written by: Susanna Sunarno
Our planet is so unique. Its scenaries, its activities, its inhabitants: flora, fauna and human.
Thus, there are just so many things to talk about and to travel around.
After a thought, I decided to start talking about Jakarta first. Jakarta is not only the capital city of Indonesia, but also the place where I was born. Like other capital city in the world, Jakarta becomes a city of hope. People from different cities or villages flock to Jakarta trying to conquer ‘the big apple,’ make a better living, enjoy higher lifestyle, better luck, more power, fame and fortune. No wonder one can find people from all parts of Indonesia here in Jakarta. I myself was born in Jakarta, but I am not of Betawi ethnic (indigenous people of Jakarta). I am Javanese. My father came from Klaten and my mom from Solo, both from Central Java.
Here, in Jakarta, my life is filled by a so colourful jetcoaster …
From enjoying a decent life, such as going into a catholic kindergarten, to to not having my own shelter to sleep. So we were compelled to move on to other cities Klaten and Solo, trying to survive. Then, just after graduation from a Catholic university in Yogyakarta, I tried my luck on an International TV competition.. and BOOM! My first introduction to preforming on TV. It was not easy though, especially that my fellow competitors were mostly professional models and performing artists, and since I was the only finalist from outside Jakarta.
I am sure that a lot of people from overseas also betting their hope in Jakarta.
This is the city where I spend my Christmass this year. 2009 is the first Christmass I spend with my husband. Jakarta is very quite during long holiday like this. So you can move around from place to place quickly without being stucked in traffic jams. It is convenient to visit friends and relatives (if they happen to be in Jakarta). Moreover, it is easier to engage people (Jakartans) into conversation with much loughters since they find themselves in a very relaxing atmosphere during this relatively long holiday. Plus, there are so many discounts offerings in Jakarta. For example, the largest publishing house in the coutry, Gramedia, offered 30 – 35 percent discount on all books… Wow….and Jakartans rush out to pick up books, and, surprisingly, willing to wait patiently in the long queus. Of course a lot of malls have their seasonal sale. Some, even scheduled midnight shopping round on Christmas day. And, a Christmas tree made of Lego with its discounts offering made the shopping season fun for everyone.
Oh ..what a momento… enjoying Jakarta like this. Jakarta sightseeing with our love one is the best. But I’m pretty sure that others, at the other corners of this lovely planet, are sharing my joy in different circumstances.