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A lot of this just seems like conflicting personalities to me.
As far as them suggesting alternatives to your plans, I would say to just tell them that it's your preference to do these things, rather than exploring, you just have different interests.
For the birthday thing, I have no expectation of people in my workplace recognizing that it's my birthday at all. Even a little bit is a surprise to me, however, I know that my company does happen to make a company wide announcement of any birthdays/service anniversaries.
Ultimately, I think this might just be a clashing of personalities and possibly cultures depending on where you're from. For example, talking about your job: Small talk in the United States, and rude in places like France.
Maybe, just give them a break and mark it up to misunderstanding rather than malice. Or even talk with them about it bothering you.
I know the birthday of three people. None of them is my coworker. It's a cultural difference.
KAS893932yTo be honest I don't think asking how was your weekend is steeping into personal boundary. Maybe its a cultural thing. Here in the US we ask it all the time and people like to talk about their weekends.
mundo0346752yI saw 3 CEOs and I think you either don't know what is a CEO or they don't know what is a CEO
At my place its totally normal to talk about our weekends and private life. However, I have a very friendly relationship to all of my colleagues.