Just as we’re sailing the Banda Sea and approaching Ambon from Banda Islands, the mobile phone’s signal started to appear. One by one text messages flew in – outdated messages from my family, clients and my team members – as well as the miscalls.
My family asked whether I’m OK because they heard and watched about earthquake in Sulawesi on TV. I told them that I’m OK and will be back as scheduled.
Reality struck back when I went out of the airport and drove home. The polluted air, the chaotic and congested traffic, the busy streets… Oh, I already missed the clear blue sky, the green lush islands, the deep blue sea, the clean breeze of Banda Islands.
While I was still taking care of things from the trip on Friday morning, I got messages that I need to submit some financial figures this coming Monday and do presentation next Tuesday morning. Yeah, welcome to the real world! *smile* I texted my team to prepare what needs to be prepared for the presentation.
Next, I went to the salon to have my hair done and my nails maintained. (I did the facial right after the airport yesterday, hehehe…) I called Wenda just to confirm that we’re going to meet for lunch.
I wore my ‘holiday’ attire before I headed out my house. I felt really good. *smile* Midway to Plaza Senayan, Wenda called… there’s a change of plan. She had to cancel her lunch with me because she needed to meet an agency during lunch time. Well, OK lah. Right after I hung up this call, I got Olive’s call. She asked whether we could have lunch together. Sure, girl!
So, I had a lunch company. Wasn’t it great? We ate at Din Tai Fung – ordered dumplings, angsio beef soup, wonton soup, chili fried chicken, tofu & mushroom (kau fu). I told her about my trip to Moluccas and showed her the pictures. Biasa, jadi kompor, hehehe… She thought I ended up not going for this trip because no friends could go with me. Lupa ye, Lip, kan gue bilang ada yang ikut apa nggak gue tetep pergi. Lagian apa ni kulit keliatan kurang item? We talked about many things and how I felt about this trip, the islands and its people. We resumed close to 2PM because she had to go back to work.
I looked for books and magazines at Periplus while I waited for Wenda.
I was already too full, so I just accompanied her when she had her lunch. Soon after we moved to Bakerszin because she needed her cake and I longed for black coffee. I had the juice, black coffee, and some bites off her cake. *smile* I told her about my trip again but couldn’t show all my pictures because there’s not enough power left in the camera.
“The government owes a lot to its people”, I said. The people should not live like that after 63 years of independence.
We went to Metro after we finished the cake and drinks. Wenda wanted to buy something for Ale – as an exchange of a mother’s guilty feeling for working on the weekend.
It took me more than an hour to get home – beneran ye, udah di Jakarta lagi!
I had a nice dinner and chat with my father at home. I sent e-mail to my friends for our next gathering – mark December 4 for a gathering with the usual crowd: Wenda, Eltje, Christi, Olive, Pipiet, Eko, and Safriel.
I didn’t touch my laptop and didn’t respond to a number of e-mails yet – I’m still on holiday, aren’t I?