once in a blue moon

last weekend, i had a short chat with an old friend. we met in 1999 when we were studying at qut kelvin grove. we stayed at the student accomodation thingy and our rooms were next to each other. we hit it off immediately.

we would go shopping together. we used to walk to red rooster for dinner. once, after having dinner there, we walked all the way to a chemist and bought some hair colouring kit. blonde, no less. pretty brave (or dumb, depending on how you look at it) considering our natural hair colour’s black.

back in the bathroom we shared with two other girls, we did our hair. well, she did mine first and then chickened out and wouldn’t let me do hers. traitor! luckily, i wasn’t crazy enough and did my whole head, just a few highlight at the front part. it was ugly. and i have a picture to prove it 🙂

we liked each other’s company so much, we decided to move out of the student accomodation and share a flat. we found this brand-new flat in the city (five blocks from the central train station, about two from chinatown. people kept saying to us, ‘you said the city! this is practically chinatown. it’s a long walk from the city.’) lazy buggers. we used to walk the more than 10 blocks to our bus stop. we loved it there. the flat was big, it was new and it came fully furnished.

anyway… she was my best mate.

and we used to hang out with a group of what i used to think of as ‘leftover people’ from our class. see, we went to ‘qut international college’ so naturally, the students were all international students. most of them came from taiwan and hong kong. a few indonesians, a few from papua new guinea. and then there were a few who were the only one from their home country in our class. like my dear friend i talked about above, t. she’s from the maldives. and v, from sweden. and l, from new caledonia.

so t, v, l, r (png), a (malaysia), p (indo) and myself used to hang out together. i remember the times we walked to this burger stand and got our lunch there (they all hated beetroot and i loved it so they would gave it to me). we hung out outside class time too.

after the college year, we all went our separate way. t went home to beautiful maldives (i haven’t been there but she showed me pictures. oh. my. goodness. she said she would pay for my honeymoon to the maldives if i marry this guy i had a huge crush on. should’ve married him just for the honeymoon in the maldives hehehe).

v and l became a couple and stayed in brissie but i think they went to new york for a while. r also stayed in brissie. a went back to malaysia. i lost touch with all of them (occasional emails with a but not much). p and i remained close friends at uni.

so yes, after that one fun year at qut international college, we went on with our lives and didn’t keep in touch. you know how it is, when you’re in the same town with your friends, you don’t make an effort to meet up with them because you think you’re all gonna be there for a while. and when they’re in different countries, well… you can’t exactly fly over to visit them whenever.

so it was uni, work, marriages, kids.

back to the chat last weekend… she told me she was going to be in europe mid-june. she might come and visit me. and v and l are also in europe currently. holidaying in sweden with their kid. so after years and years of living in different continents, the four of us are actually going to be in one continent. and pretty close to each other too. sweden and norway are practically neighbours. and t is going to travel to germany, italy and the uk. the uk isn’t that far from us. that is a rarity.

sadly though, i don’t think we’ll meet up. so close, yet so far 😦


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mira
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 18:06:44

    ugh earlier (at office) i typed and posted and it was gone!
    anyway, i said something like:
    i wanna go to europe too!!
    i went to maldives for honeymoon and it was really awesome! can’t wait to go back again, but it’s bloody expensive

    how’s life in Brisbane in general?


  2. 1980chandra
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 15:00:06

    i’ve wanted to go to maldives since my friend showed me pictures of it. but now that we live in europe, it costs a fortune to get there.

    you should come here. the good thing about europe is, it’s easy to get around once you’re here.

    i love brisbane. but if you’re used to living in a busy place like singapore, brissie might bore you to tears. it’s quiet (relatively), friendly, relax. think of it like this: sydney is jkt, melbourne is sby, brisbane is mks. not as bad as mks but you know what i mean. it’s not big, but it’s not small either.


  3. mira
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 18:56:58

    hmm i hate jkt and don’t really like sydney (although only visited it a very short while) coz it’s just another city, like singapore
    It’s crazy here, getting more and more crowded, becoming like HK..
    i’ve been reduced to hating going out on saturday coz it’s way too crowded.. i HATE crowdssss arrgghh

    hmm been to sby only for a shortwhile.. and been too long since i go to mks… haven’t really lived there in my adult/working life..
    maybe i should visit brisbane one day…


  4. 1980chandra
    Jun 16, 2008 @ 09:29:14

    i know what you mean. the last time i was in sydney, i freaked out because there were SO MANY people there.

    i think you’d like brisbane. it’s not really quiet but not too crowded. compared to sydney, brisbane is pretty mellow. it’s kinda in-between, you get the convenience of a city, but you don’t have to deal with the madness. of course, it’s bad during rush hours but it’s like that in any given city, isn’t it.


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