Can you share with us on how you two met?
“We first met on the summit of Gunung Irau, in 2016. A year after that, we met at the airport in September,” Affika began. “She had just landed and was waiting for her friend after coming back from Kota Kinabalu and I was going to Rinjani in Indonesia,” Faiq continued. “I was waiting for the bus to get home and I was waiting for my friend when he approached me and said, ‘Hey, aren’t you Suhana’s friend?’ I didn’t remember who he was and I asked him ‘You are?’ three times and that frustrated him. It was only after he told me his name that I remembered who he was. I went, ‘Ah! Okay, I sort of remember now. We met at Irau, right?'” Affika laughed.
“And then in March 2018, I invited her to an open camping trip to Batu Berangkai Waterfall in Kampar,” Faiq said. “He told me to bring a lot of friends, while jokingly telling me that he ‘might find his jodoh there.’ So I brought five of my girlfriends,” Affika continued, “We did all the pretty common things you did during a camp; we had a barbecue, swam at the waterfall, you know, all those common stuff. The trip lasted for two days and one night. I didn’t really notice that he was approaching me in an ‘I-like-you’ manner but all my friends told me that he was!” she laughed.
“I also asked for his age but he didn’t tell me. When I asked him ‘Do you know how old I am?’ he turned that question around and asked me instead! I was 28 at the time so I wasn’t sure, and I didn’t see him as a young guy. I thought he was my age,” she giggled and continued, “On the trip, his friend followed along and the friend told me that Faiq’s mum, who was a teacher taught him in school. That friend was a lot younger than I was, and he said that he was Faiq’s senior by one year. I thought to myself, ‘He can’t be that young!’ I really thought he was joking. But he really didn’t tell me his age until he finally told me.”
That’s cute! So how did you get attracted to each other?
Affika laughed and said, “If I may answer first, on the second day during camp, I thought to myself, ‘No wonder he invited me to go about with him, I think he does like me!’ He asked me to go with him to the waterfall, and we sat and talked for hours, even after everyone has left the area. We talked about everything, it was as though all the topics kept on flowing like the river. At that time, he opened up and talked to me about his family, and why he felt like he thinks it’s time for him to settle down and get married,” she smiled, “I really saw how honest and vulnerable he was. That was what got me attracted to him, that and his bravery!”
“Well, I saw that she was older than me. It was during our bonding time that made me realise how matured she was, so I got attracted to her during that Batu Berangkai trip, not before. After we got back from the open trip, I really wanted to get to know her better, which was why I thought to text. There was something about her that really attracts me, I can’t really say what. But I know that it was her wisdom that got me head over heels for her.”