"This is a true story, not a soap opera - not a drama," Trena confessed of her journey to uncover her shocking past. Sure enough, after stumbling across a random TikTok video, her life would never be the same...
"I finally met the person I had been looking for," Trena gushed: On a fateful day in October, the sister's search for her other half came to a sudden halt end after reuniting face to face - a journey 24 years in the making.
"I thought only in movies it turned out to be true," her sister, equally as speechless, added. Only the story of how they came to be is all too real. Hang on while we go back to the very beginning, from the moment they first separated all the way up to their remarkable reunion.
Meet Euis Trena
Long before the 24-year-old's world was turned upside down, Euis Trena Mustika lived a relatively normal life. Born to doting parents Enceng Dedi and Enok Rohenah, Trena had all the love she needed. Little did she know, her other half was somewhere out there, waiting to be discovered.
Trena spent her younger years in Ambon, a buzzing city in Eastern Indonesia. Only behind closed doors, her reality was just as exciting. The curious young girl admired her large family, growing up with 7 siblings. But the truth was that she actually had 8 - she just didn't know it yet.
She Found Out She Was Adopted
As the young girl continued to grow, she was soon met with the surprise of her life: She was adopted, a secret her parents felt she needed to know. Only the revelation left Trena even more confused, her mind running wild with questions. And with good reason.
Her parents' attempt to fill in the blanks only left a painful void. Who was her other half? What did she look like? And perhaps most importantly: Why was she given away? There was more to the story, that much, she was sure of. And she'd spend the rest of her life hunting it down - that is until it hit her right in the face.
Meet Elis Treni
This brings us to the other half of our story: Meet Elis Treni. Born and raised in Ambon, the girl also spent her early years in the vibrant capital. Only her reality looked very different than Trena's. The truth? Her parents took a different - perhaps riskier - approach than the Mustikas.
Rini and Misranto had so much love for their baby girl. So much so, that they wanted to protect her at all costs. Only in their eyes, that same protection called for lots of secrets: Treni's adoption, for starters. But that wasn't the only thing her parents kept safely tucked away.
Upon adoption, Rini and Misranto also decided to change their baby girl's name: Elis Treni Mustika was officially Treni Fitri Yana. And it'd be years - decades - before Treni uncovered the truth about her identity. Unfortunately, though, that wasn't the only curveball sent her way.
By the time 1999 came around, nothing would ever be the same: Her family had suddenly picked up and moved - 2,000+ Kilometres away, to the scenic island of East Java. But they weren't the only ones: At around the same time, the Mustikas, too, picked up and moved to Tasikmalaya.
Treni Led a Separate Life
In other words? The sisters had gone from living minutes to miles - almost 400 of them - apart. And it'd remain that way for decades to come: Trena carried on living with her family in Tasikmalaya, while Treni started one of her own. She'd met the love of her life, got married, and welcomed 2 children. But that's not all she did.
By 2013? The aspiring blogger found her way online as she pursued a career as an influencer. Little did Treni know, that joining the TikTok world would change her life in more ways than she could've ever imagined. But what about her sister? What did her reality look like?
Trena Continued To Search For Her Sister
Sure enough, 500+ kilometers away, Miss Mustika actually had her sights set completely elsewhere. She couldn't stop thinking about the bombshell her parents had dropped on her years earlier. What happened to her twin sister? If her parents wouldn't tell her about her past, who would?
As the years continued to pass by, her curiosity only continued to grow. But by the time she started high school, she had finally had enough. Trena Mustika was ready to take matters into her own hands: She was going to uncover the truth, even if it wasn't what she wanted to hear.
She Asked for Help Online
Trena needed answers, desperately. But she wasn't going to get them on her own, that much she knew. It was a brutal pill to swallow. But it also fueled that fire inside of her to keep going. And that's exactly what she did, as she turned to the online world for help.
But where would Trena even start? She needed to catch the eyes of the masses if she was going to make a dent in her search. As for how she'd do that? She raced to Facebook and YouTube as she unloaded her captivating story for the rest of us. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.
Her Search Was Going Nowhere
The vulnerable sister had bared her entire heart onto our feeds, all in the name of reuniting her family; A noteworthy cause. Unfortunately, as the days continued to pass, Trena learned the hard way that not many saw it that way. In fact, not many saw her posts at all...
The Indonesian native was new to the tricky world of blogging - and with Trena's new territory came new challenges. How would she reach her desired audience? Or better yet: How would she reach the one person her entire documented journey was devoted to?
Trena Thought She Caught a Breakthrough
She felt helpless. Only as Trena continued on her journey to discovering the truth, she was soon met with a major break. If only she knew that it'd actually lead her down a slippery slope. But she didn't. And after her father finally revealed her sister's identity, she thought the case was finally closed.
Unfortunately, Enceng Dedi's attempt to help only lead to more confusion: As he assured, his missing daughter's name was "Fitriyani." And while his spelling error might have been minor, the consequences would be far from it. His daughter was about to be taken on a bumpy detour.
Her Sister Uploaded a TikTok Video
Days, weeks - years - continued to fly by, and still: Nothing. It was devastating, something Trena couldn't wrap her head around. She had finally found the missing piece of the puzzle, why couldn't she find her sister? Only all of that was all about to change.
Hundreds of miles away, while Trena's hope continued to decline, her sister's was only growing. Treni's life as a blogger was continuing to gain momentum. Only as she hit the 'Upload' button on her latest TikTok video, Fitri Yana had no idea that chaos would ensue.
Trena's Neighbor Recognized Her Face
What happened? Trena's neighbor had caught wind of Fitri Yana's latest dancing clip. And it left her speechless, racing to the keyboard. Only the seemingly innocent message she began to type out was about to turn one person's world upside down. Any guess who we're referring to?
Of course, her neighbor, Trena. Only Trena had no idea the shock that awaited her as she opened her inbox to read her latest message. Who had messaged her? Sure enough, as Trena began to read the words propped before her, her heart suddenly stopped.
Trena Began Connecting the Dots
"She just wanted to praise me for the great dance," Trena explained of the message suddenly plastered across her screen. To the naked eye, it didn't mean much. But to Trena? It was about to mean everything. "I have TikTok, but the video wasn't from me," she explained of her initial confusion. And that's when it hit her.
Just one glance at the seconds-long clip, and it didn't take long to see why her neighbor had done what she had done. Smiling back at her from her TikTok feed was... herself. Only the video wasn't of her. Who was this mystery woman? And why did it feel like she was looking in a mirror?
She Noticed Their Eerie Similarities
"We looked so alike, I can understand how my neighbor thought it was me," Trena explained. Nonetheless, "I explained to her that it wasn't me." But after clearing things up, she, too, wanted answers. She picked up her phone and raced out the door, as she set out to get exactly that.
After pulling up to her former childhood home, Trena hopped out of the car and scurried up the stairs. She took a deep breath as she pounded on the door, unsure of what she was about to be greeted with. It almost felt surreal. Was she really about to uncover the truth, once and for all?
Her Father Confirmed Her Suspicions
"I was speechless," Trena confessed. There was a solid chance she was about to confirm the identity of her birth sister; Something she desperately craved her entire life. And as she pulled up the TikTok app to confront her father, suddenly Mr. Mustika's face said it all.
"[I felt] so happy and confused," Trena recalled, as she watched her father's eyes well up with tears. As far as he was concerned, he was looking directly at his other daughter. Granted, Trena and her father were sure they'd just solved the mystery: But what if they were wrong?
Trena Reached Out to Treni
The truth was that nobody knew for sure. They were acting solely off of instinct - off of emotions. And Trena needed to face the facts before she set themselves up for disappointment. As her mind continued to race, she typed out a message to the stranger on the other side of her screen.
As for Treni? She had no idea her playful video was about to be met with so many questions. Only as she scoured through her inbox, that's exactly what happened: A girl named Trena had messaged her. But among the stranger's slew of questions, there were 8 words that suddenly stood out: I think I might be your twin sister.
She Was In Disbelief
It couldn't be... could it? "[She] asked my name, whether my parents have ever lived in Ambon..." Treni explained of the stranger who began flooding her inbox. It must have been a scam, she was sure of it. But with that thought soon came another: What if it wasn't?
As far as Treni Fitri Yana knew, Rini and Misranto were the only parents- the only family- she had ever known. And the possibility of being wrong scared her - tremendously. Had her entire life been woven together by one massive lie? No. It couldn't be.
She Began To Investigate
Only as she began to examine the stranger on the other side of her screen, Treni didn't know what to believe anymore. One scroll through the woman's Facebook profile and she suddenly couldn't deny what her eyes were telling her: It was like looking in a mirror. Why did this woman look exactly like her?
Was she truly looking at her long-lost twin sister? It was a thought that sent chills down her spine. But the truth was that Treni had other factors to consider before heading down such a slippery slope: "I didn't want to hurt my mother," Treni explained of exploring the possibility.
She Waited for Her Mother To Come Clean
And so, as Treni continued her quest for answers, she decided to do so in utter secrecy. "I better keep quiet until [my mother] tells me," she explained. But emotions weren't the only thing on the line here: If Treni was right, she'd be opening the lid on her entire existence.
But while she stopped prying for questions from her mom, that didn't stop the questions from flooding her mind. What was really going on here? It was overwhelming, and then some. Little did she know, the key to all of her questions was right under her rose...
They Were Long Lost Twins
"Who would have thought that I was a twin?" a speechless Treni revealed. "[Such] an emotional feeling." Sure enough, after endless hours spent searching for answers, she finally had them: She and Trena were indeed long-lost sisters, as her mother finally confessed.
It was surreal, a dream she couldn't wake up from. Only the cutting words suddenly hurled at Treni were all too real. She had a built-in best friend somewhere out there in the world. It was a thought that left her buzzing, consumed with endless questions.
Why Did Treni's Parents Keep It Hidden
Her mother's revelation was explosive - a secret exposing everything her baby girl once thought she knew. But why keep it to herself for so long? The truth was that Rini and Misranto only wanted to protect their family. Holding onto the secret tore at them every waking minute of every day.
While the parents had so much love to give, they were also consumed by fear - lots of it. "She didn't want to lose me," Treni explained of her mother's decision to stay quiet. Sure enough, though, after endless years, the truth was finally out there. Which leads us to perhaps our most important question...
Their Birth Parents' Reason for Separating Them
"What happened?" Why had the little girls been separated decades earlier? Why had Trena stayed with her family while her sister was taken in by a different one? Now that the curtains had finally been pulled, Treni was desperate for some more answers.
"When they were babies, they were sickly," Enceng revealed: At just 2-months-old, his baby girls had developed severe Cholera symptoms - and he and Mrs. Mustika were scared. But the parents' emotions actually went much further than what one might expect...
Their Birth Family's Tragic History
It had also brought back devastating memories - at least where Mrs. Mustika was concerned: She once had her own twin sisters. Unfortunately, they died from an illness shortly after one another. And from that day forward? Their birth mother had always believed twins shared the same soul and, ultimately, fate.
"My mother was worried that if one twin was sick, the other would be too," Trena explained of their former health risks. As a result, it wasn't long before the Mustikas realized exactly what they needed to do: "For the time being, they must be separated."
Treni Was Given to a Family Friend
Call it superstition, call it precaution - whatever the case may have been - at just 2-months-old, Treni and Trena Mustika were deliberately separated and never reunited again. (For now, at least.) Treni was put under a local family friend's care, while Trena stayed at home with her worried parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Mustika could've sworn they were doing the right thing. They were sure of it. Unfortunately, they never could've predicted the madness their innocent deed would soon call for. But mere years later, as 1999 came around, they'd find out the hard way.
Her New Family Was Forced To Flee
What happened? As we already know, by 1999, both families had fled the area. But why? A brutal religious conflict had ravaged its way through their community: After a fight had broken out between Muslims and Christians of the residing area, endless families were forced to flee.
Everything happened so fast. And in the blink of an eye, Enseng and Enok lost perhaps the one thing they loved most in their life. Despite desperate attempts to track down their relocated daughter, their search led them... nowhere. It was devastating, something that'd haunt them for years to come.
When Treni and Trena Met Online
As fate would have it, endless years - and tears - later, Treni's path had finally led her back to her birth family. And she and Trena couldn't wait to make up for the lost time. Only after rushing online to put a face to their other halves, they couldn't fight the emotions they were suddenly met with.
"When she saw me for the first time through a video call, she broke into tears," Ms. Mustika recalled of the moment she came face to face with her long-lost sister. It was truly a sight to be seen. Only their virtual reunion left them unsatisfied: They wanted to meet in person.
Treni's Journey To Reuniting With Her Sister
Sure enough, on a fateful day in October 2020, Treni hopped in a car as she set out to make those dreams a reality. But what if her sister didn't share her same excitement? What if their exchange left her with even more questions? 8+ seemingly endless hours later, she was about to find out.
With her adoptive mother, husband, and 2 children in tow, Fitri Yana took a deep breath as she approached her sister's front door. And as she heard voices emerge from the other side, she couldn't fight the butterflies now hijacking her stomach. There was no going back now. She was really doing this.
It Was Like Looking in a Mirror
"I was shocked," Friti Yana recalled of the moment her sister opened the door: "[Our faces] look the same..." It was truly like looking in a mirror, after all; Something her own children couldn't even grasp. They "couldn't even tell which one [of us]was their mother," Treni confessed.
Sure, Euis Trena and Elis Treni had spent their entire lives apart. But you sure wouldn't know any better. "[We're] the same. She is talkative, so am I. She's stubborn, so am I," Treni gushed. Perhaps the only difference? "She's more patient than me," she joked.
Their Stance With Their Birth Parents
After endless years spent living apart, Treni and her sister had finally connected the dots. But while they couldn't help but bask in their newfound reality, how did they really feel about how they came to be? Do they have any hard feelings? Or have they made peace with their secret separation?
The truth is that they actually have no hard feelings. How do they see it? "No need to blame anyone," Trena explained. "Our parents must've had reasons." Unfortunately, only their father was around to hear their comforting words. Mrs. Mustika passed away back in 2019.
Living In a Movie
As Trena once put it, "this is a true story, not a soap opera - not a drama." In a remarkable twist of fate, we watched her follow her heart as it led her back to her sister. But we can't help but wonder: What now? Where does her and Treni's story leave them today?
"Now that we are together again, I will always feel incomplete without her," Trena confessed of her newfound best friend. And while only time will tell what comes next, we've got a feeling they'll be tackling their latest chapter by each other's side...