Maybe next time, Seattle!

2012 is coming to an end. So many things have changed in a year. This week my best friends finally have a chance to go to USA. I am pretty sure my trip to Chicago last year has inspired them to travel there. We had this dream of traveling the world and USA is definitely the most prestigious of all. Our best friend is living in Portland with her hubby now, so I myself think that it’s not impossible to travel there because we have a friend who can offer accommodation and recommendation letter, but still we are all worried about the visa. USA Embassy is giving hard time for people to obtain it. I remember applying the visa for my regular ‘green’ passport right after I was back from Chicago. It was surprisingly easy because I figured I am working for the government and I have obtained the visa in my official passport. The one thing you hate about applying visa is the number of paperworks to fill in. In short, the process is as follows:

  1. Apply the visa online. Read the instruction carefully, make sure you put correct information;
  2. Pay the required visa application fee. It costs around $160 (for type B visa -tourist/business) and no refund if your visa is denied;
  3. Book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta;
  4. After the interview you will get the notification if your visa is approved or denied;
  5. Not long after the interview, you will get your visa (you will get a text message that inform the document is ready to pick up in your selected place)
.My US Visa.

.My US Visa.

I consulted my friend who’s living there before I apply the visa. There are some essential things to prepare:

  1. Recommendation letter from your company (I had my head of human resources sign the letter stating my purpose of travel, my annual salary and the assurance that I will directly return to Indonesia after my trip);
  2. Proof of your relationship to American resident or citizen (ex: postcards, letters, photographs, etc). My friend wrote a letter of recommendation and make sure that I will stay in her place during my visit;
  3. Evidence of financial resources (I had around 35million rupiah in my saving at that time -my mom’s money tbh :p);
  4. Make sure you have arranged the travel itinerary;
  5. Be prepared to answer the questions in English during the one-on-one interview. They will ask about your purpose & length of visit, current employment (your place of work, job descriptions, etc), family, and check your credentials. Those who interview are not local staffs and they are looking very serious, so don’t be nervous O_o
  6. Wear formal and comfortable clothes because you will have to wait and queue not in a short time;
  7. Pray and hope that your application will be approved! I don’t understand the internal assessment process for the embassy to approve or deny a visa, so I can not comment much on this matter.

I should be going with my best friends to Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but due to some financial issue (I am totally broke now! I was hoping I can have spare money from my monthly school allowance, but the past months have been difficult) and technical issue (my passport is expired on January 2013 and I haven’t got time to renew it because I was in Melbourne. You should hold a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months into the future from the date of your travel), I can not travel with them. It was disappointing and really sad :( I have had my camera ready for this trip! I really want to visit Space Needle (Damn you, Grey’s Anatomy, for inserting this image in each episode :P). Oh well, maybe next time. I will see you in the near future, Seattle! :D Crossing my fingers that I will also have another business trip to New York or Houston in the future :p AMEN!

.Seattle Postcard.

.Seattle Postcard.

Should you have further questions about the visa, you can check their official website or you can ask me. Maybe I can help :)

“The clothes a surgeon wears help to present an image. The lab coats and badges and scrubs… all work together to indicate a person of authority… someone you can trust. When the clothes come off, that’s a different story. We’re sensitive, vulnerable… human… and just as prone to questionable judgment as anybody else. It might be hard for a surgeon to admit… but there’s no shame in simply being human. It can be a relief to stop hiding… to accept who you really are and let the world see you that way, too. A little self-awareness never hurt anybody. Because when you know who you are… it’s easier to know what you’re about… and ultimately… what you really need.”

(Meredith Grey)

Love the one you’re with

Woke up at 3.30am, can’t sleep anymore. Watched the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy last night, Love the One You’re with. It made me reflect to some stories of my life, well one particular story actually. I love the person I was with, I really do, I still do and it makes me cry every time I remember T. The pain is still fresh and it often caught me off guard, just like now. I end up being with myself now, so I guess the title is still valid; I should love the one I am with; my own self. I  am not with anybody, there’s just me, so I have to love myself. Anyway, Calzona scenes are heartbreaking. Maybe Arizona finally sees a glimpse of Callie’s feeling in that shower scene, how it hurts her too even though she’s not the one losing leg. Bailey and Webber scene is great, I can relate to it.

You know what happens when someone lets go of your hand? You get it back. It’s a good thing. You know, interns let go, and… Tuck let go and even Ben let go. And they’re all still there. They all still love you. But it means you get your hand back. It means you have time… not to wash the dishes… To do something with, to get out there, to find diseases to cure, to take it to the next level. Hell, uh, it means invent the Bailey method. But you gotta get out there, do something. And don’t look back. (Dr. Richard Webber -Grey’s Anatomy)

Maybe it’s not bad at all to ‘get my hand back’, it hurts because it’s real, but maybe the pain will subside. November is coming. It will probably be the climax of the pain when all memories just rush back in. Oh well, let’s not jump to November yet, one assignment left and it’s due in 3 days :p I am freaking out. This will definitely distract me!

My (first) library experience :p

Just feel like writing a quick note. Weeks of issue summary has finally come to an end. Now here comes three major essays before the finals. I only wanna pass all these units. Story I heard from my flatmate who failed her unit in the previous semester is making me anxious. Sitting in the class with all this education standard and expectation is a burden. I was not that bad when I graduated from my university, but studying here is a whole different thing. Half of the time, I don’t understand what my professor are talking about, I can not keep up with the discussion flow, I stutter when I express my opinion or question, I got pretty beat up although no one can really see it. I manage to put my cool face on (or my face down so no one will notice me). I keep saying to myself that I can do this. Even if it means I need to put extra efforts, even if it means spending at least 14 hours straight just to write down a 300-word summary (which is not really satisfying because I am not fluent in expressing the ideas, particularly in academic writing); something that can be done by my classmates in only an hour or two.

Got so many things in mind now; school and personal issue. Maybe I am stressed out, maybe I am excited. It’s week 9 already! 3 meetings left and we’re all done for the semester. Well, it also means the deadline for the major essays are getting closer. Probably no one will believe it, but I finally go to the library and borrow the books for the very first time since I am studying here (oh well, I have a clean record of not borrowing any books from library during my undergraduate study, which was crazy! How can I finally graduate with such record?! *smh) I have this weird way when it comes to doing the assignments, I usually just lock myself up in my room -watching movies actually! I just realise how easy my mind got distracted because when I am looking up for journals or online books, I will end up downloading TV series, songs or browsing tumblr. It’s like everything else (other than books and journals) is MORE urgent at that time. “There’s never a perfect time to do assignments other than NOW.” I keep telling myself that, but it doesn’t work. Stupid procrastinator! Oh well, it should be a quick note, I just wanna say I am proud of msyelf for going to the library and finally borrow the books. The other thing I am proud of myself is having the courage to come and consult with my professor. It really takes a lot of guts to come and see him. I am pretty sure I looked dumb, I had difficulty explaining my project and there was time when I missed his inputs. Oh well, at least I come and ummm talk a bit haha

I am watching Glee’s first season now, I really love Lea Michele’s voice :p I have been watching old movies and series lately; Pretty Woman, Carrie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai :p haha. I was watching the first and second season of Grey’s Anatomy last weekend :p Some nights I just wake up and can not sleep anymore. My mind wanders to some familiar place, face and smell. Those are the moments when I hate myself for falling too hard.

.greys anatomy and happiness.

Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer is simple – to be happy. Maybe it’s this expectation though of wanting to be happy that just keeps us from ever getting there. Maybe the more we try to will ourselves to state’s of bliss, the more confused we get – to the point where we don’t recognize ourselves. Instead we just keep smiling – trying to be the happy people we wish we were. Until it eventually hits us, it’s been there all along. Not in our dreams or our hopes but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar. – Meredith Grey

[Grey’s Anatomy] Shock To The System Pics

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I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I blushed, I felt everything watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy; Shock to the System^^

Here are the collages from that episode, including my favorite scene of Callie Arizona, Callie Mark, Bailey Alex and Meredith Christina.

Callie Arizona and Frowny Apartment ^^

Arizona: Okay, I’m not saying rip out walls. I’m saying throw some paint up on ’em. You know, soften it up. Yang decorated the place for her, and it’s just a little harsh and frowny.

Callie: Okay. I’m gonna stop you right there, ’cause Yang doesn’t decorate. I decorated that place. It’s my frowny place.

Arizona: I meant modern and edgy. If it’s gonna be our place, I just need it to be a little more smiley.

Callie: Ugh. My God.

Callie: I… frowny?

Arizona: Edgy.

Alex Bailey and Foreign Bullet

Bailey: Wh… watch it!

Alex: Sorry.

Bailey: Karev?

Alex: Dr. Bailey?

Bailey: You still have that bullet in your chest?

Alex: Uh, oh, yeah. It worked its way to the surface. It’s fine. We leave bullets in people all the time.

Bailey: It must hurt. Does it hurt?

Alex: Uh, nope.

Bailey: Does it hurt when I do this?

Alex: Ow! Damn!

Bailey: It is not fine. It is foreign, and it has no business being in your body. Get it out, Karev, Or I will see that you do not operate until you are operated on

Act of God

April: House fire? Explosion?

Lexie: Car wreck?

Callie: Uh, act of God.

Bailey: Act of God?

Callie: Yeah, lightning strike.

Alex: All that from one lightning strike?

Callie: One lightning strike, eight victims. Took out a whole flag football team.

Bailey: God was in a mood today.

Callie Alex Pep Talk

Mark: Tell me something. When a person gets out of the nut house, What’s the appropriate amount of time to wait before you propose?

Callie: What? Long. Longer. Long… a long time. Not now.

Mark: Specifically, how long?

Callie Arizona and Baige

Callie: Oh. What are these?

Arizona: Choices.

Callie: They’re all beige.

Arizona: No, they’re all subtle. Pastels and earth tones. If you look closely, that’s blue, that’s green, that’s yellow… To take the edge off all the chrome and concrete. What do you think?

Callie: I think I don’t want to live in an Easter basket.

Arizona: I know. You really want to live in the bat cave. But meet me halfway.

Callie (talking on the phone): Uh, yes. Schultz, Kerry? Yes, thank you.

Callie: Okay, uh, my patient’s scans are up. And, uh, seriously… They’re all beige to me.

Arizona: W-well, then it shouldn’t be hard to pick one.

Christina Meredith dark and twisty bonds

Meredith: Cristina…. Cristina.

Christina: I can’t be in here. I can’t.

Meredith: Okay, so let’s go. Let’s get out of here.

Christina: I can’t… I can’t feel anything.

Meredith: I know. I know. Come with me.

Christina: No, no. I… I can’t move. I can’t move my legs. I can’t… I can’t feel anything.

Meredith: F-f-feel my hand. Take my hand. Do you feel that?

Christina: Okay.

Meredith: You’re okay. We’re gonna go when you’re ready. Okay?

Christina: Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

Meredith: So you tell me when you’re ready, okay?

Christina: Okay. Okay.

Mark: You’re wrong.

Callie: Sorry?

Mark: There’s no time to wait. People get struck by lightning. People die. My best friend got shot, Torres. Why are you telling me to give it time when there’s no guarantee that time is gonna be there? I’m… not gonna wait around to be happy anymore.

Callie: All right. Listen, this is something that you and I do. We skip steps. Okay, I pushed Arizona to have a baby, and I almost lost her because I skipped a bunch of steps. But then I went back, and now she’s moving in… And ruining my apartment. Look, I’m saying, proposing might be too much, especially if she’s not herself right now.

Mark: I know who she is, and if she’s going through her worst right now, I wanna go through it with her. She makes me happier than… Anything I’ve ever known. And if I can have a part in making her happy again, that’s all I want to do. That’s all I want to do for the rest of my life.

Mark: All right. All right. Go. Go. Tell her that. But just like that.

Alex Bailey and the Bullet

Alex: You paged me?

Bailey: I did. I have a surgery.

Alex: You’re actually gonna let me near a patient?

Bailey: You are the patient. Get in there and get on that table. I don’t need a reminder of this thing. I’m gonna carry that day around with me every day for the rest of my life whether I want to not. Now they’ve plastered over every bullet hole in this building. I don’t need a reminder every time I look at you. And I’m tired of bullying you, so I am asking you, please, get in there and get your shirt off.

Alex: Yes, Ma’am.

Alex: Charles was a good guy. He was funny. Reed… well, she was kind of messed up, but she wasn’t a bad person. I just don’t… I don’t know why… I shouldn’t just get to walk away, you know?

Bailey: I don’t know why we made it either. We just have to find a way to be grateful.

Alex: Son of a bitch.

Bailey: Agreed.

Mark: Paint it beige. You got a girl… You love who loves you back. Paint it whatever stupid color she wants.

My Favorites stills of that episode are:

Callie looks gorgeous!!


Christina Meredith Still

The-most-anticipated September 23rd!!

Yaaayyy… It’s September 23rd here in Indonesia, I’ve been longing for this date for a while. Wondering when I’ll finally be able to see my favorite doctors of Grey’s Anatomy (again!). Here’s the collages of some cast promo pics^^

MerDer | Calzona | Crowen

These couples are definitely MFEO!!

Richard | Mark | Jackson | Miranda | Alex | Lexie | April | Teddy

Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 welcomes the new regular casts; Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams)^^ Well, to be honest I hate April (and Teddy); more regular casts means less time for my favorite couples to be on the screen :(

whatta fancy dresses, Doctors!!

Grey’s Anatomy Premier’s Photo ^^

Here’s the collages of some premier’s photo of the upcoming Grey’s Anatomy Season 7. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do. Dont you think Cristina and Owen look cute together? I love the smile on Meredith face and the awesome dimples of Dr. Arizona Robbins^^

Dr. Christina Yang and Dr. Owen Hunt finally tie the knot ^^

Callie Arizona | Christina Owen | Meredith Mark

Here are my favorite Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw… xoxo

Yaaayy..It's Callie and Arizona ^^

[Source: Seriously Grey Lovers]

I am counting down the days… It’s 8 days to go to the Season 7 Premiere of Grey’s Anatomy^^

PS. I randomly remember Sara Ramirez sang Silent Night in Holidaze episode. Her voice is effing amazing:p

Here’s the link to the song if you wish to download it…

[JCaps] [GA S06E05] Invasion

Photo: Courtesy of ABC Studio

Mr. Torres: I don’t know you well enough to talk about her. We’re not gonna do that.
Arizona: Most people think that I was named for the state, but it’s not true. I was named for a battleship– the “U.S.S. Arizona”. My grandfather was serving on the Arizona when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and he saved… 19 men before he drowned. Pretty much everything my father did his whole life was about honoring that sacrifice. I was raised to be a good man in a storm, raised to love my country, love my family and protect the things I love. When my father… Colonel Daniel Robbins of the United States Marine Corps, heard that I was a lesbian, he said he only had one question. I was prepared for “how fast can you get the hell out of my house?” But instead… It was… “Are you still who I raised you to be?” My father believes in country the way that you believe in God. And my father is not a man who bends, but he bent for me because I’m his daughter. I’m a good man in a storm. I love your daughter, and I protect the things I love. Not that I need to. She doesn’t need it. She’s strong and caring… And honorable. (voice breaks) and she’s who you raised her to be.

(Quoted from

[JCaps] [GA S05E20] Sweet Surender

Photo: Courtesy of ABC Studio

Arizona: What happened?
Callie: He ah, gave me an ultimatum. He said if I didn’t come home, he’d take away my trust fund. He’d cut me off. So, I cut him off. I mean, if he can’t accept me for who I am… I cut him off.
Arizona: Are you ok?
Callie: No. I mean yeah, I… don’t know.
(Callie starts to cry. Arizona hugs her)
Arizona: Oh.

(Quoted from TVFanatic)