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Aki's Birthday Bonanza
by The Pooper Scooper

Sunday, January 10, 2009
6:00 PM

Manang roused me early in the morning last Saturday. We were supposed to go to the grocery to work on our special project for Manong Aki’s birthday. This being his first birthday, manang said it would be but proper for us to share our blessings with our less fortunate (human) brothers.
Manang and I went to the grocery late in the afternoon after bumming around over old The Simpsons reruns and got busy for the next day’s event….

We got us the following ingredients and broke our backs making sandwiches and party hats out of recycled card boards …

These are ham and corned beef sandwiches and fruit juice drinks for the little kids selling candles/ sampaguita beside the church near manang’s office.

On Sunday evening, manang and I went out to distribute the sandwiches. We found a little girl selling candles near the traffic lights and we decided to give her our little bag of food, which she in turn gaily handed to her mother (and brothers and sisters), who was sitting in one corner of the pavement. It was such a wonderful feeling that we decided to continue on with this tradition every birthday.

Upon getting home, I changed into my comfy clothes because the night was getting cold. I was mildly surprised to meet two very familiar faces.

It was Ms. Giselle (and her niece) with Belo!

Do you still remember Belo?

Some months ago, we posted about his visit. Back then, he had a nasty skin problem which made him look like a sheared sheep. Thankfully with a huge dose of loving care he quickly bounced back to health!
Okay, so now it’s time for me to work on the tables… but before that, where is that Birthday boy?
“Oh there you are manong Aki!”

Just look at him and his silly grin. The boy knows something special is coming up.

“Manong Aki, I was told that you need to change into your party clothes…”

What party clothes? He said as a blank expression crossed his eager face. You mean mommy Lilli’s ultracool bandana is not appropriate?”

“Ummm… I know you look good in them, but manang said you had to put these on…”

“Now, smile!... I said smile… what is that gritted mouth supposed to be? ”

“I hate you, Poopie, this is not cool at all...”
There. That’s as handsome as you can get. Now can we PLEASE eat!?!”
We had a yummy feast of chicken burgers, fried chicken and chicken pops, spaghetti, a lovely custard cake and double dutch icecream.
Presenting to manong Aki his cake. As you can see there is only one candle representing his age.

The birthday boy posing with the guests and manang tin and R’ (manang was behind the camera lens and I was busy directing the flow of activities)

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday manong Aki,
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Now make a wish…

I never got to learn what he wished for that night, but I have a good feeling he had a little wish somewhere for me.

Birthdays sure are special and we are so glad to be sharing it with friends and family. The best part was we got to eat a piece of everything! Yay! I can't wait for my Birthday to come!!

Here are some videos during manong Aki’s actual birthdate- January 12, 2009 (Monday). As you may have notice, we celebrated the pawty earlier because manong was supposed to go to Bacolod for a business trip on Monday (which never happened—haha! I wonder if that was part of Aki’s wish.)
Gone in 5 seconds...
(did you even see what's inside? hehe.. those were peanut butter popsicles)

Testing the Teefie...
(Manang: We undermined the sharpness of his teefie when we left him to toy around with the treats. Somehow Aki mananged to pry the biscuit bag open and so we had to transfer the contents into another container)

And of course, we got a lot of greetings from a lot of our friends. We also received pressies from some dear DWB friends yesterday. Here is the e-card that our good buddy, Dr. Dino sent Aki on Monday.... Thank you Dino and everyone who greeted Aki!


Raising Addie said...

OMD you had the best birthday!!!

That treat looked really yummy!

Great videos!

Your family is sooo very generous to give a meal to a family in need. Very thoughtful!

Your beautiful Aki! I wish I could give you a big hug!

Luv & Kisses

Bobby said...

You all look like you had a great time, nice to give food to the needy too.
I wish I knew when my birthday was, I don't even know how old I am.

Anonymous said...

You are a cute little boy Aki.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We just love the pictures of you when you first put on your birthday hat, Aki! You didn't look too pleased but things got better, right! What a feast you had! We LOVED the video! What a special first birthday this was!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I've had those peanut butter pops and they are furry yummy!

Woo so had the bestest birfday!

My mom and I think what woo did to help those not as furtunate was furry furry special!

SOO, woo deserved a furry special WEEKEND plus!


Pippa said...

Looks like a great birthday and much better than my Gotcha Day (today).

Came to thank you for your absolutely brilliant Christmas card. It is very artistic and beautifully made, one of our favourites.

Even Master was impressed which is not easily done!


Huskee and Hershey said...

Poopie, it seems like you are a great party planner! I think it's a wonderful tradition that you started (on my birthday, my mom makes a donation to a local animal shelter in my name too!).
I bet Aki had a fabulous 1st Barkday Pawty!

Lorenza said...

Glad you had a pawesome time celebrating your big day!
Your family has a beautiful tradition!
Everything looked perfect!
Kisses and hugs

Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Aki
Happy belated birthday to you.
The photos are great, what a birthday party.

Oh thanks for checking up on Tess. She is better but still needs to rest.

Noah x

Petra said...

Doggy Pops for the birthday star! You had a fabulous 1st birthday celebration, Aki! Here's to many, many more!

Kapp pack said...

Looks like woo had a pawsome birthday! Here's to many more!

Royal Kisses, King Skyboy

Anonymous said...

That looks like a WONDERFUL birthday! And bringing sandwiches out is a great idea! Aki, I'm so glad to have found you online and am super looking forward to watching you grow another year!


Chow Chow said...

Aki, you have the coolest brithday ever! BTW, you share the same birthday as my grandma! She is 58 years older than you. :)

Dino and Family said...

Major Wow! That looked like one fantastic first birthday! You lucky pup! I love the pics of you in your party hat! It is so wonderful of you and your family to think of the less fortunate during this time. Bravo! Love, Dino