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 of suefeng.com and onepebble.me

Sue and I at Union Square!

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. πŸ™ 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

Raisa and I at HanaMichi!

Raisa and I modeling Tony Moly!

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 and I at Oh Taisho!

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?

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16 Comments to "Meeting My Online Friendies!"

Kristine wrote on 15th February 2016 at 10:18 PM

whooo! That’s awesome, Liv. If I ever get to go to NYC, I’ll definitely contact you so we can meet up.

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Raisa wrote on 15th February 2016 at 10:39 PM

Waaii you met AnneMarie! XD I didn’t know she was in town too. I would’ve messaged her. D: I’m so glad we got to meet up! I had a really lovely time having dinner with you and checking out Tony Moly. I’m still not over their super cute packaging! And I’m so happy you like the scarf!<3

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Carol wrote on 16th February 2016 at 5:54 AM

OMG OMG OMG!!

I’M SO JEALOUS ⁄ hahaha, can I move to New York one day and become BFFs with you and hangout every weekend?! (okay, sorry that may actually sound creepy) Hahah, I really want to go New York some day, I’m thinking that I should try and look for a design job there, but i guess all the Visa stuffs would kill me πŸ™ Anyway, I’d definitely let you know if I have a chance!

(p.s. i’m trying to get back to this bloggosphere! )

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Liv Reply:

LOL of course you can move here and hang out with me! We’ll go shopping all the time.

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Liz wrote on 17th February 2016 at 4:49 AM

Do you live in NYC? I haven’t met any online friends who are friends with me, but I have met some of Charlise’s (cousin). Well…namely one. Literally just one.

There are a lot of bloggers in the DFW area, but they feel very cliquey and fake, so I don’t go to any local events—I also couldn’t, because I can’t drink on a regular basis (yeast allergy), and the meetups are usually in bars, which usually have peanuts.

I’m considering reaching out to some Austin peeps if I go to Austin circa April, ’cause it could be cool to meet them! But I’m not sure what the current schedule for the trip is like yet, or if we’re still going, and I’m also…well, really awkward in person? Like, WHAT IF MY BLOG FRIENDS FIND ME TOO WEIRD?! It’s my utmost concern, to be honest. >.<

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Liv Reply:

Yup I live in NYC now, I used to live with my parents just outside the city but now I have an apartment.

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Liz wrote on 17th February 2016 at 5:00 AM

Also, forgive me for being slow, but I JUST understood your line about AnneMarie confused about a guy texting her. :s

XD It’s classic, though. c:

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Cat wrote on 18th February 2016 at 12:28 PM

Yay! I’m glad you got to meet a few online friends in person! I’ve been following both Raisa’s and AnneMarie’s blogs and would love to meet them too πŸ™‚ I’ve met a few blogger friends in Texas – Michelle, Agent Q, and Ongaku – and there are cosplayers that I met at cons who I had followed online. One of my closest friend is someone I originally met online, and now we travel to see each other every 1-2 years! Maybe one day we’ll meet too since I go to NY once in a while XD

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Liv Reply:

Hit me up when you’re in NYC! I live in Manhattan now. πŸ™‚

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Michelle wrote on 18th February 2016 at 5:25 PM

That’s awesome!~ It is a celebration to meet your online friends in real life! πŸ˜€ I met Cat of silent-white and love her. I wanna meet more bloggers in Texas.

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Cindy wrote on 21st February 2016 at 2:22 PM

Meeting online friends is so fun! It’s hilar, because I meet a lot of cool folks online, only to end up meeting them in person later on down the line, even though a decade ago, it was totally taboo to do so because people were afraid that somebody would be, like, a serial killer. Also, eee! You want to Hanamichi! I remember going there back when I lived in NY.

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Georgie wrote on 26th February 2016 at 6:46 AM

New York, New York… I think it is on the cards for me in the next two years. πŸ˜‰ Nothing locked in yet, though. It is one of the cities I would love to visit most in the USA. To be honest, one of the main reasons I want to visit anywhere in the States is to meet a lot of my blog friends. Australia is just too small, there are few bloggers in a community that is close-knit like ours (people are all about business blogging now and I hate it) and I have only met maybe one or two bloggers from Australia.

I’m not sure if we have a great deal in common. πŸ˜† Still, I would love to meet you.

Also very funny that you almost forgot to pay the bill. You are good people for going back and not just running off thinking you got food for free!

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Liv Reply:

You know what we have in common? FOOD. Can’t go wrong. I’ll be sure to meet up with you if you travel all the way to NYC! πŸ™‚

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Becca wrote on 26th February 2016 at 8:27 PM

I wish I would have started following your blog sooner because I would have totally met up with you in St. Louis! I’ve not met any of my blogging friends yet – I seem to be right smack dab in the middle of the country with no one near me, haha. Hopefully sometime in my travels (I’d love to visit NY someday) I can plan something!

I love that you went back to pay the bill. I think a lot of people would have just kept going!

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Liv Reply:

Haha don’t worry, I was completely swamped by the conference in St. Louis there’s no way I could have met up! I hope you can visit New York for sure! πŸ™‚

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Tara wrote on 27th February 2016 at 6:08 AM

This post reminds me that I wanted to write about my own meeting online friends post πŸ™‚ Will need to do that in March! πŸ˜€

I’m glad you had a blast meeting all of them! I hope to one day meet Raisa and AnneMarie myself! πŸ˜€ And I hope to meet you, too!!! ^^

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