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[3] 3 Phobias I Have

I’ve posted about my phobias before in here, but it was in Indonesian.

Let me tell you about it again.

First, Altophobia or the fear of heights. It was around 2008 when I realized my fear of heights for the first time. There was one time when my friends and I wanted to cross the street but it’s too crowded. We decided to use the footbridge. At the time when I crossed the bridge and looked down, I felt a small panic attack. My legs were trembling and my heart was beating so fast. I could barely move forward. Crossing a small bridge also become a problem of me. I really need to hold on something so I could pass that bridge. This is also the reason I don’t want to ride roller coaster or any attraction that involve height.

Second, Aquaphobia or the fear of water. I don’t remember the exact time when I first realized that I have a fear of water. I could swim but not an expert. There is this one vivid memory about this fear. I was in a holiday trip with my family. My hometown is really close to the beach and other small islands. So, one day, we went to one of the islands with a small boat. I needed to cross a wooden bridge which were built over the water to reach the boat. The distance was quite far and there was no handrail on the bridge. When I went to cross it, I couldn’t stop praying and trying really hard not to see the water. Every time I see that much of a water, I will feel the fear and sometimes it makes me dizzy. Because of this, I don’t particularly love to go to the beach. I never have the guts to play water sports or even swim in the sea.

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[2] 20 Random Facts About Me

Okay, here are 20 random facts about me:

  1. I am really sensitive about my name, be it the writing thing or the pronunciation thing.
  2. I have a mild OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). When I already set-up my things and someone move it or re-arrange it, I will get annoyed.
  3. I don’t like sharing. To be precise, I don’t like to use other people’s things. As long as I could still afford it, I will buy one for myself. But it still depends on what kind of things though.
  4. I love to wrap all of my books and treat it with my utmost care. When I read my book, I try not to crease its cover or papers. I want to keep its condition as if it is a new book.
  5. I still read manga, watch anime, listen to anime song, and collect Nendoroid/Figma until now.
  6. I love quiet place and being alone.
  7. I like listen to music and being immersed in it. It usually helps me to concentrate.
  8. I don’t wear make-up (except lip balm, but it’s hardly a make-up, right?). Simply because I don’t know how to use it and I prefer not to learn it.
  9. When I was a kid (I think in the elementary to junior high school period), I really really wanted to become a boy.
  10. I used to think having female friends was a tough problem. Too much girls’ drama.
  11. When I am listening to a song, normally I never pay attention to the lyrics. I always focus more on the melody and the beat.
  12. I prefer Japanese drama and song than Korean drama/song. It’s also the same for the food.
  13. I love sweet things. Chocolate, cake, waffle, cream puff, ice cream, you name it!
  14. When it comes to chocolate, dark chocolate is number one!
  15. I keep my long hair because I always have a short hair when I was in elementary and junior high school.
  16. I’d rather starve than eat food that I don’t like or don’t want it at that moment.
  17. I always give my plush toy a name. Peeko the penguin, Pooh the bear, Pipi the banana, Suppi the seal, Epi the elephant, Koron the hamster, Riko the sheep, Kristi the Christmas tree, and so on…
  18. I don’t like eating a leftover food. I prefer to cook twice a day than cook a lot in the morning, put some of the foods in the refrigerator, and be reheated later for dinner or for tomorrow.
  19. If you don’t know me enough or it is the first time you see me, then I bet your first impression of me is: such a cold-hearted person.
  20. My left hand is stronger than my right hand.

See you tomorrow!


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[1] My Middle Name and How I Feel About It

My middle name is “Ria”. In Bahasa Indonesia, it means happy, cheerful, or merry.

I don’t particularly dislike my middle name but I will easily get irritated when I heard people call me with “Ria”. There were several occasions when people call me “Ria”. Usually it happens when they look at my name and decide that “Ria” is my nickname. There was one occasion when I came for a job interview and the interviewer kept calling me “Ria”. I was so sick about it and finally, when the interview almost finished, I said, “Sorry, I just want to clarify one thing. My name is Gemita. Not Ria.” The interviewer seemed surprised and said, “Oh sorry. My colleague here told me to call you Ria.”

That was the job interview in Taipei, Taiwan. One of the interviewers is Taiwanese and the other one is Indonesian. It turned out, the Taiwanese asked the Indonesian how to pronounce my name and he decided that “Gemita” must be difficult for the Taiwanese, so he taught him to call me “Ria”. In my mind I thought “oh how convenient it was”. 😐

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Posted in Experience

New Place, New Journey

Two years ago, I visited this Special Administrative Region for a competition and vacation. Could you guess what my first impression two years ago was? I definitely do not like it. Over populated. Too crowded. Rude people (compare to Taipei). Super-hot (it was summer at that time). I like Taiwan Taipei better than this country. I still remember when I got this question: If you get a job here, would you take it? Of course I said no confidently. There was no way I am going to look for a job in HK.

But, now, I moved to this over populated – too crowded country. It still quite unbelievable for me when I made this decision. Being a peaceful-quiet environment lover, I need an extra effort to survive. So, why did I decide to stay here? Opportunity. Maybe I could grow further, learn much more, and finally have a clear idea for what I want to do in the future.

I feel stuck in Taipei. I still love its ambiance, the lovely MRT and other public transportation, and of course the super convenient 7-11 and Family Mart. But, in terms of work, I got bored. I definitely could do better if only I could speak Chinese fluently. Well, that is also one of my problems. I lived four years in Taiwan yet there is no significant improvement to my Chinese language ability. I fully understand that Chinese is one of the important languages in the world. Surprisingly, after I learned it intensively for 3 months, I do not fond of it. I cannot force myself to keep learning.

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Posted in Japan, Travel

[Japan Trip] Day 13: Osaka Museum of Housing & Living, Cruise Ship Santa Maria, Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan), Tempozan Ferris Wheel, & Dotonbori

Sebelumnya: [Day 12] Kofukuji, Todaiji, & Kasuga-taisha


Tak dirasa sekarang sudah hari terakhir dari perjalanan 2 minggu ke Jepang 😦 Karena hari ini hari terakhir, maka jadwalnya pun dibuat lebih santai. Oh iya, khusus untuk hari ini saya membeli 1-Day Osaka Amazing Pass seharga ¥2300. Harga 2-Day Pass (¥3000) tentunya lebih menguntungkan daripada 1-Day Pass. Tapi, karena jadwal saya hanya memungkinkan untuk 1 hari, akhirnya saya membeli yang 1-Day Pass saja.

Pagi-pagi sekitar jam 10.30 saya sudah tiba di Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Museumnya terletak di dekat stasiun Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome exit 3, tepatnya di Housing Information Center Building 8F. Harga tiket masuk ke museum ini ¥600 tapi karena saya menggunakan 1-Day Pass, jadinya gratis. Di dalam museum juga terdapat layanan penyewaan kimono. Dengan membayar ¥300, pengunjung bisa menggunakan kimono di dalam museum selama 30 menit. Kalau ingin mencoba kimono di museum ini, sebaiknya datang lebih cepat karena ketika saya tiba di sana, antreannya sudah panjang. Saya mendapatkan jadwal sewa kimono di jam 12.00 dan nomor urutan bagian terakhir sehingga saya mendapatkan kimono sisa yang tidak dipilih oleh orang-orang sebelum saya. Akhirnya kimono yang saya gunakan super kebesaran.

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[Japan Trip] Day 12: Kofukuji, Todaiji, & Kasuga-taisha

Sebelumnya: [Day 11] Universal Studio Japan


Tujuan hari ini mengunjungi kota dengan banyak rusa, Nara 😀 Dari Osaka ke Nara menghabiskan waktu kira-kira hampir satu jam dengan menggunakan kereta biasa. Begitu sampai di Nara, saya langsung menuju Kofukuji. Di sepanjang jalan menuju Kofukuji, saya bertemu dengan banyak rusa dan juga penjual senbei untuk rusa. Banyak turis yang sedang memberi makan rusa-rusa tersebut. Tapi, karena itu rusa liar, begitu diberi makan, rusanya akan terus-terusan mengikuti si pemberi makan. Bahkan kadang-kadang ada rusa yang menggigit baju karena tidak puas dengan makanan yang diberikan.

Di Kofukuji, ada dua tempat yang bisa dikunjungi: National Treasure Museum (¥600) dan Eastern Golden Hall (¥300). Saya membeli tiket gabungan seharga ¥800. National Treasure Museum memperlihatkan banyak koleksi seni yang berkaitan dengan Buddha. Ketika akan masuk ke museum, petugasnya mengingatkan tidak boleh mengambil foto di dalam museum, makan, minum, dan berisik.



Dari Kofukuji, saya melanjutkan perjalanan ke Todaiji. Oh iya, mengunjungi Nara berarti banyak berjalan kaki dan jalannya sebagian besar menanjak. Jadi, kalau mau ke Nara, jangan lupa menggunakan sepatu yang nyaman untuk dipakai berjalan jauh.

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Posted in Insight


I heard this poem during homily in St. John Bosco Parish Church last two weeks. I really like it so I decided to share it here. This poem is written by Sr. Margaret Halaska:

The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son.

“Rent is cheap,” I say.
“I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God.

“I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.“
“I think I will,” says God.

“I might let you have a room or two,” I say.
“I like it,” says God. “I’ll take the two rooms. You might decide to give me more some day. I can wait,” says God.

“I’d like to give you more, but it a bit difficult. I need some space for me,” I say.
“I know,” says God, “but I’ll wait; I like what I see.”

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