Unlike many of my three million fellow Chinese-Indonesians in the country, I grew up in a family that was pretty removed from the Chinese culture. I never celebrated Cheng Beng or Cap Go Meh, nor did I know when to eat bakcang or kue keranjang. One that I especially yearned for growing up was to celebrate the Lunar New Year the true Chinese way.
So, when my Personal Development Fund (PDF) from Maverick was due this year, I used it to fly to Taipei, Taiwan just in time for the Lunar New Year.
I expected lots of festivity, with dim sum a-plenty and firecrackers going off every few meters. Instead I found…
Mount Sinabung decided to erupt just about I landed at Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport. As I walked from the runway to the airport building, I began to receive text messages on my mobile. My friends were asking how I was doing. “The volcano is far away so I’ll be fine,” I confidently replied to them.
That was how I jinxed my trip.
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