Surprise Black Box!

This week I received a mysterious black box, and it turns out that the black box came from Garnier Indonesia. Yay! Thank you Garnier!

For their products, I find the facial srub foam is pretty okay for me, I have used 1 tube and haven't re-purchased again ever since. I was only using it for one time per week. I didn't really notice if it has a significant impact on my face skin, but I realized the feeling after washing the face using it was always refreshing.

But then, this box came with a facial foam too, and it's the newest one. It's called Light Complete Black Foam. It has vegetal charcoal to help for a deep cleansing and purification of skin from dirt, oil and polution. The other stuffs inside it is emblica which I don't know what it is but it says that it will help to brighten the skin and boost up the radiance. Well, let's see what this foam can do to my face skin after a month usage. I will tweet the updates up on my Twitter, if you would like to know the result please follow me @arikaindra and also @GarnierID.

The black box didn't only came out with 'only' a facial foam, but what makes me happy is that it came with several different pretty things! How exciting. And yet, one of my favorite color is black.

So here I am unboxing it..

A hello letter from Garnier.

A cute bracelet which I can wear on a daily basis.

The box, which I can use for an accessories storage? Cool.

A purse! Even came out with a purse. Pretty useful.

Fave item, big sized black earrings. Did I ever mention that I never go out wthouut wearing earrings?

And a hairpiece, which I know I won't be wearing but still, pretty stuff!

Well, thank you again for sending me this and try out Garnier's product as well, okay, Readers!


Weekend Getaway

A nice idea to spend the weekend without hassle!

So we stayed 2 nights at Mega Kuningan - Jakarta. I intended to try their spa since it's a very nice hotel, but they won't service a pregnant lady. Too bad. But we enjoyed our short stay, though.

I had a special craving of hotel breakfast, it was a good chance to fulfill my craving. They served quite the best breakfast around the town.

That big black building over there is my office. So the view has been reversed. The hotel is my daily view at work, for a short weekend, my office building was the view. Quite funny, since it's a different feeling looking at on each other.

Chilling out at the Bale at the pool, nice though.

Chinese speaking babies who were brave enough to swim alone without adult company.

Our Not-So-Honeymoon Trip October 2012

Late post!

A story of our not-so-honeymoon on October 2012.
A day right after the wedding procession, we decided to go to Bali for our honeymoon. We planned to celebrate my 24th Birthday in Bali. Husband gave me the trip as the birthday gift, and a nice dinner also when we're there. Too bad we didn't bring a decent camera to document our honeymoon trip so there are only few pictures I can post up here.

At first it was just us, but then my Big sister and her husband decided to come along with us to Bali. They even booked the same flight as ours, but different hotel of course. Then, my best friends who came from Germany to attend my wedding also decided (kind of in the last minute) to join the trip. So it was 8 of us who went there. See, it's not a honeymoon, of course.

But in fact, we're happy they came along with us! Since all of them live in Germany, a trip like this would be such a rare moment to experience.


It's Getting Bigger!

A while ago, I was trying to move my aching body a bit by swimming, I was hoping that I could get relaxed by it, and it's true, after swimming I feel a little better on my back pain, although until now my ribs are still hurting. I am back at the office though. Another thing that I have realized, by being pregnant, I never feel so alone. It's like being accompanied by someone really close, well literally yes. I told you once I was afraid being pregnant, I wasn't really ready-what so ever. Well nobody will really be ready for it, though. But now that I am stepping the 7th month, things get clearer. I know I can't wait to meet the baby, but still I am enjoying our time being one. I think I will miss this moment. Every time I feel her kicking behind the belly, is always magical, and it hurts a little bit, but it makes me happy. She even responded to our voices, mostly to Resa's voice, probably because Resa has a deep voice that makes her surprised hearing it, or maybe (hopefully) they already have some sort of bond that I don't get. It's cute. 

Bigger chance I will deliver with SC. No Mum-to-be would have chosen this way, but since I have -9,5, I should do it. But it's good that I know this before-hand, not some kind of emergency situation where I haven't prepared myself of doing it. It's scary, of course, but must do.

What I can tell you most about my pregnancy, about how I am feeling, is that true, that all preggers will experience some kind of unstable hormones. It's like having PMS the whole 9 months. It's true. I can easily cry of a little things and get angry of minor problems. If you have a pregnant wife, you should really be patient, because you can't really blame the hormones. *Knocking on wood* I'm far away from those prenatal depression symptoms. Well, I won't deny I have some anxieties, but they're completely handle-able.

I am feeling happy almost most of the time because I feel like people have been caring for me so much, especially My Mom. We're never sweet to each other, but after I am carrying her grandchild she never nags. LOL. She was a strict person before, but I guess she's trying so hard to maintain my emotion so that it won't affect the growth of the baby. What makes me most happy through out this year is to know that my big sister is pregnant too! So we're gonna have kids who are in the same age. Need to watch out the competition, though. I am so happy I will have a German speaking, well a German Nationality nephew/ niece. Nice :)

Tips I can share with you while being a pregger who has to go to work 8 hours a day at office :

- I always pick super comfortable outfit everyday. Although I don't really wear maternity clothes but I don't pick unfitted clothes anymore since it will make a big hassle trough out the day, especially when you have meetings outside the office.

- Bear your lust in wearing high heels. I stopped since I was 2 months pregnant. I wore wedges though once I know I am carrying a baby, but then, flats shoes are my best friends. Note that your feet will grow bigger during pregnancy, don't buy so many shoes with bigger size as you will feel sorry later for not being able to wear it once your feet shrink back to normal.

- I know that you feel that you're getting bigger and bigger, but embrace it! You look more glowing than ever. 

- I am still wearing dresses, stretchy dresses that I used to wear before. Cardigan will be a great addition to cover your body parts, make sure you don't get the wind enters your body (so Indonesian) because it's totally torturing for the preggers! (I know because I have had it several times).

- Try not to take public transportation, a little cost for taxi (if you can't get picked up by your hubby) is necessary. If you still can drive, it's cool. But as for myself though, I am committed for not driving a car while being pregnant, it's too much stress, and I don't want to regret anything later.

- Seek for a permission from your boss to give time for you to lie down every 2 hours (I don't do this exactly every 2 hrs since I have loads of work, but I managed to lie down after 6pm and wait my husband to pick me up. It lessens the pain I am experiencing the whole day, and it helps me to relax.

Lying down at the break out room. See my feet are swollen. But it's not that bad, I can still handle it :)

- Bring your own food from home, in case you're too lazy to find food near your office. 

My favorite food, my super special cravings during pregnancy. I wish I can bring these food everyday :'(

- Drink at least 2L of water on a regular basis. I know it's hard. For me it's hard, because I feel bitter on my tongue, and water doesn't help to lessen it. But I am trying hard to do this for the sake of my baby. My OB said if I have minimum amount of water inside there, the baby will find it hard to move around the belly and find the right position for her. 

- I know it's a lot of sacrifice going to work while being pregnant. You will get tired most of the time, get sleepy after eating and the back pain is really torturing. But, I have chosen this, so I will take it responsibly. Don't mind any negative comments that come along the way, because not all people will understand what pain, or what kind of hesitation you have for going to work. I don't care if other person said that I am spoiled, or too worried of myself being pregnant, especially from the one who hasn't been pregnant. I will take my boss' facilitation gracefully in permitting me working from home when I feel like I can't go to work, or anything. Because, I know what my priorities are, and I know I am doing the best for myself as long as I don't bother other people. 

Sharing you few of my pictures while swimming. Yes, it is getting bigger!

Cheers to all of the pregnant ladies in the whole world, enjoy your precious moments!


Mother-Daughter First Trip Together

On April, GroupM Indonesia held a company trip to China and HongKong. I joined the trip even though I was around 5 months pregnant. But doctor said it's a perfect time to go. So, there I went. It wasn't really an exhausting trip since it was a group trip. I managed to stay healthy and be in the prefect condition while I am there, although when we need to cross the immigration between HK and China, it was pretty tiring. Well, hmm, what I did enjoy when I was there was the food (at first few days) because it's Chinese food galore, d'uh. But after 2 days I didn't enjoy it really well. It was so boring until the point I was only having rice and ikan teri (Thank God they provide ikan teri there since they know that more than 300 persons are in the group and mostly Indonesian can't really suit foreign food).

I visited few attractions of HK and Shenzen, although all I could remember was I shopped a lot! LOL. Yes, HK is a shopping paradise. I've bought quite plenty of things there, and they were quite cheap comparing if you buy them in Indonesia.

So here are pictures from HK Day 1. Right after we took off the plane we were directed to a local resto to have breakfast. The dimsum and the bubur were great.

Office mates.
Then we went off to visit Madame Tussauds museum. I didn't expect it to be fun, but if you go there with some friends, you can take funny pictures with them to commemorate on your visits.

Then we went off to Nguong Ping to experience 7km cable car. It was nice seeing from above, and this also was a location where Running Man shot their China Special episode, if I am not mistaken.

China Day 2 pictures :

Quite like the real Eiffel :))

A great show involving more than 1000 people.

HK day 3 &4 pictures :

Tasted good!

Quick tips on travelling whilst being pregnant :

- Make sure you have permission from the doctor, consult any health related stuffs that might occur during the trip.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. List down all the stuffs that you need during the trip and make sure you don't miss anything. Especially for medicines.
- Make sure you're eating well. You will need it to move around a lot. You can't really depend on anyone especially while travelling alone without husband accompanying you.
- Do a little research before going. You might need to know if you need to walk around so much in the place that you are going to visit.
- Make sure you rest well at night, you need to re-gain your energy.
- Enjoy the trip and avoid complaining! 

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