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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Things To Do Before You Die

Hello, hello 🙂

How is everyone doing? All is well, I hope 🙂 I have missed writing this weekly note as I was caught up in prep activities for something that I have been thinking about for the last six months or so. What that is, I will tell if/when it happens. It is one of the outstanding things to do on my “Things To Do Before I Die” list that I wrote more than a decade ago, which includes solo travel to Europe (checked), watch Liverpool FC play at Anfield (checked), watch U2 concert (unchecked), set foot in Africa for a safari trip (unchecked), publish a book (unchecked), marry a decent guy so I can have a cute chubby little Hazel Grace (yes, that is what I will name my daughter if I get to have one) (unchecked), pilgrimage to Jerusalem (unchecked) and a few more things.

So, before we get to the photo of the week, why don’t you think of the things you want to do before you die. Then write me back and share your dreams with me. I read somewhere that if you want to make something happen, share the goal with other people so that they can remind you to keep up the spirit in pursuing it. I think, at least, we need to give it a shot so that we don’t have regrets or keep wondering the what-ifs.

Now, the snapshot. Did I mention that I was to attend a wedding of one of my closest friends last week in Bali? Well, I did and I was a makeshift wedding photographer for that big day. I am not sure if the bride and groom are happy with the result, but thank GOD for Snapseed! Anyway, I have a few snapshots which I think are safe to be shared here and will not breach the privacy contract 😀

Here they are. Have a super weekend!

#1: The aisle.

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#2: My dinner spot.

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#3: Bali beach when I left the next morning.

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What Besties Mean

Hello 🙂

How have you been? I missed a note last week, for the simple reason of laziness. I bought another book by Ayu Utami and basically was so engrossed reading it that I did not do much else except watching dvds last weekend (then fell asleep in the middle of it).

Anyway, I got an interesting question from a colleague, a South African of French origin. He was puzzled when I said I have more than 10 best friends. He found it rather odd to have so many best friends. So, he asked me what qualifies a person to be my best friend. Perhaps, it is a cultural thing. Being Indonesian, I consider almost everyone I met a friend and I try as much as possible to keep in touch with everyone I meet. For me, personally, when I share more than my travel stories, then you are a good friend. The best friends are people who have known me for many many years in an intimate way and I share with them also my vulnerabilities. They bear with me through thick and thin, through some dark moments of depression and still stick around. They have a place in my heart and although we may not be in constant contact, when we get together, we simply resume. I consider myself blessed, because when I came to think of it, there was always someone or a group of friends that was dropped like a paratrooper into my “war zone”. So, some of the besties are veterans who have known me since my college days. Some not that long, but it is not the duration that counts, of course. It is the life we share.

Alright. Picture time. Did I share the snapshot of my favorite coffee shop near my home? Well, there is a coffee shop called Bakoel Koffie, which means coffee seller. If I’m in town, I go there every saturday morning. Sometimes, even on sunday. I love the quiet, the antique wooden chairs, and the retro feel about it that makes me relive my early childhood. It is a place frequented by tourists too. So, here’s the snapshot. If you like coffee and one day you visit Jakarta, drop by and see if you like it too.

Have a blessed weekend. Enjoy it with family and friends.

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Cheers,
Grace

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The Sky, The Sea and A Ship

Hello, hello! 

How is everyone doing? 🙂 I hope you are enjoying this weekend. If you happen to be working for the weekend, hang in there. I know what it’s like!
 
Btw, no one responded to me with an answer on the quote last week. I thought it was one of the well-known quotes by John Lennon. I guess you probably didn’t notice it 🙂
 
Alright, so. I am currently having an almost continuous travel schedule week in week out. Last week, I went offshore again onboard of a floating platform somewhere in the middle of the vast sea. It is probably one of the most boring assignments to me. But, it helps me appreciate Jakarta better. I mean, regardless of all the chaos, it is…home. I have my people here and my favourite coffee shop too. Nevertheless, I have to say that this is quite an experience to me. It will be sort of fun to tell people, or my kids in the future, that I have been to places where I was the only female around. I get to feel more beautiful than anybody else! 😀
 
The good thing nowadays is we have great technology. I can bring my Xperia V and still have a bit of fun although I am “exiled”. So, for this week’s trip, I took a few snapshots from the moment I left Jakarta until the day I came back. I am sharing them with you and I hope you enjoy them.
 
Have a super week(end or week ahead if you read this on Monday). Remember to try to enjoy the small things in life that we sometimes take for granted 🙂 
 
 
#1: Jakarta when I left on Monday.
 
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#2: Matak Island when I landed.
 
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#3: The view day in day out on the platform.

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#4: I think this is Karawang, a city nearby Jakarta where we still have vast rice fields.
 
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Cheers,
Grace
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