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.
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.