February 20, 2014

Dear Nana: The One Where It All Started

Although you probably can't recall, yet I still clearly remember the very first day I met you. The memories are very clear I was so stunned at your cute bangs back then (seriously, for real I was). It was one very hot and nerve-wracking day for it was the first time I stepped into college and had to be interviewed for the whole campus orientation related stuffs. My mind was blank, yet excited, yet scared, yet somewhat I was very sure that I'd be getting one cool experience I won't forget. 

Long story short, back then it had never crosses my mind that I'll ended up having a very good friendship with you someday. I swear to God, YOU were one of the most jutek seniors among all, it scared me in the same time it amused me. I mean, it's not that you were being evil or just had to perform a role of the bad-cop guy, you know. You talked to me, you led me, you told me things I should do as a freshman. It's just, you NEVER smiled during the whole Campus Orientation activities, not even a tiny flinch of curvy lips. You had this straight, cool, eyebrow-raised expression on your face and you kept it the whole day. And honestly, I was afraid of you. (HEY DO NOT LAUGH AT ME, YOU EVILLY DEVILLY ACTRESS!)

Yes, in the end, I finally knew it was all just mere an act for the sake of Ospek and you have a very gorgeous smile you should know that. 

I was probably too astonished by your appearance as an evil senior so I was scared to talk to you even when all the orientation thingy were ended. I found that we were on the same class and I had this curiosity thought of what kind of person you are as a friend, not as Teteh Nana. But still, I didn't know why I was probably too shy to take the initiation of starting conversation with you especially I am originally a very passive and awkward person. And then one day you were the one who started it. The very first conversation of us, friend-to-friend wise. 

"Bung, lo juga ambil Kreatives Schreiben A kan ya? Bareng dong. Di mana sih kelasnya? Eh plis gausah panggil gue Teteh ya, geuleuh."

Years and years and years passes by, and look at us now. I can say that you are one of the person I really care about, the person who shares same likings and interests with me, the person who understands me, the person who walks with me on the same path even though we were dealing with our own problems back then, the person who knows me really, like, really well. The person who shares secrets with me and the person who keeps my secrets :))

The person I trust. The person who inspires. 

And… the person who does this BLOG-COLLABO writings with me, WOOHOOOO~! 

Yes, readers, both of us are bloggers and we both have the same passion for writings. Although I have to admit that we only write in our own blog when we're both in the mood. Seriously our blog-mood craze probably fluctuates so much yet in the end we always ended up back to our blog. We're occasional bloggers, let's just call it that way then. 

This blog-collabo we're currently doing, are one of our attempt to be better bloggers. To write better, to post more, to speak up, to tell more stories, to capture the moments and make it linger. To cherish the existence of our life in this world. To create footprints. :)

So, starting from now, you will find some posting that I write in collaboration with her. It is more likely like we're both having a conversation through our blogpost. An open conversation everyone can enjoy and also be a part of it. Who knows that someday we might be having a blog-collabo with you too, perhaps? 

Anyway, to make it less confusing I will put 'Dear Nana,..' on the title of every blog-collabo posts I'm about to write. And I guess that will also make it easier to read and to know which one is the reply to which one. You know what I'm saying, right? :-/

This is her blog and you might as well want to read more of her writings for she is one talented writer out there. http://arikaindra.blogspot.com

She has one beautiful daughter named Anya and you will also get daily dose of Anya's cute photos (and also sometimes funny meme of her, made by the Daddy) if you decided to follow her on twitter/instagram. Come on, is there anything cuter in the universe than cute babies? 

AND, NANA, your Sunshine in Strassbourg post is... oh my, can I say that I was nodding agree-ly the whole time reading it? Literally. 

It reminds me of those f***in wonderful years of our journey in Europe. Having such experience in life, we are two lucky bitches, aren't we? Oh please stop me before I accidentally spill out stories of our young and reckless years we had there. Halbes haenchen und ein Becks? Oh that was just a starter :D


In my defense, well, anyone had their own those years. Mine, is probably the same with fatty Monica, Rachel's nose, Ross' mustache, and only-God-knows-why Chandler's hair. Days of youth. 

Speaking about FRIENDS TV Show, it is one of the things we, Nana and I, both love. To the extent of following every Joey's auditions and waiting for his big break (that never happens except for being Al Pacino's butt).

Wait, hold on there. What?! You, my friend, didn't just tell us that you haven't watch Friends at all, in your whole life. I am sorry but if that's true then here's what'd be inside our head ->

One of the television shows I believe to be most influential in the 90s and even today is Friends. If you’ve never seen the show (ugh!), although most have, you’ve probably heard of the antics of the six friends trying to live and succeed in New York City. I also believe there is a lot that can be learned from the show and it’s characters.

Rachel Greene taught us that becoming an independent adult is hard but you can do it. She has never had a job and never done laundry, but she wants to change that. And even she struggled by being a coffee shop waitress, in the end she did it, she become the important worker at Ralph Lauren and that means so can you.

Joey 'Pizza' Tribbiani taught us that protecting our valuable friends is more important than any other things in life. While he does date a lot of girls, he is one of the most loving and caring characters on the show. Also I learned from him that it can't be a Friday with only one pan of Pizza. 

Monica Geller taught us that every group of friends needs a 'mom'. She proves that even though we can have fun with our friends, sometimes we need someone who is always there and set us straight. 

Ross Geller taught us to never be ashamed and embrace our inner nerd. He knows not everybody finds his paleontology knowledges as interesting or his dinosaur jokes as funny as he does, but he is so passionate about it that he can't help it. He shows us that if we love something, go for it and embrace it. 

Phoebe Buffay taught us that it's okay to be ourselves. She doesn't really care whether people may not like her sings or her singing. She still sings and she's happy with it. She proves that it's okay to be who you are, the ones who matter will love you for you. 

Last but not least, my most favorite one. Chandler Bing taught us that we shouldn't take life too seriously. That we always need jokes to lighten up the mood. That even if we don't have any advice, we can at least put up a sarcastic comments to make someone laugh at their own problems and feel better. And his love life taught us that sometimes we need our opposite match to balance us out. 

These six friends, I can say, are my true friends I am very attached to. And there's still so many things we can learn from that TV show and therefore I'm gonna put these here as written on the original source, and yay~ I finally have some gifs on my blog, lol. :p

Things we learned from Friends TV Show

1. How to get out of things

2. How to get out of things on Thanksgiving

3. The best pick up line

4. The worst pick up line

5. Dating protocol

6. Incorrect dating protocol

7. What "I think we should see other people" means

8. How to tell someone they're your soulmate

9. Love is worth having

10. How to help a friend in need

11. How to get revenge

12. How to feel when you graduate from college

13. How to decorate your living room

14. How to deal with intruders

15. It's important to exercise

16. What to do when you're unemployed

17. There's more to life than money

18. Things change

19. Saying goodbye can hurt

20. You'll have an occasional bad day

21. Don't let a man do your make up

22. How grooms prepare for a wedding

23. How to justify the occasional drinking binge

24. How to relax

25. And of course.. that some friendships last forever

With those being said, oh my dear Nana, I wish with all the 4-leaf clovers in the world, that our friendship will, too, lasts forever...

Cheers to you, now and forever. Xoxo,