THEN AND NOW: Family blessed with babies on special dates


KUCHING: Ten years ago, restaurant owner Dino Bidari and his wife Della Hamdun welcomed their baby daughter without fully taking in the date and time of her arrival.

Not only was Alika Galbienna born on 11.11.11, she was delivered at 11am.

There was another birth date with repeating numbers for the couple. Their first child, Farrell Omar, was born on 19.09.09.

But to Dino and Della, their children’s dates of birth are just a happy coincidence.

When The Star reported Alika’s birth in 2011, Dino said he was happy and excited to have a daughter and did not plan her delivery date or time.

That sentiment has not changed a decade on.

Blast from the past: The report on Alika’s birth featured in ‘The Star’ back in 2011.Blast from the past: The report on Alika’s birth featured in ‘The Star’ back in 2011.

“We never really thought about the dates. It so happened that the doctor was available on that particular date. When Alika was born, I didn’t even realise that it was 11am on the 11th.

“I was more excited about the baby. It was only later on that I realised the date was 11.11.11,” he said.

As for Alika herself, Dino said she acknowledged her date of birth but at her age, it was more important to her to have a party and presents on her birthday.

For Dino and his wife Della, their children’s dates of birth are a happycoincidence. — Photo courtesy of Dino BidariFor Dino and his wife Della, their children’s dates of birth are a happycoincidence. — Photo courtesy of Dino Bidari

“Most of the time we celebrate her birthday outside Kuching but for the last two years, we have been here.

“It’s always a nice day but we just have a normal celebration, nothing out of the ordinary,” he said.

As for Alika, she was very shy and ran off when The Star asked her about her special date of birth.

Both children are now in primary school – Farrell in Year Six and Alika in Year Five.

“Alika is one year ahead because she wanted to follow her brother to school. She didn’t want to be left behind, so we sent her to school early,” Dino said, adding that they were both coping well with home-based learning during the pandemic.

“Now it’s more on the parents to do the supervision. Luckily, my wife is always available as a stay-home mum. She makes sure all the school work is done.”

Dino’s wishes for his children have not changed either – he wants them to be healthy, be good and obedient and to do well in their studies.

“I won’t dictate what they should do when they grow up. It depends on how they do in school and what they are interested in,” he said.

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