10 days to go to the day that I have been waiting for months to celebrate. The most important day in our lives. The day that is meaningful for you and even for me. The day that I would like to spend with you for the rest of our lives.
I would like to recall the place we have visited together. The places where we spent our laughter and happiness together. Here is the top ten list of most memorable places for us:
10. Msida – Malta
This is where it all began. In a small cafe in Msida where we had a lunch. It was the first time ever I asked a girl who was stranger to me for a meal. I never had the courage to do it. However, I did not want to miss the opportunity to know you. The desire to know you is too big to prohibit me.
I ordered the spaghetti with salmon. You wanted a chicken, however it was not available and you switched to salmon too. Somehow, I noticed how you were shy that day. I closed y lunch with a kannolo ice cream with a mini kannoli. I gave you to taste your first kannoli.
During the lunch, I spent a lot of time telling you my stories, my experiences, my dreams, and my goals. It began very awkward but I felt like I have known you for years. You were sitting there and listening to me like a little girl listening to a bedtime story. Whenever I asked you about something, you were shy and you had to pause few seconds to gather your thoughts back on track.
Obviously, I had to pay for the meal and how you refused and chased me to pay me was very fun. You looked like you were guilty. However, that showed me how you are different to many girls out there who expects many things from man. That was the first touch you did on my heart.
9. Gozo – Malta
Three months we spent together in the Maltese Islands. We started unexpectedly but when it got closer to the end, I really had a big time to deal with the sadness that I was losing you.
On the last day in Malta, we went to Gozo just for a quick lunch. You were really tired from the trip to Sicily. You slept all the way to Gozo and return. You only woke up when I reached the ferry terminal, on the ferry, and during the lunch time.
We were lucky there was a table for us. The only table left which was not favourable for people because the sun was direct to the table. We still enjoyed the lunch though. It was always amazing to see you eating mussels after mussels. You enjoyed every seconds of it. You just could not stop even though you were already full.
After you left, I was stationed in Gozo for 3 months. I always tried to avoid going there. Well, since you left Malta, I went there 3 times. I always sat on the same table. The picture of you sitting in front of me and your smiles always accompanied my loneliness.
8. Valletta – Malta
This was our last stop of our Mediterranean journey. Three months had come to an end. I picked you up at your place. You were wearing a white dress. You looked really elegant and pretty that night. It made me feeling proud walking by your side down the lane in Valletta. We had a dinner in a restaurant where I had my first dinner in Malta when I landed on the island for the first time. Lobsters and other seafood were our tastes of the night. It was one of the happiest moment I had in my life. I couldn’t stop staring at your beauty. Looking at you that night drew smiles after smiles on my lips. It was not perfect as I had planned but nothing is better than seeing you… happy.
7. London – United Kingdom
London is London. Full of life. We were just passing by the city on our way to go home. We decided to stay over night to have longer sleeps before our flights the next day. We dropped by Selfridges & Co. in London for a specific purpose of macaroons. Looking at you choosing your flavours were fun. You were so focus and enjoying that moment. You were being yourself. The happiness that shining out from your eyes were priceless. I would never trade it for anything.
The next day I had to catch my early flights to Amsterdam and Dubai. I was really worried that you would over-sleep and miss the flight. I just could not stop thinking of you on my flight to Amsterdam. I still remember how I had to call at the reception to call you in the room and asked your mom to wake you up too. This London trip was memorable because we had to separate on our way to Dubai to meet up for next flight to Singapore. It was amazing feeling when I figured out where to find you in Dubai. I would never forget the first thing you did when you saw me in Dubai.
6. Singapore – Singapore
Eight years have passed since the last time I visited Singapore. Then I landed again with you. It was my first ever time spending 8 hours flight from Dubai to Singapore non-stop talking with someone, no sleep or movies or songs. We just didn’t want that moment to end. Only when we landed in Singapore, I felt the true meaning of having you. I understood how meaningful every seconds I have with you. I would not want to waste them.
After you met your mom and brother then left me alone, I felt so lonely. I felt like I would like to just stay there with you. The same feeling I had when I had to leave Singapore to fly back to Malta. I purposely shook everyone hands one by one and left you until the end. I really wanted to hug you but I could not, so I shook you hand. You looked really awkward. It was the first time we ever shake hands.
Did you know? After I passed immigration, I just stood there and staring at the place where you were standing. Tears streamed down my eyes, but I had to walk my heavy legs to the gate. I really missed you.
5. Johor Bahru – Malaysia
Your hometown. There would never be more wonderful experiences than visiting you and your family in your hometown. I was honestly very afraid that I would not be welcomed. Surprisingly, your family was very welcoming and warm, even your relatives. I really had a great learning and enjoyable times there. I would never forget what your family have done for me when I went down there.
4. Cardiff – Wales, United Kingdom
There is too much to talk about this city. I would probably never land in Cardiff had I never known you. The reason I went to Cardiff was you and it is where I can feel my happiness. The reason is also because of you. Being on your side always makes me feel as I am home. You are my home.
3. Windermere – Lake District, United Kingdom
It was probably not the best time to visit when both of us were busy. However, it is undeniable that we enjoyed our moments there. Walking uphill with my heavy bodyweight and short breath. I was really struggling. But, when we reached the top, it was really fun. We could even play snow together. If only we had better and longer times, we would enjoy it even more.
Remember when we were by the lakeside? You were scared of a duck. You did not even move 1 mm from where you stood. The duck stood there like he was so strong. It is these little moments with you that made me happy, that made me not wanting to leave you.
2. Mount Etna – Sicily, Italy
It was really a difficult decision to make when I needed to pick a destination for us for our first trip together. I considered so many options including Greece, Rome, Milan, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France. With the time constraint and limited budget, I decided to go Sicily with you. The idea of visiting Sicily never really crossed in my mind.
It had been some times since the last time I went on top of a mountain. It was you first time ever too. I believed it was one of the best memories I have with you. The struggle with the heavy rain while on transit in Rome and had our flight delayed for hours. That was your first time to have a pistachio McFlurry. The boredom of waiting for our flight really hit me hard and I started talking non-sense about calling Ryan.
After few hours of sleep, we went on the tour to Mount Etna. You really seem to have a good time. You just enjoyed yourself. Your tiredness was biting hard but you just ignored it. We climbed up 2 km. We stood on top of one of the volcanoes. We took a picture there and it is still my favourite picture of us. It was just the real expression of us being in extreme happiness.
I remember what you said to me when we reached the hotel in the evening. You said, “Thank you, Dan Dan. It was fun.” I will never forget the smile I had that day when I witnessed your happiness.
1. Taormina – Sicily, Italy
I did not know what to expect from this place when I decided to go there with you. We were exhausted when we arrived. We fell asleep at the balcony with the wind breeze. You were sleeping very deeply. Then we started walking around the town. From one end to another end. We did not know where to go for dinner or what to do. We just kept walking until I found Cinque Archi restaurant. We had a dinner there. The bread was amazing. The foods were delicious. You looked so happy to have those good meals.
After the dinner, we went on walking around the town and took pictures. There was one time when we were walking, you suddenly hugged my left arm and lied your head on my left shoulder. You said, “Dan, I really like this town.”
Before we went back to hotel, I was craving for ice cream. Every time I asked you, you did not want it. Then you realised that I was asking because I wanted it. You just decided to go back to town and grab one. I said no but you insisted and said that you wanted it. It was fun.
The next morning we had a breakfast in the garden. It was a great experience until there were some big bees joining our meals and we had to quickly finish up. After the breakfast, we went around the town and walked down to the Isola Bella. It was a really hot day, but walking with you is always fun. We played with flowers and as usual you like to disturb me by putting flowers on my head and ears. But, what was best from that day is when we found Roberto’s kannoli. The best kannoli we ever had. We just could not stop having it. We had 3 before we went to Isola Bella and we had another 2 after. Then we went to have ice cream. You fell asleep lying your head on my shoulder while sitting on the sofa. You slept so beautifully.
Afterwards, we went back to hotel to have a shower and quick dinner before we leave for airport. While we were waiting at the lobby, you said to me,”I really like this place, the hotel, the food especially the kannoli. We should have stayed 2 nights in here and not in Catania.”
I replied, “Then we need to come back here one day.”
You answered,”I want.”
I said,”I will bring you back here in 10 years time.”
You laughed. I meant it.
Taormina was the happiness we had together.
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