The Day I Got Engaged: It was Truly Like What I Have Always Dreamed of

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Dear friends and families,

I would like to give you a very happy news, I am getting married in 2018 🙂 I have been engaged with Marc since April 2017. In this post, I would like to share the story of how he proposed to me. I don’t want to brag about my relationship, because I know it is far from perfection. But this journey has taught me that we don’t need everything to be perfect to actually be happy. We have ups and downs, we have been on the edge of breaking up, and we fight… a lot! And it will continue to be like that, because I realize the moment I said “yes” to his proposal, it means I said “yes” to take him as my “lifelong problem” hahaha.

I still remember everything crystal clear in my head, and I would like to remember every details of it for the rest of my life. That is why I am writing it in this post.

23 April 2017. It was on a Sunday, and a perfect time to have a getaway for several reasons. First, we were having a long weekend because that next Monday was a public holiday. Second, it was my birthday weekend (my birthday is 26 April, which in this year fell on a Wednesday). Third, it was St. Jordi’s day (the love day for Catalans, similar to Valentine’s day for other cultures). So in fact, we had planned together the getaway to an eco resort in Bogor, not too far away from Jakarta. I had deliberately chosen the resort because it has great nature view, very spacious room with amazing outdoor bathtub, and infamous delicious restaurants.

I had no idea whatsoever about the proposal. I mean, we have talked about getting engaged since end of 2016, but I thought it was gonna be on Valentine’s Day. When it did not happen then, I thought it would not happen ever, or at least not until end of 2017. But Marc had been acting weird for the past week, like he came home very late and told me he was very busy. Don’t get me wrong, he is always busy, but usually he will get everything done on time so he can come home soon. And I had busted him texting a girl I did not know, I mean he has a lot of girl friends of course but usually he will introduce them to me. Clearly not this one, but I still tried to be positive.

When we got to the resort, we were very happy because it was exactly like we have thought. They have long nature walk and we immediately went there to look around. There, we saw my biggest enemy but Marc’s eternal love: monitor lizard! A giant one! Of course I freaked out. I was running trying to find the shelter hahahaha. The monitor lizard finally disappeared, but I knew they will come back. So I stayed where I was, faaaarrrrr away from where I should have stood according to Marc’s scenario. So he was like, “Can you please come here? I need to talk to you.”

“No!” I said immediately. “Just say it from there, I can hear you.”

He was still trying to convince me but I kept putting him down. He finally gave up. So he came towards me, and said, “Okay then I will say it right here.”

Then almost suddenly, he dropped to his knee and kneeled in front of me. I was surprised, but I thought it was just one of his jokes, I still did not expect anything. And then he pulled out a rose. My heart melted instantly, but I still did not realize he was proposing to me, because again… rose is something very common to be given on St. Jordi’s day. Until he actually opened the rose and showed me what’s inside: THE RING!

I really could not believe what I saw, and that’s when he popped the question, “Would you marry me?”

He teared up waiting for my response, and I also could not hold my tears.

“Yes, of course yes!” I answered, crying my heart out.

He then put the ring into my finger and hugged me.

I, Dinda Dwita Puspasari, am officially Marc Mallolas Castro’s fiancee now.

We will be having two weddings, one in Palembang (my hometown), and another one in Barcelona (Marc’s hometown). We have set the date, and I am going to give you all an update soon 🙂

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What to Write in My Next Post?

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Hey all!!!!!

I realize I haven’t been active in writing posts lately. Thank you so much for your endless support to my previous posts, so I will try to push myself to write something more regularly.

At the moment, I’m actually very busy juggling among my job as a PR consultant, preparing my own business that will very soon be launched (yeay!), co-writing my second book (the first one is out already! Go get them in Gramedia Bookstores all around Indonesia guys. The title is: “Soul Travellers: Turning Miles Into Memories”), and also preparing my wedding in 2018 (I will have two wedding celebrations, one in Indonesia and one in Barcelona). So…yeaaahhh, I might not have too much time lately.

But still I really want to start sharing again through this blog, so I want to ask for your opinion on what should I write next. I saw a big response to my post on scholarship to USA, should I write more on that? Maybe about my journey going to American public school? Or about living in Seattle, USA? Or even about my host family?

I also still have stories to tell about my engagement, some of my trips, and even about my first book.

Sooo… if you have any requests on what should I write, please comment below and I will try to accommodate each and every request you give me.

Have a nice day!

With love,

Dinda

 

 

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Working in Singapore: What, Why, and How?

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I graduated with a bachelor degree in Communications Science from University of Indonesia in 2015. August 2015, to be exact. I was quiet active in networking and participating in students’ events during my university years. I also received a full scholarship from National University of Singapore during those years. So in 2013, I took a semester abroad, in Singapore (the story of how I could get the scholarship can be found in this link: https://dindadwitapuspasari.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/meraih-beasiswa-ke-national-university-of-singapore/ )

At NUS, I took 4 classes, in which each of them was worth 4 credits, so I could transfer 16 credits back to my home university at the end of the semester. One of the classes I took was called “Professional Communication”. There were only about 12 students in that class, so we were assigned to make small groups consisting of 3 – 4 students each. I was in a group with 3 other students, one of them is a full time NUS student from Indonesia. We got along very well, we did a research in Indonesia’s deforestation case, and we could even recommend an application to solve the case.

Long story short, we got good grades for that class, and I really think we learned each other’s working style from that project. Then I came back to my home university, finished my thesis, and graduated, while that guy also graduated from NUS and immediately joined a consulting company, Arthur D. Little Singapore.

I guess everybody could see how much I love Singapore. I was very happy to get a chance to study there, and I have always dreamed of working there. Nothing you cannot achieve, my mom once told me. So I keep on dreaming.

At the time of my graduation, I was already in a relationship with Marc, and we had been doing long distance relationship for almost a year, we were getting tired of it. Marc was working at Google Europe in Dublin, Ireland at that time. So we decided to aim to close the distance. Marc would be asking to be relocated to Singapore, and I was going to apply for jobs in Singapore. Why Singapore? Because it is going to be easier for Marc as it is a friendlier environment for expats, and it has always been the city that I love.

Unfortunately, Google Singapore did not have a position available for Marc, so he needed to change jobs. He found another job in a tech company in Singapore quite fast, so he would be moving to Singapore for sure. Now the problem was on me. As a recent graduate from an Indonesian university, it was quite hard for me to nail a job in Singapore, but I was not ready to give up yet. Then I had an offer to do an internship at the Embassy of Indonesia in Singapore. I thought it was a great start for a career in Singapore, because while still applying for job, I would already be inside the country, and I could also broaden my networks. So I took the offer and moved to Singapore in October 2015.

When I was working at the Embassy, that friend of mine from NUS contacted me and asked me if I would like to work for a project with his colleague. I received the brief and I felt interested, so I took the job after my term at the Embassy finished. That way, I could also stay a little bit longer in Singapore. By the way, Singaporean companies pay really well 😉

Before I finished the project, my friend offered me another job opportunity, this time as a Management Associate in a shipping and trading company. He then connected me with the employee of that company, so I got a direct reference from her. Not long after that, I actually got a call from the HR Director in that company for an interview. I went for the interview, I think I did a good job because then the company called me for the second interview, directly with the CEO, which whom I will be directly reporting to if I got the job.

So yeah, in conclusion, for my case, networking is very important. At the end, I got the job, and it all thanks to that friend I met at NUS. Maybe this is not the ideal case as for most people they need to go through written test, either psychological or business case.

The other thing that makes it hard to work in Singapore is the working visa. Singapore has different types of working visa, and it is only the company that can apply for the working visa, which means that we need to get a job first before we can actually move to the country. As you know, Indonesians can get up to 30 days visa-free stay in Singapore, but we cannot and are not supposed to work with that visa. I don’t fully understand the regulation to obtain working visa in Singapore, but I will try to explain it based on my experience.

The type of working visa that we will get will depend on how much salary we get per month. S Pass will require a minimum salary of SGD 2,200, while Employment Pass will require SGD 3,500 minimum. If you compare this salary with the salary of a fresh grad in Indonesia, it is quite high. Since Singapore is a small but developed country, they have a lot of qualified productive age citizens, and they want to protect their own citizens so that the unemployment rate would go down. So they have this one regulation stating that each company has a quota of how many working visa for foreign employees that they obtain. That is why, they really need to think when it comes to hiring a foreign employee. They need to have a reason why they should sacrifice one spot of quota for you. Usually, it would be much easier if you are already a professional, meaning that you have years of experience in your field. In my case, I was very lucky because I could bring something special to offer to the company.

Back to my experience, my company in Singapore at that time was specifically looking for someone who can speak Bahasa Indonesia fluently as that person is needed to handle a new project with an Indonesian client. And there I came, fulfilling their need. It was just that I came at the right place in the right time.

My advice for you if you are a fresh grad wanting to apply for jobs in Singapore: have as many networks as possible, go out meeting people, and show them that you are capable of entering the global workforce, or you can also join discussions and organizations. And don’t forget to keep sharpening your skills in the field that you choose. Indonesian graduates have the same level of capabilities with the graduates from other countries, and it is our job to prove them so 🙂

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Wonderful Indonesia: Hidden Paradise of Belitung!

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Belitung, the island in the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia is our cheapest favorite weekend getaway ever. It is my pleasure to share this experience with all of you cause this island is literally a hidden paradise. Me and my boyfriend also already made the video of the trip that you can see at the end of this blogpost.

We had been looking for several traveling options at the cheapest price and we found Citilink was having a discount for their flight tickets and Belitung was  below IDR 500.000 round trip per person!!! It is supeer cheap for being direct flight from Jakarta and the flight is only 1 hour. Good news for all of you from other countries, Tanjung Pandan Airport of Belitung is now open for international flights 🙂 

 

Day 1

We had to wake up at 3am to get ready and leave for our flight at 6am. We would be landing in Belitung  around 7am.

We took a cab from the airport in Tanjung Pandan (the capital of Belitung) to our hotel, Pelangi Lake Resort, which is on walking range to one of the most popular beach of the island. For this trip, we planned to just stay in the west side of the island, because we have heard that the beaches are nicest on that side. The taxi ride from the airport cost us IDR 250.000 but the hotel charged us IDR 200.000 for the taxi ride to the airport on the last day to return. The hotel that we stayed in was nice but we happened to come across another hotel which was even more amazing, right in front of an amazing beach, and we could see the sunset right in front of the room, this amazing hotel is called Bukit Berahu Cottage. The price was almost the same as our hotel which was around IDR 300.000 – IDR 400.000 (we didn’t find it online at the first time because we booked through Agoda and this one was not there, it was on Traveloka though).

We arrived to our hotel and had breakfast before renting a motorbike for the day. The roads were really good and it was fast to go anywhere. Our first stop was in Tanjung Tinggi, the beach right next to the hotel. This is one of the most famous beaches in Belitung all surrounded by massive clean rocks. There were several local tourists but we went a little bit away from the big main beach and had a small secluded beach all for ourselves, all surrounded by the typical rocks in Belitung. Families came there for a picnic on the beach.

Afterwards we headed towards Tanjung Kelayang as it was the next popular beach, but this was where all the boats came to and not so nice of a beach so we just had lunch there, an amazing fish and prawn barbecued.

That was a very late lunch and after that we went to the last beach of the day where we would wait to see the sunset. It was called Bukit Berahu or Pantai Berahu. That is where we found the hotel, Bukit Berahu Cottages, that we felt were really amazing to spend the night and see the sunset.

 

Day 2

We woke up relatively early to have breakfast and head directly to the harbour, in Tanjung Kelayang,  where we had booked from the hotel a full day boat ride. This is the typical tour you need to take to see all the best spots in West Belitung. The good part of it is that we had the full boat for ourselves for only 450.000 + 80.000 for the snorkeling equipments.

The first stop was a small rocky formation in the middle of the sea. This cannot be called an island as there was literally no land, only a very shallow sandy bottom and several massive rocks that you could climb up. Then there was one island that the government was trying to protect so we could only see from far a distance.

Then we headed towards Pulau Lengkuas. This is probably the most famous site in Belitung with the sea light on top of the island. We took our time to walk around the island, more of the beautiful rocks were scattered around the island and then we climbed up the sea light, quite a climb. From the top you could see the amazing colors the sea was taking, the turquoise blues contrasting with the dark blues.

Before leaving the island we took our time to rest on a beach behind the sea light, and not in the front, where again we were completely alone. And we would have been for even longer if we had decided to stay longer.  But we left towards the next stop, the island right in front, for some snorkeling. When we stopped the boat plenty of tropical colorful fish started coming at us and we could see as well huge colorful coral just roughly 2 meters deep.

The last island for the day was a small island where we ventured ourselves inland a little bit to find a set of caves created but full rocks piled one on top of the other.

 

And that was the end of the highlights of an amazing weekend getaway.

Hope this inspires you to visit Belitung 🙂

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Wonderful Indonesia: Yogyakarta Trip!

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Hi all!

I am going to make a series of blogpost about Wonderful Indonesia, as I am now going to travel to some beautiful places in this country, and mostly this trip will only take weekend time! So it can be your ideas to travel smart and cheap 🙂

First stop: Yogyakarta!

Why Yogyakarta? Because this amazing hidden gem of Indonesia holds a very special meaning for me and my boyfriend. We first started getting together in this city, and this is also where I learned for the first time that we were falling in love with each other 😉 So we took a weekend trip to celebrate our 2 years anniversary in the place where it all started.

And here is our itinerary during the trip:

 

Day 1

We had to wake up at 2 am to get ready and leave for our flight at 5 am. We would be landing in Yogyakarta around 7 am.

After settling for some time we decided that booking a car with a driver for the day would be the best way to optimize our time in Yogyakarta, so we did. We went for breakfast and walked around the street and by 11 am the driver had come and we could leave.

Our first day was all about beach, we drove all the way to Kukup Beach and Sadranan Beach, the southern beaches as the locals call it. We spent quite some time in the first one, taking pictures, walking around and doing some shopping. The beach had very cheap shell crafts, which my boyfriend loved, so we bought several for his family. The first and second beach were fairly similar and since we were running short on time we decided to move on and go to visit the sand dunes next to another beach. We stayed until past sunset. In the sand dunes, there were several swings as the most favorite spot for tourists to take pictures, and there was also rental for skateboard. For us, we just enjoyed the beautiful view of the sunset. 

At night when we came back into the city we had plenty of time to visit Alun-Alun, where there are car shaped bicycles decorated with all sorts of lighting cables and that you can ride around. There were also the Twin Trees, which people say that if you close you eyes and walk straight through them it will bring you good luck and you will be able to make any wishes. We both tried once and we failed, but on the second time my boyfriend managed to cross, but I still didn’t. So I guess my boyfriend’s wish will be the one to come true 🙂

Day 2

In the morning we had agreed to rent the same car with the driver again and we decided to visit some majestic caves outside the city, Jomblang cave. Little did we know that this cave is popular for being the site of one challenge from The Amazing Race TV Show. The ride to the cave was long and we had to leave at 7 am because the driver told us that only 1 group a day of 25 people max were allowed to visit the cave.

The tour into the cave consisted of basically descending by a cable deep into the cave through a vertical sinkhole of about 60 meters. The descent was made by them, pulling you down on the rope. My boyfriend and I went down together and it was very intense. I was screaming most of the way.

Once down at the cave, the ground was a full grown rainforest, extremely humid as well as beautiful. We then walked through what would be the second part of the cave, a long corridor which became pitch black in the center and into the second main sinkhole. This one was a majestic image of sunlight pouring into the cave through the vegetation above and with the views of a river running underneath where we were. The views were breathtaking at the very least.

And to go back there was no other way than where we had come from, the same line that dropped us down was going to pull us up. I had my concerns on how the mechanism would work since I had not seen any machine on the top. But then I realized, once at the top we saw a dozen men pulling the rope with every pair of tourists. This is the way it work in Indonesia and this is certainly helping local communities.

Back with our driver we still had time before leaving Yogyakarta, so after a short lunch break he took us back into the city to see the Ratu Boko temple. Our visit was shortened by the rain but we had the chance to rest and have dinner with views to the city.

And finally, since we still had some time before catching our night train back to Jakarta, we asked our driver to take us to Malioboro street to walk around and do some shopping.

This is the video we made about that trip, enjoy it and we hope it can inspire people to visit Yogyakarta!

 

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With Him

12144838_899975753416998_6298537508831273168_nMy relationship with Marc has been the toughest, yet the most fulfilling that I have ever experienced.

With him, I feel what it is like to love and be loved in return.

With him, I experienced what it is like to cry my heart out until I could barely breathe because of pain as well as happiness.

With him, I have experienced dozens of handwriting letters, hours of Skype and Facetime, millions of hugs and kisses, and uncountable late night deep talks.

With him, I have tried conquering my fear to swim in the oceans as well as in the swimming pools.

With him, I have traveled a lot.

With him, I have enjoyed life the way I did not know before.

With him, I stumbled, I fell, but I got back up again.

But what important is… with him, I discovered myself. And sometimes when I felt like there is no way out, I could see him lighting a candle at the end of the road, waiting for me with his arms open and big smile.

A lot of people thought that I wasted my future when I got into a relationship with him. What they did not know is, my future has never been as bright as when I am with him. It seems like everything is possible, it seems like nothing is ever be too big for me.

A lot of people don’t like us, and it scares me at first. But now it doesn’t bother me anymore. I don’t need to explain my relationship to them. Some people enjoy a more casual relationship, but we enjoy the old-fashioned kind of relationship. We enjoy doing things together, we take pictures of what we do, and we post it if we think the pictures are nice. We post pictures of one another, we write sweet silly captions on it, and we introduce one another with the term boyfriend&girlfriend. I don’t see there is anything wrong with that, but as I said, everybody is different and I don’t mind if some people think our relationship is too much.

Today I watched a video of Alex&Sierra when they first auditioned for X-Factor USA in 2013. For those who don’t know who they are, let me tell you that you miss out on something. They are the winner of X-Factor USA 2013, they sing in duet and they are couple in real life. They are very cute, and all the judges were like “I am in love with your love.” It is very clear that they are in love with each other. When they sing, they look at each other in the eyes, and I think it is very warm. For some people it is corny, but they conquer the world with their love, and that’s what me and Marc are going to do.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – I always love this verse, and I would love to say it out loud on my wedding day, but before that… I know I need to keep learning about love and getting better in loving day by day. 

I love Marc, but more than that… I love us together.

With him, I learn what is love, how to love, and I will keep learning.

 

 

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FAQ

If you are one of the user of social media platform ask.fm, you should totally find me (my username is @dindadwitapuspasari) and you can ask any questions you want.

Recently, I got a lot of repetitive questions and then some of the people actually asked me to make FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to be featured in my profile on that platform. I thought that is a good idea, and maybe I can also feature that on my blog since I link everything pretty much to my blog.

So here it is:

  • What is your full name?

Dinda Dwita Puspasari.

 

 

  • How do people usually call you?

 

Dinda, but my family and closest friends call me Ayuk Wita. Ayuk means “big sister” in Palembangnese. I was born and raised in Palembang, the capital city of South Sumatra, so I can speak the language and that is why my family and friends also use the term from that language to call me.

 

 

  • How old are you?

 

I was born on April 26,1992. you can count it yourself.

 

 

  • Tell us about your academic journey.  

 

I went to elementary school, middle school, and half of my high school in Palembang, Indonesia. Then I got full scholarship from US Department of States under a program called Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (KL-YES) to live in USA for one year. In USA, I stayed with a host family in Enumclaw, Washington State. It is like 45 minutes drive away from Seattle. I went to Enumclaw High School. After that I went back to Palembang to finish my last year of high school. I got into University of Indonesia in 2011, majoring in Communication Studies. In my second year of university, I chose the specialization in Public Relations. In my third year, I got the full scholarship from Temasek Foundation Singapore under a program called Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Award (TF-LEaRN) to study for one semester at National University of Singapore. Again, after that I went back to Indonesia to do my thesis. But my degree is from Indonesia, I did not get the degree from Singapore because it was not a dual degree program.

 

 

  • How can you get the scholarship abroad? Mind to share your tips and tricks?

 

You can read about the scholarship to USA here: https://dindadwitapuspasari.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/perjuangan-mendapatkan-afsyes-scholarship-khusus-untuk-anak-sma/

 

And about the scholarship to National University of Singapore here:

https://dindadwitapuspasari.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/meraih-beasiswa-ke-national-university-of-singapore/

 

P.S: both of the blogposts were written in Bahasa Indonesia.

 

 

  • Where do you work?

 

I got my first ever full time job in Singapore. Previously I have working experience but only internships or project-based work. It was an international commodity trading company, and my position was the Management Associate. I already resigned from that company because me and my boyfriend decided to move back to Indonesia to aim for high career advancement in the bigger market. Now I am working in a public relations and global communications management agency in Jakarta. If you want to know more about my professional experience, please check out my linkedin page here: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/dindadwitapuspasari

 

 

  • Tell us about your host family when you were in USA.

 

My host family was The Lantrip’s. They are the Irish-British family living in Seattle area. The family consists of Dad (Jeff Lantrip), Mom (Carrie Lantrip), and my 5 adorable little brothers (Joseph, Frankie, Isaac, Gilbert, Randy). Mom and I have the same interests, we both love singing and dancing. She is a church singer and she has a very beautiful voice. We sometimes spent our times together having British brunch with English Breakfast Tea and Kate Middleton-inspired big hats. Dad works as an aerospace engineer for Boeing. All my brothers were homeschooled and they always go to Sunday school. Even though I am a Muslim, they respect me and my faith and I tried to do the same with their faith. Every night we will read the Bible together and I also always went to church with them on Sunday.

 

 

  • Who is your boyfriend?

 

My boyfriend is a very handsome, smart, and charming Catalan guy named Marc Mallolas Castro. Yes, he is from Barcelona, but he is totally independentist so if it’s possible, just dont call him Spanish hahaha (I support him and his countrymen to fight for Catalonia’s independence from Spain though). Marc got his bachelor of business administration and master of marketing management from ESADE Business School, Barcelona. He worked for Google Europe previously before moving to Garena Singapore as the business intelligence. he recently got promoted to handle Indonesia as the bigger market so now he is based in Jakarta.

 

 

  • How did you two meet?

 

It was through a short cultural exchange program organized by my organization, Indonesian Students Association For International Studies (ISAFIS). The program is called Indonesia International Week (IIW). This program is regulated under International Week Coordinating Organization (IWCO) and consist of more or less 20 member countries. These member countries will have the same exchange program and they will send some students to join other countries’ international weeks. In 2014, I was one of the organizer of the event and Marc was the participant from Barcelona. It was love at the first sight. In the opening ceremony, I was the MC so I was up on stage and I could see the way Marc looked at me. The next day, people were talking about me saying that Marc told them that I was very pretty. After that he started approaching and talking to me. The program brought us to 3 cities in Indonesia (Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Bali), and it was funny because even though we were already close since Jakarta, he actually just started talking about how he felt in Yogyakarta, when we were partying in a nightclub. And we were inseparable afterwards.

 

 

  • How did Marc ask you to be his girlfriend?

 

At first we made a deal that we will just keep in touch as a friend and spent as much time as possible together when we were in that program. It was hard to let him go at the airport and I had no idea when we will see each other again. After he got to his plane, I thought I would not hear from him ever again. But right after he arrived in Barcelona, he called me and told me that I was the first person he thought of contacting when he landed and then he asked me to keep talking regularly because he still cant forget about me. On September 3, 2014 he asked me to have a Skype and there he asked me, “would you like to be my girlfriend?”

 

 

  • What is Marc’s religion and how you overcome that situation?

 

Marc is a Catholic. On the day he asked me to be his girlfriend, I gave him couple conditions for him to follow before I said yes. One of them was for him to convert to Islam if this relationship is going to move forward to the next step. He agreed to that. On my birthday in 2016, he gave me some beautiful presents, and one of them was to start the process of converting. It means the world to me because now we are very much thinking of our future life together.

 

 

  • Where have you been traveling to with Marc?

 

We have been traveling together in Yogyakarta, Bali, Nusa Penida, Belitung, Lombok, Palembang (my hometown), Bandung, Pelabuhan Ratu, Thousand Island, and Bintan Island for Indonesia, then we also have been to Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, France, Andorra, Germany, and Netherlands together. We traveled around Barcelona (Marc’s hometown), Torredembarra (Marc’s summertown), Girona, and Sitges in Catalonia, Spain. Other than that, we have lived together in Singapore and Jakarta.

 

Here are some of the videos of our traveling adventure:

Europe Trip in Winter

Wonderful Indonesia – Belitung Island

 

Singapore Beach Time

 

Wonderful Indonesia – Yogyakarta Trip 

 

Hong Kong for a weekend

 

Park Guell Visual Effect

 

Follow Me to Sentosa Island

 

Trip to The Tropical Indonesia

 

Trip to Barcelona

 

And of course…

Indonesia International Week

 

 

  • What are your hobbies?

 

I really love reading. I can spend hours reading a novel I really like until it’s finished. But I also like non-fiction books. Other than that, I love watching TV series, listening to music, singing and dancing. I was even part of choir and dance team of my high school in USA.

 

 

  • What are your all time favorite books and TV series?

 

Books: any novel written by Dan Brown (all the movies made based on these novels are also my favorite), Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Message in The Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (I also love the movie), Harry Potter series (the movies are adorable!), and The Lord of The Rings series  (the movies are my all time favorite!).

 

TV Series: GAME OF THRONES, How I Met Your Mother, Zoo, the 100, and any reality shows (like any Top Model shows, Master Chef, America’s Got Talent, etc.). I heard a lot of good things about Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, and Gossip Girls, so I will probably start watching them too soon.

 

 

  • How can we contact you?

 

Email: dindadwitapuspasari@gmail.com

Facebook: Dinda Dwita Puspasari

Twitter: @dindadwita

Instagram: @dindadwita

Snapchat: dindadwita

Ask.fm: @dindadwitapuspasari

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For now, I think this is enough but I will regularly update this FAQ as the time passes by so if you have any other questions you want me to include here, just drop me the questions to my ask.fm account or contact me to any of my social media I listed above.

 

Much love,

Dinda

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Happy Birthday, Love!

After 5 blogposts of my birthday celebration, I think it would only be fair if I dedicate one blogpost for my boyfriend’s birthday 😉

Please do not expect that the celebration I gave him would be grande, the way he gave me for my birthday, because it would not be and it already made me feel bad enough. But after all that he gave me, I was running out of ideas how to make his birthday memorable. The least I can do is by giving him all my love, attention, and affection.

It was his first birthday we celebrated together in person, his first birthday of the many more to come where I can say “Happy Birthday, Love!” while hugging him and torturing him with kisses, his first birthday where I will be there next to him holding his hands while he was making his wishes. That was a special and magical moment for me, which I hope will also feel the same for him.

He has an amazing family who will always support him, and his family helped me in planning out a birthday surprise. So his family contacted a Catalan/Spanish restaurant by a famous chef from Barcelona in Singapore to make a reservation. They also already chose the menu, based on my boyfriend’s favorite foods from his hometown. The idea was to make him feel like he was at home even though he was thousand miles away from Barcelona.

At the restaurant, I gave him a box for his present. When he opened the box, he saw 40 small cards, arranged in 4 rows to differentiate 4 kinds of card, each kind consists of 10 cards. It was the “voucher” card. I gave him 4 kinds of service voucher, one of them is the free massage service because I know how much he loves getting a back massage!! hahaha. The other thing inside the box is the greeting card, in which consists of different tickets to some attractions around Singapore, most of them will involve the animals, his most favorite thing in this whole world.

And last but not least, I sent him a small present right to his office desk. It’s a couple wooden doll representing our love. That wooden doll is now standing proudly on his office desk.

I was fully blessed to be able to give this lovely young man the things he loves for his birthday.

Once again, Happy Birthday, Love!

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The birthday boy with his cake 🙂

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special menu at FOC by Nandu Jubany

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birthday presents!

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FOC by Nandu Jubany is a great Catalan/Spanish restaurant in Singapore. It has several locations, but we went to the one in Hong Kong Street!

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to order something like this, you can follow them on instagram: @cloneey

 

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Birthday Celebration Number 5: Hong Kong!

Tickets to Hong Kong was the last present to be revealed from my boyfriend!

We were suuuper excited to go to Hong Kong because none of us had ever been to before, and it would be the Eastest we will ever be yet, before we go to Mainland China or Japan 🙂

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China. It was the British colony so you can still see British influence widely in that region, and nowadays it is famous to be the Asia’s financial center. People from different races and countries live in Hong Kong, so it was quiet interesting to find more white people strolling around the city than the Chinese. Local people speak Cantonese, and I heard they don’t quiet like when people talk in Mandarin. So it’s either you talk to them in Cantonese, or just English.

Hong Kong is a typical big city, with skyscrapers surrounding the city, so not really much you can see if you don’t go for shopping or food-hunting. Unfortunately, me and my boyfriend were not the type to go shopping or food-hunting. So for us, 2 full days of weekend is enough to explore the city (but we did not go to Macau, the gambling center of Asia and the Venice of Asia, which we will recommend to anyone visiting Hong Kong since it is just a ferry-ride away).

This is our itinerary in Hong Kong:

Day 1: Arrived in Hong Kong International Airport, went straight to the hotel in Wan Chai (in Hong Kong Island region), then we went to Tian Tan Buddha (the Giant Buddha) in Po Lin Monastery. It was so up high on the mountain, we got there by the cable car (with crystal clear floor so you can directly see what is below you). At night, we went to meet a friend who is doing his exchange in Hong Kong while trying the popular Michelin-starred dimsum, Tim Ho Wan (and it is that good, you really should try it in Hong Kong). Then we visited Lan Kwai Fong, the most famous bar street in Hong Kong.

Day 2: We woke up very early to visit the famous Victoria Peak because we knew if we didn’t go early, we would end up wasting time in queue. We went there by taxi, but we went back by The Peak Tram (the popular  funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island). Then we explored the Kowloon region in the other side of the bay, starting with taking ferry from Victoria Harbour to see the skyline of Hong Kong. It was a short ferry-ride. In Kowloon region, we strolled around Tsim Sha Tsui area who is supposed to be “the shoppers paradise”. We wanted to see the Avenue of Stars (just like the Walk of Fame in Hollywood), but it was under renovation (presumably until 2018). If you want to really go shopping, you should go to the Ladies Market (also in Kowloon region) but we did not because it was not our intention. At night, we went to the highest bar in the world, Ozone Bar (in level 118 of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong, on top of the International Commerce Center).

Public transportation system is really good in Hong Kong, and it covers 90% of the population needs (the highest in the world), so don’t worry about going to places because the easiest and most reliable way is by using the MTR (Mass Transit Railway).

 

here is the video we made to sum up our short trip to Hong Kong (p.s: we are obsessed with the video clip from Alan Walker “Sing Me To Sleep” so we were excited to know that the video clip took place in Hong Kong)

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the view from Victoria Peak

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the Cable Car (it is quiet scary to be honest)

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visiting Giant Buddha

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Giant Buddha as the background

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Po Lin Monastery

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the famous Peak Tram

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strolling around shopping area in Tsim Sha Tsui

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Ozone Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

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the highest bar in the world, level 118

 

 

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Birthday Present Number 4: Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Cruising Around Singapore!

My birthday was already more than a month ago but the celebration keeps continuing, thanks for my boyfriend who has planned everything and made me feel so much loved.

After the previous celebration where we went to a lot of places, this time it is more chilled and relax, but in a fancy way! We stayed at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel (my boyfriend gave me a suite with city view which means the view would be supeeer amazing with Marina Bay, Merlion Park, and the skyscrapers right in front of my window), we enjoyed the most popular infinity pool in the world (up on the 57th floor of the hotel), and last but not least…..couldn’t miss the night club experience!

Only one word I can give to describe the feeling:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!!

p.s: refer to Mary Poppins to know what it means hahaha

I think it would be better to explain the story through pictures, don’t you think? 🙂

 

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Do you think it’s over yet??

No…no… the next day after checking out of the hotel, we went to Marina at Keppel Bay to take the yacht and cruise around Singapore. This was to celebrate Ander’s birthday (btw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDER! YOU ARE AWESOME!) and it was just the perfect match to end our fancy stay at Marina Bay Sands Hotel 😉

Inside the yacht, we had a good talk with friends, had snacks and beers and wine, and enjoyed the beautiful view of the sea around Singapore. When the yacht arrived at Lazarus Island (one of the Singapore’s Southern Island with what people said as the best secret beach in Singapore… obviously it is a secret because it’s quite hard to get there if you don’t take private yacht or speedboat hehe), the yacht stopped at the nearest bay and we all jumped to the water (I used life jacket so dont worry haha) for a swim or paddle boat rowing. It ended with barbecue on the yacht in the middle of the bay in Lazarus Island.

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