The re-birth of the the blog: Last night in Indonesia

Hello world,

It’s been about 8 months since my last post, and pretty much every day since i’ve gotten back to the US i’ve woken up thinking today is the day I will catch up on my final blog posts from Southeast Asia. Figured it was about time to get started on that task before I forget forever.

I logged on to the blog for the first time in forever this evening, and was shocked to see that over 2,700 people have actually read my blog! Was exciting to see that people actually read about my travels..and a bit disconcerting based on some of the things i’ve written in past posts haha

In the next few posts i’m going to wrap up the details from my trips to Singapore and Tokyo to provide me with some closure on my travels, and then attempt to record the events from the last 8 months in the US in an attempt to keep the online journal of my life alive. I’m hoping that one day i’ll be able to look back on all these experiences and smile

This post is a short one with some photos from my last night in Indonesia with some fantastic people!

Saying goodbye to my homies at the Ratu Plaza Outback Steakhouse! Interestingly enough, I was at a college park bar the other night and met this white girl in my friends sorority who said she had lived in Indonesia for 3 years. We started talking, and turns out that her dad is a builder, and actually built the Ratu Plaza mall where i was working for a week! Such a small world.

A few of us went for a farewell dinner at a delicious restaurant called Senayan!

Had this amazing tea with Rock Sugar!

Pa Budhy with this crazy looking fish dish

The gang with our feast!

All in all, my experience in Indonesia was an unforgettable one with all sorts of wild twists and turns. I met some wonderful people, and learned so much about the developing world and gained such a greater appreciation for all that I have been blessed with in my life. Despite the conditions the people deal with, they are incredibly friendly and it is very humbling.The trip really taught me how to adapt to any environment, and provided a welcome reminder that my true passion lies in promoting upward mobility and encouraging educational opportunities for everyone.

It was very interesting being in the worlds largest muslim country during ramadan. Speaking of the size of Indonesia, genuinely believe that the country is on the verge of exploding in terms of economic growth in the next few years if they are able to get their government in order a bit, so very much looking forward to seeing the country rise. Apparently the language, Bahasa, is one of the easiest in the world to learn, so may attempt to pick that up sometime in the near future.

Terima Kasih! (Thank you in Bahasa)

-Sahil

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