It was just another gathering of friends for a celebration of birthdays but this time we didn't just hit the 30s, we were considered well into our 30s. Nostalgia, reflection... or perhaps more of a positive brooding was inevitable and it resulted in this list during our conversation:
8 things we we commonly do now that we are in our 30s:
1. WE WOULD LIKE TO REST AT HOME DURING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Partying or going on an adventure is not to be arranged unless it's of a special significance. Even arranging to meet friends is on a case-by-case basis.
2. WE WOULD LIKE TO HANG OUT IN OUR OWN VICINITY
By that we mean no traveling from Jurong West to Pasir Ris and anything which involves two opposite ends of Singapore. Somewhere preferably within our GRC (town).
3. WE WOULD LIKE TO MEET AT ULU (NOT CROWDED) PLACES
Crowded places are on our official boycott list. We try to avoid crowds at all times. Best situation is when someone offers to open up their house. We love cosy housewarmings.
4. WE'VE A SELF-IMPOSED CURFEW OF 2130HRS
Because we really cannot stay focus any later than that. Gone are the days we can talk into the wee hours of the morning. If we do, the recovery process takes at least 2 days.
5. WE EXPERIENCE FOOD COMA VERY FREQUENTLY
We don't really eat a lot or rather we try not to eat a lot, and say we are not very hungry but somehow still end up over stuffing ourselves and our brains go to our stomachs.
6. WE LOVE TO 'STONE' AKA STARE INTO SPACE AFTER SOME TIME
From the start, we talk fast, loud, concurrent conversations happening at the same time and then there is that moment where we pause for a while, for some time, hopefully not too long.
7. WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE PAST AS IF THE PAST WAS LONG LONG AGO
We talk about stuff in our youth as if it was in our history books. Seriously if this goes on, are we going to be a broken record for the next like 50 years of our life!
8. WE NOW ADD AN 'O' TO OUR KOPI (COFFEE) ORDER
Our coffee orders are switching from "Kopi" to "Kopi-O" and maybe even "Kopi-O Kosong". And let's throw in the double negatives as well, 'Kopi Siew Siew Dai".
Dedicated to all my friends in their thirties: Here's to the thirties and more prosperous years ahead! Yum Seng (Cheers)!