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Home

Home – a fairly familiar word for almost everyone. “I am going home,” “Where is your home?” and others are common expressions to us, aren’t they?

A few days ago, I was in Boston. I stayed there for two nights in my friend’s house. As I walked on the streets in Boston, I could feel something was different from what I used to experience in Washington, DC, the city where I have been living for the past five months. When I was in Boston, I felt Washington, DC as my home.

Now that I am already back in DC, and in fact will be leaving the city for good tomorrow to eventually return to Singapore to continue my last year in college, I know that Singapore is “more home” than DC. I have more friends there, and I am more used to the lifestyle there to some degree. I miss some people there and I know some people in Singapore miss me too. Hang on Singapore, I am coming back next semester.

But before returning to Singapore, I will visit Jakarta for about 2-3 weeks. My family lives there. I also grew up in Jakarta, spending 16 years of my life there. I still have a lot of friends in Jakarta although I feel that the number is decreasing as I continue my stay in Singapore. But still, I have spent way more years in Jakarta than in Singapore, 16 years versus 2.5 years. Since my family is in Jakarta and I have spent majority of my life in Jakarta, Jakarta is my real home.

But wait! I was not born in Jakarta! In fact, I spent my first two years on earth living in this city in Central Java, Semarang. Both my parents were born and grew up in Semarang as well. We all moved to Jakarta when I was two years old and have ever since become Jakarta’s residents. Most of my cousins, uncles, and aunts are in Semarang. So, you know, in that sense Semarang is also my home – it was my first home and is still my home since I keep coming back to it once per year or so.

Is that it? Is that all? Do I have another place which I consider home? The answer for the latter question is a yes. As Jesus said to His disciples, “You are not from the world” and “I am going to heaven to prepare a place for you” (note: these are not exact quotations), I believe, by faith and by God’s  grace, that after I die I will come to heaven. Heaven, I think, is my last stop. It is where I belong, eventually. It is where my joy will be wholly fulfilled. It is where there is no more pain, no more tears. And as the title of this blog says, my life on earth is like a rehearsal for eternity. To have a “good” life in heaven, one should have a “good” life on earth.

God bless you!

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First Month in DC

DC here refers to District of Columbia, the capital of United States of America. Yup. I am here now, for an exchange program from my home university in Singapore. I was asked by some friends to take tons of pictures while I am here, to show them what the city is like. I have uploaded some pictures on Facebook and now I just want to share some thoughts about my experience here.

I arrived in DC on Jan 5 evening. That means today is my 23rd day here. It’s less than a month actually, but “First Month in DC” sounds better to me to be a title than “First 23 Days in DC”. haha. Anyway, yeah, I’ve got a lot of new experiences here that I had not experienced before. There is a saying: “There is always the first time for everything.” And I used that phrase a lot in the last couple of weeks; it was the first time I wore huge thick jacket and yet still feeling cold. First time for me to see snow here, too. First time to eat Mexican food. First time to see the White House and the Washington Monument. First time to see Bobby McFerrin (he is a very good singer!). First time to make friends coming from various countries, such as: Egypt, Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru, England, Germany, US (surely), and others (I’ve met some Germans and Americans in Singapore though). I have just realized when I typed those country names that I have met a lot of people for the past three weeks or so! And I met some familiar faces too, those from Singapore, India, China, and Indonesia! I consider myself as lucky (or blessed, depending on how you view it) to have this opportunity to meet people from around the world, many people even struggle for their daily meal.

I am enjoying my time here. In fact, I even started to love the winter here. But time is short, I’ll probably only have another 120 days in DC. After that I will need to move on. One challenging final year in NUS awaits me and hopefully I will be ready for it. 🙂

In the meantime, I am now studying in George Washington University. Not the best university, but it is a good one. I even feel that their workloads are more demanding than NUS’s. One interesting thing that will happen this semester is that I will be taking a course in Bass Guitar, and that is a private class. So I had to buy my own bass guitar which is right now on its way to my house. I am still unsure if I should keep that or sell it after the semester concludes. But yeah, I am looking forward to my lessons. The past week was the second academic week and I still have 12 more academic weeks to go before doing the final exams. This is gonna be an interesting semester!

Another weird thing is that here in DC I watch English football in the morning instead of evening. And that is better actually because I don’t have to stay up late if I want to watch some matches. But that is a minor issue actually, just saying.

Alright, I guess that is enough for this post.

Have a good day!

Cheers 🙂