They were in Taylor’s College Petaling Jaya (TCPJ) back in 2008, with Zamir graduating before Vivi. “Then he added me on Facebook and MSN and that was when we started to talk to each other,” added Vivi. They quickly became friends and went on a date after two months of chatting online.
“We actually lost contact for two years before I contacted him again,” Vivi said, “then after a while, we became an item in 2013 after being friends for five years.” The two have been together for 11 years now, started off being friends for five years and now have been together for another five years.
After Vivi moved back to Bali in 2014, a year after the two got together, she started work in Expedia and would travel outside of Indonesia. “That’s where I would travel to Singapore to meet up with her when she had work to do there,” said Zamir.
He was still in KL so the trip wasn’t very hard. It was only when Vivi expressed her dislike towards long-distance relationships that they worked a way around their relationship.
“I was supposed to go to Guangzhou to train and play with other tennis players there. I think we would’ve lost contact and all that we built if I did,” expressed Zamir, “not only with Vivi but with everyone who I have built relations with.” One fateful trip to Bali changed all that.
On a trip to Bali to meet his friend and play tennis together, Zamir met a head coach there who told him that he’ll be leaving the institution soon and would like Zamir to take over his place. Seeing it as an opportunity to continue his dream and being able to be near Vivi, he took the chance.
When asked how they got along well and became to like each other for who they are, they both enthusiastically answered, “Food! We both love eating and cooking. One thing we also share is the fact that we both hate cleaning up. Haha. But we’re learning as we go so it’s all good.”
“If we’re away from each other or if either one of us goes to a new restaurant, we’ll remember each other when we try new food,” said Vivi, “I’ll think to myself, ‘He will like this!’, or ‘He’ll think this is too expensive.’ That sort of thing.”
With first impressions being the most important in all relationships, Vivi said that she liked how funny Zamir was. “I mean, maybe he’s trying to be funny. But it works! I always laugh at his joke,” she laughed, “I also admire how hardworking he is. We’re both hustlers so to have that same kind of energy from someone you love and admire is something I really appreciate and feel blessed to have.”
“Well, as I said earlier, I have been checking her out since we were in college so you can guess my first impression of her. Which is I always think she’s hot!” Zamir added. “She’s also very easygoing and is really chill. When she first met my family and my cousin’s wedding, everyone was so happy to meet her for the first time. I was really grateful for that!”