"Experience within remembering"
SEVEN HOURS BEHIND
This is a story of how in one moment I was there, and in the next, I was gone. On 17th of December, I was seven hours behind. I was living this life seven hours behind you, I awoke when you were asleep, I said good afternoon when it's midnight.
A FOURTEEN HOUR FLIGHT
The flight was fourteen hours long. I flew backwards. I watched the sun rise and then the yesterday's sun set. I flew across countries which I have never been to before. That day, I was living through countless of time zones, flying through someone's day as they poured their breakfast cereal, I might have flew through someone's dad coming home from work. I never considered how many lives were below my very feet and yet I can't even see them. And after watching seven movies on board, I finally arrived.
The air smelt different. It smelt of sandalwood, coffee and the cold air. The voices sounded different, everyone was different. But that's what make us all the same, no? Being different. London is beautiful, everyone is friendly, we took a rent bus to the hotel, and as I looked outside the window I saw many things. I saw people hanging their Christmas lights on their porches, I saw a woman walking to her door, I saw a man sitting on the side of the road, awaiting something I have not yet known. I didn't come to London for just pure holiday, I wanted something. More exact, I wanted the essence of it, I wanted to bring it to me, for me and by me. I wanted to know.
THE FIRST DAY
" A n g a r d ! " Yes, fencing. The first day was fencing. After taking the public bus and my eyes unraveling itself to the view of London, we went to take a fencing class. My hands are small, small wrists, I do not have the energy to hold up with larger arms. Basically to say, I suck at sports. But I didn't lose some of the fights, it sort of depended on my strategy and will to win. After some time, I felt like dying and my right arm felt like it's going to come off. Thank God it didn't then. During this class I learnt a new level of focus, precise and how to stab someone and claim it as an exercise. Of course, this knowledge itself is useful. If there were to be more classes like this in Indonesia, I'd for sure take it. P.S: I have been looking.
F O R W A R D !
The second one was by far one of my favorites. Street Art Graffiti.
We were having a walking tour and workshop of Street art. We went around Shoreditch to locate the best Street Arts possible. I do love the value of it. I love the colors, and the beauty of it which makes Street Art such a graceful and meaningful thing to see now. I believe they all had reasons, reasons to draw these things, they want a mark, a mark or legacy of them being there. I understand, same thing with how government officials tend to try leave their own legacy. Perhaps a change of currency? A presidency? A new cabinet of ministers? Same thing with an artist, they draw, they recreate a life in brush strokes, and all they ask if for our remembrance.
An excerpt I thought of throughout walking the busy streets of Shoreditch.
My first ever graffiti! You couldn't tell, but I wrote "Feminist" on the wall. And no, I did not use a face cover to escape the police; it was actually really cold that day.
THE SECOND DAY
• Forensics Workshop • Royal British Afternoon Tea
First, Forensics Workshop. Wasn't interested. I am one to dislike spending time doing things i do not like, and when I do not want to. I do what I do, I say what I say. Moving on.
Ah yes, Royal British Afternoon Tea. It had been great, I learnt how to be posh, and loved every single moment of it. It actually grew on to me. The whole posture and cup lifting? Yes, I am not ashamed to say that I do carry the trait until now. Hopefully none mind. I also have a good posture for a very proper way of walking, I managed to keep a book up on my head as I walk. Can I say it was such an accomplishment? Yes I can. Loved it. Adored it. Would do it again. Such a British thing to do. And I tried Earl Grey tea for the first time in my life, and I have made it customary to drink tea more now, oh how I loved the taste of it! Perfect!
"But that is none of my business."
- me as I see drama
Went to Picadilly Circus after going shopping through Oxford Circus, and this bar right here was the highlight of the night. You go guys, do what you gotta do.
THE THIRD DAY
Went to Stamford Bridge to learn the Business of Football, how to manage income and outcome of money in running a football team. How to get sponsors and why they are important, what the sponsors gained and what do the team gain as well. The best sponsorships are the ones that benefits both sides equally. I learnt so much, and would consider going back to learn more about this matter first hand.
- I was using a glove because it was freezing -
JOURNALISM AT THE GUARDIAN
Absolutely loved it. I have loved writing for so long and to get to experience the work space and the feeling of working in that industry itself, is amazing. I do enjoy the new information and knowledge that I have gained during my time at the Guardian. I have wanted to work since I was probably, Twelve. I want to expand my writing skills, more and more and more. And I also met Lilufa Uddin, she was a freelance writer that the Guardian signed. And I simply adore her. She had the courage and the independence to chase after her dreams and to make it come true. She believes in herself, and she commits. It is inspirational. "Please sister, never stop writing."
Afterwards was the Medieval Banquet, I fell asleep on the table. #ExhaustedAsHell
On wednesday I cannot join, unfortunately I wasn't feeling well. But thankfully they only went through the Emirates flying experience. Which for me might also be fun, but hopefully I'll get to experience it some other time.
- THE FOURTH DAY -
THE FIFTH DAY
LOGICS ALA SHERLOCK HOLMES
I loved it. It was challenging and the scenery was beautiful, we went to Regent's park, (After my inconvenient nose bleed) The park was filled with all kinds of birds and animals, I even saw lots of squirrels! My team -- The Doctors, were losing at first. Because honestly? I think we were just really ignorant and oblivious. And not to mention Kak Amir was super nice! But then, we won anyway! Who could have guessed? It was truly, such an experience, I still do love to remember it, I would do it all over If I could.
I know this is off topic, but that day also, I saw an old man walking on his own to the river to feed the ducks and birds. And I was honestly touched. Maybe most people see it as a casual act in a beautiful and sunny morning. But for me? I saw loneliness. And in that loneliness he grew the urge to be surrounded. To be needed. To be friended. I loved this. He gave away so many food and yet when I tilted my head to look at his face.. He was smiling. And that made me smile.
Which was so quirky and unique, and our instructor looked like Elle Fanning, so.
I teamed up with Nabila, and we made a brand called "Chilli Billies." This product was also made for a middle aged couple who does not have any money. A hot sauce? For a middle aged couple who's basically poor? I can handle that. And through it all, I love branding and packaging, it is such a fun thing to do, to create something that represents.
JAMIE OLIVER'S COOKING CLASS
I made my first ever pastry that day! And honestly? I never thought I had such talent for it. I love to bake now, hopefully I could do some more. Want to see what my baking skills gave me in return?
THOSE! They looked perfectly golden! And look at the decorations! I wanted to use the Christmas tree decoration but someone else was using it... BUT HEY! They look amazing, don't they?
Sadly, I did not eat my pastry, because the filling had brandy in them. And me "keeping it halal" scheme was not gonna fall for it. Lol.
THE SIXTH DAY
WICKED MUSICAL WORKSHOP! Can't I just say this couldn't get any better? Would try musical theatre some more from now on!
IMPERIAL COLLEGE TOUR!
This drove me into wanting to go to college overseas even more to be honest.
Our tour guide was Kak Desi, and her boyfriend, who is a specialized doctor? Wow. I listened whole heartedly, and would definitely consider going to college there. If possible. I do love the thrill of studying overseas, and this had just added gasoline to the fire. It motivated me. And I will give out my righteous thank you-s
IT WAS AMAZING! (Even though Kak Stephanie fell asleep soooooooo many times) I WAS SO AMAZED! I LOVED IT! HOLY MOLY! THANK YOU VOOYA FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE MASTERPIECE! 💕
THE SEVENTH DAY
Went to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of The Guards! I was freezing, I almost died. And no, I wasn't exaggerating, mind you. Wan't to see how it was like?
Found this on the tube entrance, and I laughed. Ha.
Learning to measure the economic growth through the prices of Big Mac? Definitely was not expecting that!
BIG MAC INDEX
this bird is judging my bad decisions in life
Hello from the author
( M I N D MY SWEATPANTS )
The famous--London Eye.
Met a Super Cute Barista at Starbucks!!
This girl had no clue I took a picture of her. Turned out great, no?
I CLIMBED UP TRAFALGAR SQUARE!
Sat on top and saw this view!
THIS KID IS AWESOME
Afterwards we went home. Another thirteen hour flight, this time we don't have to transit!
And that was how it was, Seven Hours Behind.