Somewhere in 2014, I befriended someone here on the blogs.
She was quite active on the blogs and we hit it off right away! I soon discovered that we could talk about just anything! We confided in each other a lot too.
She invited me to her birthday celebrations over them years but I never gotten around to attend any of them until this year, mid-September to be exact.
Was super excited to see someone whom I had been Skype-ing for years! Things slowed down between us when I got really serious with Art and her being in a new workplace didn't exactly help either.
Anyway, when I finally saw her face-to-face, she was much smaller in stature than I expected
It was really nice to be able to give her a hug finally...
I got to know more about her the 8 days I stayed with her. I followed her to her workplace one day and saw how she interacted with her boss and her subordinates! Was very impressed with her negotiating skills and all that. She clearly knows her stuff and her job well!
During my stay with her, I also found out that she's a doting mom to her 19 year-old daughter. We talked a lot about our kids coz they are almost of the same age. The fear, the worries, hope, the expectations...I think moms are the same everywhere!
We celebrated her birthday at her hometown, Bandung, a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations
I did some retail therapy while in Jakarta. In my opinion, the Indonesians have far more better batik selections than us Malaysians. Not surprisingly since the cultural point of origin being in Java, batik has had more time to develop in Indonesia.
MiMi went crazy shopping in this mall where everywhere MiMi looked was just 'Batiks', 'Batiks' and more 'Batiks'!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting another blogger for the second time around. I first met her in Kuala Lumpur when she came for a holiday 2 years ago. I bet you can guess by them slender fingers in the pic who this mysterious blogger is
MiMi also had the fortune to catch up with some old friends who were on their way to Bali! I befriended this couple way back in 2009 in Macau when they first started dating. They went through a lot of hurdles before she could finally joined him in Swansea, Wales
One of the loveliest couple and he's a very lucky man coz she's a great cook!