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February 25, 2015
Why you should join Polyglot Indonesia – Reason 3: Circle of Support
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All good things come in three, so here’s the third and final part of “Why you should join Polyglot Indonesia”.

At Polyglot Indonesia, all our language coordinators are so shy that when I asked who wants their story to be covered in my article, all lifted their fingers. Obviously, I had to be fair, so I chose myself.

Well, I was born in 197 …  hang on, I meant to say 198…. Wait, wait, we’re in 2015, just subtract 25 years and that’s when I was born. Uh, math is so easy when you have a calculator.

Imaginary interviewer (II): Hey, I thought you have two kids and the eldest is 10 years old?

Me, aka Belle: Don’t you think I look like a 25 year old person?

II: Uhm…

Belle: Meh, can we just get to the point on why I joined Polyglot Indonesia?

OK, so here it goes: my children and I moved back to Indonesia early 2013 from Brussels after I’ve stayed there for a good decade (give or take several years).  A couple of months after I wrote a general update to my friends on how I’ve been doing after the big move:

“I don’t remember much about Brussels anymore – I can’t recall how much fun it was playing/ organizing/ attending badminton competitions even going to another city and country to do so.   It’s hard to recall we were so adamant to hold a pempek session we took the trouble to organize pick-ups when there was a public transportation strike. I’m not pining on how comfy it was during the girls-night-in tucked away in duvets watching in awe the Game of Thrones  or a horror movie with both eyes closed firmly during the cold winter time. Certainly not missing the moms cooking workshop where we shared our sighs about this bully at school or that annoying mom while learning to cook really magnificent dishes. The nice lunch outings (that turned into shopping sprees) with pleasant office colleagues are dim memories now…”

Yeah right. I was getting nostalgic then. I realized that having been away for some time and being a bit crummy in keeping contacts with old friends (of course they’re always in my heart, just not in the contact list of my inbox) I needed such a circle of support in Jakarta; something that’s fun and productive at the same time. Maybe not all at once, but a step towards the right direction?

So, last March 2013 while I was hard at work on fb, a particular community event caught my interest and I registered to it. Got invited to their meet-up, attended and enjoyed it. The community I joined? It’s called Polyglot Indonesia. Fast forward nearly two years now – I’ve become more and more active in this community – am now one of the cute French coordinators of PI Chapter Jakarta, my daughter has been on TV interviews discussing her French-speaking ability, my son, well, let’s say he’s quite chummies with PI members who have awesome games on their mobiles.  Positive development, ey?!

When I joined this community, I was hoping I’d be able to find also people of same-age group with a similar story; having returned from a non-Indonesian speaking country with their kids ... go on playdates etc, well, this part still needs a bit of work but once you join us, maybe we could then have one! By joining Polyglot Indonesia, I’m sure it’s a step towards the right direction and definitely could be a circle of support!

 

 

About the author

Chandra is an alumni of IPB (Bogor Agricultural University) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her elementary until high school years were spent in Korea, Indonesia and Switzerland. She has worked for the ASEAN Secretariat, AusAID, COST Office, GIZ, IBCSD, LB-LIA Bogor, and UNESCO. At the moment, in addition to holding a full-time job, she is also studying for her doctoral degree in natural resources and environmental management.

After having lived more than half her life abroad, Chandra returned to Jakarta in 2013 along with her daughter and son. And they live happily ever after.

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