When I first set foot in this country that is very
well known for its pandas, I actually felt lonely and strange because of the
language, foods, habits, and cultures that I was not familiar with at all. Yes,
even though I didn’t find much hardship to adapt, I still face many obstacles
during my stay here.
took about 3 months for me to be able to adapt to this new environment. Slowly
but sure I began to get new friends, whether it’s international friends from
other foreign countries or even local friends.
first, I found this new environment pretty odd to me, but after living I began
to feel comfortable. Even though I’ve lived in China for almost 4 years, there
are still many beautiful places that I haven't had the chance to visit yet. The
roads and streets here are quite clean, the traffic is pretty neat, convenient
public transportation, these things are very pampering to me during my
Actually, I thought Chinese people won’t be welcoming
a foreigner like me. But it turned out they are very welcoming. They never
hesitate to help whenever I need one, and always willing to teach me many
things about China I didn’t know before.
especially Nanjing, now feels like my own home. Nanjing is so special and
memorable to me, it holds a special place in my heart. The people in Nanjing
that I’ve had met before were friendly, no matter if they were the street
vendors, the sellers at markets, or even restaurant owners.
once have a friend who has an acquaintance with the owner of one restaurant. It
was the time of celebrating Chinese New Year, so the restaurant owner invited
my friend and me to celebrate Chinese New Year together. They were so curious
about things in Indonesia, like its culture, language, population, and many
participated in some Chinese festival. Like I’ve participated in some Chinese
festival. Like eating mooncake during the Mid-Autumn Festival and eating
triangle-shaped sticky rice during Dragon Boat Festival. I also cooked some
Indonesian foods for my Chinese friends and it turned out it’s their first time
trying and they loved it.
When it’s around the Christmas
eve, I learned that Chinese usually give out apples to people they know. I knew
this ‘habit’ because there’s a Chinese friend that sells apple asking me a favour
to be his business’ model.
I was surprised to receive such an offer, but of
course I was willing to help him. So we prepared some simple photoshoots in our
campus area back then, plus I also receive some gifts and apples from him and
other friends too. It was such an experience since I’ve never done photoshoots
To be simply put, China is very welcoming,
pretty, wonderful and I really love the times I’ve been spending especially
here in Nanjing. The scene and ambiance whenever the season changed always
pretty, even I always amazed although I’ve lived for 4 years in here. How the
people treated us foreigner very well, always welcoming us wherever we met new
local people in new places is really heartwarming.