Wan Phing Lim

Writer . Editor . Author

The lives of others

Over the past weeks, I’ve met up with a lot of people. But I have to talk about last night’s encounter with two friends, M1 and M2.

M1 is a friend I met in Manchester. We met up for dinner at Marina Square and went for drinks at City Hall. In that time, I listened in on her world of rebelliousness, of landed properties, sewing, hobbies and individuality. I listened in on the firm ambitions of an independent woman, career-driven, heading towards China. I listened in on The Economist, Hell’s Bells bags, home-made bread, hand-made noodles. I sat and listened over a glass of sangria and thought about her staycations at Marina Bay Sands, her narrow-minded relatives and her Malaysia vs. Singapore conundrum.

M2 is a childhood friend from Penang who currently works in Vietnam. We talked on a 190 minute long-distance call after I got home from dinner. In that time, I listened in on gym workouts, six-to-one packs, protein shakes and needy ex-girlfriends. I listened in on his exploits to Paris, his lavish gifts to female friends, his parties in Bangkok, his move to Singapore next year. I laid on my bed with my eyes closed and listened to the mention of Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Two Door Cinema Club and other indie bands I cannot name.

The lives of others, oh how they fascinate me.

4 comments on “The lives of others

  1. Chino Devean
    October 5, 2011

    eh when you gonna catch up with me la?!

  2. wanphing
    October 5, 2011

    When you coming to Sg la?? I don’t even know where you are now… Miri or KL?

  3. thesingingone
    October 6, 2011

    Hello sisterrrr :) Please come over and stay. I miss your presence

  4. wanphing
    October 6, 2011

    Hahah, I will! But ur away this weekend right? Ok I’ll book you in for next weekend?

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