Monthly Archives: May 2011

Notes: Cook Your Own Meal

Despite the fact that I am kinda picky when it comes to food , I always enjoy to cook my own meal because satisfy my stomach is a must for me. I found it very difficult to find a daily food that is safe for my stomach and taste good on my tongue since I moved to Jakarta. Even worse, I went to the hospital twice for having a very bad food poisoning where I spent Rp 10,000 for kethoprak and Rp 7 million for hospital, it does not sound as a good return at all.

However, since then, I always told myself that it would be better to pay Rp 20,ooo or Ro 30,000 more expensive for the food than I have to pay less for the food and pay so much more expensive for a medical treatment in the hospital. It is just like what Richard Templar said on his book “Shop for quality, not the price”. Therefore, unless I am busy, I always cook my own meal and experience myself with all the ingredient. Other than I am sure that my food is clean and healthy, I can satisfy my tongue and my stomach with the food that I want

Here I am, wanting to share some of my favorite healthy recipe:

1. Banana Strawberry Soy Lassi

Banana Strawberry Soy Lassi ala Oktofani

What do you need:

  1. 1 Banana
  2. 5 strawberry
  3. 1 glass of plain soy milk
  4. 4 table spoon of plain yogurt
  5. 1 table spoon of palm sugar (You can change it with honey or sugar)

How to make : chop the banana and strawberry and blend all the ingredient above

Tips: if you want to serve it cold, it would be better that you just keep in the fridge than using the ice cube.

2. Baby Bean and Carrot Salad with Sour Almond Dressing

Baby Bean Carrot Salad with Sour Almond Dressing

What do you need :

  1. 200 gram of baby beans
  2. 1 peeled carrot
  3. 5 table spoons of lemon juice
  4. 1 table spoon of sugar
  5. 1/2 tea spoon of salt
  6. 10 almonds
  7. 1 garlic (finely chopped)

How to make :

  1.  Chop the baby bean and carrot then boil it for 3 minutes,
  2.  Blend the almond, garlic, sugar and salt roughly
  3. Mix all the ingredient and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes

Tips: Baby bean carrot salad is served cold

3. Stir Fry Green Bean with Smoke Chicken

Green Bean Smoked Chicken Stir Fry

What do you need:

  1. 200 gram of chopped organic green bean
  2. 3 slices of smoked chicken (chopped)
  3. 1/2 onion
  4. 1 garlic
  5. black paper
  6. salt
  7. Olive oil
  8. 1/2 cups of Water
  9. 1/2 tomato

How to Make :

  1. Fry finely chopped onion and garlic with olive oil until it gold
  2. Add chopped tomato and fry it for 30 seconds
  3. Add the smoked chicken and fry it for 3 minutes
  4. Add the chopped green bean for 3 minutes
  5. Add the water, cook on high flame for 3 minutes and let the water disappear
  6. Served it with warm rice, salt fish and home made chili sauce

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Notes: Sincere Friendship Will Fill the World with Joy

Life Is Not As Sweet As Candy

If I live in a perfect world, a perfect life would be living together with my soon to be husband, have a good job where I can learn and improve my writing skill, live surrounded by my family and good friends and live a nice simple house by beach. Although, I often said to my man “Yes, I always will get everything that I want” and he always said “No, you will not”, but I actually always know that we cannot have everything that we want because we are not living a perfect world or some people said to me that life is not as sweet as candy.

I am smiling with a cup of coffee and a computer in front of me, sitting here alone and just thinking how much I miss being accompanied by my man or all my close friends. For some reason, I feel so lonely, I don’t really have somebody to talk to and …. errr I do not know how I should explain my feeling. I guess I am just feeling a little melodramatic at the very moment.

But hi, I met a very interesting old lady yesterday when I was waiting for the trial in North Jakarta District. Her name is … errr (I forgot her name, I am really bad with the name), she is 60 years old, a mother of five and a retire religious teacher in Jakarta. She was waiting for the fourth hearing court of her eldest son who was the suspect of drug user (I will skip the story about her eldest son). But, perhaps it would be easier if I named her Mrs. Siti.

Wearing a brown black batik dress, a black headscarf and a brown shoes, Mrs. Siti was sitting alone in the bench waiting for her eldest son trial. She does not look happy at all, in a fact she looks very sad. For some reason, I have an interest to get know what is going with her or her family, who she is and what she is doing for a living.

Mrs. Siti told me that she is a retired teacher, who has big concern on children education nowadays.

“It appears to me that life is getting harder for children nowadays because in order to get a better understanding of the subject that they learn at the school, they take an extra class outside the school and pay extra money. I just do not get it, why don’t they ask the teacher at school?” Mrs. Siti continued,

“I understand why they take an extra class with a school teacher that they see every day at school, I mean it is not a secret that an education is being traded to get an extra income. But, don’t they understand that as teacher, we have to help to prepare the children to build the world as a better place to live?” she said.

“I do not mean to show off. But when I was a teacher I always give a free book to my students , who are orphan or does not have a father or a mother. I do not care how much money I can make by selling book because every time we sell book to the students, we will get a commission.”

“Some people or even my headmaster laughed at me because I made a very small amount of commission. But, was that I looking for by being a teacher? No. I just want to help my students to be a better person for the future”

“Money does not always give us a happiness but a good relation that we build with the people around us is actually able to give us a bigger happiness than the money itself. Other than that, money cannot really help us in a difficult situation but friends or family will be always there to help us because we have a good relation”

Life without a friend is like death without a witness

My conversation with Mrs. Siti was really touching me and I totally agreed with her. It reminds me of my student time in Yogyakarta when I was surrounded by my friends, there Olen, Adit, Yusak,Noki, Dalih, Citra, Riza, Chaty, Teh Rika, Astrid, Debby, Tissa, Gemma, Vita etc.  I always have someone to go to when I feel lonely and upset, I always have someone to share my happiness and it is a sincere friendship. I miss to talk for hours with Dalih, I miss to go out with Adit and Yusak, I miss to have lunch with Olen at Jinemo, I miss to go out at the bar with Noki, I miss to home and find Edward waiting for me, I miss to joke with my dad and my sister. I just miss them so much.

But, I do not wanna be someone who is addicted to them, I do not wanna make them as the only source of the happiness. I have to make a move to build a new friendship therefore I have many good friends.

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

I Miss Them so much

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

This picture was taken in 2006: It was Noki, Deni and I

Since I moved to Jakarta, I have not really made many friendship with many people and being new in the town should be a reason to build a new friendship. (It does not mean I do not have a friend at all, I do have) But I have one of bad personality that is really hard to be changed which is I am kinda quite person that does not really have money words to say. I have tried to force myself but I still cannot really do well. I just feel a little insecure for reason that I do not really know

Although my man told me that if one person can make only one good friend in one year, (s)he is doing very well.

When I feel bored, I just simply go to the mall by myself to kill my boredom. But the question is am I really happy to spend the money only to kill my boredom? No! In a fact, I am terribly sad. I actually really hate the idea of being stuck on my daily routine and going back home for resting on the week days and spending time and money in the mall and/or night club during the weekend. That is not the life that I want. But, what can I do? Yes, the answer is making a friendship. Well, that is true!

Although it’s hard to make a sincere friendship in a short period of time because we hardly know them in a short period of time but I always try . But hi, as a human being, sometimes we do not really realize that we are actually on a little games as Keane said on his song Everybody’s Changing.

So little time, try to understand that I’m// Trying to make a move just to stay in the game //I try to stay awake and remember my name // But everybody’s changing and I don’t feel the same

But we might question ourselves about what kind of games, who establish the games? Unless we find out the answer by ourselves, we do not know.

Anyway, I just can smile and think how sweet life would be if everybody are being nice to each other because instead of being filled with sadness, envy or anger , the world will be filled with a joy. There would be no friend stab each other back, no terror attack or war in this world. But, it seems impossible.


I feel bad that last February I could not attend one of my good friend wedding, Gemma, because I was in Singapore for a very important trip and she could understand it. In her, I found a sincere friendship because we fought once when we were at senior high school, we are still friends now as we forgive each other.

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