Friday, October 30, 2009

October Playlist

I’ve been listening to these tracks over and over again for the past few weeks - in no particular order:

Green Day : 21 Guns
Death Cab for Cutie's : Meet Me on the Equinox
Cece Winanas : Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Carl Douglas : Kungfu Fighting (Classic yet FUN MUSIC)
Michael Buble : Haven't Met You Yet
The Temper Trap : Sweet Disposition
The Temper Trap : Hearts
Clodplay : Viva La Vida
She & Him: I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
The All American Rejects : Time Stands Still
Sergio Mendes : Y Vamos Ya

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Major Damage

Major Damage

Natalie Portman: Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals Turned Me Vegan

Natalie Portman: Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals Turned Me Vegan

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sloan McQuewick of Entourage

Entourage Season 6 is back... and besides lovin the show it’s self…I have to check out the style. My favorite and so glad she is back is Sloan, she is absoulutely gorgeous in on the show... Love her style!

Stunning Yellow Dress!

I Absolutely LOVE her tosca dress :)

E and Sloan

Moon River by Holly Golightly

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Oma

Oma and her 11 grandchildren, Christmas Eve 1990, Bandung.

I remember the times we spent together when I was a little girl. I lived in the same city as my Oma, Bandung, from 1989 to 1993. I was in the elementary school and Oma sometimes picked me up from school everytime dad was in Jakarta/Manado and mom was attending her class (Mom was taking her master degree back then in Bandung). Then she brought me to her house, fed me and letting me watched the TV. She sat right next to me the whole time. Come to think of it, I missed her cooking, those sometimes manadonese and dutch cuisines. Also the times when she took me to do groceries, and even though she wasn’t the type of lady who spends money, yet she let me to buy (cheap) chocolates / chips ☺. She had money, but she didn’t like spending them. She always bargains, it was her specialty. I couldn’t help but smile remembering this specialty of hers. My family is fully aware of this one, and every one of us have memories with Oma in regards to her bargaining skill… ☺Probably it's because she was raised in Dutch culture and received Dutch education. Maybe. --- no offense to the Dutches *wink

She spoke Dutch (yes, she's Indonesian yet Dutch language is her mother tongue), French, Japanese, English and Indonesian. Well at least now I know where my obsession to speak many languages came from.

She always gave money to her grandchildren every Christmas, all her 11 grandchildren. Since the amount was too small for us, the grandchildren, we always teased her, “Omaaaa, how come you only give us this much? Can you add more?” then she gave her straight face and said, “I already gave you money, take it or leave it.” Haha.. she surely was a tough lady. And at every family gathering, she prayed for 30 minutes, all of us, the grandchildren (constantly) protested, “Oma, your prayers were too long, can you shortened them next time?”. Funny how we missed the long prayers now. We spent every Christmas – New Year’s holiday in Bandung, at her house from 1989 to mid 2000s . They were the best Christmases EVER, the true meaning of Christmas with my family.

She participated actively at Church, joined the church choir, dedicated her life to God. She was a true God’s servant and God’s child. Read bible every morning and every night. Her bible was old yet full with notes, she was one very faithful woman. I admire her for that.

In 1993, my family already resided in Jakarta. One day, we got a call from Uncle Ben that Oma got an accident in her house. The kitchen blew up and got her legs burnt. It was horrible and terrifying. Our family rushed to Bandung and went straight to Santo Borromeus Hospital where she was put in ICU and in very bad condition. She hospitalized for 3 months and lost the ability to walk. She underwent therapies so she could walk again with a stick. But boy, SHE NEVER COMPLAINED NOR WHINED. Everybody knows the pain was almost unbearable. She was a strong lady; if it was me I’d complain like a bitch. She's the toughest lady I've ever known in my life.

Few months later she was released from the hospital, then she lived with uncle Ben, her son. Uncle Ben was very busy back then, went abroad pretty often so she was rotated to her children's houses every month. When she stayed at our house, she slept in my room. My room was dedicated to her. It’s nice to accompany her watching the telly after school. Every nite, she opened her wallet and looking at her most precious thing there. A wallet sized photo of her and Opa, her dearly beloved husband. Opa passed away 32 years ago, on October 2nd 1977. She missed him ever since and never re-marry. She loved Opa way too much, Opa was her first, last and only love. Every night, she mentioned that she can’t wait to be reunited with Opa in heaven, simply because she missed him too much. My reaction was always the same, “Oma don’t say that!!! I don’t want you to leave.” She just smiled everytime I said that. She told me their love story, she told me how handsome my Opa was, how smart, funny, witty, gentle and extremely kind. Oma’s mother tongue was Dutch, she learnt Bahasa Indonesia when she was 17 years old. Because Opa encouraged her to learn their own language. Opa was a nationalist. Sometime I teased Oma, “Wow Opa was so handsome! If we’re the same age, I’d definitely fall for him.” Then she replied, “No, he is mine and mine alone.” then smiled and touching opa's face in the picture. How sweet!! That's what I called true and everlasting love.

Everytime my cousins came to the house, we often chatting with Oma and joking around. We tickled her a lot until she laughed out loud. She was enjoying being around her grandchildren. We, the grandchildren enjoyed being with her as well. We kissed her everytime we see her, eventhough the last 3 years of her life, Alzheimer attacked her. All her new memories were erased; the memories in her head were only the old ones: her childhood and her life when Opa was still alive.

She had 5 children, 5 in-laws, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren who loved her. She was very blessed. As my mother said, “Oma lived and dedicated her life to God and her family unconditionally.”

She died in her sleep at 6 AM that day. October 7th 2009. She was 84 years old and had a wonderful and full life. I flew to Bandung from Bali in the afternoon to bid farewell to my Oma. It was an unpleasant trip. It was my first time to land in Bandung airport with commercial airlines. The first time I landed there was with private jet owned by my dad’s friend. So the flight was great and I felt safe. Flying with this commercial airline was really scary; and it was an old (OLD) 737-300 aircraft. Really, a crappy rusty one. Mind you that there are only 2 airlines fly to Bandung from Bali. I got no choice that day, the better one is fully booked that day so I had to fly with this airline with pigeon logo. Thank God I got there safe and sound. My brother also flew from Singapore to Jakarta that day, but he arrived pretty late so he and dad came to Bandung the next morning.

When I arrived, I went straight to my Uncle Ben’s house. Bandung was in horrible traffic because of the heavy rain. In front of Uncle Ben's house already full with condolences flowers board. I dragged my suitcase inside and stood in front of living room entrance and prepared myself not to explode in tears. There it was, the coffin… with my Oma in it. I hesitated to go straight to go to the coffin. I still couldn’t accept the fact that she’s gone. After a minute, I walked there… then saw her beautiful yet peaceful face. My tears streaming down my face, I couldn’t help it. I was terribly horribly sad. Then my mom came to me and hugged me. Then she said to me, “Look at Oma’s kebaya. She’s wearing your kebaya.” Then I cried even harder. I’m so glad the kebaya fits her perfectly. It was her wish, to wear a white kebaya as her last wardrobe. And it happened to be one of mine! ☺

Then I greeted my big family; my aunts, uncles, cousins and guests who came. I hugged Opa Dee, the only brother of Oma who is still alive and well, he was really sad. It was his birthday yet his sister died on that day. All his 6 siblings already passed away now. The last few years, he often came to Bandung to visit her sister, Oma. Just to chat with her and brought up smile on Oma’s face. I was calming myself in one of the bedrooms then I heard my other cousin came and crying hard. I didn’t wanna go out of the room because I didn’t wanna cry again. I was tired of crying that day. I cried since the very morning when my dad called telling me that she had passed away. Then Oma’s nanny came, I must admit, she cried the loudest. She took care of her everyday, bathed her, fed her, accompanied her and even sang to her. Good to know that Oma was in good hands on her last years. Oma’s death was really hard for the nanny too. She loved Oma like her own grandmother. I thank you, Nani.

Later that night, we had this sermon. A lot of people came, relatives and friends of our family. Everytime I stood next to the coffin, I caressed her face and cried again. I really missed her. Then it’s resting time. Oma’s coffin was placed in the living room, all the doors were opened wide, lots of wind. Our bedroom’s door was also opened, so we could feel close to her. The nanny slept on the sofa right next to her coffin. My mom couldn’t sleep at all so were Aunt Lany, Uncle Ben and I. We chatted until 4 AM… I fell asleep for an hour then got up 5.30 AM, my mother slept beside me was gone. When I got out, mom was sitting next to her coffin just looking at Oma with her sad face. Uncle Ben’s maid suddenly cried out loud, she missed Oma too. Mom hugged her and said to her that it was okay to cry. It was a very emotional morning.

Then we got ready to begin the morning and farewell sermon for Oma, before closing the coffin. All of us, the family, cried. Opa / Prof. Hanny Waworuntu, her cousin, bid her farewell and said to her that he has great memories with Oma & Opa. Then the hardest part came, time to say goodbye. Everyone cried. When it’s my turn, I kissed her forehead and whispered to her, “Mara loves you Oma…” then I cried like a baby. I suck at letting go and say goodbyes to my loved ones, especially this one. There are so many things I wanted to say, but I guess, I just wanted her to know that I love her. All her family cried hard, I caressed her hands for couple seconds before they closed the coffin. Then coffin closed. All her grandsons were the pallbearers, took the coffin to the ambulance and from ambulance to the empty grave next to Opa’s grave. I got goosebumps when Oma’s coffin reached the empty grave, finally… after 32 years, she and Opa reunited. I touched Opa’s grave and said, “Opa, Oma is here now. You must be happy now. You get to meet her again, take good care of her and be happy in heaven.”

We said goodbye again after the coffin was placed in on the bottom of the grave. I started to feel at ease… I know that she’s happy now. She’s in much better place with Jesus and Opa. Shine down on us from heaven, Oma… Opa… and Lord Jesus.

Corrie Waworuntu – Kaligis
Makassar, May 4th 1925 --- Bandung, October 7th 2009
Parents: Constantin Waworuntu and Betsy Momuat
Siblings: Ventje Waworuntu, Boy Waworuntu, Nyas Waworuntu, Dee Waworuntu
Husband: Adolf Jacobus Johannes Kaligis (Ade Kaligis)
Children: RWM Kaligis, Lanny Kaligis, Benny Kaligis, Yvonne Kaligis, Wulan Kaligis
In-Laws: Ike Rachmawati, Jimmy Lumanauw, Albert Inkiriwang, Freddy Worang
Grandchildren: Edu Kaligis, Denan Kaligis, Marcel Kaligis, Lamy Lumanauw, Lano Lumanauw, Lala Lumanauw, Amarantha Worang, Abraham Worang.
Grandchildren In-Laws: Seruni Hamdini, Jasmine Zenobia, Jonah Sorongan
Great-grandchildren: Toar Lumanauw, Ramone Kaligis, Azaleia Kaligis

I lost all my 4 grandparents, Opa Kembi and Oma Ruth, Opa Ade and Oma Corrie, yet they are always in my heart. Forever and ever.

Monday, October 12, 2009

So Kelly Bag's Printed Ad

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My favorite commercial ever!!! Because of those Siberian Huskies and the cute husky pup tucked into the So Kelly Bag. My parents showed me this ad last week, they said: “If you have to choose, the pup or the bag. Which one will it be? Because we are sure you can’t pick either one.” Ha-ha, very fun mom, dad. But they know me so well. I can’t. I want both of them equally :D

When it comes to capturing the season, few ads do it as well as the latest Hermes commercial. It’s all snow, ice, and luxurious furs in this celebration of wintery weather! Well in my opinion, Hermes always has the best commercials.

Sweden’s Ice Hotel is the ideal backdrop for this frosty photo shoot. The white snow ensures that scarlet alligator So Kelly bag pops, and Raquel Zimmerman’s dewy skin glows against her dark furry hood.

Photographer: Eric Valy.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Secrets Inside Your Dog's Mind

The Secrets Inside Your Dog's Mind

Eat, Pray, Love.

A woman who once made it her goal in life to marry and rear a family finds her priorities suddenly shifting in director Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir. In the eyes of many, Gilbert was a woman who had it all — a loving husband, a great apartment, and a weekend home — but sometimes one realizes too little too late that they haven’t gotten what they truly wanted from life. On the heels of a painful divorce, the woman who had previously looked forward to a contented life of domesticated bliss sets out to explore the world and seek out her true destiny. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner produce a film starring Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich beauty Julia Roberts.

Courtesy of Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Amara: I live in Bali and one of the shooting locations is just between my house and my office. Please let it be that one day when I pass by, I’d see Julia Roberts there. Eventhough I'm not exactly a big fan, meeting hollywood starsis kinda wonderful! I’d definitely pull over and hunt her for a pic together. I swear I’ll post the pic on this blog :D Amen.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Coco Avant Chanel

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Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel.

Can't wait to watch the movie!

Batik Day, October 2nd.

Special day, because President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on all Indonesians to wear batik on that day to celebrate UNESCO’s decision to include batik in its list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” items.

I’m proud to be Indonesian and I wear Batik on October 2nd 2009


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