The Best Friend Dinner #3
Lilian and I caught up again last night. I had a giant bag of books to give her. Really it was only three books, but they were huge! At the end of the night she told me about how she was buying eBooks for her new tablet to take to Europe to keep herself occupied while travelling – she didn’t feel right buying eBooks because she really wanted the physical books. I, on the other hand, could get used to eBooks. Which is why I was giving my old books to her. 😄 She still plans to have a library.
We went to Yebisu Izakaya again. I ate so much candy last week and I wanted to eat something that had healthier, lighter options. We went for the lotus chips again – getting two bowls this time. Sooooo yummy. I am in love with those lotus chips. Lilian dropped one and since we had our bags on the floor, we had a quick look through our bags to see if it landed in one of them. We couldn’t find it, and it wasn’t on the floor surrounding us, so we decided to forget about it. Even though we were really wondering if we’d find it later…
I ordered some aburi sushi. I love seared fish nigiri! Aburi sushi is basically seared fish on top of a rectangular prism of rice. Nigiri is the style of sushi that usually has a topping on a small piece of rice. We also shared some soft shell crab roll, which was super delicious.
After eating, we did some Christmas shopping! I won’t go into details here, since presents are surprises. 🎄🎁 We also looked for lipstick for Lilian for her upcoming work party, and I bought some hair removal gel. I tried waxing my arm recently but I think the hairs on my arm are too thin. I also tried waxing my legs… which was OK. Not that great. It was my first time trying it out. So I’m trying a few other things besides shaving. 😆
We sat down and made a list of wedding-things. I was worried that there was something I had not given a single thought to. But when we listed things out, nothing came up as a surprise. I mean – I have already thought flowers, hair, makeup, photography, nails, music, MC, who will be doing speeches, guest gifts, name cards, invitations, and more… we have ideas for all those things already. Whether or not I have executed any of those ideas to any extent is another story, though. 😝
While we were making the list we were having tea in a small cafe, and I had a macaron. It was in the cafe that Lilian found the missing lotus chip in her bag! I struggled to get through my super-hot earl grey tea as quickly as I’d liked, but we weren’t in a huge rush anyway. I took the teabag out of the cup and put it on a saucer. Lilian took a photo but I look silly in it. Haha.
The cafe was soon to close so we had to move and sit in the shopping centre for a bit to finish up the list. We were comparing our experiences or knowledge of different weddings from different cultures. Lilian told me some stuff I didn’t know about Buddhist and Chinese weddings, like taking a pig’s head and body, locking the bride up, having all vegetarian food (that would not bother me at all though!)… funny what you don’t know.
On the train we found ourself reminiscing over high school. We graduated eight years ago, which was shortly after I first started blogging seriously on my website rather than on a specialised blogging platform. Speaking of blogging, I deleted Lilian’s blog that used to be hosted on heartdrops.org. She forgot that she had it so said I could go ahead and delete it. 😆
While we were talking about high school we were trying to remember who our school captains were. I took a stab – I think I was pretty accurate. But when I looked at our yearbook once I got home, I couldn’t find anything that specifically named the captains. Just a mention from one of the captains on his profile. That confirmed my guess, but Lilian and I were wondering about the vice-captains too!
I spent some time trawling through our grade’s yearbook. So much drama happened and I have lost touch with a lot of people who we used to hang out with. I was on the yearbook committee as one of the editors and it was sort of an open committee until everyone just wanted to join in. Then the yearbook coordinator, one of the teachers, had to kick people out of the library because we just weren’t getting shit done. It was a fun time, though.
A final thought on school…
As I looked through the yearbook I remember stories from some of my friends about being bullied. I remembered struggles that I went through. I remember the popularity contests that were the nomination of the school prefects. I remember just not being one of those popular people. And yet, in the end, I feel that it was us – the quiet ones, myself included – who were on the yearbook committee, who, even though were required to include and edit most of the content that was submitted regardless of bias, quietly put together the yearbook the way we wanted. We may not have been the popular kids, but we made more than just a valuable contribution.