All by myself

Today is the first day since Monday that I haven't had kk for online company, and boy, is it weird.

kk is an old and dear friend from university who now lives in Tokyo. Ever since I graduated, we have not ever been in the same city, or even the same timezone, for more than two weeks at a stretch. So to keep in touch, we've had to rely on emails and phone calls and meetings-for-coffee whenever she was in town.

It was only last year that we got around to trading IM details. And then she had this pesky habit of being invisible even when she was online.

All of this week (except today), kk has been online and visible. And oh my god, it's just like being in college again.

I should remind you, if you haven't read one of my earlier entries, that kk is the friend with whom I nearly formed a procrastination club in college. We got as far as having a name for it, PSS, though I can't remember now what the middle 'S' stood for. But we never got round to forming the actual club --- of course.

Now that our work days practically overlap with each other, and we're almost always online, well, let's just say that work hasn't been this much fun in a while. Having a friend there, all day long, is like having an invisible friend or daemon (TM Philip Pullman) with you in the office: someone you can wail at when things aren't going your way, to bitch with when strange shenanigans are afoot in the office, someone who can share your excitement over some silly webpage you've just found, who appreciates your silly humour and is well able to counter it with silly humour of their own, and who has no qualms about typing everything in caps and hitting the 'return' key after each word so that you get an incessant stream of IM messages calculated to wake you up from your post-lunch stupor.

Speaking of lunch, I learned this week that lunch is, colloquially, 'ranchi', at least in Tokyo. So then I had to tell kk all about the new stall at Maxwell Hawker Centre that sells puffs and muffins: it's called Runchy.

As far as lunch-centred conversations go, I think kk's on the losing end of the conversation because I keep reciting all the Singapore food she misses (chicken rice Monday, Thai food Tuesday, nasi lemak Wednesday and bak kut teh Thursday) and all she can tell me in return is that she had a tuna and avocado sandwich. Line them up however you will, but I don't think tuna and avocado quite cuts it in the grand hierarchy of gastronomical epiphanies.

kk is taking a long weekend away from work, so no invisible friend for me today. I'll tell her about my dim sum lunch on Monday.


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At 2/24/2006 7:27 am , Blogger stellou said...

eeyur!!! i am jealors. eeyur! so jealous i cannot type, apparently. cheh!

i heart runchytime like nobody's business, and today i have made myself a spinach salad with purple lettuce, smoked tofu and organic cherry tomatoes--and i only mention the organic cherry tomatoes because i don't normally buy tomatoes between, like, november and may, maybe, but these were part of a series of gifts from a friend who is crashing at my place. i also have cake in the fridge, and chocolate gelato in the freezer from another friend who was crashing at my place. friends crashing at my place are good!!! hahaha

eh but and also i have some garlic-rosemary bread. but i tell you lah, none of it is fried carrot cake, dark.

At 2/24/2006 8:44 am , Blogger Ondine said...

I'm online!!!!!!! Most of the time, anyway. Cheh! Hehe. =)

At 2/25/2006 11:08 am , Blogger NARDAC said...

oh stellou... did you use only purple lettuce or did you also toss in some other kinds of spectacularly rare lettuce... was it organic? and wasn't that spinach flown in anyways?

I won't mention what I had for dinner on this small space.

At 2/25/2006 1:31 pm , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

Prawn and avocado sandwiches from WhistleStop cafe (London and maybe HK) are TO DIE FOR.

At 2/26/2006 9:32 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I like me a good sandwich, and the one thing I'm looking forward to at the next job is the good sandwiches within walking distance --- but hawker food kicks a sandwich's ass any day ;)

Ondine > Yes, but you are not always there. The spirit of procrastination is not that strong with you :)

At 3/03/2006 9:22 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

tym!! sorry!!! i am back and with a vengeance! it is so nice having you online! i will make sure to be on ALL THE TIME!
stellous!!! where are you in the world of yahoo IMs???


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