Special for my exceptional friend, Naluporn Luknam Kangwannarakul, partner in crimes during my first 6months stay in Japan.
(I made this a long post on purpose, because I know it well that u dont like to read long sentences 555 gomen ne).
First time I introduced myself to lab members, I couldn’t forget ur sad face and mixed feeling, knowing that I already knew basic Japanese (you should take it easy because I only used simple words lol).
We spent a lot of time at lab. Our talk were countless. About our idol, funny (or stupid) experiences, our own challenges, happy and sad memories, Korean drama, everything. Gradually we realized that the habit of our countries are a little bit similar. And I think that’s why we could understand each other very well.
I told you about “gapapa” (it’s okay) and “makasih” (thank you), and suddenly you reply with “masa sih??” (Really??). Turned out another Indonesian student already taught you before. You voluntarily taught Indonesian language to lab members, you gave example how to use the expression better than me. And “pukpuk” (expression of simpathy, Indonesian use this word to calm down each other) is our second favorite word after “daijoubu” (it’s okay) because it gave us strength to keep moving on.
I can’t forget the night we spent at laboratory, it was cold but we went to supermarket and bought ice cream, couldn’t stop saying “oishii” (delicious). And also the moment when we measured our weight using a weighing-machine used for biomass samples (I will not talk more about it, I’m afraid you’ll be angry lol).
You who was the happiest person when I finally found some food that is safe for me to eat, even happier than myself. But also who had the loudest laugh when I finally figured out that I cannot eat some of them. Should I hit you or not?? (Haha just kidding).
You who knows my prayer schedule, like a secretary. You who always says “Uli-chan, stop!” when I was eating too much snacks (but sorry I couldn’t stop munching :3). And you who is the youngest daughter in your family, but so thoughtful and took care of me the most here. I learned that you’re so patient, kind hearted, and very good in cooking.
Yesterday night, when I was doing experiment, your senpai suddenly asked me : “Do you feel OK? Because you’re so close with Nam-san”. I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. We were always together especially at lunch time, and sometimes the lab members were confused about our names, called me Nam-san or asked me “where is Uli-san?” because we were inseparable. Everytime I visited your desk, we could talk in a very looooong time. Or we could stand anywhere (near table for food or omiyage, in front of the door, at corridor/hallway), blocking everyone and being an obstacle xD. And now you’re going home, your desk is clean and empty. Maybe I’m not OK, “Daijoubu kana..”, but since the lab members are very kind and supportive, then I should be OK. And I know really well that you will do your best in Thailand, so I have to do my best too.
Have a wonderful life ahead and please let me know when you graduate. Sorry if I ever made you annoyed, I still couldn’t be a good friend enough. But you should know that I’ll always support and wish the best for you. Don’t forget me and hope to see you again someday!
One of the most important thing I learned from you through many series of stories you shared to me :
We are living surrounded by lovely people who give so much care and respect. But there must be few people who doesn’t appreciate us. Let them be. The best revenge is doing good things to people who treat us bad, until they realize that we’re right and they’re wrong. At the end, they will get nothing but we’ll be stronger. I believe you can do it! Thank you very much for coming to Japan and being my friend. You’re more than welcome to visit us again anytime! :3
I miss you already :””