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Lately I have been hearing many people saying how delicious Korean food are especially the barbecue one. Honestly, I have never been really interested to try it until few weeks ago I was writing about Korean restaurants and look at the Korean food image at the website. It looks so tasty and tempting.
So here I was… going to Han Gang restaurant in Jalan Walter Mongisidi, South Jakarta to try my first Korean barbecue. As I never tried Korean barbecue before, the waitress suggested me to order modeum gogi, an assorted beef. My ooo my… what a big menu?! I even felt so full to the next day!
I was really glad that finally I had the Korean food after craving for it for few days and it was super good. However I would not have it so often as it is so filling! It is not that expensive for that big menu, my friend and I spent nearly Rp 700,000 (68 USD) for a good quality Korean barbecue. It’s worth!
Anyway, I was wondering who the owner of Han Gang Mongisidi is because on the ground floor of the restaurant is a luxury car showroom called “Leo Auto Cars” :-D
Few weeks ago, my maid told me that instead of wasting my money to go to doctor and buy for an expensive cream (which honestly it doesn’t work), I should use toothpaste to treat my acne. What? She gotta be kidding me! I said to myself. Toothpaste to treat my acne? What about if it gets worse? And why on earth should I believe my maid, who barely could read? Where did she get the information from? It’s weird!
Despite the fact I asked such a question to myself, I started to do some research in the internet, be it in Indonesian or English. And surprise… surprise! I found a lot of article about the benefit of toothpaste for our face especially if you have acne problem.
It was said that WHITE toothpaste such as PEPSODENT or COLGATE, can help to dry out the acne. But you must not use white toothpaste with blue or pink line or even gel toothpaste such as CLOSE-UP. It was also said DO NOT use WHITENING toothpaste because it contains high levels of hydrogen peroxide that may irritate or burn the skin. So please the ingredient before you buy or apply the white toothpaste in your face!
According to the article that I read, it said that “Toothpaste contains certain ingredients — baking soda-which can be used as a skin exfoliation-, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, menthol, essential oils, triclosan -which is an antibacterial ingredient that cause pimples to dry out.”
White toothpaste mask works just a clay mask. It reduces the excess oil and control the sebum production. But it needs to be noted that it is actually suggested to apply it on the acne only (NOT WHOLE FACE). Why? It is because toothpaste can dry out your skin and cause irritation.I have been using the toothpaste mask for three weeks in my whole face. I am really satisfied with the result because my skin is smoother, less oily and I don’t have as many acne as I used to do.
So does it mean that I should stop going to dermatologist to treat my acne problem? Honestly I have spent millions rupiah to treat my acne for more than 5 years and it didn’t work, be it in Indonesia or Singapore. I bought any kind of acne treatment product, it also didn’t work. Surprisingly enough that it works with white toothpaste. But I guess lets see how it works within a month or so.
Last weekend, I watched American Hustle (2013), an American crime film about two con artists (started by Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld and Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser), who were caught by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) in loan scams. The FBI agent offered to release the two if only they were willing to help him to investigate a dirty operation on corrupt politician in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in USA.
American Hustle, which won three Golden Awards, is basically a story about ambition, love, loyalty, duplicity, greediness and also corruption. Took the setting in the 1980’s, the movie appeared pretty classy to me. However the 138 minutes film soon become pretty boring because it moved pretty slow.
There were three parts of the movie that I like a lot
- Irving, who owns a laundry chain in New York and sells stolen art on the other side, met Sydney in a pool party. After Irving, who fall in love with Sydney, told the truth to her that he is a con artist; she accepted him as what he is and agreed to work together. She created a persona as Lady Edith Greensly, a British lady with a banking connection in London. Since they work together, money roll in like a water. As a con artist, Irving believes that most people (prospective clients a.k.a victims) would believe what they want to believe.
- It is clear to see that Sydney, who is a former stripper, has a ambition to get out of poverty, be rich and be somebody’s else. In the middle of the movie, Sydney, who is apparently tired to be somebody’s else, said that she does not want another fake life anymore. “No more fake shit!” she screamed in tears.
- While Irving and Sydney were working for the FBI agent to investigate Mayor Carmine Polito as the part of corruption circle in New Jersey. Somehow, Irving found a genuine friend in Carmine.
I would say that I am not particularly a big fans of action and/or crime film. But there are three lessons to learn from this film, which are
- Poverty is not good for anyone but there is always a positive way to get out of it even you would not be rich instantly. So don’t let the greediness manipulate yourself to manipulate other people for your own fortune
- Living a fake life is tiring
- It’s not easy to find a genuine friend who will accept you as you are so learn to be truthful about yourself.
So have you watched this film? What do you think about it?
Few years ago, I was introduced to courchsurfing.org by a friend of mine, a blogger from multiply.com (I was still active blogging with multiply.com platform back then, too bad that it has been shut down now because I love that platform so much as I have been blogging with that platform since 2005 : ( ). I found that couchsurfing.org was interesting because I could meet many different kind of people with different kind of stories such as where they have been to, how they saved money for traveling, how much money they spent in certain country, where to stay, listen to their point of view about other cultures, etc. I would say that it is fun.
So in 2009, I decided to sign up and create a profile in couchsurfing.org to get new friends and meet new people from all over the world. Unfortunately, I was not particularly that active because I started my job in Jakarta and did not really have time for myself. My work and the Jakarta traffic made me lazy to attend some gatherings because I was too tired
However luckily, I had the opportunity to meet number of amazing people and young travelers, which opened my eyes about life. I met four European girls, who studied in Singapore in 2010; a 21 Australian boy who has been traveling to 70 countries after he managed to save for two or three years since he was 16 (he didn’t go to senior high school if I was not mistaken); an Italian photographer who stayed in hundreds of couch while he was traveling and many more. Most of them have great story and are very down to earth.
I was amazed but jealous at the same time with their ability to travel around the world. So why am I jealous? It is not because of their financial flexibility but Indonesian citizen doesn’t really have an easy access visiting a country, especially European, American and also Australian country.
We have to apply for tourist visa, complete a bunch of document, pay a lot of money for the visa with the possibility of losing it if we were rejected. While most of Westerner (Lucky you people!) have the privilege to come and go visiting the developing country very easy such Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. Right?!
I actually have a hell lot of things to complain about but I will leave it there because I know that I am luckier than them, who comes from third world country or African country. I am grateful with what I got.
But anyway…. so here I was being profiled by an Italian couchsurfer in La Republica, an Italian newspaper on August 2010. I think I will activate my couchsurfing profile again to find a new activity in 2014.