Monday, May 31, 2010

saying goodbye..

I have a good friend from the church. Her name is Jean Weymier. We were in the choir - she was the guitar player who always sat in front and I am one of the singers who always stand behind the guitarists. We didn't spend much time together. Our choir doesn't do practice regularly every week, only if we are preparing for big events - Christmas, New Year, Easter, etc. Until last year, when our relationship began.

I don't know how, but I think it's because she always sent me e-mail after each practice. She always thanked me for coming and bringing the others to the practice too, because only few people come to the practice. She was always very happy to see everyone of us came. We also enjoyed those practices so much because she's very nice, kind, and she sings well. She knows everything it needs for a choir. She knows good technique of singing. That made our choir a lot better. Noone in the choir knows how to sing and lead the choir better than her.

So, it all began with those e-mails. Then it has become a habit of ours to send each other e-mails, just telling what happened that day or that week. As time went by, we also share private things, like her husband's job - she told me like everything when they were having problems in her husband's job. And we have a lot of things in common, we are even in the same field of science: Medical. She is a nurse and I'm a medical student. That's why she knows a lot about the medical subjects and that makes our conversation even better. And what surprised me was, our birthdays are in the same month: January! And only two days difference - she's on 19th and I'm on 21st. (When I'm writing this blog, I realize more, how many things I have in common with her, how much fun and good time I had with her. And this makes me even saddderrrr :( )

She has three kids - Jacob, Sabrina and Danielle. They are very lovely and nice, esp. the girls. They are Altar helpers. So the family has given such a lot of contributions to our church.

We celebrated our birthdays together before I went home for winter break this year. We cooked together - I made an Indonesian Chinese food and she made chicken wings, her family's secret Asian recipee. It was so fun that we're talking while cooking the food, just like what housewives do, hahahahaha :D Then they gave me surprises after dinner. She made a super-duper-yummy chocolate cake for our birthday cake and gave me a CD of gospel songs for my birthday present. And the kids - they gave us a lemon-shaped candle each. It was so funny to recall how proud the were to find those candles - they look like real lemons, hahahaha.. They also gave me three birthday cards, and Danielle has always been the sweetest - she made rings and bracelets by herself for my Christmas and birthday gifts. It was an unforgettable birthday celebration, for sure.

Then, she said they might be leaving for their home for good, because of Dave's - her husband - job. His boss no longer prolong their contract in China, so they have to go back to the States. She told me about this before the winter break, and we always be surprised to realize how fast time runs. Well, TODAY is THE DAY when they have to leave Suzhou. We had a bad farewell at the church last Sunday. We were sobbing and hugging each other. We've promised to stay in touch via emails and Skype. I talked to her on Skype last night and I was sobbing again. I feel like I'm losing a very good friend and lovely kids. She's also been a figure of mother for me. More importantly, what the choir would be without her??? :'(
She promised she would come along if Dave has a chance to come back to Suzhou for a business trip, and she said the probability is big. Maybe next year. And I'm hoping I can go to the States and visit them when I'm visiting my aunt. I'll be missing them a lot, but we believe we would still meet again someday.
The worst thing in the world is to say "good bye", but never will I regret having you in my life.
I'm not saying goodbye to you. It's :  Till we meet again! :)
We all ♥ you, Weymiers!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Suzhou Indonesian Student Community

I'm an Indonesian student who's studying in China. At the very beginning, in 2005, it was the first year for the Indonesians came to Suzhou. There are 12 Indonesian people in their batch. The next year, another 16 students came, and my batch, 2007, we have 19 Indonesian students (it was more than 19, but three of us decided to move to another country). Actually, from the very beginning, we'd been dreaming of a community that can unite us, gain information for us, and even make connections with another Indonesians from another cities in China. Many other cities had already had their own community, and they could hold many events, they have their student activities, etc. But because there were still too few Indonesian students in Suzhou, we couldn't make one.

As the time went by, more and more Indonesian students came here. We have total 17 juniors, plus Indonesian students from another university (I'm studying at Soochow University, and the other one is Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University). Currently, the total of the Indonesian students in Suzhou is about 80 students.

Because the number of Indonesian students now is increasing, everybody was supporting to realize the dream: to make a community that can unite us and we can hold some events or student activities here. Before, we had nothing to do outside classes we had to attend. We wanted to have a campus life just like the other students or local students. So, we decided to make one.

Finally, a community named SISC (Suzhou Indonesian Student Community) was finally established on October 25, 2009, with me as the Vice President. This community was established in front of its members - the students - and also some teachers from both university and some parents. We have three visions:
1. To unite its members
2. To gain and share inspiration and information
3. To introduce Indonesian's culture to the world, particularly to people living in Suzhou, China.

We also have some programs, such as the student activities. We gather the students having the same hobbies or talent every week, so that we can share our talent to others. Those who have talent in some sports or art will teach those who are interested in that field. These activities are done every week. We also held two small events - Sport's Day and Culinary Day. On Sport's Day, it was a sports competition. We had soccer, volleyball and basketball competitions, inviting Indonesian students from Nanjing, the Pakistanis, Chinese and Phillipinos. And on the Culinary Day, we made some Indonesian food and introduced them to people from other countries. We let them try some of our traditional food and they love them :)

Those events were held to prepare our big event : The Indonesian Festival, which is going to be held on October 16, 2010. The concept of this event is "to the world we share". Since the Suzhou citizens and foreigners in Suzhou don't know much about Indonesia, because Indonesian people in Suzhou is not as many as in Shanghai or many other cities, we want to introduce our beloved country to them. There would be a cultural exhibiton, introducing almost everything about Indonesia, and also selling Indonesian merchandise and of course, Indonesian authentic food. We invite and welcome all people coming from different countries to come and join this big event.

Visit our website: SISC

Friday, May 21, 2010

anyone wants massage? :P

I am veryvery busy and exhausted recently. This semester really is a tiring semester. We had so many programs and events to be held. We had Sport's Day, then we're having Medicos - culture night - next week so I had to practice because me and some of my friends are going to perform - dancing. We practiced everyday in a week. My ribs got sprained. Yes, RIBS. I never had one at my ribs before. I hurts a lot. I can't even move my body when I'm sleeping. It hurts when I raise my hand or even bend my body. The pain stays till now. We had Culinary Day after the practice. We didn't sleep the whole night preparing for the food. I cooked for a very long time - I didn't count. So, the pain got worse. My back was paining and it made my ribs even more paining.

I definitely needed a massage, because I still have to perform next week and i can't sleep peacefully every night. That's why last night I asked one of my friend, Silvia, to give me a massage. She's good in it, haha..

Lemme tell you, it was TERRIBLE! it hurt a lot. I mean, A LOT. I don't know what's wrong with my muscles or nerves at my ribs, what I know is it hurts a lottt.. We had a "massage team" last night: Silvia was the "massager", and Melisa, Lydia & Vivi were there to hold my hands and feet tight. It hurt so much that I held Silvia's hand all the time and asked her to stop. So they needed to hold both of my hands and feet very tightly. hahaha.. damnn.. I shouted and almost cried :'(

But then I felt better when I was about to sleep last night, when I set my sleeping position - yeahhh, I need to set the position every time I sleep so that I won't feel the pain. However, the pain stays till now, because of that "mean" massage. Hopefully it'll get better soon.. I don't wanna suffer agaiiinn by having that kind of massage agaaaiiinnnnn!!! hahahaha..
Still, thank you, my massage team : Silvia, Melisa, Lydia, Vivi :P