21 August 2011

Life Goals

- Harvard College Class of 2016
- Get a master degree from Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- Work for the IMF or for the World Bank or for the UN or at an Indonesian Embassy
- Master Spanish and/or German and/or Arabic and/or Chinese
- Have traveled to 30 countries when I turn 30
- Publish a book

16 August 2011

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Kemarin, hari Senin tanggal 15 agustus, ayah angkat gue ulang tahun.

Gue pun melancarkan rencana untuk nelfon Beliau ke henfonnya (bukan Skype loh ya) dengan :
1. Nelfon biasa = lebih bermakna
2. Keluarga angkat gue lagi liburan di luar kota, jadi mereka ngga online setiap saat seperti biasanya.

Karena beda waktunya 11 jam (lebih duluan Jakarta), gue mutusin untuk nelfon tanggal 15 jam 9 malem, atau jam 10 pagi waktu Eastern Time nya US.

2 hari sebelumnya, gue jungkir balik nyari cara ngisi Skype credit gue tanpa pake credit card. Setelah minta tolong sana sini, coba berbagai macam cara, salah satu temen gue yang bantuin, yaitu si @silfaralubis, bilang, "Emang kenapa harus nelfon pake Skype sih? Kenapa ngga pake henfon aja?" Eh bener juga lo dut!!! Gue pun googling tarif  nelfon ke Amrik pake ayemtri. Eh ternyata, cuman kena 400 perak-an permenit. Meskipun ngga yakin kalo tuh data valid, gue putusin untuk tetap nelfon pake hape.

Akhirnya, gue telfon lah Ayah Angkat gue...
Dering nya lamaaa banget. Mungkin lebih dari 5x. Lega banget pas diangkat. Beliau biasa angkat telfon sambil sebutin namanya. Kalimat pertama yang gue bilang ke beliau adalah, "Am I speaking to God?" karena Ayah Angkat gue sering becanda menganggap dirinya adalah "God". Hahaha. Trus ga ada tanggapan dari Beliau selama beberapa detik. Gue kira telponnya lemot kaya pas jaman SD gue nelponin abang gue yang kuliah di Ostrali. Gue kira koneksinya putus. Gue kira hape gue mati. Gue kira pulsa gue langsung abis. Gue kira ini semua hanya mimpi dan sebentar lagi gue akan terbangun #eh #berlebihan. Tapi terus akhirnya Beliau bilang sesuatu juga,"Ah NISA!" Mungkin daritadi Beliau mikir, kira-kira siapa nih yang tahu kalo dia itu sebenernya Tuhan. Hahaha.

Terus....Ya udah kita ngobrol. Gue super grogi gitu. Bingung deh, kenapa gue grogi. Kayanya emang sindrom ya kalo udah lama pengen ketemu, eh pas ada kesempatan ngobrol malah bingung mau ngomong apa. #curhat #pengalamanpribadi #eyaa

Beliau nanya-nanya tentang sekolah, college applications, basket...

Setelah kira-kira 5 menit, gue bilang gue harus hang up. Bukan karena pengen belajar PKn (yang emang kebetulan besoknya ulangan), atau takut pulsa abis (hadeh), tapi takut udah kelamaan aja dan pembicaraannya makin awkward. We said good byes, he said he loves me and misses me. I said the same thing. Jadi sedih deh.

Sebenernya dia mau angkat telfon gue aja gue udah seneng banget. Gue yakin nomor telfon yang masuk yang keliatan di hape dia itu super aneh, dan nyokap angkat gue most likely ngga akan angkat telfon dari nomor telfon aneh. Untungnya ayah angkat gue orang  nya ngga se suspicious itu. Atau mungkin juga karena udah sering terima telfon dari luar negri. Maklum, Beliau kan kerja di departemen pertahanannya amerika serikat, jadi sering berhubungan ama orang-orang asing.

Bagian paling manis dari petualangan ini adalah........... Ternyata hasil googling gue itu bener!! Nelfon 5 menitan ke AMRIK cuman kena 2000perak!! Gila ngga?? Itu mah sama aja nelfon ke hape biasa. Koneksinya juga oke banget lagi ngga pake lemot/putus2/kresek2. Salut deh sama In****T.

Well, i guess thats it.

Dad, i know there's no chance you're reading this, but this post is for you. Happy birthday. I love you. I miss you. :)









13 August 2011

The Truth is.....


We walk away to see who will follow,
We hide because we want to be found,
We cry to see who will wipe away the tears,
and we let our hearts be broken to see who will come and fix them

Isn't that so true?

06 August 2011

Dear Dad,

I know you're the King, but I thought you're the God too. So, which
one is it then? Is this theocracy or something?

Hugs,
Daughter #4

ps. I miss you so much.

02 August 2011

Day-Offs Don't Do Me Much

I had 2 days off because Ramadan started yesterday (Happy Ramadan, all Muslim friends!) and I did not do as much things as I wanted. Not even a proper, 8-hour sleep. No hard core studying, no cleaning my room. Nothing.

I did, however, make a list. You know, things you do when you got bored. This time is about things that make me happy and things that do not, at least in the first month I'm back in Jakarta.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

1. Reading. I read a whole bunch of stuff this past month, surprisingly. From the States' debt-ceiling articles, to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Even more surprising, I read everywhere. In the computer, for some stuff that I can only get online, between classes, even in a packed, bad-smelling Jakarta's public buses that I take regularly.

2. Playing basketball. There were times when I played basketball too much and happened to hate it, wondering why I started playing in the first place. Thank goodness this past month basketball practices had been fun. I'm so happy to see my teammates again, and play with them. Practices are also not as intense as they used to be, yet.

3. Receiving letters. I got letters from my family and friends in Arlington, which made me incredibly happy. I have a new habit : checking the mailbox every single time I see it. Really, letters are something that I look forward to and having something to look forward to, according to my experience, really is a good thing.

4. That jazz musician. I went to two of his shows this past month, after going to none of them for 10 months. It was just so awesome.

5. Hang out with AFSers. I actually just realized why I get along very well with these kids. We got through the same process of selection to go abroad. I guess AFS had some kind of criteria, and we all are in that criteria, and so, character-wise, we are similar. Also, we got pretty similar experience living thousands miles away from home for 10 months, and going back to school with kids a year younger.


THINGS THAT DO NOT

1. School. Yeah, school just sucks in general.

2. Sick people. I mean literally sick people. My Papa was hospitalized when I was gone. In fact, he is taking medication right now. I have a sister who has been sick for several years. My brother is sick right now. I was also sick for a couple times since I arrived (I think it's due to body-adapting, or something like that).

3. College applications. Started some of them this morning, and it's horrible. It's so complicated,  even  with that Common Application thing.

4. Not playing guitar. I haven't play guitar for... I don't even know. One month, for sure. And probably the last couple of weeks in the States, since I was too busy doing the end of the year stuff and of course packing.

5. Not being home. Not being with my family. Not being with my dogs. I hate missing everything at home. I hate being away. I hate thinking of home -- I want to be actually in it.


So yeah, that's it. I have been blogging for nearly 3 years now, but still do not develop the skill to end a post. So, that's it. The end. Whatever.