On This Day I Was Born


Yep, my birthday.

Had a few birthday emails and the ladies in our team have bought me a birthday cake.  Also had a lunch appointment with the BUN (functional?) team.  A very nice restaurant serving Indonesian food.  I was travelling with two ladies (even eating) and it was easy at all.  Must try to be fair to Balqais and CC.  Hence when I took food, I served the left and right first (or right and left).

And at night, I dined with CC. Just the two of us.

Many reasons to love here.  Many.

Touring Around Jakarta

Sunday in Jakarta.  Called up Robert and he was working in the room.  Called up Balquais but (CC told me) she would not be in until 12 pm.  Called up CC but she was still sleeping (10:30 am).  So I told CC to go back to sleep.

Starring out of the window, lying on my bed reading “Men from you-know-where and so on”.  Really boring!  Have the feeling that I have revisited the Paris days.

Wanted to go to Pasa Baru (something like that) to get my guitar but the place looks quite horrible.  Ended up lunching at one of the ‘good’ local hawker center.  CC and Robert both hate the place and complain a lot.  But I appreciate the culture itself.  I do pity Balquais who took the trouble in taking us around.

The culture is that before we even eat down, they will lay all the dishes onto the table.  Simple rule is that for those food we never touch, we don’t need to pay for.  Just eat and forget about ‘food-recycling’.

Knowing that CC and Robert were both desperate to get back, we dropped them at the Atrium.  Balquais and I then proceeded to the Bloke M.  Watched the movie “Marvin’s Room”.  She did cry.  I bought my guitar.

Gym tonight again.  What a nice weekend!

I Begin to Hate Jakarta

CC rang me (or us as in me and Robert) up this morning.  And it was the first time I met Balquais (CC’s roommate, a Malay who can speak Mandarin).  We had an Indonesian lunch, suppose to be quite good and began shopping at some random shopping malls for names I can never remember.

The traffic was so bad and we have spent so much time (and effort) just to move around.

Balquais is quite a nice person despite all the talking we have had.  We chatted quite a lot (she has studied in Durham, UK, for a year) and did CC just get jealous.  What to say?  A very interesting woman.

I think I begin to hate Jakarta already.