Haha, the title sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Anyway, it does describe aptly my first ever face-to-face meeting with one of my oldest blog buddies, Lovelyloey!
During my one-month stay in Macau, Lovelyloey visited Hong Kong for a week. When she knew where I was going (after my sad and unsuccessful attempt to make the destination a secret to tantalise my readers), she immediately and excitedly e-mailed me and said it was karma! I think. Anyway, we do have a lot in common. We study English at university (well, I studied, at least, sob, missing my student days), we had a Francophile thing going (her love for French burnt out as the conjugation of verbs got harder, mine got sidetracked with other languages, notably the one I studied in Macau), we are true bookworms (we keep a reading list and consistently devour books), we love to shop (though she likes to do it alone and I prefer to do it with my bestest shopping buddy ever Angel), we are punctual to the T… which is why I call her the Singaporean version of me. Or am I the Malaysian version of her?
Anyway (sorry, I get sidetracked so easily, I don’t know why I’m so restless mentally like that!), we arranged a date to meet weeks before once I knew what my summer course schedule was like. I have to admit, initially I felt afraid of meeting her because I had really bad experiences of meeting friends made online. The problem wasn’t the people I met, it was me. I get really shy and easily flustered, even though I might have told them my deepest, darkest secrets on the computer.
In the end, it turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip. When I first met Lovelyloey at the lobby of the Greek Mythology Casino / New Century Hotel, it was kinda surreal. I recognise her from her pictures and at the same time she is a stranger in the physical sense. Familiar yet strange. But since we are in a foreign place, there were lots of things to talk about – what she did in Hong Kong, what’s the difference between Hong Kong and Macau, what have I learnt about Macau… okay, the topics seem to revolve around Hong Kong and Macau, but that was plenty to talk about also!
We went to Senado Square, which is the place in Macau (you haven’t been to Macau if you haven’t been to Senado Square). Lovelyloey got excited about the buildings, particularly the post office, haha. I don’t understand it, but then again she was the one who sat for an architectural course or something. Then after our hot and humid walk to St Paul’s Ruins (the landmark of Macau, just as the Petronas Twin Towers are to Malaysia), we went to Macau Tower. I went a bit crazy there, shopping for souvenirs and taking photos for the blogging project. This was my favourite tourist spot of the day.
After that, we had lunch at this pretty expensive cafe – food is pretty much expensive anywhere in Macau, actually. I had my first ever quiche lorraine (yum!) and she had Asian chicken salad or something. I would’ve like that too. Okay, right, then after that we took the bus to the ferry terminal because from there we can take the free shuttle bus to the Venetian Macao! It’s supposed to be this 7-star hotel and casino, though some people dress like they’re going to the beach in there. So naturally we went to visit the casino (Lovelyloey wanted to play the slots, I bet!) before going for some more shopping at the mall. We finished about half past eight, so sat the free shuttle bus back to the ferry terminal for her to catch her ferry back to Hong Kong and for me to take another free shuttle bus back to a hotel, which is near the place I was staying.
Phew, that was tiring to tell as the actual meeting was! I’m glad I met her. Is she different than she is in blog? Yes, I don’t deny that. I think that element of reality will always make you in person very much different than you on blog. That said, different doesn’t mean bad. For instance, she is not as scary as she can be in her blog sometimes, haha.
My only regret is that I forgot to take a photo with her!! See, told you I’m shy and easily flustered. Never mind, Singapore is only a 6-hour bus ride away. Only!
Found this really cool blogging award site through Poonam. You can send blogging awards to your blog buddies through e-mail – I sent a bunch to some! If you get one, would you tell me in the comments which one I’ve awarded you? (Trying to keep tab and see if I’ve managed to send different awards to every blogger and not repeat any.) And if you haven’t, tell me so I can send you one!
I’ve got clean underpants, how about you?
Wow, addicting huh? I guess when you have clean underpants they can be quite appealing… you know, hygiene and all that.