Community Diary - Part 3

As the community grew bigger, there were more activities, events and small gatherings have taken place.. It did not matter who took part and who did not, every moment worth to be remembered and well appreciated as it showed the generosity of your contribution. Thank you!

Mimosa and International Women's Day

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green to symbolise the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolised justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality. The three colours were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.

A Tornado-force Wind in Florence

I heard something and I thought I was dreaming, I looked around in the dark, tried to lift my sleepy head. I saw the clock on the bed side table it was still 3am early morning.  I should not go back to sleep, I thought, as I would be late for school at 7am. I heard the sound of the wind blew really hard as if it swirled in front of our bedroom window. The window glasses were shaking and made a lot of noise. My head told me to stay awake but my eyes were too heavy to stay open. I felt asleep again although I remembered I could still hear the sound of the wind, swirled, hurled things up, banged windows and windows’ shutters. Storm, I thought, maybe the school would have to close today due to this hard wind, and I fell asleep again.

A moment later I woke up with eyes open wide when the glasses of our bedroom window shook and made such a loud noise as if they would shatter in no time soon. I heard things fell and the sound of our plastic buckets hit the fence of the balcony. I remembered my laundry clips, many must have been blown away already, I thought. Oh well, a reason to buy new laundry clips. The swirling sound of the wind continued until it was time for us to get up our bed and get ready for school.  It happened that I was scheduled to substitute a Physic teacher who took his personal day on that very day. I was grateful Jos didn’t have to go alone through a hard win that morning.  

Eczema Diet

I am suffering eczema for almost two years now. The skin specialist prescribed cortisone, topical steroid and antihistamine which helped for a while. However every time I finished the medication, my eczema came back again. The unbearable itch made me scratch abruptly. Scratching only worsened my skin condition, once I was prescribed antibiotics and cortisone cream contains antibiotic to cure the infection and to reduce the inflammation. I noticed that all these medicines only suppressed whatever causes my eczema beneath my skin.

The Birth and The Farewell

Welcome baby Alessia Bianca Zein!

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, we received a great news about the birth of Alessia Bianca Zein. She is the first child of Joni Zein and Erna Mariana, she is also the first baby who was born within the family of Indonesian Community in Tuscany. We all excited when we heard about Erna's pregnancy and were glad to welcome baby Ale, felt like we have our own niece. 

Festival del Cinema d'Indonesia_Le Murate

Since the first time we arrived in Florence, I've been thinking of how to promote Indonesia. Unlike in the Netherlands where number of Indonesians are large, Indonesians are only about 200 to 250 people in Italy. Once I attended a simple Indonesian bazaar organized by a cultural foundation founded by an Indonesian friend who lives in Rotterdam to celebrate Indonesian independence day and to promote Indonesian culture. Two foundations were involved in organizing the whole event which took place in a good size of a hall for about 250 people in Rotterdam. It was a family bazaar with a bit of Dutch 'gezelligheid', the bazaar inspired me to have the same event in Florence. Unlike in Netherlands, however, as I went around and gathered information, I found more obstacles and more challenges to do so.

However, when we came back from our summer holiday last year. I heard from Malina, that she and her husband have organized a festival of Indonesian Cinema in Florence in continuation with the one they held in Pietrasanta. The organization was done by Malina and her husband, an Italian lawyer, the poster was designed by Erlinda, an Indonesian student who studied design in Florence. I was so excited about this event, finally, we had this opportunity to make Indonesia more recognized and pop-up in Italy. Thank you to Jacopo and Malina for their hard-work and the Ambassador of Indonesia for Vatican City for their supports in making the Festival of Indonesian Film a successful event. 

Hailstorm in Summer on September 19th, 2014

#somethingnew #fromwhereIstand #wheatherphenomenon - stood on about 10cm thick of hails 

I'm from the tropic, so at first I was scared but then I was quite amused to see that much of ice cubes poured down from the sky with lots of noise on the summer! Good thing was that the storm stopped right at the time I had to leave the house for work. It was such a joyful bike ride on the road covered with lots of hail and through some thick fog. I found that amazingly entertaining!!

Dark sky above the city center of Florence. Image courtesy of

The sky looked completely dark, “Oh no! It’s going to rain!” I said to myself. I had to go to work at 13:30 every day and the fact that the sky was so dark made me a bit reluctant to go out. However, no matter how I felt, I had to get ready and go anyway. A while later, I heard ‘bang bang’ at the backyard. I thought, now what?  It sounded like a neighbor was getting himself busy before the rain comes.  I went quickly to the kitchen window to have a look, but I saw no one outside. And the ‘bang bang’ continued, this time harder and even harder when I stood in my dining room. Then I realized, the sound came from the roof and the attic above my dining room sounded as if it was going to collapse.

A Highlight on Firenze #bikewalk for Instagrammers on September 6th, 2014

the view of Florence from Lungarno Benvenutto Cellini

I saw the announcement of this Firenze #bikewalk event last week on the Florentine after I came back from our holiday. So I shared it to our Indonesian Community in Tuscany on Facebook page. Unfortunately none of the ICT's friends interested to join. I personally interested in the event as it was related to a popular photo-sharing application I began to use recently, the famous Instagram. My goals was to find new friends and -of course- more followers on Instagram.

me and Tiana, welvies with our new Carrara sunglasses

The bike ride started from the meeting point right at la piazza della basilica di Santa Croce (the square of the Holy Cross cathedral). We biked to the area of San Ambrogio  and had a little stop in front of Parrocchia di San Ambrogio, at the fork of Via di Mezzo, Via dei Pilastri and Via Giosuè Carducci met with two long busy roads of Borgo La Croce and Via Pietrapiana. There were about 70 people joined this #bikewalk event, the name of the event was actually really fit to what we did, it was really a combination of bike and walk (with our bikes), and chat whilst waiting for the rest of the participants to gather.


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