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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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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Review: 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 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 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.wear.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]


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.



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Rule 44: Stay Young with Different Style

My hairstyle

In the last couple years, I have been changing my hairstyle in an “extreme” way. From  straight hair [not for long time though] to a long curly hair then a short curly hair, like an Afro style. Later, I had 0.5 cm hair cut then I have it colored into blonde [when I did it, it really burn my scalp and the craziest part is I was willing to pay for it MANY TIMES- what was I thinking hu?]. And now, I just had a short hair cut with a skinhead as a combination for it.

Let me share a little bit of  wisdom of life that I learned from Richard Templar, the author of “The Rule of Life”. Ya… I know that  it seems that his book really influence my life a lot and I quoted his book in many of my personal writing. But honestly, his thought really makes sense for me. So, why not?

Mr. Templar wrote in his book Rule 44: Stay Young. Staying young is trying out new tastes, news places to go, new styles. Staying young is about keeping a fresh vision of the world, being interested, being stimulated, being motivated, being adventurous. Staying young is a state of mind. 

So in my own point of view, in order to avoid the fear of being old when we get older, why don’t we just make ourselves young by doing something new that we really enjoy and make ourselves good about ourselves. Our life is not about what people think about us, our life is about ourselves. As long as we do not bother or hurt other people with our actions, why don’t we just do it?

In a selfish way, I would say that my life is about myself. As long as I do not bother or hurt other people with my actions, why don’t we just do it? That’s all that matters to me. Won’t life be bored if we stay at the same path all the times? I guess so!

Short hair on my wedding day

Anyway, I would like to share a short story from my wedding day last September. A week before my wedding day, I was approached by several of my family member to wear a fake hair on my wedding day so I would look pretty and elegant. Ha….seriously? Of course I did not agree with that! I confidently rejected the idea many times and I insist to carry my short hair.

I am glad that they could not influence me. Why would I have same style with thousand of brides? I just wanted to be different and unique in my way because it was my wedding day. It is just my swagga! But if they offered me 50,000 USD to do so, then I would do that or consider it! Ha ha.



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Catatan: Kau Bilang Aku Lonthe

Aku sudah tahu apa yang wanita tua itu katakan,

tak perlu lagi kau memberitahuku,

tapi kuhargai usahamu.

Rambutnya yang putih,

tubuhnya yang mulai lemah,

sudah mulai bau bau tanah,

tapi masih aneh aneh saja.

Lebih baik kau diam, duduk di situ saja,

atau beristirahat di tempat tidurmu.

Tak perlu kau buka mulutmu,

untuk mengomentaraiku atau orang lain.

Sudah! Diamlah!

Aku bosan dengar keinginanmu itu,

aku bosan dengan tingkah lakumu.

Pura pura baik padaku,

di belakangku kau bilang aku lonte.

Aku tak peduli apa yang kau bilang,

tapi dia peduli, dia pun sampai menangisku.

Apa maumu sebenarnya?

Aku tak butuh uangmu,

jika kamu cuma ingin mencari kawan,

kawan yang kau tusuk dari belakang,

lebih baik cari orang lain saja,

bukan aku!

Tak kusangka kau sebusuk itu,

apalagi kau sudah setua itu.

Keinginan terjahatku,

lebih baik kamu mati saja.

Tak ada yang mengomentariku,

tak ada yang membuatnya menangisiku.

Apa kau mendengarku?

Kau sudah terlalu tua,

mungkin kau ingin berpulang.

Bukannya aku tak menyayangimu,

aku sayang kamu,

aku juga sayang dia.

Tingkahmu dan tingkahnya sama saja!

Tapi, lebih baik kau yang pergi

aku masih membutuhkannya!

Cepat! Sana pergi!

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