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I vividly remember the view from the plane’s window above India. I remember the mixtures of blue, green, dark blue, orange, and yellow of the rising sun. I remember the remnants of the night city lights below, like a trail of fire amidst the pitch black ground. I remember the overcrowded plane filled with migrant workers. Filled with my most wonderful 17 loyal companion for the last two weeks.

If a word could describe my most joyous trip for the last two weeks, it would be surreal.

Like a rising sun, the trip brought bright vision to me. My daily routines have been so dull that the only thing I have been looking up to was only going to HNMUN. Unlike what I used to have back in my younger years, I have no vision of my future. Lately, it has been vague and blurry. I am like a coin-operated robot, programmed to do millions of little things. Like what Morrie said in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, I just do kazillions of little things just to keep on going. The trip has been so insightful that I know what I am going to do next. For a short term, honestly, I have no idea what it holds for me. But for a longer term, I guess I found my truest passion and how I can relate them to my current study. Like sunrise, it has unveiled a new day – a new idea for my future life.

Like a bright ray of the rising sun, warming the cold, frostbited hands in the middle of a winter day, the trip brought me the warmth of friendship. Cheesy as it sounds, but truest as it is. I have been literally living day and night with 17 amazing people. I would not say they are perfect human beings and so on and so forth, but we don’t need a perfect figure to be our perfect companion, do we? And that is exactly what I have. A perfect mixture! Ha! I have Tante Merry, Mamia, Papi Faris, Ezra Priya S.T. (minus kompre), most loyal slave Gichie, ce Reinhardt, ce Safira, oboh Sitin, Butanegara, Sun Tzu, Kokoh Louis, Koh Giarto, Mugabe, Mahmadani, Bos Aya, the offensive Vicario, and Adek Upit. A mixture of the loudest, hobo-est, ekonomi mapan-est, most offensive, garing-est, and so many other -est to come. We might have little (or was it major?) fights, but all that would be a perfect fit for the big puzzle we’ll miss in the days to come.

Like a sunrise, unveiling a new day, a new adventure, a new mystery, the trip brought me new experiences. I met countless of new friends in the conference, coming from various countries, various background, various languages, and various culture. I saw countless different people along the way, from the upscale uptown girls of Manhattan, the hobos of New York, the bright-looking students of Harvard, the busy men and women of DC, and of course, the cute kids that made me feel as if I am a pedophile! I went to many new places, places that I could only see on the telly or the screen all these days. The bright lights of Times Square, the busy corridors of the NY Subway, the yellow cabs of NY, the astounding landmarks in DC, the majestic Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, and the homey and comfortable Boston. I have given the experience to present myself in an international-scale conference, in front of hundreds of international students. The experience of casually chit-chatting with friends from around the world, of hitting the dancefloor with them, of killing-my-feet-off with using heels all day long for two whole days! Gah! Using heels for a trip around New York turns out to be a bad idea. The experience of calling a cab in NY (which is actually rather hard!), of having a self checkout counter in CVS (heheh), of having a good bargain on stalls in the streets of NYC, of closely being tricked by a Latin man in the streets of NY (and actually being tricked by an Afro-American man in the subway), of catching up buses amidst the busy-ness of PABT station Subway in NY, of explaining and discussing matters in the UN HQ, of seeing my dream job in Smithsonian and Capitol Building and KJRI and KBRI, and so many other countless experiences I wish to have many more in my upcoming days.

Like the significant event of sunrise, I could say this trip has been a turning point of my life. The only difference is that sunrise happened every day, but this trip could just be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The sun rises and sets. This trip has come to an end. But let the stories and thoughts linger and never set.

We found love in the coldest place.

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Hi. Me again!

I am now writing my post from Abu Dhabi International Airport, am currently waiting for my next plane to JFK Airport, New York. And………what on earth am I doing here in Abu Dhabi?

Okay, so for the last 3 months or so I have been busy because of my participation in an international university conference, Harvard National Models United Nation 2012 (HNMUN 2012). It is a simulation of a UN conference held in Boston Park Plaza Hotel by Harvard University. It is one of my biggest achievement so far, I have passed 7 months of selection process which forces me to employ my english skill until the very end. It contains presentation, essay making, caucus simulation, and interviews. I am so tired. But knowing what I’ll have in return, I’m contempted 🙂

Sooooo, the conference is at 16-19th February, and I’m going to the USA in February 13th……..which is today. It is now halfway to JFK, am departing in 10.00-ish, which is still 6,5 more hours.

So far, the trip has been super awesome. (I am not referring to the very tiring lengthy and stressing sponsorship searching, though). I departed from Jakarta to Abu Dhabi at 18.40, but I went to the airport at 14.30-ish. When I arrived, a flock of red-sweater-wearing people are at Hoka Hoka Bento, so I went there. We had a little chitchat, a little checking, preparation to go, and so on and so forth.

Well, long story short, we are already on board. We used Etihad Airways – which is, super nice and I got seat number 17D. Next to me was an old Indonesian lady – guessing that she’s a TKW, but, won’t dare to say so. My friend was at another row an another seat that he is sitting beside a stranger, and he wanted to sit next to me. He succeed! Yeay! So, I spent my 6 hours flight surrounded by my fellow friends – a new experience for me, that is.

Etihad Airways exceeds my expectation. 1) I like their uniform. It is somehow still professional, yet classy, and still cultural 2) their In-Flight entertainment was amazing! I haven’t had the chance to watch In Time and Rise of The Planet of The Apes and Puss in Boots, but because the in-flight entertainment offers you all this, I watched them. They can even do inter-seat chat and call. That’s cool……… 3) one of my felow delegate, Ezra Priya, is having his birthday today! yeayyy! The flight attendants were nice and they were supportive. They agreed to make a surprise for Ezra. They brought 4 very classy champagne glass, decorated with strawberries, and filled with orange juices – oh snap! maybe it’s because we’re underage ._. – and wake Ezra up brutally. We sang a song in his seat, and it was successful! Ezra was surprised! 4) THEIR FOOD IS AMAZING. First meal we have, the main course, was super delicious. We have oven-baked chicken in soya sauce with noodles and vegetables, which was super good, I am serious. We can choose from 3 choices, which is Nasi with beef (supposedlyy mirip rendang), our chicken, and the last is vegetarian choice, the ravioli with spinach. Second meal is dessert, we can choose between chocolate mousse and apple crumble. THE APPLE CRUMBLE IS HEAVENLY. Although the flight attendant took it when I was away 😥 Third was cup noodles/chicken rendang sandwich. We can also ask for literally anything (possible during the flight) and they would gladly help us.

I was having a great time in the 6-hours flight. Maybe some troubles with crying little babies and loudly-snoring guy across the aisle, but generally, it is super awesome 🙂

After this, I will be going to JFK where I will take subway to the departing bus terminal to Boston in which we will have the conference.

That is all for today, I am quite sleepy, imma get some sleep.

You all good luck with your doings! 🙂