apa kabar? (How are you?)
Yesterday was a very special day, because I got a new roommate. On my way to university I always pass a little shop where I drop my laundry. The shop is run by a very nice lady and a very, very old granny. They lady speaks hardly English and the granny doesn´t speak English at all, but every day I walk on by they give me a big smile and I simle right back. So yesterday when class was finished I went there to pick up my laundray. The lady was busy ironing so I was told to wait a little wihle. I took a seat on the wooden bench next to the granny. Suddenly a teeny tiny kitten appeared. She was very, very skinny and still pretty young. She started cuddling my legs while she was surrounding me. I picked her up on my lap and patted her. Immidately she began to purr. This little black thing with her green eyes and her big bat ears was sweet as sugar. The old granny got up and went downstairs getting my laundry. As she came back I got up and gave her the money. She put the big bunch of laundry in my arms and told me with her hands that she was getting my change. When she came back she put my change on the top of the bunch of laundry I was holding in my arms – and she put the cat on top as well. I told her in English: “Oh, that´s nice, but I can´t keep it. I won´t be here forever, because I´m just studying here for one semester!” She did not get it at all. My Bahasa was too poor to explain, here English was not existent. She pointed with her finger in my direction home and mumbled something in Bahasa and smiled at me. I repeated: “Thank you, but I really can´t take her!” The old granny pointed again at my direction home and then she just turned around and closed the door and disappeared through the backdoor . There I was, standing in front of the shop holding my laundry topped with my change and a cat. “Okay”, I told myself “I have a cat right now.” Still pretty confused I walked home. Here on Bali I am living in a home-stay hosted by a very nice and hearty Balinese familiy. As I passed the gate of the home-stay the owner greeted me: “Annina, apa kabar? How was uni? What is this? A cat? Is this yours?” I replyed: “Apparently, I don´t know yet. She was just given to me.” He said: “Looks pretty thin. You should give food to it.” I asked him if I could keep her and he just answered: “Of course, but feed her and give her some injections.” Then he smiled at me. I went in my apartment and gave her some food. Since that day the cat is staying with me. When I go to uni I put her outside and when I come back she is already waiting at the steps of my door. I called her “Hati-Hati” this is Bahasa and means “be careful”. Sometime I call her just “Hati”. Today I was told this means “heart” in Bahasa, which I think suits very well.
By the way little Hati helped me writing the this post here (more or less).
Have a lovely day everyone,