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Monday, February 07, 2005

Great UW Friends Meetup

Reginald's back in Singapore, so it was time to meet friends again, namely, Alan, Jie Hui, Shu Min and Suyin. But such is the life of a young Singaporean that we could not all meet, nor could we meet on time. Jie Hui and Suyin weren't free (the latter had last minute Chinese New Year shopping).

The rest of us arranged to meet at City Hall MRT at 7:30pm, but when I got there, I realised that it was too crowded to spot familiar faces, so I suggested a less crowded place, MPH Bookstore in CityLink Mall. Since I had arrived early, I browsed at HMV for a while and gawked at their outrageously high prices.

Alan was there first, followed by Reginald. Shu Min was late -- even though it was her day off! We settled on dinner at Nooch Noodle Bar in the mall. What a bad choice that turned out to be in terms of service.

Case in point: ordering water
The waiter, who looked like he was the head waiter based on his attire, came to take our order. We said we'd need a few more minutes, but in the meantime, could we have some water please? I noticed he didn't look too pleased when he heard that. Alarm bells rang in my head but I didn't think much of it.

Shu Min arrived 10 minutes later, but not our water. So we asked a waitress for water while placing our orders and assumed that we could finally quench our thirst. The food arrived, but we had to wait another 10 minutes for our water and her orange juice. At this point, I thought that maybe the waiters either had to do a rain dance or were waiting for hell to freeze over, you know, so there would be ice to melt. And maybe they had just planted orange shrubs for the juice.

We finished our dinners and our glasses were empty. Based on our past experience, we weren't sure if we should ask for more water. And we didn't. Instead, we sans Alan adjourned to Starbucks for coffee, though it turned out that none of us actually did order that beverage. Reginald had green tea, I had regular tea, and Shu Min had hot chocolate.

Over dinner and after-dinner drinks, we did the usual talk, like updating one another on what has been going on in our lives. Interestingly, out of all the times that we met, there was little to no talk about working or financial blues. Instead, we talked about what we wanted in the future, e.g. job, spouse, life, etc. Maybe we've become more numb to our current lives that we've stopped wishing and hoping.

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