The office was quiet around 5:45PM when I resumed my work. I took the southbound Yonge line subway from St. Andrew Station to Finch Station. I needed to be at Finch at 6:30PM for a dinner with my CCEVI (Canadians Committed to Ethnic Voice in Indonesia) colleagues. Mr. Wen gave me a ride as he also picked up his wife at the Kiss ‘n Ride. Mr. Wen just retired this year and he said it seemed like he felt useless – both of his kids are working in the US and won’t be back for Christmas and New Year, has lots of time but smaller income from pension plan. He’s now working as a real estate agent.
We had rush-hour traffic but we arrived around 30 minutes later to Mr. Luk Restaurant. Jason, Annie, and Josef were already in the restaurant when we arrived. Not all members – like Eric, Nira, Marcus, Silvi, and Michael – could make it to the dinner. Nira and Silvi joined the executive members this year. Ayrin and Trisna joined about 20 minutes later. It’s always my pleasure to meet all of them.
Jason knows the lady owner of the restaurant, so we asked him to place the order. We jokingly said that we’re lucky to have Jason because he knows almost every Chinese or Japanese restaurant owners, especially if they’re women. We had soup, “cu kiok” (pork hog with soy sauce), smoked fish, fried duck, salt chicken, braised beef, mapo tofu, and fried noodle.
Josef is a new comer – glad to know that we’re from the same alma mater, ITB. He’s an activist during the early 80’s. We didn’t only talk about human right issues in Indonesia but also about our families and jobs.
Annie mentioned about CCEVI’s 10th anniversary in 2008 – we should do a memorable event next year and should pass the torch to the young generation. I support the idea.
Before parting we wish each other “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”. I exchanged my e-mail address with Josef. Jason set me aside and asked whether I had good news for him. Being Jason he always asks whether I already have significant other in my life. *smile* Hehehe, I reminded him that ‘isn’t it you that promised to find me one?’ Jason is a very simple man but always want to help others. Mr. Wen dropped me at my sister’s house.
Friends, thank you for the hospitality.