Meeting My Online Friendies!
2015 was the year I finally got to meet the friends I’ve made online, and oh my, it makes me feel like an adult! After my trip to St.Louis last Christmas, I felt more like an adult because I had met a lot of people quickly and kept in contact with them afterwards through technology. Meanwhile this is the complete opposite where I am able to keep in contact with people first because of technology, then meet them! And being based in New York must have its advantages in this because in the last few months I’ve met three friends who have traveled or moved here. I’ve been kinda waiting for all three to happen in order to compile them into this post, so this is long overdue!
Sue is from Illinois and we often chat on Google Hangouts about our work as developers. She’s also been a big supporter of my spirituality ever since I told her about the first time EVER that I went to church, nearly three years ago! She also gave me a lot of comfort when I decided to seek God seriously last year.
We finally met last October when she came to New York to visit some friends. On the last day of her trip, visiting me was the agenda, yay! She met up with me at Union Square so I could take her to brunch and church. We went to Mud for brunch because I wanted to give her the New York experience. However, we waited nearly 40 minutes for our food to arrive and by the time it was almost ready, we had only five minutes to get to church. We had to leave without any food. 🙁 But Sue got to see how service is like at my church, and she also met some of my friends as well as my pastor. Afterwards we went to a different place (it unfortunately has closed now) for lunch before her flight, so you could say the plan did work out in the end!
Raisa of little-town.net
I think many of you know Raisa because there was a lot of Twitter hype for us meeting back in November when Raisa traveled here from Pennsylvania for a developers’ conference! I met Raisa because we’re both self-taught developers who love video games and beauty/fashion. I strongly believe that despite the stereotypes, we are not uncommon at all.
I met up with her for dinner at HanaMichi in Koreatown and we fangirled over games, and I also learned a lot about how different her life was back in the Philippines versus her life now. Afterwards I took her to The Face Shop and TonyMoly, and we both had to exercise some restraint (okay maybe just me) to not buy the whole store. We took some silly photos with the products though! Raisa also gave me the red infinity scarf I’m wearing in the photos! She crocheted that herself and I’ve been wearing it often because I absolutely love the bright red.
AnneMarie of annemarieladlad.info
AnneMarie moved here from Seattle last summer to be an admissions counselor at Catholic school, and we’ve been both so busy that our meeting this past week was long overdue! The plan was to have dinner together at Oh Taisho. While waiting for her to get off work, I was on campus and ran into my friend. We lost track of time so when AnneMarie texted me that she was here, I immediately got up to get ready. In the five minutes I was gone, she called and my friend answered. It was funny because AnneMarie was so confused why a guy answered the number she’s been texting, HAHA.
We did get to have a nice dinner though, where AnneMarie gave me a lot of insight on controversial issues such as race and the LGBTQ community from a liberal as well as Christian point of view. Last summer I was attacked for “hating” the LGBTQ community not because I did anything, but because I chose to be a Christian. We talked about how issues like that are not about taking sides but looking at how it affects all of us on every level no matter what our faith is. The night ended on a funny note because the waiters forgot to give us the bill! We had already walked out of there before I remembered, and we ran back in there. Oops!
I had so much fun meeting these friends! If you ever travel to New York, hit me up because I’d love to meet you too! Have you ever met online friends?