Tahu Bulat Travelling

A Short Day Off at Taroko Park Kaohsiong

Hello there!

Today is special because in Taiwan, we celebrate Mid Autumn Festival. Usually people will celebrate it with family doing some bbq or going somewhere with family. I don’t know what is the special thing being celebrated but I am more than grateful for a day off.

So today my friends and I decided to go to Taroko Park. For me, it is a mini amusement park with mall attached to it. Great place to shop around! It is not hard to reach Taroko Park, I can show you!

My starting point is from Tainan, so I went there by local train and hop off at Xinzuoying Station and from Xinzuoying station, you can take exit 2 and go down to zuoying MRT station. (Remember, don’t hop off at Zuoying TRA Station, because it is totally different between Zuoying TRA Station and Zuoying MRT Station (been there, done that)).

or you can hop off at Kaohsiung Main Station (R11) and take the front exit, go left and take the stair down. Go to Siaogang (小港) direction and stop at Caoya (草衙)(R4A) and take exit 2.

So at MRT Station, from Zuoying Station (R16), go to Siaogang (小港) direction and stop at Caoya (草衙)(R4A) and take exit 2.

Both are the same and Voila! You are there!

There are a lot of rides you can play here. When you just come out of the MRT gate, you can see a big caroussel there. It is super cheap, only costs you $50/ride. They also have all free ride pass only for $650 if you want to ride all of the games they have there. Here is the list of the price and rides in Taroko Park

 

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List of the ride. Source: Private source

 

my suggestion, it is better for you to go here at night. Their lights are pretty and it is not as hot as day. Bring a lot of water!

 

 

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Taroko Park. Source: Private source

 

 

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Tahu Bulat thoughts

A letter from 3,539 km Away

for you,

trouble is friend but trouble is a foe. Trouble comes not to make you weak, but otherwise make you strong. That’s what I believe. Learn to forgive dear, thus make your heart gentler and braver.

It grieves me to think that I am not by your side right now when you need me the most. I am not physically there, but I am with you. I am more than willing to hear every single story you want to share. I won’t judge and I won’t blame. I will give my comment when you want me to say it. Keep my words dear.

Sorry that maybe you see this as a nonsense, but I pray for you every single day. What else can I do? I can only ask God to take care of you.

So here I am, sitting in my computer, writing a letter that maybe you don’t want to read. But hey, I am with you! That what matters right?

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It is IMPORTANT to be part of a Catholic community

why?

Human basic need is to socialize, humans can not live alone. When we are still in school, whether you want it or not you have do this thing like group projects, team play or anything. But after you graduate, you don’t have to do this again and social circle will get smaller and smaller. It is okay for some people, but not for me.

used to live in a very crowded home (by come-and-go neighbors) and have to go to small city and live in a very quiet boarding house really stressed me out! I was freak out, homesick and cry most nights (because it was very quiet).  Fortunately, my sister asked me to join in a Catholic Charismatic community called Seraphim Catholic Ministry (SCM). Like Catholics in common, it was new, unusual and bizzare. I was a little bit concerned, they use different songs than usual but it is interesting. Because most young Catholic in my city still unfamiliar with this lifestyle. Weekly churching is only an obligation, no meaning. Just come, sit, listen to preachers (if able to listen) and go home. Passive.

It is so wrong! What we do here is more than sit or listen. What we do are praise God together, learn what His words mean, and find what God really want to do with our life. Even though I am not really active but I can feel something different. I am calmer than I used to be, I am more confident, I take positive runaway when I have problems. sounds cliche right?

but I can guarantee that if you do it wholeheartedly, it will give positive comeback. There are many community like this. SCM is only one of it. In Malang, there are Komunitas Tritunggal Mahakudus (KTM) and HOPE (more?), and in Surabaya I know only HSM. Try it, it won’t hurt. It won’t be fun at first, but They will welcome you (plus, there are food (sometimes)) It’s not your choice to take a part, it’s His.

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One (more) Night To Remember

Last Saturday I asked to handle one sweet seventeen birthday party. It was a special request from a close relation and I know it will be my first and last event here in Malang. I prepared and did my best from preparation, execution and after. It was a small party, close friends, family and relation are invited. and Thank God I gave my best even though it still far from perfect.

My best friend, April and Daniel, and my sister helped me. Our job was to decor the venue and organize the event. It was NOT an easy job. I never do this decor thing, and I thank Daniel for being there, without him I was completely clueless. I believe it will be a disaster rather than a party. He handled all the decoration, from the idea until it was there and you can see it. April you did a very great job, I am a messy person, I keep forget things and April is the one who clean after my mess. My sister (and his boyfie), Jennifer, go around the city for me to look for materials I need. Thankyou is never enough! You guys are the best! Love you guys to the moon and back.

The event was far from perfect, a lot of problems happened. For example: The keyboardist came without the keyboard stand! We tried to give him a table but without feeling guilty he just said “It’s too high for me, usually I play with chair” So you put two chair and use it as keyboard stand. It TOTALLY DESTROY our hard work making a great decoration in a very limited space. The birthday cake was burnt, confetti timing was bad, the food did not out on time, we are far too late behind the schedule. But overall it all went well, didn’t it?

I am not very sure either. One thing I sure is I had a great time, I like to have this collaboration with my sister and closest friends. I like to think and arrange a great party, hunting new ideas and small details. I want to learn, I appreciate every single help and experience that comes within.

To Jennifer, April, and Daniel:

It is my first collabo with you guys but it won’t be the last. I believe for another party we can do, another problems we will solve, more nights to remember (we already had one). Your presence in Taiwan will be needed, I promise to take you to every single great place. Call me when you need me, cause I will be there although we are miles apart!

Remember, distance is just number, you can easily ignore it.

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Ketidakpastian

menurutku, ada satu keuntungan menjadi seorang yang masih muda?

Hidup dalam KETIDAKPASTIAN

soalnya kalau gak pasti, kita bisa menentukan mau kemana arah dan tujuan kita? it is up to us!

mau jadi apa kita nanti? apa yang akan dilakukan di hari esok? apa keahlian baru yang ingin kita pelajari? Dari pengalamanku, rasa tidak pasti kaya gini yang bikin muncul rasa khawatir. Pikiran-pikiran kecil gak guna yang bikin nyali jadi ciut duluan. Mau nyoba nge gym, takut diliatin dan dinyinyirin orang, mau ikut komunitas baru, udah takut gak diterima duluan atau mau belajar nyetir mobil, udah takut kecelakaan duluan. Kadang orang sih santai bilang “ngapain sih pake mikir kaya gitu?” dan setiap kali aku berusaha buat enggak mikir, eh malah pikiran aneh gitu menjadi-jadi.

Ini terjadi juga saat aku berhenti kerja jadi guru, aku beneran kaya orang bingung, semua gak pasti. Pendapatan dari mana? mau sibuk ngapain? Berhenti kerja cuma mau cari beasiswa yang gak pasti diterima, situ sehat?

Tapi emang dari awal udah ditekad in, coba semua cara, daftar beasiswa sana sini, sampe lembar fotokopi legalisir kampus udah abis. Daftar ke tiga kampus di Taiwan, berharap paling gak satu tempat nyantol. But thank God everything turned out well in the end. So, why worry? I got accepted in two places.

kalau memang itu jatahmu, gak akan kemana kok.

the point is: It is really OKAY for you to live in uncertainity and feel worry, BUT don’t spend too much time with it.

Perasaan khawatir akibat ketidakpastian itu wajar. Banget. Cuma, jangan meluangkan waktu banyak-banyak lah. Karena emosi negatif itu menyeret kamu sangat cepat dan cukup susah buat keluar. Mengutip dari buku The Happines Project karya Gretchen Rubin, disitu Gretchen bilang, kalau menjadi bahagia itu membutuhkan banyak sekali energi dan juga melelahkan, sementara menjadi negatif itu sangat mudah. Itulah yang membuat orang akan lebih cepat merasa negatif daripada merasa positif, it is easier to do than being happy.

Dan tetap aja, nikmati saat-saat ketidakpastian itu, dan pada saat sudah menemukan jalan keluar, I can even laugh about it, feel so stupid and turn it into jokes.

If you feel the same, feel free to give comment and maybe we can share and talk about it.

 

Thankyou for reading! ^^ Continue reading “Ketidakpastian”

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(my kind of) Travelling

what an experience! Travelling is always one of my favorite thing to do. Getting lost, try some new food and be where no one knows who you are always fascinated me. Today I had my flight to Taipei from Jakarta. It was scheduled at 11 a.m JKT-KL and continued at 4.45 pm KL-TAIPEI. excited? totally! I feel like I’m doing a survey on how is the situation I will spend in my next two years. But my trip didn’t go smoothly,my flight to KL was delayed 2 hours and it got my sisters and I a nearly heart attack, cause it means that I have to be in a hurry to go to my next flight. Arrived safely and had a plane to catch in 45 mnts sounds terrifying. KLIA2 is BIG. Our seat was located in row 27, need a long time to go out right? So, my sisters and I rushed, we ran through group of passengers with only “sorry”, “excuse me”. Fortunately, we made it on time. And my aunt (who happened to be the gang leader) still had her lunch –“. I made this while I was still in the plane from KL to Taipei. Apparently I need more romantic novels to accompany me in this kind of flight (which is long enough for me).

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Hari Baik – New Definition

Aku yakin kalian semua pasti pernah mendengar istilah hari baik. Hari yang biasanya dikhususkan untuk kegiatan-kegiatan penting dalam hidup kita. Biasanya perkawinan, pertunangan, pindahan rumah atau juga penguburan seseorang (di beberapa adat orang Indonesia keturunan Tionghoa, hal ini masih sangat diperhitungkan.)

Tetapi, hari ini aku belajar mengenai suatu hari baik yang baru.

Hari baik yang baru ini aku mengerti setelah guruku kehilangan orangtuanya. Beliau sempat bercerita saat orang tua beliau berusia 70 tahun, mereka sudah berpesan pada anak-anaknya “Kalau hari baik Papi dan Mami dateng, bok (jangan) ditangisi lho ya, harus dirayakan dengan gembira”. Hari baik yang mereka maksud adalah hari kematian mereka. And I thought for a second, “Wow, it’s insane, how could you think death as a good fine day?”.

Dan pada hari baik yang mereka maksud itu tiba, keluarga besar dari guruku ini benar – benar melaksanakan apa yang diinginkan oleh orang tua beliau. Kepergian mereka diiringi oleh tawa bahagia dan pesan “Sampai ketemu lagi ya! Aku tungguen!”

Sungguh ak pikir itu adalah hal yang gak masuk akal, apa keluarga besar ini gak sedih?

Tapi satu hal yang mereka pahami, bahwa dengan bertindak demikian, arwah dari Papi dan Maminya guruku ini benar-benar bisa pergi dengan ringan, enteng, gak dibebani dengan rasa tidak ikhlas dari anak dan sanak saudara. Karena mereka paham, kalau sudah meninggal berarti sudah bebas kan? sudah gak sakit lagi kan ya?

Terkadang yang membuat kita menangisi saudara kita yang udah gak ada dikarenakan rasa egois kita sendiri, setiap orang pasti tidak siap ditinggal orang yang dikasihi. Itu hal yang wajar, akhir dari hidup tidak ada orang yang pernah tahu. Ya, rasa tegar dan bahagia yang bisa ditampilkan oleh keluarga guru ku itu bukan hal yang datang gitu aja, atau hal yang bisa kita pelajari (secara orang pergi selamanya biasanya mendadak, kan?) melainkan dengan cara memintanya pada yang memberi hidup. Kuatkan diri kita sendiri dengan berdoa, setiap hari, dipupuk secara perlahan.

Satu hal lagi yang harus aku masukkan dalam doa.

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I’m done with laziness

Hi, it’s me again.. It’s Jessica. Today I want to share my experience on one thing. Laziness.

Laziness is common thing happened to almost every single one of human kind, and it’s also happened to me.

I can stuck in my bed until noon and do nothing until late at night, regret it every single night because I am tired of nothing and it’s horrible for me. Reflecting my own actions with no achievements, no goal and feel hollow inside. NOT A GOOD THING.

Because negative thoughts will creep me soon enough, I want to cry and always feel sorry for myself. And thank God, yesterday I thought that this has to STOP.

First thing I did is, I tried something new.. I tried collage art. I went to a shop, bought a glue stick and some used magazine and let my imagination lead. 

Day 2, Friday 30 June, I did some exercise with my beatfriend and PT at home, with only video call. I am super excited and it last for one hour! wow, did not think it will be like this. 

I hope this will go on, because for me being lazy is surely tiring!