Picture tells thousand words. Bumped to the old pictures and made me feel like writing.. ^^
I was a naive-teens struggled to pursue my higher study after completing senior high school. I was badly hopping to get into university in Australia. There were days when my friends mostly managed to decide their choices going to Germany, US, Singapore, Malaysia, etc, while I still went from one to the other education exhibitions in town, collecting the pamphlets and calculating the tuition as well as living costs.
It reminds me of the tough time since I got no support from parents of going to Australia. They wanted me to stay in hometown with couple of reasons, particularly in financial issue.
However, I finally managed to convince my strict daddy to go at least to Jakarta. ^^
My cousins were there, and they helped me in the sense of convincing my daddy for the tragic riot case as well as the overview of the expenses. Thanks to them! On the other side, my daddy always wants us to propose and manage our finance. So, even he’s convinced, he still need me to make kind of proposal, finding out the cost that he needs to cover for the bachelor degree. Yes, different families have different way of teaching the kids. As I went to a private school with pretty many well-off families background students, most of my friends had no burden to even think of the money. Some of them were even got decided from parents where to pursue their studies. Frankly I felt how easy and lucky their lives were, they didn’t even need not to think about the cost. But at the time passed by, I’m truly thankful for the process that I went through until what I am now. At the end of the day, my daddy approved my proposal. He sold the car and I got funded for half of the total cost of university in advance. It’s very nostalgic moment, I even kissed the car before it was given to the buyer since the car had given so many memories for my family.
As the only daughter and the first time to be away from parents, my daddy went to Jakarta accompanying me to make sure everything’s settled. We went on ship, operated by P.T. Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) which took us 3 days 2 nights to reach Jakarta. There’re lot of things I learned during the journey. I made new friends and knowing the fact that we would go to the same university. What an unforgettable experience.
My daddy left for home after one month accompany, figuring out that everything seemed to be settled. I was so excited to be away from hometown, doing everything myself and I could go for my first camping. Call me silly, but my strict daddy never allowed me to stay overnight with friends before.
During my first year, I enjoyed studying and enrolling the extracurricular activities. I was pretty stingy for myself since I was too scared to run out of money. I mostly ate like 1,000 Rupiah lunch in 888. In my second year, I managed to get a bit money from becoming Teaching Assistant and from the investment that I made. I finally could finish the study within 3 years and half. I was so happy that I could show them that I could make it. I was excited to invite my parents to come to the graduation ceremony and was so happy that I could pay them flight to Jakarta. LOL.
I worked for two years before I planned to challenge myself getting scholarship abroad. And I was lucky to get chosen out of thousands people. We were three, all girls for the chance to study in Japan.
And I would like to give my credits to my family and friends for this.
Last March, I got my graduation and again I was excited to invite my parents. They made it here, the first time for them for a long trip to Japan. Pretty unlucky as the spring this year was quite cold. It rained a lot, and even on my graduation day. The sakura was not also fully blossomed when they’re here.
I was given choice to wear either Hakama or graduation gown. But as I wore kebaya and graduation gown for bachelor graduation ceremony,I thought that it would be nice to experience wearing Hakama this time. Hakama is a type of traditional Japanese clothing, originally worn only by men, but today they are worn by both sexes. Hakama is pleated skirt tied at the waist and fall approximately to the ankles and worn over the kimono.
Most of the female students in Japan, rent Hakama for this special graduation occasion. The rent itself is expensive. The range is about 20,000 to 50,000 yen. And I was so lucky that my friend borrowed me the kimono. So I just rent the hakama and paid for the hair-make.
Here’s the pics..
So friends, what do you think of hakama? What did you wear for your graduation day? ^^
Happy Monday to all.