So I think I spent more times for myself this year more than ever and I feel very grateful. I still have family who always available for me whenever I live. My colleagues are also awesome and very supportive of my career development.
I also think that I am still a naive person but now even more open-minded than I used to. I also love being vulnerable and very honest for unexplained reasons. As I found many good and new best friends (and support system) because of these special character traits.
This year …
I don’t think I travel that much this year as I am quite busy just before leaving for England. I did travel to Myanmar and Thailand (for work and leisure). Yangon is always interesting city to visit and Bangkok is one of a kind although too busy for me. Last week I went to Nothern Ireland to visit and stay with at my old friend’s house, Dave and his family. I travelled few times to London for business purposes but haven’t really explored this city except for the touristy place (which I hated somehow). I also went to Dover and Jersey Island at Channel (English Channel) for the school trip.
Now, I do realise that I want to travel more! not as a tourist but as wanderer because it feels good for my mental health.
Moving to England
Moving out from my comfort zone in Bogor and staying locally in the UK for almost four months now. I never thought would have an opportunity to stay in England. It’s been my dream since ages ago, though. I know I will be here to visit but unsure how and when. Of course, receiving a prestigious UK’ government Chevening Scholarship to study conservation biology for a year, would be my highlight of this 2016. I am very grateful for so many people around me who help me getting through all the scholarship process before I leave for England.
Love and Suffering
This year I found new love and suffered at the same time. I feel all these good and bad at the same time. I feel very vulnerable and again I learn to let go for many times. However, I also promise to love myself even more than ever. I found all my mistakes and gonna take them all as part of the learning process for better me in the present time and the near future.
To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.
― Woody Allen
Outdoorsy, Running, and Minimalism
I found the greatness of being an outdoorsy person. I always like morning jog for now either in a sunny, foggy or cold day. It clears my mind, make myself feels better and more focus to my work and study. I dove into meditation and mindfulness practice since a few years ago. After years, I learn to leave all my life baggage to be more open-minded and happier. Being a minimalist also teach me more how to appreciate life and people around me.
Praying for my country and family
I never consider myself as religious but more likely a spiritual person. For the last 2 months, I found Indonesian politics and news becomes worst than ever. So many hatred, bigotry and racism especially around social media. As a minority group in Indonesia, of course, this makes me so sad. Mean people is everywhere and I pray so that kindness touched upon them all. I pray for my country and family. May all of us be blessed, in peace, and can get through all challenges in daily time.
“The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” ― Dalai Lama
So I turned into iPhone 5SE now and have Surface Pro 4. I should make another post for this one as usual. I gave up my Lumia 640xl to my sister as it could not hold my work tension so far. My working laptop, Asus Zenbook UX303, was broken while I am traveling to Jersey Island. So I bought the surface to replace my stolen MacBook Air and my personal compact computer. So far it is amazing and I am looking forward to seeing it last until at least 5 years ahead.
See you next year with more exciting news from me or maybe you! :)
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The photo is Harrods of London, a department store owned by the State of Qatar, during Christmas Eve. The Chrismas light and market in London are two of many best thing to see while I am in the UK. Check my photos for London Christmas market, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park here.