Monthly Archives: September 2012

Emo-Mode

“Home is where the heart is.”

..and right now, mine’s in the Philippines. I miss everyone back home: my family, my friends, my boyfriend. It’s crazy that no matter how the nice the place is, I can’t fully enjoy it. There’s no one to enjoy it with like the way it would be with the fambam.

I still got 71 days to go before I finally see home again. I just can’t wait. For now, work beckons. Good day, everyone!

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Twenty-five and Blessed

I was kind of dreading September 7. I was a bit apprehensive of being 25. I have no savings, no investment, no particular plan for the future, not much to be proud of. I guess it is quarter-life crisis catching up on me. I had the feeling of wanting to make time freeze for a moment just so I can accomplish something before I become 25. But of course, I still have to face the inevitable.

It was a regular school day that Friday. I woke up and did my stuff to prepare for school. I’m having the bigger group for that day. My favorite kids are there and so, there would be less stress for the day. I don’t usually wear make up in school. Not even a touch of powder. But that day, I decided to prep up a bit and even tied up my hair.

The surprises came a day before. My friend, Ate Lanie, arrived the night before with a sunflower for me. We both turned in late but I got to go to the bathroom at around 2 or 3 in the morning and found her gift hanging on the bathroom door.

I got the usual birthday greetings from my housemates, workmates, and some kids. My 2-year olds were, of course, taught by my assistant teachers to greet me as soon as they arrived in the classroom. You can just imagine how adorable they were wishing me “Happy birthday, Teacher Vera.” which sounded more like “Happy Betday, Peache Weya.”

At around 9 a.m., my boss’ driver knocked on my classroom door and told me that I have a phone call. When I got to the front desk, I got the surprise I wanted.

The Bouquet from Hun

The Bouquet from Hun

Last year, I got a bouquet from hun which I never really expected since he never gave me flowers on occasions. So this year, I kind of expected it already. But when Ate Lanie gave me the sunflower the night before, she told me that hun didn’t text her anything. That got me thinking that I won’t be getting one from him this year. I asked him about it and said that he’d just make up for it on Valentine’s. Of course, I was a little sad. So much for my impatience, hence the reaction.

I went back to my classroom to continue teaching but the kids wanted to see the flowers and grabbed it from all sides. Good thing it survived. Five minutes after, my boss came in singing happy birthday making the kids sing along. Another 10 minutes later, someone came in singing with a chocolate cake and red velvets from the kids’ mommies.

Candy Class: A Surprise From Their Mommies

Candy Class: A Surprise From Their Mommies

Another surprise from my workmates:

The "Maligayang Bali" Cake

The “Maligayang Bali” Cake

I have a birthday cake toy in the classroom and it was just so sweet when the kids try to sing me the Happy Birthday song and wanting me to blow the candles until the following week. They’re just adorable!

My family celebrated my birthday back home. I joked that they even prepared more food at home than what I served for my workmates and housemates.

These people made me realize that happiness isn’t about anything material. My blessings and achievements came in a different package. I may not have savings or investment yet but I know I am blessed with so much people who care for me, appreciate me, love me, and are inspired by me. I have my family and boyfriend to keep me going everyday. I have my friends who make life easier to go through. I have people who trust me with their children. I have these little children who make me remember my purpose in life.

Now, I know I shouldn’t be dreading aging. I have a full life ahead of me. I am in my mid-twenties and I should be making the most of my youth. Yeah, being 25 isn’t so bad after all. My life is just beginning and it’s time to fulfill my dreams. 🙂

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Yey! Holiday!

One of the perks in being a teacher is you also get to have your own vacation. If the school declares “No Classes”, you get to stay home but still have your pay for the day. There are also suspension of classes which means you can also go home. But unlike in the Philippines, where we have lots of suspension of classes due to storm, typhoon, monsoon rain or just plain strong winds, Indonesian schools do not suspend classes. Maybe rarely but I had never experienced one. So when public holidays are announced, I just couldn’t contain my excitement.

Tomorrow is the second-round run-off gubernatorial election here in Jakarta. I realized that I don’t know any political figures here, not even the president. So, I tried researching. The only name I heard somewhere is Suharto. I thought he is the present president, but as I tried searching just a few minutes ago, I learned that he was actually the second president of the Republic of Indonesia who took office in 1967 until 1998. Phew! That’s a long way back!

The candidates for tomorrow’s run-off are:

Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo

and

Fauzi Bowo

Fauzi Bowo

Jokowi is the mayor of Surakarta (Solo). I have been there and it was such a nice place. I learned then that its mayor is a such a great mayor to be able to transform Solo into what it is now. What I didn’t know then that that mayor was one of the Top 10 Mayors of 2008 and that he was one of the candidates running for the gubernatorial election in Jakarta.

Foke is the 13th governor of Jakarta and he is running for his second term. He looks decent even with that mustache of his. According to my research (Thanks, Wikipedia!), he has good credentials in education. He might have created projects to manage traffic in Jakarta but they failed though it is in his term that the MRT feasibility study started.

I cannot say much from what I gather from the internet but I hope the people of Jakarta can make a wise choice in tomorrow’s election.

Traffic management is one of the issues both candidates carried into their campaign. I hope this gets addressed by either one of them.

I didn’t think something could be worse than Philippine traffic. Yes, traffic here in Jakarta is way too crazy!

Vote wisely, Jakartans! Enjoy the holiday, everyone. I know I will. 🙂

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The Bali Trip (June 8-11, 2012)

We waited for 6 months for the trip to celebrate our 6th year anniversary. He arrived in Jakarta 2 days after his scheduled arrival due to an unforeseen event. We were just so excited as it was boyfriend’s first out-of-country trip and our first time in the Island of the Gods known as Bali.

The Hotel. We stayed at Best Western Hotel in Kuta Beach. I booked it because of it’s proximity to Kuta beach. The hotel was really clean. Room and bathroom are small but really clean. Food is ok. Price is a bit disappointing (Rp2.000.000++ for 3 nights) as I booked for an ocean-view room (which is a bit pricey than the regular) only to see an inch of the beach. I’d rate it as 7/10.

The Car Rental Service. At Rp400.000 per day, we had the superb service of Pak Oka who brought us around Bali. English-speaking driver/tour guide.

The Itinerary.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot

Labhagga

Labhagga in Pacung: Restaurant and Sky Lounge

Ulun Danu

Ulun Danu
Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club

Barong and Keris Dance

Barong and Keris Dance

Celuk Village (Silver and Goldsmith)

Celuk Village (Silver and Goldsmith)

Mas Village (Woodcarvers)

Mas Village (Woodcarvers)

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest

Tohpati Village (Batik-makers)

Tohpati Village (Batik-makers)

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Kecak and Fire Dance

Kecak and Fire Dance

Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

The Bali Experience

The Bali Experience

We had a very tight schedule for our 3-nights/3-days stay in Bali. We were able to visit lots of places but we know there are still so much so see. We never even tried the water sports and cruises. We will definitely go back. ❤

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