It was a meaningful celebration as his son was just recovering from a recent accident. It was about family and close friends.
Although i did not take pictures of the city (we have been to Manchester many times before, and took many photos then), both Manchester and London are ties Adrian and i could not break away from.
He has and all of his families are there. And our closest friends in the country live in London.
Just like my umbilical cord is tied to Cebu forever.
some pictures over the weekend of the beautiful places we have been to.
the Trafford centre in Manchester is one of England's biggest shopping malls.
on a weekend, you are more likely to bump into a footballer's wife or girlfriend
or a reality tv star in this massive shopping complex.
We went there for lunch, and for me to buy some toiletries which i forgot to bring with me (i know!).
I never ever forget toiletries, but the bag, which holds all my toiletries, my hairdryer, and all bits and bobs for self-preservation (from moisturiser, to eye make-up remover) was still left in the frontroom when Adrian was loading the car.
So it was his fault basically. My fault too, because i didn't check if he loaded the car with all the bags i needed to take. moral lesson: whenever he says, "all bags are in the car, always check,lol".
On Monday, Adrian's real birthday (28th),
we went to London to renew my passport and to have lunch and tea in the city.
This is what greets you when you get off Tower Hill station.
Another addition to the skyline is the very tall The Shard (that pointy glass building).
Im tempted to show old photos from before where that building wasn't in view at all.
Maybe some other time.
Around lunch time, Adrian and i had to dash to a quick lunch, as i was given an hour out of the embassy for lunch and come back for the biometrics.
So we decided to go somewhere quick (Yo Sushi to the rescue!).
So much for romantic birthday lunches.
We made it up by having tea at the charming cafe in The National Gallery.
And browsed their bakeshop,too. And bought some nice stuff from the gallery shop,too. (LOL)
After the tea, we headed back home to meet our friends.
We had reservations to eat at a local steak restaurant,
but our friend C was still recovering from jetlag from her recent holiday in Thailand,
and she also was feeling fluey.
We ended up getting chinese takeaway and ate in their house.
It was unexpected, spontaneous and just felt right.
Most of all, Adrian was happy.
I will post some pics from Adrian's birthday on the next blog.