I can't believe that today is my 28th birthday! I never had any expectations for turning 28. This number never registered on my radar as important for any reason. Little did I know that this would be one of the most important birthday's of my life! It's my first birthday with my Master's Degree, it's my first birthday as an aunt, my first birthday after my huge break up last year (take a shot) and my first birthday after the loss of both my step dad (Dec. 16) and my uncle (Feb. 14). I've been dealing with A LOT since my last birthday. But what made this birthday so special is the amazing outpouring of love from my friends.
My best friend Doran randomly told me he was coming for my birthday. He came for the weekend and it was just what I needed. I was able to grieve my losses while celebrating life. We spent the first night watching one of my best friend's Gary play at Palm Cay where I surprised Gary because I didn't tell anyone Doran was coming. I was still struggling with my emotions at the time so we called an early night. But the next day I felt much better.
We started our Saturday by buying tickets to see Black Panther before heading downtown for a new Gelato shop opening. The gelato was delicious. There were so many people there I could snap a photo of anything, but if any locals want to go there it's in the arcade where Bambu nightclub is across from Twisted Lime. In addition to gelato they also serve various desserts like tiramisu, tres leches and berry tarts. A small cone with one scoop is $6.95 while for only $1 more you can get two scoops with two different flavours. The gelato is freshly made every morning and you can try before you buy. I had the goat cheese flavour and hazelnut. I know that sounds weird, but it tasted sooooooo good together! Yes I know I'm lactose intolerant, but it's my birthday, so don't judge me!
Then Doran and I went on a photo walk. We had no real aim or purpose. We just set out to cover as much ground on foot as we could and take photos of anything we found interesting, until it was time to leave for the movie.
While wandering around Graycliff, a gentleman randomly approached us in the street and asked if we wanted to attend their wine tasting (he thought we were tourists, bless his heart). Of course we agreed! We sat in a nicely decorated room with a few tourists from Canada. The dialogue was great and we had fun catching up to them with the wine. The wine wasn't great, but all of their wine is personally made and costs less than $20. So we got a bottle of Malbec (deemed the lesser of all the evils) to drink later. We grabbed lunch at Da Bush Cook before watching Black Panther. Don't worry, no spoilers, you can keep reading.
Of course I expected a few people to find issues with Black Panther, but overall I would give the movie an 8.7/10! I found the technology incredible similar to that of Star Wars (which isn't a bad thing) but I did feel like some things could've been better explained. My favourite part of the movie was the incredible representation of strong black women without sexualising them. For once, a woman could be powerful and an activist for positive change without being subjected to being a sex symbol.
Afterwards, we went by my best friend Krista to see her. She was getting ready to see Black Panther with her boyfriend when we had to break the horrible news to her that the showing she wanted to see was sold out. So we decided to go for sushi instead.
I got the birthday roll at Sakura Sushi with a Mango Mingle while Doran and Krista's boyfriend had a pad thai with a Black Russian and Krista had two sushi rolls with whiskey. I loved my complimentary tempura ice cream. I loved even more that no one sang that embarrassing happy birthday song to me. We drove around for awhile and enjoyed listening to the music from a Soca party at Arawak Cay.
On Sunday I slept in and it felt great! Doran made French toast for breakfast for us as we enjoyed steaming cups of coffee (we're really like an old married couple sometimes). In the afternoon, I went by my best friends' Dara and Richard for Dara to give me a facial. I had never had a facial before but it was the best experience ever! I also got a shoulder and neck massage and I could feel all of the negative energy and feelings immediately leave my body! My skin looked amazing afterwards with a bright even tone and SUPER smooth skin! Then Gary and his girlfriend, Paulette came over and we had a lovely dinner and several glasses of wine to celebrate National Wine Day (and my birthday of course).
This was an amazing birthday! My friends really came together to ensure I stayed happy and enjoyed my birthday. We created magical memories that honestly mean so much to me. I appreciate each and every person who worked so hard to make this day special! I've made a lot of amazing friends over the past year and even my dating life has seen a positive turn. I can't wait to see what this year brings me.