I had a date with New York City !!
Happy New Year everyone ! I know it's a little too late but I hope you had a wonderful 2016 and of course we all looking forward for better days, new chapters, new opportunities and so let the adventure begins. Last year was obviously one of the biggest years in my life, started with landed a dream job, found a new home, new family, 366 days of millions of music, dreams came true, progress, ups and downs, 15 new countries, so much more ( and my latest addiction to aerial silks and pole dance ). My life has been far more incredible than I could possibly deserve.
While so many great things happened last year, I'd say my short visit to Disney World then New York last November has been one of my highlights from 2016. It was like walking down memory lane...where 2 years ago I left Indonesia, stayed for a night in Singapore before I flew to New York and after 24 hours flight finally I made it to one place I've always wanted to visit. I only had less than 24 hours transit in New York before my next flight to Orlando but somehow it was enough. It was enough to explore a little bit of Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway, East Village, ended up in Times Square...and standing in the middle of Times Square, looking up to the Minskoff theatre was a perfect pinch-me moment. As someone who grew up with MTV, I'd force my family and friends to record me pretending to be one of the VJs reading the request from the audience, though unfortunately gone are the days where you spend your late afternoon watching MTV TRL but the dreams were still there. I didn't get a job with MTV but then Disney opened the door for me, that was just how magical and fun life can be. You can't always get what you want, but
sometimes most of the times you get what you need.
The best part of my short visit this time was I get to work from my office just few blocks from Flatiron building ( yayy after all these years dreaming ), accidentally passed the first coffee shop I went on my first visit, that was super random since I didn't really remember where it was but that small cafe just bring back all the sweet memory, and of course get to see my Disney darling. It's almost two years since we left the Magic Kingdom but I'm so proud to see how all my girls have come so far after Disney. One of them got a job in Maldives, while one pursued her career in Bollywood, one found her way back to New York study theater, one is an amazing editor in Bangkok... Just bunch of incredible people I always look up to. And me ? Nothing changed, I guess. Still the same girl/life enthusiast who dance and sing to All That Jazz in the middle of Times Square, or listen to A Whole New World on repeat after I saw the show for the first time ( it was so good, even better than Lion King to be honest... oh if my life were a musical, oh wait it is ! ) I'm just so happy and beyond grateful, to be able doing things that I love. Learn and grow everyday with my dream team, surrounded by unbelievably wonderful people that always being supportive. With them, even life isn't always easy, but they're the biggest motivation I can always be a better person than I was yesterday. Life is a magical voyage. Really, I never thought a young girl who used to spend hours filming her demoreels for MTV, getting rejected from one casting to another, would find her way back only to experience what it's like to live and work in New York. From brunch with Zsa, coffee run, great conversation and dinner with my colleagues, productive days at work, ended the days watching Aladdin and Chicago. Yes, it was a perfect workations, indeed.