Sunday, September 29, 2013

of graduation and the boyfriend

After years and years of school, assignments, and everything attached to it, finally the boyfriend had his graduation few days ago :) I really wanted to mark the moment and make it special but sadly I could not be there to witness everything. Also I was too occupied with school to actually come up with something sweet and now I regretted the fact that I only have 'Congratulation' for him.

Graduation means another stepping stone to the next stage of life, a bold mark of change. I really wish you a clear sky, bright, and happy future. Again, congratulation for everything you have achieved.



I'm so proud of you, sayang.

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I take relationships very personal and obviously I rarely mention this on the blog, but this is a very important event for him and I really want to put it in my personal record.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oh why is it so dry these days?
Like where are you ikemen(s) have been hiding?

I re-watched the then-boring series, Personal Preference, with Lee Min Ho in it and because I'm a positive ikemen-deprived victim, now I'm squeaky over him. Why suddenly he become so cute? I didn't even bother to watch the whole thing 3 years ago or even the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango. Anyways, good thing he's gonna be back for another romance drama *insert creepy squeaky fangirl laugh* this is the first time ever I'm actually waiting for a drama before they start airing it.

Okay, maybe it's because I've been waiting in vain for updates of Shingeki no Kyojin, which is obviously a non-cutesy semi-shonen, and the live-action series of Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo it's a perfect Japanese total randomness with obvious non-sense (and surprisingly great acting) which I love. But Yamamoto Yusuke does not fit into my definition of ikemen, sadly.


So, ikemen please come out and bring some mushiness to the world!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Turkey Trip: Istanbul



The very reason Turkey is among my top destination list is Istanbul, followed by Capadoccia. Few years ago I was doing my rare potato-couching sesh in front of the TV and came across a show about Turkey. Ever since, I know I have to visit that place, I just know. Why? It's plain magical. Istanbul has a very interesting historical dynamics embedded to every single part of the city while Capadoccia is pure God's creation. If I were not Indonesian and not from a tropical country, I imagine I'll regard Indonesia as my Turkey: exotic at best. It was that amazing.

Surprise, surprise.
I never imagined I will ever spend 6 weeks in Turkey plus the awesome companions. I didn't even know where I was going 2 months before the departure date. Few months back I vowed to live a better life, to explore, to travel, and discover.. now I believe words are prayers.

Most, if not all, travelling guides regard Istanbul as the top destination in Turkey. One reason is because of its geographical location which shared Asia and Europe continents so you could stand in two different continent in a day. The other attraction is, of course, the history. Istanbul is the heart of the great Ottoman Empire and many of the most important architecture of the empire still stood awesomely in this very city. The most famous ones would be the historical sites around Sultanahmed area. To name a few: Blue Mosque (Sultanahmed Camii), Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Topkapi Palace, the wallet-squeezing Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, and there goes the long list.


Aladdin's lamp!



I went there during one of the free weekends with a unique mixture of friends: Di (Malaysia), Venus (Hong Kong), Ann (Taiwan), Ilhem (France/Algeria), and I. Everyone on the street (even the tourist-expert sellers in Grand Bazaar) was having a hard 1-2 seconds to understand why we travelled together. We took a 1.5 hours bus from Izmit and go to the European part by ferry (Europe-Asia in one day ticked! actually it was only 20 minutes or so :p). We were having our aww and oww moments in the ferry because you could see some of the unique camii (mosque), it was just plain beauty.

Our first destination was the Grand Bazaar, because it was just across the street from our hostel. I tell you, every single thing, every-single-thing in this bazaar is very unique. Some say its similar to the other Mediterranean nations but lolwat I come from the other part of the world so bear with me okay. But then, just small tips if you are planning to devote most of your holiday allowance in this place: it may not worth the deal. The sellers are definitely tourist-experts and they set the price triple or quadruple most of the times so if you have time or budget-conscious do your little price research from shop to shop. Chances are the shops outside the Bazaar are way cheaper so if you don't have time just buy from these ones.




The next destination was another side of the European part (even this part is divided into two) to see the Galata Tower, stroll over the packed Istiklal Street, and the-then-so-hype Taksim Square (because of the protest, but it was not on when I was there). The beautiful french girl (that is exactly how I called her :p) got us two kind local guides and we stroll over to the other end of the Bosphorus. Isn't nice to have a pretty girl in your group? :p

Street performer (?) near Galata Tower




I don't know why everyone is so mesmerised by the street artist :p

Another street musician on Istiklal Street



The next day we went to the main attraction: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, small handcraft market, and went to the seaside to eat the infamous fish bread. Before finally go back to Izmit :)

Before flying back to Jakarta (and Sydney in a week), I spent 2 days in Istanbul with some of the girls. I stayed in the same hostel with Di and Anelya (Kazakhstan). We had an amazing dinner and went to Topkapi Palace the next day. In an instant this has become my favorite spot in Istanbul. Why? This is the palace of the Ottoman sultans (plus a special building for their Harems), the oh-so-beautiful place is not only full of flowers, gold, one of the biggest diamond in the world, Moses' (self-proclaimed) wand, and unique Ottoman designs everywhere but also the history, politics, and dynamics of being in the central of the power. If you ever read Aladdin or 1000 stories of Arabian Nights and saw the grails and plates made (not plated) of gold with precious stone decorations.. they are real, people! REAL. Long story short, you really have to see them by yourself!

Blue Mosque

The fish bread! I always remember the story of Jesus, fish, and bread whenever I see this picture

Trivia
I met/saw several groups of Indonesians strolling over the streets in Sultanahmet. I didn't know Turkey was such a destination, but I can understand why. Maybe it is the perfect definition of exotic for us :p In Hagia Sophia, I bumped into a group of Indonesians who were having a temporary work in Istanbul to set up some sort of IT thing. I also met two Indonesian students in the tram. Don't you think they are sooo lucky to study there?

Stay
Cordial House Hostel
I only stayed in this hostel during my both visits to Istanbul but compared to any other dorm/hostel I have been in my life (including the other hostels in Turkey), I can say this is one of the best! Free internet, clean bed, clean bathroom, although not too appealing view (but who cares about the view anyway, you got Istanbul to discover!), near tram station and Grand Bazaar. The price is also very very reasonable. I stayed in the dorm room (6 bed) and 3 bed room with private bathroom. Both are nice :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rindu



Rumah kosong
Sudah lama ingin dihuni
Adalah teman bicara
Siapa saja atau apa
Jendela, kursi Atau bunga di meja
Sunyi, menyayat seperti belati
Meminta darah yang mengalir dari mimpi


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A personal favourite.
Saya fans berat musikalisasi puisi dan sajak dari Subagio Sastrowardoyo ini sangat sederhana dan sentimental. oh.

Ayo musisi Indonesia buat lebih banyak lagi musikalisasi puisi :D

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

of skincare, food, and sweet tunes

I've been writing the Turkey post but oh my so much memories and love that I'm having a hard time to sort it out plus the neverending assignments obeviously don't help at all, but see how Kanya is now blogging instead of actually start writing something more useful.

Anywaays, I've been finally quite devoted to my skincare routine lately (yes mom, finally after 22 years). I am so thankful that I have a pretty good skin, despite the dreadful puberty times long ago, so I don't really need to put on anything and I (always feel like) am good to go with moisturiser and compact powder (and of course, eye liner).

Until one day I realised how dull and scary my face was. Really, like a living panda. This has been the busiest 6 months in my entire schooling history, with at least 2 assignment dues every week obviously I got more attached to my caffeine cuppas and lacking of sleep: not good. So, finallyyy I started to realise the importance of taking care of myself and I discovered the magic of Korean and Japanese skincare. This is not about BB creams and the cute packagings, but the entire lengthy skincare range. I was like oh too troublesome to put at least 4 different things on my face, twice per day :/ but I'm giving it a go anyway.

A long research it was, choosing the products are not easy because, you know, there is a LOT of them and I'm basically a skincare noob and only familiar with American/Australian products which apparently use more bad chemicals. In the end, I got a combination of raved and cult products like Benton, Etude House, Laneige, Kose, and so on. Since, I don't have a troubled skin to start with and dark circles are impossible to be removed with creams,  the result may not be as visible but so far I'm happy with it :) at the very least, I started to care on how I look hahaha

Fine, I'll stop the beauty rant and proceed on my cooking rant.

Last week I finally perfected the Japanese cheesecake and many love them so maybe I'll share the recipe! Also, my friends and I are planning to set a siomay booth for Festival Indonesia next October and we started the trial galore yesterday night. The result is okay but still have things to make it sellable and edible.

aand, I'll let you to enjoy the day with this lovely tunes from Banda Neira*




*Just a small trivia, my grandpa was once exiled in this island along with Hatta and many others.



Have a wonderful day, people :]

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Spring Dew



Can't you believe it? Spring is already here! Swoon!

Apparently, I've been missing the aesthetic side of the best season of all as I was living on-campus and hardly go to anywhere 'far'. Since I dropped yoga last semester, I kind of dropped the whole exercise thing because obviously I don't have access to the free Unilodge gym anymore (and it's not like I like going to a gym). Yet, I lost around 4 kg when I was in Turkey simply because I was walking all the time and I had to climb to go to the dorm. So, inspired by my housemate, I decided to walk from ANU to go back home or vice versa. I think that's the least I can do without spending much time (like if I do yoga) because obviously this semester is like a death penalty--even I have 2 assignment dues during the break. No joke. Who dare to violate the student freedom rights? lol. Anyways, with my snail pace it takes around 1 hour+ to do the 4.5 km walk. Not too bad because it takes 30 minutes by bus :)




Who'll ever guess that I'd enjoy my walk? With little help from google maps, I took alternative routes and discover new parts of Canberra which I've never seen (or care enough) before. Actually this is quite sad since this is coming from someone who's been living in Canberra for the past 4 years /chuckles/. If you are following my instagram, you'll get the vibe that I'm kind of obsessed with Sakura or Cherry Blossoms. Ah well, I am! I love those fragile cute petals which you can only enjoy in a blink, because they shed so fast.

Korean drama-inspired display (?) in Braddon



I found a small alley in the neighbourhood, I really thought they don't have alleys like this in Canberra :p


Spring is just perfect because you get the sun and soft wind blow, of course not everyday, but at least we get warmer weather and I finally can leave my thick jackets at home! I find it funny that in Canberra we talk a lot about the weather and not so much in Jakarta (except during hard rains and floods)--people are just dwelled to deep behind the hustle bustles in the Big Durian?


Anyways, have a good weekend people!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Turkey Trip 1: The 'Noble Task' - AIESEC Kocaeli Break Up the Barrier Project


Disclaimer: I do not intend to offend any party mentioned in this post, I just want to give clear description about the exchange experience, including the not-so-sweet-and-rainbows moments.

Well, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES IN MY LIFE. full period. no joke.

The journey began as soon as I finished my last exam, I spent one night in the Big Durian and woosh the next day I already arrived in Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. My first 6 hours ever in Istanbul wasn't as pleasing because I was just sitting in the airport's Starbucks, but the moment I realized, I was already back in the airport and waiting for my flight to go back. Six weeks flew like a jet, it was like a dream. Like Haha's daughter name if you know what I mean lol!