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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Makassar

Hello, hellow! ๐Ÿ˜€


Trust everyone is well and enjoying your weekend. I am also fine. I caught cold earlier this week, but I am well now. I returned to my running routine yesterday after a week of absence and will restart my long-abandoned swimming routine tomorrow.

Last weekend, I visited Makassar, a city in South Celebes, an island in Eastern Indonesia. It is famous for the shipmakers, sailors and explorers. Makassar is also a port city well-known for its delicious cuisine. Since this Monday is Indonesia’s Independence Day, I had the opportunity to see how people in Makassar celebrate August 17. It was quite fun to take pictures of the city parade.

So, here are the photos. Have a great weekend, everyone!

  
  

  

  

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A Night To Remember

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ˜€

I haven’t written for a while. I hope you are all well. If not, try to do what I do: find the things you like that you stop doing and do it again. Sometimes, we get buried under a lot of things: duty, responsibilities, problems, etc. and we stop doing things that help us recharge. I realized recently that I hadn’t sung for a long time and I love singing. I stopped going out for football match viewing with my die-hard-Liverpool-fan friends too. I was saved by writing to you guys as I love writing. But, live human interaction is important. So, when I finally managed to use my Liverpool match ticket last Saturday, I was beyond happy! I got to see lots of friends and had great fun before, during and after the match. And Monday was not as heavy as it had been for a while.

Well, I guess you get the cue. Photos for this week are from that memorable night when Liverpool FC played on Indonesia’s soil for the very first time. It was quite an emotional night for me and thousands of supporters. We never thought it would happen in our life time, but it did. I had the chance to see Liverpool play before, in their home ground at Anfield, at Emirates Stadium in London and in Singapore. But at my home town? It is very very special!

So, here are the pictures from my unforgettable night. If you have never been to a football match at a stadium, try it. It is a totally different atmosphere from watching it on TV. Nothing beats the real thing!

Have a great week ahead!

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We turned Gelora Bung Karno National Stadium into a Red Sea!

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That’s me with my Red family! I was sooooo happy to see them again!

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No Pyro No Party! My naughty fellow Reds set off a few flares in tribute to 96 people who died at the Hillsborough tragedy. Justice For The 96!

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If you want to know the difference between Indonesian Reds and other clubs’ supporter: we know the chants and songs like the Reds back home do. We sing the whole match! I lost my voice after the match!

Cheers,
Grace

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Lovely Weekend for All!

Hello๐ŸŒน

It’s been a rather interesting week for me and the rest of Jakarta citizens. Wednesday was election day for the Governor of Greater Jakarta. So, it was declared public holiday for those who hold Greater Jakarta citizenship to allow them the opportunity to vote. I exercised my right to vote and participate in the movement for change and a much better Jakarta.

For my international friends who may not know, the way we vote — just like most of our activities in this country — are very much manual. We go to the designated voting places where there are officers who will register and verify our IDs against a manual list of eligible voters. We will then asked to wait for our turn. When our names are called, then an officer will present a folded voting paper, open and display it to assigned witnesses who will confirm that it is in good condition and valid. We will be given the valid voting paper and ushered to the voting chamber. The voting paper contains numbered pictures and names of the candidates. We will vote by putting a whole in the picture of the candidate we choose using a nail (yes, a nail) provided in the chamber. Afterwards, we fold back the voting paper, put it in the vote box, and dip any of our fingers into a bowl of blue ink. The purpose is to ensure that no one votes twice. It’s not perfect, but that’s what we have now.

So, snapshots for this week will be election day pics. Have a lovely weekend ahead with your loved ones!

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This is the place where I voted. You see a sign board “TPS 15”, which is the vote area code for my neighborhood.

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The proof that I voted: My little finger.

Cheers,
Grace

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