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
Monthly Archives: June 2012
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
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!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.
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! !
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 SnapSince 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.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’ArI 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.it . Their 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.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!
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  and No Mercy , 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
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.
I am glad that I am getting to use to write in my personal blog again [YAY!]. Through my personal blog, I can share my personal thought, my personal view and also my personal experience about something either it is unique, different, interesting or just ordinary.
I used to think that I must write a long blog to make my blog interesting. But, I changed my mind about that. I do not need to write 1,500 words of boring blog to keep me writing and make my blog interesting. As long as I have an idea, I have the time to share it … all I need to do is just writing it and post it.
I have been writing blog since I was sitting in my second grade at senior high school or grade 11th in 2005. I started to write a blog in multiply.com [www.ethnicgirl.multiply.com] in Indonesian and English. But, since multiply.com turned to be some kind of online shop, I just do not feel like to use multiply.com and I decided to deactivate it few years ago [perhaps in 2008 or 2009]. Unfortunately I did not archive all my writings/postings, which were more than 500 post. I really regretted it. But what is done, is done! It is gone now! What can I do?! All I can do is to start to write again.
But since I am working as a journalist in Jakarta, I have been busy working news [I really enjoy it so much] and I do not really have so much time to write in this blog again. So, here I am writing in my personal blog again to voice my view, my thought, my experience about life, relationship, city life, fashion, woman, music, book or anything in [mostly] English.
I hope you, whoever you are in wherever you are, would enjoy my blog and would like to leave comment, if my posting is interesting you. Happy reading!
Going out to a nightclub every Friday night has become a ritual in the last couple years since I moved to Jakarta, either I am going out by myself or with my friends. Somehow, it became a must for me because I learned that it is very important that I take some time to enjoy myself and to please myself as I have been busy working whole weeks. It just keeps me young.
…. speaking about fashion for Friday Night, I prefer to wear a casual outfit or street wear clothing because I always go to a nightclub that plays R&B and Hip Hop music. I don’t know but casual outfit just makes me feel outgoing. Where for casual outfit, I like to wear casual mini dress, tank top, jacket, skinny jeans, ankle boots, boots or stiletto shoes.
Lately, these pair of grey Timberland boots have become my favorite shoes whenever I wear mini skirt. It is because other than it makes me taller [as I am short], it somehow makes me feel that I am kind of rough person ha ha ha. Well, I do not know why or how come I feel that way.
But to be honest, these shoes make my feet very heavy to make a move and dance freely when I am not tipsy. I feel that I cannot dance, I don’t feel that I am having fun. Overall, it just makes my mood down the drain. So I decided that I keep these boots in the closet because I do not feel it anymore. So, NO MO for boots on Friday night. So Boots, you have to say goodbye to a night club from now.
Anyway, even though a casual outfit or street wear clothing is my favorite outfit for Friday night, sometimes I also love to dress up elegantly with my favorite little black dress and sexy stiletto shoes. It all depends on my mood and occasion.