Where Did I Go? – The Answer
Posted February 14, 2008on:
Hi, people! Sorry that I’ve been putting off writing in this blog lately, although I’m back in town and already available since the beginning of this week. Anyway, people have asked me lots of questions about my trip (or.. why I never show up for 2 full weeks), such as where did I go, what for, why, etc. And my answer was always: “It’s a long story. I’ll write about it in my blog.” So, I kinda owe some people to tell about this. Well, I hope my explanation in this post can satisfy your curiousness. Enjoy!
So, the rumor was right that I went to the United States, Chicago to be exact. Yup, that’s the place where I went as an AFS exchange student in high school. However, this time, my trip is not for AFS, ITB (my college), SEF (debating), or anything you might have in your mind 😉 I told some of you that I went there for a family business, which is not wrong. I went to the US for a deposition. Now, what is a deposition? Here’s the long story. Don’t interrupt!
My dad passed away in 1997 in an air crash near Medan, Indonesia. In 2004, a law firm offered to help my family to sue the company which made a tool in the airplane that in a way, was responsible for the air crash. A more complete information about the case can be read in http://www.wisner-law.com/articles/garuda-crash.html. That article was for the case that has finished, not my family’s. However, it was for the same crash as ours. So anyway, my family said yes at that time, so the case has been going on for nearly 4 years. In January 2008, our attorney asked me, as a representative of my family, since I’m the oldest child of my dad and a legal adult already, whether I can go for a deposition in the US. A deposition is when the lawyer of the company that we sue ask questions, to the victim whose life was impacted from the air crash. I agreed to do it, so our attorney gave me the ticket and accommodation for that. The deposition itself for me was only for 2 days, February 1 and 4, but since I’d like to visit my host family and friends (who coincidentally also live in Chicago), and also because of the Chinese New Year long weekend (Sorry Bal, I didn’t know about the matriculation at the time), I decided to extend my trip 😀
Now.. What? Trip report? Yeah, I need to work on that some time this weekend. Patience, people!