It’s been pretty quiet since London girls’ trip. The taste of purple martini at the Purple Bar still lingers (too expensive, that is. One glass cost me £17.00 (Rp 350,000). It’s good, but I find it hard to justify the price), and there’s a talk about repeating it in Dubai or Ascot. Maybe Ascot, I want to wear one of those silly hats (click here for funny hats images) and drink champagne and pretend to be slightly interested in horse racing.
Glasgow will be the next destination for this weekend trip with another group of ladies. There will be no trip until – hopefully – next month. The possibility of seeing dad and meeting a blogbuddy somewhere in Europe is exciting but a friend just informed me that she just applied for a Schengen visa through Amsterdam consular and they told her it will take 6 weeks (!) to process the visa, because she holds an Indonesian passport, and Indonesia is considered as a ‘risky’ country. I don’t know how long it takes to process my visa, I’ll find out when I send the application next week.
November 5th was Guy Fawkes Night and it was celebrated around the country, including Aberdeen. Fireworks burst over city and bonfires were lit by crowds. Sometimes the celebration involve destroying effigies of historic figures, including Guy Fawkes.
St. Andrew’s day is celebrated by Scots around the world in end of November. That means lots of invitation to St. Andrew’s balls and lots of opportunities to wear pretty dresses rather than jumper-and-jeans. Also, to eat good haggis.
Indonesian’s St. Andrew’s ball will be held in November 29 this year. You don’t have to be a Scot to join the event. But you might want to have your dress checked just to make sure you don’t break the law, since the pornography bill is passed despite its controversy. Ironically, a district leader was caught with a woman in bed although he claimed she was his wife.
A very unique event will be held in November 22: Pesta Blogger 2008. The biggest Indonesian blogger gathering in Indonesia expects to attract 1,000 people and is held in several cities, supported by Ministry of. Communication and Information, several government organisations, media, big companies like Microsoft, and – guess what – Department of State USA (!). I am not sure whether “expat bloggers” now can join the party, after last year’s protest from several of them for not being allowed to participate, but since bloggers from Malaysia and Singapore confirm to join the gathering, I believe the committee has changed their conditions. Hopefully in the future this event can include Indonesians who live abroad.
Now if you excuse me, I have got packing to do…