Holidays in Jogjakarta

Wow I love low-qual photos dari pinggir jalan, love it.

This is from ello, where Topaz tagged me. And I am including it here because I think it is interesting enough. I'm grumpy.

Where were you 3 hours ago? 


Who are you in love with? 

Someone with the whole world in his eyes.

Have you ever eaten a crayon? 

You know, I like to think I was a civilized child.

Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? 

I am wearing a glorious pink dress with white bird silhouettes on it. Other than that, no.

When is the last time you went to the mall? 

I can't recall. Recently, though. I went to Aeon a week or so ago.

Are you wearing socks right now? 

I haven't worn socks in 5 months.

Does your family have a car worth over $2,000?

All our cars are worth over $2,000 because we're snobby.

When was the last time you drove out of town? 

Last week.

Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? 

The last time I went to the movies was in November to watch 'the gift' and I prefer not to think about that.

Are you hot? 

Hell yes I am.

What was the last thing you had to drink? 

Hot jasmine tea, which is my favorite.

What are you wearing right now? 

See question #04.

Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it? 

I'll answer this question another time, when I am in possession of a car.

Last food that you ate? 

Christmas cookies, which were divine.

Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?

I have not. I am hoping to this week. I'm afraid I didn't bring enough clothes to Jogja.

When is the last time you ran? 

High school, maybe, when I was afraid of being late to class. I don't run anymore.

What's the last sporting event you watched? 

I don't watch the television and I don't keep up with sports.

What is your favourite animal?

Deer, sheep and sharks.

Your dream vacation?

Travelling the world with a camera, books, and the as-of-yet-unknown love of my life. Or camping. Anywhere, really.

Last person's house you were in?

My aunt's home in Condong Catur, Jogjakarta.

Have you been in love? 

Are you stupid?

Do you miss anyone right now? 

Yes, yes, yes.

Last play you saw? 

The Sound of Music in 2014.

Who is the last person you sent a myspace message or comment? 

What is this, the stone age?

Next trip you are going to take? 

Next year I might go to Bali again. And I'm on a vacation right now to Jogja.

Ever go to camp? 

Yes! I've been to lots of camps and retreats; most of them were terrible.

Were you an honour roll student in school? 

I was. Although I don't think that matters.

What do you want to know about the future? 

I would like to know why I have met certain people and where they are going to lead me and whether I will be as successful of a writer as I wish to be.

Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? 


Are you due sometime this year for a doctor's visit?

I am not.

Where is your best friend? 

In a different town.

How is your best friend? 

Doing very well, I should think, now that it's the holidays.

Do you have a tan? 

Unfortunately, I have one from bali that lingers. It is very stubborn.

What are you listening to right now? 

Silence. I don't often listen to music while working.

Do you collect anything? 

Books and the hearts of men.

Who is the biggest gossiper you know? 

My grandmother. It's thrilling. That's how I get all the family/extended family news.

Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? 

I'm too cute for that and too young to drive. I'm being facetious.

Have you ever drunk your soda from a straw? 

I don't drink soda.

What does your last text message say? 

"I wanted to go to Ganjuran but there was no time."

Do you like hot sauce?


Last time you took a shower? 

1 hour ago.

Do you need to do laundry? 

Yes, because my clothes are running out. But technically by "doing laundry" I really just mean "waiting for the clothes lady to come by and pick up the dirty clothes."

What is your heritage? 

Chinese Malaysian-Indonesian. But mostly just Indonesian.

Are you someone's best friend? 

I like to think so.

Are you rich? 

I myself am not wealthy; I do not have a lot of money. But I'm very ambitious and motivated and creative and it's sufficient.

What were you doing at 12am last night? 

Having a nice-enough conversation with someone.

Christmas in Jogja is a very interesting experience. I suppose Christmas anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere is interesting for a person raised in the States. It's odd because it should be winter, my head thinks that it's winter, but it's very warm and often sweltering and there is no snow. It's odd seeing faux evergreen trees without any snow on the ground.

Anyways Ie Lili came from Jakarta and yesterday we went to the Kraton and to Beringharjo. I think I'll be stopping by Beringharjo again today with Rain, and it'll probably be more enjoyable with her simply because friends are usually more fun than family. 

I have so many boy cousins. This was on the side of the road. We ate dinner there.

My cousin, my uncle, my grandma from my mom's side, and yours truly.

Me, my cousin again, my aunt (that's his mom), and some random dude.

Detailing from a fence inside the Kraton.

First I'll offer my apologies for the I was rather (read: incredibly) grumpy last night after I got in a tiff with someone about how I treat my sopir (driver) too familiarly. It made me a little upset, because that person started saying things like how "they're not on the same level as you" and how I shouldn't be so nice or friendly. I take issue with that because 1. I'm trusting this person with my life so I'd rather be on good terms with them and 2. "levels"? The notion of castes or levels is just so...outdated and useless.

I actually really love Jogja because it's boring. It means that I get to focus on my work and on doing nothing, and I like that. I also like visiting the Kanisius schools. But I suppose my favorite (this is reading like an elementary school essay and I apologize for that) thing to do in Jogja is go to the Catholic church in Ganjuran. 

I'm not Catholic, and if anything I'm nondenominational Christian. I really really hate organized religion. But I like going with my aunt-from-Jogja (Wa Ie, because she's my mother's oldest sibling) when she brings flowers to the Ganjuran. It seems a lot more humble and less contrived and so much more sincere than following along with a sermon that makes me fall asleep. 

What else did we do yesterday? Not much of anything. I slept for hours in the car.

These are just rambles today because I'm tired and I have plans with dear Rain. So I'm not in front of the computer for long. I hope you're having a better weekend than I am, sweethearts.