I wish my brain had a map to tell my heart where to go

Sep 15, 2014
The very next day I landed in Hong Kong, I went to meet my best friend Amy. Funny how I just arrived in Hong Kong the day before and she was going to leave the next day. Things didn't exactly go to plan that day because we got lost quite often due to our bad sense of directions and having no internet to guide us. It was extremely annoying when searching for free public wifi, which either nonexistent or only available for a limited time. Luckily I didn't have to suffer this too long, since with the "Feel at Home destination" service, I can use my internet allowance at no extra cost. But because of my stupidity for not activating the international roaming settings on my phone beforehand, I couldn't use the internet for the first few days.

The first place we visited was Mong Kok, where we shopped for clothes and cute souvenirs. Then we proceeded to go to Central. Our original plan was to visit the PMQ panda exhibition, but we couldn't find the place and got really lost. Looking back, the location was actually quite far away from where we were, so it was a good thing we gave up since we would never have found it. We changed our destination to one of the shopping malls in Tsim Sha Tsui. Towards the end, we sat at the benches for a long time resting, talking, people watching and taking photos together.

Later that night, me and Amy went to a gathering. It's basically an event where you meet random people from different universities organised by a Facebook page. Looking back, it was a somewhat dodgy decision that we went because who knows what would have happened or what kind of people there would be. Luckily the event wasn't dodgy. We didn't stay for too long since Amy had a flight to catch the next day. But we stayed long enough to make sure we ate and drank our money's worth and even managed to meet a few people.

It was at this event I met W. We didn't talk much then, it was more like a "hi, what's your name?" and "which university do you come from?". It wasn't until a karaoke event where we got close from spending the night talking. I'm really surprised at myself for going to the gathering and the karaoke event. I mean I would have never gone to the gathering event without Amy. But for the karaoke event, I only knew one person and I didn't have Amy to accompany me, but I still went regardless. At the time, I didn't know W was going to the karaoke, but I'm glad he did because I wouldn't have enjoyed the night otherwise.

"I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, ‘Hi.’ They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word."

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