Friday, August 30, 2013

Museums Jazz Up The Arts

Catch me if you can: Former president director of PT Hardaya Inti Plantations, Totok Lestiyo (center, wearing white shirt), runs away from the onslaught of journalists after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned him in Jakarta on Wednesday. Totok was questioned as a suspect in a graft case related to the issuance of a utility permit for a Buol plantation. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama, source)

Hello, sweeties! How are you guys doing this week? Hope everything is okay with you. My plan to write more? That will have to wait until next week, or when I have the time, because the sky suddenly opened and poured works, lots of works to be done this week.

Anyway, here are several events to entertain you this weekend:
-- Museum Week: Aug. 27-Sept. 1. Atrium Senayan City. Presenting Jakarta's leading museums with performances, games and more.
-- Art Exhibition: Ada Apa Jakarta (What's Up Jakarta). Until Aug. 29. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Galeri Cipta II, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jl. Cikini Raya 73
-- Indonesian Jazz Festival 2013. Aug. 30-31. Istora Senayan. Featuring Idang Rasjidi, Ireng Maulana, Gugun & The Blues Shelter.

Have an artful weekend:).

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Some Work Desk Tips For Productive Office Hours


Since my new job requires me to stay long hours at the office, this illustration comes handy and is right on time:).

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Change Of Career

Hello, my lovelies! I'm writing this post from the sixth floor of my new office. Wait, did I just write "new office"? Yes, I have a new job, alhamdulillah :).

After working in journalism for 9.5 years, I finally tendered my resignation at the end of last July. I got a job offer in an office that has regular work hours (I can now have days off on Saturdays and Sundays, just like normal people. Yes, I was not normal back then) and after many sleepless nights to think it over, I said "yes, I do" and signed the contract.

The new office is not a media company, it's actually part of a ministry (couldn't tell much for now), but my position still allows me to be connected with the journalists. I'm excited!

The regular work hour will definitely be a novel idea for I've become so used to leaving home at 8:30 a.m. and coming home at 9 or 10 p.m. It will take some adjustment but I have so many plans in my head. I want to take Russian course in the evening, just after the work hour. I want to spend the weekend baking cakes with M. I want to take as many weekend trips with the backpacker community friends. Since my new office is located right next to Setiabudi One, which has a gym, I also have a plan to take a gym membership and check out the guys live a healthy life. Ahem.

On the other hand, it was a bittersweet farewell with the world that I like, the world that has become part of my 20s. But I realize that now I'm in my 30s, I should take a step back, evaluate and plan for my future endeavor. I have to move on.

Someone asked me if I was happy to leave and if I hated the office. I said yes, I was happy to leave, but I didn't hate the office. How could I hate a workplace that had given me so much experiences, opportunities and good memories? There were times when the office became an awful place to stay, but I didn't leave the office back then. I stayed to prove to myself that I could do it. However, there is a line between proving myself and being a martyr. I have proven that I am that much worthy for the job, I don't want to become a martyr, and so I chose another path. It's not to say that I give up, but it's to see if I can do other things outside of journalism and to use the skills I have gained in another field.

Another friend asked if the pay was good (the real question was,"So you get the double digit salary in the new office?" Double digit salary means >/=Rp 10 millions) and I just had to laugh. I've worked in several companies that offered different salaries and benefits, but for me, the best workplace I had worked at was actually a small company that gave the smallest salary. But since it was a small company, office politic was barely there and everyone got along peacefully. I left that office because I wanted to learn new thing in new workplace, but it was still the office that gave peace of mind. Nothing beats the power of peace of mind. And peace of mind is my priority at the moment.

He also asked if I was certain to leave the comfort zone, with all the allowances and other benefits from the last office. I said, I was not certain at all, nothing was ever certain in this life. But if there is something I've learned in the last decade, then it would be "be faithful to yourself, not the company".

Anyway, despite the career change, the love for the written words and journalism is still within me. So don't you worry, my dear friends and readers, I will continue to post here:). Here's to a great start of the career change and future word-loaded posts. Cheers!

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's Stars Meet Sumo This Weekend

A Rick Hanes guitar, manufactured in Sidoarjo, East Java, has been crowned as Guitar of the Year 2012 by English guitar-review website The winning guitar beat brands such as Gibson and Fender to the top spot. Rick Hanes produces only 100 guitars a month and charge up to Rp 25 million per instrument. Photos and text JG/Arief Priyono. Link (The photo and the post are not connected, but those guitars look lovely, don't they? Say a girl who always has a soft spot for string instruments)

Hello, my lovelies. Here are several events for this weekend:

-- Movie Screening: The Bombardment. Aug. 24. Erasmus Huis. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
-- Sport: Sumo Tournament. Aug. 24-25. Istora Senayan Jakarta. Log on to for more information.
-- Festival: Astronomy Festival. Aug. 24-Sept. 21. National Monument (Monas). Check

Have an exciting weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tall Ship

High sailing: Naval Academy cadets stand in formation on the yards of the foremast of the Dewaruci, a barque tall ship, prior to setting sail from Koarmatim Ujung dockyard in Surabaya, East Java. At least 98 cadets are joining on the Dewaruci’s voyage to Australia to receive training in sailing and astronomical techniques. (Antara, link)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Love The Costumes Of 'Love Phobia'

Hello Jakartans, have you gotten NET on your TV? If you like Korean movies, just go and do the auto tuning to find the TV channel because it screens Korean movies every Saturday and Sunday nights.

My most recent crush is Love Phobia, a love drama about A-ri (played by Byeon Ju-yeon as a child and Kang Hye-jung as adult) and Jo-kang (Park Geon-tae and Cho Seung-woo). One day, A-ri, a girl wearing a yellow raincoat, shows up at Jo-kang's school. While the other students are frightened of her quirky nature, Jo-kang has a crush on her. But just as they are getting closer, A-ri disappears.

They reconnect ten years later. But A-ri disappears after they share a kiss. They meet again five years later, only to let him knows that she is going to America. The next day, Jo-kang drops A-ri at the airport, but they later meet again in the most unexpected place.

Can I just marry a man like Jo-kang, who never stops loving his woman, believes in every word she says and loves her for who she is (despite how quirky she is)? 

On the other hand, I love the costumes A-ri character is wearing in this movie. Her staple outfits are long skirt, long-sleeved shirt and flats/sneakers. All in neutral colors and looks really comfortable. I can just add a headscarf to her choice of clothes and then ready to go.

Still photos found here

I made this 'Love Phobia' set on Polyvore

Monday, August 19, 2013

What To Expect When Talking To My Dear Folks

Now that Ramadhan is over, we can start talking about other people again. On their good traits, I hope :). I know most of you don't mind reading about my folks, so here are some of my parents' good traits.

1. The Freebies Hunter
Situation: I was observing D's T-shirts and found them already in bad condition
Me: Dad, your T-shirts are already fading. Let's go buy new ones for you. On me.
D: No, they are still good. I don't need new ones.
A few days later, I was coming home with a free T-shirt.
Me: I have this free T-shirt. But I guess you don't need new ones. Just give it to someone who needs it.
D: I'd like to have it. Thank you.
Me: -_-

2. The Cheapskate
Situation: It's Sunday morning and I want to treat M&D for breakfast
Me: Let's go out and eat Bubur Ayam Kebumen (Kebumen-style chicken porridge).
D: I don't feel like it.
Me: It's on me.
D: Okay.
Me: Are you coming, M? Or would you like something from the eatery?
M: No, thanks
Me: They also have baked macaroni.
M: Okay. But only one, please.
Me: ^-^

3.  The Style Critics
Situation: I was ready to go to office, wearing oversized denim shirt, deep blue headscarf floral-patterned black trousers.
M: Are you going to office like that? (with horror expression)
Me: Yes.
M: For the love of God, please don't let the trousers see the light of day.
Me: What's wrong with it? Everyone complimented it the last time I wore it. BEE said these were so cool and Fith said the same.
M: They were mocking you. They don't know what style really means.
Me: -_-"
(Below is the picture of me wearing said trousers. Let me know if you're with M or with my fashion forward friends)
This is why I would never be a fashion blogger. And yes, you're free to laugh :D

4. The Unexpected Answer
Situation: a couple of friends visited D after he had recovered from pneumothorax.
Guest: So, do you still take medicines until today? (to D)
M: Oh no, just vitamin.
D: Well, I take pills. Blue ones.
M: -_-

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!

Red and white decorations styled in the manner of traditional ketupat rice cakes are displayed in Kebon Kacang, Central Jakarta. Indonesia celebrates 68 years of independence on Aug. 17, 2013. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya, link)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Post-Idul Fitri Family Gathering

Last weekend my extended family had a post-Idul Fitri family gathering. It was basically a potluck, with each family bringing the signature dish. Being the most creative family, we bought mie goreng udang (fried noodle with shrimps) from our favorite food vendor. 

It was a great time to catch up with my relatives. There will be two cousins getting married in the next couple of months, one will deliver a baby girl at the end of this month, one will receive her Master degree soon and this one is starting a new career next month:).

I hope you have a great time with your extended family too. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

All The Pregnant Cats

Somehow all the pregnant cats find my home as a kind of a cool place to hang out on :D.


Monday, August 12, 2013

That Post-Holiday Post

I have often mentioned how lovely is the traffic in Jakarta during Idul Fitri holidays. It is only during those days that I can commute between Kalimalang (my home) and Palmerah (my office) in just one hour. On normal days, it takes me about two hours, and so I have four hours to spend on the road. 

While it is nice to be able to reach the destination on time (sometimes earlier), I kinda miss the cars that fill the streets, the bustling activities that take place in every corners of the capital and the people that makes Jakarta. Without them, Jakarta is just an empty shell. Come back, people! (Who am I kidding here?!)

Found here

Or, on a second thought, maybe not. Let's enjoy it while we can :).

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rest Area

Exhausted: Motorcyclists take a snooze at a gas station in Cirebon, West Java, on Sunday. Fewer holidaymakers traveled by motorbike this year thanks to more free buses made available by the government and major businesses in Jakarta. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma, link)
I'm hitting the snooze button too for my office has declared 'No Paper from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11'. For those who celebrate, Eid Mubarak!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Homebound Travelers

Idul Fitri countdown: Holiday travelers board an economy class train bound for Surakarta, Central Java, at Pasar Senen Station in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. Millions of Jakartans will go back to their hometowns for the annual Idul Fitri holiday that falls on Aug. 8 – 9. (JP/P.J. Leo, Source)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tips For The Last 10 Days Of Ramadhan

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!
2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!
3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all". The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance"?
4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet SAW guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”
5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah SAW: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!
7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.
8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah SAW made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!
9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!
10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.
11. This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!
12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!
13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?
14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem.