31/07/2010

Livia Turns 22~ ! and Love Never Dies! ♥


I turned 22 last Friday. Because one of my good friends couldn't make it to the dinner on the day itself, my friends organised a dinner and dessert the night before, and my wonderful bf took me out on a date on the actual day! My 2-day celebration was wonderful~ ♥ Keep reading~ !



Straight after lectures, we headed to Busaba Eatthai at Goodge Street. It is one of my favourite restaurants for its good food, but the staff were pretty disappointing. Firstly, even though there were 14 of us and the large table in the basement was free, they wouldn't let us have it unless we took a set menu - problem is there were a few of us who were vegetarian, and in general, we wanted to order different things! So even though it was free and it was unlikely that a huge party would suddenly turn up on a Thursday night, they wouldn't let us sit there, so all 14 of us were crammed into one table - 12 people would have been fine as they had huge square tables, but 14 was just pushing it. We didn't want to split up into separate tables as it just defeats the purpose of having dinner together.  Another thing that I thought was absurd was when we asked an idle waiter standing in between our table and the next if he could take a photo for us (which should take like 2 minutes max), he declined saying that it wasn't his area! What the heck- I've never heard that before. Such a lazy person. Most of the waiters also seemed bored and unenthusiastic. But I didn't let these incidents ruin my birthday dinner though, I just wanted to share these experiences though so that if you were interested in trying out Busaba Eatthai, I suggest you go to the Bond Street branch instead. They have excellent customer service, at least a lot better than in the Goodge St branch. I've never tried the Soho branch before, but that might also be worth going to.

Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our dinner and I got them to try Busaba's famous Calamari. I've never tasted Calamari as good as Busaba's! After the dinner, my friends surprised me with a cake with candles - I haven't blown out candles on a birthday cake in a long time! They also got me a card with a hot pink 'Birthday Girl' badge lol, and a giant heart-shaped cranberry-white chocolate chip cookie from Millie's Cookies with a birthday greeting on it. I felt so touched, it just felt so wonderful receiving these gifts ♥

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After the dinner, we walked to Haagen Das at Leicester Square to have some ice cream. Another of my precious friends requested a special birthday thing from the staff and I got to blow out another candle haha :)

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The bf and I shared the Fruit Journey, which is a set of 4 fruity ice-cream/sorbets. Its delicious. Yum ♥

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On my actual birthday the next day, we had to attend lectures, and I had a tasty (yet unhealthy) meal for lunch - I had a Strawberry crepe from Creme Crepe at South Kensington. I really liked it, except that the crepe itself seemed a bit difficult to slice for some reason. I would have preferred softer crepes. But anyway it was nice :)

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My sweet bf surprised me to a musical in the evening. He knows I've seen Phantom of the Opera in theatre several times, and yet I haven't seen Part 2. So we watched Love Never Dies which is basically set 10 years after the first story and is about the Phantom's persistent love for Christine. It's a beautiful story, very romantic, and yet quite sad in the end. I wont spoil the story, but it is definitely worth seeing!

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I had such a wonderful time, and it was great to be able to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my friends. I feel so blessed~ ♥

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Thanks for reading, I hope you're having a great weekend~!

22 comments

  1. Happy B'day!

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  2. Lovely! Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful couple days! x

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  3. Happy belated birthday! I'm sorry to hear that you had terrible experience at Busaba Eatthai. You should've notified the manager about the staff right away and how they were treating you and 13 others. At least you had a really awesome time on your birthday!

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  4. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I am so jealous you saw Love Never Dies. I can't wait for it to come to New York. My daughter found the music and listens to it quite a bit. We are big Phantom Fans!

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    Sorry to hear about that horrible experience, but don't let that ruin your fun!!

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  6. Happy Birthday!

    Mm, that food looks amazing, especially the fruit smoothies! You have some awesome friends and a sweet boyfriend!

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  7. aw happy birthday girl ! looks like u had a great time

    xx lue

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  8. Happy Birthday, Princess!!!

    I'm glad you had two special days. I love calamari and crepes are so tasty. You look great in the pictures.

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  9. Belated Happy Birthday, Livia!:D You look lovely!:D

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  10. Happy Birthday!

    Sadly your birthday experience sounds like the same thing that happened to my friend on her 20th last year - there were 12 of us and she'd repeatedly called up the restaurant days and weeks in advance, making sure it was okay that we could have an a la carte and not set menu, but then the manager called her up on the day and said she HAD to have a set menu and didnt even tell her the price.

    Then we get to the restaurant and the tables are split into 2, and the prices for the set menu were ridiculous! The waiter was nice and tried to accommodate us, but the manager came out and abused my friend and said that he HAD told her the price when he hadn't.

    So she wrote an email complaining to the district manager and he was really nice and offered a free meal and other stuff, but she refused to go back.

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  11. Happy birthday Livia! You're lucky to have nice friends to spoil you on the day (and before)!

    I love Busaba... I always go to the Bird St or Wardour St branches, but I've never been to the Goodge St one. Your experience with the staff sounds awful - I can't believe they were that bad!!! You should send a letter of complaint to the store manager.

    Mmm I love the Busaba calamari! Much nicer than the soggy, greasy squid rings you get from most places.

    x

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  12. Happy birthday ! I'm glad you enjoyed it ^-^

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  13. Happy Birthday =)

    xoxo****

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday Livia!
    You looked very pretty on your special night!

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  15. Belated Happy Bday Livia! Stay Gorgeous! =)

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  17. happy birthday sweetie! looks liek u had an awesome time! sorry I couldnt make it again!! see u soon! xxx

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  18. Happy Birthday! That sucks about the resturant,i dont get how people can be so rude!
    However that cookie and other cakes look super yummy!

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  19. Happy Belated Birthday Hunny! You looked like a princess on your bday :)xoxo

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