A Sneaky Surprise
My sneaky friends gave me the sweetest, cheesiest surprise last Saturday. There I was at our favorite pizza place thinking we were all there only because it was Kathy‘s birthday, when suddenly they whipped out a video camera and proceeded to almost make me cry! I’ll be leaving for Singapore soon, so they decided to send me off with a few speeches and a box full of fond memories. Each gave me two gifts — one that reminds them of me and one that’s supposed to remind me of them — which they put in a lovely box that the uber-talented Phin made. I don’t think I’ve ever been more surprised or more touched. I wub them *squishes friends*
Group photo from Kathy’s camera
From Kathy I got something floppy and something squishy: a Stitch (my favorite cartoon character) pen that flops about as you write and a koala-shaped, gel-filled wrist supporter to remind me that — major cheese alert! — she’ll always be there to support me. (You can click on the thumbnails for a full view.)
This little guy is Sano from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. He was part of a keychain set I gave Chrissa in high school, where we met and became good friends. And that’s obviously a pair of batteries behind him. I cannot elaborate on why Chrissa gave me those batteries, because my parents, possible employers, and underage relatives all have access to this blog.
Manny entrusted me with two pieces from his Hello Kitty collection and made me promise to give them back when I come home. I still can’t get over the fact that our big bear of a friend collected Hello Kitty figurines when he was a kid. How adorable is that?!
Anyone who knows me knows I love shoes. Real shoes won’t fit in the box, though, so Ivy bought me a pretty pair of shoe earrings instead. I also love to read, so she gave me one of her favorite bookmarks. It even has a sparkly “Ivy” label at the back, which she painted with glitter nail polish when she was younger. (I used to label my stuff that way, too!)
Our group’s nickname for Phin is Bunny, hence the “Somebunny loves you!” magnet. And check out the super cute earrings! They’re a great addition to my collection of cat jewelry. Like I mentioned earlier, Phin was also the one who made the box. When Phin gives a gift, the packaging is always as good as what’s inside.
My dog had a litter of puppies two years ago and I gave my favorite of the bunch to Tiyaw. So even before he presented his gifts, I already knew that one of them would be a miniature Reese. Tiyaw (pronounced “chow”) also tried but failed to find a Chow Chow small enough to fit in the box. He went with the next best thing: a 4D Pomeranian puzzle that I had to assemble myself. Fun!
Jords somehow managed to unearth one of the doodles I did in class five years ago. He printed it out and wrote a nice note on the side. Jords loves to play table tennis, so he gave me a ping-pong ball to remember him by. My hand is in the picture because I couldn’t get the paper or the ball to stay put.
As our resident chocolate addict, Tin chose a Godiva brochure to symbolize her. It’s also her not-so-subtle hint to buy her a box of chocolates when I come home. The bracelet represents my fondness for wearing and making all kinds of accessories. In college Tin was usually the first to notice when I wore new accessories to class.
The ever cute and corny Pots (originally spelled Poch) gave me a box of Pocky strawberry-flavored pretzel sticks and turned them into “Pochy” sticks by drawing an H over the K on the box. He also bought me a Nike cap but thankfully opted not turn it into a “Nikki” cap!
Finally Nas, who we call Miss Photogenic, gave me her yearbook photo so I can pimp her out to sexy Singaporeans. The comb stands for all those times she asked me for hair advice in college, because I used to know everything about the latest hair treatments. That was before I decided to just let my stubborn hair do its own thing.
They wanted me to give a little speech of my own at the end, but I couldn’t really say much, because I was concentrating on not bawling like a baby in the middle of the busy restaurant. Despite my lousy non-speech, I’m sure they all know how much I appreciated their adorable cheesiness. I’m so going to miss them when I leave.