It’s about that time again, that time where we need to bid our friends farewell. 2017 has been a good year for me in many ways, but it has also been one of the hardest ones I’ve had in a while. The year isn’t over yet, so there’s plenty of time to change what I don’t like about some things in my life.

After a vacation of a month and a half, my roommate returned to Xiamen for a couple of days. It wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have one last lunch together.

She came back for about six days, just in time for our graduation ceremony. It’s one thing I had to get used to here in China. I didn’t understand why we receive a diploma every single year. There’s this whole graduation ceremony in the morning, and a dinner at night. It was all pretty confusing to me last year. One year later, I kinda like this.

At first, I had planned to invite all of them out to lunch at Leo’s Pizza in 文灶, but Thidawan was in the middle of her exams. Nattiya was also a bit busy, so we decided the best thing to do, was for Nattiya to prepare us some lunch! She is so AMAZING! I will never forget her and the ten months we spent together as roommates.

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Leo’s Pizza & Brunch in WenZao. Click here to read how I discovered this place. Photo courtesy of the restaurant’s Facebook page.

My friend Mauris introduced me to this place a couple of weeks ago. The food is some of the best Italian food I’ve had in China. I do have to tell you, that food in China sometimes doesn’t taste as well as it should. That’s just my opinion, feel free to disagree.

Since a farwell lunch at Leo’s was out of the question, Nattiya prepared us a great feast!

I love Thai food, it’s no secret! Really need to learn how to prepare it. Next year I might go to Thailand and take a class or two. We invited one of our former teachers as well. In our first year here, she taught us 口语 (Conversational Chinese) for two months. She is an amazing person, and I really love talking to her. Below are the pics of our get together.

LOVE YOU, LADIES!

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This is some kind of sweet-and-sour soup… It tastes good.

 

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So, I’m not entirely sure what this is, but I know it’s some type of vegetable. Chinese people love it! Turns out I do, too.

 

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I LOVE THIS! Minced meat with liver, a lot of flavor and a lot of delicioushness in my mouth! YUM!

 

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My FAVORITE! My roommate made me shrimp with bitter melon, garlic, and LOTS and LOTS of hot sauce!

 

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All of us, together on camera for the last time! I love these amazing women

Farewell my friends! We will see one another again soon! In life, we are blessed to meet people who will change our lives for the better. I am thankful that I am fortunate enough to keep meeting positive and amazing people. If friendship is important to you, you will find a way to make it work, to keep in touch.

In the words of the late and great Whitney Houston: “I got nothin’ but love for ya.”