We will be leaving Jakarta for a week tomorrow insyaAllah. Hopefully everything will be as planned. I'm a bit nervous about this trip because of so many reasons. But.. to a new place, let's go. 

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The story behind a data.
Getting information is one thing. But how it was created, where and by whom can often be illuminating.
Like most pics people post on Instagram or Facebook. They don't realize they just gifted whatever social media site their camera type, phone model, name and location.  All hidden inside the photograph's metadata.

- Elliot Alderson (Mr. Robot's Eps3.3metadata.par2) 

To My Recollection

A good thing about writing blog for me is that I have this one place where I can go to recollect old memories of what kind of person I was when I was younger, what kind of thoughts that racing in my mind, what kind of feelings that ever lingered for particular person, and what kind of circumstances I have been dealing with in the past. By reading my own old blog posts just now, I am thrilled to remember that I was once a brave, bold, and carefree person. 

Although my thoughts were always simple and shallow, I can say that back in my youth, I was that some girl who was full of motivations and dreams inspired by the people around me. Dreams as in achievements in life, obviously. I am a little bit lighthearted when I realize how I was surrounded by great people who loved and cared for me so much; my friends, colleagues, and family. I am delighted as well when I begin to understand that I loved them much more.

You see, even to a dearest friend of mine who betrayed and hurt me the most, I can still feel how grateful I am for the little blissfulness I felt at that time. I have decided to stop trusting this friend long ago indeed, but till now I still cherish the life lessons I've learned after enduring the pain caused. 

I would have never known about learning to love myself, taking another chance again, and growing up without the presence of the people like that. So, thanks to you, my dear friend. Wherever you are right now and whatever you do, I don't care. But I think I will always hope the best for you.

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Now and Then

Another meet up with my friends from Master's class last week. As far as I can remember, I think this was the first time ever we gathered together in a complete group after more than 4 years since we graduated. Geez, seriously. Were have we been all these times?

Well, since I went back to Singapore after Master's thesis final submission and continued living as a housewife, four members of the group got babies, one has just got married months ago, and another one is going to tie her knot in the next couple of weeks insyaAllah. The two guys enrolled themselves again in the same department pursuing PhD degree, the soon-to-be bride continues her career in her office, while the other three are currently being housewives. 

Thinking about then and now, I realize how life's a mystery, how we never know what the future can be. What if I took different decisions back then? Maybe a total different person I would become. But whatever I am defined today, I am so grateful that I took the right decision back then. Always remember that the future is still a mistery, so never give up on embarking it.

Hopefully we can find some other good time to meet like this again! ;) 

Chit Chat

Spent last Saturday evening with my friends after almost a year not seeing them,  though I regularly visited Jakarta every two months. Sigh, another sign of getting old. And there is this thing called traffic jam that I hate the most when talking about meet ups in Jakarta. Anyway, we had a good chit-chat time together.  It's nice to see you all again, girls. 

Second Home

It's been almost two months I stay in Jakarta. I do badly miss Singapore; my apartment, the playgrounds, wide streets, clean air, scorching hot sunny day, and all. My second home. 

Supertree's evening light show @ Garden by the Bay

Be Careful

As it becomes so easy to say or write everything in this high tech internet era and digital age, it's getting even easier too for us to be heard by wider audience and what we say or write could reach people miles away at the other side of the world in a matter of seconds.

Our words could be either helpful or hurtful. If we couldn't say something good, so don't say anything. For both online and offline, always be careful with what we put in writing. That is to say, always think twice before hitting the enter button.