A conversation between me & my hi5 friend almira, I found her on yahoo chat in the evening today
Adi: so, how have u been, i’m at the office right now, its 5:40pm here, whats the time at ur place
Almira: im pretty good. Just got my right knee bruised from playing volleyball. It’s 8:03pm here
Adi: in england by any chance??? sorry for the knee… is it bad???
Almira: im from the PHILIPPINES bot England.
Adi: yeah i know, ur profile says dream on in england
Almira: haha, i just wanna go there someday
Adi: me too, r u at home
Almira: yep. In our library, to be exact
Adi: r u a studious kinda girl
Almira: very much. School is my first priority
Adi: i love books, less of libraries, least of school, kind of never studied whatever was being taught at school
Almira: it’s like, u wanna learn but hates to listen?
Adi: no its not that, i wanna learn everything and at a quicker pace than what my teachers adopted… i was always studying my elder brother’s books in school, i just wanted to grow up real fast
Almira: i dont wanna grow up yet! That means more responsibility
Adi: that means independence, and u can always enjoy life even before, after or during growing-up…whatever i missed out, i’m catching now
Almira: how old r u
Adi: just a little bit, say 10 yrs than u (and she’s is about 14)
Almira: that’s why u’re ready for all those responsibility. I am not yet
Adi: u really believe what i say
Almira: why not? u arent lying, are oyU?
Adi: never caught it as a habit, but sometimes when i’m in a little mischevious mood, i do…not now…u r not regular with hi5 these days…(hi5 is a friendship club kinda site we bumped into each other)
Almira: Ive been busy with exams
Adi: what subjects u’ve, especially languages
Almira: literature, chemistry, computer, THE, grammar, anatomy, drafting, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a lot more that i cant remember!
Almira: we dont have foreign languages
Almira: except english, of course
Adi: and what is your mother tongue, which standard or grade u r in, i hope i’m not irritating u with all these q’s
Almira: Filipino. But we Filipinos are really good in English so it’s never really a burden taking up that subject. It’s actually one of my favorites. I’m in 3rd year high school. Sort of 9th grade.
Adi: in the profile window four girls r there, r u the one with the cap…and is filipino a difficult language to learn,
Almira: I am the one with the cap. I guess it might be hard for others to understand our language because if u say a word in a different tempo, it changes the meaning of the word
Almira: And there are also these “revolutions” of meanings. For example, before, “gara” means pretty or cute. NOw “gara” means weird
Adi: okay, that means we both r gara, u pretty, me weird
Almira: I’ll accept that as a compliment! But hey, you’re not weird!
Adi: all aquarians are, what’s ur date of birth
Almira: July 26
Almira: Which makes me a Leo
Adi: acha, tell me one thing, i’m naturally curious to know, what ur name means in filipino, u know what it means in english
Adi: oh, sorry, acha in hindi – my mother tongue means okay…
Adi: or ‘well’, depending on usage
Almira: I dont know what it means in Filipino but I know what it means in English
Adi: so is it a nickname or a proper well thought of name by ur parents
Almira: Almira means Princess while Clarisa [my real name is ALmira Clarisa] means Famous
Almira: My full name is Almira Clarisa Santos
Adi: ah, the princess, ur humble subject’s full name is Alok Saini and he comes from the State of New Delhi of the country of India
Almira: the meaning of your name, do you know?
Adi: yeah, Alok means light, more specifically the divine light kinda usage
Adi: what it feels like connecting to someone so far apart, both physically & culturally… do u know someone from India
Almira: Im pretty used to it. I’ve got a friend there, His name is Avi
Adi: as i told u, i’m not much into chatting, i’m just learning the stuff
Almira: oh. What sports do u do?
Adi: i used to play cricket, although not a lot, apart from that, i play chess n carom n crosswords, mostly
Almira: i play volleyball, chess, table tennis, badminton, and taekwondo
Adi: so we r complete opposites in that regard, i’m an indoor person, u r an outdoor person…
Almira: swimming too, i forgot. I was able to play those because my dad taught me, not by my own will
Adi: but u do enjoy sports
Almira: i do, even if it is tiring.
Adi: what matters more is that u enjoy the game, hey how this picture of urs changed? there’s a cute puppy in its place
Almira: i changed it. I’ve been using that pic quite long so I tried something new.
Almira: I like dogs
Adi: i looooovvvvvve dogs
Almira: i hate cats
Almira: chat u some other time
Adi: absolutely, positively, but what is gtg, okay some other time, good night
I understood later, that gtg is got to go! Freakily ignorant I’m of the lingo of today’s generation!
This is the 25thof November, 7:23pm, and I adi, still all wonderous, all incredulous about modern technology is signing off. What a small world this has become?