board a landing ship tank docked in front of VivoCity. A Chinese tourist also all of a sudden talked to me for a few minutes while my sister was taking pictures of the cable cars. I also had a short conversation with a salesgirl who we thought was Chinese but turned out to be a fellow Filipino.While going around Singapore last February, a group of three asked me to snap their picture against the Sentosa sign. Before that, a Singaporean Navy personnel extended an invitation to
My sister then remarked at how I seem to look approachable, because all of those people went up to me, when they could've also went to her because we were together all the time.
I bring this up because I've never thought of myself as someone who people see and approach easily. I've always thought I was semi-invisible as long as I mind my own business. I've always thought I can't easily talk to and/or be friends with random people.
Now that I think of it, that might not be true anymore.
Case in point #1: Last weekend I was on my way to attend an event at the Makati Shangri-la. As always, I had second thoughts at the last minute, especially because of the intimidating venue. After about an hour setting my phantom balls straight at the nearby Serenitea branch, I marched on to the front of the hotel and asked for information from the first bellhop I saw. I wasn't aware that another intimidated attendee was behind me. As I was going through the front doors she approached me and asked me if I was going to the same event as she was. Long story short, we stayed in the company of each other during the fair, and even after, during the train ride home. I don't know if I will see her again.
Case in point #2: Almost two years ago I was hanging out alone in front of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, working on my obligatory selfie shot. Another Pinay girl from Dubai was also alone about three feet away, and she was having trouble with her selfie. She asked me if I could take a picture of her and of course, I obliged. We ended up chatting for more than an hour, and after I told her that I earlier puchased a ticket to go up the observatory, she decided to go along with me. Too bad the tickets were already sold out, so we had to part ways earlier. I never saw or heard from her again.
Case in point #3: After the Petronas observatory tour, I didn't want to go back to the hostel yet, and so I hung around the front again. All of a sudden a local guy chatted with me, telling me about how I should be wary of some people asking me for my email address and stuff.. that was also a good hour of stranger conversation.
Case in point #4: Meeting (and keeping in touch with) a couple of fellow ONE OK ROCK fans while lining up for the 2013 KL and Jakarta lives. Another group also offered to keep my belongings in their car after only maybe two hours of knowing each other (I checked out of my hostel before lining up early, as in I was probably the eighth person in line, thinking that KL Live had lockers I can use for luggage) OK, well, that's fandom-related and that's how fandom works, but I'm still amazed at how easy it was to talk to them even if I haven't met them even online before that day.
Case in point #5: I was reading a book while waiting for my flight home at the KLIA 2 when an elderly couple joined me and we chatted for a bit about their Philippine vacation plans (they're Filipino US citizens). Only to find out that they were seated next to me on the plane, haha.
How about that time when a random older guy talked to me and then suddenly invited me to have lunch in front of Ikebukuro station? (However kimochi warui it was, when I thought about it later.) And the time when I just landed at NAIA 3 and an older woman asked me to accompany her to the toilets because she didn't know where it was and she was afraid to go alone? When an old lady distributing free newspaper at Nathan Road tried to speak to me in Chinese thinking I could understand her? Those and probably more that I can't remember at the moment.
I don't know if I just looked gullible or if I really looked approachable, but I guess I'm not really a total non-people person after all.