Wednesday February 20, 2013
Separated twins find each other on FB
By TERENCE TOH and JASON YU
KUALA LUMPUR: It was almost a fairytale. Two identical twin sisters separated at birth and sent to two completely different places, find each other after being apart for 25 years.
But it was not a magic wand or a fairy godmother that reunited YMCA executive Grace Loo and nurse Eliza Chang, both 25.
It was social media.
“When I knew I had a twin, the first thing I wanted to do was find her. But the only clue I had was that she was given away at the same village where my biological parents lived.
“I went to Google and typed things like searching for lost twin' and so on.
“I even set up a Facebook page to find her but there was no news,” said Loo, the older twin by nine minutes.
The twins had been given away at birth by their biological parents due to financial constraints, with Chang being sent to a family in Raub and Loo to a family in Singapore.
Loo said she eventually learnt of her twin after being told about her by her adoptive father and despite initial doubts, decided to try and contact her.
After about three years of searching, Loo finally found Chang in January after she started searching on Facebook for people who listed Raub as their hometown.
“I was directed to a woman's profile and I looked through her friends list. I saw Eliza's profile and I knew it was her.
“It was beyond words. I was at the office when I found her and I was so happy I couldn't work after that,” said Loo at a mall here yesterday.
“When I saw Loo's friend request, the first thing I thought when I saw her profile was hey, I don't remember taking this profile picture!” Chang quipped, adding that she felt very excited when she received Loo's message.
After chatting on Facebook, Loo then took a plane from Singapore to Raub to meet Chang and a joyful meeting took place for the first time on Feb 16.
“For a few days before the meeting, I was worried, because I'm very quiet, and she said she was very quiet too.
“So I was worried if it would be awkward, would we have anything to talk about?” Loo said.
“But when we finally met at the bus stop, I felt like I was meeting an old friend, someone I had known for a long time,” Chang said.
Loo and Chang said they were surprised at how much the both of them had in common.
“We have almost the same personality.
“We compared profile pictures and we realised that at certain times of our lives, we had the same hairstyles and dress sense. We both also like spicy food, travelling and sleeping,” Loo said.
The two said they planned to meet up again on their birthday in May.