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As a kid,I love watching
sports on TV.Gymnastics and table tennis were among my favorites. My
father had a great influence on this.I remember everytime I watch these
events on TV during Olympic games,dad would tell me how good Nadia Comaneci,how
versatile Li Ning.Well,as a kid,I used to watch Olympic games with my
father.Both our favourite events were gymnastics and table tennis games.
As we went along,dad would tell me a little bit about geopolitical stuffs
of Romania and the Soviet Union,the two countries that dominated gymnastics
in Olympics.I was amazed and dreamed of meeting those people one day.
as a Passenger Services Agent for Singapore Airport Terminal Services,a
subsidiary of Singapore Airlines for 6 years.My employment at Singapore
Airlines was,I would say a fruitful and meaningful one.It was an interesting
job,meeting different nationalities and people from all walks of life.German
tourists were the ones whom I found most unique.It was probably the
language they spoke.Or it was the unique intonation of their language.
Well,I just couldn’t resist sometimes to lean over and hear their conversations.I
couldn’t understand a word but it just sounded so unique and beautiful
even though they did not sound as gentle and soft as French.
eager to know and understand what they were talking about.My curiosity
finally ended when I enrolled myself into a German course in Goethe-Institut.After
one and half year course,I was able to master the German Grammar but
couldn’t speak so fluently.I thought things might improve if I go for
an intensive six month or one year course in Germany.
March 1998 I went on internet to search for a language school in Germany.Did
not find one immediately, instead of continue searching I started browsing
through websites for pen pals.I came across Joe’s particulars in one
of these e-mail-pals’ site.I found him interesting,he reads a lot, loves
to write letters and travel.Furthermore,he is a German.Mmmmh... maybe
he could help me.Without ado, I e-mailed him and asked if he was interested
to have a friend from this part of the world-Asia.Bingo,he replied and
said ‘Yes’.I did not tell him my intention.We started e-mailing and
wrote about everything from books to movies to travel to religions,except
about language school.Later on,I found that we have so much in common,the
things we went through,the same thoughts we share on family matters,politics,books,movies,places
and so on. Nevertheless,something did boggle me,doubts,worries and suspicious.I
was not sure if there was such a coincident to know someone like Joe.Was
he trying to just please me?Or was it something else ?Two months later
we were in love through the cyber space.We exchanged photos and continued
months later,I came to Germany for vacation with my pal, Kim.We would
meet each other for the first time.I arrived at Frankfurt airport very
early in the morning,after custom I spotted a man with thick beard and
three roses in his hand.It was Joe that I recognized,it was an odd feeling
meeting for the first time.Nevertheless,I gave him a kiss.
came to Singapore that year for Christmas.We took a train from Singapore
back to Kuala Lipis on New Year eve 1998.Joe met my mother on New Year’s
day 1999.It was a tense situation as my mother did not agree to see
him before he arrived.Thank God,mother did not put up a big drama with
me,she treated him like a guest and the meeting went on well.We thought
she might like Joe.
went home after the holiday and our daily lives back to normal again.Keeping
contacts with emails.After a few serious discussions,finally I told
Joe about the language school course plan.He supported my plan and then
a decision was made.I quit my job and came to Germany end of October
spent our second Christmas together,but this time in Germany.It was
that new year’s eve that we decided to get married.I called my mother
the next day to ask for her blessing.Rather startled,or not so except
that it was,she finally gave her blessing.She kept her cool as usual
even amidst unbearable ordeal.But deep down her heart,I knew she was
registered our marriage here in Gelsenkirchen on the 20th APR 2000 and
had a church wedding also in Gelsenkirchen at the Methodist Church on
the 6th.MAY 2000.