"It's Hiiiiiiuyu, not Hiiiuyi!" you exclaimed.
I looked at you with wide eyes, still unable to believe that we've stayed in touch all these years. And after all this time, I still can't get your name right.
I met Hiuyu (also known as Venus) during my trip to Taiwan. It felt like a scene from a drama as we connected one afternoon due to an earthquake in Taipei. She was staying at the hostel where I was working.
Hiuyu, soft-spoken like me, was just as awkward and quiet, but sitting together in silence felt oddly comfortable, like we each had our own little world. I wondered if she was an introvert like me at the time.
We spoke, shared laughter, and exchanged contacts before she left. She was the last person I met during that journey.
You know, they say fate is magical.
You're the one who alwasy checked in on me, and even offering to send me food. It felt like you're here with me (sometimes); and it felt like you'd never left. And sometimes, you do make me wish you're here with me.
Seeing you again felt like a reunion with a distant friend.
I thought through our text sometimes, wondering how you are, and it was so funny when you dropped me a text when I liked your story saying you were just thinking about how I was doing.
It was unexected; because we didn't spent alot of time together, nor did we talked alot. But our friendship grew steadily and consistently over the years.
Back to the present, I looked at you flipping over the menu, occasionally giggling. I wonder if you're as awkward as I am, because we aren't exactly close, but we are close enough, somewhat. We got our lunch, and it was one of my longest and most enjoyable lunch ever!
"We are going to M+ next".
It's really nice and kind of you to bring me to an art place, knowing that I am wildy passionate towards art while being not really an art lover yourself. But but but, I really am really impressed by your artistic interpretation of things! You'd really gotten a unique flare for catching onto things.
I looked at your eyes wandered far away, as if traveling across the cosmos of your thoughts, as you thought deeply. I like how you'd take my question seriously and answered them earnestly. This is probably why we don't do much small talks. And I really like how we talked about really deep stuff in the museum! It was my favourite "artwork" if you get what I mean.
We head off for egglettes before ending off with dinner and clanking beer filled "victory" bowls (literally)
"Gei dan zhai"
"What's that? baby egg?", I asked cheekily
"Gei dan zhai!! uhm... gei dan zhai is gei dan... zhai?", you replied; almost unable to answer.
I decided not to tease you anymore as we munch onto our huge and crispy egglette.
We then head over to your favourite regular local filled diner, and I love how it is definitely not touristy at all. It's probably one of those less known haunt, and the best part? We get to drink beer off a bowl, just like the ancient times. Sitting together with you and your partner brings us to full circle as I was so happy for you. We'd all find and fell out of love, wandered across the world; lost and confused and sometimes home is a person.
I'm so glad that you're moving towards your next chapter of your life now and I felt so happy to you! I can't wait to attend your wedding! Please always be happy and I'm so glad that I met you Hiiiiiiiuyu!