18 August 2010

Mary.


Mary and I used to work together for the UN. She was with the Good Governance Unit, and I, with PMSU (Communications). We were lunch buddies and eventually became very good friends. She left for Japan years later to take her Master's and Doctor's degree on a scholarship at Kobe University. She's a doctor now (plus she's doing volunteer work for a youth programme) and I am mighty proud of her.

She and I are quite different. She is idealistic and has the tendency to over-analyze things. I am, on the other hand, pragmatic. She is very proper and is a bit traditional. I am a rebel. She's an extrovert, I'm an introvert (although we both claim that we are shy, she doesn't believe me and I don't believe her. LOL).

But we are also similar in many ways -- we share the same love, respect, and passion for family, friendship, and work. We both love to travel. We love surprising each other. We both love to do volunteer work. We're both patient. We do not sweat the small stuff.

Yesterday, we had lunch at Mesa and dessert at Classic Confections at GB 5. She's in the country to take care of some documents she needs to bring back to Tokyo. It's quite refreshing to see how she has remained grounded and funny. We talked about work, about her life as a student in Japan, about her recent wedding, about dreams and hopes and plans.

We had such a grand time, laughing and talking and eating. It almost felt like we were back in the pantry of the UN office 11 years ago.

I still believe in the adage: "Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are" because it rings true. We all have different experiences and opinions, and we live different lives, but we somehow stick with people who share and believe in the values and principles we believe in and live by.

Have you observed how the wild or the mean girls stick together back in highschool and college? And how they still stick together now? :D We meet a lot of people along the way, make friends with some of them, but only those who share the same heart (values, principles, etc) with us stay in our life.

And this I know for sure -- I have the smartest, kindest friends. :)

And Mary? She's one of those who define true friendship to me.


Hukad's version is still yummier.


Shameless carnivore!


Mary's banana pie. I forgot to take a picture of my chocolate creme brulee.


We both had cappuccino with our desserts.


This is us, when I visited her five and a half years ago in Kobe.

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Ana August 18, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

Ate ai...makaguba sa diet ang imong pictures te hehehe...lami kaau tan-awon.

true friends are difficult to find jud te. you're lucky to have them as they are lucky to have you...^_^

Mommy Blogs August 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

she looks like a japanese =)

JoPiE August 19, 2010 at 3:35 AM  

your food shots are always amazing AI! makagutom, hehe.

friendships are to be celebrated. i have friends too who are different than me, on the outside, but if you look closer, we really share the same values and outlook in life. this just made me miss them.

Pia Congmon August 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

You worked for UN??? I'm jealous!!!

Aileen Siroy August 20, 2010 at 1:15 AM  

Ana said...
Ate ai...makaguba sa diet ang imong pictures te hehehe...lami kaau tan-awon.

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Hahaha. Lami gyud pud siya An! You're right, makaguba gyud ug diet! :D

Aileen Siroy August 20, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

Ana said...
true friends are difficult to find jud te. you're lucky to have them as they are lucky to have you...^_^

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Sakto gyud ka, An. Not a lot of people are sincere enough. And yes, I am lucky to have the kind of friends I have. I must have done something really good to deserve them. :)

Aileen Siroy August 20, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

Mommy Blogs said...
she looks like a japanese =)

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Yup, she does.

Aileen Siroy August 20, 2010 at 1:20 AM  

JoPiE said...
your food shots are always amazing AI! makagutom, hehe.

friendships are to be celebrated. i have friends too who are different than me, on the outside, but if you look closer, we really share the same values and outlook in life. this just made me miss them.

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Thank you, Jops! :D

I agree, about friendships being celebrated, and about how we share the same values with those closest to us.

Aileen Siroy August 20, 2010 at 1:26 AM  

Pia Congmon said...
You worked for UN??? I'm jealous!!!

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Hi Pi! Yup. :D Come, apply! :D

Pia Congmon August 25, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

I asked gyud bitaw. I don't think I have the qualifications they wanted (except that I really love volunteer work).

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