Showing posts from March, 2017

Why International Women's Day?

International Women's Day this year somehow sounded more vocal than it used to be. Perhaps Trump becoming the 45th president is one of the many reasons. My instagram was full of feeds of pictures and videos and quotes of this theme with hashtag #IWD. And even my favorite vegan cafe, Rumah Juliet, was giving special treatment of a heavenly-taste slice of cake to all female customer that day. My director, whom I have been working for almost 4 years, suddenly suggested to give  women workers a half day leave as a compliment. Hmm..
So then this whole atmosphere kind of force me to think of my position of being a woman. Not that I have never thought about it before. Only this time, the thought was more intense. I have to admit that in some situations, I wished I were a man. Things would have been easier. I could travel alone with no worries, I could get married at 40 and no one would bother, I could do whatever I want to do and people would just lightly comment "boys will be boys…

Me Time

A few days before i go back from China i wandered around the neighborhood and through the Min River. Alone. Wandering alone might be boring for some people, but it has always been a fun activity for me. Being alone while absorbing the nature around me makes my mind and my heart thrilled. I recharge my soul, refresh my thoughts, and i come back fully contented.

Some people might not understand what i mean, but that's not the point. The point is to have your own way of finding your serenity. This may be hard to do if you live in big cities and get drawn in daily routine. Perhaps that is why we have annual leave - to escape from everyday routine and have a 'me time'.

For me, having a 'me time' not necessarily means i have to take a leave, buckle up and go on an adventure. Staying at home, sitting comfortably at the corner next to a window with a bundle of good books or papers and pen to write with tea or coffee on the side is HEAVEN. I enjoy having deep conversation …