Changes… Part 10

Part 10 

The first night alone in my apartment was not a pleasurable one. The place was empty, I was feeling very alone. After 10 years of being a full-time businessman and a single dad, it was very quiet. I was used to doing the laundry, cleaning and cooking. Always running here and there with the kids. All those things were now replaced by my helper or maid named Anna. 


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Ironically, the person looking after me had the same name as my late mom. Anna did the grocery shopping, cleaning and cooking. 

The first night, all the little plusses my new life and job had brought felt insignificant. I was able to talk to my family and keep in touch, but I was very alone. Now I never had an issue being alone. I was never one to feel lonely. I buried myself in writing, work and soon after I was able to join the boys at the apartment and play tennis and I enjoyed going to the gym. 

The hole that was left by my son at that moment was a big one. I was not sure how to go on and it mostly bothered me at night. During the day work kept me busy enough and the late nights at MD Pictures didn’t bother me. 

Being in opposite time zones worked out quite well and always gave me ample opportunity to chat with my friends and family. My mornings consisted of grabbing a coffee at the Starbucks in our building and chatting with whoever was available. Having been a regular and going to the office each day became fun.  

All the security and staff in the lobby, Starbucks and BCA bank got to know me and I got to know them. Every morning I was greeted by smiling faces who knew me by name. I was never one to snub them or to be rude. It was great to see their smiling faces each morning.  

Many foreigners or even locals tend to look down on the staff and not say hello back when they opened the door. Or looked down on them because they were the cleaning staff and so on. 

I was used to working with all kinds of people with various cultures and I enjoyed getting to know them. Being a foreigner or a “bule” a white guy in Indonesia does not mean that others should be treated differently. 

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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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