31 Januari 2012

Middle Eastern, Asian, and Australian Day 2012 (1)

Thank you so much, Brian Chan (Hong Kong '12) for your amazing pictures! Other amazing pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.285237768205482.71920.260270987368827&type=1. Don't forget to like the page! :)
Picture 1: All Middle Eastern, Asian, and Australian Day members.

If you ask me, "What's up, Titan?" I will sincerely say, "Too many things going on at the same time."

MAAD 2012, or Middle Eastern, Asian, and Australian Day 2012 is approaching faster than I have expected. This will be my last cultural day at UWC-USA and my first cultural show where I will perform (of course, I'm not like some of my friends who are 20% Asian, 20% European, 20% African, 20% North American, and 20% South American). 

Although my sleep pattern is messed up and my fourth semester in UWC doesn't feel like fourth semester (it's more like the extension of third semester), I'm really happy to see every Asian, Australian, and Middle Eastern get together, rehearse for an amazing show, plan an amazing MAAD week, and try to find the best cuisine from each region for the dinner. 

If you ask me, "Are you stressed out?"

I will sincerely say, "Yes." However, I am enjoying the process, including the fact that I'm stressed out. It will be my last cultural day here, and I really want to show my culture and who I am in this one special day. Even though my friends sometimes worry about me ("Hey Titan! Did you get enough sleep last night? You look tired!"), and sometimes I am upset just because some little things do not go really well, my prediction of my big smile on that day really gives me strength.

As my favorite quote says, "Everything will be fine in the end; if it's not fine, then it's not the end."

I really give my best in every rehearsals (especially rehearsals for Saman Dance!), and we will see. I will post the link for other pictures and the video of the show (it's usually up on UWC-USA website one week after the show, at the latest).

11 February. I will see how much I have grown up for the last one month.

02 Januari 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

From the highest place in Zacatecas, Mexico: Happy New Year 2012!

Doomsday? No, that was not the first thing that came to my mind when the date in the corner of my laptop screen changed into 1/1/2012. It is going to be an interesting year: I will finally graduate from high school in May -the moment that I have been waiting for, do IB Exam, get into college, spend my second 'summer holiday' in Indonesia, and more things to do. Another life transition from high school to college, obviously. I am wondering if it will go smoothly. I hope.

In my personal (read: password protected) blog, I have written twenty nine resolution for this year. It will still increase, since I always encounter new things and experience every day. I hope those dreams will come true this year.

In less than 24 hours, I will leave Mexico and go back to The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, United States. As you can expect, I already feel like home here, in Mexico, so it is sort of hard to just leave like that. What makes my feeling worse is the fact that next semester is going to be my last semester in UWC, the school that has changed my perception about the world.

One of my resolution for my last semester is, "Enjoying every second I have, socializing with my friends, and reflecting about my target more."

Rooftop of Zacatecas, in the afternoon.

Nicol, my Costa Rican friend who shares the same room with me during this winter break, was really homesick. New Year's Eve is a great deal in Latin America, but here, we celebrated it simply. Barbecue and fireworks, of course, are the two main actors in this event. However, due the fact that I am a vegetarian, I did not eat that much.

The best thing was when my best middle school friends got together in Jakarta to celebrate New Year. We spent the countdown together (Indonesian time, absolutely), which was kind of weird because it was still midday in my place (13 hours difference!).

OK, I have some more pictures from the Rooftop of Zacatecas. First, there are three cowboy sculptures whose horses that have different poses. The first horse has both front feet on the ground, the second horse has one foot up, and the third horse has both feet up. They represent the horses that die because of oldness/sickness but not war, war, and sickness after war.

The second horse.

The second horse from the hill.

La Bufa, the hill.

View from the hill.

Mausoleo de Los Hombres Ilustres de Zacatecas. What is it?

This is it. How does it look like?

This is how it looks like.

I do not know where my feet will bring me this year. However, wherever I am going, as long as it gives me new experience and air to be breathed, I will be happy. I welcome myself to another adventurous year, 2012.