Living in another country is not easy. That’s all I can say after I spent almost 6 months in London, England. It requires hard working, faith and positive look. Sometimes bad things happened, really really bad. Having said that, still, there are thousands of incredible things I should be grateful of, because it made me forget all bad things happened. And I am so ready to say goodbye to London with my happiest smile. :)StudyI just love Oxford House College, London. In this place, I met fantastic teachers and very nice friends from many different countries around the globe. I did IELTS and CELTA. At last I got 7.0 for IELTS and was awarded a Pass for CELTA. It’s not great, it’s just fine. The thing is I learned a lot during the process. CELTA has such a great impact on me; maybe it’s because we did it intensively. We spent 10 hours at school (doing the assignment, preparing for teaching practice, etc); really worth doing. I love CELTA.Family
Dead end? I mean a really dead end. It’s time for me to return to my family; my grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunties. I am glad to have them. My landlady as well is like a mother to me. When I had problems, she would knock my door just to say hi and ask if I was alright. The last thing she said that she would miss me. Yes, I will miss her, too, very much. Then I hugged her.Indonesian friends
I have best friends, yes, best friends, two gorgeous girls whom I am always proud of. Gisela, a kind-hearted beautiful girl who will always be there for me whenever I am in need. I can’t count what she’s done for me. Million nice things has she done for me. Fitri, a cheerful girl who always lights up our Facebook messages with her jokes. She cheers us up with her own way. A caring girl who always be there to help.PPI London
This is home. A place where I can meet friends from my own country, speak my native language, share the same jokes. The people here are just great; caring, helpful, fun. I am glad I met masbos Rosyid that he gave me a chance to promote my country by joining this organization. I also met Mas Aziz, who is very kind-hearted, and is like a brother to me. I also met Pak Arif, our sesepuh in PPI London. I met Mas Tyo, a devoted person who will do the responsibility at any means. I met sweet, kind-hearted and beautiful Sherly and Nina Monika. Fun people: Robet, Caca and Shanka, I can’t stop laughing when I’m with them. In the end I found out Caca and Shanka were the ones who set the goodbye party for me. Were you? I also met Aulia and Felix. I hope we can meet again someday.Friends in IELTS class
Having spent 4 months in IELTS class helped me making friends as many as possible. I did have great times with all of them. I remember we had an Italian dinner; Luigi cooked pasta for us. I remember we were spending a cold night near Tower Bridge celebrating a friend’s birthday. I met lovely and nice girls. They are not only friends in good times, but also in bad times. I remember I was in library feeling sad about something, Chiara, an Italian girl, and Stefania, a girl from Brazil, were there for me. When my brother got an accident, Juliana from Colombia let me use her skype account to call my family in Indonesia. I remember Sepideh, a really nice Iranian woman who gave me a sweater. I will never forget Makarios, A Greek guy who always brings me something after he traveled to another country. Javier, an elegant Spanish guy, who always looks cool, smart and friendly. Gonzalo, a Chilean guy, who spent a year in London and finally made his dream come true after that hardworking. Flavio, an Italian guy, who considers me as his sister and promised me to be serious in his study and forget about girls, but in the end he realized he could not live without girls, hehe.. Phedy, a Tunisian guy who keep saying it was funny there’s an English teacher taking an English course, lol.. Vicente, a Spanish guy who keeps asking me where my boyfriend comes from. Davide, a smart Italian psychologist, who helped me with my assignment. I am glad to hear that he was invited for a job interview in London. Monika, a beautiful Polish girl who is very nice. Evgynya, a Russian girl who is really nice as well. I met Vinisius, Pierre, Sebastian, Alejandro, and others. In the beginning of the class, I also met Pamela from Mexico, Abdel from Portugal and Ja Kyoung from Korea. Oh God, I am so glad to meet them.Friends in CELTA class
2 weeks after CELTA started, I read an article about people who were doing CELTA but having a hard time; unsupportive colleagues, destructive criticism. Hey, it’s not happening to me. I love my group. Nick, a British guy who is really caring and reminds me of my brother always makes me laugh with his childish attitude. It’s always fun to play rock scissors paper with him. Hohoho.. Zaynab, a British Indian girl who cares a lot for everyone in the class and let me swap the teaching practice schedule with her. Sonja, a very smart and devoted woman who always cares about other as well. Jack, a hard-working Taiwanese guy, who speaks my language. He’s just very sweet that I cried when he left. And Julika, a fashionable girl from Estonia. I also feel grateful meeting Brendan Brainy, a super-smart British guy in the class, who always helps me to proofread my writing. He always makes me laugh with his funny expressions. And I will never forget Christine, a very nice girl who always be there for me. I will never forget the moment when she helped me editing an important document in a cold night at Golders Green tube station platform. Once I visited her home and spent time with her family; it was such a great time. I am also glad to meet Tommy, a guy who asked if my name was Karenina and he related it to Leo Tolstoys’ novel; but yeah I am not that Karenina and I am not famous, lol.. I met a very nice Spanish woman, Elena, who always let me try her Spanish food. I met Muhammad and Nesteha.Teachers
I am totally happy meeting cool teachers in my school. Mike, my IELTS teacher, is very caring and helpful to everyone. I learned a lot from him. He’s just the coolest teacher I’ve ever met. Thanks for the Sponge Bob from Wales, Mike. 🙂 I also met Rico, a teacher from Brazil, who speaks English very fluently. He’s different from Mike, but he’s totally nice. He is very supportive, especially when he knew that I took CELTA. I met Bobby and Emma in CELTA class. I was sad that I never got Above Standard with Bobby, but he’s just very kind that he helped me to deal with CELTA when I have a family problem. Emma is just awesome. I learned a lot from her. She really told us what to do in order to be a better teacher. I got the above standard in my very final lesson. I was so happy.Love story
I met this guy few weeks after I arrived in London. He was so rude at first. But the more I know him, the more I learn he has such a warm heart. Sadly, things didn’t work out, again due to cultural differences. But he used to light up my days in London. Nice meeting you, George. I wish you always happy. But now it’s time for me to move on, as when one door is closed, another one opens. 🙂
I’ll be going home this Sunday, 19th February 2012 from Heathrow Airport, Terminal 4. I’ll probably be in the airport at 6pm and will check-in at 7pm.
It has been a fantastic 6 months for me; either good or bad times. All the places, all the experiences, all the people will always be in my mind. Dear friends and family, I apologize for all the bad things I’ve done. And I do thank you for any best moments we’ve been sharing. It’s just priceless. I hope someday our paths will cross again.