The Indonesia Expat Diary blog series was inspired by an interest in reading about the life happenings of other expat bloggers. I started writing my own version of being an “expat” ever since I moved back to Indonesia. I hope you enjoy reading the summary of the last 30 days of my life, as an Indonesia “expat”, as much as I love writing about it.
Highlight of this month
I have been MIA for almost a month because work has been hectic and on top of that I had to take the IELTS exam. IELTS is an international test a non native speaker has to take to prove the official boards that they are capable to understand English, by answering 80 questions in 100 minutes, writing two essays in 60 minutes and talk about a random topic chosen by the examiner for 3 minutes, without doing err.. nor umm.. Because it will decrease the score.
For someone who can’t express herself verbally in her mother tongue, who prefers to keep it under two syllabus conversations in most of the social situations, I felt like taking two shots of tequila to calm down before doing the interview but I was afraid I would throw up and got disqualified. For what it’s worth, I think I did well, without any alcohol involved.
Another reason for being absent was Bromo, which I just came back from. Unfortunately, the sunrise wasn’t as magical as the ones posted by my friends on Facebook. Also, I was covered by ashes from dry horse shit for almost a day. So no, I don’t feel like talking about Bromo just yet, but I will write a post about sometime in the future.
New things of the month
After consulting a fortune teller, I changed my hand phone number to attract increasing the chi energy to bring more luck into my life. Well, that’s a lie. I just changed it for personal reasons. Though, I am not above changing my number if it’s going to make my life more auspicious. I even put Melbourne as my password to attract moving there.
To think about it, I do feel luckier eversince I changed my number. Today, I got free donut. Why do I share this with you? Changing the number was a life event for me because I moved to another provider after using the same one from high school time. The one I had been loyal too had been shitty. Have you ever changed your mobile provider?
Media consumption for the month
I purged my bloglovin’ list by unfollowing some as they all read the same to me. With the little free time I have, I just can’t. I also deleted Facebook from my phone and I have been feeling better, lighter, ever since.