Sunday, December 31, 2017

‡ Memories of 2017 ‡

The curtain of 2017 is going to fall.

My 2017 has been such a ride of surprises; be it good or... not so good.
This year's review might not be as detail as the previous review but I'll write my best in this post for sure!

To start with, I'm very sorry (again) for not posting much in the past 12 months here.
My time management has been so rusty that I think I'm having trouble to get it back but, yes, I'm trying.
Trust me, I'm still trying until now.

So, here we go!
(Psst, I'd probably give more pictures than usual to cover up my lack of words in description this year. Bear with them!
But I'll update the pictures frequently as I haven't prepared them enough at the moment)

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My 2017 started with a Sunday Mass with Monica and accompanying her to watch a movie.

Then on 4th, I had my first 2017 flight to Semarang for work and then returned to Jakarta on 8th.
On 12th, I had dinner meetup with Agatha, Hilda, and Livia at The Cafe - Hotel Mulia. It's such a pleasant experience indeed!

Let's meet up again soon!

On 14th, an event happened and I still remembered it all too well, just right before my flight to Singapore for holiday on the next day. Yep, I spent 4 days 3 nights in Singapore on 15-18 January 2017 with Jeanette and Valentcia! We also managed to meet with a good friend of mine there, Ila.


Nothing much happened in January except from some emotional debate within myself which lasted until the early February.

Why Him?, La La Land, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Monster Trucks


The second month of 2017 kicked off with a sprinkle of emotional drama in heart. Let's just say I'm not as logical as I thought; should I say I'm quite naive?

On 12th, I enjoyed a karaoke night with Monica, Very, and Wien! Been a while and I don't really remember why we ended up together that day.

People who love karaoke-ing

Anyhow, I also ended up celebrating my Valentine's Day with Monica at Little Ubud, having dinner together.
And, yes, I had more days to spend with her after February. You'll see.

A Dog's Purpose, Kungfu Yoga, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, Lion, Split


The first wedding party I attended in 2017 is Surya and Norita's on 5th. Also celebrated my youngest brother's 19th birthday on 12th.
And there's a belated birthday surprise for February girls in MPH, Fenny and Valentcia, on 18th at Flip Burger.

Belated birthday(s) celebration
I spent the end of March in Cikarang for a new project with a German Company. It's such an interesting one as I should communicate with them in English and new acquaintances indeed! All of them are really friendly!

Museum (Japanese), Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Galih & Ratna, Hidden Figures, Beauty & The Beast, The Devil's Candy, Life, Danur


It's a very busy month for me as I needed to prepare for a Go Live. I spent most of my nights at coffee shop (Starbucks? No, I don't drink coffee though) to finish some tasks that I could have finished if I was better in time management.
Yep, I dragged myself to nowhere so early in the year.

Managed to meetup at some of my friend at PIK on 16th, since Jeanette had not been in Jakarta for a while.

Grill with laughter
Then on 28-29-30 April, my team spent the midnights together to prepare for the Go Live. There were a LOT of funny things happened at the moment that I really couldn't share here for the sake of our images. lol

Ghost in the Shell, Get Out, Miss Sloane, The Fate of the Furious, Stip & Pensil, The Boss Baby, The Guys, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2


I celebrated the first of May at my client's office, together with Hani, Frendy, and Ricky (I usually call him 'Ko Jreng' though). We returned from there at 6 in the morning and, no, I didn't catch my sleep afterwards! I dashed off to Sunter with Mom later before hitting the bed in the afternoon.
Apparently my skill to keep awake still exists -- no, I shouldn't be proud it, should I?

On 9th though I read a news that made me frown regarding a verdict that I found unfair. I am not into politic but, for the first time, I found the definition of justice should be questioned.

I had my very first musical stage experience on 14th, watching West Side Story at Taman Ismail Marzuki! It's magical, really. I would love to have another experience next time.

And May would definitely be my most memorable month of 2017 because...


Yep, my trip to Taiwan with Monica, from 20-27 May 2017, of which I haven't finished writing down the details yet (part 1 here, part 2 here).
Would I want to visit Taiwan again if I have a chance?
A big YES!

Oh, I also got my first birthday cake surprise from family on 27th, upon my return after the trip. Yes, you read it well, the first. I am usually the one who got the cakes for birthday persons at home.

I was sincerely surprised!

Seteru, The Circle, Critical Eleven, Unlocked, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword


On early days of June, there's not much happening around except my Mom's birthday on 4th, then an eMpTy's meetup on 10th of which Delbert and Fenny joined for a (successful) belated birthday surprise at The Bunker. Thanks again!

Success surprise, people!

Also celebrated my Dad's Chinese birthday on 11th, had a meetup with my reverse-random-family (don't ask what it means) on 12th at PHX Grogol -- our last meetup is 30 April 2015!

Faking laughter enough? lol

Then on 14th to 16th, it's office outing time!
We spent 3 days and 2 nights at Bandulu, from discussion to games, been a while since we actually spent time altogether.
Oh, my best memory is indeed having David being the "superstar" at night session. He's such a dork that I wanted to punch and befriend at the same time.

On 18th, another event that caused another emotional struggle happened again.
You see, I learned things in hard way sometimes but, at that day, all I wanted to say is only four-words.

"For everything, thank you."

I had two more first-time-experiences on June: Museum Benteng Heritage on 24th and a staycation at Aviary Bintaro on 30th. I recommended both of them!

The Lost City of Z, The Mummy, Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter, Wonder Woman, The Whole Truth, Transformers: The Last Knight, Sweet 20, Insyaalah Sah


I really had nothing much to tell on July except that 16th is one of the biggest turning points in 2017 for me.
You see, I always thought that I know myself very well but, turned out, I was wrong.

Anyway, there's also a heartbreaking news on 20th, of which Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, had gone from the world. As I said on my Instagram, I might not be a big fan of him but I grew up listening to his voice. Such a good soul to be remembered.

Messy VS Strategic team

On 22nd, I met up with some of my colleagues for Sate and then had fun at The Bunker (I'm currently enjoying board game with friends, actually).
On 23rd, I spend a day to watch Mobile Legend tournament at Gandaria City -- I don't look like one of good players, do I?
On 30th, I attended BEKRAF Game Prime 2017 at Balai Kartini Jakarta. It's an unique experience actually and, by unique, I mean I enjoyed it.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baywatch, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes


My brother, Erric, was graduated on 1st!
Happy Graduation!

I attended the second day of The 4th ASEAN Literary Festival at Kota Tua on 4th,
accompanied both my brothers upon their participation for Rubik's Cube Indonesian Championship on 6th,
received my belated birthday presents from MPH on 15th (I like the bag and dress very much!),
gave a super belated birthday pancake to Monica on 20th at The Bailey's and Chloe,
and had my another first-time-experience on 24th: Gin Tonic.

I am not into alcohol, nope, and I don't like beer, but on one Thursday evening with Hani, accompanying the clients from German, I managed to have five (I guess) glasses of Gin Tonic and I actually like it...? lol

Oh, and I actually had the early visit to AEON Mall Jakarta Garden City on 17th... for work, of course. So, yes, I've seen the ferris wheel, but never got into it yet.

Annabelle: Creation, The Battleship Island, Bad Genius, American Made


Back to Cirebon. Yep, I was back to Cirebon with new team members for a new project.
It became my first-time-experience to book Airy Room there and, trust me, there are a LOT of stupid things we did back there.
Including missing our morning train. Such an epic one, indeed. lol

Attended Mew and Raisa's wedding party on 2nd and Yohanes and Susi's wedding party on 9th; both the grooms are my colleagues at work.

I became a bridesmaid for the third time on 17th for Alvin and Liani's wedding. The night before is such a full-of-laughter night; perhaps due to the fact that the bridal party (groom, bride, bestmen, bridesmaids) knew each other already!

B&G, Bridesmaids & Bestmen

My September closed with another wedding party of which, for my surprise, one of the bestmen is my best friend and also my colleague, one of the bridesmaids is also my good friend and my ex-colleague. What a small world!

Warkop DKI Part 2, Baby Driver, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, Gerbang Neraka, Pengabdi Setan


Now, October is definitely the most... what word should I use to describe it?
Every feeling is mixed up in this tenth month of 2017 and I can't really find a word in my dictionary to define the experiences.

I attended Marlon and Felicia's holy matrimony -- the bride is my friend from junior high school and there is a very lovely quote I heard at that day.

"Remember, love stays if only you let it be."

However things went out from my expectations on the evening. I couldn't really break the details here but, well, things were supposed to be wrapped up on 7th.

Because on 9th to 13th, I spent a week at Cikarang with Hani for the Go Live -- remember Gin Tonic? lol.
I tried a shot of (local) Tequilla on 12th and, thank God, Hani is my partner for the project. She's my first partner for my first project at my current office so, somehow, we managed to be good friends?
For the professional and personal help during the week, thank you so much, Hani!

14th is officially the very twisted day of my 2017.
Within hours, a lot of things happened, from the most expected to the least unexpected.
Luckily I have some good friends to help me. Literally help.

Then again a happy day on 15th is a must to celebrate: wedding party of Antony and Rufina, one of my "daughters" -- again, do not ask. lol

On 18th, our project schedule in Cirebon had ended.
On 19th, I started the weekly Thursday badminton schedule with my colleagues! It's actually fun that I tried my best not to miss the Badminton-Thursday -- or whatever I should call it.

David is my most favorite-unfortunate-partner though. We never win if we play together yet we like to play at least a game together on Thursday. Strange? Trust me, he's stranger than you could think of. In a good way of being a friend, of course. lol

On 20th I had my new first-time-experience: Escapade to Bandung on train by myself! I visited Trans Studio Bandung and Chinatown Bandung also. Such a good day to escape, indeed.

Bedrock crews!
And I kept telling myself during this month: "Forgive yourself".

I made a lot of people worried about me. Like, a lot.
And I feel so sorry even until now.

Blade Runner 2049, The Promise, Jomblo, Happy Death Day, Thor: Ragnarok


You see, my trouble from 14th of October still continued to November.
And, oh my, I wondered why on the 14th this month I also experienced something so unusual and strange that I couldn't help but keep wondering about it until this very moment.

Okay, back to my trouble.
How bad was it? You could say it's severe enough, I guess.
I lost my appetite, my sleeping time only ranged for 4-5 hours and I usually woke up all of a sudden, and it led to GERD on 10th. However I was reminded that I was so blessed with all the care.

I attended Fery and Cindy's wedding on 11th,
unfortunately failed to attend Josef and Stheresia's wedding on 12th but I met up with some old friends from HIMSISFO for 5-hour karaoke,
spent time at KUUP Board Game Cafe on 18th which continued to karaoke with my colleagues.

Play as much as we can!

Due to several unknown reasons, I fell sick on 25th -- from migraine to fever to cough to sprue to bleeding gums.
By I mean bleeding, it happened constantly and it's so uncomfortable.
I could wake up with blood in my mouth -- yep, so not pretty to look or listen.

Posesif, Justice League, Chasing The Dragon, Coco, Daddy's Home 2


Again, December has always been a complicated month to close the year.

My first day this month opened up with a good moment but closed with a complex matter.

A lot of things happened, talked, discussed;
not only my emotional struggle but also applied for family, work, and friendship matters.
I seriously need to remind myself to cope up with everything calmly -- which is really difficult for me.

I honestly hope I'm not complaining too much here.
Pardon me if you feel that way though.

Anyway, in December a very great event was also celebrated!
On 2nd, the bridal shower.
On 3rd, the Sangjit ceremony.
On 17th, the wedding mass.
On 23rd, the wedding party.

Two of my seniors at office got married! I was so glad I could help them at some occasions. ;)
Live happily ever after, Ko Ivin and Ci Fanie!

A best friend of mine since junior high school also got married on 3rd: Denny and Silvia.

On 18th, my office had an annual meeting of which we got ourselves prepared for the new year.
Also on the evening, a heartbreaking news hit me.

SHINee's Kim Jonghyun left the world and it's due to depression.
I couldn't talk much about it but I do know that depression is real and painful and dark.
Please rest in peace, Jonghyun.

MPH had a (incomplete) Christmas dinner on 23rd afternoon!

Pretty neat, aren't we?
As for the Christmas Day itself, I met up with Monica and Wien for dinner and movie time.
On both  22nd and 29th, I spent my Friday nights with colleagues at KUUP Board Game Cafe again! So much of board games for the year!

And, now, at the moment, on 31st, I'm currently at the office, completing this blog post, accompanied with Enceil and Matthew. It's the first time I actually spent my New Year's eve for work and, hey, with good team it doesn't feel that bad!


Murder on Orient Express, Satu Hari Nanti, Wonder, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Susah Sinyal, Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Greatest Showman


Well, that's a wrap for my 2017!
I'm going to look forward for what 2018 has in store for me.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve, everyone!

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