This January marks my second year of living in Jakarta.
Two years ago, I left cold Southampton for this Big Durian. It was hard when I got here. Everything wasn’t as expected, and I found myself getting frustrated with almost everything. Two years on, and it hasn’t gotten any easier. On the contrary, it’s severely draining me. While in Southampton I only came home for sleeping, in here I’ve become a hermit that chooses to stay at home at all times. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, I don’t go out. I avoid the traffic like the plague.
The only good thing about Jakarta is the family and friends I have here. Thanks to these friends, this year has gotten off to a good start.
Spending NYE with my best friend
On NYE, my childhood friend Lidya and I had a slumber party. We spent the evening watching funny videos on YouTube and a few Friends episodes, so it was nothing much. We were both asleep before midnight, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Nothing beats spending time with your old friend.
Brunch with Christa
The next weekend, I finally met Christa again! Christa and I have known each other for a while through our blogs, and I met her the first time when she hired me to cover her engagement party, but it was such a busy day so we didn’t get to talk much. We promised to have a proper meetup, and 3 months later, we did! I was surprised to learn how many things we had in common. Over brunch, we talked about our jobs, blogging and vlogging, and personal stuff. I had such a great time, I didn’t realize it’d been 2.5 hours (I’m not exaggerating, I swear it felt like it was just an hour).
Thank you Christa for such a great time, and I’m looking forward to more meetups! :)
Read Christa’s post about the brunch here.
Friends’ engagement parties
Last week I covered an engagement party for a friend, and this weekend I’m covering another friend’s engagement party. Although I’m holding off commissions for this month to take care of personal matters, these are quite small gatherings so I decided to do it. And I’m glad I did, as it’s putting me in a good and productive mood for the start of the year.
Here’s to more good things for the rest of the year.