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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

The Amazing Sunset Over Java

Hello, hello.

I hope everyone is doing well and happy and enjoying the weekend. I am stranded voluntarily at the usual coffee shop, waiting for the rain to stop. So, I decided to write this note to you guys.

I just returned home yesterday from Yogyakarta. It has been a tough (depressing) week, as one of my best friends can testify, but I am alright now. It wasn’t all bad, as I managed to shop for batik and got myself a nice cheap batik blouse and a girly batik dress. Also, on the way home, I was on board of Garuda Airlines, whose pilot for the flight was a great tour guide! He flew the plane and showed us the peaks of Mount Sundoro and Sumbing (which I stupidly missed to shoot because I was so amazed) and gave us some stunning sunset views which I am sharing with you now.

Oh, by the way, remember I wanted to have a pet again? I wrote and asked you if I should get a cat or a dog. I made up my mind to get a cat again. But, the picky girl that I am, I want a specific cat: an American Bobtail Short Hair cat. I browsed the internet, but although some advertise american bobtail, they have yet to have the kittens to put up for adoption/sale. So, if by any chance, you come upon an american bobtail short hair cat in Jakarta up for adoption, preferably 1 year old, let me know.

Here are the sunsets. Have a great weekend and week ahead.

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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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Monkeys and Memories


Hello there.


How have you been? Has life been what you planned it to be or have you bumped into the unexpected? I hope all is well and as you wanted things to be. However, if you got surprises or things weren’t going as planned, then welcome to my world 🙂


In my line of work, we cannot plan beyond 48 hours. And when we say that “nothing is constant except change”, we mean it, like, literally. Sometimes it gets to me as I have to cancel things, miss gatherings with friends and family, cannot say goodbye in person to a special someone, miss a football match I was hoping to see, sell my concert ticket and many other fun stuffs. But, yesterday, I read an interesting quote that says: “If God asks you to bend, bend and do not complain. He is making you more flexible and for this be grateful.” I felt that probably that is what I am supposed to learn at this stage in my life. To be more flexible. Embrace the fact that life is full of surprises. Expect the unexpected. Because that’s just how life is.


Anyways, I was on a tour of duty earlier this week. I went to an onshore oil company base in Matak Island. It is one of the Anambas Islands somewhere south of South China Sea. So, it’s basically like the middle of…nowhere. Internet is, like, a luxury because it is THE link to the world as I know it (where we have my fav coffee shop, book stores, my friends and family and you guys). But, only a few hours after I landed, the mobile network died….until the morning of the day when I was leaving for home. So, it was “How To Kill Boredom in 3 Days” trip. And my Xperia V became my best friend as it helped me captured some interesting snapshots on the island. It’s got nice editing software and made my shots look like fun. And I am sharing them with you here. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.


To end this note, I am quoting a famous man: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And that’s the quiz for this week. Who said that? Write to me! 😀


Have a great week(end or week) ahead. Keep making plans, but be flexible and expect the unexpected! 🙂


#1: The Anambas Islands as the plane was about to land.


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#2: The Monkeys. There are wild monkeys in Matak. Unlike their friends in Bali, these monkeys are shy and they do not steal. They quickly climb the nearest tree if we come too close.


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#3: The view through the fence at the jetty area. It is quite nice to look on.


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#4: Reflection. I like the Lomo filter on my Xperia V!


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#5: The Veteran. This man is over 60 and still actively working at the base after 20 years or so. He reminds me of my late father and brought back memories of him…


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Cheers,
Grace
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