Since 2007, I’ve been back to Indonesia twice a year, and normally the holiday was fully spent with lunches, dinners or parties. This next week trip, however, would be slightly different. First, I get to attend a blogger friend’s wedding in the beautiful resort down in Jimbaran, Bali. And second, I’m attending a high school reunion party. I mentioned about the reunion on my post back in April, and against all odds, everything turns out alright, and it is finally happening.
I also want to check the new bar under Bugils group umbrella which is supposed to be open very, very, very soon. It’s called de Burse (de Burse [dutch] = bursa [bahasa Indonesia] = stock exchange), but I bet not many Indonesians could guess what it means, and none English speaking people would either. But since it is located right across the Indonesian Stock Exchange Building, it should be an appropriate name for the bar, although I like the name Xchange better (anything starts with X sounds naughty, don’t you think?). It’s open about 5 years too late: had it been open whilst I still worked there, I would’ve been the best customer ever since it’s only a stone’s throw away from my former workplace. Nevertheless I’d certainly try to lure all of my ex-colleagues and clients to have meetings and have the meals and drinks there.
Strangely, every time I go back to Indonesia, I always lose a friend or two. They either move away from Jakarta to somewhere in remote in the island of Sumatera or Sulawesi, or cheekily move to Canberra but then are going to move to the tiniest country in the middle of nowhere when I have actually moved to Australia. This time, two of them are moving away. One is moving to – ironically – Scotland (why on earth it doesn’t happen when I was still living there??), and another is moving to Bangladesh. So with another two gone, I will only have a handful good friends left in Indonesia.
However, I am also very excited because I will finally meet a blogbuddy, Santi. We have been blogbuddies since we both were featured in an article in The Jakarta Post (and in the typical 6-degrees-of-separation manner, the author of the article now lives in Perth and becomes my friend!) a couple of years a go but we haven’t had a chance to meet. Santi has recently moved from München to Sydney and despite that now we are living in the same continent, the 5 hour-flight distance between Perth to Sydney makes it difficult to arrange a catch up. Fortunately Santi is Indonesia at the moment and I will get to see her! Another blogbuddy from Pelopor blog, whom I’ve already met once in Rotterdam, is also in Indonesia at the moment and although she is in the country with the whole entourage and a newborn baby, I hope I could meet her too. Maureen from Tatter Scoops, whom I met back in February, would be another blogger I would also join the catch up. Her blog has become such a busy place nowadays, I keep going back at least a few times a week because she keeps updating it! And of course a small blogger-gathering will take place in Jimbaran-Bali on the wedding. Even the official photographer is a blogger too!
On top of that, of course, lunches, coffee, and dinner appointments have filled up my calendar for the next two weeks. I just looked at it now and wonder if I will actually have time to shop and pamper myself! But, that’s the whole point of going back: to meet my beloved friends and to party.
I will see you back soon whenever I have time to go to Cazbar to update this blog. In the mean time, try to be good!