Thursday, December 31, 2009

Meeting Zurin

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!


  1. You made me smile.. such lovely sweet words and then TIGER BALM:)! To continue the prose..I expected eau de lavande:) No ..I like that so are so sweet..and have a great sense of humor too..Zurin's posts exude a beautiful elegance..your description is how I pictured her:) Thank you Ju..And Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family:)It's a pleasure to have met you this year!

  2. Oh, you have gone missing to KL. It must an awesome trip I bet! Happy New Year to you and family!

  3. one of my new years resolutions is to get involved in the local KC blogger groups... Good timing for this inspirational post

  4. Hi Ju,
    How wonderful you were able to meet your friend, Zurin! Call me crazy, but I've always loved the smell of Tiger Balm (childhood memories) but I'm sure Zurin didn't mind at all. How sweet your description of her and so heartfelt too.

    Wishing you a very healthy, happy new year filled with love.

  5. Welcome back, Ju!! I have been missing your posts :) Isn't it great to meet up in person with internet friends? Glad you have a great holiday in KL a wonderful meet up with Zurin :) Wishing you a very happy new year and many more delicious posts to come!

  6. Yes, I have learnt that from Zurin's latest post about you gals meeting-up. Lovely, isn't it? :-)

    Happy New Year!

  7. The coasters are pretty and dainty looking! It's nice to meet up with friends. Happy New Year!

  8. How wonderful to meet cyber friends IRL! It's always wonderful, isn't it? I'm glad you could hook up with zurin. Thanks for this lovely post.

    ...and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  9. Wow,I think I know exactly what you mean by leaving KL on a high! The internet has broken so many barriers and I can't help but be amazed at how the world is becoming borderless. Happy New Year!

  10. OHHH you are extremely kind JU! it was so special to meet you and your beautiful family. I would never have missed the opportunity! I hope we meet again:)))

    wishing you n your beautiful family a very very happy new year.May god bless all of you.


    btw...I LOVE tiger shd smell me when I use 'green oil eagle brand'! LOL


  11. This was so sweet!! Seems like both of you really enjoyed each moment though the meet-up was short. Due to everyone's hectic schedule, it's been very hard for all to allocate sometime for such activity. You two were so lucky!

    Happy New Year, Ju!


  12. Aww, this was so nice to read! I was eagerly anticipating your next post! Is it weird that I love the smell of Tiger Balm? :S
    Those coasters are so cute! Thanks for sharing this! Wishing you and your family a wonderful, safe and happy new year!

  13. It is always nice to meet up with fellow bloggers. I hope I am able to do so when I go back for CNY :) Wishing you and your family A Happy New Year.

  14. Ju, I read of your meeting on Zurin's post and was awaiting your view. What fun! I think I was almost as excited as the 2 of you! Too bad for the misconnect, but at least it wasn't a total one. One of my goals in 2010 is to personally meet up with fellow bloggers.

    Thanks for your post and as I write this, I smell the aroma of my best friend, Tiger Balm. I just used it before logging on this morning! It's a good thing ;-)

    Happy New Year, Ju. I wish you and your family the best in 2010.

    xo Diane

  15. Hello Ju,
    Happy New year and wishing you all the best for the coming year.

  16. Bentornata, Buon 2010, Daniela e Diocleziano.

  17. I come from Zurin's blog and I can see that your meeting was a very nice event for both of you ! ;o) I'm not surprised at all ! ;o))
    I wish you a very happy New Year !

  18. I can imagine all the fun meeting up and all the wonderful KL food. Very beautiful coasters....sweet gifts. Wish you a very Happy New Year!

  19. It's really fun for bloggers to meet up. I did that too during my recent Penang trip. Ju, if you need any info when travelling to Penang, pls drop me an email. Happy 2010 to you and your family!

  20. I just LOVE ur blog...and such awesome pics!
    Happy New Years!

  21. How cool is that Ju? I thought you must have gone away on a trip for the holidays...what fun!
    It has always been fun meeting cooking friends met on the internet...I have made some wonderful friends for life this way...
    Two lovely ladies indeed...
    and I adore the scent of Tiger Balm...:)
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  22. it's fun and interesting meeting wt blogger,right?.when I was back 2 years ago in Kl,I meet few popular foodies blogger and feel so comfortable and honor to know them at party and makan makan meet up..Hope to meet more foodies blogger again on my next trip back there:) Happy New Year to you and family:)

  23. So interesting! I met Ellie of Almost Bourdain and Trissa of Trissaliscious on December 29 in Sydney, Australia, and we blabbed away too. Happy New Year!

  24. It's so wonderful that you two were able to visit. The coasters are so beautiful!

    Happy New Year!

  25. Hopefully me will be your next meeting blogger, just joking, hahaha !! Happy New Year to you and your family, i looking forward to see your lovely baking/dishes from you..

  26. Hahahaha!!

    Happy New Year!!! Wish you a fab 2010!

  27. No no!!! the next should be me!!! Happy new year Ju, all the best for you and all your family.
    Xoxo, Sarah. :)