I met up with Busymum and her friend Norita for lunch just now (refer to here if you don’t know who they are).
It was nice to finally meet them. Me and Busymum have been planning to meet since months ago but due to her busy schedule, it was postponed many times. It so happened that both of them were free today, so Busymum arranged for us to meet at Madam Kwan’s. She arrived first; Norita arrived only after I finished my food.
To tell you the truth, I was very nervous about this meeting for two reasons: 1) that was my first time meeting a fellow blogger whom I’ve never met before; and 2) they were old friends of MrsN#1. I asked Superwoman to come along, but she had another lunch appointment to go to. What the heck… I’ll go alone then. Anyway, Superwoman advised me to stop referring to them as MrsN#1 friends, instead think of them as my new found friends. With that in mind, I felt much better and ready to face the music.
As I was driving to KLCC, Busymum texted me saying that she has arrived. When I arrived, I saw her sitting down with her back facing me and I noticed her tudung. Slowly, I went up to her and tapped her on the shoulder. She looked up; and when I saw the wide smile on her face, I knew I’ll be alright in this woman’s company.
Busymum is a lovely lady, full of zest. She likes curry laksa, and told me she’d finish a whole bowl of cendol at one go when she saw me taking my time finishing mine. We talked about her daughter’s experience in getting a scholarship to read Medicine, her travels and her family. Now I know that to do Medic, you need at least RM500k to complete the course. Wah lau… mana nak cari duit?
Then the second madam arrived. She’s another perky lady who speaks in an alternate slang of Kelantanese and Bahasa Malaysia to suit the person she was talking to. When she spoke to me, she used the normal Bahasa Malaysia but when she spoke to Busymum, she switched to the Kelantanese dialect. And they’d be laughing away reminiscing their good old days at school. She also brought along some photos of them with MrsN#1. That’s very thoughtful of her.
As we probed further on each other’s background, I found out that her husband comes from my kampong ~ orang Parit! And they know my parents’ friend, Cikgu Ros! What a small world! Her husband would probably know my mother as well, but this, she has to confirm with her husband. Norita also used to work in the same organization as me, but I've never bumped into her before this (different department lah).
And Busymum, she used to stay in Ipoh at one point of time, at the same taman perumahan where my parents are currently staying! Oh wow… I couldn’t believe the coincidences! Does this normally happen when strangers meet? I doubt so. But in our case, it did.
I'm sure there are other coincidences that would have been discovered but I couldn't stay longer to chat. As I took my leave, Busymum presented me with a package, "For the girls.. ", she said. That's very sweet of her. I promised to invite them over to the house one of these days. I hope we'll stay in touch and continue to remain friends.
So today, I made two new friends. I hope there'll be more to come. Thanks Busymum and Norita... it was lovely meeting you two!