Love Sparks When The Stranger Becomes Familiar

Have you ever imagined when some strangers become familiar with you? Or have you ever imagined when someone you just met suddenly become familiar with you?

Last month I went to Korea. It was not about I was going somewhere with my family. Also, it was not about a vacation between my family and me. It was more than that. It was my second time visiting Korea this year. The country I never imagined would be easy to visit for a person like me but that was what happened. I’m getting along with this country.

Love Sparks When The Stranger Becomes Familiar

I was leading a field trip of a bunch of students for International Culture & Education Exchange for 7 days in South Korea. The first good thing about it that I got the opportunity going travelling for FREE! I was able to visit many places and experienced many things as for me who likes traveling a lot that was pretty awesome. I was able to stay in a single room of a good hotel, enjoying many places excluding the shopping stuffs.

It was the third day and I found it different. It was not only a field trip, it wasn’t only leading a tour, it was a Family Trip++. Why ++ (plus plus)? Because there were so many “pluses” or positive things inside of it.

For those who following (and read) my blog since the beginning you might know that I’m the last child in my family which means that I don’t have any siblings after me. Since I was young, I pushed to take care of myself and over the last 10 years I’ve learned more about taking care of other people who is not only my family. We often went for outings or even though we are not “blood” family, but we took care of ourselves more than a blood family.

Taking care in my own country is easier than taking care in another country. This trip made me feel like I had 14 little sisters. Taking care of them like I was taking care my own little sisters. For sure, I didn’t feel like a burden even when they talked a lot, asked a lot and sometimes made a little mess. It was still feel fun indeed. When they changed calling me “miss” into “kakak” (older sister/older brother in Bahasa Indonesia), it even made me feel “ooohhhh my …”

I wasn’t sure why It was easy for me to just share the love and to feel like family even for a stranger who I just met in the street. After a few days of wondering why, I finally realized maybe this is also what I learned from the bible, what I learn from God. I am not trying to push around about what I believe, but this is what I feel. There were times when I think about why God easily loves and forgives people even though people (including me) forget about Him or even don’t believe about His existences.


And that’s what LOVE is all about. There are no specific reasons about the meaning of love itself. It was just love and still love. Something that looked and looks absurd, but it existences in it is the one that people need the most.


I am a language trainer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I love traveling, like a lot. I enjoy walking around, language immersion in different places, have a cup of coffee at some unfamiliar coffee shop, embrace the history or art in many different museums. I love coming across people and blending with new culture. I like having conversations with new people, blogging the stories and inspire people.

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