Ha, I saw this picture somewhere on the world wide web and I thought, “Hey this sentence totally relates to how I feel when I am with her.”
And then I couldn’t help but smile, thinking about all the random things we do when we are with each other. Why just that Sunday (3 April), we were driving to the furniture mall to look at sofas and beds for her sister. We ended up screaming at the top of our lungs at each other in the car. In an extremely fun way obviously.
By the way, we recently swopped roles and she has been getting used to driving the beast of the car while I am in charge of giving directions. And yes, we’ve realised I’m not that great at giving clear instructions.
On our way to the mall, there were plenty of stops and starts because I couldn’t get my bearings right. But really, it’s Google Map’s fault for being too succinct in their step-by-step guide to our destination. More on that later.
The first mall we went to was so-so. Not much of a variety offering reasonable prices. But I enjoyed our journey there because she gave me one of her special home-made cupcakes that she baked for her Mum’s birthday. It was tiny and laced generously with peanut butter and topped with a huge cube of chocolate. It was also gone in two seconds. That was how yummy it was. Made me even hungrier. Although I could just be hungry for her. You should have seen her. She wore her vintage blouse dotted with little flowers and a dark blue linen shorts paired with a dark brown weave belt. Her chubby cheeks was slightly rosy and her smile was infectious. We didn’t managed to take a picture. We should take more pictures together. Anyway she looked great. You can take my word for it.
On our way to the second mall which was literally at the western end of the city, we decided to let me drive while she gave directions. Her sister even voted for it over the phone. At first we were just chatting over the thumping music and then we danced to the beats a little like we were intoxicated. When I waved my hands in the air over the steering wheel, she said it was “hands-free driving”. I kinda thought it was funny.
Then our voices got louder and Louder and LOUDER. AND WE STARTED SCREAMING THINGS THAT PROBABLY MAKE SENSE TO ONLY US.
“YOU CHAO AH GUA!”
“YOU CHAO GU NIANG!”
“YOU DANCE LA!”
“I SQUASH YOUR FACE AH!”
“I THROW YOU OUT OF THE MOVING CAR!”
“I THROW YOU OUT OF THE AIRPLANE!”
“I THROW YOU DOWN THE TOILET!”
“YOU STOP IT AH!”
“NO, YOU STOP IT!”
Cue mock drunk dancing.
The car might have bounced or wobbled a little because of our impromptu loud decibels. Other drivers might have also swerved out of their way to avoid us on the expressway. We were screaming and laughing throughout. And we saw a gorgeous sunset. We love sunrises and sunsets and all the times in between. They are like our theme. Like if we had a party, we’d make everyone wear some form of sun-shaped costume or accessory.
When we finally arrived, I was partially deaf and her voice was hoarse. Our throats were sore. We decided that we would not scream anymore. At least not in the rundown mall we were walking into.
Deserted as it was, it was nice testing out rock hard couches, soft plushy sofas and firm armchairs. Measuring them and visualising how they’d look in the living room while shivering in the freezing air-con temperatures. It was so cold my hands were trying to find a way to hide in between her armpits for warmth and she was busy making baby-like sulky noises to deter me. You don’t know how that sound like? Well, just like noises a sulky baby would make.
Ok, back to the sofa. We finally settled on one that had velvety covers and faux leather lining. It looked retro, was the right size and importantly, it had a price that was within the budget. What clinched the deal was that we could choose the colours we want! How cool is that? And yes, we are new to furniture shopping.
Hey Internet, you should know we are so similar that we want to be equally precise when it comes to deciding the perfect colours. We sat there for close to an hour matching fabrics after fabrics of the colour swatches while discussing with her sister about her preferred choices. We even had to shield the reflected light with her cardigan over our heads like as though it was raining in the store so we could take quality pictures and send them to her sister.
Finally, after what seemed like days, the results were out. America has voted. We have the winners! Grape and off-White cream! Sounds like a yummy food combo. It’s way cooler. Can’t wait to see it IRL.
That was only our second stop in three hours. We were hungry, thirsty and tired. We had another mall to go to. And that was at the eastern end of the city.
So we ate McDonald’s in the car. And hot, partially soggy, slightly salty fries are the bomb. Or maybe they were so yummy because she fed me. It was good we had a hot meal in us anyway. Driving from one end to the other twice in a row in an hour because we missed one exit was exhausting. All because Google Map said “Exit 5” and we only saw “Exit 5a” so we drove on and on until we reached the opposite of where we were supposed to be. Who’d know it’d be the same exit huh? Huh? HUH?!
But yes, we did get to the mall in the end. Even managed to pick up a bed before the store closed. That was how efficient we can be. We also bought some household decor like candle, table mat, candles, curtains, groceries and a vase from the other stores. It was tiring. But it was good practice for when we finally get a place of our own. HA! Always looking on the bright side of things, I’d always say.