Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm Back!

It's been ages! felt like it anyway, not sure where to begin and how to write it but i'm gonna try and make it short. More than 10 weeks in Indonesia and I just came back a lil over a week ago,I spent every single minute of it with my family and friends, shared so much laughter and tears, endless flow of conversations 24/7 and i feel like even 10 weeks is not enough :p Lots of happenings while i was there, being picked up by my best friend at the Airport was a nice surprise, visited my dad's grave the next day and then went for a road trip as it's our family tradition that we go for a family road trip usually once every 5 years so it's long overdue for me and as usual we took Java - Bali route as we've done it a few times by car.
From Jakarta where my family lives, it took us about 24 hours drive and more than 1500km to reach Bali Island plus a 20 min ferry ride to cross from Java Island to Bali Island. Since all my nephews and nieces have grown up, this time we rented the second car a slightly larger one (3/4 mini bus ELF), total family who went? 18 people :p
Lots of Toilet trips along the way in every rest areas or petrol stations and sometimes when you really gotta go and cant find toilet? well in the bushes in the woods. I was appointed to be the navigator for the bigger car and my older brother became the driver and as for the smaller car was my eldest sister the navigator and her husband as the driver who came from Netherlands with their kids :) Thanks to GPS now that we didnt get lost too often :p I truly dont want to be the navigator next time coz when all the others were watching movies in the back or sleeping, I had to concentrate on the road and see signs and entertain the driver so my brother wont get sleepy or hungry hehe.

Lots of meal breaks too and experienced lots of lovely food from different towns/cities along the way, stayed at nice villas/bungalows, mom and aunt are in charge with the food with the help of my sisters/in law. Cook our own meals in the villa and the kids spent many nights awake playing cards and hanging out alot. I took so much pictures that the 8GB memory card in my digicam ran out of space and had to buy 2GB more. Watched sunsets every afternoon on the beach in Bali, truly heaven!

So much things to say, so many photos i've taken that I dont think it would be enough to put it into words in one page but anyways, when we came back from the road trip and had a long rest days, we attended my youngest brother's wedding and that too was a lovely family gathering, all my relatives were there and it was held in another town called Bandung so we also stayed in the villa, it was my chance too to meet my other relatives that i've never seen for ages!

so anyways, when my sister and her family had to go back to the Netherlands, it was a very sad moments, everyone was crying and then I too had to fly back to England. We don't know when we're going to have family reunion or road trip again as it's kinda sad now that everyone has grown up and have their own families and busy with their own things and I feel lonely the next day I arrived back in the UK, the house is so quiet and no midnight talks and kids' laughter while they're joking around. I'm missing them and feeling homesick already! :p

anyways, it's a long entry here, gotta say I miss blogging and i miss reading my friends' blogs and so many things i've missed! the jubilee, the olympic, my husband's parent's 50th wedding anniversary and i havent even unpack my suitcase, just finished cleaning the house that is sooo messy and I even almost missed my own birthday hahaha but got here in time and hubby cooked me a nice birthday meal, that's for another post as I've been on the laptop for quite a long time and it's still not fixed yet and I will give it a rest for an hour or so before I got online again and visiting my lovely friends' blogs one by one!


  1. Hi Susan,

    I missed you! :) I am so happy to hear you had a great time with your family and you all were able to get together for a fun road trip. I really enjoyed looking at the photo's, it looks like such a beautiful and interesting area to visit.
    I know what you mean, time goes by far to quickly doesn't it when you go back does for myself as well when I go to Canada, a month there seems only like a week.
    It does feel odd to go back to an empty house doesn't it. My Mom and Dad were over for over a month here and when they left it felt so odd being on my own during the days again.
    Wouldn't it be lovely to be closer to our families..

    Thanks so much for the postcard, it was such a lovely surprise! It is now living happily on my fridge :)

    A Very Happy Birthday to you as well..keep an eye out in the post for a little something...


  2. Susan!!! Welcome back! What a nice surprise to see a post from you on my blog roll! You've had a very busy and exciting summer, so glad you got to spend that time with your family:)

    Hopefully your blues go away soon and you have only happy memories! Hugs:)

  3. It's so lovely to have you back - welcome (to your second) home! Sounds and looks like an amazing trip. I have an empty house most of the day now - husband is away on business and both kids in full time school, very odd being so quiet.

  4. Oh, my sweet Susan! Welcome back, and Happy Birthday!! I missed you sooo much. I loved all your family photos, and it was so wonderful to read your lovely post about all the fun you had with your family. I know your daddy was with all of you on the road trip, too.

    I know the empty feeling after leaving your loved ones. Most of that feeling will ease, to some degree, but it's difficult to say 'goodbye' to those so close to our hearts...the silence of them gone is always so loud.

    Thank you for visiting, my dear, and I hope to see more of you as much as you can. I am affirming Life like never before, so I will begin to affirm that you have a perfectly working computer, that allows you to express yourself creatively and with fun! I am grateful for this.

    Blessings to you and your family, I'm sending you big hugs,

    Marianne xox

  5. Welcome back. Wow, what an amazing trip. I love Bali. I really want to go back and also visit Lombok one of these days. xx

  6. Welcome back! Ok, so you may have missed the jubilee, and the olympics, and Wiggo winning the Tour de France, but you've also missed the wettest summer ever. Flash floods, straight forward it never stops raining floods, plagues of slugs... it's not been non stop fun here!

    Happy Birthday, and stop cleaning! Surely he who created it should be responsible for the clean up? ;-)

  7. Oh Susan it sounds like you had an absolutely incredible time back home in Indonesia!! Such a special thing when all the family gets together isn't it? Especially when it doesn't happen so often - it's all the more important to enjoy it to the full when it does :-) Your photos look so full of fun! :-)

    Welcome back to Britain! Definitely a shame to have missed Jubilee/Olympic/Paralympic fun but I'm guessing there'll be stacks of DVDs of the Opening Ceremony you'll be able to get your mitts on! :-)

    Jem xXx

  8. What a fabulous trip Susan, I bet it was so lovely to see your family again! Glad you are back safe and sound, I missed reading your posts :)

    Take care, Estelle xx

    P.S Happy Birthday too!

  9. I'm so glad you are back, I've missed you! It looks like a truly amazing time away, with memories to treasure forever xxx


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