Every year, I count myself as a lucky devil who gets to celebrate my pompous birthday over several days. I would have daily lunch and dinner sessions with different group of closed ones - with my darling wife, siblings to assorted friends. This year was slightly different because I invited my siblings instead of the other way round. Then as you have anticipated, I met up with my former classmates at Pavilion. You want to know what happened, right??...
We all met up at Madam Kwan's for lunch. The SIA air steward arrived first and followed by the Cruise's VP. I was a bit late as I was stuck in a traffic crawl but the "Queen" from England was no where in sight.
We guys chatted, gossiped and laughed so hard to kill our time. Finally, we heard a loud knock on the glass windows where our table was. Wearing a loose Dior's blouse with her Gucci sunglasses, the "Queen" flashed the broadest smile and waved at us. My jaw dropped in disbelief, heart beats racing fast at 200mph and stared hard at this long lost classmate who was once my best friend when we schooled together at the famous Penang's Christian Boys School for 11 years. The "Queen" golek her way into the restaurant, swinging her big Louis Vuitton handbag confidently and gave each of us a big hug tightly with all her bosoms. Our eye brows danced and raised in embarrassment to know that a silicon breast is actually bouncy like agar-agar jelly being mixed with some elephant glue. Muahahaha!
The whole restaurant was packed with lunch hour customers, who all focused their attention at the "Queen". They probably tried to guess her presence, as she definitely carried herself like some catwalk models do. People love to be busy bodies sometimes. My "Queen" friend is Celine from England, who spoke so confidently like a party hostess while my air steward friend and I were in deep long silence. I needed time to warm up and just squeaked like a lost mouse. We all men needed time to adjust to this 'new' friend who had just resurrected into another gender. I used to talk to him like how naughty boys spoke but now, I would be talking to a completely new friend. Wasting no time, this new friend Celine shared her sob stories of having to work very hard as a pub dancer and waitress from town to town in Europe. 'He' scrimped very hard and saved every penny until he had enough savings to get knifed on the operating table which was followed by over 20 plastic surgeries to shape him up into a sophisticated lady today. I would say that Celine does not behave like those flirtatious street pondans who always gave an old uncle like me catcalls and slutty looks. Instead her voice is naturally feminine and talks with utmost grace. I was happy to hear that she does not need to work anymore after marrying the good Dutch husband. She is a housewife who keeps the house tidy and clean daily besides cooking very delicious meals for her hubby. Do you remember my other hometown friend who was the former Miss Malaysia who lives in London? The one who gave me nightmares to get her many tedious valid documents to get married to a Colombian hunk. Well they both are friends in London and I was told that Celine cooks the best Assam Laksa, Chicken Rice, Char Koay Teow, Nasi Lemak and almost everything to mouthwatering perfections! Next year, I plan to bring my wife to visit her and hubby in London as they live conveniently near to Heathrow airport.
The lunch ended very well and I heard the commotion from the restaurant's kitchen where they were singing. The waiters and waitresses brought out a birthday cake and sang me a birthday song, all the way to my table to everyone's surprise and delight. I was moved to tears!! Awwww so sweet nia....
We all may have tons of good and bad friends but we should always treasure the few good ones like this. They are friends who give us, the much needed support and many surprises for each other.