We’ve only got 30-something days left in 2012. So what happened this year? Work is stable though not very exciting (operative word: very). I’m not able to beat my personal record in running. I didn’t join any badminton tournaments. The stern warnings from the doctors got the better of me so I’m not the recreational athlete I used to be…but in the brighter side, I traveled a great deal! The very thing which I tried to run away from was able to catch up with me big time – it’s that thing called (drum rolls) ‘true love’ (yikes!).
All the while I thought, I couldn’t sustain a serious, long-term relationship. So I just stopped trying and looked forward to happier days, basking with the virtual label ‘single, happy, (and you bet – sexy and I know it!).’ There were days wherein I was too busy to spend time meeting new people. To me, it’s a waste of time to be constantly seeing someone whom I couldn’t have an engaging and honest conversation with. I’d rather play badminton or train for a marathon.
This year, I made some quick plans which involved a lot of traveling. I went to my longest drive ever up north (Ilocos Region), a long haul flight (to Europe) for the love of arts and wine, and frequent local travels for work. I wasn’t thinking about love life. I was planning to get an ITIL certificate, not a marriage certificate. If Cupid does exist, I think he knows better.
I was Cupid’s unsuspecting target for a while. I was in a Friday morning meeting when I received an invitation from BFD – lunch? I almost missed his message. I managed to send a reply in an hour. ‘Did you send me an invite on purpose or is it for someone else?,’ I asked him only because I wanted to be sure. I’m not into military interrogation.
He said that the invite was really for me, and this prompted me to check my calendar for a ‘lunch appointment’. None came up.
So I threw a follow-up question, ‘Do you have an appointment with me?’ In my head, may usapan ba kami?
He said he was just trying his luck. Since I didn’t have any appointment for lunch, I went out to meet him in one of my favorite restaurants. We talked about running, work, blogging, and stock trading. It was all business, nothing personal. A bit past 1PM, I was in a hurry to leave for another meeting back in the office. As I shook his hand in a business-like manner, I graciously thanked him for the hearty meal and good conversation. I thought that was our first and last one-on-one meeting until…
Two weeks later, he showed up again without any appointment. I was like, ‘who are you to show up without an appointment?’ I just said ‘hello’ and I told him that I couldn’t join him to lunch – super busy me! Before I fled from the scene, he handed me a long brown envelope, inside were 2 boxes of special dark chocolates. I felt that my cheeks betrayed me, and a quick turn-around was needed. I looked at him and smiled. ‘So you want to surprise me?’ =)
Early this year, I developed a fondness for music by Everything But The Girl (EBTG). ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Looking for Love’ became my instant favorite, coupled by a music video for Lancome, which was filmed at the Louvre. I discovered the video at YouTube; it was that time when I was scheduled to visit the Louvre in Paris. I didn’t know I was heading for the same – Love. No appointment required. =)