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Lunch Around the Lake

It was like 3 weeks ago when Hen called me out of the blue and said if I wanted to join him and a friend for lunch. Now this was an unexpected surprise as I only had a simple lunch planned that day plus I also skipped breakfast that morning, so was rather hungry. He mentioned that we would have oyseters and I thought, ‘well I hadn’t had that in awhile. Maybe I should go…’ Regardless, I agreed to meet him and am already making my way out the door. Fast forward 15min, I had caught up with him at the building foyer, and he said ‘change of plans. Since it’s such a nice day, we’re going to have an outside lunch. And plus my friend isn’t that hungry.’ He introduced his friend Jen, we made our way to his car, and started heading towards Dahu.

Nearing Dahu lake, he parked on the side of the road and said ‘The restaurant’s just on the other side of that hill.’
‘Wow, so a hidden restaurant overlooking the lake?’ I piped in surprise.
‘Yeah,’ said Hen, ‘I’ve had it a couple of times. A nice little Italian café hidden inside.’
And with that, we marched along the wooden walkway that circled around the lake. We rounded the corner of the hill and there was still no restaurant in sight.’

‘Hey Hen, I thought you said the place is here???’ I asked.
He turned back and said, ‘Yeah, it’s just a lil further ahead.’
Failure to see where further questioning would get me, I decided to admire the scenery around the lake. After another 10min, we started coming up to a road. I’m guessing that this is where the road ended that circled the lake from the other side. Further down the street, I noticed a small restaurant sign swinging in the wind. Making our way towards it, it was evident that the small Italian café was not open that day.
‘Well.…this was unplanned for.’ Hen announced.
With an awkward laugh, I replied ‘so… where’s the next destination?’
‘How about the café on the lake front?’ he gestured to the building on the other side of the lake.

Limited to the options available, Jen & I muted our agreement and started making our way towards our new destination. Another 20min later, we reached the other café and entered. The waiter said they are just preparing the table, and asked us to take a look at the menu first so that we could order as soon as we sat down. I don’t know why it is, but this café had to be the worlds slowest café. They spent another 15min clearing that ONE table, and only afterwards did they usher us to the table. I’m assuming their excuse was that they were heavily understaffed, but it definitely was not professional. Jen took a look at the time and siad, ‘I don’t think I can have lunch anymore. We dunno when the meals will come after we’ve ordered. It’s already 1pm, and I kinda have to get back by 1.30pm today.’ We took a moment looking at each other. Mutually we agreed that we should just get a bento takeaway from another place and leave here now. Just when the waiters and waitresses were looking, we sneaked out the front door and left things as it was. We spent another 20min walking back round the lake to where Hen had parked a car.
In the back of my mind, I was laughing to myself. Can’t believe we spent the entire lunchtime strolling around the lake. Definitely a nice stroll, but totally unplanned for and a waste of time during work.

We bought our lunch back to the office as me and Hen shared and laughed about the experience.


Afternoon at the Mall

My hands reached out towards the power cord hanging on the rack. I looked back up. My friends were browsing some other store next door. So I decided to just continue browsing in the electronic store moving from item to item. Wasn’t long before I lost track of time and my friends were no where to be found.

I ran out and strolled through the different stores looking for my friends. I saw one of them from a reflection off a store upstairs. So I thought, well before I head up to catch up with them, I will just stop over at a cafe to grab a coffee to go. While in line for a coffee, there was an old idealistic lady that was telling some teenage strangers off and giving them an earful.
Young people these days. They have no respect for their elders. Talking away in that gawd awful language and foul mouth. No one respectable would be able to understand…

She continued to grill on them, picking out every stereotypical generalization and berated them while looking down at them with her head tilt slightly back. I wasn’t sure what came over me but I walked over and interrupted her.
I’m not sure what they have done, but I couldn’t help over hearing you. What you are saying to these people isn’t any better than what you’re doing. If you sincerely wanted them to be better citizens and people, be an example and not a #!@$#$…

I might have continued for a while longer. But afterwards, I felt really good about myself and having put that lady in her place. She had been speechless after my interruption, gave me a death stare, before picking up her belongings and huffed out of the cafe.

I too made my way out of the cafe and realized that the most bottom floor of the mall had been flooded with water. It must’ve been pouring with rain on the outside. I was worried that I would lose my friends in the mass of people. So I rushed downstairs to see if I can catch up to them. I saw people paddling in small rowboats down the flooded streets. It was a rather strange sight, but I didn’t really have time to ponder why. As I turned a corner, I had finally found my friends. They were dressed like Janitors and were cleaning up the indoors of some kind of store while singing and acting like clowns. I found it hilarious though. The way they danced, the way they acted, I began laughing hysterically.

It was right then that my subconscious caught myself and questioned, “Hang on… why are you laughing? Why are you happy? This can’t be real.” And then I instantly woke up, lying back in my bed.