Seems like we were childhood friends in a reunion trip, yeah? Upon looking at the photos of my year-end-new-year trip with Taku and his friends, I noticed that I've developed fondness in these guys, actually, I call them 'Universal Boys!'. Haha. I'm amazed with guys with wonderful friendships, in fact, I have some college friends (SIBAK) who are just like these guys, but this group is like...girls. I mean, aside from good looks (I owe them that since they treated me well during the trip. sshhh. Of course my Taku is no.1 yohooo!), I noticed that they're as vocal as girls to each other but since they're Japanese, it still looks like 'businesssy' to me, very rational and practical.
Here's what they do: At the end of the year, they travel together, have fun and on the last day, they will have what they call 'symposium.' Symposium looks like this:
In the symposium, they will talk EVERYTHING about:
- Current trip
- Upcoming trip
- What happened to them in the year that passed
- Their plans for the coming year
Being with these guys were so difficult at first because we have a totally different culture and language. Good thing I was working in a Japanese magazine and have worked with a lot of Japanese but you could imagine how many times I bowed or got nervous thinking about what to say if I was asked to say something when they 'cheers!' haha.
But I really wish all friendships are like what they have, definitely, no one will feel lost in their own life.
This was the last photo of us together in the trip. I went alone to a separate hotel while some of them (including Taku) flew to Singapore and 3 of them stayed for a couple of nights, I can still remember how sad I was. haha. When I look at this photo, I miss the Universal boys and I always wish them well.