Last night, my panget and I had dinner with his college buds at TOC (Top of the CITI). It’s been a long time since I last saw them (I think it was Julie’s baby shower), with the exception of Grace and of Barbs. This dinner was somewhat special because it was Grace and Francis’ despedida – they’re moving to New Zealand this Saturday.
When I heard the news, I was in disbelief, I couldn’t believe that it was already March! I remember Grace telling us that the plan was that March – they’re supposed to leave, but she was still unsure – maybe she was giving themselves a margin for error of some sort. Anyhoo, I received a message on friendster from Barbs, informing me of the despedida dinner and to get a bon voyage card and to remind my panget about it – of course, since Lolo Edmund is crippled(due to his recent torn ACL injury) he might forget. After reading the message, there was no feeling. But last night, when I saw Grace, the idea of her relocating sank in. Yes, she’s really leaving and moving to New Zealand.
Since Barbs and Grace are best friends, I asked my panget candidly ‘Mag-iiyakan ba sila?’ To which he replied ‘Makikita natin sa dinner’ with a smirk on his face. I was expecting a little tears – but when we sat down at the dinner table, I asked Barbs and she said ‘Iniyak ko na lahat yan’ So, I guess she did cry, by her hubby’s testimony – she cried buckets. That’s understandable – because I went through the same ordeal – except of course my best friend came back naman. Barbs need not worry because there’s the information gateway – the internet at her side. Whenever she feels the need to communicate with Grace – all she needs to do is turn of the computer and write away.
Barbs claims that she’s cried all the tears – I beg to differ, I also thought I wouldn’t cry anymore when my best friend left for Singapore – but as it turns out, when she called me from the airport – tears started welling up and I couldn’t help but cry – cry buckets that is (in the middle of Greenhills – while shopping, mind you! My panget was clueless on why I was crying! When I told him who I was speaking with – he just smiled, sort of understood what was going on and told me ‘May internet naman noh!’ then hugged me) To be honest, I had a feeling na Grace was naiiyak na but trying her best not to shed a tear. But when Eleanor handed Grace her gift and opened it – she was super making pigil not to cry – but I can see that her eyes were becoming watery. Good thing no one cried, because if someone cried – it will cause a chain of events – everybody will start crying – me included. I feel kind of silly that I ‘feel’ for Grace and Barbs – I don’t know why! I guess I’m emotional that way, I’m very empathetic – I even cry on TV commercials! Konti lang – luluha na.. (ask my panget – he swears by it!! promise!)
Barbs – it’s okay, you can always visit Grace!! 🙂 You can email one another pa! Good thing there’s the internet – at least you can chat, email, or speak to one another. My panget is just a phone call or text away (if you want his company that is.. hehehe. 🙂 ) Schedule a chat session! (I know it’s juvenile – but I swear, it helps)
Grace – Bon Voyage!! As I promised, I will visit you – someday.. 🙂 Have a nice time! Our next dinner would be in New Zealand na, with Barbs – hahahaha!! (nananaginip pa ata ako!!) Teach me the New Zealand accent! Hihi.. 🙂 Sun Hong!! 🙂 If you decide to come back to Manila – we’ll all be here for you (kung gusto mo may mga matching banners and streamers pa at the airport!)
Tricia & Adrian – CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m excited to see a mini-Adrian this time! 🙂