Heyyy… Welcome to my blog. It is about my life journey for you to explore and about travel, food, my passions, thoughts, experiences, and many again. Read on, and enjoy!!! :)
I’m an Indonesian, who working and living in China for many years. And I'm thinking I want to make a new hobby and this is it. I try to start writing about everything in my life.
This blog not only talk about my daily life, but also about my passions, thoughts, dreams, travel, food, experiences.
Last weekend I went to staycation to Southeast of Shanghai, exactly near with Disneyland. And I stayed 3 days in Lu Rao Yun family resort. The price is 250 yuan per night and the room is so comfort and cozy with simple and woody decoration. The owner is also nice and kind.
How i to go there ?
I need to take metro line 2 to Chuansha station from my place and choose exit 2. After that take a bus 628 to go to this resort for 18 stations until Zhouzhu gonglu zhiyuanlu. It took 1,5 hours to go here. And I really love this place, because not many tall buildings, silence, many green things, and flowers and there is a bird voice all day that make you calm and relax. So nice to short escape from busy noisy big city Shanghai.
Day 2 I went to Xin Chang Ancient Water Town and It took 1 hour from my resort with bus 628 to Xin Tai Gong Lu Hu Nan Gong Lu bus station. From this station we still need walk to go there around 8-10 minutes.
Xin Chang Gu Zhen (Xin Chang Ancient Town) is water town, that surrounding by rivers. The location is in Southeast of Shanghai, 36 km from the city center and 20 km from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
What you can see in this water town?
There are many stalls that sell meat, clothes, accessories, food, vegetable, flower, coffee, etc.
After that, I’m going back to my resort and I met with the owner. And he said there is a strawberry park near the resort, where we can pick strawberries by our self. And I decided to go there because only need to walk 500 meters. It is so fun and the owner also nice and kind. For 500-gram strawberry cost 30 yuan. And after that, I went back to my resort to take a rest.
Tahun 2020 adalah tahun yang penuh tantangan, tantangan untuk tetap sehat, tantangan untuk tetap survive dalam segi keuangan dan sebagainya. Dikarenakan hal yang tidak di duga datang di awal tahun 2020, Covid-19. Kebetulan saya berencana untuk balik ke Indonesia pada saat Chinese New Year itu sudah dari Oktober 2019, karena saya ingin berobat di Indonesia dan juga karena bosan kalau hanya di China. Yang mana pada saat itu, Covid belum muncul.
Pada awal-awal Januari mulai ada berita bahwa ada penyebaran virus aneh yang menyebabkan pneumonia di Wuhan. Dan pada sekitar tanggal 17 Januari 2020 mulai ada berita untuk memakai masker di China. Dalam sekejab masker mulai susah untuk di cari dan harganya juga menjadi mahal. Dan tanggal saya balik ke Indonesia adalah 22 Januari 2020 di pagi hari. Pada tanggal 22 Jan ini, Shanghai masih belum memperketat protokol seperti harus pakai masker, hanya berdasarkan kesadaran masing-masing, tapi hampir semua orang memakai maskernya. Setelah saya transit di Malaysia orang-orang tidak ada yang pakai masker, begitu pula setelah saya sampai di bandara Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta. Indonesia juga masih belum ada menerapkan protokol kesehatan. Dan sekitar sore hari di seluruh China pada tanggal 22 Januari 2020 mulai melakukan protokol yang ketat. Sehingga membuat saya khawatir pada saat itu sampai 1 bulan saya merasa parno (masa inkubasi 14 hari), karena tidak ada pengecekan suhu tubuh pada saat saya ke airport. Begitu juga dengan di Jakarta baru menerapkan pengecekan suhu tubuh pada saat malam hari. Saya parno karena saya tidak mau membahayakan keluarga saya. Tapi untungnya saya bersih dari coronavirus.
Pada akhir bulan Maret 2020, ada berita China closed border, untuk mencegah penyebaran virus keluar atau masuknya virus baru ke China. Hanya orang yang memiliki working permit atau resident permit yang di buat setelah bulan Maret 2020 yang dapat masuk China. Dan karena protokolnya yang ketat dan masyarakatnya yang patuh pada pemerintah, China tidak membutuhkan waktu yang lama untuk mengembalikan perekonomiannya kembali seperti semula. Untuk Shanghai hanya membutuhkan waktu 1,5 – 2 bulan lockdown total. Tapi setelah itu orang-orang sudah mulai bisa kembali bekerja dan beraktivitas seperti biasanya.
Saya bersyukur sekali pada saat saya pulang Indonesia, saya membawa laptop kantor. Dan saya termasuk salah satu orang yang beruntung yang masih diperbolehkan bekerja dari rumah di saat pandemik. Saya stuck di Indonesia selama hampir sembilan bulan. Karena pada akhir-akhir Agustus 2020, China baru membuka border untuk orang Indonesia yang masih memiliki resident permit dan working permit yang masih aktif. Sungguh pengalaman yang tidak terlupakan untuk melakukan penerbangan selama pandemik ini, dimana saya harus juga melakukan karantina selama 14 hari di China dan di swab PCR 3 kali.
Today is the first day of 2021. Let’s start this year with a smile and positivity because you did so well in surviving 2020.
We know 2020 has been difficult for all of us. Many peoples lost their job, lost their families, lost everything in their life. But 2020 has taught us many things, such as about ourselves, our relationships, our passions, and our values. Besides the bad things that happened in 2020, we also have many good things happened such as make us closer with our family, because we spend the day with them during the quarantine. And make us more grateful for what we have than we don’t have. Make us appreciate little things happened in our life that can bring happiness for us.
Everything happens for a reason and there is something that we can learn from that. It all depends on how we look at things. We can be stress and sad for that and it is normal, take time to heal. But don’t let that thing drag your life down.
Forget all the bad things that happened last year and focus on making 2021 better for us and the people we love. Make your dreams come true, keep positive and optimistic. We can do it :).
It started on Jan 22, 2020 in the early morning, when i took a flight to go to my hometown from China to Indonesia for holiday. And I bought this ticket since Oct 2019, so I don’t know will be there is coronavirus in 2020. When i took this flight, we are still don’t know coronavirus will be so dangerous, still many peoples didn’t wear a mask in the airplane. And when arrive in Malaysia for transit, I also open my mask. Because I thought will be safe in Malaysia. And after I arrived in my hometown for a few days, I read a news the virus already spread in Malaysia since Jan 21, 2020. I got panic and paranoid and make me stress. Because I’m afraid get infected by this virus and put my family in dangerous situation.
At that time my throat also is not feeling well, the feel is like want to get cough. But actually maybe because my gastric and the weather in China and Indonesia is different. And because my anxiety I had short breath for a few days. Every time I read the news and want to checking my flight is free from virus or not, I can’t breath so well. And this make me more stressful again. After 3 weeks in Indonesia and suddenly my friend told me, she is so stress until had short breath. And I immediately asked her ” Ow, too stressful can make us have a short breath?” And she said yes. After that I’m feeling more relax and calm and not have short breath again.
Long story short, I’m stucked in my hometown for almost 9 months from Jan 2020 – Sept 2020 and I never been stay in my hometown more than 2 weeks or 1 month before, after I went to the University. So maybe God have another plans for me, to make me closer with my family and especially my little nephew, spend time with them. And I also met my girlfriend when I’m stucked in Indonesia. So it is like a blessing in disguise. I wish I can traveling back to Indonesia in 2021 easily and meet with my girlfriend and my family. Actually not only me, but for peoples around the world can traveling easily without this coronavirus again 🙏 🙏 🙏. And wish everything goes smoothly in 2021. Stay safe, healthy, and happy guys!!! 🍻
China started to closed the borders on March 28, 2020. Since that time who issued their visa before March 28, 2020 can not entry China. And after 8 months being stuck in my hometown in Indonesia. Finally I got good news on August 22, 2020, China finally open the borders for who still have working permit and resident permit still valid. And below is what we need to prepare to back to China and this is can use for all countries, not only for Indonesian.
Working permit and resident permit still valid
If your WP and RP still valid, you can apply it online without PU Letter (Invitation Letter) and free. Step by step as below :
Choose in which country and city you want to renew your visa and submit it.
After submit it, please send email to visa application service center your passport, working permit, resident permit, photo 3,3 x 4,8 cm, and application form.
After that you will get appointment via email to give your passport, copy of passport, copy of stamp enter your country, copy of WP & RP, application form, photo 2 pieces 3,3 x 4,8 cm (the newest one).
For normal process you need to wait 3-4 working days to get back your passport with visa.
Take a nucleid acid test 3 days or 5 days before your flight (some countries still have rule to take it 5 days before flight and some countries 3 days before flight), but i suggest to you to get the result 3 days/ 72 hours before your flight. After that you need to fill health declaration form, just for name, passport number, signature, and date. And you can download the form in here http://id.china-embassy.org/eng/sgdt/W020200820644930248027.png
After that scan your Z/M visa, nucleid acid test result, and health declaration form, passport to embassy. And they will send you back with stamp in there. And please print it out and bring it with you when you flight.
How if working permit and resident permit expired?
If your resident permit expired already, you need to ask your HR to make PU letter / invitation letter for you to make Z visa / M visa (business visa). And for working permit your HR can renew it via online. After you get the PU letter, you can follow step by step same like if WP & RP still valid.
I’m so sorry if there is mistake, i just want to share to everyone. Hope my blog can be useful. Good luck and keep healthy and safe guys 🙂
March 29, 2019, this is my first time came to Manila and also my first experienced for solo traveling. I’m so afraid when decided to do this trip because I searched for everything about countries that I want to visit. And I saw on the internet many peoples said Manila is not safe, many scams and etc. But this is wrong. The important thing is wherever you go, as long as you don’t wear something expensive and don’t go alone in the dark street late at night, it will be safe.
I’ve stayed in Manila for 3 days in Zen Rooms Vista Taft is located in the Malate district. This hotel is like a mini studio apartment where they provide microwave, tableware. There are also have a swimming pool, gym. The staff and security are nice and humble. The location of this hotel near De La Salle University. And surrounding many landmarks, such as the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park, Greenbelt Mall, and there is a cafe on the first floor and mini market. Many restaurants around this apartment too. The price isn’t too expensive but has an amazing view of the sea and you also can see the sunset from your room with the beautiful color of sky and light from the building, house, and car.
Actually nothing much I did in Manila, it is like travel for food. Because I just want to relax and enjoy many delicious foods. And this is what I ate in Manila :
I think many peoples know about Jollibee, one of franchise restaurant for fried chicken that originally from Philippines that have many branches in abroad. So I tried their crispy fried chicken and spaghetti with Philippines’s specialty banana ketchup. And yeah, their fried chicken is really so good and crispy. For spaghetti is so so for me, but still delicious. You need to try Jollibee if you go to the Philippines.
2. Fresh Seafood in Seaside Dampa or Market (Pasay City)
On my second day, my friends took me to go to eat seafood in Seaside Dampa. So many peoples sell seafood and the seafood are so fresh. So first we need to buy seafood and we bought prawn, crab, clam, and fish. After that, we choose which restaurant to help us to cook it. And we need to decide what sauce we want to use and how to cook it. For crab, we chose to cook it with garlic chili sauce, for prawn cook it for sinigang and tempura, clam chili sauce, and grilled fish. And everything is so delicious because the seafood is so fresh. Don’t forget to come here if you visit Manila and we spent PHP 4500 or like USD 90 for 3 persons.
3. Garlic Beef Tapa
This is one of my favorite food in Philippines and a popular breakfast dish here. Also known as tapsilog stands for tapa, sinangag at itlog. Tapa for beef tapa, sinangag for garlic fried rice, and itlog for egg. This is simple delicious savoury food, i really love it. You must try this if you come to Philippines. I tried it in one of restaurant in BGC area.
Weekend Market in Manila
If you want to have experience feel something local and international things at the same time in Manila. They have two street food market in here. You can find local dishes from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and other countries and they also sell some organic food, art, bracelets, and many again. And they are not open on the same day.
The first is Salcedo market only open on Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm at Jaime Velasquez Park of Salcedo Village in Makati City, Manila. And the second is Legazpi market open on Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm at Legazpi Car Park in Makati City (New location at Herrera st. cor Legazpi and Salcedo, V.A. Rufino St, Legazpi Village, Makati).
And I only visit Legazpi Sunday Market when I came to Manila. And I bought Indonesian food here because a long time I didn’t eat it. And all food in this stall is so delicious, don’t forget to try this stall. This stall name is Warung Warung (their Instagram account is @warungwarungph). They have many 9 kinds of menu or paket that you can choose. I chose Paket 6 which you can get white rice, beef rendang, bakwan, jagung perkedel (corn fritters) and this is only P 115 which is very cheap to buy it in a foreign country with super delicious taste. And I also bought their chicken satay and their peanut sauce really good, thick and soft in the mouth. You will not regret it if you try it. This is not promotion, but really worth it to eat. And yes be careful with their chili, because so spicy if you can’t eat spicy.
Bonifacio Global City
Bonifacio Global City also known as BGC or Global City is a financial and modern district in Taguig, Metro Manila. Here you can see many retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, high tech offices, residential buildings, and pedestrian-friendly roads. I like this district because of so clean, feeling safer, and nice to walk or just sit in here. They also have many small booths in the middle of the pedestrian road, where you can see local design clothes, bracelets, street foods, beverages, etc.
Happy Pride month🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈! So sad this year I also can’t join pride in Shanghai, because of COVID-19, I still can’t entry to China until now. But I wish one day or next year I can join pride in Europe. And this one of my dream and I will be so happy, with a rainbow flag in my cheeks haha.
In this blog, I will share with you about when the first time I realized I’m into a woman and about LGBTQ+ in my home country.
So when I realized I’m lesbian?
I realized I’m lesbian in August or September 2015, when I’m 26 years old. Hmm yeah I know this is too late to realize it. And how I realized it? Maybe some of you also have the same experienced as me. I coincidently bought DVD lesbian Thailand movie “YES OR NO”, I don’t know this DVD about a lesbian movie. And after I watched I suddenly thinking and asking myself “Am I lesbian? Am I into a woman?”. And I throwback in my past life, when I’m in junior high school in my first year, I like my senior, And in the senior high school, in the university, and in the office I also have people that caught my intention, but keep not realize it. Yeah yeah, looks stupid haha. Because of a lack of information about LGBT at that time in my home country until I watched “YES OR NO”.
How LGBT in my home country? Is there many pro and contra in here?
Hmm… Pro and Contra? I think in my home country too many peoples have contra with LGBT. Because LGBT still taboos in Asia. Especially in my country. But since 2016, so many peoples brave to come out and speak up about our rights. We also HUMAN, we have the right to live in peace in our home country like the others and be ourselves. But the government still not approve of us, and even there is one police and he is gay. When his leader knows about him, he got fired from his job. So sad and tragic, but this is the reality we need to face in here. And in 2019, there is a rumor, if see there is LGBT people or couple in my home country. They will get punishment and said LGBT the same as adultery. When I knew this news, I’m so sad, angry, anxious, and feel not safe in my home country at that time.
And because being lesbian is so difficult in my home country, and this became one of my reason for living abroad. And because of that, I moved to China, where I can be myself in here, without people judging me and feel safer. I tried so hard to get a job in China, and as you know nothing is impossible in this world, as long as you brave enough to dream, and never give up to make it come true.
And I just want to tell you about wrong statements about LGBT around the world. Many peoples thinking LGBT is related to drugs, alcohol, free sex, criminal, and etc. But this is a really wrong statement about LGBT, because of our circle is so small, so they only saw bad things that TV or news exposed. They didn’t see the other good things, many LGBT peoples also have a good carrier, success in their young age, have their own company, and make many achievements. We are the same as you all, we have the right to live in peace and to be a success in our life. Love is Love. Peace✌️❤️❤️❤️🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈.
I don’t know why I suddenly took this decision to travel alone to go to 4 countries and 5 cities in South East Asia in Feb 2019. I took my laptop and make plan and budget to travel in the end of March 2019 until April 10, 2019. And this travel plan is travel for food.
After I made the plan, I suddenly feel afraid to go alone, especially I heard and read in the internet some of cities that I’ve visit not too safe. Even if my hometown is more dangerous than that country from polling in the some website, but I keep feel so nervous and can’t sleep well (too exaggerated, right?! hahaa). And the more I watched about thats place, the more I scared to go.
But this is one of my resolution in 2019, I want to do something new that I’ve never try it before, something that make my adrenaline up. I want to meet a lot of peoples around the world, learn a lot of characteristics of people, try a lot of foods from different country and their extreme food too, give myself me time, enjoy my life and to know myself more.
The routes started from Philippines, I just went to Manila in Philippines to meet my friends and explore the local foods. After that I went to Hanoi for 3 days, and then Chiang Mai only for 2 days and go to Bangkok took 13 hours overnight sleeper train (nice experience, first time tried it). And the last is Kuala Lumpur.
And this trip make me falling in love with traveling and want to do it a lot. I wish I can traveling around the world.
After going back to Indonesia in June 2014, I started working again in Jakarta, Indonesia. But after worked for 1 day or 1 week or 1 month I always felt uncomfortable worked in that company and make me changed 5 companies within 1,5 years until I got a job in China. And I’ve ever jobless for 3 months until I get stressed so much because I didn’t have a job. Everyday I always opened a website for jobs, such as indeed, jobstreet, jobsdb, monster.com, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and many websites again. At that time, I know I don’t have a good Chinese skill to work in China, but I never give up to get it.
I feel I’m already falling in love with China, with all convenient access for transport, cheap and delicious food, the unique culture they have, and many things that make me really want to back to this Bamboo country. And I had interviewed many times with companies in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Philippines. I’ve been rejected many times because my Chinese isn’t too good or I reject the offering because of the benefit and salary that they offered to me not too good. Until Jan 2016 before CNY, there is a big 5 international company in Chengdu that gave me a call want to process an interview with me. And I passed the interview with HR and continue the interview with GM(the last interview), and I think this is the easiest and the most simple interview I’ve ever had. GM didn’t ask me many questions, almost 30 mins I listened to her explain about the job and China.
And after CNY 2016, I got called again that made me really shocked and surprised. HR said you passed the last interview and will send me an email about the offering. And without thinking too much, I said “YESSSSS” for this job. And on Apr 25 2016 I moved to China. I’m so happy I can come back to China again. By the way, I got that job from LinkedIn. So things that I want to say never give up for something that you really want or your dreams, as long as you try your best to make it come true, and believe it, you can get it. Success for you all.. 🙂
Hiii!!! Just call me Bella, this is my initial name. I”m from Indonesia. And want to try to write a blog to make documentation about my life and journey.
I’ve been living in China more than 3 years already. The first time I came to China in Feb 2014, I came to Beijing to studied Chinese language for 1 semester. And in June 2014 I back again to Indonesia, to working again. And after 3 months came back to Indonesia, I felt I falling in love with China. Because of that i changed my job until 4 times, because i’m not comfortable to do that job. My heart in China, I like live in China. And then I tried so hard to find a job in China for more than 1 year, might be there are total 150-200 job vacancies that I’ve applied. And in Feb 2016 I’ve got email that said Hi WXL, you success through this interview and would you accept this offer? And can you on board in April 2016? and i said YESSS!!! of course i want to accept this offer.
OMG!!! Finally I’ve got this job and I’m so surprise got this job. And in April 2016 i bought a one-way flight ticket to Chengdu, China (Yeayyyy..!!!). I lived in Chengdu for 2 years and 7 months. And Chengdu is really nice city and gave me a lot of memories (sad and happy). And this city have so many spicy and delicious foods than others city in China. Chengdu is known as the happiest city in China and suitable for life. Because of the stress level work and life in here not same like Beijing and Shanghai. And also known as “homeland of pandas”.
In Oct 2018 I’ve got my new job
in Shanghai, and moved to Shanghai on Nov 28 2018. And yeahh my new journey is