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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

The easiest way to be spotted in a sea of reds.

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Blessed Weekend and Ied Mubarak

Hello 🌹

I am sending out the note early as this Friday is Indonesia’s Independence Day and next Monday is already Iedul Fitri/Lebaran holiday.

Oh, by the way, thank you for sending me your songs with city names. It was fun πŸ˜ƒ I got in total 16 songs with about 20 cities mentioned including my birth city: Solo! While New York is likely the city mentioned the most in songs. Out of the 20 cities, I have only been to 5 of them including Jakarta and Solo.

So…How is it going in your part of the world? Have you given yourself some time-out from your hectic world and had some time off holidaying with your loved ones (or traveling solo like what I have done on many occassions)? I hope you have as I am sure we all deserve a break now and then. As for me, I just made another radical decision which I do not really know where it will really lead me. But, life is about taking risks. So, I’ll deal with whatever comes my way. That radical decision has opened the door for me to do what I enjoy doing, that is traveling (for fun)! πŸ˜ƒ So, by end of August, you should see some pictures from Belitung Island and its small group of neighboring islands. I have been wanting to go there for a while. So, I’m really excited about the trip πŸ˜ƒ I am also planning a stay in either Bali or Gili Trawangan afterwards. Still undecided. If you have any recommendation on where to stay in either island, let me know.

This Tuesday, I had the chance to go to another concert. If you grew up in the ’90s like I did, you likely know a swedish indie band (well, not so indie anymore now) called The Cardigans and their songs “Carnival”, “Love Fool” and “Rise and Shine”. I went in a group of 12. So, it helped to make things more lively as the concert itself wasn’t as exciting as we hoped it would be. I have a few snapshots from my ancient Sony Ericsson phone and am sharing them with you.

Have a blessed weekend. To my moslem friends, I wish you all a wonderful Iedul Fitri holiday with your families.

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Cheers,
Grace

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Lovely Weekend for All!

Hello🌹

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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