Monthly Archives: June 2012

Reflection: Dead and Gone

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things – 1 Corinthians 13: 11

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Notes: Back to Jakarta Baby

I’m writing news to keep the world update with some issues from Indonesia [2012: E O]

Bali story is over for the moment. I am back to Jakarta and back to real life where I have to deal with crazy traffic again. But what can I do? I gotta make some cash so I can get some more shoes no? Ooops!

Despite the fact I am complaining about Jakarta’s traffic, I would say that it is fun to be back to Jakarta because I am back to cover some stories again. I would meet new people again, I would get some new informations and I would write more stories again. Yay!

Kabut Jihad book launching in Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta [2012: Oktofani]

Khairul Ghazali, the author of Kabut Jihad, launched his 50th book in Jakarta [2012: Oktofani]

Today I attended a book launching, which was written by an Islamic fundamentalism figure, who was accused to involve in 2010 bank robbery at CIMB Niaga branch in Medan. It was very interesting because it was attended by many Islamic fundamentalism figures, Islamic scholars and also government officers.

Umar Patek, an accused bombmaker in the 2002 Bali attacks, was speaking to reporters in West Jakarta District Court [2012: Oktofani]

While tomorrow (Thursday), I would attend a Umar Patek’s verdict hearing. I really have to wake up early and leave early so I can get a front seat in the court room in West Jakarta District Court. It will be fun!

FYI, Umar Patek, 45, is accused of assembling explosives for twin suicide bombings on a bar and a nightclub in Bali that killed 202 people, and church attacks in Jakarta on Christmas Eve in 2000 that killed 19.

Anyway, I got a little problem here. I have been spending a week writing fiction and now I have to switch my brain to write news again. I found it super hard…. but what can I do? Little mamma needs to make some money.

And yay! I can go back to gym again… it has been a week that I did not work out at the gym.

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Project: I’m Promiscuous, I’m Constrained

“I am  woman. I love sex. I am promiscuous. I am free. I am responsible. But I am constrained by the stigma and social norms. I am constrained by hypocrisy  of the patriarchal society.”  Cetta Padma Rini, Javanese woman

“Saya perempuan. Saya suka seks. Saya promiscuous. Saya bebas. Saya bertanggung jawab. Namun saya tersandera oleh stigma dan norma-norma yang berlaku. Saya tersandera oleh kemunafikan di tengah masyarakat patriaki.” Cetta Padma Rini, perempuan Jawa

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Reflection: Womanifesto

Jill Scott, an American poet and song writer

Womanifesto. I have never heard that word before until I listened to one of Jill Scott track from The Light of The Sun album. When I listened to it for the very first time, I was wondering… what is it? Is it a song or a poem? I kept listening to it. I tried to understand every word that she said.

I then searched for its lyrics. This poem just makes me speechless. It is really the voice of a strong opinionated yet determined woman. As a woman, I feel and think the same way. That is  why I am happy to share this poem. It is just beautiful and powerful. This is the voice of a strong opinionated yet determined woman.

Womanifesto by Jill Scott

Clearly I am not a fat ass

I am active brain

And lip smacking peach deep

Sometimes too aggressive in its honesty

And heart sweet

That loves wholly and completely

Whom it may choose

Whom ever it may choose

I am not gonna lie and pacify

I am arms to hold

I am lips to speak

I am a motherfucking “G”

Strong legs that stroll off the 33 bus

Or out of a money green Phantom comfortably

Knees that bend to pray

Clean from Ajax washings

Hair that is thick and soft

Thighs that betwixt

An amazing all expense grand prize

I am eyes that sing

Smile that brightens

Touch that rings

And supplies euphoric release

I am a Grand Dame Queen Beast

I am warm

I am peace

From the roads of Botswana from 23rd Street

From the inside third eye

Ever watching this wicked wicked system of things

I do see

I am friend to pen

And a lover of strong women

A diamond to men

I am curious and interested like children

I welcome the wise to teach

Appreciator of my culture

Thick not just from bone dense and eat

I have a rhythm in my ways

And a practice in my seek

And yes, I do crave the rhythm of my space

With a man that rejoices in God’s Grace

With faith I do hear to listen

Two hands that fist

When forced pushes to shove

And your ego won’t submit

I am gifted

I am all of this

And indeed the shit

Clearly I am not just an ass

I am curious and interested like children [Jill Scott]

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Notes: My Story from Ubud

Computer and Coffee have always been my two best friends in the morning while I am in Ubud [2012: Oktofani]

It has been awhile since the last time I visited Ubud. If I could recall correctly, it was around 17 September 2011 Since I moved to Jakarta in 2010, I just enjoyed Jakarta’s work dynamic, which makes me kinda lazy to come to Ubud. Apart from that, I just did not really have time to come to Ubud even for weekend because sometimes I did not have a day off on the weekend.

Anyhow, since I do not have a permanent job, I just have so many goals in my head that I want to reach. You know sometimes when we are working as a freelancer, we think that we have all the time in the world to do all the things that we want. But in the end of the day, if we do not know how to manage our time well… idea would just remain as an idea and unfortunately that is me sometimes *sigh

Therefore, last week I decided to come to Ubud to take sometimes off so I can just finish one of my project, which has been staying in my head for more than two years. I am glad that I can make it to Ubud and work on my project [most of the times].

In order to work on my project properly, I must go out from the house and work in public place. It is a must for me to work in a public place. I do not know why but I just work faster when I am not working at home. I think it’s partly because I can never go to the bedroom and snooze whenever I feel sleepy.

On the top of that, whenever I feel hungry or thirsty, I could just order food or drink. You know, I would never be able to work if I am feeling hungry lol.

So… every morning, I wake up at 6, take shower and head to KAFE at Jalan Hanoman at 7:30 AM to have breakfast and work until very late afternoon. I could just stay until 5 PM and I would just move to another place. I really love KAFE because they have delicious and healthy food such as macrobiotic bowl, lemon grass ginger honey or mulberry pie. Nom nom nom! It is just so good!

Macrobiotic bowl for breakfast from KAFE [2012: Oktofani]

Mulberry Pie and Black Tea from KAFE [2012: Oktofani]

But actually there is one thing that I kinda do not really like from KAFE is there are so many smelly hippies, who might not take shower before they come to restaurant. I swear to God, they are so smelly. They just make me want to throw up when somehow I smell them. I’m sorry but that is so true! (I should have taken their pictures but I do not think that it is appropriate lol)

I would say that coming to Ubud is not a bad idea at all. Unlike Jakarta, Ubud has fresh air, no pollution and no macet a.k.a heavy traffic jam. I can just move around with my motorbike so easily.

However, I just cannot deal with the highly chlorinated water, which tends to irritate my skin and cause me frustration.So I always need to buy mineral water to shower. Crazy hu? I know! But what can I do? Instead of just complaining about the problem, it is better to find a solution for it.

I just hope that coming to Ubud would not waste my time and I have something on my hand when I come back to Jakarta. I really do hope for that.

Cheers

Tofu Scramble, my Sunday breakfast at KAFE [2012: Oktofani]

I met up with Ove, one of my multiply friends. Ove is now living and working in Bali. She is a cool and smart writer

Bebek Bengil, Ubud [2012: Oktofani]

I.N.S.E.R.T

It is kinda upsetting to see that many people are selling their rice field and turning it to be villa. As I understand, Ubud tourist attraction is rice field and art. If the rice field are gone, what would people come to Ubud for?  I think people must start to think how they can keep Ubud green before it turns to be a messy place like Kuta. Don’t let money destroy our mother earth! !

A business man is expanding his business by building more villa in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud [2012: Oktofani]

A wise Balinese put this sign ‘NOT FOR SALE’ [2011: Oktofani]

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Fashion: Where To Shop in Ubud?

Whenever I visit Ubud, there are couple of boutique that I always check out whether they have new collections or not. Those couple boutique are Ginger Snap and We’Ar, which are located in Jalan Hanoman Ubud. I would say that Ginger Snaps and We’Ar are the best boutique in town because they have unique design with a good quality material with a reasonable price. And on the top of that, either Ginger Snap and We’Ar have collection for women and men

Ginger Snap

Let’s shop in Ginger Snap [2012: Oktofani]

Since Ginger Snap opened their store in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud in 2010, I have purchased some of their collections from a white short, green Turkish pant, a blue polka dot dress, a white turtle neck top and also a grey long Turkish pant with a belt.

I would say that Ginger Snap style are very simple but unique. On the top of that, they have a good material. Therefore I do not mind to spend Rp 650,000 (70 USD) for Turkish pants or Rp  350,000 (38 USD) for white tank top because they have a good quality stuff. It is all worth.

Ginger Snap Shop in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [2012: Oktofani]

You can check their blog at http://gingersnaplifestyle.blogspot.com/. Ya.. Their blog is not that organized! But even though their blog is not really managed properly but I assure you that they have a good quality stuff in their shops with reasonable price! Believe me, you will not regret every cent that you spend in their shop .

Ginger Snap has two shops which are located in Jalan Raya Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali and Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali.

We’Ar

We’Ar It [2012: Oktofani]

I am not a yoga freak, I do not even do any yoga but I love We’Ar collections are yoga wear clothing. We’Ar design are very simple and very colorful.  Their collection is suitable to be worn as a casual outfit. We’Ar make their collection with an organic material which required a good quality maintenance if you want to keep your collection in a good condition. You can just check their collection in their website www.we-ar.itTheir website is very organized!

If you visit Bali, you can go to We’Ar stores, which are locate in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali and also Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali. But if you are not visiting Bali and want to get We’Ar collections, you can just go to their online store in their website.

Again… I assure you that We’Ar has a good collection of yoga wear with a reasonable price for a good quality stuff.

We’Ar It Store in Jalan Hanoman, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [2012: Oktofani]

So, if you plan to come to Ubud, Bali. Don’t forget to visit those two boutique because they have good quality stuff with a good quality material. I can tell you that you will not waste your money for nothing in those couple of shops. It is because as I have lived in Ubud since  2009 and went back and forth between Yogya, Ubud and Jakarta there are so many shops in Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud that sells many crap with a bad quality stuff but with a very expensive price.

As a woman, who loves shopping, I don’t regret what I get in those two shop. I am writing this review is not for advertising their shop because I do not get paid from them. I am writing this review because I am just too in love with their collections.

Make sure that you pay the right price for the right quality of stuff! Bali has so many shops that sell good quality stuff with a reasonable price but Bali also has SO MANY SHOPS THAT SELL JUNK with unreasonable tourist price! So be a smart shopper if you are traveling to Bali! Happy shopping!

Blue polkadot dress by Ginger Snap [2013: Jolsvi]

Blue polkadot dress by Ginger Snap [2013: Jolsvi]

Brown leather bag by Ginger Snap [2013: Nataya]

Brown leather bag by Ginger Snap [2013: Nataya]

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Green Turkish Pants by Ginger Snap [2011: E R]

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Notes: T.I and “Our Father”

Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage name T.I., is an American hip hop recording artist and music producer

Do you know T.I? Do you like T.I music? I do! I love T.I music and songs!

Since I like T.I, I was hunting for T.I CD when I was in Canada last Christmas. I was so glad that I could find several of his old album [well I could only find couple of his album] that I could not find in Indonesia. I actually like T.I just in the last one year when I heard his song featuring Christina Aguilera “Castle Wall”.

As I love music so much, my hubby told me that Canada has so many good CD shop where I can find any kind of old album, which I might not be able to find in Indonesia. So, I went to HMV in Ottawa and I felt like that I found a heaven. There were just so many CDs and I wanted to get so many of them, especially CDs which are not available in Indonesia anymore. On the top of that, it was Christmas and they had Christmas sale! Even though they had a Christmas sale, the price is actually so much more expensive than the price in Indonesia. Well I should not be so surprissed!

Ooo geez… I was going nuts with the CD shopping, I forgot that CD would add more weight and I did not want to throw the box when I went back to Indonesia. My hubby already also reminded me that I should not get a lot of thing because if I have over weight luggage [you know that women love shopping], he would ask me to leave some stuff behind, which is BIG NO NO!

Anyhow….From my CD hunting in Canada, I bought several CDs of 50Cent, Akon, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott, Angie Stone  and also  T.I.  Unfortunately , I only found couple of T.I album which are Urban Legend [2004] and No Mercy [2010], the rest I could not find it even when I looked for it in Halifax and Toronto.

…. Talking about one of T.I track from Urban Legend album, Praying For Help is one of my favorite T.I track from his album. It just sounds WOW when he opened his song with a Our Father Prayer.

Our Father, who are in heaven. Hollowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us for our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For thou is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. For ever, and ever

Matthew 6: 9 – 13

Honestly I did not remember Our Father prayer until I listened to Praying For Help song over and over again. I used to think that Our Father prayer was just an ordinary prayer and was not that powerful until I listened to this song especially whenever I said the last couple of line “For thou [thine] is the kingdom, the power and the glory , forever and ever. Amen!”

Since then, Our Father prayer become my favorite prayer because whenever I say the prayer in the church, I just feel so peaceful as if I am being touch by Holy Spirit. I sound so religious and spiritual ey…? But seriously, that is what I feel! Even sometimes, it makes me crying when I say this prayer.

To be honest, I used to not be a religious person. I used to always have faith in myself and believe that I can do and get whatever things  I want in life without the-so-called God’s help [that is what I used to think about God before]. But things changed, they do not stay the life. Life circumstance has changed my view and belief, you can read my previous blog “It’s Awkward When G.O.D Shows Up“. Even though, I am changing to have a belief system and engaged with one belief system… it does not mean that I am religious person.

If I used to drink so much alcohol to get rid of the problem in my life, I have learned that makes peace with myself by coming to God and praying to God is better than getting super drunk. I am not a religious person, I drink occasionally whenever I go out but it is not mean to run away or escape from problem because it will not solve any problem.

I believe that everyone has their own way to make a peace with themselves whenever they have a problem in this life.

Cheers,

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