First Trip Abroad

Hello all! I’ve return from my long sleep of blogging. So, yesterday, I was just beginning my journey to another country. As fact this time it is not a real journey, but it will be a journey. Del got me assigned in Thailand for Job Training, so I must begin my journey now. Here it is at the first glance.

As fact, traveling abroad is not so hard if your country is “good” and you fill the right form. Well, I arrived at LCC Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The officers there were not so kind to us, Indonesian, because our country had some problems lately. But when I arrived in Chiang Mai International Airport, I was surprised! The officers were so kind and helping. Really, smile is the most important for them. The first impression really helps.

Then about the food. This is one of the most important thing that exist in the Earth. So, in Malay, I could find almost anything, anything in Indonesian context, because our type of stomach is rather same. But in Thailand, wow! I can find more than anything. My apartment is close to a local market, so I can buy vegetables, fruits, even meat there! Everything in a cheaper price.

Well, the first experience is the most valuable one and my first experience is interesting because I met so much different things in one trip. What will happen in the next two months of my stay in Thailand? We’ll see. 🙂

Care of Others

Well, hello! After such a long time not writing in my blog, I’m back at last. Today, I was traveling with my friend and two of my lecturers to Siantar, a town in North Sumatera – Indonesia. At about half past one, we had a lunch in a small restaurant near outskirts of town. Our purpose is to advertise our campus, PI del, to public there.

After had our lunch, I accidentally saw an old lady. I think she is about 85 o so. She had a needle, thread, and a piece of cloth ready to be sewn. That time, the electricity around was turned off, so I thought that she must have been going outside to do something useful in her mind. I also thought that she would quilt the cloth and make a beautiful handkerchief for her granddaughter.

She had a trouble with inserting her thread into her needle hole. She patiently waited for someone to come and help while trying to pas the thread through the needle. Finally there was a young lady pass through her. First the old woman called her and she didn’t respond. On the second call, the old woman waving her hand so that the young woman knew that she was being called. I don’t know exactly what she, the old woman, ask her to do, but what I knew was that they were both strangers and they could help each other.

So, what do I want to tell in here? The young woman, dare to get out from her tight schedule and listen to things around her. She also dare to give help. She also dare to act when others don’t want to act. She dare to care for others that she didn’t know at all. Can we, dare our self to do something out from our usual agenda or system and listen to our environment? Listen to them and dare to give help? Because when we dare to go out of the comfort zone, we will gain the most valuable things, experience and joy.