Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Finale: BCIA Terminal 3

It's always sad to tell story about how you parted with your loved ones... I still remember clearly that day we took the airport express coach service to the airport, shortly after we had dinner at home. It was Papa's cooking.

Those last three days, I had diarrhea so badly. Mama was worried sick... maybe my body knew I was not happy to leave the home I just came into. So, for those last three days, I had to eat vegetables and rice only, no meat to ease my digestion system. Still, Papa's cooking was more than enough... I loved it and I am missing it now.

The airport express coach took around one hour to get to the airport. I wished it would take longer, that way I could spend more time with my beloved Papa and Mama. The first stop of the coach was Terminal 3, the newest terminal of BCIA (Beijing City International Airport). We were all amazed... it is a beautiful airport, huge and magnificent. *I'll have to ask Lan to send me the photos so that I can show it to you guys...* But, still, I was sad inside.

We were the second to get served at the check-in desk. Everything went smoothly. After that, Mama Papa sent us off to go to the immigration. We hugged, waved good-bye for so long that I wished it would never end. As we stepped away from them, I lost parts of my heart, I left it with my new parents. I love them, from the bottom of my heart, dearly and preciously.
One day, I'd hope to meet them and spend more time with them.

Beijing, my second home, I will be back.

Ps. A couple of our 2nd prawedding photos has arrived. The very first one is us with the traditional Chinese wedding gown. Hehehe... I love it. Click to see the big version.
More photos on: My Multiply

Friday, April 25, 2008

Beijing Part 3: Home where I belong

Thank God, it's Friday now... I am very tired this week, been sinking in programming mode, because my supervisors have been pushing me to finish it off...
Anyway, here is the continuation about Beijing trip. One thing that I enjoyed the most was not the shopping, was not the great delicious food, but was the family I came in to. I can proudly and comfortably say, now, that Lan's home is my home and his family is my family.
Even though I cannot really speak Mandarin, but they were very patient with me, never tired to repeat and try to speak as simply as possible so I can understand what they were telling me. They don't laugh at me, but they laugh with me... Papa called me "My little girl!" in front of all his family when we were having dinner. Mama cares and loves me as much as she cares for Lan. She always made sure I wear enough clothes, so that I won't catch a cold (I'm a warm blood type, which, even if it's winter, I don't wear much clothes!). And when I really caught a cold, she treated me like my own mother would treat me and complained to me "Why didn't I wear enough clothes?"
Ah... I missed everyone. I miss Lao Ye and Lao Lao (grandpa and grandma), they cooked specially for me, very delicious dumplings (Lan told me, they don't cook those dishes that often). They really loved me the way they love their own grandchildren.

Beijing is a home where I belong now...
Two days ago, Lan told me that Mama sent an email. She said she cried in one of the shopping malls in Xidan. More precisely, she was crying in the toilet. She said when she went there, she remembered me... Yes we were there together, in fact, I was waiting for her there, although she told me to go. Ah... Mama. You touch my heart.
I love and miss you too. Looking forward to be with you again very soon... one day.

Happy weekend, my friends.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Beijing Part 2: Shopping Malls & Photo Shoots

Xidan, my favourite place!Hello friends! I think before it is out of date, I better continue with the stories of my first trip to Beijing... Well, this time I will tell you about the shopping malls.

Beijing is FULL of shopping malls and shops. Almost every corner of the city has 'at least' one shopping mall. When we think of shopping in China, we immediately 'say' the word 'cheap' in our minds, but, beware! Nowadays, they have some really posh and expensive shopping malls, too, in Beijing. The city grows so fast that a lot of international brands (e.g. D&G, Morgan, etc) open their branches in China, especially Beijing. Lan says that even if I take one whole year to intentionally visit all the shopping malls in Beijing, it will never be enough, because they keep building new shopping malls around the city. So, maybe I should take my whole life time to visit all those shopping malls hehehe
I am very blessed that I have Lan as my husband, he is my greatest guide to go around Beijing to find cheap stuffs hahahaha... So, while I was there, I bought some summer clothes, new pairs of shoes (my old shoes had holes in it that water got in, every time it rains >.<), in addition, bought some gifts for my parents and family. Wang Fu JingIt was sad that my family cannot come to Beijing at the same time as us... Papi (my dad) is having a financial difficulty right now and, at the same time, he has to pay Erwin's tuition fee (my brother who is studying his last year of Architecture in Brighton). Thank God, Papa and Mama understood the reason why...
Well, there would be still plenty of chances for them to visit Beijing. We are right now saving in hope that one day we can take Papi, Mami and my brothers sister to visit Beijing.

Another important thing, apart from meeting Lan's family, to do in Beijing was wedding photo shoots (27 March 2008). Yep, another one. Lan wanted to have photos of us wearing the traditional Chinese wedding dress. So, Mama booked for a Wedding photo package in one of the best photo studios in Beijing. Thumbs up for Mama's choice, the photo studio's service is great, the photos are very good and the photographers (and the staffs) are very very friendly. We were very pleased with the photos.
It was one whole day full of photo shoots, some indoors, some outdoors. Lan and I were very very tired that I felt sick (I caught a cold)! But, it was fully worth it, although we agree that once is enough, never again we want to do that kind of photo shoots!! Too tiring >.<
We are very excited to get the final photos, which will be picked up by Mama on 28 April 2008 (next Monday). Hopefully we will be able to share the photos with you all :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beijing Part 1: Food Food Food! (esp. QJD)

Let's continue with the stories of my first trip to Beijing... OK, this time it is about FOOD! Something that you imagine and drool of when you think about going to China.

Beijing, in particular, they have all sorts of food. You name it, it will be there; from the old traditional Chinese food, American, Italian, Korean, Japanese, even Russian!
Three or four years ago, while I was studying Mandarin for fun, my teacher told me that, if one day I go to Beijing, I have to try 'kao ya rou' (a.k.a Peking Duck). Well, never did I plan it, but The Lord takes me to Beijing somehow, after meeting my beloved husband :)
When I came to Beijing, Mama Papa had a list of places I must go to, one of them is the Peking Duck (the famous Quan Ju De/QJD). So, one of our days there, Mama Papa really took me there, Lao Ye (grandpa) and Lao Lao (grandma) were also there. They said they came for me *they are so sweet and lovely...*

We took subway from home to QJD. The entrance door was the spinning door with a big yellow duck statue next to it. When I went in, it was a square room; two lifts at my right hand side and another door at my left. In that particular room, they have several seats for people, who have to queue. At that time, Lao Ye was seating there waiting for us, while Lao Lao was inside waiting at our dining table.
Lan whispered to me, "The restaurant can be booked for up-to-1500-people dinner!" Wow!
He said, presidents and high ranking officers from around the world, when they come to Beijing, always never miss the Restaurant and they have special dining rooms for those particular people in the higher floors.

It was around 11 o'clock, but, as soon as I enter the dining room from the door at my left hand side of the previous room, the noise of people is overwhelming! It was full of people! They sure are really popular! Food comes in no time, as if they cook it only in 5 seconds.
Believe their fame, they are really good! No ducks can compare their ducks.

By the time we finished eating, it was lunch time (of course, we were full already!). At that lobby of the restaurant, a lot of people queue! The lobby was full of people... so, you can imagine, how popular it is!

Enough about QJD, in case I make you drool uncontrollably and you will blame me for that.
While home, we did not always go out to eat. We had plenty of times eating Mama and Papa's cooking. It was like... coming back to my own home. I love their cookings! Turnip soup, noodle soup (Mian Dang), and some stir-fries. Ah... this posting makes me want to go back to Beijing...
I ate plenty of Mantau *yum!*, drank plenty of soya milk and got my stomach really full with good food! Hehehe...

And... by the time we were going home, Mama said to me "You become fatterrounder compared to when you first arrived!" Oh noooooooooooo....

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy birthdayyyy, honey!!

The day that you did not really wish for has come uncontrolably...
The digits had to change...
Still, I am happy that The Lord blesses me with you in my life.
For you to be with me, walking beside me, laughing with me...
Happy 30th Birthday, darling!
I love you, always.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Introduction: Arrival.

Moments before landing to Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), my heartbeats were faster than ever. The feeling of fear and teary eyes overwhelmed me. "What if... they don't like me? They hate me?" I asked so many 'what-if's, and for each one of them, Lan calmed me that everything will be great, they will love me. By the time, we landed, I just had to trust Jesus and Lan that I will enjoy this trip more than I expected it to be.

The queue for the immigration check for me was longer than we expected, we had to be in different lines, Lan with his Chinese passport and I with my own passport. It made me more nervous.
The moment of truth arrived, holding our luggages, we passed the door of the airport's arrival... So many people there waiting for their loved ones, but Lan?! He cannot recognize any familiar faces! God, what is with Lan?
"Lannnnnn!!!!" That's someone... running and waving at us. It was Mama. She gave us hugs and held my hand. Papa is sleeping at one of the chair, she said. When she held my hands, all my nerves and fear were gone. I felt I am welcomed at my home. My new home, but feel so warm.

From the airport, we got on the shuttle coach to the city center, to Mama Papa's home. Through the coach's window, I swallowed as much as I could the pictures of Beijing; high buildings everywhere, more cars than I ever saw, streets so wide (widest I ever have seen, 8 lines++), bicycles and people like colonies of ants! The city is celebrating the upcoming Olympic with many posters of the Fuwa Olympic Mascots almost everywhere.
Through all those business, I feel small like a little girl coming from a village. I thought I am going to dislike Beijing just as I dislike Jakarta, but, I fell in love with Beijing. A city, though with some disorders, I still can find somewhat rules and disciplines that drive the city.

Coming home, we have some dinner, which Papa cooked, and unpacked. The content of our suitcases are gifts anyway, so it did not take long. I am glad that Papa Mama love the gift I gave them. They also gave me gifts that touch me deeply; the gifts of being their daughter, their family member, their beloved. For that, I am forever grateful. Thank you, Jesus, for the chosen one and his family.

Ps. I just knew that MP is blocked in Indo now... Well, I will try to upload the photos in flickr *probably* later.
Witnessing d The Lord's choice in my life,
I am forever thankful for what He had done and is doing in my life.
For He makes everything perfect in His time with plenty of sweet surprises along the way.

- nie, 10 April 2008.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Prolouge: My first trip to Beijing

Ni hao, friends!
I am not really glad to say that we are back... Because we did not really one to return here. I fell in love with Beijing and still loving it! I love Lan's family, I feel that they are my own family.

Well, for now, I will just direct you to our photos together, which are all stored in my multiply album. The stories will follow when the tiredness in me has passed.

God bless!