2/20/14

Dear Bunga : The One with The Thumb

Getting prettier each day! Visit her blog : http://www.cliche-au-lait.com/
Although our latest meeting was a year ago, and we don't see each other very frequent that doesn't make me ban you from the list of people I care most, you made yourself on the A-List since 3 years ago. I remember clearly our journey in Germany back then, the memory I'd like to treasure forever. I honestly can't really remember the day we first met. I was your jutek senior, though. That, I remember. Bunga, you were the tallest among the other people, and that what made you stand out. I remember you told me you play basketball, and from there I knew where you got your envious posture. Swear to God, you were so tall I could only envy. I know you're different from the others, when I got to know what music you listened to, and what a book-worm you are. It was only an era of Facebook Notes, and I remember clearly you did like to write in the notes, just like me. Then, we got to know better when we were away from home. We shared the same feelings, the same broken hearts, the same experiences, the same cold biting winter. Frankfurt, our favorite city among others cities in Germany. We drew quite a lot of memories there, from boots sale ...to our Lebaran session in KJRI Frankfurt. Gosh, I miss those days!

The day you published your book. Elevator. I was a very proud friend, I bought it directly online, and after I read it, I asked my sisters, my cousins to buy it also. So here, I am giving you a thumb up for that! Virtually!

I knew you are a smart-ass. I knew it from your liking. You always dig sci-fi and I am now encouraging you to write one novel! I know you can do it.

You were very honest to me, even with your big secrets, this what made me put a big trust on you, the same exact way. I didn't know that we would be close, at all. But I am glad that we are now, even years have already passed by. 

I knew we clicked so much, joking with you on F.R.I.E.N.D.S quotes, B. We need to get back on our plan, buying the original version of complete series, and watch it, make it a monthly agenda. I am sure our kids (Anya and your future kids) will share the same taste. 

Blog Collabo
Anyway, this is the first time being open to her. LOL. We are doing a blog collaboration, merely because we want to blog regularly, not depending on mood! So, the idea of this blog-collab is very wide. We kinda want to start it with this one. If you want to know her better, go visit her blog here http://www.cliche-au-lait.com/ and follow her Instagram http://instagram.com/clicheaulait
What I love so much about her blog is that she gives so much tips and tricks on healthy life-style, and also make up, which I also dig a lot. Probably, we will going to do a collab on the two things I mentioned. Finger crossed!
Graduating College
How we express exactly about it. :)
Anyway, contrary to your liking in putting ice to your coffee, I admire your writing on the blog Au-Lait. 

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Check out her letter to me here : Dear Nana...


Although you probably can't recall, yet I still clearly remember the very first day I met you. The memories are very clear I was so stunned at your cute bangs back then (seriously, for real I was). It was one very hot and nerve-wracking day for it was the first time I stepped into college and had to be interviewed for the whole campus orientation related stuffs. My mind was blank, yet excited, yet scared, yet somewhat I was very sure that I'd be getting one cool experience I won't forget. 

Long story short, back then it had never crosses my mind that I'll ended up having a very good friendship with you someday. I swear to God, YOU were one of the most jutekseniors among all, it scared me in the same time it amused me. I mean, it's not that you were being evil or just had to perform a role of the bad-cop guy, you know. You talked to me, you led me, you told me things I should do as a freshman. It's just, you NEVER smiled during the whole Campus Orientation activities, not even a tiny flinch of curvy lips. You had this straight, cool, eyebrow-raised expression on your face and you kept it the whole day. And honestly, I was afraid of you. (HEY DO NOT LAUGH AT ME, YOU EVILLY DEVILLY ACTRESS!)

Yes, in the end, I finally knew it was all just mere an act for the sake of Ospek and you have a very gorgeous smile you should know that. 

I was probably too astonished by your appearance as an evil senior so I was scared to talk to you even when all the orientation thingy were ended. I found that we were on the same class and I had this curiosity thought of what kind of person you are as a friend, not as Teteh Nana. But still, I didn't know why I was probably too shy to take the initiation of starting conversation with you especially I am originally a very passive and awkward person. And then one day you were the one who started it. The very first conversation of us, friend-to-friend wise. 
"Bung, lo juga ambil Kreatives Schreiben A kan ya? Bareng dong. Di mana sih kelasnya? Eh plis gausah panggil gue Teteh ya, geuleuh."
Years and years and years passes by, and look at us now. I can say that you are one of the person I really care about, the person who shares same likings and interests with me, the person who understands me, the person who walks with me on the same path even though we were dealing with our own problems back then, the person who knows me really, like, really well. The person who shares secrets with me and the person who keeps my secrets :))

The person I trust. The person who inspires. 

And… the person who does this BLOG-COLLABO writings with me, WOOHOOOO~! 


Yes, readers, both of us are bloggers and we both have the same passion for writings. Although I have to admit that we only write in our own blog when we're both in the mood. Seriously our blog-mood craze probably fluctuates so much yet in the end we always ended up back to our blog. We're occasional bloggers, let's just call it that way then. 

This blog-collabo we're currently doing, are one of our attempt to be better bloggers. To write better, to post more, to speak up, to tell more stories, to capture the moments and make it linger. To cherish the existence of our life in this world. To create footprints. :)

So, starting from now, you will find some posting that I write in collaboration with her. It is more likely like we're both having a conversation through our blogpost. An open conversation everyone can enjoy and also be a part of it. Who knows that someday we might be having a blog-collabo with you too, perhaps? 

Anyway, to make it less confusing I will put 'Dear Nana,..' on the title of every blog-collabo posts I'm about to write. And I guess that will also make it easier to read and to know which one is the reply to which one. You know what I'm saying, right? :-/

This is her blog and you might as well want to read more of her writings for she is one talented writer out there.http://arikaindra.blogspot.com

She has one beautiful daughter named Anya and you will also get daily dose of Anya's cute photos (and also sometimes funny meme of her, made by the Daddy) if you decided to follow her on twitter/instagram. Come on, is there anything cuter in the universe than cute babies? 

Read more here : Dear Nana...

2/19/14

Sunshine in Strassbourg

Pretty little store in Strasbourg

That red box.

No filter needed. Blue sky, flying birds. Warm.

Typical river-side in Europe.

I was on a boat trip sight-seeing Strassbourg, France.

Cool one!

I admit I miss this nuance.

To explore the world is a gift which the majority of the world will never have the opportunity to do. I am glad that I have experienced being away from home (although it was only a year). When I meet people in the countries I visited, they always smile from ear to ear when they hear about where I come from, what an exotic country I was born in.

And I eventually came back home. When I meet my friends here, they fascinated with my stories, when I visit France, or Spain. Most of them said, "Wow, I wish I could travel to those places like you.", and pangs of guilt strike me every time. I should say that I honestly don't travel so much, of course I believe that you have to know pain to know pleasure, so strong emotions make me who I am. That being said gilt I mentioned, made me self-reflect on other emotions I experience when I'm on the road.

1. Appreciation
Go listen Passenger - Let Her Go. I found the lyric best describes my feeling when I was on the road away from home.
"Only hate the road when you're missing home."
2. Enjoyment
Simple I know, but seeing and doing things out of the ordinary every day is something very special. It's fun, exciting and most of all it's enjoyable.

3. Loneliness
Loneliness is something that every traveler experiences, you see a beautiful sunrise or a forest covered all up with snow but no one there to share it with you. You wish so much that your friends or family could be there so you could appreciate it together, and that's normal. This is what I felt during my trip to Strassbourg. Even though I was with Resa's good Aunt that time, I feel lonely. I wished for so much that I could have shared the boat trip with Resa. But as I travel there something clicked in my mind and I realized that sure it may be true that:
"Happiness is only real when shared" - Alexander Supertramp
4. Frustration
I must admit I suffer from this a lot.

  • "When I ask how far, I'd like a distance or a time, 'quite far' doesn't tell me much!" especially when it was in other language than English
You get the picture, right? Traveling, and being away from home teaches us patience for sure, it just takes some of us a little longer to learn it than others.

5. Love
Love hit me in different ways on the road, love for a country, love for old friends and family, love for my new friends, love for my home. All of it is awesome, to break your comfort zone and find love in something you're either doing now or missing from back home is a great thing. Being traveled away from home, you will find new loves, I guess, you go with it.

I will leave this post to my dearest friend @bungaistyani go to her cool blog here : Cliche-Au-Lait by Bunga Istyani I am sure she will feel the same way as I do.

The best capture I got in my camera, it's blurred and ..you're cropped. Sorry, Bungi!




2/14/14

Not a Muffin-Top, It's Muffin Muffin

I used to love baking muffins. Because it's easy, that's why I love. I'm gonna share you two (very) easy recipes of chocolate and vanilla muffins. Hope you'll like it!

This basic vanilla muffin delicious as they are or you can use this recipe as a starting point for adding your own variations of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
I really love how this smells, I usually put the orchid after taking the bean out, in my kitchen, so it will leave the vanilla smell a bit, which I love.

  • Or I usually what I used on the photo below, Instant muffin mix. (This is why I said, easy). HAHAHA.

  • Method :
    Preheat oven to 180 or 160 C fan-forced, place muffin papers in one 12-hole muffin tray.
    Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl
    In a jug, mix egg, milk and oil
    (or ..use the instant mix one LOL)
    Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined
    Bake for 22-25 mins.
    Leave to cool in tin for 5 mins, then tansfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

    Notes:
    • You can vary muffin recipe by adding 1 cup of additional ingredients of your choice
    • You could use one cup of mashed banana or one cup of chocolate chips or even one cup of diced, cooked apples
    • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung of Kidspot
    • And approved by my older sister (because she's the master of baking and cooking)
      You can find a lot more other recipes here : Food.com









      I have to admit I am not really keen on cooking or baking. But I had a great time when baking this, of course with a lot of help from people around me. That time, I was helped by Auxana, a Russian friend of mine, who loves to bake a lot. So, actually this recipe, I got it from her. Well, honestly, I didn't know if there's such instant mix, where we can easily use on baking muffins and even cake. *Sigh* I think, I should really spend a lot more time in the kitchen, since I have a daughter now.

      Anyway, this is one of my resolutions of 2014. Spending more time in the kitchen. I am inspired by my friends, who love cooking, and love posting their creations on the social media. Every time they post something, I always salivate. That is why, I want to be better in cooking and also baking. It's about time for Anya to eat solids, so I think it's time for me to learn. At least, I don't have to master in both, but I want to be able to cook something that she ask me, in the future. Come to think of it, I seldom cook and bake for Resa, well almost never! *sigh again*.

      Just last week he bought me a recipe book for baby food, maybe it was some kind of code that he also wants me to start to learn. So, yeah, in 6 weeks I will have plenty of time to do this. So let's!

      2/10/14

      Long-gone Vacay









      Well I miss everything about being here, probably someday I will take Anya and Resa here with me. 
      Picture from my holiday in Mallorca, Spain. 

      Blogging (so-called) Resolutions

      I grew together with this blog, literally. I love to dream big, I love to write all of my plans, I love to share whatever is going on with my life, happy, or even sad stories. I am obsessed with changes. I am a dynamic person, I love to try something new. If you've read my blog for long, you know that these are some of my favorite topics. This blog has slowly transformed from fashion blog into somewhat curhat blog. Earlier this year, again, my resolution is to be more active in blogging. I miss doing that Outfit of The Day posts. This one is clearly going back on the track (well, hopefully), and I will, too, update about Anya, probably giving out tips on taking care newborn, on how to struggle with breastfeeding, and of course ..the parenthood.

      I am looking forward to slowly adding topics on this blog. Because I want to focus with Anya, I am taking a break from work, and that will (hopefully) give me some free time at home to blog again, for sure. Well, let's aim for blogging on a weekly basis--(challenge accepted).

      I will also do some reviews on books again, and on products as well. Recently, I just bought one of my friends' newest book named "Save My Soul" written by Falla Adinda, I am going to review that one too.
      Apparently Anya loves it too!
      Dalai Lama XIV

      “The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”


      ― Dalai Lama XIV

      2/6/14

      Long Term Goals?

      I have just read an article about financial planning, well, I have read a lot of them but this one clearly pinched my heart. I realized way before that, rich people think differently than average people. It's not that me and Resa don't plan well on our lives especially on our financial, coming to realize we have a baby now. But, as normal as it may sound, to new family like us, we might still to learn on baby steps.

      Well, anyway, since I was in college, I was, and am still quite diligent to take notes on my spending, and even Resa's. Up until now, I have my little 'black book'-no, not a book that consists of  my male mistress phone numbers, no- but, yes, I name it a black book, because it is very, very private. Not even Resa can open it without my permission. Okay, so back on the article I read, find it here Something About Aay. I am putting myself so much alike the writer. It's not that I am claiming myself as a shopaholic, no, but I have a quite low consciousness on financial. Resa and I, yes, we have put some amount on the investment, which is going good so far, but I really want to be able to put 50% of my monthly salary, for some real investment, as for like mutual funds. Because, yes, honestly, 50% is quite a bit far for me.

      To make it happen, some expenses cuts that I need to do are the following :
      1. Shoes and bags, because I buy them each, once a month, to reward myself. Now come to a better thinking of my financial future ...reward of what?
      2. (I honestly never buy clothes, so worry free on retail-clothing-boutiques!)
      3. Taxi expense. (Call me a doll, but for this one, I can't). It's either getting picked up by my husband, or my sister, or taxi, or I will cancel my trip on the go.
      4. Nongkrong-nongkrong or hanging out on a weekly basis. This must be cut! For you who read this, please be honest to yourself, how much money you spend on this one on a weekly or monthly basis, try to compile all your receipts, you must be then surprised on how big the amount is. Probably for me, I will try to cut it to a monthly thingy rather than weekly. I have realized that Resa and I are using a huge amount of spending when it comes to this. Maybe we will miss out on time with friends as well, but this will give even a bigger impact for our long plan ahead.

      I found a good article to read also, in which it says :
      “If you’re living paycheck to paycheck because you know a lot of those dollars are going toward long-term financial goals, I think that’s really a good thing,” says Katie Brewer, a Certified Financial Planner for LearnVest Planning Services.
      "The more difficult the situation is, the higher you will rise if you think correctly about it."~Harriet Hale Rix, The Rich Mentality 
      Prosperity is a way of thinking. So is poverty. You are poor if you believe yourself to be poor, and you are rich if you can think rich thoughts, and it's not always materialistic. But, I want to amplify this frugal living for my long-term financial goals. Because, I want my kids to live prosper, and to think prosper. How? This is a question I can not answer. Can you?

      See here also, an article about David Sapper, a car salesman and his Tina, a real estate broker, live on a set budget of $2,500 from their two paychecks that must cover all groceries, health care bills and extracurricular expenses here : Why You Should Be Living Paycheck to Paycheck.

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