It has been a long time since I last met up with my girlfriends from high school days. This particular group used to have eight members, but we lost touch with one.
Hue Sian. Jeanie. Joyce. June. Kym. Le Yun. Me.
Kah Wee: regretabbly, lost touch for many, many years
Three out of seven of us are based in overseas: Kym in Dubai, Le Yun in Hong Kong and me in Bangkok. So, getting the whole group together normally happens during Chinese New Year. Even so, it was never a complete group. As we grow up, we have different priorities. Married ones tend to put their husband and their own family’s needs first. On top of that, they also need to juggle their parents’ needs. That’s life I guess. Chinese New Year typically involves mad dash of ‘house visiting’ for them.
Our group gatherings normally take place, thanks to Kym’s stewardship. She used to be our class monitor, so we are used to her ‘bossing’ us around. Naaah … I am just glad that she makes the efforts to gather everyone around whenever she is back in KL. And I think June makes a good second-in-command, following up on confirmation, etc. So there you go, my observation of alpha and beta in our group.
It is a nice change of momentum, as I am normally the one pulling everyone together with other circle of friends.
It makes me think.
Adaptive, the new buzzword. Are we adaptive to our environment? Are females more adaptive than males, as the chamelon in us need to fit into many different shoes? Do we change our roles and personalities according to our environment / group of friends?
I am definitely the leader of the pack with some friend groups. Even in my leadership position, career-wise, I flourish when I lead. Perhaps that’s why I tend to do better when I am in an alpha role, with a good beta in supportive role. The struggle I faced in Thailand was partly due to the lack of a good beta.
Anyway, back to our gathering …. This time round, six out of seven managed to make it. As I missed the last gathering, it seemed that they have been talking about an overnight partying trip …. the idea was to party whole night and crash somewhere nearby!
Final decision concluded: Renaissance KL + Zouk Club combination. Four of them danced the night away, but only three chose to stay overnight at Renaissance.
Our pre-clubbing drink, or rather pre-dinner drink more like it, started at Renaissance whilst waiting for all to arrive. Kym brought along a bottle of Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, a Polish flavoured vodka. She started mixing it with her Starbucks frapuccino mocha. I had few sips, the mocha overpowers the vodka of course. Joyce then mixed the vodka with safe old orange juice. Pretty good stuff. Not a beer drinker, but I do like cocktail. As for hard liquor, I am good with it , so long it’s mixed with something to soften the hard liquor’s harsh taste.
We were contemplating between dinner at Zouk Club or Hard Rock Cafe. As Zouk Club is in the progress of relocation, their restaurant service is already closed. First choice was Zouk. Thanks to Kym, her phone call to reserve a table saved us a trip. A call was then made to Hard Rock Cafe around 8.00pm , and we were told restaurant is full, but sans notorious Friday night queues. As we will arrive after Muslims break fast, we were advised that it is relatively safe to just walk in, and that’s exactly what we did.
The last Hard Rock Cafe I’ve been to was in Melaka for drink. I’ve not stepped into the KL branch for such a long time. Joyce warned us on huge serving size, so we ordered with caution and voila, no wastage. We finished everything on our plates. Yay! We did not contribute to Malaysians’ food wastage statistics of 8,000 tonnes of food a day. Accordingly, this amount can feed six million people. The numbers skyrocket every year during the holy month of Ramadan to 9,000 tonnes of food a day.
- Jumbo Combo: has the best of everything – Signature Wings, Onion Rings, Tupelo Chicken Tenders, Spinach Arthicoke Dip with Parmesan Flatbeat and Bruschetta
- Grilled Salmon – my favorite of the lots
- Hickory-smoked barbecue combo of chicken and pulled lamb
- Caesar Salad
We left enough space for Hard Rock’s infamous birthday ‘surprise’, celebrating Joyce’s birthday with hot fudge brownie sundae.
I left soon after the cake cutting ceremony. Hard Rock’s live band band would have started around 10.30pm. As it was still early, the girls intended to warm up for their big night there, before continue on to Zouk Club.
June’s next day report proudly declared, “Though we are mature gang among the crowd, but we dance and party like nobody.”
Happy birthday, Joyce .. Happy that you’ve found new love, may all go well for you. And of course to the rest of my girlfriends, may your life be filled with joy, love and laughter everyday. See you girls again … soon, I hope.