on her birthday



Back when we were so young, I coincidentally met Ilona in Sydney. We were in the same high school in Jakarta, but from different class. We never officially talked to each other. We just knew that we’re from the same school. Being from the same school was what connected us.

That meeting 19 years ago was a week before her 21st birthday. She invited me to join her birthday dinner as one of her “Old” friend along with some of her closest friends. I remember it was at the ‘Pancake on the Rocks’ Circular Quay
That’s how it all started. The rest is history.

We both are very different person. In some area we are the opposite of each other in term of personalities.
We are no different to any relationship, there are ups and downs.

Like many people say “find a companion in life”.

We may be different but she definitely is my companion in life, my partner in crime. We embrace life in similar ways, we value similar things.

One of the things we have in common is how much we love good local food. Everywhere we travel around the world, we always look for food that local people really enjoy. We are the kind of people who are more into street food.

Her birthday never fails to remind me how lucky I am to have her as a wife. She never fancies herself. She always stay true to who she is.

It’s a new decade she accomplished. It’s a new milestone for her.
She’s still the same girl whom I met on her birthday 19 years ago.

Happy birthday, dear.