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“WIll you help me for preparation for my wedding”, friend sent a short message to my mobile phone. Just ordinary request from a friend, unless that the wedding date is onlye 3 weeks away!

The news of her getting married has surprised enough. She was the kind of person who are not up to young age wedding. I still remember that we used to chit chat about wedding, family, and all the burden.

Back to her favor, that 3 weeks advance notice sure make us panic. Fortunately, it was a small party, and she had almost all of it arranged. What left is some more detail works, such as room layout, and the schedule for the day.

Around ten if us were getting our hands wet, from arranging the schedule, calling the party to ensure that they can deliver all the stuff in time, laying out the room, checking last minutes item, photographer, even the driver of the car was her friends :D.

So we start working, from making the schedule, finding the catering for food, location survey, few technical meeting, looking for the car, arrange the permit, all of them in 3 weeks.

It is really the moment of truth, whether you have true friend or not. When you have a friend to lend and drive your wedding car, when you have a friend who patiently scans your old photo to present a nice slide, when you have friends who are willing to sleep late and wake up early, to make sure everything are in order, thats where it prove that you have a good friends. At the end of the day, everybody sits happy, laughing, pose for picture, drinks, and have fun :D.

Happy wedding to my friend, N & D.

*Today’s Song: You’re my Everything – Glenn Fredly

I went to the barbershop to get a haircut. A nice evening, after a long holiday celebrating 61 years of Indonesia Independence. While getting my hair done, my hairdresser told me about the celebration of Indonesia independence in his village.

The day started with formal ceremony. Then there are carnivals as long as 3 km around the village. It consists of any traditional vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, horses, and tricycle, anything that can move. People old and young who did not participate standing beside the road, cheering the carnival.

In the afternoon, there is another celebration in the residence. People are doing traditional competition, for the prize and fun. I lost the English translation here, but if you speak Bahasa or know someone who does, ask him the translation for Tarik Tambang, Balap Karung, Panjat Pinang, Lomba Makan Kerupuk, etc. Young, old, kids, everyone participate on the event. The prize might be not so much, but the fun is awesome.

It’s been ages since I participate those celebrations. Me, my brother, and some of our childhood friends, organizing for such celebration. We work until late, attaching small flags to the pole. We went from home to home; ask for donation for the event. We make plan, buy stuff, and on the D-day, we run the show. I still remember that I run the song with my ex. At the end of the day we are tired, but happy. We close the day with a picture; I think the last picture we took before we went on our way.

Happy 61st independence anniversary Indonesia, and to my old friend, gosh…. how much I miss you guys and girls…….

OK, so it is 11pm here in Jakarta. You might just arrived in the office, checking emails, and get some birthday greeting. What’s your plan for today? Giving yourself a birthday present? Do some shopping, take a leave, etc, etc?

Eh, don’t forget to make a wish… or wishes, you have birthday, christmas and new year’s wish. Let me give you some idea…. wish to be proposed by your boy :D. He…he…he…, c’mon what are you guys waiting for? I can’t wait to see my forster kid :D. Or you might wish me to sent you…. crab noodle, fried kwee tiau, hainamese chicken rice, Chicken Curry, I fu mie, Padang, Siomay, batagor? Keep wishing then, cos I wouldn’t sent you one :D. But, as promised, I’ll treat you till you drop :D.

Well…. happy Birthday Sis, may you have a happy year, and success in your life, carreer, and, most importantly, love.

From: your far-far away bro and his girlfriend.