Two Degrees of Separation

There is a good thing about meeting an online friend who is also a fellow blogger. We would already have a general idea of how each other is like from reading each other’s blog. Still, I was pleasantly surprised when I met Adriene for the first time. She was on an overnight trip here and we arranged to meet in church for Mass this morning. Since she is active in Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, I had an impression of an outdoorsy rough and tumble girl which was only partially correct. I also had in mind a boisterous character but Adriene is soft-spoken and very courteous. She was featured in The Star yesterday.

We met Lilian after Mass. That was sort of a mini bloggers’ meet, the three of us, inside the Cathedral. I thought how wonderful it was that although we enjoy similar interest in keeping weblogs, the topics that we write about is absolutely dissimilar. Lilian blogs about her family and motherhood. Adriene promotes the Raleigh International. I write about the mundane. That is how different we are yet similar in many ways.

I am glad that Adriene had looked me up. Apart from the pleasure of meeting her in real life for the first time, we discovered that Michael, her travelling buddy for this trip, is related to Peter and me. Michael’s grandfather and our grandmother were siblings. Who would have thought that my second degree friend via Adriene would turn out to be my second cousin? Peter and I met a relative we never knew we had. This is an incredible day.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

11 thoughts on “Two Degrees of Separation”

  1. so adriene is catholic too, peter? good to know of another catholic blogger.

    then of course we have lilian, catholic and a penangtite! but still, it looks like we are the only 2 who announce in our blog profile that we are catholics. 🙂

  2. It was a pleasure to meet you too Peter. Thanks to you and your cousin, Peter for being excellent hosts!

    Best wishes,

  3. Lucia,
    We like to announce our faith in our blogs while others do it in subtle ways.

    You are welcome. The next time you are here, we can go explore more of Penang and have more char koay teow… the nicer ones.

  4. Hi Peter
    Nice to meet up with Adriene too. In fact, I log on to check her blog and typed Adrian! No wonder I couldn’t find it.
    As for the other comments, I have no comment. ;o)
    But, please don’t say you write about the mundane. I found your blog not mundane but straight to the heart.

  5. I was in Penang too. Darn, wish I knew. Why do you guys post AFTER it happens. LOL.

    Peter, I read. If your blog is anything, it’s not so much religion. It’s faith. And that is noble in any religion.



  6. Lilian,
    I do blog about the mundane. As you can see, my life is anything but extraordinary. Perhaps that is how I view it because when I see how colourful a life some people live, mine truly pales in comparison. By the way, are you with the group that will be coming over to carol at my place?

    That was fun. At least you both found that out. My father have 12 other siblings. If ever I were to bump into the cousins or nephews that I seldom meet or have never met before, I would not be able recognise them or know that we are related.

    It was an impromptu meet. We were not sure until the last minute. There will always be opportunities for that. If you have a photo in your blog, maybe the next time I bump into you in the street, I will say hi. How is that for starters?

  7. Hey, Mack, next time you are here, tell us lar. We belanja nasi kandar, mee sultan, sup ‘torpedo’ lembu…just name it, we have it.

    Peter, I don’t think it is our group but the youth group. Our choir group has more than 40 members, age from 6 years old to 80 years old (auntie Suzanne). If we sing in your apartment, all the mirrors and glasses will crack! We have altos, tenor, bass and carafe like me sing soprano la. BTW, I can’t sing. I joined because I don’t know what else to do on Christmas (hint, hint,want to invite me for turkey dinner ah?). Can’t blame me ‘cos I am only a 2 years old Christian.

  8. Lilian,
    Anne informed me they will be dropping by on 23rd. This is going to be fun. Turkey dinner? Sure can. You bring the turkey and we can have a merry time lor. How?

  9. LOL, I actually grew up in Penang. Was a ‘street kid’ who roamed KOMTAR after school. Our family still has a house in Island Park and I have an apartment in Gurney Drive. When I’m back there, you’ll know. Though I think Nasi Kandar is not my choice, I prefer the good ole’ Air Itam laksa. Hehe.

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