Friendship knows no distance, and even if you’re miles apart, you know you will always have a special connection that no one can take away from you.
I met Junli when I was a freshman in high school. I was waiting outside my new school when a pretty Chiness girl with black, long hair approached me. I always describe her that way. Anyway, she asked me about my name and what class I was. After that, we instantly became close friends.
Being away from the Philippines and staying in Italy, I never had a chance to be friends with anyone from school. It’s not because I was such a snob back then, but because I had a hard time talking with them especially that I didn’t know how to speak Italian fluently. I only know how to say simple words like ciao, come stai, mi chiamo Abby, etc. I didn’t know how to interact with them. Not until I met her.
We were not on the same class since she was 2nd year already but we were both 16 at that time. I also met her friends and became close with them as well. The funny thing was even Chinese people thought I was Chinese because I was always with them. remember one time we were buying some food at a Chinese Supermarket and they would speak to me as if I understand a thing they were saying. After classes, I would sometimes go to Junli’s restaurant. Their family owns one and their desserts are really delicious!
There were times we would go and stroll around the beach even if it’s winter. I felt less lonely staying abroad with her. Of course it’s different if you have friends to chat with personally about anything in random, aside from your family. She was also able to meet my family when I celebrated my birthday at home and was able to taste Filipino food for the first time.
Then one summer, I decided to work part time to support our planned trip to Venice. I worked for two months as a baby sitter. The task was actually pretty easy. I just need to accompany two little girls to the beach every day and I was also enjoying at the same time. Who wouldn’t when you can get to go to the beach during summer, right?
After two months, we booked our train tickets and headed our way to Verona first. We went to see the hometown of Romeo and Juliet just like what in the book said. We were not able to go inside the house of Juliet as we arrived early and the gates were still close at that time.
We also went to Gardaland, it’s like an Italian version of Disneyland or Enchanted Kingdom, you name it! The weather was not that nice though. It rained and some of the rides were closed but we still enjoyed our stay there regardless of what happened.
Afterwards, we finally went to Venice and enjoyed the beautiful view of the city. I still couldn’t believe I was actually in VENICE! But I was and with my closest friend! That was my first travel with a friend and most memorable one, too! I didn’t know it would be the last one because I came back in the Philippines to continue my study here. I never had a chance to bid her a proper farewell. I just suck at saying goodbyes.
After a year, I came back in Italy for a short vacation. Even though she was busy with school, we were still able to meet up. I surprised her by going to their restaurant and we chitchat about anything we just felt like saying. I really missed her.
I was able to change the way I see friendship because of that even though we are currently 6,583 miles away from each other, and stay in countries with a 6 hour time difference, it doesn’t change the fact that we are still friends up to this very day. It’s been 4 years and 9 months since I last saw her, I know we still haven’t forgotten each other. Being friends doesn’t mean being in touch 24/7 but knowing someone’s always got your back no matter what and wherever you are. It’s like having a sister from another mother. Someone you can always rely on. Someone you trust.
We both love taking pictures even before. Luckily Huawei P9 can “Change the Way You See Mobile Photography” as Huawei P9’s camera is co-engineered with Leica. It has dual lenses that produces high quality photos and allow users to take amazing monochrome, slo-mo, colored, light painting photos among others.
Aside from it’s easy to use and you can just bring it everywhere even abroad! Perfect for that reuniting picture with Junli once I go back in Italy, hopefully next year! I can’t wait to see her again after so many years.