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An Indonesian living in Seattle, WA, passionate about Jesus, life, the arts, and solving social issues.
T’s Indonesian Life
October 31, 2013
Yesterday was my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary. Which they themselves forgot about. We spent most of the day at the hospital, where my dad was going through his round of dialysis. (For those of you who don’t know, my dad has been dealing with big health stuff lately, and he has to go through dialysis twice a week.) My mom bought some bread for my dad, and she claimed that was her anniversary gift for him. She wasn’t serious.
Today, since I end up battling some health stuff as well, the mother stayed home. So… We got to go out to lunch to properly celebrate.
Thirty three years. Man! That’s a long time! I’m sure it hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. And times, it’s been frustrating. I’m quite sure I contributed to some of their stress. All in all, though, I feel blessed that God gave me them as parents. They gave me a great example of a godly marriage (not that I’m getting married anytime soon).
I love them so much! It’s good to be back with them.
My quote of the day comes from Mr. Gandhi.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi
Have an awesome Halloween.
Trick or treat,
T’s Indonesian Life
October 29, 2013
About a week ago, I posted something on twitter about a royal wedding. I wasn’t lying or making it up. We did have a royal wedding in Indonesia last week. All the festivities lasted three days! (Do we know how to party or what?)
A little history lesson. Long time ago, before Indonesia was a country, we had tons of small kingdoms scattered all around the different islands. Most of them no longer exist. One, though, still exists in Yogyakarta (it’s on Java). Actually, the king also acts as the governor of that province.
This king, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, has five daughters. So one of the princesses got married. The festivities are very different compared to the last royal wedding people talked about - Will and Kate. The traditions are different, the ceremonies are different, and the clothes are different. They used 12 horse drawn carriages for the festivities! (And they had to take these carriages out of the museum to use them!) One of the witnesses for the wedding ceremony is Indonesia’s president. That’s pretty cool, I must say.
If you’d like to read more about this, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24642159
Well, for my quote of the day, I choose Churchill. He’s one of my favorites.
"It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required." - Winston Churchill
May the odds be ever in your favor,
T’s Indonesia Life
October 25, 2013
It takes a village… to punish a pickpocket.
Interesting thing happened outside of my house today. At first, I didn’t know what happened. A mob had formed across the street. Usually, that happens when an accident happens.
Somehow, out of the crevices of nowhere, people start piling the street whenever accidents happen. Whether to help “do something” about it, or to satisfy curiosity, people flock. At one point, the entire road was blocked by people.
It turns out that they (whoever “they” are) had caught a robber red handed. One police officer (poor guy!) had to fight hard to make sure people don’t kill this man. I’m sure the officer was frantically in need of some back up. At one point, a guy, most likely the victim, started beating the robber with a helmet.
Interesting interlude to my daily activities. Thought I’d share.
My quote of the day is from Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events. His name never fails to entice me to think of lemon cake.
"There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself." - Lemony Snicket
Go forth and conquer (nicely),
Ignore the stuff-ladened dash there. I have nothing to do with that. This photo is of non-rush hour traffic in Jakarta.
Kindly observe the green light (top left). Green light means inch closer.
There are no lanes. Mostly because the government probably seem them a chronic waste of time. People don’t stay in their lanes anyway!
See this motorcyclists over to the right? This infuriates me to no end. Here, the driver of the motorcycle is wearing a helmet to protect that noggin of his he apparently doesn’t use very often. (Not wearing a helmet IS illegal in Jakarta. We DO have laws, you know.) However, the kid sitting behind him wasn’t wearing a helmet. To make things worse, this picture shows him right after he cut in front my vehicle from my left. Cutting is probably not the right word. Crossing? He was definitely facing the other direction (not the same direction as the road). Yes, sir, jeopardize the life of that little boy some more.
Welcome to Jakarta. The home of… Traffic. I feel the need to allot an hour for travel time wherever I’m going. Even if I’m going to the Starbucks that’s supposedly ten minutes away.
Quote for the day is from Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou
Peace, love, and traffic lights,
October 23, 2013
I know, I know. It’s a picture of an air conditioning system. What? You thought I was going to post pictures on what life is like here? Well, here it is.
It’s hot and humid here. It averages about 90 degrees. The humidity is enough to make hair de-frizzing ointment products a daily necessity. At school, Indonesian students are taught that part of cleanliness is next to godliness deal involves taking two showers a day. Between the heat, the humidity, and the pollution in Jakarta, that isn’t a bad idea.
Air conditioning is a luxury. Not all houses in Jakarta have air conditioning. Most, if not all, malls have them though. That’s probably why we have lots of malls here. And they don’t go out of business! Some people, when they can, try to go from air conditioned houses to air conditioned cars to air conditioned office space to air conditioned malls. In the battle against heat and humidity, air conditioning definitely helps.
Anywho, I had a great time at IES Midweek last night. I’ve gotten so used to Tuesday night church with Transit Assembly in Seattle that Tuesday nights without church feels weird. We talked about the renewing of our minds. So on that note, let me post my quote for the day:
"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." -Albert Einstein
I haven’t posted much on here lately. Mostly, it’s due to the fact that I was packing up seven years worth of life and trying to haul my behind across the Pacific. Well, for those of you who haven’t intelligently deducted this, I’m not in Seattle anymore. As of a week ago, I’ve officially relocated back to my hometown, Jakarta, Indonesia.
People have been asking me how I feel about it. Honestly, the feeling varies from day to day. So. My thought is to post short daily posts on how life is treating me. A friend has also requested I take and post lots of pictures on what life is like in Jakarta.
Well? Here goes.
This [picture] is the main reason why I moved back. Of course, there are other factors involved. My parents, though, was the trump card. I recently took inventory of my values and - surprise, surprise - family was up there.
A bit about my parents. My mom, Magda, is a Biology teacher and vice-principal at a school in Serpong. She’s this petite fireball who can be quite blunt and driven. (Hmm. Ever wonder where I got those qualities from?) My dad, Daniel, is a pastor of a church in Jakarta. He’s the social butterfly of the two; he’s also the jokester and the prankster. (I feel the term ‘butterfly’ quite ironic, seeing that his outward appearance resemble that of a Chinese mob boss.)
Oh! Maybe I should also put quotes on these posts. I haven’t done that lately.
PS, Tidbit for you. Indonesia is located smack dab on the equator. Also, since we have thousands of islands, from the sky it looks like a string of emeralds. That’s how Indonesia earned the nickname “Emerald of the Equator.”
…this has been a century of war, one war after another, and that seems to have been the way of this planet, as my childhood fear keep coming true.
During the Peloponnesian Wars, which lasted from 431 to 404 B.C., Aristophanes wrote: “O thou that makest wars to cease in all the world in accordance with thine ancient Name: we beseech thee to make war and tumult now to cease. From the murmur and subtlety of suspicion with which we vex one another give us rest. Make a new beginning, and mingle again the kindred of nations in the alchemy of love, and with some finer essence of forbearance and forgiveness, temper our minds.”
That prayer is as apt now as it was then. Why can we not heed it?
Madeleine L’Engle, Two-Part Invention
Becoming a savvy networker is one of the greatest tools that you should master early. Through relationships we unlock the greatest successes.
A great article on networking from my college dean. He’s now the president of Southeastern University in Florida.
This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.
This is the result. And it makes me laugh every single time.
It tries to be so dramatic but it just falls flat. Love it.
20th century music? Sort of…