How I met my girlfriend through football

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I remember the 2006 World Cup like the back of my hand. I was single and earning quite a bit so I had a little something riding on each of the matches. I was on a total winning streak, raking it in like nothing else. I supported the underdog in every match and stayed up late to watch the matches.

Anyway, after a long winning streak (and a couple of losses) I decided to bet higher during the semis. I lost in both of the matches as well as the 3rd place ranking game so I was forced to try and cover my losses by putting RM 20,000 in the finals on France.

I went to a sports bar with a couple of my friends (who were all betting on Italy) to watch the kick off of the final match of The Beautiful Game (TM). I thought it would be wiser to put it on Zidane, despite having to concede 1 goal. I was right.

Zidane scored at the 7th minute! SEVENTH! It was a penalty kick and I downed my beer in celebration while my friends complained about the controversial goal. I just needed ONE MORE GOAL to seal the deal. Unfortunately, Italy equalized within the first half and I kept on waiting for another goal for the rest of the match. By the 80th minute, I was practically praying for France to score just so I wouldn’t lose any money. I just needed 1 goal to keep my 20k – I’ve already given up on winning so I wasn’t gunning for 2. Alas, it was not meant to be. It tied 1-1 at the 90 minute point.

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It was fortune reversal most foul.

I had to be extremely frugal after that and stopped seeing my expensive psychiatrist and went to another one at a private hospital. I remember seeing a cute pharmacist there and it so happens that my bookie takes bets from the hospital as well. I still remember the conversation when I passed him the 20,000 smackeroos:

Me: Hey, I saw this really cute girl at the pharmacist today.
Him: Oh, that’s Stephanie.
Me: Really? You sure? I thought her name starts with an A from her tag.
Him: Yeah man, her name is Stephanie – hottest girl in the pharmacy.
Me: Hmm…alright I’ll call her.

I did just that and went out on a date with her the next day. She asked me what car I was driving and the licence plate and the next thing I knew, I saw this girl smiling while walking towards my car.

I was aghast

It wasn’t the person I had my eye on.

She was hot but it was not the cute girl that I was interested in.

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I couldn’t very well bail (gentleman here k?) so I opened the door for her and we went out for lunch. That was a very memorable lunch coz halfway through it, she told me she knows me and reads my blog. Next thing I knew, a bottle full of DF-118 slid across the table.

It’s for you. A gift. I know you like this so I got it for you

I was delighted and abashed at the same time. I didn’t even bring her flowers!

We started going out after that and went to Thailand together during a pharmacist’s convention there. It was a whirlwind romance and she was the person I loved the most – I was 24 and she was 29 and oh so worldly and wise.

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She even did a tattoo of a stylized “6″ for sixthseal.com on her chakra.

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She dumped me about six months into the relationship though.

You know what they say, with one hand He giveth and with the other taketh away. ;)

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BTW, I never did tell her I was originally interested in her friend, who I later found out was called Amanda. Heh!

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35 thoughts on “How I met my girlfriend through football

  1. Did you ask Steph out over the phone?
    Anyway, why she dump you after 6 month? You didn’t get her pregnant or did you collect ang pow from multiple families? Naughty, naughty.
    B-day idea for J, get her Girls Girls Girls DVD and/or a pink anal plug (standard size, not mini one).
    Why you don’t drive to Genting? The road still windy? Wah….drive real Fujiwara Tofu style.

  2. rocket: Yup, asked her for a date through the phone. I’m very well known in that public hospital so I couldn’t appear and ask her out – pharmacists associating with someone like me back then would be frowned upon by their management. ;)
    She dumped me coz she met another guy. :)
    This was the girl I loved the most.

  3. I always think that relationships with both party being at huge age gap are the relationship that works the best!
    Anyway, nicely written ad. As much as I don’t want to say this … I miss the old sixthseal.com. Was reading your old archives and realized how much your blog has change. But no worries, still good. :P

  4. chefmel: Heh! Yeah, I know what you mean – she was the girl I loved the most, but not because of her age but a combination of lot of little things.
    Cheers Mel! Totally understand where you’re coming from. Thanks for reading! :)

  5. sjc: No, that’s not Stephanie in the tuk tuk photo. It’s another pharmacist friend of mine who also happened to be at the pharmacist convention in Thailand.
    Eh, watchu talking about? Jerine and I are just friends. :)

  6. WEEN: Hockey? You mean ice hockey?
    Well, soccer is not called The Beautiful Game for nothing. It has its appeal, you US folks are in the minority buddy, hate to break it to you but the Rest of the World (TM) likes soccer. ;)

  7. Katie: Heh! Thanks for reading Katie! :)
    It’s always good to hear from people who have been reading Back in the Days (TM). ;)
    Yeah, time flies. I can’t belive I was so stupid as to attempt suicide for her.
    fresh: T_T
    I know, I used to be damn skinny coz I was on meth and then opiates. The two supresses appetite so I don’t eat much.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence. =D
    Means a lot coming from you. :)
    Simon Seow: Yup, me too, can’t wait for the World Cup! :)

  8. its hard to let go the person love most but no fate wat to do…
    ur bet reli big on just engineer income but i knew whre ur xtra income came from but its sealed with me coz its ur past… ;)

  9. ah nel: I’m not a system engineer anymore. :)
    I used to be one, but now back in the agency life.
    Erm…my extra income, I’m sure you can guess but I won’t comment on that.
    Thanks for being a friend and keeping what you know to yourself. :)
    That is what I appreciate the most about friends – discretion. You have earned my trust and respect.

  10. Dude, that’s what happen when you don’t drive Fujiwara Tofu style. Anyway, have you been back to check up on here? Maybe she is still single and you can hit her up for another date, don’t give up, man. Cook her crayfish and she is so touched and have your babies. Now that’s a solid plan.
    Anyway, world come coming this year, you have to do better, double your bets, what’s 40k these days? Can’t even buy the wheels on a Mercedes.
    By the way, Italian can’t play forball for shit, they cheated Australia out of the last World Cup. I hope they catch some horrible disease and their dicks fall off.

  11. and she reads ur blogs . .lolz. . . .KY and HB . .do call me to South Africa if any sponsors call upon u 2. . . .pleaszzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeee.

  12. rocket: Haha! No, she has married. She was 29 when I was 24, now I’m 29, she’s 34. She left me to be with her ex bf. :)
    I don’t want to be greedy, just win enough to cover my expenses for vacations! :)
    I won a lot on Australia during the 2006 World Cup. I was betting on them every single time, they did surprisingly well.
    foodcrazee: Haha! Sure, no problem man. I joined the contest myself too. :)

  13. eiling: Haha! Nothing, I didn’t pursue Amanda. Stephanie broke my heart and it took a long time for me to recover. :(
    Went into a self destructive cycle for a while.
    ciki: Eh, she dumped me, not the other way around. She’s the heartbreaker. T_T

  14. Pretty much we all have been through a self desctruction, one poison or another. But now you are onto bigger and better things. There’s J and J, but you already stayed at C’s house and messing up her’s sister’s curtains and staining her dress too.

  15. Ah, I see… ummm… interesting… ah…
    Wait, this is actually about a Sony FIFA contest?!?!? Huh?
    BTW, do the shrinks really help? Really? Still seeing them? Any other personnel hanging around at the hospital I should know about?
    Anyway, good story. Wonder if it’ll win the contest?

  16. takeshi: Yup, you just have to submit your best football story to Sony Ericsson to win the trip to South Africa to watch FIFA World Cup 2010! :)
    Anyway, psychiatrists help (the ones that can prescribe medication), psychologists don’t (coz they don’t have a license to prescribe). I am a big believer in Rx.
    Thanks! I hope it’ll win the contest too, haven’t been to South Africa before. Cheers!

  17. Hey.. comin frm me a person tht handles advertorials a lot (but nvr get any herself), I can see why u get many, u write them really well, w bits of personal life segments thrown in.
    Really kudos to ya!
    Back to the article, well.. i can see yr addiction to pharmacists now. LOL.
    anyways, thks for sharing. at least nw I knw who was the gal u loved most. And life hands u unexpected twist doesnt it?
    She wasnt even the gal u had yr eye on and she turned out to be the one that u most happy w.
    ;) *hugs*

  18. thenomadGourmand: Thanks Becky! :)
    Haha! Yes, I have a weak spot for pharmacists – ciki better beware. ;)
    Indeed…life is full of twists and turns, I would have given her my heart but in hindsight I think she dumped me coz I loved her too much.
    The talk about marriage (shit shouldn’t say this in public) put her off probably. :)

  19. jonny123: Nope, I used called the private hospital number, asked them to put me through to the Pharmacy and asked for Stephanie. :)

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