Monday, January 14, 2019


It felt like a few weeks ago when I flew from Jakarta and cried my eyeballs out on the plane. But I've been here for a year now. Time passes too fast!

To be honest, I feel that my experience and journey here is not enough. I need longer, maybe another year, two years more even because I feel I haven't gotten enough experience, there are still many things I want to do.

During my stay here, many things happened which of course will be an unforgettable life experience. I met many people who will always be important in my life. They became the biggest part of my life in Australia. It was them who made my life here extraordinary. It was this family that make my stay here more meaningful and unforgettable.

I don't even know how to begin explaining how grateful and blessed I am to have a chance to get to know them since last year. This family has been a big part of my Aussie life. Days I spent with them were something I'll be forever grateful for and I can't thank them enough. 

My Aussie parents, Donna and Graham, they're the best. I couldn't ask for better parents because they're more than I deserve. Since day one, they made me feel accepted, loved and taught me to be strong and brave to live in another country. My daily life for the past year has been started with saying good morning to them and ended with good night from them. From breakfast to late-night snack during a movie on movie night. Laughing with them and crying to them because my life wasn't at its best. Received many life lessons from their stories and advice. Missing them for three weeks because they were away for a golf tour. 

I love whenever they tell me stories about their trips, especially overseas. The way they tell the stories is amazing as if I was there. 

However, more than the routine we always do together, I can always tell them anything. The dining table is a witness to our quality conversations every night - from work, movies, music, culture, my childhood, my family, their youth, how they met, funny stories, stories how they built the house, up to personal things which eventually made me wipe away tears. The emotional bond that we have is extraordinarily meaningful for me. It's not easy to build trust, especially with people you just met. 

My beautiful sister, Leisel, is one of a kind. She's truly a beautiful person inside and out. We got along very well and quickly. It's funny how Mum always said we're the same person. She always understands my feeling and talks me down whenever I need it. I still remember that night - the worst night of my life, she talked to me softly and carefully and let me cried on her hug and constantly checked on my condition. Without her, I wouldn't be able to make the right decision. She's also given me an example to be an amazing daughter, wife, and mum.

This family is my family. Even when I'm going back to my home country, it doesn't matter because once a family always a family.

Love, Vera


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