elyse: (takako uehara: mickey)
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How many different places (cities, houses, apartments, dorm rooms, etc.) have you lived in? Which is your favorite? And your least favorite?

  • I was born in Semarang and lived there (in my grandma's house) until I was about 20 months old.
  • My family and I moved to Jakarta in 1981, living in a house in Cengkareng, West Jakarta.
  • We moved again to another house in South Jakarta in 1991 and lived there until I graduated high school in 1997.
  • I went to the US of A for university at Penn State. The city is called State College, but the university area is called University Park. Weird, I know, since University Park is basically INSIDE State College! For the first year, I lived in dorms. The first 6 months, I stayed at Wolf Hall (in Pollock Halls). And the next 6 months at Runkle Hall (in North Halls). I love Runkle Hall better than Wolf Hall, albeit smaller. Runkle Hall felt more intimate :3
  • I despised living on campus because I had to share with a roommate (whom I couldn't choose myself coz it was randomly assigned!), so I moved to an apartment on my sophomore year. I lived in a 2-bedroom apartment at Beaver Terrace with a very nice Indonesian friend. I lived there for 3 years, until univ graduation in 2001. My bedroom is SO BIG that my Indonesian friends loved to hangout at my apartment and infiltrate my bedroom xD
  • Upon graduation, I moved to Southern California for work. For the first 1 month, I rented a room in a house (in Irvine, CA) owned by an Indonesian senior couple, but since I didn't like the couple AND the room, I mostly stayed at my (then) boyfriend's apartment (Las Palmas in Irvine). Then, in an effort to cut paying for an empty room that I didn't use anyway, I moved to my (then) boyfriend's apartment for two months, while also searching for an apartment / room nearby.
  • My mom's friend's friend (a senior Indonesian couple) offered me to rent a room in their daughter's (empty) townhouse at La Habra, CA. The townhouse for rent was next to the senior couple's townhouse. So I rented the smaller bedroom on the second floor (the master bedroom wasn't for rent since it was reserved for whenever their daughter & grandchildren came to the US -- they were living in Indonesia at that time). What I really love was: most of the time I had the whole townhouse for myself! xD xD I lived there for 11 months.
  • Since I was going to take a professional degree in UCLA, I decided to move to Pasadena, CA, so that the commute wouldn't be too long. I chose a one bedroom loft at Alexan City Place. I rented this apartment for 6 months, but I only happened to stay there for a month, because I went home (to Indonesia) on Oct 2002 to apply for student visa for my UCLA degree. Guess what: the application was rejected.... twice! ヾ(。`Д´。)ノ  So I was stuck in Indonesia for good and the apartment was left empty for the remaining 5 months! [○・`Д´・○]
  • Thus, I have since lived in Jakarta for good (since Oct 2002) at my parents' South Jakarta house until today.

My favorite is Alexan City Place at Pasadena.... although I lived there for the shortest time!
The apartment is sooo nice (and new! -- when I moved there, it was like only a month old) and spacious (it has a loft, too!) and modern, totally my favorite type of apartment!

My second favorite is the townhouse at La Habra. The place is so so (not new, not modern), but I can have the whole townhouse for myself, most of the time ^^ The bedrooms are upstairs. Downstairs you'll find the living room, dining room, and kitchen. It's really nice, it feels very homey.

My least favorite gotta be the dorms! No matter how nice a dorm could be... a dorm is a dorm! x_X You can't have your own space (or maybe you could, but still.... it's a dorm!), and usually the bathroom is shared. I just don't like sharing my private space *lol* Ooh, not to forget all the dorm rules! Being a nocturnal that I am, it's really hard to abide by the rules (esp. the one where you can't talk on the phone after midnight outside of your room. Well I didn't wanna bother my roommate who was sleeping, but I also wanted to talk to my (then) boyfriend so I had to go outside and whispered on the phone! And I always got scolded because of that -_-). I just HAVE to have my own space, without having to worry whether I would bother people with my weird sleep cycle, and vice versa.

However, after trying both houses and apartments... I like living in a house better, esp. because it's much more spacious (I'm a bit claustrophobic) and it feels more private.
Those are the keys of my life: privacy & space! xD
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May 2010


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