Monday, December 14th, 2009 - 9:50 am



14 Dec

 

My journey back to Indonesia is truly on now. I’m standing here at the free Internet terminal at the Sydney International airport that is so painfully slow. Never mind – it’s free. 🙂 I finally made it without any major issues, even though I had to leave the house still not as clean as I wanted for a friend for church who would keep an eye on my house while I’m in Indonesia.

The last few days have been like a major blur for me – so many things to accomplish, so little time. Work has been hectic as well with projects needing to have a logical closure prior to the Christmas break. On top of that, the house needed to be tidied up, things needed to be bought and packed, fishtank needed to be cleaned. I was as frantic as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest! You should’ve seen me on Saturday – I was like Lola in Run, Lola Run, trying to beat time as I raced to the post office to send a package overseas.

I had to battle amongst the Christmas shoppers in Rundle Mall – as I work in woopwoop, well, Marden, a northeastern suburb of Adelaide, I hadn’t really had any Christmas experience similar to the previous years. In years past, I would walk through Rundle Mall and smiled when I first heard a Christmas carol. This year, I only experienced it, all within three days – shopping and running and frantically calling my sisters, confirming what they wanted me to buy. I had no time to stand still and breathe!

After church on Sunday, I stayed around with my friends as I really didn’t want to be totally antisocial prior to my long holiday. I headed home afterwards, did a batch of laundry, cleaned the fishtank, changed the bedsheet, swept the bedroom, washed the dishes, packed, and so forth, and so forth.

I slept only for about 3.5 hours last night as I wanted to cram in as much as I could before I was due to leave to the airport. My flight was at 8am in the morning so I had to be ready by 6am pretty much. There was a minor scare as I couldn’t find my Citicard (Citibank ATM card), which would be the only access that I have to my fund. My Adelaide Bank ATM card cannot be used overseas so I really need my Citicard if I don’t want to use my credit card constantly. At the last minute, after a few desperate prayers, I found it in the middle of my pile of papers and stuff in my study room! Phew!!! That saves me a trip to the local Citibank branch in Jakarta, and seeing whether they could help me at all as my account is with Citibank Australia.

So I’m now looking like a panda, no doubt with humongous bags under my eyes, and needing some desperate sleep. I still need to send an email to my friend who will be house-sitting as well, just to give him some instructions on what to do. This trip will be a life changing experience, as I will return from Indonesia a married man. I still haven’t got enough leisure time to properly contemplate the impact of my decision, but I’m sure everything is fine. From time to time, I still have a sense of loss of the things that I would have to let go once I get married, such as my independence, my emotional “enclosure”, among other things. I’m sure I will gain a lot more, however – I just need to have faith.


 

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