Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Letter to Sinus

Dear Sinus problem,

What is your beef with my poor nose? Why am I waking up sick this morning? You're so blocking my nose... and now my throat is just as worse.

I've noticed that your attacks come more frequently now. And I'm trying to lay off the Neozep, because if I were to take a pill every single time you come by, I'd be pretty much medicated all the time. So without medication, all I do is sneeze and sneeze and blow my nose and sneeze, and wait til you go away.

My nose threatens to fall off if the problem persists, which is why I'm writing this nice letter to you, please and thank you go away.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Ode to Minahasa

I really miss my green green grass of home, the beautiful sceneries of nature and the authentic minahasan cuisine! May I introduce you, the land of my forefathers and where my heart is...

some photos were taken by Amara and some photos were taken from Google/imagesearch - keywords: Manado, Bunaken, Tanjung Pulisan, Lembeh, Lihaga, Siladen, Danau Tondano, Pineleng.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nujuh Bulanan

Today I attended my very first time Nujuh Bulanan! Yay! You're probably wondering, what the heck is Nujuh Bulanan? Chillax, I'm going to describe it here now... 

Nujuh Bulanan is a Javanese prenatal ceremony held during the seventh month (tujuh bulan in Bahasa Indonesia) of a woman's first pregnancy. The mother-to-be is wrapped in seven layers of batik and doused with water, to wish her good tidings. It's a time to celebrate and to honor the new family, wishing them both well and wishing her a safe and smooth labor. It's essentially the Javanese version of a "baby shower". While it's attended by family and close friends like the western baby shower, that's about all they have in common. There are no gifts exchanged, no games played. It's pure ceremony. 

The Nujuh Bulanan I attended earlier today was my dear cousin Lindi Lengkong's. She's due in late November, yay more nephew!!! Yes it's going to be a boy. I couldn't be more happier for her and Ari the husband. Ari is Javanese, which explains why my Minahasan cousin is having a Javanese baby shower. When looking at the photos, you probably will scream, to me "He's Caucasian, not Javanese!" Yes he looks so bule because one of his grandparents was an English native, capish?

My big fat Minahasan family members who live in Jakarta were mostly there... put it short, we had fun. I was automatically switched to my native language, Bahasa Manado although now I must admit, I'm starting to lose the accent! I am no longer sound as original as my cousins'. How could this be possible? *sigh* Need to come home soon to practice...

Anyhoo the food was great too. The meatballs were to-die-for. Possibly the bestest I've tasted in years. I miss today already. I need to stop whining, so here I present you some of the photos from the Nujuh Bulanan! :)

The beautiful mommy-to-be minutes before the showering ceremony

Part of the setting, shower ceremony place

The 'fitting ceremony', in which the bride is dressed to show her best as a gleaming new Mom

The selling of the rujak, a spicy soup of assorted fruits.  The guests are given wooden or clay coins, and they purchase a cupful of rujak from the couple. The rujak was spicy which means the baby is expected to be a boy.
That's my cousin Lindi Lengkong & I :)
These are some of the girls in my big fat Minahasan family, the rest (like 50 more of them) couldn't come because most of them live in Manado and everywhere else.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


What is Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest is a 16-day drink-a-thon in Munich, originally began in 1810 as a commemoration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Now an important part of Bavarian culture, the festival features good beer, hearty German food, and carnival rides for some reason. Here are some photos I gathered from Life.com --- one of my favorite websites for admiring beautiful photos.

Now, still wondering why I miss  Germany so much? 
I wanna go and wear dirndl and Jonah wears lederhosen! That would be fuuunnn... Anyone else is coming? 

via Die Bruecke Indonesia

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 22nd 2010

My dear husband's birthday! I have thought of how lucky I am for having Jonah in my life and there are a million reasons why I think so. Mentioning the most important to me- I really enjoy his company. We both argue a lot about plenty of things (almost anything actually) yet he still managed to make me smile at the end (Yes, I always win babbun!!!). Happy Birthday, Love! God bless you now and forever. 

via tumblr

ps: I think this should have been the perfect birthday cake for my husband. He owns both and loves both.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Falling Slowly

It is a song written and performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová which also appeared in their 2007 film Once. Very lovely song. Kind of haunting, simple and it is one of my favorite songs ever. It is melancholically beautiful.

Why I Become What I (Used to) Hate

Have you ever experienced this? I surely have been. The older I get, the worse it gets. The more I hate about something, somehow in near / far future I grow loving that something. Okay I know I'm talking gibberish here... but let me give you some examples:
*note: fact = past ;  // = present

Fact #1. I don't wanna marry young or even better, not being married at all. 
// I got married when I was 26 years old. 

Fact #2. I vowed that I will never marry a Minahasan man. 
// Jonah is 100% pure Minahasan. 

Fact #3. I am going to be a big corporate lady, at the top of management. 
// I lost my will to work for big companies and only want to work for myself. I am my own boss. 

Fact #4. When I was a teenager, I really hate Germany. Everything about Germany. 
// I went to a German uni, had German lecturers, lived in Germany, learned how to speak German and now I love everything about Germany. 

Fact #5. I so hate Jose Mourinho, that effing arrogant person.
// He is now the coach of my favorite club/team in the world, Real Madrid. And now I kinda like him... ERghhhhh!!!

Fact #6. I want to be with someone who loves the beach as much as I do. 
// Beach is just way too hot for Jonah. He's a mountain man.

Fact #7. I was a business student - and corporate finance is my weakest point, I hate that subject the most even though I managed to get a B on my certificate (Until today I still amazed I could get a B - it's a miracle). But still hate is hate.
// What I do for my living now involves this dearest subject. I even have to refresh my memory and this subject makes some money. Oh dear. It's everyday corporate finance now. 

Fact #8. I don't ever wanna live in a haunted house. 
// My house in Bali is haunted. Cross my heart it's true.

Fact #9. I dislike Ancient Egypt history. 
// I'm now very interested in Ancient Egypt history. Rick Riordan, you changed my life. 

Fact #10. Hospitality world is crap.
// My husband was majoring hospitality management, it is his world. In Bali, I worked for a resort... and apparently it probably the best working experience for me where I don't mind going home so late / stay at work as long as I could. I learned so many things there. It's an eye-opening experience.

Are those 10 examples enough for you to understand my concern? It's getting worse everyday... Anyone has any good explanation why is this keep happening to me? It's - I told myself to not hate it and now I love it' - everytime. To anticipate this from happening again, I'm trying my best not to hate something way too much. Is this going to work? We shall see... I will definitely post the end result sometime in near or far future. Just wait.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus.

How great Thou art...

Explanation from the photographer, Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual,  who took this photo in the first week of September 2010 : 
"Sometimes the sky above can become quite a show. In this photo, thee Moon and Venus converged, creating quite a sight by itself for sky enthusiasts around the globe. From some locations, though, the sky was even more picturesque. In the above image taken last week from Spain, a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset posing against a deep blue sky. In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across the image bottom, while a white anvil cloud shape appears above. Black specks dot the frame, caused by a flock of birds taking flight. Very soon after this picture was taken, however, the birds passed by, the storm ended, and Venus and the Moon set. The Moon and Venus have now separated, although Venus will remain visible at sunset for the rest of this month. "

Saturday, September 18, 2010

SOS - Sunset on Seminyak

sunset on seminyak at anantara rooftop bar, bali
One of the perks of living in Bali is that you get to see this kind of sunset like, everyday! The girl in the photo : yours truly who was trying to capture this beautiful sunset using digital pocket camera. Have a great weekend!

Sara Bareilles - Gravity

Yes, this is my second time posting this song. Click here to see the first post. The difference is, this one is the official video clip of the song and the earlier post is the song and lyrics. I thought the video clip is very beautiful, low-budget yet very arty. I can't help it, I'm just too much in love with this song and Sara Bareilles. I hope you enjoy the song and video as much as I do :) Have a good weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Dolphins Released...

Remember when I posted an entry about dolphins in Japan? Since then I've been a follower of Save Japan Dolphins Blog just to keep myself updated about the cause. If you already watched "The Cove" , a documentary about dolphins in Japan which also won an Oscar for the best documentary this year, than you probably know that the dolphins hunting/massacre happens every year in September. And we are now in the month of September.

Their latest entry made me happy :) here's the title: "The Latest from Taiji: More Dolphins Released" Yay! It is written that now those Taiji fishermen are applying the "no-kill-policy". No more dolphins are getting slaughtered. However, they still hunt down bottlenose dolphins to be captured and sold to aquariums. Those dolphins have been pulled from their families to be put in captivity. The non-bottlenose dolphins were released back into the sea. At least they don't kill dolphins anymore. I almost cried when I read this part:

"Six hunting boats took position outside the cove. At first the bottlenose dolphins did not realize that they were free. Then they did and started taking off slowly, then ever faster. The hunting boats started driving them out to sea in a sort of reverse drive hunt, but not as violently as they had driven them in the day before. In the end the dolphins were just literally flying towards the open ocean, trashing up a lot of white water. This could be seen for miles before they disappeared towards the horizon."

Awww :') but still, I'm against captivity of bottlenose dolphins. LET THEM BE FREE!!! Leave the dolphins alone! Please if you care about this too, please sign their petition or even better donate some of your money to end this horrible activity. Let's love the dolphins!

Bottlenose Dolphins and any types of dolphins belong in the sea and be free! - image via Google.com

21 Accents

Amy Walker, you one bloody wicked awesome woman!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Farewell Shinta...

She passed away on Wednesday, September 14th 2010 at 23.35 in Jakarta. The next morning was the day I received the news from her sister, Shanty. That was one morning I can't forget, woke up to hear the news that Shinta was no more. She lost the battle against lupus...

Shinta and I went to the same university, at first I befriended her sister Shanty because we're at the same age. Shinta was younger. Then cut the story short, we crossed path again in Bali. We worked together at this hotel, we were also in the same department - thanks Shanty! We were new comers in Bali (although Shinta and Shanty are Balinese, they grew up in Vienna - Austria), we went to same university, her sister and I are friends so we were quite inseparable back then. 

We always had lunch together, bought lunch for our boss together because the canteen was still under construction. We made a great team at work, it was so easy to work with her. She was smart, hard worker and energetic. If something went wrong at work, she always tried her best to fix it. Someone had trouble, she always helped. She always smiles. However, just like normal human beings, she complains too.. but rarely. We were close back then, so I was the only one at work who knows what her issues are. Yet she's always take the bright-side of every single issue, her positive thinking attitude was amazing.

And ohhh, our dinners together... just the two of us after work! Sometimes with Shanty or our other friends from work too. We went to the supermarket together, numerous times to our favorite pizza place, multiple visits to PEPeNERO jimbaran, those small warungs in pecatu and jimbaran area. Of course Laota restaurant was also our favorite, when our craze of steamed fish were high, we went to Laota every night for a week!! :) Or sometimes we just hung out at her place just switching stories about our lives, love, faith, work and the world. Shinta was a devout Hindu and she looked up to Sai Baba. We had many plans together to go out and explore Bali together which now I know will never happen. She was a family woman, she loved her family so much. She used to stay over every weekend at Shanty's place and in regular basis calling her parents and younger sister. I got to meet her last boyfriend and went out together and had dinner. We shared the same interest, traveling! Shinta was the only person I knew who got the guts to do Bungee Jumping in Macau. FYI, it is the highest peak for doing Bungee Jumping in the world! Brave girl. I could go on and on telling the things I know about her... yet in simple words, she was my closest friend in Bali. Oh dear... I got watery eyes just by writing this paragraph :( 

After she got really sick, about a year ago, she had to move back home her parents. Moving from one hospital to another because her sickness was unidentifiable. A lot of things happened since she was sick. We were still in touch of course back then, I checked up on her every once in a while. Until one day she showed up at work very weak. She flew from Jakarta to Bali on a wheelchair, her legs were so weak. I fetched her up and helped her to walk and seeing our boss to explain her situation. Then I helped her back to the car, I wished her speedy recovery and we hugged. Then I saw her took off. Little did I know, that that was the last time I saw her...

We only phonecalled each other every once in a while to update our situations. I was very busy at work and she was fighting her sickness. Then I resigned from work few months after. Until today I blamed myself for not being a good friend for her as she was to me. We lost contact :'(

Shinta I know you won't be here to read this and but I have so much to talk about. I was planning to visit you at the hospital today, to explain everything and to finally see you and joke around with you again. But you left this world 2 days before. I went through a messy hardship when I resigned from work and forgetting everything seemed to help me moving on. I never meant to cut you off from my life. Never. And I knew you were still sick. I was still in time to time wondering how you holding up. I did pray for you. Then last week I heard from Shanty that you need blood donor because your condition was getting worse. I was so anxious and decided to visit you as soon as possible. But I was  too late and I terribly regret that and that is the bitter fact I have to live with.

I still can't believe that Shinta not with us anymore. At her funeral, I never thought I'll be seeing a coffin with her photos around. Since she died, I’ve been looking through pictures from yesteryear. In every photo, she looks happy and embracing life and the world. If only we took more photos back then :') You were special, Shinta. To me and everyone who loves you. Rest in peace dear sweet friend Made Shinta Pravita Dewi :( You're forever in my heart and you'll be deeply missed... I love you.

To honor Shinta who cremated today, I wish her a smooth path to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa and have many good karma with her. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om.....

Our team in Bali on Batik Day 2009
Training break :) We always sat next to each other!

F&B team dined at PEPeNERO Jimbaran

Lovely Sunday with Shinta, Shanty and Mayka (Shanty's daughter)
Shinta and I in front of the resort.
I made this get-well-soon paper and distributed to everyone at work to sign. Later Shinta put this photo file on her facebook photo profile :')

One of those days at our favorite pizza place! :) 

a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a bestfriend, a co-worker, a great friend
Made Shinta Pravita Dewi Arnaya
December 7th 1983 - September 14th 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Let There Be Peace in Indonesia

I'm deeply concerned with the current event in my country, the beautiful Indonesia. Last Sunday a priest was hit and a God servant was stabbed minutes before the Sunday morning service in Bekasi, Indonesia. 

First, let me say that I am not representing anyone. I can't claim to speak for anyone but myself, though I hope that many others feel as I do.

Second, This can't be explained rationally because this is purely an emotional response. Obviously, Christians have the same right to worship when and where they please, just as any other religion in Indonesia. The same rules of tolerance that allow a priest to preach his message also allow Muslims to preach theirs.
We may never be able to agree on some things. That is life. But let us all agree to some terms. Let's agree not to tolerate hatred -- toward Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists or any others. Let's agree not to use inflammatory language and anarchism. Let's agree to call out and condemn those who would incite riot, whether it's an imam who orders the death of a priest or the preacher who wants to burn another man's holy book. Thank God, the Indonesians from Muslim Groups, Catholics and the Government agreed that the kind of anarchy act is unacceptable and the people behind it should be held responsible and be punished by law.

Let's agree that sometimes we will disagree but that none of this makes any sense if worshiping the creator means we must destroy each other in the process. Anyone who believes in God can't also believe that his divine plan included his creation's mutual destruction. May there be peace in Indonesia.

As a firm believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my reaction to this horrible event is praying for the people who stabbed and hit the victims. As written in Luke 23:34 "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Jesus is love. He teaches us how to love one another including our enemies (I'm not gonna lie here, but it is hard to love my enemies and frenemies). I'm still hoping I could love just the way He wants me to love. And by praying for the people behind the stabbing, it is me trying to love. 

Striped Frenzy

I've been a fan of striped shirts for... God knows how long! Since I was a little girl I've been wearing striped shirts. When I cleaned up my closet today, I found out that I've been buying (only) striped shirts for the last couple of months. How interesting now that my eyes only seek for striped shirts. My favorite  striped items would be, my classic striped Coco Chanel look alike striped blouse (Audrey Tautou wore the exact same blouse in Coco Avant Chanel) and my  breton striped Audrey Hepburn look alike striped blouse. *Breton: white around the neck and stripes start later. Feel free to give me striped shirts or blouse or dress on my birthday because I just can't stop wearing them ;) 

Amarantha Worang
Audrey Hepburn

Amarantha Worang
Audrey Tautou

And that is the reason why I so love this striped couple prints by Blanca Gomez I found on Etsy. They'd look adorable facing each other like this in my bedroom or living room. 

Amarantha says,

"I don't necessarily have the best of everything but I make the most of everything I have."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Another SG Trip

Few days ago I went with my husband to Singapore for the upteenth time this year (I lost count, honestly). You guys prolly wondering why I go there a lot. I have several reasons...
  • Reason #1. My dear brother lives in Singapore. He needs to be visited every once in a while :) 
  • Reason #2. My close friend lived there too until last July. Of course I enjoy hanging out with her! 
  • Reason #3. It is one of my husband's favorite cities in Asia. He loves Singapore more than Jakarta.
  • Reason #4. Business trip(s). 
  • Reason #5. Shopping is more fun in Singapore. Everything is cheaper.
  • Reason #6. I looove the foods and drinks! Culinary trip in Singapore is my biggest interest
  • Reason #7. Getting away from the messy and awful traffic in Jakarta is a must, every once in a while.
So, here are the highlights of my trip few days ago. I was there for 5 days and staying at my brother's rented place. And oh it was not a business trip, it was a leisure one :) Thank the Lord!

newly found ramen-ya.
reunited with my fav crepe at max brenner
my brother, my husband and I

accidentally met old friends
more friends! ikea tampines is so similar to ikea freiburg ya nyil?

crossed path with the best pizza place in singapore

fell in love with the yummiest takoyaki

Befriended this katsu set
had lovely reunion with daim almondy cake

Say hi to my newest friend, the iPad :)
my BFF at food opera

I can buy them anytime I want

favorite junk food breakfast

circle line is now running! train is coming, train is cominggg...

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