Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors
On our third day in Indonesia, we visited Lawang Sewu in Semarang. Lawang Sewu (Pintu Seribu) is a Javanese term, which means “Thousand Doors.” It is located in Semarang, Central Java Indonesia and was built by the Dutch. It served as a head office for the Dutch East Indies Railway Company until 1942. Based on research that I did, it is a haunted landmark in Indonesia. It was said to be a site of a five-day fight in 1945, where a number were tortured, and executed.
Steven and I hired a grab taxi from Yogyakarta to Semarang. From the previous travels that Steven and I experienced, I realized that I should always cherish every moment by focusing more on our trip rather than on social media. I was more active than before and I did not let Steven do all the talking with the locals. If I was going to assess myself when it came to our Indonesian trip, I know that I was a better travel buddy that time.
But I know that there was a possibility that our trip to Indonesia might be our last trip overseas for the time being as I had to focus on my study sooner. I was going to do the first chapter of my dissertation and I know it was something that I had to take seriously. Aside from that, my savings would not be enough for another travel in 2018.
“What if I just stopped studying and then look for a part-time job?” I asked Steven while we were on our way to Semarang.
“I hope you will not stop, I hope you will finish your studies,” he answered.
“But you know that I already have my MA Degree and its already enough.”
“You will have more opportunities once you finished your Doctoral Degree, so please just continue with your studies.”
I replied no more until we arrived in Semarang. I knew that Steven had a point and he just wanted what was best for me.
While we were on our way to the Lawang Sewu, I was still having doubts, if we really should go there or not. I had fears of ghosts, but many people had told me that I should not be afraid of ghosts. Instead, I should be more afraid of human beings because only they can hurt other people and ghost are just spirits.
The cost of the ticket to visit Lawang Sewu was RP 10,000 for adults. There were few people when we arrived in the haunted building of Lawang Sewu. Seeing that the lights were on inside the building, my fear subsided a bit.
There was nothing creepy when we got inside. The only thing I knew was that beside me there was not a scary ghost but a bully boyfriend who made the trip fun filled.
The feeling was nostalgic when I was inside the Lawang Sewu Building. We were amazed on the stain glass and the connecting doors from room to room that were unique. Amidst the silence, my mind wandered on the messages each doors wanted to reveal. After one entrance was another door and so on and so forth.
Through readings, I know that there are so many quotations, which talks on doors, and I just wanted to reflect on a few of them.
“When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has opened in front of you.”
― Shannon L. Alder
The passing of someone we love is not easy to accept. Oftentimes, it leads to conclusion that our life becomes meaningless too because of someone who passed away. But no matter what difficulties or pains we have been going through, it just boils down to these words “The show must go on.”
“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.”
― Mark W. Perrett
Learning does not stop after we graduate. It goes on for the rest of our lives. As years go by, changes happen. It just simply indicates that there is a need to adapt to these changes or we will forever get stagnant on where we were standing.
“If you feel you have to open a particular door, open it, otherwise all your life that door will haunt your mind!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Just ask yourself and reflect on what you really want to achieve someday. Do not be afraid of going at great length just to have what your heart’s desire. Isn’t it good that when the old age comes, it is much better to say, “I did it!,” rather than “How I wish I had done it.” ?
“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”
Attaining Ph.D’s or Ed.D’s, or being able to have a chance to study abroad does not guarantee of being educated. Still, it depends on how those skills and knowledge acquired were handled in interacting with other people.
“A smile will open more doors than what a frown will.”
― Anthony T.Hincks
They said that we always have a choice. We can either choose to dwell with misery or plunge in victory. It has been said we should be careful with whatever we are thinking because thinking becomes words, and words become actions. Therefore, always choose the good.
Have you visited Lawang Sewu in Semarang? Or do you have a quotation you want to share about doors?
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