ALL SEASONS – END OF SEPTEMBER

 

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THIS WEEK

Last year when hubs had a job for several weeks
close to Orange County,
went with him for the first part, to see back
the neighborhood where we had lived for 15 years.

Don’t know about you, but always has many friends.
Some friends were there throughout
the years. Other friends for a few seasons.
then there were doctoral friends where I only talk
psychology with.
Art friends, of course mainly art subjects,
and other friends, which were friends of my
now adult children, and the ones with whom
we share similar beliefs. When I was young,
I struggled when friends would leave,
until someone pointed out to me,
some friends are for life.
Other friends just for a season.

This friend, now lives in our previous house. She bought it
and that’s how we got to know each other.
What we had in common was a similar background,
of having lived in Indonesia, but for most part in
California. So, whenever I come in my old neighborhood,
I look her up. She’s always happy to see us,
and we’ will eat Indonesian food together.
Since I was only five, when I left Indonesia,
she tells me cultural things about my birth country
I don’t know, so that’s always fun.

 

This time she brought her cousin with her.
These are the two most common dishes in Indonesian
food. On the left is Fried rice (mixed with hamburger
meat, eggs, green onions, green peas, and grated carrots).
On the right is sate (not spelled satey!) which is
barbecued pork or beef on sticks,
in a peanut butter-soy sauce. Soy sauce
in Indonesia is sweet, while in
China and Japan it tastes salty.

 

Curry and Green Beans
We also had a spicy fish dish and “something else”
which I don’t exactly what it was, except
that it was also very tasty. About Curry: I don’t
remember my mother ever making curry,
but I was five years old or younger. This restaurant
might have added it to the menu,
because curry is popular in any Asian restaurant.

 

Friends
When driving to the restaurant, our friend did not
take the route of the freeway. What we saw,
was unknown to me, we drove by vast and
heavily populated Asian areas
(seen on the buildings and gardens).

 

Lemon tree ripening. Across the elementary school.
All II knew  is that where we lived,
was described by others
as a all-American  neighborhood.

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24 thoughts on “ALL SEASONS – END OF SEPTEMBER

  1. An interesting post about friendship. Childhood friends are important, I think. They know all your family and all your good and bad sides. Relaxing to be with, but one have to make an effort. I keep contact with 2 – 3, and we try to meet at least once a year. New friends often comes with similar interests, as you say. Comes and goes. I also keep in touch with old collegues.
    Love the stone river in the photo!
    /Irene

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  2. I love cultural diversity in my community and the richness of culture, customs and food that it brings. And I love sate! And travelling to other countries I always enjoy the different food. Have a fabulous week and thank you again for the link up.

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  3. My circle of friends has become much more limited since moving to Florida, I have never eaten Indonesian food. The soy sauce seems much more sensible than the salty, but I do use the salt-free kindwhen cooking peppers and onions (along with garlic, Worstershire and Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce)– sounds weird?

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  4. What a lovely story about your Indonesian friend. That’s wonderful that you are able to visit her through the years, and she can tell you more about the country where you lived when you were young. Last week you wrote me in a comment about your husband being born in Holland during the war and how there wasn’t enough food for the babies. You and your husband should write a book about your lives and travels and friends!

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  5. Indonesia is in Australia’s backyard – so to speak – Jesh, and we have visited there several times, enjoying the trip immensely always. Good Indonesian restaurants are to be found easily in Melbourne and the food is quite delightful, with gado-gado being one of my favourites. As far as lemons go, we have three at home (two in the front yard as it’s sunnier and one in the back). We use lemons a lot in cooking and also for making lemonade.

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  6. So lovely to hear that you have a longtime contact this lady! The food sounds so delicious. Lemons don’t grow in Finland 🙂 Wishing you a lovely new week.

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  7. Ps…I am sorry for the blank thumbnail…there is a post. I am away from my computer this weekend and your linkup does not work with my iPad. I did not want to wait until Tuesday to join the party!

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  8. The food sounds delicious…. it’s great that you keep in touch with your heritage …even leaving at five, it is still important to know. Your comments on friendship reminds me of an old CampFire Girls song that went “make new friends but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold.” The gold standard is hard to keep these days (lol) people move about so much.

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  9. Dearest Junieper2,
    Well, due to Indonesia being the biggest Muslim country in the world (by number!) and her visit being after 9/11, I had to deal with all this!
    Our foster daughter is Catholic and so was her fiancée. Never I want to go through such a lengthy struggle for anyone… So glad it worked in 2004.
    Waktu dulu means past time…
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  10. Lemon trees make me smile. None around here. When I do see one in person I’m on vacay which might be why l smile when I see a picture of a lemon tree, remembering past fun times.

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  11. Dear Mariette, Had no idea that it took so much work for a visa of someone who you were related to! Do you think it is because of the Islam mind set? Of course, you also lived in the “wrong” country! But you pulled it off, which sounds like you! Great you could have your foster daughter over!
    Only know how to make two dishes: nasi goreng and gado gado, so this was in a restaurant. Since I was only five, I lost all the Indonesian language, because my schools were all Dutch. So, what did your last sentence mean (waktu dulu)? I also think Dutch (culturally), Many people here have no idea I am half Asian (but the Asians suspect it). Thank you for sharing your involvement with Indonesia:) Have a great weekend!

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  12. Yvette, thank you! Only get along with Indonesian people when they think Western. Their view of what a woman can and can’t do is so far behind. I have nothing in common with them, and it started during my teens having opposite view from my parents. My brother could be a doctor, but I could marry a doctor, lol! But I do still love Indonesian food, only know how to make two dishes though.

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  13. Dearest Junieper2,
    WOW, what a surprise to come here… this is not the end of September but a new discovery!
    So happy to know your connection with Indonesia, where part of our heart is too.
    We lived and worked there in the early 90s and have in total made 21 trips there together. Before that, Pieter has been involved through the World Bank since 1971.
    AND our foster daughter is from Indonesia, from Bawen near Semarang. She was deaf and we met her at the Catholic Church as the girls’ boarding school for the deaf was in walking distance from the villa where we lived. There also was a boarding school for the boys, both were run by Catholic nuns and brothers. We did support a cute young girl, Anita, to put her through college and through university and believe it or not, she graduated from University with 1 point above average! We let her come to the USA for 2 months at that time. Not easy for obtaining her visa and that of her then fiancée. But speaking Bahasa Indonesia opened doors. I just sat up at night around 2:00 AM I called the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and got through the about 9 layers by telling them I was just returning a call from the Consul General, a woman at the time. She was very helpful and together with some other Dutch Consuls that we knew and several U.S. Senators and our Congressman who wrote a Congressional letter I pulled it off. Don’t want to do that again – it was nerve wrecking and a lot of stress but I never give up!
    Oh, the food, you made me mouth water by looking at your photos… Never loved any Japanese soy sauce; what a HUGE difference it is and also thinner and not thick and syrupy like the Conimex ketjab manis.
    Rindu sekali, it is paradise and the food is heaven! LOVE the tropical fruits and the many fragrant tropical flowers… and, and! But it is over populated and very noisy, that’s a fact too. But the people are nice and the women very elegant!
    Sending you hugs, I have to pluck myself away from this waktu dulu…
    Mariette

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  14. this was so beautiful to read about friends – some come and go and some remain (well you worded it better) – and the food- mmmm – Indonesian food is something I have only had a few times – and it seems so healthy.
    🙂

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