The Leaf (Sequel)

I managed to get hold of the video and I learned more information about The Leaf that was the give-away gift during Amelia’s wedding to Mr. Nick.

The leaves were lovingly collected by her dad from the Acacia tree in their village. He took the time to collect the right leaf and the time to get it ready for the holidays.

Collecting the leaves

The leaves are bleached and left in the water until the color is changed and only the veins are showing. It took 3 weeks to make it look like it is now.




He prepared the leaves for the Buddhist holiday and wants to put it in the mall.

Amelia asked why the mall?

He compared it to the trees put up during Christmas holidays with bells and even fake snow, so he said why not do something for the Buddhist holiday? 


And it eventually found it’s way in the wedding as gift to all of us. A token, a gift so lovingly prepared by hand to be offered to the Gods and to the first daughter.


The Leaf

Rummaging through my things I found items I brought back home from Timor, a give away gift from a wedding we attended in Semarang, Indonesia.

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The wedding was a much awaited event by the Quinta girls (more on them in future posts) and happened in 2013. Those that were still in Timor then went to Semarang to witness the culmination of a love story into a much bigger love story as husband and wife.

I am housemate with Amelia for over 2 years until she decided to leave development work overseas and go back to Indonesia and pursue her dreams of directing her own kind of films. She used to work with Jesuit Communication projects in Timor Leste and she does her job very well, teaching young Timorese how to capture good images, write good stories and all the technical aspects within production. She does it in spite of the odds of being a woman in a men’s world and she managed to make her team realize the value of having someone who knows her craft and understands them better than anyone else.

Getting married, having children at certain age was one of her ambition. She doesn’t want to grow old alone but she doesn’t just want to marry someone for the sake of doing it. She knows what she wants and she was very vocal about it. It sort of put pressure on the girls to match her with someone who would understand her and can get her drift — we all have our little quirkiness so yeah someone who can dig her and her friends :D.

Until the right man comes along … in the most unexpected way (that is more for the romantic appeal of the love story). Mr. Nick became a regular in the life of the Quinta girls and became permanent to Amelia. When she moved back to Indonesia, got a job in Jakarta, Mr. Nick decided to finish his job in Timor Leste, pack up and follow her, anyway editing job can open shop anywhere and he’s very mobile so it was a good plan.

Amelia is a third generation Chinese migrants in Semarang, so she’s more Indonesian than anyone would like to believe but she’s traditional Chinese when it comes to family (no offense meant). They look after each other and they love knowing what’s happening in each others lives as much as they could – the family is the most important unit in the circle and that is very very inspiring (and very very Asian). Continue reading