21 days left.
Tomorrow is the eve of Chinese New Year. One of the traditions of Chinese New Year's Eve is the "tuan yuan fan" (reunion dinner), where members of the family get together around the dinner table. Its one of the many times I feel thankful and blessed to be part of this family.
My parents and brother are touching down Perth tomorrow, so we can celebrate CNY as a whole family. Considering the circumstance, this very precious moment is something I am definitely going to cherish.
I would be lying if I say 2001 wasn't the biggest and best year of my teenage life. In fact its so huge that it will probably be best if I write it in two parts. This is the first part on my reflections on 2001, and details my how my relationship with Nicole started. GFCB (girlfriend censorship board ;)) has given approval to put up pictures of her. So please enjoy the pictures before she changes her mind.
The year was 2001. Tom Cruise dumped Nicole Kidman for that skank Penelope Cruz, giving gossip magazines something else bitch about instead of Princess Diana. On a more serious note - in August, a ship carrying mainly Afghani refugees asked permission to dock Australian coast to seek help. Based on 'intelligence', Australian PM John Howard refused permission because he declared that the refugees threw their children overboard.
Anyway, this claim was found to be untrue. The Australian public smartened up and in the next elections, John Howard was voted off.
Oh not wait. What am I talking about? This is Australia! I mean John Howard was RE-ELECTED as the Australian Prime Minister!
Then on September 11th, two hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers in New York. 3,000 civilians dead. On October 7th, USA, UK, supported by Australia etc invaded Afghanistan hoping to capture Osama bin Ladin. The result - more than 20,000 dead on both sides. Osama bin Ladin must be laughing in his cave. In western countries, racism and negative sentiments against Muslims and Middle-Easterners surged almost immediately. This marked the start of a series of violence between the USA and poor developing nations, consequently changing the world we thought we knew, forever.
Enough world events. This isn't CNN, this is Kenny's blog dammit! :) Its all about me Me ME!!!
My own life-changing event occured around January 2001. Nicole and I were still doing that online-chatroom thing. One evening, she asked me to pretend to be her boyfriend so she could ward off some unwanted guys who were going after her. We agreed to act it out for one month, after which we will just go our separate ways. So we began acting. The first few days were alright, and we talked to each other a lot all in the name of 'research' and 'acting', sometimes from 10pm till 7am the next morning. This online-chatroom-thing eventually turned into a phone-call-everynight thing. We were flirting with each other alright - we would call each other cutesy little nicknames that if I repeat here, would cause kennysia.com's readership to drop by 90%. But we weren't together because we were only acting.
One day before the one month expiry date is up, I suddenly felt this heartache inside me. I thought to myself "Shit! At first acting acting nia, how come now I got feelings for her?" I decided that I was not just going to let it end just like that! Once again I acted on impulse. Since these are all happening on the online chatroom, I figured I got nothing to lose apart from the size of my balls. So that night, I put on my straightest face and confessed my feelings to Nicole.
I wished I could tell you that beautiful words came out from me sweet like candy, and she was so touched that she cried and said that she secretly loved me all these while. But it didn't. It came out in a mess. A total mess. Here's what happened - after confessing my feelings to her, I asked her "Eh, can we don't pretend to break up or not?". I could sense her pity for me when she replied "Ok lah! :)" when she probably meant "Stupid asshole. What a total failure trying to be romantic lah! You think I really like you ah? Dream on lah! I pity you nia, so I said yes just to make you happy."But I was still happy. Though now come to think about it, I never officially asked her to by my girlfriend. Oops!
This prompts me to question. Does a guy really have to ask a girl to be his girlfriend for it to be 'official'? Can't we just act naturally and assume that she is my girlfriend if we were doing everything lovers do? We're not asking for a marriage proposal after all! I am interested to know how many boyfriends out there, like me, never bothered to pop the question because well... the answer is obvious enough!