So I went a short hiatus. The first thing that caught my eye when I logged into my email was a message from Kenny, asking, "Haven't seen your new post for 10 million years, hope everything's fine. Happy Holidays!!!"
Awww, that's so schweeeet ... someone actually noticed ... LOL. Thanks, dear Kenny!
Well, if you have read Zurin's blog, you would know where I had disappeared to. And that we actually got to meet! Meeting her (just before I headed home) was literally the Cherry on a Cake. I left Kuala Lumpur on a high. :)
Bye bye, KL! We'll be baaaack!
I had planned a family trip to KL and emailed Zurin if she would like to meet? Yes, came her reply. But we didn't make concrete plans, given our uncertain schedules. So we decided to play it by ear and keep 28 December in mind, the only day suitable for the both of us. As promised, she texted me to confirm our meeting, but I didn't get the message, and so, the day passed with both of us thinking the other party couldn't make it.
The next morning, I decided to call and say a quick hello ... at least to hear Zurin's voice before leaving. :) And she picked up the call within 2 rings! I was so happy! It was an indescribable joy. :) After a quick chat, we both hastily arranged to meet before I left for Singapore - she would rush down to see me within the next 90mins.
At noon, I came down with my family in tow. I did a quick scan of the lobby and spotted a petite lady sitting daintily in a corner. I instantly knew it was Zurin. I smiled and she smiled back warmly, and we walked over to each other and hugged. I must have reeked of Tiger Balm, though! I slathered on the medicated rub to nurse an aching back - the result of a pulled muscle while juggling the baby and shopping bags. Sorry, Zurin! ;P
The first thing that strikes you about Zurin are her amazing liquid brown eyes. They are big, beautiful, kind, soulful eyes ... in a soft hue of chestnut. And then you notice the classy bob that frames her delicate face. When she rose from her seat, the word "French" came to mind. Like the refined French ladies who are always well-coiffed and immaculate, she was a picture of elegance. Très chic!
And we talked. Oh yes, we talked! No icebreaker needed - we chatted like we'd known each other for ages. It was strange and surreal - the ease at which we connected, but chemistry works in mysterious ways, no?
Zurin also gave me a lovely gift - 2 sets of exquisitely embroidered linen coasters, which she had hurriedly bought just before coming to meet me. What a sweet gesture from a sweet lady! I will surely treasure them. Thank you so very much!
These designs came in a pack of 6 each. Aren't they pretty?
I would have loved to continue chatting as the world went by, but my family was waiting and I had to go. And Zurin, ever so thoughtful, did not want to impose. So we embraced and bade each other farewell, with the hopeful promise that we'd meet again soon. And I have a feeling we will. In the car ride home, my daughter asked if we could come back again. What do you think was my reply? ;)
Thank you, Zurin, for your time and wonderful company. It's my pleasure and privilege to be your friend, and I can't wait till the next time we meet again!