3 May 2009 had been booked in my agenda since 2 months ago. Anita from the famous Finally Woken blog initiated a meet-up between us two, Rima and Christin. I immediately confirmed the day and reserved a space in my empty schedule. Time went by, Rima suggested to invite Indah (highly recommended Photo Blog) too. I didn’t mind, as the others. We tought, the more the merrier. Feba, from Radio Nederland came to the picture later on, as Donna and Lely, friends of Rima’s and Anita’s. A couple of days before D-day, the Pelopor couple confirmed to come to this Land Coffee of Indonesian Female Bloggers European Branch.
Indah picked me up as we agreed at the Rotterdam Station. We strolled about 5 minutes to Grand Palace for a Chinese lunch. Other bloggers would meet us there. So there I was, entering the restaurant and started greeting everybody. Anita’s husband was there too. We began to chat in English, when suddenly Rima, the darling of Indonesia, remarked how funny she found hearing me speaking in English with Dutch accent ;-). I too, had to laugh. Didn’t realise that I sounded that way, was it because of me being a londo ireng already, after 14 years of stay here? Ik weet het niet.
Yep, that was one of the topics we talked about. THE VOICE! I mean, we have been visiting and commenting each other’s blog regularly since last year. So, it is inevitable that I have started to build some expectation about how their voice would be sounded ever since. You know what? the voices were exactly as I expected. Anita spoke calmly with a lovely voice, Rima was very chatty. You know, she is a singer, even just talking her voice sounded as a nightingale from Brussels.
We just talked and ate and talked and ate (dimsum, crispy Peking Duck, Black Pepper Beef, Soft Tofu and Squid in Chinese hot sauce). Untill Feba had to hold a group interview with all of us for her item, Blog Talk at Radio Nederland. I am curious how the interview would sound. Unfortunately Anita and Pelopor couple (Dian & Ingmar) had to leave directly after the lunch. So they couldn’t join the real coffee drinking session. Christin joined us after we were finished with the lunch. She came directly from Budapest where she spent the week end away there.
The original plan was to grab some coffee and some pastries at the famous
New York Hotel (actually its café, we didn’t plan to sleep there) at the haven of Rotterdam. So we took a tram to get there. Pity us, NY Hotel was really full. So we decided to go to another café in the neighbourhood. With a view of the Maas River and the Erasmus Brug.
After some coffee, koffie verkeerd (Dutch for café au lait), wine, choco truffeltaart and uncountable bitterballen, we got off to meet Rima’s husband and his friend in the city.
Man, we were laughing simultaneously, chit chatting about hal hal ngga penting (unnecessary subjects) and so on and on. I really had a great time and now am looking forward to meeting these crazy but oh, so familiar human beings again.
PS for more pics, visit Rima’s blog.