Kailin's twenty-first birthday

It’s unkind for friends to not attend one of the twenty-first birthday. Nowadays, people are careless about others, or they just treat you nice when they’re in front of you and forget about your existence after bidding goodbye.

This day, I’ve learnt something new again, though I didn’t even want to witness it at all. Try to be more independent, buy your own present and be there by yourself though you don’t know the way, and at the last minute just let your friend’s friend know something has caught up and you can’t go anymore.

For Kailin’s birthday, I made more than twenty missed calls to both Wilson and Pauline.

I didn’t like to go out alone to shop for girl’s stuff, probably, “hate” is a better description. So, I entrusted Pauline happily and thought everything was settled until I failed to contact her hours later. Her phone could have almost caught fire after being heated up by me.

I met up with Guoxin, both in very worried state for the present. If Pauline hadn’t bought it, we could have gone to shop for ourselves despites going there late; however, Pauline didn’t pick up the call until this very last minute. Wilson joined in her missing-in-action. Anqi was late as usual and we left first.

Suddenly, Jianhao called and told me he’d just talked to Pauline, who invited him to go as well, before he called me. So, I tried to contact her again but failed. We couldn’t figure out if we should go get a present first or not, because I couldn’t afford to waste any money.

I was good at my navigation this time after checking the street directory even though I lost my count of the bus-stops, I managed to get down at the correct one.

It was awkward at the party at the quite plainly decorated function room; her friends were almost all females. As Anqi arrived, she went to Kailin’s room with Guoxin and me, where we entertained ourselves by looking at her photo albums and television.

It was the first time I didn’t take out my camera to join in the fun. I wasn’t “employed” as the photographer and besides, I hardly knew anyone there other than Huiqin and Liping, which forbid me from training my skill. I continued to dig for Wilson and Pauline but their out-of-reach status gave me more cold sweats.

Just soon after Anqi left after 10pm, the couple finally arrived with Jianhao the driver. We stayed inside the room to watch the show, which my brother had downloaded long ago but I didn’t have the time to watch. By then, I was finally relieved with the arrival of the present.

We left after the show at 11pm. Guoxin went to catch his bus 178, which reminded me of taking shelter at Wilson’s house years ago after I missed the last bus there. Jianhao came back to fetch the couple, together with his girlfriend, and they decided to go for late dinner since they hadn’t even had a bite.

It was quite a wrong decision to join them – the two pairs of couples. Since I’d helped Kachua and Anqi to pay Wilson for their share of the present, a unique and trendy watch, I was just left with ten bucks. If it wasn’t for Jianhao had promised to send me home, I wouldn’t have joined them for I didn’t even have enough money to take a cab home; not even if it was daylight with no double charge.

We went to the nearby coffee-shop, which was very crowded. After ordering my two plain roti prata and a cup banana shake, we had fun watching a guy doing parallel parking with his mini-cooper. He was moving in and out at the exact angles, which got him nowhere from the same positions. Many customers were joking about this guy. His car was gone soon without notice and another driver did the parking amusingly even though there was only around twenty centimetres of allowance with his bigger car.

We waited very long for the food and I was very disappointed with the cold prata, which they could have fetched out long ago. The banana milkshake was normal except for the sweet ice-cream on top; $2.50 stuff certainly had its own speciality.

Jianhao kept his promise to send me home even though Pauline wasn’t going back to Bishan and it wasn’t “on the way” anymore. He missed two turns into AYE at Clementi and then he had to make a bigger round with more traffic lights a West Coast Road. It was quite cool actually.

I’ve taken Jaiyat Singh’s bike, Kian Wee’s lorry at the windy back, Rehan’s super duper petrol-wasting acceleration in his Mini Cooper, drove Yuqing’s brother’s car and now the newbie Jianhao’s car. Now, I’m looking forward for more excitements.

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