Forever Friends

Xinyi Area and Ximending

Newly-renovated Ming Yao and Danshui

Ten years ago, in a room situated in the corner of our high school building (that odd room with windows always wide-open you can smell the reeking scent of unwashed humanity), I was seated beside a girl whose baon would consist of an assortment of veggies (usually broccoli) and burnt hotdogs. Seated behind me was a shy, quiet girl who, ironically, would receive roses and chocolates even on an ordinary day. I was not the friendliest girl then, but thanks to my myopia, I became instant friends with the girls who would willingly lend me their notes because I can barely see what is written on the blackboard. I owe my fond high school memories, most especially Physics tutor classes, to these girls.

Years later, we were separated in college, despite having promised the "broccoli"girl that we will both take up medicine and pursue my dream of becoming a pediatrician one day (epic fail). With busy university lives, we managed to keep our friendship by going out during semester breaks, even if that means meeting in Ongpin, because after all, we're Binondo girls!

Had I taken another degree, or went to some other path, I don't think the friendship I have with Monica (then broccoli girl, now Dra. Madera) and Monnette (then shy girl, now Excess Super--- oops typo hahaha---, now a sassy professional working in Citi Group) would ever be the same. They have already visited me twice here in Taipei, when I was still a graduate student, and now that I'm already working.

They booked their October trip June of this year, without having the slightest idea that I will find a job here in Taipei right after graduation.

The pictures are some of my favorite shots taken with my trusty Lumix and tripod. It's funny how people giggle at the sight of me tinkering with the camera and setting the tripod. You can even hear them say "好棒喔!" (Amazing!)

Thank you for always being there, in BBM, online, text, anywhere, anytime. I love you girls so much!

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