Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yay or Nay?

Macaroons
Yay or nay? Naaayyy!!! I don't love macaroons albeit they really are delicious and come in an insane range of flavors. Yes a lot of people love macaroons, doesn't mean I have to love them as well. Well okay, maybe there are some particular macaroons that I like... the ones from pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki and Pierre Hermé I like them both! But Ladurée, not so much. Maybe a lot of people going crazy for Ladurée because they haven't tried the ones from pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki and Pierre Hermé. In Bali, there was this small macaroon shop that I also quite like, it used to be inside the Metis restaurant. But the few weeks ago I went there and found that the macaroon shop is out of business, oh dear. In conclusion, I don't go gaga over macaroons except they're from pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki and Pierre Hermé (: 

Macaroons from pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki
pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki (photos are from Sadaharu Aoki's Facebook page)
Cupcakes
Yay or nay? Ehm... not a fan. If someone give cupcakes to me, I'll eat one. But I won't buy cupcakes myself. Too thick icing, too sugary and the flavors don't work on me. So, nay. 

Green velvet cupcakes = perfect treat for St. Patty’s Day. Why I picked this photo? Because my birthday = St. Patty's Day lol 
Apple Strudle (Apfelstrudle)
Yay or nay? Yaaaayyy!!! (: In Indonesia, I always buy apple strudle from Corica and Domino's Pizza. And of course, at the annual Christkindl-markt event at Hotel Aryaduta Jakarta.  They're so gooooood! Corica, originally from Perth is my favorite since the first time I tasted one back in 2004-ish. Soft pastry and flaky to the fork with perfectly sweetened custard along with with soft, sweetened apples. Ugh now I'm craving for it. Blah. I. Want. Corica. Right. Now.

Corica's Apple Strudle - image via Google/search

Domino's Apple Strudle - image via Google/search
Yoghurt
Yay or nay? Well... I gotta say, yay. HOWEVER, I somehow do not enjoy drinking yoghurt, both plain and flavored ones. I only love frozen yoghurt and my favorite places to get froyo are Sour Sally and JCool. Red Mango in Indonesia not so much, because they don't have mochi topping.

Getting my froyo at J.Cool

Will always love plain froyo with longan and mochi toppings (:


Magnum Ice Cream
Yay or nay? Well I only love the vanilla ice cream, but the so-called Belgian chocolate covering the vanilla ice cream? Nope.

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White Chocolate
Yay or nay? Naaaayyy... too sweet. I love milk chocolate with cashew nuts / biscuits / macadamia nuts / hazelnuts - favorite brand: Hawaiian Host, Lindt, Godiva, Valrhona, Choceur - Rahm Mandel, Nestle and Milka.

White Chocolate Bars... I don't love them!--- via Google/imagesearch
Assorted Godiva chocolate caramel and nuts --- via Godiva website

Hawaiian Host!!! My favoriteee since I was a little girl! --- via Hawaiian Host website
Oh well, if you don't feel the same,  we can always agree to disagree (;

RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor

The beauty legend passed away yesterday (March 23rd 2011 at the age of 79). My Idol, Audrey Hepburn, may be the legendary fashion icon, yet Dame Elizabeth Taylor beyond any doubt, the legendary beauty icon. Her face was flawlessly symmetrical; she had no bad angle, and her eyes were of the deepest violet. Rest in peace, one of the most beautiful women ever graced Hollywood. 

I will honor her by watching A Place In The Sun and Cleopatra soon!!! (: 

*photos via http://www.life.com
Give. Remember always to give. That is the thing that will make you grow. - Elizabeth Taylor

You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them. - Elizabeth Taylor

I've had many tragedies in my life, but I guess they have all taught me something. I have to look at it that way. I give love and I'm surrounded by love...and I thank God for that. - Elizabeth Taylor

Life is...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Supermoon

When the moon at its closest it's ever been to Earth in more than 18 years - March 20th 2011.

National Park Peak District, Manchester, UK.

East London, UK.
St Michael’s Tower di Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK
Funkturm, Berlin, Germany
Lausanne, Switzerland

Gainesville, Florida, USA
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Pet's 10 Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years… Any separation from you is likely to be painful. 

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. 

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. 

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you. 

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. 

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. 

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you. 

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak. 

9. Please take care of me when I grow old – remember, you too, will grow old. 

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. 

 -Anonymous

Taking our dogs for a ride (:

Friday, March 18, 2011

March 17

I had a very lovely birthday (: Thank Jesus! My favorite football team Real Madrid won against Olympique Lyonnais (3-0) and advancing to quarter-finals of the Champions League, wore striped blouse day and night (mood booster), spent the day with lovely people, got many sweet birthday wishes on facebook - twitter - cellphone, got the best birthday present from my husband - the Just Being Audrey book!!! I feel so loved and blessed (: God is so good to me!

Went on a dinner at an Italian restaurant, PEPeNERO with my husband and parents but I forgot to bring the camera, bummer! ): 

Anyhoo, here are the photos from March 17th 2011:

Just Being Audrey, the book! Yaaayyy!!

Removing the plastic cover

First time opening the book...

Wow wow wow!!!

Thanking my husband for the book! Love you darling xoxo

I'm the proud owner of Just Being Audrey book!

My darling cousin, Lala, came to the house that morning (:

In front of my house...


Mc. Donald's for breakfast!

Sausage Egg McMuffin always has a special place in my heart (:

Lunch at Kafe Betawi - one of my fav Indonesian restaurants, with my husband Jonah and his fellow rugby player - Jeremy.

Beer night with my friends (:

Beer night or couples night? Hmmmm... ^_^

Monday, March 14, 2011

PhotoFactory Bali

On our anniversary last February, I received an e-mail from our wedding photographer, Photofactory Bali
Dear Amara and Jonah,
How are you? I hope this e-mail finds you well.
Time has really fly since your remarkable Bali wedding, and it is time to wish you many congratulations on your anniversary!
We at PhotoFactory wishing you a wonderful, remarkable life together, and we've also prepare a special anniversary gift :).
We gladly announce that we have just launched our new website and blog. You can view them at http://photofactorybali.com/

The new website and blog is packed with beautiful samples of our work, our products and also all the clients' need to know regarding our work.
Please feel free to browse and tell us what you think!
Should you need more information please don't hesitate to let me know.
Thank you for your trust, friendship and kind words. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we're looking forward to hear from you.
Wishing you both all the best!
 

How sweet! Eventhough we already have our wedding albums, it's nice to see the photos online.

Feel free to browse through them if you like (: Just go to PhotoFactory Bali - Clients Gallery and then enter this password: AJ210209.

Enjoy!

PS: If you're going to get married in Bali, use PhotoFactory Bali as your prewedding and wedding photographer. They're that good, very professional and super friendly. All in all, highly recommended.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn in striped top, hmmm I need to find this kind of striped top ((: --- via Tumblr

Joel Osteen Podcast

There are times - with enormous guilt, I confess: many times - I fail to attend Sunday Church Service. This is when the internet, iTunes and Joel Osteen Ministry, which provide a virtual worship space free to anyone on the Internet, come in handy. But I still prefer going to church lah. I'd like to think that I'm a good Christian, well at least I'm trying.

Out of many pastors in the world, I like Joel Osteen the most. I've been to Benny Hinn's Miracle Crusade few years ago and truly felt God's presence during the event and also hear other pastors' sermons, but I feel more connected to Joel Osteen's sermons, I also read his daily devotionals. So comforting - well, to me everything according to the bible is comforting (: And oh, for daily devotionals I also love reading the ones from Streaming Faith!

I love the part where he raises his Bible and asks everyone in the audience to raise their Bibles in the air. Then the whole people in the church chant the following words:
“This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do. Today I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess my mind is alert, my heart is receptive; I'll never be the same. In Jesus name, God bless you.”
I know some people who think that he's a materialist pastor because he has big house and pretty wealthy, I don't care about that. That is his business with God, not with people. I really think that religion is very intimate and private (well since this blog is my diary, I can share my innermost part and intimate details, can't I?) and I keep wondering why people have to harass, threat, attack those who don't share the same beliefs since it's truly none of their business?! --- ergh sorry can't help it. Anyhoo, I like the way Joel Osteen delivers the words of God. And if you are a Christian and fail to attend Sunday Church Service everytime, download his podcast and you can watch the videos on iTunes. Well you can also sync the podcast videos to your iPhone / iPad / iPod, then you can watch the videos anywhere, anytime.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bill Shakespeare

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D'Angelo and Amanda

I've been watching this dance competition show "Live To Dance" --- ehm thanks to Starworld for always repeating one episode a hundred times a day so I never missed one (: Anyhoo, since the very first show, I've fallen for these kids: D'Angelo Castro and Amanda Carbajales. They are very talented ballroom dancers, possessed amazing techniques and so adorable!!!

Their audition:


On Semi-finals:


On Finals:


And on Finale Night, when they won the competition and received US$500,000.- prize!! They truly deserve to win! Congratulations cute darlings, I'm a big fan!!! (:

#prayforjapan

One of the largest earthquakes in recorded history hit Japan last Friday, March 11, 2001, shaking cities and villages along a 1,300-mile stretch of coastline with terrifying tremors felt as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles from the epicenter. The quake killed and injured many people and unleashed a monster 33-foot-high tsunami that sent ships crashing into shore, wiped away homes, carried cars through the streets of towns and took away many lives.

My family and I were in front of the television when that catastrophe happened, we watched how the powerful tsunami came in and swept away the cars, homes, buildings, ships and people. It was devastating and horrifying. To think that an hour before the tsunami, those people were laughing - working - running errands - relaxing - sleeping, everything was normal - just another day in Northern part of Japan. Then an hour later, they were all gone. I actually visualized that on my mind and got very disturbed seconds later. 

The earthquake was terrible as well, many people injured and infrastructures heavily damaged. Thank God, my friends and some of my family in Tokyo are safe and sound. Here are the photos of the devastating catastrophe...

No matter how advanced a country is, mother nature is still in full control. There is nothing we can do but to pray for Japan, make donations and be grateful that we still have more days to live.

My love and prayer go out to all those effected by these horrible events... God bless us all.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Bali Island

2 weeks ago my friends and I spent wonderful times in Bali together, we were actually in the island for Larry and Irene's Wedding (photos coming up soon!), but we managed to enjoy ourselves there too of course. I must admit it, the feeling of going back to the island was truly extraordinary! It felt like going back home. Other than North Celebes, Bali is also my home - the place where my heart is. Visiting Bali once a year is a must... one can never get enough of Bali! My darling readers, if you haven't been to Bali, plan your trip now! Bali is definitely one of the places in world you must visit before you die (;

Bali is indeed a special place for me since I was a little girl. My parents always took me and my brother to Bali for our annual holiday trip! Then it became the place where my friends and I go for holidays (sunbaking and partying - oh yeah. partying in Bali is fun!!).

My parents, my brother and I, Melia Bali Sol Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali - 1987

Nusa Dua Beach, 1987
Bali, 2004
Pecatu, Bali 2005

With my girlfriends at Dreamland Beach, Bali 2005-ish (?)
at Ku De Ta Bar, Seminyak - The hippest club in Bali until today!
My family at Rock Bar, Ayana Resort - Jimbaran, last sunset in 2009.



My husband and I were also married in Bali... at the most beautiful chapel and villa! Then shortly after our wedding, we left Jakarta and started to live in Bali. So yes, Bali has a special place in my heart.

Inside Infinity Chapel
February 21st 2009, Infinity Chapel - Conrad Hotels, Benoa, Bali
Our Wedding Cake
Uluwatu, Bali.
Villa Khayangan Estate, Uluwatu, Bali
The house my husband and I lived in, Taman Mumbul - Nusa Dua, Bali
These are several photos of the beautiful island that I took a while ago... awww looking at them makes me want to jump into an airplane to Bali right now!!! 

PS. You can always contact me if you want some references on where to go in Bali. I'd be happy to help you (:

Eastern part of Bali
My husband and I, Sulubhan - Uluwatu
Virgin Beach, East Bali
Padang padang Beach AKA eat, pray, love beach. Because this is where they shot the film! Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem were here, woot woot!
Uluwatu Beach
Di Mare, Karma Kandara Resort, Bali
Nammos Beach Club
Sulubhan Beach, Uluwatu
Geger Beach, Nusa Dua
Kafe Warisan, Petitenget.

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