After a fantastic dinner yesterday, my friends and I were lolling about, enjoying the restaurant’s extremely relaxed ambience. It was as though we had booked the entire place for our own pleasure. We were talking about everything and midway a story my friend was relating about her travels, a conversation I once had a long time ago popped into my head.
It was in 2010, sometime around 19-20 March. Whatsapp was new and exciting to us. We had just started chatting to each other not long ago and our conversations can last as long as the night and begin as early as the sunrise. We couldn’t get enough of each other. I would send her “good morning” messages when I wake up and she would text me when she flew back home or had wi-fi access. That night was no different.
I remember that night as though it was yesterday. I was at a popular club with my friends and we had jugs of vodka. The music was blasting and they were urging me to dance with them. But all I wanted to do was sit down in a quiet corner or go straight home so I could continue talking to her in peace. Every time a message from her popped up, I had to reload the app to retrieve it because the reception in the club was poor. But it didn’t matter. I had a silly grin on my face the entire night and it was hard to stop smiling.
3/19/10 PM 09:10:54: Her: Wei 11, ur turn at Words!!!
3/19/10 PM 11:58:39: Me: Honey!!! You’re back!!!
3/20/10 AM 12:14:31: Her: lol! how did u noe i was gone?
3/20/10 AM 01:01:52: Me: Coz I’m just awesome like that You miss me innit
3/20/10 AM 01:02:23: Her: i went to see koala bears & kangaroos!
3/20/10 AM 01:03:23: Me: Lol!! How are they? Furry and brown enough for you?
3/20/10 AM 01:03:53: Her: furry and funny hahahaha
3/20/10 AM 01:04:06: Me: Are they better than
3/20/10 AM 01:04:17: Her: u r a mind reader
3/20/10 AM 01:05:10: Me: Only when it comes to you lol
3/20/10 AM 01:05:27: Her:
3/20/10 AM 01:06:20: Me: Lol! What time is it over there
3/20/10 AM 01:06:59: Her: it is…. wanna guess?
3/20/10 AM 01:07:42: Me: Yes!!! Which part of ozzie land are you at? Oh btw can you stop thrashing me at words?!
3/20/10 AM 01:08:57: Her: sorry honey
3/20/10 AM 01:09:04: Me: Perth? Mmm melbourne?
3/20/10 AM 01:09:05: Her: im jUz too li hai
3/20/10 AM 01:09:14: Me: Li hai simi. And honey, I’ve been taking my honey regularly. Hope you’re taking redoxon too
3/20/10 AM 01:10:29: Her: omg yeah i was caught in a massive downpour dat day n i. had nowhere to hide n it was coooold
3/20/10 AM 01:10:50: Me: Lol!! When?! Maybe koala bears and kangaroos can give you warm. Lol!! Wear more clothes abd stop sleeping with just a bathrobe on!
3/20/10 AM 01:11:44: Her: they didnt hahahahaa i didnt! the hotel doesnt provide bathrobes n its hilton!
3/20/10 AM 01:12:16: Me: Aw… But they have cookie?
3/20/10 AM 01:12:57: Her: nope!!!!!!!
3/20/10 AM 01:12:57: Me: I will give you cookie when you’re back la
3/20/10 AM 01:13:49: Her: really? big n warm n yummy type?
3/20/10 AM 01:14:01: Me: Lol!! Of course. xoxo honey
3/20/10 AM 01:15:35: Her: xoxo = hugs & kisses!
She would also send me the photos she had taken with her Nokia phone by downloading them to her iTouch. I would often send her random and pretty pictures I took with my iPhone while we would ask each other to send more photos so we could see the world and all the interesting stuff through each other’s eyes. That night she must have uploaded the photos before she texted me because she came well-prepared.
3/20/10 AM 01:21:05: Her: <media attached> can u tell wat dis is?
3/20/10 AM 01:26:45: Me: Lol!!! How did you blend three soaps together?! Show me more pics!! I’ve never seen a koala and kangaroo up close and personal
3/20/10 AM 01:27:35: Her: i didnt! my mum did! she’s crazy like dat! but i tot it looked super cute like a fake cake
3/20/10 AM 01:29:02: Me: Hahaha i did thought it was a cake
3/20/10 AM 01:31:21: Her: view from room <media attached>
And the moment when I knew she had me…
3/20/10 AM 01:31:45: Her: chicks
3/20/10 AM 01:31:52: Me: Where?! Hot?!
3/20/10 AM 01:32:02: Her: <see picture above> lol! yessss!!! ur fave!
3/20/10 AM 01:32:14: Me: Indeed
3/20/10 AM 01:32:33: Her: white black asian.. all there!
3/20/10 AM 01:33:56: Me: Oh man… They are too hairy for me
Her laughter, even though I could only see it on the phone’s screen, was the most beautiful sound I heard that night.