When i met Ben, july 27th 2012


At the clock tower, Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia

At the Clock Tower, Bukittinggi , West Sumatra, Indonesia

I met him around two years ago in July. That was my unforgettable memory, I’ll tell you the way I met him, when I was looking for food in Pasar Atas I saw a couple of tourist and I asked to my sister to greeted them, and she said “okay but if they talk to me and I don’t understand I’ll ask you “ and I answered “okay “. She greeted them. Then we started conversation with them.

They wanted buy a hand phone only used to make a reservation, and I accompanied them. After we found a hand phone, they wanted and we got the price but unfortunately, they did not bring cash money and they left their money in hotel, they were stay at The Hill Hotel and I told to the owner of store to come back tomorrow. Ops sorry I forgot to tell you their name, his name is Collin and his wife I forgot her name.

Our conversation in a counter (hand phone store)

Collin : We got one and the price but we only bring Rp 200.000 in cash can I pay this by credit card Ria? Because of we left our cash money in Hotel and only bring credit card.
Ria : Where is the hotel?
Collin : The Hill Hotel, maybe we will come back tomorrow Ria to buy it after tracking around 6.pm.
Ria : Okay I’ll tell them

I said to the owner of store to come back tomorrow and we walked to The Clock Tower and talked about their children.

Mrs. Collin : Our son learns Indonesian Language
Ria : Really?
Mrs. Collin : Yes, maybe we can meet tomorrow and introduce him to you
Ria : Okay, where is your son right now?
Mrs. Collin : In Hotel
Collin : Just give me your number and I will text you tomorrow, and we can meet in The Clock Tower around 6.pm.
Ria : Oh, okay 085363076050 that’s my phone number
Collin : Okay Ria see you tomorrow
Mrs. Collin : See you
Ria : See you

Then we went and waited for tomorrow to met their son. I like to speak with English people and American. Around 6.pm Collin text me with United Kingdom (UK) number’s and said that they were going to be late but I did not replay his message because I thought that was UK number’s if I replay that was expensive.

I waited them in The Clock Tower and met with Mrs. Collin and his son and she introduced her son to me, his name is Ben.

Mrs. Collin : Hi Ria, He is Ben my son I told you before
Ria : Hallo
Ben : Hallo

Ben gave me his hand to shake hand but I ignored because my hand was dirty, because I broke one’s fast, I fasted. I continued eating while Mrs. Collin and Ben were waiting for Mr. Collin and his daughter, her name is Charlotte. After I finished my food and Mr. Collin and Charlotte came then we came back to buy a hand phone again and we went to Simpang Raya Restaurant for dinner, we had nice conversation in restaurant until 9.pm. Mrs. Collin and Charlotte came back to hotel but Collin and Ben kept with me. We spent our time in The Clock Tower, sat in the park of The Clock Tower. We made a joke; I love the moment when I talked that I had acnes in my face and he said a romantic sentence for me.

Ria : Ben I have acnes in my face.
Ben : Never mind, inner beauty is more important than outer beauty, because outer beauty will go with your age.
Ria : What about you Ben, which one is your choice between inner beauty or outer beauty?
Ben : I prefer inner beauty than outer beauty
Ria : You are romantic Ben.

Collin left us in The Clock Tower because he wanted to rent a car.

We have a nice conversation until 11.pm. I accompanied him to his hotel with my sister too. So many stories I can tell about him I do not know why, maybe I like him. We still keep communication and call Jelek as our lovely name when he said me Jelek I will answer with this, let see our conversation.

Ben : Jelek
Ria : Even though I am ugly, you still miss me!
Ben : You are not ugly I just kidding, you are beautiful
Ria : I knew that I am beautiful since I was born.
Ben : You are right Ria

I always force Ben to come back to Indonesia again, I do not know why, but he is a good man, and his father is a doctor and he is going to be a doctor too, he took medicine at Cambridge University right now.

After we spent our time in The Clock Tower, Ben stayed in Lake Maninjau for a couple days but we still kept contact by phone, I asked him to phone me before I went to sleep. I text Ben when he was in Lake Maninjau and he would call me, I felt like we are in lovelorn, phone each other during he was in Indonesia.

I asked him about his culture, this is our conversation

Ria : Ben I want to know, about your culture first. Let me know
Ben : Well, what to say about Britain, it’s very highly populated for its size and so there are many quite large cities. There is a benefits system, which means that everyone can earn a minimum of about £10000 a year, it’s warm and wet in the summer but cold and dry in the winter. In the south where I live, there are mainly British people but in London there is a majority of foreign people who come over for our benefit system and better style of living. There are two major national festivals: Christmas and Easter, both are Christian and there is a period of holiday. It is a legal requirement to stay in education until you are 18 and then you can either go to university or get a job. The British people are usually very eccentric and know what they want. That is about all I can think to write down. If you want to know anything else just ask.
Ria : I interested that the British people are eccentric and know what they want. Could you tell me more about the British people? I really-really wonder about that.
Ben : Umm well, we are what you could say a stubborn people, we know what we want and we usually know what we need to get it. Eccentric means very straightforward or forward thinking so this again links in with the idea that we know what we want and what we need to do to get it. No deviations!
Ria : I agree with stubborn people like you.
Ben : Haha indeed like me.

Too much story about Ben, I can’t tell completely. However, I wish I can meet him again, stay in Indonesia, be a handsome doctor if in Indonesia like Dr. Ryan Thamrin, he said he want to come back to Indonesia again to see a sun and to see me. He is the greatest tourists I ever met and he said “you are the greatest Indonesian too Ria “.

This is a little conversation between Ben and me. Still many conversation again but I can’t write that because that is too long. This is our Conversation by social media after he came back to UK.

Ria : What are u doing now? How is about your study and your Indonesian Language?
Ben : Good I’m still at school studying, my last year until university hopefully! Indonesia Language is okay, I am trying to keep it relatively fluent what about you?
Ria : I’m still in college. Hope you will graduate with good score and get best university.
Ria : Jelek, my English is bad now, I don’t practice
Ben : Haha you need to find more tourists then!
Ria : Hmmmm,,, I don’t like to find a tourist right now.
Ben : Why not?
Ria : I don’t know
Ben : Oh well
Ria : I don’t like see western right now, they just friend when they near us after that they will forget us. Yah
Ben : Not forget, .I have nothing to say, what’s more is I can’t come back soon due to and that’s unfortunate but that is life

I think that was a worse sentence I ever say to him. If I still keeping talk about Ben I think, I will never finish this story.
Talk about our farewell at The Hill Hotel. That was nice experience when we hugged each other.

At The Hill Hotel, West Sumatra, Indonesia

At The Hill Hotel, West Sumatra, Indonesia

At The Hill Hotel, West Sumatra, Indonesia

At The Hill Hotel, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Ben : How do if farewell in Indonesia?
Ria : Shake hand Ben
Ben : If in England, we hug
Ria : Okay Ben, hug me

After we had shake hand and we hugged for the first and for the last time. I really-really miss him so much.

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