Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bye 2012!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our little family to yours! xoxo

Wow, there's just a lot of things been going on in my life these past few months... and it's hard to keep up with blogging as often as before. 

But here we are, at the end of the year. I still cannot believe that tomorrow would be the last day of 2012! So have you spent this year according to your liking? Well I think I'm sort of having a good year in terms of business and of course my relationship with my family and husband despite the fact that our journey this year has been riddled with trials and tribulations. 

And if there's one thing I managed to do quite well this year was: I didn't get caught up in trivial things and waste time and energy on issues that don't deserve my attention. Yay! Not exactly drama-free year for me but the drama that was already brewing didn't involve me. I only listened to some of them, observed the situation and gave opinion / offered advice whenever I'm asked. I already been dealing with personal issues and refuse to insert myself into issues that don't involve me. 

Thank you dear God, for 2012. For all Your blessings. The good and the bad, the laughter and tears, the merriment and tragedy, the memories and the lessons. I value and cherish all of them, they made my life this year more interesting. 

And dear God, please still be with us, protect us and bless us in 2013. :) Amen. 

I wish you happy holidays from our home to yours and I pray that each day, love - health - happiness will come your way! Toodles! xx

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

TV Shows of 2012

Remember this post

I, the TV shows enthusiast, hereby sharing you the new TV shows to watch this year... 

1. Revolution
So far I'm loving it and it's like the combination of Lost, Flash Forward and The Hunger Games. Gotta love J. J. Abrams!

Helloooo... it's Mindy Kaling, everyone! What's not to love! 

3. Last Resort.
I just like this type of storyline.

4. Made In Jersey. 
A little more fun version of "The Good Wife".

5. Partners. 
Funny show and Brandon Routh!

6. Elementary. 
I have a soft spot for detective stories. 

And returning shows I love: 

2 Broke Girls
How I Met Your Mother
New Girl
Once Upon A Time
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
CSI (all of them)
The Amazing Race

If we have the same taste in movies / tv-shows, you might want to check them all out. (;
Enjoy them to the hilt, darlings! 

Monday, October 01, 2012

Monday ManiPedi: Teal - Turquoise - Seafoam Ombre

Right hand.
Left hand.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds

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Well hello darlings! 

I know I have been missing for almost a month. I've been quite preoccupied and also it's been a strangely busy month. A lot had happened this September: Daddy dearest's birthday, ******** stuffs, a lot of exercise (trying to beat the little voice in mind that wants to quit everytime), my husband's dear grandmother Nelly passed away in her sleep (she was 88 years old, God bless her soul...), went to Manado and back, my husband came to Jakarta for a few days, my husband's birthday and every night watching variety show (I'm currently addicted to watching Korean variety show called "Running Man", so hilarious! I love it a lot.) until I fell asleep.

That being said, yes I hardly had time to blog. But now I'm back! I'll try to update this blog more consistently, starting with these fabulous links...

How romantic!

Beautiful wedding in the Bahamas.

Attention, Starbucks addicts!

Would love to own some TokyoMilk products.

Saying "I Do" means saying "I Will".

New found food blog. Yummm!

Gorgeous eyes...

'til next week, darlings. Toodles!

Travelogue: Jason's Minahasa Bound (Sep 2012)

Went to my homeland sweet homeland, Minahasa, earlier this September yet I didn't take a picture of myself at all on purpose. Stumbled upon this interesting article a while back, then after reading and found myself smiling looking at the pictures, I decided do the same. I thought it would be fun and yet doing childish thing makes people feel younger.

So when I went to Minahasa, I brought Jason along. Sadly not too many pictures because I didn't always remember to take pic of Jason. However, I must admit it was fun, refreshing and I'm so going to bring Jason everytime I travel!

Here are the pictures of Jason in Minahasa which I posted on my instagram account... 

Manado Bound!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Folk Story: The Legend of Toar and Lumimuut

Since today is North Sulawesi's 48th Birthday, I'd like to share some old Minahasan folk story, about a man named Toar and a woman named Lumimuut. According to Minahasa mythology the Minahasans are descendants of Toar and Lumimuut. And oh, to get the Minahasan-feel to this folk story, play below video. It happens to be my grandfather's and my father's favorite Minahasan song! We still sing this song at our family gathering events in Minahasa. (;

So here the story goes...

Root of the Minahasa People 

A very long time ago there was a beautifully shaped rock on the shore at the west side of the Wulur Mahatus mountain. This rock was not attracting much attention of the people because in fact there were not many people around by that time over there.

One day, in the dry season, the sun was shining so brightly, that the rock began to sweat. At the same time then a beautiful woman was created. Her name was Karema. She turned her head upward and spread her arms to the sky and prayed : ” O, Kasuruan opo e walian wangko! ” , which means : “O Great God if you will, say to me where I am and give me somebody to share my life with”

After saying this prayer, the beautiful rock split, and out of it appeared a beautiful young woman. Now Karema was not alone anymore and she said to the young woman : “Because you were created by a rock which was sweating I give you the name : Lumimuut. Your descendants will continue to live here and will multiply until they are as many as there are sand particles on the shore. But first you have to work very hard, and sweat.”

Monday, September 03, 2012

Monday ManiPedi: Pastel Polkadot French Manicure Style

Some fashion bloggers think that polkadots are going to be hip and trendy this fall, hence my polkadot nail art.

I did the dots randomly, just dotted them away. I did all the pastel dots on all 10 nails and was done in less than 15 minutes. Seal everything with top coat and voila, nice and shiny!

This time around I used pastel colors from OPI and essie, next time I'm going to put some more neon or dark dots on my nails because I really like this polkadot french manicure art. My nails look lovely and blend nicely with my clothes. ^^

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Papa's 65th!

Happy Birthday to the best Papa in the world! 

Dad was having breakfast at a hotel in Monte Carlo, Monaco. 

It's one of favorite photos of my papa: breakfast, stripes tablecloth, seaside and Europe! This photo was taken in late 1970s when my papa and his friends went to Monte Carlo for vacation. Papa loves traveling and enjoying every minute of it! He truly knows how to embrace il dolce far niente! You'll never have a dull moment when vacationing with my papa. (: Always looking forward to go on a vacation with my papa. God bless you papa!

And oh, because it's Sunday, here's a Sunday Thought feature for today:
"God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old." Psalm 44:1
Yes, Thank You, Lord Jesus for always giving the best things to papa and our family. We treasure  everything including our failures and setbacks. Because to our family, failures and setbacks are actually  Your blessings in disguise. Thank you for all your blessings and may You continue to shower us with your blessings. Amen.

PS. My husband took this photo below this morning when he was flying to Sumbawa and sent it to my papa. Papa loves it!

My husband took this pic early this morning and sent it to my papa! <3 td="td">

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds: Indonesia's Independence Day

Hello darlings!

Today is Indonesia's Independence Day! Therefore, I'm going to post some fabulous links about Indonesia this Friday. Enjoyyy... 

If you're planning to visit Jakarta, the Capital of Indonesia, visiting this site is mandatory and make sure to schedule a visit to this restaurant

My lovely hometown

More places to visit: Bali, Lombok, Karimunjawa, Derawan, Candi Borobudur... and many more... 

Our National Anthem: Indonesia Raya

'til next Friday! Kiss. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

About Making A Difference...

via Oprah

Reminder to keep on upgrading myself...

Starry Bandage

It was my second time wearing my jelly shoes and as per usual (the one thing I hate about new shoes), I got blisters! I stopped by at Lotte Mart in Ratu Plaza, looking for my usual nude bandage but there was NONE. They only have this amanplast, bandage for kids, I have no choice but to buy anyway. Then I opened it, I was surprised to find this supercute starry bandage. I'm in love.

I love stars! I hereby declare that I will always use starry bandage from now on... LOL! I love you, amanplast!

I've thrown away the receipt, but I think the price for 1 pack of amanplast bandage is around Rp 2,600.- (USD 0.20) only.

My staryy bandage protecting my blisters.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Closing Ceremony London 2012 Olympic Games

Beautiful closing ceremony... and my most favorite performances are:

SPICE GIRLS! I feel like I was a teenager again... 

Liam Gallagher singing Wonderwall! Oh wow... 

See other performances here.

Farrago Indonesia

So few weeks ago I received an invitation to a website launch event at Pacific Place (one of my favorite malls in Jakarta) and I decided to attend (for the first time - usually I'm not up for these sort of events) simply because they acknowledge me as a blogger. The now-already-launched Website is called FARRAGO INDONESIA, the food and fashion online magazine.

I rarely browse around Indonesian websites but FARRAGO is quite interesting. All sections are interesting, however being a food lover, my favorite section is naturally "Eats & Drinks", where on F-Spot, they give restaurants/cafes/et cetera reviews and their complete information (address, opening hours, price range and even map location). It's very helpful to me because everytime my husband's in town, we always struggling on where to go for a nice lunch or dinner. We usually end up going to our "usual" places, but I guess those days will be over soon now that we can always browse FARRAGO website anytime, anywhere to get information on where to go for a nice lunch or dinner. 

Happy news, my husband will be in town tomorrow for 2 weeks (Yay!), so sometime this week we shall have lunch or dinner at LIO, out of curiosity, as I'm quite taken by a surprise when knowing that the Chef was trained by the famous Gordon Ramsay! That should be interesting, right! I hope FARRAGO will keep on finding Jakarta's best-kept-secrets and review them on the website for us Jakartans who crave for exciting culinary adventure. Best of luck to FARRAGO INDONESIA!

PS. Some photos from the website launch...

The invitation sent to my e-mail.

Monday ManiPedi: Peacock Colors

On this ManiPedi feature, I was inspired by Peacock birds

China Glaze: For Audrey
OPI: Do You Lilac It
Faceshop: Goldish Green (old collection from 2006)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

50 Shades Trilogy

via fashtastic

Okay, so yesterday I finally finished reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy, all three of them within one week. Eventhough they're not my favorite books, they are a good fun read. I actually enjoyed reading them. Most of people who are vocally negative of the series have not finished the series. *rolling my eyes* Please make sure when you give opinion on these books, read all three of them first. But if you have read all three of them and still have no love for the books, that's okay too. People have different opinions anyways. 

Always Remember...

Being perfectionist or idealist is perfectly fine. But always remember to compromise... 

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Sunday Thoughts: Book of Ecclesiastes

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I'm going to read the book of Ecclesiastes today...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Two-Tone Lips

via Pinterest

Oh wow, this two-tone lips looks very interesting. Hmmm.. I'm intrigued to try! (:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wanderlust: San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

both images via heycaryl

Fabulous Friday Finds

via heycaryl

Hello darlings! 

Are you a risk-taker or safe-player? I think I have been a safe-player for serious matters most of the time and occasionally a risk-taker on fun / harmless craziness. It is very comforting in being a safe player but it's also extremely fun and dangerous to be a risk-taker, but I guess once in a blue moon we all probably should try to be a risk-taker just to add more spices / sparks (whatever you call it) to our daily routine and activities, again, in my opinion. 

I'm not going to reveal my fun / harmless craziness here on this blog *grin* , however I could share the feelings I experience. Yes, my "20 seconds of insane courage" moments made my heart beating so fast like it could literally pop out of my chest, but the big laughter after the "20 seconds of embarrassing bravery" moments were priceless! I called them "my fun and silly things I did when I was young and will be the things I smile about when I'm old and ... *ahem* ... wise". *lol* I was really insanely courageous when I took those "leaps"! However, that was before I got married. Now I opt to always be a safe-player eventhough I secretly wish that I'd have "20 seconds of insane courage moment" when I'm at this parasailing facility someday. I hope I'd be brave enough to take that leap and overcome my acrophobia.

So what about you, darlings? If you haven't done those things, are you going to challenge yourself today, tomorrow or some time in the future or are you pretty comfortable being a safe-player? Whatever your decision is, I hope it brings you happiness and in peace with our daily routine and activities.

Now, unto the links for this Friday... 

Really like this iPhone case.

DIY Sliding Knot Bracelet but I'll pick love charm or owl charm over the evil eye charm.  

The most heavenly and mouth-watering Pinterest account, ever!!!

I love madeleines!

'til next Friday, darlings! kiss.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mazel Tov, Natalie and Benjamin!

To my favorite female actor / actress, Natalie and Benjamin Millepied for their wedding few days ago! They always look very romantic and so in love, I wish them happiness and wonderful marriage. 

via splashnewsonline

and some (paparazzi's?) photos from their private wedding. (:

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via just jared

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

DIY: Denim Cut-Offs

I decided to try this easy-peasy DIY tutorial by Kelly Framel of The Glamourai (love love love her). Anyone can do this as long as you have a pair of old jeans (or new, up to you) and a pair of scissors. Since I don't have the heart to cut my jeans.. hehehe.. cut story short, I found this vintage Levi's 501 jeans with the perfect color for only $5! Perfect.

Unfortunately Kelly choose to use jeans that are cut roomier than she'd normally wear and buy few sizes big. The one I bought is actually one size up but somehow it's fitted nicely to my body, probably because it's vintage (they are usually indeed smaller). But here's the catch, if I gain weight, I wouldn't be able to wear these! ((:

Apparently Chiara Ferragni and Blair Edie also Emilie have similar vintage Levi's denim shorts, but the denim shorts look a lot nicer on them because their jeans are about two size up and they have (very) slim and LONG legs. However, I love the way the jeans fit my body and a friendly reminder that I should maintain my weight properly. ((;

PS. You can also cut your jeans like this.

The Vintage Levi's 501 jeans.

After I cut them, excuse some scars on my thigh. I got them from my supercute aggressive huggers (read: my two adorable huskies).
Yes, that's Lowy taking a nap in my bedroom.

I love my new denim shorts! <3 br="br">

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right

I gotta have or make this cushion! ((; This is so Jonah & Amara! LOL!

via Pinterest

Monday ManiPedi: Mint Green and Coral Nails

I love the combination of these colors, well me and everybody else. Because mint green and coral are the "it" colors for this summer. The colors are very pretty and combined together, they look happy and bright. So this time I created an abstract triangle nail art using these colors and I love the end result, which reminds me I have to buy a new top coat for a perfect finishing.

Coral: Essie Tart Deco ---> I really LOVE this color. I hope Essie won't discontinue this color, ever!
Mint Green: Essie Mint Apple Candy.


Sunday, August 05, 2012

Loveliest Postcard From The Sky

Had a lovely surprise from my husband last Friday. Taken at 7000 feet above ground! I love you too, husby!

Sunday Thoughts: Forget The Past, Look Forward

via spiritual inspiration

One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13, NIV.

Are you allowing the small things in life to keep you from God’s best? Today is the day to press past the small things and run toward your destiny! Unforgiveness is a small thing. Forgive and move on to the greater thing. Fear is small. It’s not from God. Don’t let it hold you back. An addiction is small. You have the power to overcome anything through Christ Jesus. Being undisciplined is small. If you are a believer today, you have the seed of Almighty God inside of you. There is no challenge that’s too difficult for you!

I think about Joshua and Caleb. When they came back from spying out the Promised Land they said, “Moses, we are well able to take the land. Let us go in at once.” Not next week. Not next year. They were “now” people. But if you over-analyze your situation and think about all the “what if’s” and try to get approval from all your family and friends, you’ll never move off of dead center. You’ll be stuck in the small things.

Today, make the decision to press forward. Be like Joshua and Caleb. Don’t look at your circumstances; look at your God because He is the one who is empowering you to take hold of the good things He has for your future!

written by: spiritual inspiration.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds

via Miguel Palomar

Hello darlings!

So this weekend I'm going to just chill and watch Olympic matches (you can also watch the matches on btw) at home. This Olympic has this effect on me, I'm going to find out where I stand, speed-wise, in 100m sprints and also 400m sprints. I've always been the fastest runner in school since I was a little girl and my last sprint was back in 2006 at my office's sporting event. I won easily, not exaggerating but if you've seen Secretariat historic win, the situation was exactly like that, only I was the Secretariat. *smugface* LOL! But as I'm getting older *sigh* I'm a bit skeptical that I'm still as fast as I used to be. Fact: I have never lost to girls / women, I only lost once to a man (my cousin Marcel, who runs as fast as a Cheetah). 

Lately I've been practicing a little with my huskies Chewy and Lowy but they always win! (;

Oh well, I hope I could record my time sometime soon. I understand Olympic sprinters run in about the 10-11 second range, I know I'm definitely not in their league, but it would be nice to know my own speed record. I'll update you guys the result soon! (: 

While we're at this Olympics topic, take a look at these hilarious Olympic divers moment on Zindy's blog. ((: 

I need to master this before my Lombok trip.

'til next week! kiss! 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cloud Atlas

I saw Samantha Ramage's post and immediately wanting to purchase Cloud Atlas book so by the time the movie comes out, I already read it / know what is it about. ((:

The movie will be released on October 26th this year, I have plenty of time to buy, read and finish the book. And this is the trailer that makes me want to see read and see the movie so badly:

And yay, it's available on iTunes store! Can't wait to add it to my e-bookshelves. 

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