An occasion brought me to Taiwan last month which culminated into a 10-year reunion with a bunch of gal friends. Even though some of us have not seen each other in years, it felt like yesterday when we first met in a KTV room in Ximending. That’s right, that was our first meeting. In 200X (because I forgot when was that), I went alone to Taiwan to meet these ‘new friends’ that I got to know via the Internet. Our friendship was first forged in Yahoo chatrooms and BBS (things of an era past), when the Internet was not yet a hunting ground for predators. The world was still relatively simple then.
In the 10 years, we met each other only occasionally, but our friendship grew from strength to strength as we share our lives with each other, beyond the superficial interests that first brought us together. Our communication tool kept up with times, moving from ICQ messenger to MSN messenger to Line messenger. Using these platforms, we shared in each others’ woes and joys, cared for and supported each other and through the ups and downs in life, we grew together.
Today, we are no longer in our twenties, yet when we see each other, when you put all of us in the same room again, we get up to the same antics again. Our conversational topics have changed as our interests and life stage changes, but we know in our hearts, some things, like our friendship, remain the same. I continue to have implicit trust in them and appreciate their presence in my life.
I have always liked the name of the Yahoo group that we were once part of “To be continued”. That’s right. The show has ended, the stars have dimmed, the group has disbanded but our friendship is far from being over… And the story of these 6 girls remain to be continued.