I was interviewing a candidate when the text came in.
Usually, I wouldn't check my phone, but I did this time.
I was informed by one of my friends in JB of the passing of a friend I have known for years.
The text was timed at 21:38. She passed at 21:30.
I first met her when I was working in JB as a Customer service assistant, which I later went up to work in the A&P department. She was the marketing executive in the company.
She was fun as a friend and totally reliable as a colleague. Everytime I went back to visit Kak Neesa, she would always spare time to hang out with me at the reception.
I found out that she was suffering from skin cancer earlier this year. It came as a shock to me. She was a very cautious person, taking all kinds of supplements to stay healthy. She was in and out of chemo for the rest of this year and I have always hoped that she will come out of it.
She was also the one person who entertains my crazy 'Cafe World' requests constantly.
Until she stopped recently. I thought she was busy.
I went to her FB page just now and saw that there was an entry by her, 7 hours before her passing.
The last wall entry was by her cousin, who wrote; "Wish you are happy in heaven, my lovely cousin." both in English and Chinese.
I was overwhelmed by this, odd feeling. Sad, morbid.
I wondered how would people remember me when it is my time to go for good.