My good friend, EE the jet setter, is on leave for two weeks. Finally, she had time to catch up over coffee without fiddling with her Blackberry or rushing home for yet another conference call. We met for lunch and what a long one it was!
We chatted and chuckled for 5 whole hours, over glasses of wine (for her) and cups of coffee and hot chocolate (for me), about everything from work and exercise to dogs and kids. We gushed about her adorable daughter (who is my god-daughter) and even shed a tear or two together when we touched on filial piety and our aging parents. In fact, we have so much more to talk about, she's coming over to my place for dinner and drinks tomorrow.
It's funny how we can simply click and never run out of things to say with some people. I met her several years ago in Los Angeles at an industry event and we became fast friends. From her stints in Shanghai to New York to San Francisco and now back in Singapore, we've never lost touch and are now closer than ever.
She reveals that this is a much needed break from her hectic traveling schedule and hopes to spend more quality time with her mother and daughter in future. This is probably the biggest dilemma every parent face in today's world - finding the right balance between work and family.
I am looking forward to having her over tomorrow night. She's going to bring a few bottles of wine. I think we will drink ourselves silly.