Changes… Part 7

Part 7

The first conversations with my maid were very primitive but one that I recall to this day was a humorous one. She took my pyjamas every day to be washed. I quickly ran out of clothes to sleep in, and I knew the words for clothes and floor. So, we came up with a rule. “If the clothes are on the floor” she needs to wash them. This short clothes on the floor equal “wash” were rather funny but it worked and to this day it was the rule.

Learning the new language was not going to be easy but the Indonesian language is quite simple. Words are one thing but the last time I had to learn a new language I was 10. Not counting learning French in school, which I hated, this was almost 40 years later. 

The Girl in the Willow

I learned and did lessons on an app as much as I could in preparation but living and learning in the country are always better.

Picking up the very basics was great and because I spoke Hungarian, English and a touch of French pronunciations and all were quite easy. The rest was all about memorization and being involved in conversations.

Because nearly everyone at the office spoke English the communication aspect was not a difficult one. Even in the short span of two weeks my son too picked up a few words.

The two weeks would pass quickly and so much quicker than we both had imagined. I dreaded the days as the time to say bye drew closer and closer. We made the best of our time and went as much as we could around the city. Malls, restaurants and so on were so different than Canada, or even North America for that matter. The malls are a place of gathering. Shopping does take place but as I found out much later there are many reasons for this and slowly things began to make so much more sense.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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