My Birthday in Quarantine

birthday quarantine sushi
Initially, husband and I had planned a trip to South Korea and Japan for the week of my birthday. Then next weekend, my best friend and I were supposed to fly to Santa Clara and see BTS in concert. But 2020 turned out to be very unpredictable for all of us, didn’t it? These plans are postponed, and while I was disappointed, I am ultimately thankful to be healthy and safe during the pandemic.

So this past week, we made a lot of Korean and Japanese food to live out our trip at home! We also went on walks to see cherry blossoms around Seattle, which will do until we get to see them in Japan in the future.

For my birthday dinner, husband ordered sushi, sake, and Japanese cheesecake! Once at a sake bar, we learned about the etiquette of pouring sake until it overflowed into the masu. It’s a little act of celebration to enjoy the moment! We love that small but sweet ceremony and also interpret it as drinking to an abundance of life and love. I dressed up a little (and put on actual clothes for the first time in a month!), we played Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, and Sam Cooke as background music, and had a lovely date night in.

My besties also came by and surprised me with a matcha strawberry birthday cake and travel-themed gifts! We made sure to be socially distanced, but it was still so good to see them in person. I’m soo grateful for their thoughtfulness and love, and I can’t wait until we can all be reunited one day!

Even though life doesn’t always pan out the way we imagined, there is so much beauty and good around us, and we can still make the best of the situation. Nothing lasts forever, not even the bad times. Amidst all this, I’m even more thankful for this new year of life, to be alive, to evolve, to have happiness, laughter, love… what more is life really about at the end of the day.


  1. Lisa Autumn
    April 22, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Happy belated birthday lovely!

    Lisa |

  2. May 6, 2020 / 12:30 pm

    Happy birthday!!

    That’s cute that you guys lived out your original plans at home! I also celebrated my birthday in quarantine. Also a LOT of food haha totally worth it.

    • Carolyn
      May 17, 2020 / 6:37 pm

      Hope you had a fun birthday in quarantine! A lot of food is a sure way to have a good celebration!

  3. Melissa
    May 20, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    Where did your besties order the birthday cake?

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