Had lunch with Ting today at her office building (HBC @ 401 Bay St). It was “Tasty Thursdays” at Nathan Phillips Square, but we decided to give the crowds a miss today for a cosy lunch at Great Cooks On Eight which is on the 8th floor of the HBC building. It’s a pretty cool spot cos it’s both a cooking school and a bistro/restaurant.
We dined on tilapia and salmon, mixed green salads and sipped orchid-oolong tea (which was really good!). We ate on leaf-shaped plates and had tea from leaf-shaped tea-cups on leaf-shaped saucers. (Today was one of those days I wished I had remembered to bring my camera!)
After the pretty light lunch, we moseyed across the floor to the City View CafÃ© for tiramisu, peach cheesecake and more tea. The desserts were ok, but the cafÃ© was pretty! Ting and I were at our natural clumsy selves, toppling tea-pots (empty ones but ooh what a clatter it made) and spilling tea. :P We received a lengthy but incomprehensible ‘sermon’ from a well-meaning staff on how to correctly take teapots without toppling them. It was funny :P It’s at times like this that I understand why Zibin calls Ting and I the “Xiao-Xiao å§å¦¹”.
I sat across the table from Ting, and I knew I was talking to the same girl I’ve lived with for 2 years. But there was something different. It wasn’t just the clothes, or the new glasses. It must have been there for a while, but the new setting made it more obvious. In her ever-mischievious, twinkling eyes, I saw more maturity, more wisdom, and more love.
As I was walking back home after lunch, I had a flashback to 2002 when I first met her. The friendly, witty, tom-boyish, irreverant (to YD) and ‘blur’ little girl whom I couldn’t help wanting to dote on like a little sis. In the years hence, she’s become a strong and compassionate friend whose occasional and delightful flashes of girlish naivetÃ© belie an impressive emotional maturity and groundedness.
She’s quite a girl, that Wanting. And she’s quite the friend. :)