Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sejauh Mata Memandang

Spotted: Dian Sastro just being casual in Sejauh Mata Memandang

During our Independence Day—which was exactly a week ago, actually—I spent the day with my expat gal pal, Iva. It was our last chance to hang out before she would return to Germany—she'll be leaving in 3 days, in fact. Our original plan with Edwin and Wilson fell through, but we were determined to see each other one more time. So I asked her to check out this batik "exhibition"—though it felt more like one huge installation—by Dia.Lo.Gue and Sejauh Mata Memandang. The place looked really cool, with the various fabric being draped over wooden structures and hung on strings going in various directions. There were a few booths/exhibitions from exi(s)t, Sejauh Mata Memandang and Jakarta Creative Hub. Oh! And Dian Sastro was there too! Iva and I ended up stopping by real quick, actually, and most of these photos were taken when I was waiting for her to arrive. We moved on to lunch, took some photos outside—balancing the camera on a stack of books to have our photo together—and walked around places while talking about so many things. I can't believe it will be at least another year before we see each other again. Last time this happened, I had an Iva withdrawal and felt lonely for a month or so afterwards.

Hand-me-down (?) batik top + hairband // thrifted loafers // Sis's purse // Ask by Asky dress // outfit photos by Iva

The older I get, I feel like the less we talk about friendship—as adults, the more popular topics revolve around romantic relationships, career and politics—but it actually gets harder and harder to form friendships as a grown-up. And even harder to keep the ones we already have. But sometimes in life we go through a life-changing phase with someone and it bonds us for a lifetime—or at least for a very long time. That's how I feel with Iva. She was actually Firu's friend and I didn't feel like I could relate to her at first. But we found a common ground in the unlikely and bonded over that all through our summer job together. Obviously, over the last 6 years we've gone through a lot more together and it made our bond even stronger. The thing about being friends with people as expats is that you will eternally share something that not many people will understand—because chances are they've never been where you were—although at the same time there is a good chance you will lead very different lives and probably never see each other again too. You can't always have it all, I guess.

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