Monday, June 25, 2007

Beijing Bombshell

I'm not your typical guy.

An obvious enough statement judging by my blog - but I think more than a few still find it a little hard to believe. Always been a little bit of an eccentric - hear tell my doting Pa dropped me as a kid which accounts for it. So when my Charming Calvin drops a literal bombshell on me, you can hardly expect me to have a normal reaction.

Calvin : I have got something to say.
Paul : Speak!
Calvin : What would you say if I got a six-month transfer?
Paul : To where?
Calvin : To Beijing?
Paul : OMG When do we leave?

He was taken aback to say the least. Surely Calvin didn't expect me to display the typical screaming histrionics followed by hair-extension-tearing diva-esque rants favoured by most drama queens. Would he really have enjoyed the embarassing spectacle of me sobbing hysterically while desperately clinging on to his tattered pantleg to make sure he doesn't leave?

Airport goodbyes
Good night, good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow!

How could I exhaust myself with all that needless drama when all I could think of was the Forbidden Palace, Peking Duck and hot, stern-faced Chinese PLA soldiers ( hopefully uncanny doppelgangers of a certain Huang Xiaoming )? Not to mention the things I could buy there. Think dainty porcelain dolls, kitschy Chairman Mao clocks and traditional wooden couplets! :)

And that's only on the first day.

My poor Calvin. Yes, I'm an eccentric. It's not that I don't comprehend the shocking enormity of the sudden transfer - niggling doubts and worries over the untenable situation already doubtlessly revolving repeatedly around Calvin's stressed out brain. What about his current job here? His leased apartment? His terribly expensive interior decor item - aka the precious MyVi? What about his faraway family and his friends here? What about our budding relationship?

Me, I find it easy enough to solve, given the chance. The job and apartment will always be here - and in desperation ( and financial straits! ) he could always break the lease and bunk with me for a while. Not sure what to do with his pampered car but I figure there's a certain stranded auntie out there who wouldn't mind having the vehicle on loan at least for a while.

What about our relationship? From what I hear, the six month transfer sounds like an excellent step on his climb up the career ladder and I certainly wouldn't want to stand in his way. Would miss him terribly but it's only six months fergodssakes! Although I don't entirely believe in the longevity of long-distance-romances ( far too tempting to stray after all :P ), I doubt a six month break would seriously endanger our relationship. And from what I mentioned above, you can be sure I'll be spending more than a handful of weekends shopping in Wangfujing 王府井大街 if he ever gets seconded there.

Guess I'll be spending the next few days checking out cheap flights to Beijing :)

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On a lighter note, take a look at my daemon :P

19 comments:

Jaded_Jeremy said...

How soon can I get hold of the MyVi? ;-)

All the best to Calvin. Moving to a foreign country for anything more than a few weeks is daunting. Can he at least speak Mandarin? I know I would be terrified!

And all the best to you two. I am sceptical about long-distance relationship but hope it'll be fine for both of you.

angel said...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder ;)

Janvier said...

Sooo lucky for him to have supportive you :)

savante said...

Go ask him for the myvi then, jeremy :P

Hope that adage holds true, angel. Even if not, I shall visit periodically without warning :P

Go tell him that, janvier.

m5lvin said...

Six months...ain't that long...but definitely ain't that short either......

but...it's beyond our control..worry not* =)

Mark said...

Six months will fly by. Or if you miss him on a weekend, you can always fly to him. :-) Good luck to both of you!

-C said...

Kind of off topic (go you and Calvin!!!) but the daemon thing isn't working for me. :P

I got a lion.

jay said...

6 months is not too long. Especially with a few trips for shopping (or visiting Calvin lol).

nemesis-on-fire said...

i think your readers know how eccentric you are :)

6 months... well, i hope things go well for both of you :)

i wanna daemon too!! gonna go get me one ;)

Alex said...

Oh my Lao Tian Ye! He's moving to Beijing? Gasp... More shopping for ya !!

William said...

Time to bring out the Antonio Banderas blow-up doll again...

ZEYN DI INVIDIA said...

Paul,

WHAT??? for real? gonna miss you two...

hrugaar said...

So will you stay at his apartment and house-sit for him while he's away? :o)

JL said...

Jom... Ngor tei fun tong san!

East-West said...

This is probably the hardest part of being in a gay relationship – maintaining a long-distance relationship. In your case, it will be just a short period of six-months – so it should not be too difficult.

Just enjoy the pleasure of the many mad rush journeys to see each other "regularly" :-) and if you can get out of bed, see the tourist sights as well!psqajx

closetalk said...

aha. ooo, beijing is sposed to be a VERY nice place to visit. frnd of mine went there. of course, he preferred HK.

Sue said...

You are going to miss Calvin. You guys need to have a long talk about what you are going to do without each other. I wish you both luck. :)

dazzakoh said...

6 months - just enough to make the heart grow fonder, but not enough to be out-of-mind becuase you are out of sight!

khalel said...

everything will be just fine... worry not, sweetie. c",)