After my "short fling" with Echo and Francis in HK, I took the last Dragonair flight back to Shanghai on a cold wet Friday night. I should have planned a weekend stayover with the couple in HK. But again, it is their 1st "honeymoon" trip (after giving birth to Grey)…so I tot it may not be nice to tag along. Moreover, I do really need a break…I have been in-out of fever and flu for the past 4 weeks! I need a good rest.
Just when I thought it would be a long lonely weekend for me, I received a surprise sms on Friday! Jinwei, my primary one buddy (he was working for Motorola Design Team) was in town!
We have been close friends since 1982 – 24 years to be exact! Believe it or not, this is our 1st time being together outside Singapore. It wasn’t even a pre-planned meeting – a very short and rush indeed. In fact, we have only a small window to meet up - I arrived in Shanghai on Fri, 11pm and Jinwei will be flying out on Sat, 1pm.
On my way back home (from Pudong Airport), I got my driver to pick Jinwei up from his hotel. Despite the late hours and his bad flu, we spent a good 3-wee-hour together. He visited my place (helped me with my luggage) and then, we headed to Xin Tian Di for our late night supper. We have a good chat until 3am – about our marriage, sons and careers. It’s so casual and comfortable. Wish I have more time with this brother of mine.
I persuaded him to stay over the weekend so that I can show him around Shanghai. (It was Jinwei’s first trip here.) But he misses his wife and son more, I understand, there will be another chance, he said.
On our way back to his hotel, we got the taxi driver to detour and I showed Jinwei the famous Bund. Man, it was raining cold. What an uninviting way to show him the gems and colours of Shanghai, I thought.
Still, it was a good meetup - with the 5th Visitor of my House.