On this day… (December 14th)

A baby girl was born to young couple. Dad is a university teacher/lecturer, Mom is a housewife/stay-at-home-mom…

The baby grew up in Jakarta and Los Angeles. Her childhood was filled with love and happiness (eventhough she lived in a not-so-good neighborhood in LA). She played with Barbie, dollhouses, and loved her Charlotte’s Web book so much it became tattered and torn. She also obsessed over Donny Osmond (Hey, what girl didn’t obsess over Donny??)

Growing up, she also had dreams of becoming a psychologist, and a doctor (Saving people’s lives is so cool, doncha think?). Life as a teenager was spent at an all girl catholic school, complete with nuns and all :-). Still labeled a bookworm, a lot of Enid Blyton, but also some Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon became her reading.

Then Fate brought her to the wonderful world of microbiology and education. It was her “Plan B” but what a journey it has been! A lot of peaks and valleys along the way but never a dull moment whenever you’re with students 🙂

She was blessed with the chance to live in different countries, from America to Japan to Germany, and met a lot of people that would shape her personality and give her the oppportunity to ride trains in London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Berlin. Along the way, she developed an obsession with Figure Skating, German Bread, Pasta, and Takoyaki 🙂 Her spiritual journey has brought her to the Holy Land of Mecca not once, not twice, but three times, a fact that continues to amaze her and count her blessings.

Her friends are truly a treasure she cherishes the most after her family. The friends go beyond borders, a real global community.

Finally, her family. The young lecturer Dad is now a retired professor Dad, still teaching, still leading the way for the younger generation. The stay at home Mom is still home, her body somewhat broken but not her spirit, her two brothers, now with their own families, giving her the “Fantastic Four” that is her two nieces and nephews. They are her most valuable possessions.

Now, 41 years later, she looks back and says… “What a wonderful life I have had, and hope to continue having. Thank You Allah for all the You have given and may the rest of the journey will be as fulfilling and exciting!”

(with apologies for a truly selfish, egotistical, and narcissistic posting)