In my post here I've written about my best friend and I celebrating my birthday in Paris. If you read my blog often or if you follow me on Twitter then you'll need little introduction to Payal, my best friend from college who now is married and lives in New York City. I've written a lot about her on here as well as in my articles that I used to do on Khaleej Times, and I think she's a huge reason why I love NYC so much. Of course, if I could have picked one person to celebrate my birthday with it would be her, and so I couldn't have had a better birthday present than having her fly to Paris to come celebrate with me!! She however wanted to add to that present and give me something (or a bunch of things) that would either define me or signify a lot of the memories we have together. As silly as some of the items may seem to you, I thought they were hilarious and so incredibly sweet and thought I'd photograph them to give you a glimpse of what else makes up ME- besides the gadgets, books and fashion!! So here's a glimpse into my birthday gift and the cute bag it came in-
here that I'd picked up in Dubai. I don't really know what to ever do with them, as it's not like I'm a child and colour in them or anything of that sort. I guess it's why my mother says I collect junk! But you have to admit, it's extremely cute kinda junk? Well I guess Payal saw this and thought I'd appreciate it, which I very much did!
- Mini boxes of cereal- Payal can't understand why I'd want to eat raw cereal (without milk) which I do, so that was in there
- A toothbrush/toothpaste set- So for my graduation present from college, Payal had bought me and her a final trip to Miami for one long weekend. This trip is what started the trend of us going away together, as is probably one of our most memorable one yet! Not because we went out and had so much fun.. but quite the opposite. Her face had broken out into a terrible rash that was sensitive to the sun so we had to stay indoors the entire time. Anyhow, the first day we got there, we woke up in the morning and realized we didn't have any toothpaste as both figured the other one would have carried it. The hotel didn't have any and we had quite the adventure trying to get ourselves some toothpaste, which I won't get into here! Mind you, I haven't been able to photograph the toothpaste as I had forgotten to carry mine from Dubai and am currently using the one she got me. It's a good thing she knows me as well as she does!
- A Hello Kitty rolling stamp thingy- One day I will tell you guys about my Hello Kitty Fettish. Today shall not be that day.
- An AMC (movie theatre) gift card- We both LOVE going for movies and always manage to see one on all our holidays. Let's just put it this way, last night was a Saturday night in Paris and we cancelled our plans at the last minute and were looking for a movie theatre to head to that played English films. We've even gone in the middle of the day to watch a movie in Orlando at the Universal Studios as we were hot and tired and wanted a break to sit down and rest. So yes, we rarely walk by a movie theatre without contemplating going in.
Hmmm.. I think that was about it. I'll update later if I think I've missed any part of the pressie! But it's so funny that something with so much meaningless stuff to someone else, can be so meaningful and thought provoking to someone else! Hope you guys have a best friend who knows you that well and whom you have so many random memories with.