Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Indonesian Legislative Election 2014

I cast my vote on these four folded papers. 


My parents also voted today. 

Today my family and I (minus le husband because he went flying an airplane) exercised our rights as Indonesian citizens to vote on this election day. The right to vote is a privilege, we participate in our society and help to determine our future. I will not let this privilege go to waste by promising myself to vote in every election and have a say in how my beloved country, province and city are run.  

I believe every Indonesian citizen have to vote even if it means voting between the lesser of two evils. Failure to vote results in the system being dominated only by those who are strongly motivated by some idea (getting themselves rich or have power) and extremism of all forms holds much largel influence than belief in those issues actually has. The system becomes corrupted because people refure to take responsibility for fixing it. People must vote if you want a functional system. 

But remember, change does not come overnight. If more people vote, then slowly we will get better quality politicians. Let's get exactly the kind of politician we deserve. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Monday ManiPedi: Monochrome

After a few months rest from nail polish, my nails are finally back in (basic) colors. For the comeback I chose to do something easy and pretty basic monochrome design. I love the end result eventhough in the process I realized that my skill in creating nail art is degrading. I need to practice more. 

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Everlasting Friends

via Path acc, a friend of mine posted this yesterday. 

I do have some everlasting friends and they are all understanding and never question the friendship. My drama-free friends!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fabulous Friday Finds

via heyheymandykay

Well hello darlings! 

Excuse my inconsistency in posting entries on my blog. I have been occupied with many other things and simply didn't have the urge to blog, but now I have. So let's get to it. 

As I mentioned earlier on my previous travelogue posts, my cousins and I recently started our tour and travel company. We are currently focusing in domestic tours and ticketing, we also provide personalized tours. So without further ado, if you're going to travel within Indonesia, contact us at info(at) right now! We will give the best price, best route and best places to go so people could have an unforgetable and fun experience. We will arrange everything, all you have to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip! 

Okay so, now unto the fabulous links I found this week...

Dear husbands. My husband read it and he said that's exactly what he's been doing. Made me smile! 

Cute lamp. I want. 

This time, date a girl who speaks another language. *cough* me *cough* 

Sad ending for MH370 , my deep condolences for the family and friends of the passengers and crew of MH370 and this article made me cry. 

I discovered my first tweet. What's yours? 

A simple reminder to not judge a book --- or a dad --- by the cover. 

I'm thinking of joining Bromo Marathon. 10K of course! I'm not ready for half marathon or full marathon just yet! Anyone care to join? 

'til next week! Toodles! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Travelogue: Lake Ashi Pirate Boat Cruise

The sky was dark grey and it was pouring rain all the way from Tokyo to Hakone, but we set out to adventure in good spirits. Thank God we didn't take the train, because when you travel with the elders, it is better to travel in good weather. The people from KBRI Tokyo were kind enough, they provided a car  for us to use. 

When we arrived in Hakone, it was foggy and still raining. We stopped by at Lawson mini mart to buy some rain coats and some snacks (it is DIFFICULT for me not to buy snack in Japanese mini marts). 

The Hakone Sightseeing Ships were based on a pirate theme, sail across the lake from Hakone-machi to Togendai and back. The mist made the area looked like scenes from "Pirates of Caribbean" and I did feel like one of Jack Sparrow's crew. The pirate ships were big enough to hold large group of people without making things feel too crowded yet steady. We enjoyed the boat ride very much despite the little rain, the wind, cold and foggy weather during the first half of the trip and sunny skies second half of the trip. We took a lot of pictures as usual with our cameras, with and without the narcissistic stick.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Travelogue: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Part 2

So the last place we been to was Murodo. Then we headed to Daikanbo to board the Tateyama Ropeway. My cousin Lala and I who dislike the heights, we were not impressed to see that the ropeways spanned the valley between two mountain peaks. But we managed to face our fears and continue our Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route journey. I tend not to describe a lot on my travelogues since words will not do any justice. So again, enjoy the pics and see how spectacular the views are!

Like I said before, this journey was amazing. I would go back here one day.

You can see the Kurobe river from Daikanbo. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Favorite Hero, Hein Victor Worang

My grandfather would have been 95 years old today if he's still alive. Eventhough we never met, it doesn't mean that I love him any less. I was named after him and still carrying his surname. He is my namesake. I also happen to know some people in Minahasa named their children "Hein" or "Victor" after my grandfather because they love and respect him. It's a great feeling to know about that fact and of course I am beyond proud. 

His final resting place and I will be buried right next to him. He's burried in our family's private cemetery in Tontalete, our village.

Some great articles on the internet about my grandfather: on his 30th death anniversary, statue of him and some statues he built in Manado, on him being the longest ruler in North Sulawesi, one of his efforts in restoring historical sites in Tomohon (he restored many historical sites in North Sulawesi, because he had enormous love for our homeland and ancestors) and many more... 

He went to war, fought for Indonesia's freedom and lost 3 of his children because my grandmother had to follow him and his troops guerilla-ing in the woods and they had no medical supplies to give to his children who were badly ill. He sacrificed many, many things for Indonesia's independence therefore I despised Indonesian people who don't appreciate, nor value, nor make use of what our fallen heroes and veterans did for this generation.

When he ruled North Sulawesi, he initiated almost every infrastructure in Manado and always did the best he could to prosper Minahasan people. I was very touched when my husband's late grandmother told me that during my grandfather made her family lived well because my grandfather fought to increase the market price for spices produced by Minahasan people. Especially Tondano area, which was affected atrociously because of the separation movement by Permesta at that time. He managed to stabilized the North Sulawesi Province and built useful public facilities they needed. He was a hero, the pride of Minahasan people and naturally, my favorite one. 

It pains me when I read this poem about grandfather I found on Pinterest, because I never had the chance to experience that sort of thing. 

He died of heart attack on February 3rd, 1982 (one month before I was born) after lunch time. He was 63 years old and he was expecting me, his first granddaughter. He may be didn't have a long life but the memory of him will remain in my heart forever. I love the fact that he inspired me to treasure Minahasan culture, read bible every night, to love our homeland, family is number one, always help people in need (especially fellow Minahasans), eat good food and later when I have the capacity (financially stable), I would like to improve North Sulawesi. I don't want to be a Governor or any government officials, I just want to be one of the Minahasan people who care about her homeland. I hope I will be able to do that somehow.

Anyhoo, this is a scheduled post because I'm in Minahasa right now and would definitely visit his grave today and put some beautiful fresh flowers. Love you, Opa Kembi! See you in my dreams and in Kingdom of Heaven. <3 p="">

PS: Check out this facebook page about my grandfather that is updated occasionally by my father.

During the war.

When he received the title "Tonaas Wangko Um Banua" - from Minahasan elders. 

As Minahasan ruler.

People loved him. He had a really strong leadership within.

Rondoren Um Banua means Build Your Country. My grandfather's motto.

My father (left, in beige/white trousers) and my grandfather in 1970s.
His last official photo, he didn't put all of his medals of honour simply because he had too many! And oh, he was the first Minahasan who became both one and two-star generals in the Indonesian army.

My parents brought me to visit grandpa. In this photo, my father told baby me to kiss my grandpa's photo! (;

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