Christmas Day was spent unwrapping the one gift from Wuan that I have been hunting high and low for and window shopping with her at Mid Valley Megamall. After a morning of reflection, I needed some diversion to relax my tired mind from the weeks of intense schedule that I had been keeping since November. It is difficult not to acknowledge that age is catching up when body and mind are no longer able to endure stress like they used to.
A young woman came up to me at Carrefour and asked if I am Peter Tan. Hi Mei Keng! She blogs at Through My Eyes. When I asked for her blog URL, she told me it was an amateurish effort. That was how I started anyway. To me, personal blogs should have some form of amateur personality to it. Otherwise, a well polished blog would make it cold and distant and difficult to approach. And Hi Darlene! Darlene is Mei Keng’s friend.
It looked like everything in the mall was on sale. Having lived in Kuala Lumpur most of this year, I am beginning to wonder if there ever was a time when shops did not hold those 70% off promotions. Being a dupe for such bargains, I got myself a long-sleeved shirt and a polo tee for 50% and 70% off respectively. This year alone, I have increased my wardrobe by two-fold. I should seriously stop spending so much time in shopping malls.
After a full day of traipsing, Wuan and I settled down at Nam Heong Hainanese Chicken Rice for dinner. This is my favourite Hainanese chicken rice shop. I have not found any place serving chicken as tender and juicy as here. It was there that my school buddy William called out to me. He was also there for dinner with his wife Belinda and their daughter. After dinner, they came over to our table and we chatted and updated each other on our lives.
It is unimaginable that we were studying together in the same school more than twenty years ago. I still have many fond memories of our day in St. Xavier’s Institution in Penang although I was there for two years only. Those were the carefree times. It had been a good Christmas day today. Those two unexpected encounters made it all the more interesting. Unanticipated meetings like that are always pleasant. God knows I need more of those to perk up my days.