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It’s not even Throwback Thursday yet but I’m taking you on a time travel excursion, alllll the way back ->hit rewind to 2 0 0 9.
I was a 17 y/o girl whose only care in the world was whether I finished my homework, that my uniform was ironed and that I wouldn’t miss my favourite TV show at 10 pm. Ps: It was a Hong Kong drama, and I watched it by reading the subtitles cause this gal ain’t know no Chinese. Oh, and prom too- I guess.
I went to high school in Malaysia and Prom- well Prom was prom, nothing too crazy. It was definitely something to look forward to if you’re a senior but not in any way hitting the MAGNITUDE of what prom is here. I remember one of my best friends referring to our senior prom as the closest thing to High School Musical we could get.
Imagine my utter surprise at how big a deal prom is to high schoolers here! The limos, the extravagant gowns, and oh my gawd.. the PROMPOSALS? I didn’t even know this was a term till I got here!
I spent most of my senior year worrying more about the huge exam at the end of the year, more so than who I was bringing to prom but that didn’t make it any less special. I bought my dress from a cute street boutique- it was navy blue, made me look tall-er and had a bejewelled neck. On the night of my prom, my dad took me to the hotel and I was filled with excitement when I saw some of my friends pop out of a yellow taxi *oh the extravagance! It was also the first night I wore contact lenses with a full face of makeup- the mini victories!
Who was my date you ask?
I had about 10 dates comprising of the best friends you could make in high school. I believe we also traded ‘dates’ as the night progressed. It was a night filled with more eating than my dress could handle, more photos than my phone could handle, my heels came off after the first hour, and some ‘too cool for you to handle’ head bopping and dancing to tunes I can’t remember. It was also booze free because in Malaysia, if it’s dry grad, that’s exactly what it is
It was great
And while writing this, I am filled with nostalgia and joy because I’m literally visualizing my memories and playing them back as I write this. It was a night to celebrate a huge accomplishment- finishing school, and to celebrate friendships made over those years of growth, and to clink glasses to the years to come!
So enjoy your prom and be PRESENT! It’s a time to celebrate with the people close to you, and build memories you will always cherish – trust me.
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