January 2011, the time came for me to meet one of my virtual friends. I can't seem to recall when and how we got to know each other online. The only thing I know is that we read each other's blogs (I admire her photos by the way) plus she reads my brother's too.
She is Filipina, in fact with Cebuano roots, and is now based in Europe. She was in Cebu for the holidays (Christmas up to Sinulog). And since we were in the same place at the same time, meeting each other was the most natural thing to do.
We finally met up and got to see each other... for the first time. I didn't even have to wonder how she looked. It was like seeing an old friend when she walked in Starbucks that afternoon. And we instantly hit it off.
She was talkative and was animated while telling her stories, pretty much the same way she wrote her posts on her blog. Amusing, really. And my 6yo Jake enjoyed her company too, as if she were one of his aunts.
She has since gone back to Europe but there's the assurance that we would keep in touch. I may not be as active in blogging as I was before but there's always FB. :) And who knows? We might just meet again... soon.
Sha and Jake
once more with feeling :)
A virtual community is a social network of individuals who interact through specific media, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals. One of the most pervasive types of virtual community include social networking services, which consist of various online communities. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_community)