Someone hinted that if I studied Korean every day, it must be because I didn’t have a life, so today I’ll blog about my oh-so-full-and-exciting life, other than studying Korean.
Two days ago was my 12th wedding anniversary. My husband said he would buy me a handbag as present so we all went out to Plaza Senayan in Jakarta. I wanted to see Japanese books in Kinokuniya first, so my family left me alone there for a few hours. And then my family came and I left Kinokuniya, but nearby, we found another import bookstore, Periplus. So we went inside to see books there. Bookstores are heaven for me, when I see one, I just have to stop and look around, I can’t help myself. My husband bought me a book at Periplus: Daring Greatly. And then we looked around to see handbags for me at Metro Dept. Store and Matahari Dept. Store but I didn’t find one that I liked. (“I can’t believe there are people who spend 5 million rupiah for this bag!”). Before we left the mall, we had dinner at Yoshinoya, a Japanese fast-food restaurant for gyuudon (beef bowls). I tried a new dish for me: ebi-don (shrimp bowl) with mayonnaise and I think I should’ve sticked to my favorite: gyuudon (beef bowl) with super spicy Indonesian red chili paste.
I didn’t find any bag that I liked at Plaza Senayan, so we went home, and decided to try again the next day. Before we arrived home, we stopped by another mall, and I looked around another bookstore for English books: Books and Beyond.
The following day, which was yesterday, my younger sister, who came visiting us from Bali, went to a hair salon near my house and now she has bright yellow hair like an anime character (not blonde, yellow). She spent 370,000 rupiah for that new look which I thought was crazy. My son’s friend, an ex-neighbor who now lived in Jakarta, came to visit and play with my son. When my sister got home from hair salon, we finally went to Mall Taman Anggrek where they have an ice skating rink (we live in Indonesia, a tropical country, we don’t usually do winter sports). My husband and our children went ice-skating for 2 hours (there was a very long queue), while I, my mother, and my sister went sightseeing in the mall. Actually, I went alone to Gramedia bookstore, while my mother and my sister went to see clothes. Then we ate crappy food for dinner at the ice-rink’s cafetaria. And then we went to Matahari Dept. Store inside the mall to buy my bag. Luckily, there was one that was so cute and my husband bought it for me.
But I think I prefer books that he bought me.
And today, my husband’s cousin invited my family to a family gathering. To be honest, I’m reluctant to go because I don’t like being criticized for my choice to be a stay-at-home mom because according to his family, I’m supposed to be maximizing my earning potential and leave my children to babysitters and private school because all they want for me is to be happy, but their way. ###