I have been away for a very long time. Not physically but my thoughts were. 2008 was the busiest year of my life. The minute when I thought I should quit dancing, I had a lot of "invitations". Well, what can I say? They needed me. Though I wish that was true, the truth is I needed it, its a part of my life keeps me sane.
Anyway, while I was in Billing ham, I was featured in their local newspaper. I repeat, I... and of course the team. That lead to an old friend searching for me high and low through facebook. (obviously, I didn't use my full name!) He had read it and realised that I still exist! (cit!!)
For some of my friends and I, we felt that we were a mini star. (not even a star ok, mini je...) though not many realised of our 2 weeks absence from work. (sigh... kesian kan...). The newspaper cutting was pasted in the office. (again, not many noticed!!!! Arghhhhhhh!!!!)
A month after that our parade photos were published in the company's news. (need I mention that nobody realised it was me????? HELPPPPPPPP)...
Seriously, I would really like to think that it was because of my hair. I always have short hair but last year, I kept it for the shows. It grew but still not that long. In the photos my hair was tied up into a bun. A BIG bun that is. So, I am hoping that was the reason they didn't realise it was actually me.... (pathetic.....)
Anyway, on the 5th of January 2009 the first text arrived. It was the beginning of the rest of the text messages that made me smile, from ear to ear that is...
My team and I were featured in the in flight magazine and finally they recognise me... well, that was because our names were written on the two paged picture... (oh dear!!!) Nevertheless, I was (still am) very pleased.
That, however did not prepare me for the phone call that I received. Zul, one of my "kuthu" society mms me of the pix. His comments were normal eg: wah! glamour.... you know, things like that... When he got back from his trip he called me at home via the house phone. That's not normal because we usually communicate via email and sometimes would meet up at small gatherings hosted by our mutual friends. Anyway, we talked about the pix and asked when is the last kuthu distribution ending. Since end of January is the last distribution, he proposed to do charity this year. We collect the cash and send to the needy ones. I thought it was a brilliant idea and made him known of the fact. Then he said "I was inspired by you. When I saw your photo and read the article, I told myself that I have to do something that as good as representing Malaysia, just as you did"
It felt good. I never knew that I can inspire people by doing the thing I love. That is truly an amazing feeling....
Before we ended our conversation, I asked him " Bangga tak masa tengok gambar I tu? "
and he said " Bangga gila, I rasa macam nak berdiri atas kerusi kapal terbang tu! "
Just writing the sentence above had put a smile on my face. I guess its normal for me to feel like walking on both aisles, from the front to the back with the page open and announce to each and everyone on board that the lady in the pix was me. hahahahaha.... ( yeah i know, kesiankan....)
Happy New Year everyone.... hope it's not too late.