Sunday, October 29, 2006

Turtles Myth

My family owns two turtles up to date. We’ve been having them since I was a kid; maybe around 1997. At the beginning, my mom bought us five young-and-small turtles to enhance her kids’ loving passion for pets, I assumed. To be frank, we had had several dogs before, which ended up died for some reasons; from silly things (we forgot to feed the puppies when our maid was leaving for Lebaran) to sad one (somebody -probably a thief- gave poison to my dog that he died soon since he was bleeding too much *sob*). We’re dog lovers indeed, even though we’re not pretty good to keep a dog long live in our house.

As for turtles, we’ve named them Aaron (Kwok) and Andy (Lau). Yes, they’re man’s names, sorry. No offense. I’ve owned them when I was a kid, remember? And by the time they were given to me, I was addicted to Chinese movies and their actors as well. The rest is history.

Aaron and Andy are Brazilian turtles. I put them into a round-large plastic basin outside the house, near the garden. Somehow I’m a bit confused with Aaron’s shell. It’s not as pretty as Andy’s (the yellowish-green one), easily get mossy yet lose its shell pattern. I suggest he’s not Brazilian, but well, who cares anyway. They’ve been growing very big; bigger than my palms. They have a big hole of mouth that could eat your fingertip as you point it, and their nails; they could tear your skin! No kidding.

As for the food, I often feed them with fish food. Sometimes combine it with rice, vegetables, or papayas. I know it sounds crazy, but they look fine and healthy all the time. I took this picture yesterday, soon after I changed their water.

Some Chinese say having turtles as pets are good for hoki (luckiness) since turtles are long live reptiles. However, on the other hand, some of my Chinese friends think that keeping them as pets will bring a bad luck because usually Chinese releases turtles in particular occasion to avoid bad luck and bring long-liveness to the family. I don’t have any idea which one is true. Do you know the truth? Feel free to tell me.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Missing Andrew

I’m missing my youngest brother. It’s been 9 months since he left Jakarta, Indonesia, to Melbourne, Australia, to continue his study. He was only 15 when he first arrived at Tullamarine airport, Melbourne. Currently he studies at Kingswood College and hopefully will finish his year 10 by the end of 2006.

Actually, he already pursued his high school in Jakarta. However, he was involved in a school fight against his seniors that he had to take quite serious medical treatment after the fight. It was an old story and I think he will mad at me if I divulge the details. So let’s just skip that part.

The point is my mom decided to take him out of the school on early December 2005, right before the mid-session began that my brother didn’t have his mid-report. Hence, he wasn’t able to continue his study on another school since he has no mid-report. On the other word, he had to begin his high school from the beginning and waited for next enrolment by July 2006. My mom already stressed about this school stuffs yet ordered me to find new school for my brother ASAP since she didn’t want to let him took holiday for undetermined time causing him a brain cram, LOL. Just kidding! Education is a most important thing in my family, and I’m sure to anyone else as well.

Let me continue with my school searching. I realized national school wouldn’t give any better solution other than to enroll next year, so I was looking for international school in town. My first step was MIBT on S.Parman, Slipi. I used to hear some of my friends who didn’t finish their high school and just walked in to foundation like MIBT and Uniprep as a pathway to enter university. Maybe my brother could do the same. Unfortunately, after I confirmed the terms & conditions, my brother didn’t pass the requirements. He must be at least 17 years old or has finished year 11. I talked to David, the manager. He was very nice and friendly Australian. He recommended me IPEKA High or Binus int’l school.

I went to those two, but finally decided to send my brother to Australia, since the school fee (in Jakarta) is so damn expensive; entry fee IDR 30 million, school fee IDR 10 million per 3-month pay in advance, excluding other miscellaneous fee. I thought it’s better to send him straight abroad and let him experience the language as well as its culture which he could never find it here.

My boyfriend helped me to find an agent to assist me to find a good-reputation high school in Australia until getting the student visa. If you wonder why Australia, my answer is because it’s closer to Indonesia than US and the exchange rate is cheaper than US$. Why Melbourne? Well, I have some friends in Sydney and Melbourne. But My boyfriend is in Melbourne, LOL. So Melbourne it is. No doubt. *grin*

(Thanks to Vera Budianto from Edlink and Jessy & Aretha Kakerissa from A&J Student Care Services who helped us a lot.)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

More about Senayan City

I really love this luxurious mall! Despite of its uncommon branded stores (bebe, Topshop Topman, Miss Selfridge, Swatch, and many more) have been opened inside, there are still some under-construction areas for upcoming stores and restaurants. However, those unimportant-area-to-sees have been successful to get my attention. How come? Tell you what; they’ve put eye-catching quotes on the wall!

These are my favorites two;

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping --Bo Derek

and this one;

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist. --Tammy Faye Bakker

So funny, isn’t it? They're both witty and hilarious. Nice.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

It's Getting HOT in Jakarta!

Jakarta has been very hot these days; approximately 370C (98.60F) at day and 300C (860F) in average at night. It seems that ozone’s hole is getting bigger that North Pole starts melting its ice! Even my air-con can’t beat the heat. Oh gosh, I can hardly wait for raining season coming to town. Ugh. I don’t wish to be like in sauna 24/7 for sure!

I’ll have my Lebaran* holiday for one week; from Monday to Friday next week. I haven’t figured out something to do during my holiday. My maid is going to leave by tomorrow morning, to celebrate Lebaran with her family at her hometown. Let’s see what will happen next when she’s not around. I’m not good at housework to be frank. *grin*

*Lebaran: day of celebration at the end of fasting month.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

I’m done!

After 10 days struggling with my mid-exams, finally I can take my leisure time and yet try to manage time for exercises. Why do I badly want some exercises? Frankly, mid-sessions took most of my bedtime that I had to stay awake until 2 or 3 AM to finish my reading upon those bloody thick textbooks! *sigh* And guess what, staying up late at night made me hungry all the time! LOL. Chips, biscuits, candies, chocolates, and a tablet of vitamin C daily were my loyal companies during the session. Instant noodles were on the list for my dawn supper. Moreover, I had once eaten cold rice mixed with cold soy-sauce-potatoes on midnight. The taste was terrible, seriously. No wonder I’ve gained more weights up to date. Ouch!! I’ve got to have sports NOW! (Tomorrow afternoon more likely, wish me luck!) *grin*

October 11 was the last day of my tough moments. Man, I really need a holiday. I was hoping the classes would have started again on Monday so at least I could get 2 days off. Unfortunately it was just in my dream. *sob* I think I’m getting bored with campus life. LOL. Bite me! Overall, I hope it will end up with good results.

Anyways, I went to GUESS Garage Sale up to 70% at Ballroom 3, Mulia Hotel, Senayan, after class this afternoon with my girlfriends. I read the ads on a newspaper two days ago. The sale itself is held from October 11-13, 2006. FYI, it was very crowd in there! You can find GUESS watches, Gc (GUESS Collection) watches, women bags, accessories, shoes & sandals, GUESS by Marciano (wardrobe), laptop bags, and suitcases. As for myself, I've taken home this watch. :-) Other participating brand is RAOUL. Don’t miss it or you’ll regret forever! Casual leather GUESS watches for IDR 200,000 (US$21.5) each, anyone?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Legend behind Moon Cake Festival

The time of this story is around 2170 B.C.

The earth once had ten suns circling over it; each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon; where she lived ever since. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much; he didn't shoot down the moon.

Hou Yi can only meet Chang Er on the 15th of the 8th lunar month, which apparently comes on October 6, 2006 which was yesterday. The Chinese celebrates it as The Moon Festival.

Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.

The moon cake (in Chinese called Tiong Cu Pia) is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.

As far as I know, there are two kinds of moon cake; the round-thin that filled with vary tastes like chocolate, durian, cempedak, etc., and the brown thick one with Chinese words printed on its top which is usually filled with salted egg. I never eat the brown one, since my mom never bought it. I love the round-thin one anyway. *grin*

Source: Wikipedia, Cerita Bagio dan Susana, Chinese Fortune
Pictures: Wikipedia, me