Making new friends with new friends
Today I went to eat with Goh & Pao Pao for dinner. Me and Goh basically tagged along Pao and her friends to Bandar for Shabu Shabu... We drove up there separately to Bandar due to lack of space in Pao's car, but we had a very fun ride there. Goh has been getting into electronic music so he had it blasting all the way while we were scream singing and UNTZ UNTZ dancing in the car haha. I hope he cherishes these small moments like I do haha. I am sure his life will be so boring and quiet after I leave... We drove to the Airport Mall and it was actually really nice! The mall had cute clothes to buy and for super cheap (average of 10BND for a dress). I was too lazy to try anything on, so I just window shopped. I was hoping to find something cute for my friends to buy as gifts, but the sizes here are so weird... It's only one size.. One size fits all, but it won't fit "all." Luckily for me, this one size fits me perfectly, but for my friends, it will be way too big!
At the top floor, we went to Shinbu Restaurant. It was a really clean, modern shabu shabu place with single serving hot pots and all sorts of veggies/meat options. I got the spicy soup and shared the veggie/flank set with Goh with an iced special milk tea. The soup was SO spicy and the milk tea was so sweet, but both were so good! I really enjoyed it. I would definitely go back again!
I also met Pao's four friends, Brian, Ipnu, Josh, and Allen. They were all super nice! I had fun talking with them and getting to know them. After dinner, we went to this milk tea place, where they had cheese on top of the milk tea? Weird? A bit... It tasted like salted caramel, again with the salty sweet. Asians love that shit haha. I got just a plain milk tea and it was delicious.
It was about midnight, when the tea place started to close, so we headed out back to KB... a long long 1.5 hr drive back. Pao had suggested that we go stop by the Empire Hotel, the only six star luxury hotel in the world, since I've never been to visit it before. I'm really glad we went! The hotel was HUGE and plated with gold... everywhere. It reminded me of a tropical version of The Venetian or Caesar's Palace. We walked out to the back of the hotel, where they have a really nice beach area, and just sat along the beach while the waves crashed against the sand. It was good weather out, and it was just really nice to sit there and just talk.
I talked with Pao and her friends, just getting to know them better. I think its so crazy how I meet different people on the other side of the world, yet can still find things to connect with like interests, hobbies, work, etc.
After traveling globally, I think that no matter what anyone's background is, as human beings, we are meant to connect with each other, sympathize with each other, understand each other. I guess it's just nice to know that no matter how different we are, we are still kinda the same... (?) I don't know if that makes sense to any of you guys, but it makes sense to me haha.
Before, I used to think I was very shy... and honestly even now, I still have a hard time going up to people and talking with them. But this position really pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to go and meet people. I think because of this push, it allowed me to meet some really awesome people throughout this past month in Brunei. I am so thankful and grateful to continually have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
I've learned that I enjoy learning and hearing about people's lives.. their paths and their journey, where they're going, what they want to be. It's inspiring to hear about the path taken of others and understanding how I can relate.
Today, has been a great night. Good food, good friends, good scenery :).