Happy Birthday, Dad! :*

me & daddy

Dad, words can’t describe anymore how much I love you

You, together with Mom, are the most wonderful people in my life

You’re not only a Dad for me

You’re my discussion partner and my biggest supporter ever

And don’t forget, both of us are the joker in the family

I wish you a very happy and healthy life ahead

I wish you are still going to be there, when I accomplish my dream

I dream of a day when you say : “Yes, I’m completely done raising my daughter”

I wish I’m still going to have an opportunity to take care of you when you’re getting older

Dad, I know that you really want me to stay near to you

But just to let you know, Dad. Near or far, our hearts always intertwine with each other. So, don’t worry.

And yes, you’re always there in my prayer 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY. I LOVE YOU

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this is why I love my name so much

I remember when I was starting the first week of research, last year. I felt like I need to introduce myself to some people in the lab. Of course firstly I told them about my name. I always introduce myself as “Gabriella” to most of my European friends. I don’t know why, but “Gabriella” sounds more familiar and easier for them to pronounce, rather than “Ella”. Weird, isn’t it?

Funny things always happened after I introduced myself and the country where I come from. One day, a lab mate asked me : “What’s your name?” | “Gabriella”. |”Where are you from?” |”I’m from Indonesia”. You know what she said afterwards? With a wrinkled expression, she said “Your name doesn’t sound like Indonesian people’s name.” Hahaha. After that day, telling people the history behind my name was becoming a sort-of usual activity for me. Western people are so curious about it. That’s cool, you know.

So this is the story behind my (pretty) name….take a seat back and relax

My full name is ‘Gabriella Gita Febriana’. ‘Gabriella’ is my baptism name. What I knew is that it derives from ‘Gabriel’ the angel, until one day my old friend out of a sudden texted me. “Ella, you know the meaning of ‘Gabriella’?”|”It’s an angel’s name, isn’t it? That’s all I know”| “Yeah, but the meaning of ‘Gabriella’ itself is ‘God is my might’. You have such a beautiful name.” Aha..so it is! ‘Gabriella’ means ‘God is my might’. Then, ‘Gita’, my middle name. In Sanskrit language, it means ‘voice’. However, in the case of my name, it’s just an abbreviation of my mom and dad’s name. And finally, ‘Febriana’, my last name. It means ‘born in the month of February’. I don’t know where it’s derived from. Maybe from mom and dad’s language. haha. So, ‘Febriana’ is not my family name, guys! I don’t have a family name, to be exact. None of the members in my family, own a family name. That’s a pretty common thing in Indonesia.

Since most of Western people only got 2 names, they found it amazing that I got 3 names. A friend of mine, one day shouted : “Wow, Ella you’re so cool. You got 3 names”. Haha..Oh my God!

I need to thank my parents in the first place. Most of the people I know, don’t have any difficulties in pronouncing my name. British people can pronounce my full name perfectly. It’s proven. However, it’s Indonesian people who sometimes find it hard to pronounce my first name. 🙂

I’m really proud to carry this name. That’s for sure.

the second month of the year

With all the dramas that happened to me earlier this month, I almost not realize that now it’s February! A month with the least number of days of the year. February is always be my favorite month. The reasons? First, Valentine’s Day. I’m not a huge fan of that Val’s day, though. But for me, it’s always fun to see everyone suddenly dressed in pink (it might be annoying for some people..haha). Second, I’m gonna celebrate my birthday at the end of this month. Yeay. And if everything goes according to my plan, my last birthday wish will come into reality.

The most special moment for me this month is, the PhD interview which will be held just 3 days before my birthday (nah!). I feel really nervous and excited. A kind of mixed feeling, you know.

Enjoy February. Don’t forget to spread loves to everyone around you! x

don’t disregard small things

Kali ini saya akan share pengalaman saya, yang agak tidak enak beberapa hari yang lalu. Akan tetapi, syukurlah semuanya bisa berakhir dengan baik.

Jadi ceritanya saya mau apply visa di kedutaan Jerman. Segala persyaratan untuk visa application sudah lengkap. Saya sudah disuruh membayar biaya aplikasi visa dan mereka juga sudah memberikan surat bukti pengambilan kepada saya. Terus, apa masalahnya? Mereka sebenarnya masih ragu untuk mengeluarkan visa saya karena passport saya (menurut mereka) bermasalah.

Sejak tahun 2011-2012, saya bermukim di Inggris. Sebagai warga Indonesia yang baik, saya melaporkan keberadaan diri saya di Kedutaan Besar Indonesia di London. Oleh karena itu, 2 halaman terakhir di passport saya di-cap oleh KBRI London lengkap dengan keterangan alamat tempat saya tinggal di Inggris. Ketika saya pulang, saya diberi surat keterangan bahwa saya akan kembali ke Indonesia, oleh KBRI. Namun, tidak diberikan keterangan apapun di passport saya. Saya tidak berpikir macam-macam saat itu. Ternyata hal sederhana ini membawa masalah buat saya di kemudian hari.

Masalah pertama timbul bulan Desember lalu. Kedutaan Prancis di Jakarta menolak mengeluarkan visa untuk saya. Pada saat itu, segala proses pengurusan visa saya serahkan ke travel agent, karena waktu yang sudah mepet. Saya hanya dapat informasi bahwa mereka tidak bisa mengeluarkan visa saya. Alasannya apa? Tidak jelas. Kemudian, saya coba apply visa dari Kedutaan Belanda di Jakarta. Berhasil. Problem passport sedikit terlupakan oleh saya saat itu.

Sampai ketika minggu lalu saya harus apply visa lagi. Cukup merepotkan bagi saya, sebenarnya. Sejak hari Jumat hingga Senin yang lalu saya bolak balik ke Kedutaan-Kantor Imigrasi Jakarta Selatan-Ditjen Imigrasi Jakarta (yang gak membantu menyelesaikan masalah). Awalnya masing-masing pihak ngotot dengan pendapatnya masing-masing, yang intinya mereka tidak bisa membuat passport saya jadi valid kembali.

Barulah kemudian saya ingat bahwa saya punya surat keterangan pindah dari KBRI London. Saya bawalah surat tersebut ke kantor imigrasi, dan akhirnya mereka bisa memberikan keterangan bahwa saya sudah tinggal di Indonesia kembali. Ya, birokrasi di negara ini memang segitu ribetnya.

Awalnya mereka menganggap bahwa saya belum resmi jadi penduduk Indonesia kembali. Mereka seolah mengabaikan segala bukti-bukti yang ada di passport saya, yang menyatakan bahwa UK resident permit saya sudah expired pada tanggal 26 Januari 2013.

Segalanya beres, berkat selembar surat yang saya MINTA SENDIRI dari KBRI London. Bayangkan, jika dulu sebelum pulang saya tidak meminta surat itu. Kalau saya apes, selamanya saya tidak bisa apply visa karena dianggapnya saya masih jadi warga UK. Aneh banget.

Jadi, buat teman-teman saya yang masih studi di UK, dan di passportnya ada cap lapor diri : sebelum meninggalkan UK, JANGAN LUPA minta surat pindah. Karena surat tersebut akan sangat berguna di kemudian hari. Well, unless you’re a very very lucky person.

relatable quote

“But if everything is always smooth and perfect, you’d get used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you’ll never really enjoy it when things go right.”

Sarah Dessen’s quote from her book, “The Truth About Forever”

Just keep in your mind, that no matter how hard the challenge you encounter in your life, believe me it will make your life even more wonderful. Since we’re still young, let’s make mistakes and let’s learn from those mistakes. Because in the end of the day, it is your mistakes you’ve done in the past that will make you grow stronger.