Siya'y si Shai
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Robin Yap, Shai Coggins and Memento
A Must-Shot at the Convention Center
360 Appetizer with Toronto at the Background
The Sun has set but we were still not done
It's 10:30 PM, but far from bedtime, yet here are Shai and Che lying down at CN Tower's Glass Floor
When Bloggers Meet
It was our own version of "Reality Bites" and a bit of the plot of the last book of Nick Hornby, "A Long Way Down", sans the suicide angle. To both references, the common thing was meeting at the rooftop, and staying there for countless hours without minding the time.
If you were listening in our conversation, which would be very likely, you wouldn't even know that we were just meeting for the first time. Of course, not Shai, who I've met probably while studying in rival Alabang exclusive schools decades ago, or Robin who I probably bumped into in BF, or maybe Che too. It had to be in a far away land, on the tallest free standing structure in the world that we all got together and you can say - bonded.
After being "fed up" by the prix fixe dish, which continues to be consistently 5-star, of CN Tower's 360, the conversations were seemingly endless. Just like our backgrounds, the topics were so diverse yet converging. From life in our own little physical and virtual worlds as well as our pursuits which come to think of it - diverse, disparate yet quite aligned.
We took the subway, walked the PATH, walked some more, rode the 58-second ride up the CN, which you can liken to the Tower of Babel with the various tongues you'd hear. This is the Toronto we wanted Shai to partake in. We were glad we met. We were ALL glad we ALL met. Never realizing the time, we continued on our conversation outside of the tower, on top of the glass floor, in line for the elevator, and even just outside at the foot of the Tower. It was endless. I can imagine why? Our kindred spirits were catching up after years apart. But then again, maybe, maybe not.
We parted ways at the subway station, promised to email and maybe twitter (which we already did) or call. But only if just like in "Reality Bites" - the answering machine will not say "At the beep, please leave your name, number and a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma and we'll get back to you." - which I guess is not far from happening.
Since 2002, Shai stands to be the longest virtual friend (friends too in Friendster, Multiply, contact in Flickr, Twitter, MyBloglog, you name it) who I've never met until yesterday. She didn't have kids yet (now she has 2) and was living in Singapore, now she's been in Adelaide for more than 3 or 4 years. I'm a fan of her paintings, and I even own one - a version of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace At Night, but with cats. Cute.
Next on my hit list are 3 great pairs: Trio Pares: Cynthia and Arnold, Batjay and Jet, Petite and Mark. Of course once I get back sa Pinas, I want to see Toni too. Are you guys ready for me? Mwahahaha?
Here are the rest of the pics with Shai, Robin and Che.
Here's Robin's take of the event. I admire how he continues to espouse Management belief and was able to seamlessly integrate it to the bloggers' meet up. Ang galing! His blog is a great read for managers in all of us....