I don’t plan to write a blog entry about the things and people I’m going to miss in UTP. However, what I am going to do, is to tell how it feels to wave at the people you appreciate for the last time that you probably won’t see for a long time to come. In some cases, maybe never, but online social networking makes long distance connectivity possible. Nonetheless, you and I know its just different afterwards.
Just a few days ago, Mizah invited me over to have lunch with Syadia and Farhan, a little get together before we’d go separate ways. Its a little funny because I don’t meet these people much, but I really like them a lot, haha! If Syah had been there, it’d have been pretty much complete, its a real pity I haven’t met him lately. He’s the guy that hooked me onto Family Outing and Korean pop music after all!
Over lunch, we talked about some of our course mates that we know are going to get married soon, when all four of us aren’t hooked up with anyone. It really does tell you that time has passed and some of us are even at the stage of life where marriage is a serious thought that comes around. We’re all stumped though, we all have absolutely no idea who Afifi is getting married to before the year even ends!
Syadia’s all smiles
Our future jobs was also something we went on about. We’re all excited. Mizah’s already planned what to treat herself with the funds from her first pay check. I haven’t even thought of my little ‘gift’ just yet. Still, we’re all rather nervous about what’s in store for us next year. While I guess all of us are hoping that PETRONAS will consider us, there’s never anything guaranteed. Its a wonder where all four of us will be just a few months from now. God willing, we’ll all have good jobs, good wages and a good job environment.
Plenty of laughs went about, and it was just nice. There wasn’t anything particularly fantastic about our conversation, perhaps other than my description to the two girls about Farhan’s ‘breasted’ mouse pad, which his rather conservative roommate said was ‘interesting’, hahahaha! The best thing about that time was just having us appreciating each others company, which was just enough. The personal touch with the people you really appreciate is always important.
After lunch, Farhan and I waved goodbye to Mizah as we got out of her car. She left the next day. Syadia’s leaving next week so I’ll try to meet her before I leave. Just a few hours ago, I said goodbye to Farhan too when he came to return my Tintin comics. He’ll be leaving a day before I finish my exams. He’s got to be one of the most friendly, open minded and straightforward people I’ve met. He’s totally my kind of person. He’s the kind of person if you tell him to tell you if you’re bad at something, he’ll really tell you that you are bad. There’s no pretence with this guy.
The night before, I called Salwa out to chat, since she left the day I went for lunch with the other three. An old schoolmate, and definitely one character people can’t miss once they’ve met her. She’s probably the craziest person I know and she’s very upfront about her ‘aegyo’ (which is why I think I kind of avoided her a little in high school =b). She’s the only girl I know who is totally crazy about video games, she’s a huge console fan. She even won a ticket to a ‘Video Games Live’ event because she posted the most twitter entries on video game soundtracks!
Salwa and I at the farewell batch dinner
DC comic characters on the television screen is something she’s really into and we can talk about them for hours and hours and hours, which we actually did that night. Behind all that though, she’s a fine girl, crazy, but yet with a fair bit of substance, she’s not the type that’s full of hot air or anything.
You see, with people like that, its easy enough to bid farewell on the outside with a simple wave or saying goodbye but there’s still a bit of me inside that says “Please don’t go.” Regardless, I still move on because they’ve got their own paths to take and I have mine too even though its a truth that hurts somewhat. Saying goodbye to Farhan and Mizah wasn’t emotional or anything, but it does feel a bit of a pity to have to see them go.
Of course, these won’t be the only people I’ll be leaving once I make my way out of UTP next week. There are others too, I may or may not have my chance to say goodbye to all of them. I do hope I’ll be able to say goodbye properly to at least some of these people, because there are always a few good people that you love, because of who they are to you. That is why I’m glad I got to meet Salwa and Farhan especially. I’ve had to leave friends behind several times, when I moved to Ho Chi Minh, when I moved back to KL, when I moved to Tronoh. Then, I didn’t really think saying goodbye was important. I do now though, so I hope I’ll have the chance to do that.