Hi there, I’m glad you could make it! Come, sit down next to me and check out how the lady wrote my name on my cup just now – you may now call me Ms. Jeany! I wonder how she heard that when I even spelled my name out (twice). If we were having coffee, I’d first of all apologise that we’re having it at Starbucks, but it was the only place with decent coffee at the mall (which really says a lot about the mall here!). Thanks for meeting me despite the location though; I ended up spending way too much time at the optics store looking for new frames that I don’t even need! And before you ask, no I didn’t end up buying anything. On Thursday I got all of these “it’s your birthday so here are some discounts!” emails and text messages from various stores that I have bought from before. Talk about having to resist temptation to spend my money on things I don’t need! I’m proud that I managed to walk away empty handed from all the stores I visited today. … Well, okay, you got me. I didn’t walk away empty handed from the bookstore. You know me and books – I just can’t resist them!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that overall, this week has been relatively uneventful – yes, even with my birthday. I’m not much of a big celebrator of birthdays as it is but this time it was really just like any other day in this panda life. Although there was some cake involved! It was a bit of a bittersweet day and I did blog about it already so I’m trying to let go of the lingering melancholic feelings from “my special day”. I wish I could have celebrated it with my friends and family who are currently all spread out and far away. Although I did catch up with an old friend and her family today. It was the first time I met her little man, who just turned one on the same day as I turned 28! He is such a cutie pie and it was great to catch up with my friends again. It’s funny because he has the same birthday as me and my friend has the same birthday as my mum! It was definitely a nice way to round off my birthday weekend; in addition to this coffee, that is!
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you not only about how this last week has been for you, but also about how your weekend was last week because I unfortunately missed our coffee catch-up. I ended up going to Lombok, an island that’s a 30-minute flight away from Bali to meet some old work colleagues/friends from Jakarta. It was my first time there and it was so beautiful! I think the best part of the trip was that, although there were plenty of local and foreign tourists, the town itself was not yet really “developed” in the sense with dozens of hotels, restaurants, shops etc. It was still mostly homestays and local eateries called “warungs” by the side of the road. There were some restaurants too, even a surprisingly good mediterranean restaurant, but all of it was still so … untouched. The beaches were endless stretches of white sand and crystal clear blue water. It was such a relaxing getaway and it was refreshing to catch up with old friends as well.Just thinking about it now already makes me wish I were still there. Care to join me when I go back next time?
This post is part of the #WeekendCoffeeShare event hosted by Part-Time Monster. Check out my previous coffee shares here and coffee moments from around the world here. And hey, if you’re interested, why not join in the coffee sharing fun?