Having this restaurant is really the best thing happened to me so far, everyday you experience all kinds of things and meet all kinds of people.
Honesty is the #1 thing to me. Doesn't matter if it's business, friendships or personal matters. I forgive very easily, but you got to be honest! Many years ago, I was betrayed by a very dear friend of mine. I got many warnings from other friends, but I'm the kind of person who "believe", and have too much faith in people. Not only I found out the truth, but also got blamed for her actions. It was very heart broken. I broke up that friendship right away. At the time, it felt more heart broken than breaking up a relationship.
A few months ago, this friend walked in to the restaurant! We were both in shock! I always try to greet my customers whenever I have a chance. I greeted many that night, sat with some friends for a bit...what should I do? It took me quite a while before I could go over and said "hi". We exchanged some informations, updated each other a bit... Then I found that I was only caught in surprised, and didn't feel much of what had happened anymore. It was in the past after all and sure time has taken care of it somewhat. I hope she's doing and living well!
Until this very recent weeks, I found that I lost my trust, faith and love again to someone I totally believed in. I was given all these hopes but were all taken away in one day. It's was like you were the princess living in this castle, but when you woke up the next day, you found yourself on the street being homeless and didn't know what or how did that happened? I was traumatised. It's so painful that I was completely torn apart, and I think my body gave up because of that. What would you do when someone violated your trust? To think about it, the last time I felt sad was when I lost my lease to a location that I was looking into, again because of my good faith...oh well, inexperience too in dealing with business.
I remember my father once told me, "You're in this country for too long already. You won't be able to do business in Asia, people would eat you alive." Simply because I have too much trust and faith in people. It's true, if you gave me an apple, I would return a dozen. However that's "me", and I believe that's what made me special and that's why I have these many dear friends!
I love to laugh, and can just laugh and be silly for no reason. I can also be happy and be pleased very easily and was very content. However not able to laugh or smile kills me! When things like this happened, it's really not easy! How do you pick yourself up and perform? How long would it take, and how could you regain your trust and faith again? Jean said, "Think about it this way, it's really good that you have your restaurant! Imagine you're still with your last job, you would be dragging yourself just to get out of bed." It's true, as soon as my body felt better, I have to go in right away! It's my business and I can't let my staff down!? Forcing myself out of the house and smile at my customers helped. Then meeting some new customers who truly appreciate Restaurant Furenzu definitely keeps me going.
Josephine almost talked me into getting a dog! "You're too nurturing and have too much love right now you have to channel it to something which would for sure give it back to you unconditionally." That's why I love dogs, but since Juppa past right before the restaurant opened; my schedule wouldn't allow me to have another dog. It wouldn't be fair to it, but it sure was tempting and I have found myself looking into dogs' ads lately. This is the time I sure miss Juppa, my loyal pal, who shared so many of my joys and cries over the last 11 years.
Well for now, Lourdes, Josephine, Elizabeth, Jean, Vivian and Jane: Thank you for being there for me, ALL the time! Thanks for letting me borrow Chocolate, Josephine; she sure is a great cuddling pal. And Ada, thanks for your call, that's really very nice of you! Ward, you're one dear friend who couldn't show up at any other better time! Love you all!