Birthday cake happy birthday

Edgar’s Blog: Happy birthday & many happy returns!

Happy birthday & many happy returns!

On our birthday, we feel a heightened sense of specialness; it’s our day, and even if you aren’t over the moon about it all, it’s still nice to feel celebrated. Unfortunately, our birthdays only come once a year, and even though prolonging the celebration (like a whole weekend) is fun and all, it isn’t always feasible.

Just the other day one of my friends was celebrating a birthday. A great reason to pop in and have a chat and wish him many happy returns. “Many happy returns” is a greeting which has been used since the 18th century as a salutation to offer the hope that a happy day being marked (your day of birth) would recur many more times.  An old man once said to me about age and birthdays: “everyone wants to get old but no one wants to be it!”. He is right, some people just don’t want to acknowledge their mortality.  But hey! we should be happy that we completed yet another year on this wonderful planet. Us turtles know loads about longevity and enjoying it. Why not join us and embrace age!

When I was young and it was my birthday my mum always let me choose a “special birthday tea”. Special because it was my choice what we ate and if I wanted a bag of crisps, and chocolate cake then that’s what we ate. It was fun and different to normal! Somewhere along the line we have forgotten to make special days special or we do only half of it because we get too caught up in the hassle of daily life.

So let’s not forget to celebrate our birthdays and the number of returns we have to that day and make it special. Celebrate it with something that you love. Be it cake, crisps, pancakes or …..dancing. And if you choose with a drink why not try it with one of my very special tea’s like the Yunnan Golden Tips or the Wild Mountain Clouds & Mist to go with it. They are both winners with and also go great with birthday cake.  More for the savoury celebration? Then try my Seowang Sejak or my New Zealand Oolong. Built up a thirst after dancing the night away? Then my Sencha Matcha  on ice is a must. A special tea for your special celebration of life!

So, as Edgar always promises: add special to normal and appreciate the small important things in life. Take time to celebrate your special day and also those of your friends. Acknowledge every minute of every year you spend on this beautiful planet coz as my old friend says, “you better, coz nobody gets out of here alive!”

Longest day of the year

Edgar’s Blog: Longest day of the year

Almost 17 hours is the longest day of the year.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. Of course it still counts 24 hours but on this day the sun comes up the earliest and goes under the latest. From 05:19 until 22:04 the sun is on our side and that makes it a 16 hour and 44 minute long day. Half a year later the sun will be up for just 7 hours and 43 minutes…. That is 9 hours deference!

On the 21st of June there are always a lot of activities. On this day it’s International Yoga day, it’s World music day and it is the first day of the Glastonbury music festival.

I think everybody feels very energized on this day. You get a lot of vitamin D and your body doesn’t need that much sleep. The perfect time to enjoy life and hang out with friends. Especially with the warm and very sunny days coming up life can’t get any better! Yet there is one group of people who wouldn’t mind a few extra hours of night at the moment. The Ramadan has started this year on 27st of May and continues to the 25st of June – only a little over 7 hours to have dinner sleep and have breakfast. So while many of us are enjoying these warm days with up to 30 degrees Celsius some of our friends are facing an incredibly difficult time with no water and food for more than 16 hours. Respect is the word! Luckily for them the nights are getting longer in the upcoming Ramadan’s.

Although we are going down in sun hours after June 21st the summer really starts here. People are going on vacation, schools are out and the sea water is getting warm. This might be my favourite time of the year!

a little party never killed nobody party season

Edgar’s Blog: Party season

Party, party and party some more this season!

Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music. “put on your glad rags and party!”

synonyms: celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good/wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry; More

So put on your glad rags and party. November is here and the party season has started. Why is it that humans just like to party? Partying is seen as a part of our primal instincts. Early humans might have danced to attract a mate, as far back as 1.5 million years ago. It has also been suggested by some researchers that those who had a feeling of rhythm may have had a evolutionary advantage over their peers. The acts of moving together (dancing)  is what is believed to have been a way for our ancestors to bond.

One French sociologist has suggested that when partying people feel a certain “electricity” when they are in close contact with others. The feeling is then released to other party-goers, which sends them into a high degree of collective emotional excitement. I am sure that most of us have indeed had this experience at parties.

What makes someone the life and soul of the party? Well this is usually someone who is energetic and funny and also the centre of the dancing activity. This behaviour in turn attracts more of us to join in and “join the party” It makes sense then, that sometimes when we are excluded from a special party that we sometimes feel left out That’s why some peeps have turned party crashing into a real art. Check this link out for some tips. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-into-exclusive-parties-and-clubs-without-an-1453378483

Well whatever party you have in the agenda this party season. Remember even if it does not always feel good moving out of your comfort zone it is something your ancestors have been doing for years. So go on and move! Just like Driss in the brilliant movie The Intouchables.