There is a none special working holiday this day because it is Chinese New Year, so it is our time to rest, but on the other hand, we take this day as our time to buy souvenirs and “pasalubong”/presents to our friends and family in the Philippines. We also planned to buy our own National Indonesian Costume because we are also embracing the culture of Indonesia and this is also to show that we respect each other.
Together with Eliza, Ratna, Ika (very kind dorm mates), Twinkle Joy and Samantha (SEA Teachers), we first went to Pusat Grocir Cililitan (PGC). In here, we stayed 3 1/2 hours roaming around the place and finding the store that has the cheapest price for the National Costume. At this point I have proved how much our dorm mates care for us, they patiently wait whenever we buy something, they talk to the salesmen just to ask the price because we were advised by them not to talk in English because if they will found out, maybe the salesmen will give us a higher price than the usual one. In the end, I have bought many presents for my family and I feel so happy because I’m excited to give these to all of them.
In the afternoon, we also went to MONAS or National Museum with Kim, Dinda, Samantha and Twinkle Joy. We rode in a transJakarta bus and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes travel because it has many stopovers. Then after that, I was able to see the place. There are many tourists in the place even if it is night already, there are still who go and visit the place. Inside the Monas is a museum but we were not able to visit inside because there is an entrance fee. So, after a few hours, I, Samantha and Twinkle Joy wanted to go home already but still, we have friends to wait to but, the three of us needs really to go home because it’s going to be late and it’s not a good thing because the dorm will close 9:00 in the evening and that is the plan of our other friends, to go home at 9 pm. So, what we did is we went home alone using a grab and thanks to the driver we have safely arrived.
After all, it is a wonderful day that I will never forget.