A special June

[Jakarta, June 10th 2012]

Every June is special to me. Not only because it's a reminder of getting a year older, also because it always gives me these 'time flies' shivers when it reminds me that I'm halfway through the year already, seems like it's only yesterday I was stargazing in Gili while counting down to 2012. But June 2012, in particular, is a little more special than the usual.

May was coming to its end, and honestly life at the time was a little wavy and grey. At first I was really expecting June to be perfect, I had wonderful plans aligned yet everything and everyone were starting to turn my mood upside down and unsupportive at the beginning of the month. I was let down, and it went on for quite some time. The only thing that took my mind away from pressure was art exhibitions in between the first two weeks. And friends who kept me companied and laughing of course.

Then it was Sunday on the 3rd of June, when Michael picked me up to go to my best friend Andra's Bridal Shower (siraman in Javanese tradition). The very same best friend who me and several friends pulled a Bachelor party for on exactly the previous Sunday. I was utterly excited for her just as everyone else was too, and I got to spend time with all the friendly faces. Tears of joy and many blessings were all around and though it's not my own wedding, if you were there, I'm sure you can't help but feeling loved as I was. Happiness really is contagious. Despite the bitterness of life at the time, being around people in love made up with it all, their joy was boundless and it humbled me. There's a bittersweet irony in having everyone around me all coupled up and sharing affections while I was sided and solo but it turned to nothing once I saw the glow on my best friend's face when she walked down the isle for sungkeman. Something about it made me selfless, it's like everything that's meant for you won't go anywhere so you've nothing to worry about. Days afterwards were filled with mostly bridesmaid's uniform fitting and some quiet time. I took a break from my freelance job for a week because the stress from here and there were overflowing.

Things eventually loosened up after days of arguments and patience, and it was 5 minutes to June 10th on a Saturday night, I gathered with friends at a bar in the city, laughing out all the burden on my shoulders, everything got lighter. I turned 22 at midnight, and a group of came out with a pretty rose-shaped birthday cake and gave me a big wrapped present. Celebrating with friends never fails to ruin my plan to go home early. I went home pretty late anyway however I had mad fun. Lots of people sent me birthday greetings in every way possible and it was festive.

Fortunately I didn't wake up late in the morning, though a little banging hangover lingered. I had my hair done at a saloon in the afternoon. It's a pretty big day for me too, there's no harm in doing something a little more special, I had my hair done at a saloon and I put some makeup on. My friend Tara, who's also one of the bridesmaids (who also, by the way, owns a very pretty blog) arrived at my house to get ready together and after hours of putting make up on and bridesmaid's uniform, we went to Triss Living where the rest of the bridesmaids and the bride and groom awaited. The wedding ceremony went perfectly. Everyone cried a little happy tears when they heard the two lovebirds said 'I do'. Overwhelmed and cheerful faces kept a smile on my face throughout the day. It was perfect, not only because it's my best friend's wedding, because it was literally perfect. The atmosphere, the food, the people, the chatters, everything. It wasn't a big wedding, it's simple yet tasteful and classy, very intimate and pure. Before I left the party, the bride and the groom necklaced white jasmine flowers on me and wished me a happy birthday and all the wonderful things and the happiness such as theirs, and I hope one day I'll be just as happy as they are now.

Still several hours left of my birthday, I went home to change to my usual short and shirt and went for a little birthday cocktails at a bar nearby before midnight. My boyfriend took in a rose that a flower seller offered on the road on our way home and gave it to me. Although it took some time for love to wake up again, in the end I celebrated my 22nd birthday as a happy bridesmaid, as a happy daughter of loving parents, still as a girlfriend of a wonderful boy on a wonderful Sunday, and I chose to feel only thankful and blessed.

And happy birthday to all other geminis around, may your wishes come true this year.

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• LubberLand Art Exhibition a friend of mine Anis participated in •
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• The gelatine cake I wanted to have a bite of •
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• "Tenggelam" by Ivan Reyhan. My most favorite installation •
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• Some other installations that I can't remember the titles of but surely can't forget the amount of awesomeness they were •
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• A dear friend of mine Anis on her installation, and the adorable kids who helped her in completing her art work •
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• Healthy brunch on a Sunday afternoon •
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• It's Ba-che-lo-di-ta's Day! •
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• At Lucy In The Sky •
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• Bunny •
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• Boys and girls •
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• Date •
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• The bride to be •
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• Hamptons' tartlets on a brunch date with Hana •
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• One of Andra and Abenk's pre-wedding photographs by Stanley Allan, and bits of Triss Living, Kemang •
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• Flowers and more pre-wedding photographs •
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• Bridesmaids and men escorting the groom in •
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• In between my dates •
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• Live music and food •
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• My best friend got married on my birthday. How can it not be a very special day for me •
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• The beautiful bride (at last) •
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• A piece of song for a piece of loving •
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• A lot like how they first met •
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• Birthday cake from Dad •
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• Birthday dinner •
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• Birthday present from boyfriend •
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• Brunch at mine with friends •
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• Still with friends, nearing dinner time (taken by Michelle) •
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• Home made spinach turkey quiche for my sick boyfriend (and me) •