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Grade 6-We wrote an Essay-the classical topic-What would I want to be
later...Then I wanted to become an Ethnologist.Well,I did not become
one,but my interest in foreign lands and cultures has never decreased.
1994-Somehow I had the feeling that somewhere out there in this world,there
are a lot of people that would be worth for me to get to know.I began
to write letters-first snail Mail letters,then over the FIDO-net and
later came the Internet.Afterwards,it was much easier to find pen-friends,because
there were uncounted pen-pals Websites. Where one could not only search
for a pen-pal but also list oneself on the Website.For me,I did both.The
response was positive-I received sincere Emails-no Spam (those where
the days...),no marriage requests...;-)
here it goes...
5th. MAR 1998-Like every normal
evening,I sat in front of the computer and read my Emails.As usual,I
received a great deal of Emails everyday,mostly were from friends.At
that time there wasn’t so many advertisements received like nowadays.And
there was a Mail -„New Pen Pal" from Singapore,from Nicole.Very short,only
a few lines-She found my particulars somewhere in Internet (till today
we still have no idea where precisely...) and wrote that she loved to
read,write and especially travel,and would be glad to get a reply...
That was all...I wrote back,just like I always used to do,but a longer
Mail.Her reply came 3 days later and it was one page long this time.
It went from then on...after a few days I could hardly wait till late
afternoon to come home and read my Mails...and the other end of the
world,every morning someone woke up extra one hour earlier to read my
Mails...we wrote to each other a long Email daily.
me on the 7th. APR,which is my birthday-for the first time we got to
hear each other voices...and on the same day I got a packet from Singapore,with
a CD,a birthday card and a photo... whereas I had sent my photo to her
via Email.Only then we both knew how the other one really looked like.
1998-In the meanwhile I realised that I was in love...just
like that.What now?I just sat down and started to write quite a long
and confusable Mail.I told Nicole what’s going on with me here,and that
this would be a good moment to draw a line if she would have a problem
with the situation. Well,she did have a problem-it happened to be the
same problem as mine-she had fallen in love with me...
There was our next problem coming right after now...what should we do?Shall
we meet or should we just put this wonderful story aside and ignore
it?We both knew,we would always look back and remember this piece of
story later in our lives.We both were also aware of the consequences
that might occur after we met (spoil a good friendship)...
We decided to take the risk,let it be,whatever that comes later.We were
responsible for our own lives anyway.After some time of hectic planning
(at that time by coincidence we were both in a chaotic stage of our
lives),it was a day in the beginning of August
1998- About 5 am,I was already standing with 3 roses at Frankfurt
airport- Nicole and her girlfriend Kim should arrived about 7am.Don’t
ask how I was feeling...will tell you guys one day during our red wine
It was a great week.Afterwards we were more convinced that we would
want to grab hold of this chance and continue this relationship.In
December 1998 I took a few weeks break and flew to Singapore,there
I got to meet and know her friends.Later we took a train to Kuala Lipis,Malaysia
where Nicole’s mother lives.The first meeting with her mother turned
out much more pleasant and relax than all of us had expected-of course
I was over excited.We went to Kuala Lumpur after that and met up with
Nicole’s brother,sister and some other members in the family.
new year,Nicole told me about her original plan,to come to Germany for
a German language course.After some discussions we decided that Nicole
will quit her job in Autumn and come to Germany to do an intensive language
course for at least 6 months,in a language school nearby in Essen.This
would also give us a chance to find out if we actually wanted to live
and be together-till then we only saw each other during holidays...
In October 1999 Nicole came to
Germany-and on New Year eve 1999/2000
we decided to get married...In February 2000
we had a traditional Chinese wedding (only among family members) at
Nicole’s mother’s place in Kuala Lipis.There were the traditional tea
ceremony and Wedding Dinner.On the 20th.April
2000 we registered our marriage in Gelsenkirchen and on the
6th May 2000 under the beautiful
sunshine we had our church wedding in the Evangelical-Methodist Church