“don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. a farewell is necessary before you can meet again. and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”


so, it’s Tuesday. less than 48 hours ago, I was at the airport saying goodbye to one of my closest friends from ACJC choir and it felt so bittersweet.

in a short span of two-and-a-half years, this friend of mine went from being a random Malaysian scholar from JB, to one of my good friends, to one of my great friends (since the four of us from Choir ’13 who came back as alumni became damn tight). despite my extremely cold exterior, I did feel all kinds of sadness knowing that yet another friend of mine was leaving for greener pastures. in this case, it was Mao Fong leaving for King’s College to study medicine.

I can distinctly remember the day in 2012 where a boy in my choir discussion focus group went “hi guys, I’m from a school in JB!”
I mean, hey, it’s not every day you meet a direct scholar from another country, right? and I can truly say that my choir journey would’ve been fundamentally different without having met this helluva guy.

I am currently at a loss for words (I blame my Philosophy tutorial earlier for scrambling my thought process) but I must say that I am truly, genuinely, and excitedly happy for him— he’s always wanted to become a doctor and now he’s on his way to pursuing his dreams. I am confident that everything can only get better from here, and I will be addressing him as Dr. Lim soon. in time, in time. in the meanwhile, I’ll be missing his cat greatly.

I’m really overjoyed to know that those around me are going to do great things in the future (and I’m really going to enjoy the perks of having such accomplished friends— free medical consultations, free legal assistance, free help with taxes… amongst other things…) and I truly can’t wait to see what the future will be like when they are back. 🙂

“’til the road leads to home again”

good luck, my friend— do well in King’s and make us proud!

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
— Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Richard Bach

(credits for the pictures at the airport go to Ming Rui and her camera [even though I did take a few shots with it])

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