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Back In Jakarta After Summer Vacation

July 26, 2011
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Canon PowerShot S3IS

We returned to Jakarta this past Monday after a wonderful 6-week vacation. I am happy to be home. Home now to me is where my husband and our kids are and our stuff is. At the same time, I feel the heaviness in my heart. I don’t know exactly what it is.

We left Jakarta in mid June for our vacation. We first went to Tokyo, then to Texas, then back to Tokyo and finally to Bali. My husband didn’t stay in Tokyo the second time and had a business trip in Bali for a while, so our daughters and I joined him there towards the end of his trip. It was my first time to be in Bali.

I’m having a bit of an adjustment back in our routine. Is it blogging that gives me pressure? I really don’t know the answer. I have broken my daily routine of blogging during our vacation and now I feel like I have lost my momentum. I would like to write more, but I seem to be unable to find the energy.

One thing that makes me think is the cause of my lethargy is the problems with my stomach. This is common in Jakarta. I had parasite back in October last year. The symptom for parasite, in my case fatigue, bloated stomach, and nausea after eating, started again before we took off for vacation. As soon as I arrived in Japan though, I think I shocked my parasite with clean hygiene. Now back in Jakarta, I have discomfort in my stomach and no energy again.

Until I settle back in my routine and also finish my vacation posts, I will make posts with vacation based topic and not follow my column schedule. I hope that is okay.

月曜日に6週間の休暇を終え、ジャカルタに戻りました。自宅に戻ってほっとしています。私にとって自分のホームと言える場所は、夫と子供が居て、私たちのものがあるところだと感じます。ほっとしていると同時に、夏休みが終わってジャカルタに戻り、心に重いものを感じます。原因が何か自分でも分かりません。

私たちは、6月中旬にジャカルタを離れ休暇に入りました。最初に東京に到着し、その後テキサス、そして再度東京、そしてバリで休暇を終えました。夫は2回目の東京滞在の時は仕事でバリに行っていたので、夫の出張の最後の方に彼とバリで合流しました。私に取って初めてのバリでした。

普段の生活に戻り、調整に時間が掛かっています。ブログがプレッシャーになっているのかな?自分でも答えが分かりません。休暇中は、普段通りブログをアップする事ができませんでした。今となっては、なんだか以前の勢いが消えてしまいました。もっと書きたいのに、エネルギーが無いのです。

一つ考えられる無気力の原因というのは、私のお腹の調子です。ジャカルタではよくある事です。去年の10月に胞子虫による感染でお腹を壊しました。英語ではパラサイトと呼ぶのですが、私の場合、疲れ、お腹の膨張、食後の不快感などの症状があり、旅行に出る前に再発しました。でも日本に着いたら、日本の奇麗な食べ物に私のお腹がショックを受けたのか、症状が違いました。インドネシアに戻ったら、再度お腹が不調になり、エネルギーが無くなりました。

こちらの生活の調子が戻り、また休暇中の記事を書き終えるまで、休暇に関する記事を中心にブログに書きたいと思います。私の普段のコラムのスケジュールからはしばらく離れますね。

Here are little pieces of our vacation in the past month and a half. The photos below were all taken with my new Canon EOS Rebel T3.

下が過去1ヶ月半の休暇中のちょっとした写真です。私の新しいカメラ、キャノンのEOS Rebel T3で撮影しました。日本だとKissという名前になっていると思います。

My daughter taking my photo using my old digital camera, Canon PowerShot S3IS.

This is my very first DSLR, Canon EOS Rebel T3.

In San Antonio

In Rockport, Texas

In Tokyo

In Tokyo

In Bali

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 8:47 pm

    So sorry, you’re not feeling well…..I wish I could FedEx you some energy! Hopefully things will come right.

  2. July 26, 2011 8:54 pm

    Hope you will get better! The photos by canon rebel look fantastic!

  3. July 26, 2011 10:29 pm

    Welcome back Kaho. おかえりなさい。そしてお疲れさま!家族と6週間のお休み、とっても羨ましい〜!!特にアメリカのテキサスは、行ったことないので、旅行記楽しみしています★でも一先ずゆっくり休んでくださいね

  4. July 27, 2011 2:10 am

    Welcome back!

    Hope you’re feeling better by the time you read this comment. Unfortunately, I’ve heard that fatigue can only be cured by another long holiday :p

  5. July 27, 2011 12:05 pm

    hope you feel better soon.

    loving your vacation shots with the girls…so much joy! :)

  6. July 27, 2011 8:13 pm

    Wellcome back Kaho-san
    EOSの写真良いじゃないですか。シャッタータイミングが、良くなっていると思います。
    お腹のこと、私も昨年一年間続いた症状があります。
    お陰さまで今は治ったんですが、薬は日本で簡単に手に入るエビオスというビールの絞りカスを使ったものなんです。

    • July 27, 2011 8:54 pm

      ありがとうございます〜。一眼レフはデジタルと写真の捉え方が違うので、よく間違いもして、まだまだだと感じますが、そういっていただけると嬉しいです。勉強中ですが、少しずつ慣れて行けたらと思います。
      エビオス知っています!父が以前飲んでいましたよ。変に抗生物質を飲んで体に良い菌も殺してしまうのが心配で、今は毎日ヤクルトとヨーグルトを摂取して治そうかなんて思っているのですが、甘いですかね...?

    • July 28, 2011 1:50 am

      UCと症状が一緒でした。
      ビオフェルミンやヨーグルトなどを続けたのですが、駄目でした。
      或る日、娘が残したエビオスを飲んだから良さそうなので、一か月くらい続けすっかり治りました。その後体重は、5kg増えましたけど。
      エビオスは、自然のサプリメントだと思います。
      早く良くなられますように。

  7. Lily permalink
    July 28, 2011 9:10 am

    Welcome back! I hope you will get back soon and the energy will come back to write your lovely blog. Please take care…

  8. July 29, 2011 9:57 pm

    Kaho I especially loved your photos in this post! They were all breathtaking. LIke I was witnessing your life in snapshots and I am sure they will be so lovely to look back at when your kids are older. Your lenses capture such a beautiful life sweety!

  9. prisilia permalink
    August 1, 2011 2:23 am

    Hi Kaho,

    Welcome back to Jakarta. What a great holiday you must have, spending time with families, that’s precious.
    So, finally you went to Bali? How was it? I miss Bali so much, I wish I could go there, like soon :)
    Love all your pictures, it’s like we don’t need the story anymore, the pictures kind of doing all the story telling :)

  10. August 4, 2011 7:15 am

    Kaho, could you please suggest me which Canon camera is the best, yet more affordable? Is the Canon EOS T3 good? And how about the Canon PowerShot S3IS? I own an older type of powershot, but really thinking to change for a new one (:

    Have a nice day.

    • August 4, 2011 9:43 am

      Deisha, thanks for your question! I liked Canon PowerShot S3IS and I used it for 4 years to the point the black coating around the handle came off. I am loving my Canon DSLR. If you have enough budget, I suggest you get Canon EOS Rebel T2i, which is a level up from T3, my camera. I loved Canon EOS Rebel T2i when I went to a store to get a feel of it. I wanted it badly, but it was about $200 more than EOS Rebel T3. Canon EOS Rebel T3 and T2i are about the same, but T2i is slightly better. Ergonomically T2i is better. For example, it’s easier to change ISO on Canon EOS Rebel T2i. I didn’t notice that until I started using T3 myself. I didn’t get T2i because we went home to the U.S. this summer and we spent a lot of money. Another thing is that our daughter had a surgery and we were worried about the medical bills. Usually people upgrade their camera every several years (I used my Canon PowerShot S3IS for 4 years), so I’m sure I will upgrade to a higher level DSLR eventually, but for now, with my skill, I thought Canon EOS Rebel T3, the lowest end of DSLR, is sufficient and it was simply affordable for me. Canon EOS Rebel T3 was $560+tax.

  11. imola permalink
    September 30, 2011 2:03 am

    welcome to jakarta, and if you like a jakarta merchandise t-shirt you can see at http://www.jeli-jeli.com

  12. October 26, 2011 3:31 am

    wow so glad it turned out to be a baby :) wonderful news!

    • October 28, 2011 8:06 pm

      Thanks! I thought so, too!! It would’ve not been good to have parasite again. :P

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