So this all started when we were watching movie, one of utin’s boss called and told him that we were invited to his boss’ boss’ wife’s birthday party. Confused? Haha. To make it simple, one of their big boss suddenly decided to make a BBQ party at his house to celebrate his wife’s birthday. And since we didnt have any good reason to say no, we canceled all the plans we had for the rest of the day, made a quick stop at nearest dept store to buy a birthday gift, and went to the party.
It was the first time for me to attend such that party, i mean to accompany the husband to attend that kind of invitation. I was kinda nervous. Why? Not only because I had no idea what to wear, because i wasnt so sure about how to mingle in that kind of situation (it’s the big boss who will be the host!), and also because i know that the guests might be from any other nationalities.
Currently Utin is working for an international company where he could deal with anyone from any part of the world. What i know so far, he has colleagues and bosses from Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, France,China, India, etc. The boss himself, whom hosting the party, is from india. Being an employee from a local company, which the most direct contact with expat is only with my boss, which is a Malaysian (which also understand Bahasa quite well),and no such thing as an expat colleague, well i just had no idea how it would end hahaha. I can speak and understand english well, but i still have some problem with listening, mostly with ones whom pronounciation arent so clear because their own local accents, so i just hoped that i didnt embarassed my husband with my english hahaha.
Apparently it was a quite small party, only about 15 guests. It turned out to be a kinda nice and enjoyable party, the family host is nice and the guests mingled well (i hope i did too). Though still we didnt know why utin was invited, since most of the guests are in a higher level than he is, plus he doesnt think his big boss know him personally, since utin doesnt report directly to him and the boss didnt talk to him much during the party . Well anyway, we just take it as a good opportunity, especially for utin to build a good relationship with his other colleagues and boss(es). And i just take this as a new interesting experience for me.
And like i thought, that was really a multicultural bbq party haha. Let’s see, the host familly is indian which lived at US before, and the guest are a couple from mainland China, an American guy who works at Malaysia, which happen to have an ex Indonesian wife, 2 more guys from mainland china, and 3 more indonesian guests beside us. They served beer, whisky, chivas (and any other alcohol that i didnt recognize), juice, and also chinese tea for beverage (what a weird combination), and the wife cooked lemon rice (looks like nasi briani to me – local indian food), to accompany BBQ corn, chicken leg, beef and sausage. And there were 3 languages spoken, indonesian, english, and mandarin.(the indian family didnt talk hindi, otherwise there would be 4 languages). I dont know, but i think it was really funny, the combination of local food, beverage and culture. It was quite an experience for me.
You know, talking with someone new, from different nationality and different way of thinking is just interesting and inspiring. The birthday lady told us the story about how they deal with new environment and new country when they moved to another area. They have been placed at several place such as rusia, china, indonesia, then they will move to rusia again. They have experienced a minus 50 temperature at rusia where their hands can go frozen in seconds if they didnt put on the gloves. Can you imagine? Scary. The woman also told us that she used to be a person who was hesitate to talk with someone new, but now she can confidently say that she can make friends anywhere, even with the enemy. She told us that the key is just to be positive in any circumstances, many people will complain if they moved to a remote area (like they were),but if you have a positive mind,you can handle everything. There would always be a positive side in everything. I really inspired with this women, she really is really nice and has a good strong character.
I am grateful for this new experience, i learned a lot from them. Eventhough i am not looking foward for that kind of party too often (because i still prefer more relaxing with husband or close friends haha) , i will be more willingly to join that kind of gathering again 🙂
And to end this post, i want to tell you how proud i am to see Joe Taslim at The Fast & Furious 6 . I am not his fans, even i didnt know him before i watched this furious6 movie. But wacthing him at a big and famous movie like this, watching that he has quite a portion in the movie, i can tell you that i am proud of him,especially when he talks one indonesian sentence in the movie. He is one of the best example to show us that we are indeed a citizen of the world, and people of the world should recognize indonesia, not because of bad reputation,but acknowledge indonesia because having a potential star, like him 🙂