmed.

Oh, and dears - you will get a thank you email individually from me that is not some bcc-ed mass-emailed thing. Even if it takes me the rest of the year to get round to everyone, I don't care, I'll do it somehow.

Totally freaking out that something had gone horribly wrong with my beloved blog - rather than any belief in the kindness of 723 mostly-strangers - speaks loads about my faith in human nature. <shamefaced>

(But honestly, who sees hundreds and hundreds of email notifications and thinks, "Obviously, my husband, child and dog collaborated with 723 virtual strangers to wish me Happy Birthday. How nice. What else could it possibly be?")

More like, " My blog's been stolen. B*stards."

- - -

Back in Changi Airport Singapore...

Kings returns to our table in Kopitiam. "WHERE'S my phone?" "Oh yeah here." He holds the screen up, rather than say, hands it to me. My mailbox is already opened to a Disqus notification message. It reads: Happy Birthday from..... Kings interrupts. "Ok? I still need it -"

"Crap. This Nuffnang guy posted Happy Birthday on my blog? So now anyone who reads that comment will know my birthdate is today??"


"Hey... Don't I barely know this guy, how come he knows my birthdate? Did I put him on my Facebook and forget?"

My husband is not listening. He's already taken back my phone without even looking at me. Can he be more focused on Tim? Worse than someone waiting for Hot New Boyfriend to call back. And - Hang on. Did I just see..... 76 new emails? In 45 minutes? I prod at him -

"Muuu-uuuummm, I need help (with this iPad game) pleeeeeaaase."

 Hey. Rockstar is NOT eating.

"You're not eating." "I want Daddy." "He wants Daddy." "I did something to your blog."


"He's not eating." (This drives me nuts, he's a small kid) "I think I better show you - "

"Can you put that in his mouth first?"

(Occasionally Rockstar pauses in his meal and demands one of us, usually Kings because he is the more spaced-out, Berry-fingering one, feed him a mouthful or two. Fight him head on, No Feed Yourself/ No Someone Else Is Already Trying To Feed You, and the meal is over. Unless you stick a needle attached to a glucose bag into his arm. With medicine, we tried forcefeeding him before because I was thinking Don't Give Me This Rubbish and he fought so hard he emptied the entire contents of his stomach onto the sofa. Not the most effective way to go, if we were trying to get something in him.)

Rockstar and egg on plate. But fyi this is not Changi Airport.

WHY does Kings look so worried?

"Nono the egg first." "I'm done with the egg." "But you barely even finished one egg."

Wordlessly Kings spoons almost an entire egg yolk into Rockstar's mouth. Neither male comments. Well, one has his mouth full.

"Darling you look a bit worried" "Uh, yeah...." "Everything ok dear? Is that why you're waiting for Tim to call?" "Uh...... Ye-aaahhh......."

Idly, unobtrusively, trailing off into the background airport noise, "Daaaaaaaaaaaa" - wow both of them can speak in slow motion - "dddeeeeeeeeee........."

Kings gulps his entire Wantan Mee and bolts to his feet. "I need you to see something before we board the plane, can you look for me at one of the Internet kiosks along the way to the (departure) gate?"

"He's not eating." (Seriously, drives me bonkers). "Mum. I finished my game." <ceremoniously picks spoon up> In the second I turn to acknowledge the achievement, Kings is gone. Rockstar is now eating, but slowly. I'll take it.

Where's my phone?


I am going to have 76 new emails when we land in HK. Grrrrrrrrrrrr! Oh, and there he is.

Kings waves me over to one of the airport computer terminals (with Flash, our iPads have no Flash) to view an adorable bobbing-head video. I'm delighted. "That's actually on your blog now, so you'll be getting some birthday wishes."

Still can't take my eyes off the video. That is sooooo cute. I am sooooo touched. And we have now told everyone I let our son shoot little green men in an arcade game (for the record, just 20 mins a week tops, I make sure we arrive 20 mins before they kick everyone out of the room for cleaning and we haven't gone in a month). The only bobbing head I can imagine actually saying those speech bubbles to my face is the dog <tear>. I know Kings is really proud of getting into my blog but I don't consider it a biggie - it's not that difficult, we're married. I think he should've been really proud of the video.

"That's wonderful... And it would explain why I saw 76 new messages."

"It might be a bit more......"

"Oh really?"

"Mum. I can write 76."

Kings has to take a call. On his berry?

"First you write a 7. Then you do 6... I learned in school, you know. 6 is a bit tricky <nodding knowledgeably, wrinkling nose>, it also looks like a G..."

I thought his berry wasn't working?

Still on the phone, Kings waves me on (obviously not the first time he's disappeared on the phone in an airport) and I take Rockstar's hand. The other little hand is still drawing 6s (or Gs?) in the air.

Kings catches up at the boarding gate security checkpoint, where I'm about to turn in my bottle of Evian. The guards spy Rockstar taking a final swig - and allow us to keep it. Hmm. Interesting. Kind of.

Throughout the flight, Kings checks his Berry. Well I suppose he must, he's pretended it wasn't working for maybe 18 hours now. (Honestly, he pretends stuff with me all the time. Fortunately I trust him to not cheat on me with Tim.) So I reconsider going all you-have-to-switch-that-off-on-board-the-flight. It's gotta be a stretch you can flummox the navigational system of a giant Boeing charged with ferrying hundreds of people across oceans and mountains with something you bought at Fortress.

We land. Hello, iPhone, I missed you so. Let's make mushy, right here in the Arrivals Hall.

What's happened to my phone?

It won't stop shuddering. (It goes on pretty much thru the night and into the next morning.) My phone is possessed. Like something out of Exorcist, but with email. Or that magician's hat from which you try to pull out all the scarves so you can finally take a look inside and figure out how they do that trick. With a lot more scarves. As in, enough to cover China.


"SHHH! Mum. Too loud. I can't think."

That thing about pictures saying a thousand words comes to mind... Note the owl.

Ps: Sorry everyone, that it took me this long to post a thank you...  Would've preferred right away, but I didn't want to just anyhow put up some "Wah, wah, thank you thank you" comment, I really wanted to do it properly... Later that night, our helper arrived back from her brother's wedding in Indonesia really sick so I've been tied up unpacking from our recent trip plus lotsa extra washing, because of not wanting anyone else to fall sick at home... AND it's School Applications Season In Hong Kong now... So we're a little swamped. Blessed, but swamped.

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • http://www.foodreviewsmanila.com Guia Obsum

    Just read your email, thanks for the personal reply. Glad to have been part of your husband’s rockin’ birthday surprise! Liked your FB page by the way so I can keep up with your blog. 🙂

  • Nourieib

    Received your email last saturday… your welcome … how i wish my hubby will do just the same…;)

  • http://www.ajibanda.blogspot.com Aj Banda

    I received your email.. your welcome aileen! 🙂

    glad that I was able to greet you and joined the other 700+ individuals over the net.. 🙂

  • http://duldulao.net Wilmar

    Welcome 🙂 a great post…

  • http://www.kaytoy.blogspot.com Ocular Pleasures

    Your Welcome Aileen.. Keep Rock’in ^_^

    Such a Wonderful Family there…

  • http://suterakasihyann.blogspot.com Suterasyaza

    you’se so lucky my dear, u have a lovely family. Thanks for emailing me, most welcome dear 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/atreyustrange atreyustrange

    You have a great and fun loving family, Aileen. Thanks for tweeting me back. An email would be nice but isn’t necessary, really. You’ve got lots more to focus on a.k.a raising Rockstar. 🙂

  • http://joyeen.com Joann

    great post and always love seeing Rockstar cuz he’s so cute!

  • Anonymous

    🙂 To actually come back to all of us individually (plus a rockstar in the life background), you are one completely sassy lady. =D Good luck with the school application thingie. rockstar can do it! ^^

  • Promosfreebies

    You are so welcome dear. 🙂 God bless you.

  • Tricia Mazo – Galvez

    you’re welcome! God bless you and your family =)

  • tiefazatie

    u r most welcome sis!it was really awesome birthday surprise rite??
    u r so lucky to have both of them sis..really cute!neway..have a nice day sis!

  • caryl estrosas

    Yer welcome 🙂 What a sweet dad and son tandem! 

  • http://extraordinarykiddo.com Bryan Karl

    Rockstar is really cute! 🙂

    Glad you were surprised with the birthday wishes. 🙂

  • http://www.thepeachkitchen.com Peachy

    I just think it was the sweetest thing in the world!…You’re welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Just came back.. 🙂 Thanks for this post!

  • http://www.maidinaustralia.com Bronnie

    Thanks for the thank you post! How could I not join in the fun for your birthday? It was an awesome idea your hubby had, and I’m glad I was one of many to help make it special. xo

  • http://www.ofeverythinginbetween.wordpress.com theletterhappy

    I, too, often forget that people can be nice just because. It was a good reminder for all of us : ) Again, happy birthday!

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  • http://sharithstars.blogspot.com Sharithstar

    I love your blog:) Hope you had a pleasant surprise!

  • http://mrsmartinezravesandrants.blogspot.com MrsMartinez

    What your husband and kid did is a feat that I know you are proud of. I wish you and your family well…


  • http://skruijver.blogspot.com Sharmaine

    Hi!!! Just wanted to 1. wish you happy birthday again, cos I like long birthdays the best, and 2. so glad you blog the story behind finding out. I have been wondering how you would find out and what your reaction would be. Thank you for your thank you email and your kind words 🙂 Hope the weekend has been wonderful for you all and the new week is a fabulous one 🙂

  • http://hanspunyablog.blogspot.com Hans

    hehehe..you have the wonderful family and the important thing is u’re rock beb! 🙂

  • http://hanspunyablog.blogspot.com Hans

    hehehe..you have the wonderful family and the important thing is u’re rock beb! 🙂

  • http://www.juanderfulpinoy.com chinchan

    I love to see happy faces! You have a very wonderful family. So Good Luck in everything you do. Hope someday our paths will cross then I will ask you How’s raising a rockstar? ***wink

  • mama zharfan

    i would say that is just the sweetest birthday surprises ever 🙂

  • http://kianfai87.blogspot.com/ Koh Kian Fai

    Oh well, you must be really heat up and asking about your phone X)

  • http://chenmeicai.blogspot.com Chai Chen

    Really the nicest birthday present ever! Thanks for the email as well! No problem.

  • michelle banayo

    Your family is so inspiring.. sooo full of love 🙂

  • michelle banayo

    Your family is so inspiring.. sooo full of love 🙂

  • CA

    Thank you for taking the time to take us along your “lost” iPhone journey. I’m extremely happy there was a happy ending for all involved but just wondering if Kings has a couple of new grey hairs from all the worry of trying to keep you from your emails but without arousing suspicisons 😉

  • http://www.kidsofkorah.tk/ cr0cus

    I’m so happy for you
     I am now subscribed to your blog. 
    May you have more crazy surprises. God bless!

  • http://lifeafter38.blogspot.com/ zmun2

    Hehe, I like how Rockstar conspires with his father to make this work! Hhmm, I don’t know what other future birthday surprises could top this one.

  • hoyoyi ng

    Full of Love! I love your family ^ ^