Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bad Day - Daniel Powter

I can not believe I haven't write anything in this blog for more than two months. What have I done in this past two months? Have I been… lost? Uninspired? I can not say that I have been feeling stressed, because I am not. I just got overwhelmed with a lot of goals, ambitions, my perfectionism towards my work; to keep it on track, and when I need more energy I went on holiday. I have been traveling to about five different places in three different countries just in these past two months, to get more energy to keep my work on track. But one thing is missing I guess, I haven't done any reflections, haven't think about any new resolutions, and I miss writing. So, here I am. 

I am that kind of person who will runaway when things got tough, not to run from my problem, but to clear my mind, get some fresh passion, and think of the best solution, then I will come back and try to finish whatever I have started, perfectly. And this "runaway & come back" habit of mine, is getting intense lately. I think I have to change this habit a little bit, I have to change my initial intention on traveling so it will not be this unhealthy habit anymore. But, let's talk about my last most magical and mindgasm runaway in Bali first.

A couple months ago, I got this problem about my work, let the details be unexplained, but this problem put a huge weight on me because it may affects other's life in a slightly negative way, and I hate it. I do not accept it, if my work affects others that way. So on one Friday morning, I impulsively book a ticket to Denpasar, that Friday night, off I go to Bali. Not without a reason I choose Bali, I know that Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) 2015 was being held at that time and I think I can get some mind refreshment from the sharing session at UWRF. The beginning of my journey is surprisingly already being magical. A middle aged Balinese man suddenly approached me on my way to board the plane, he asked me random things at first, but his talking gets more interesting as we land in Denpasar. Out of nowhere he said, in Bahasa: "Hidup ini seperti wayang, ceritanya tergantung dalangnya. Maka dari itu, kamu hidup jangan dibuat susah. Kamu harus terima apa adanya, sepertinya kamu terlalu memikirkan detail-detail kecil, tenang aja, dinikmati. Oh iya, temen kamu yang diluar orangnya sepertinya low-profile dan agak cuek ya." ("This life is like Wayang (traditional story of Indonesia usually portrayed with human puppets), the story line is up to the Dalang (Wayang's main story teller). So, do not complicate your life. You have to accept things as it is, it looks like you overthink small details, just be calm, enjoy your life. By the way, your friends out there, it looks like they are low profile and a little bit careless, huh?")

Okay, it sounds a bit surreal, but yes, it turns out that the man can "read" a person. I can not believe that the beginning of my journey in Bali, is already that magical. I feel like now I can be a little calm, I have to, because everything is actually will be okay if we work our best on it, right? Why do I forgot that I can not control every little detail, why do I forgot that there is something bigger than me controlling my main story line? Long story short,  I bought one day pass to UWRF which I attend with my cousin, who was already in Ubud since she had planned her trip long before my impulsive journey. 

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2015 with theme "17.000 Islands of Imagination"

Speaking about UWRF, it is an event that is held annually since 2003. I once heard about this UWRF from my friend who attended the 2013 event and I just instantly fall in love with its idea. I always planned to go to UWRF, but it is never happened, but once I do not plan it, I just happened to be able to attend it, impulsive is sometimes really is a good idea. Please check UWRF web HERE, and I bet you too, will fall in love with it. UWRF gather world thinkers and artists in a smart theme that change every year, take place in serene and divine Ubud, and packed in a casual with a twist way along a sharing session. Once I looked into its main program schedule, I feel excited already and I can not choose which program should I attend because all of them is just so tempting, but sadly some program held at the same time, but in few different places, so I have to choose. 

Words are The Way
Featuring: Ee'da Sahida Ibrahim, Zohab Khan, James Shea, Nathalie Handal, Emilie Zoey Baker

That above is my second favorite session of the day. The speaker are talents who use poetry to educate, promote social change, and inspire and celebrate diversity. These are some quotes that I remember and instantly fall in love with from the session:
  • Moderator: "What crushes your grapes into an exquisite wine?" / Nathalie: "It is how I always need permission to enter a place, except permission to enter my homeland."
  • "A poem should resist the intelligence almost successfully."
  • "When you allowed yourself to be vulnerable, that is the first step you allowed yourself to be seen and to be witnessed." (Ee'da Sahida Ibrahim)

Telling Tales
Featuring: Made Taro, Phillip Gwynne, Afonso Cruz

And say hello to my number one favorite session. In this session, we were talking about children's writers messages for the next generation and how they communicate them. It is unimaginable, I do not expect that writing a children book is that hard, and need a lot of thinking and consideration: of what messages the writer wants to put and of how to put the messages in an interesting story line or funny yet educating cartoon series. This is a quote from the session that giving me mindgasm:
"We laugh when we mock someone, yet we cry when we truly happy. We put everything we love in cages; partners, that's why we married them. We put our children at home. Money on banks. It is a contradiction."

My cousin and her gelato on Food Bazaar

Seniman Coffee on Food Bazaar

Bebek Bengil

And, a nice mindgasm doesn't complete without good food and good coffee! I guess UWRF know it so well, so there was also available a food bazaar in front of  the main venue of UWRF, and the tenant is amazing! All of the food available at the bazaar is the best in Bali. My preference, of course, coffee! And for lunch we had Bebek Bengil (was not available in Bazaar) so we drove our car to Bebek Bengil Ubud at Jalan Hanoman. Gosh, how I miss its sambal matah!

Dress (Zalora), Shoes (The Little Things She Needs), Bag (Charles & Keith), Watch (Fossil)

A little #ootd doesn't hurt, does it? I just want to give a little time to tell you how much I love my dress I bought from Zalora. It is chic yet smart, a little bit casual yet also a little bit formal, just the perfect outfit to be worn to a discussion session in Ubud. And good news is you can use my code to get additional 15% discount if you happen to be fall in love with that kind of dress too, yay. Just go to Zalora web, choose your desired one, and upon check out fill this code in the available coupon space: ZBAPZAD5 and tadaaa! 15% off of your total payment, yay!

Borneo's Story at Blanco Renaissance Museum

Dinner at Casa Luna

Back to UWRF,  I have to tell you that UWRF is that perfect, because they do not only provide us a divine sharing session, but they also held a lot of arts and cultural programs, and those Borneo's Story is one of them. As the sun set, I enjoy a storytelling featuring Dayak Kenyah and Benuaq Tribe elders. They told stories about their people's struggle to protect the natural and cultural heritage that is vital to their identity and survival. A beautiful performance as the sun set, and in a museum! I could not ask for more. At the end of the day, we had our dinner at Casa Luna. Its founder who is also the founder of UWRF, loves spices, and so that bread in the picture is one delicious bread that tastes like nothing I have ever taste before; the bread is spicy, but exceptionally delicious! 

In one day, my mind has stretched its muscle to the limit. For a day in Ubud is filled with intriguing thoughts, cultures, arts, books, good long walks, and absolutely divine dining. From that one short yet meaningful and magical journey, I come back to work with not a whole new perspective, but with a lot more grateful feeling towards my life. I know that I have to be more grateful, have to do as much effort as I could but at the same time have to be less controlling.

And from this writing, I have to promise my self that I should stop my "runaway & come back" habit. I have to stop thinking of traveling as my only space to think. I have to change my main intention on traveling, not as a media to cure my problem, but as a way to learn, to be more grateful, and to simply enjoy the life that I have been given.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Japan (Part Four)

Previous Post: Japan (Part Three)

While traveling, I love to wake up early and wander around the surrounding before actually execute my itinerary, just so I could accidentaly found some interesting place that wasn't planned to be visited before. So on my second last day in Tokyo, I woke up at 5 and then wander around and around. My hotel was at Chiyoda-ku area, and I heard that Tokyo Imperial Palace is around the area. So I walk along the neighborhood until I found Tokyo Imperial Palace, and luckily, I stumble into Kitanomaru National Garden. A vast and beautiful garden in the heart of Tokyo, people say that this garden is at its best while Sakura is blooming, poor me even though I travel in spring, but the The Sakura was already fall in Tokyo. Here is some pictures I capture along my morning wander. 

Kudanshita Station, The Nearest Station from My Hotel, Grand Palace Tokyo

In Front of Spring Water Gate, Kitanomaru National Garden

Area of Tokyo Imperial Palace

Imperial palace, where the imperial family reside, is surrounded by stone walls and moats, and inside the stone walls it is again surrounded by a vast garden. The imperial palace is originally located at Kyoto, but then moved to Tokyo at 1868. The palace is not open for public, but its East Garden is, and in the above picture I posed in front of East Garden entrance. East Garden consist of memorial, garden, and Museum of The Imperial Collection which I really want to visit, but when I arrived it had not opened yet and I had itineraries coming up so it was impossible to visit the museum, well next visit, I hope! 

Gosh as I write this, you can not imagine how much I miss the feeling to be wandering around  and feel Japan's spring air, the cold wind and breeze, while absorbing the divine architecture and strong tradition of Japan. And the next thing on my itinerary is Asakusa Temple. So here we go...

Dress (tailor made), Sweater (Marks & Spencer), 
Shoes (Yongki Komaladi), Bag (Charles & Keith)

Asakusa Kannon Temple located in Asakusa, it is a Buddhist temple. Asakusa Kannon Temple itself is Tokyo's oldest temple. I entered the temple from Kaminarimon, the outer gate of the temple and symbol of Tokyo. After the gate, inside I can see the temple main hall and a five storied pagoda. When I arrived there,  a lot of people was praying in the main hall. Just outside the main hall, I found a lot of fortune kiosk which I really want to try, but the fortune that was written at a piece of paper is in Japanese and too bad I do not know how to read it. Fuh. 

Anyway, if you ever heard about melon pan, which is a soft bread that tastes like melon, here in Asakusa, just before Nakamise - dori, you would find the best melon pan. Just find kiosk with the longest queue and you will not be mistaken that it must be that oh so famous melon pan!

Shops and Crowds along Nakamise - dori

Nakamise - dori is a street that we have to walk along before the main entrance of Asakusa Kannon Temple and it hosts a lot of souvenir and traditional Japanese food and cookies shops. I can not get enough with every little shop there! Just make sure to try every snacks and foods you want while feeling the atmosphere of Tokyo. I found a lot of ningyoyaki shop which is a cake with read bean paste filling and I am happy just to look at the process of the making of ningyoyaki while eating it fresh and hot from the oven. 

Sanja Matsuri Festival

There are three biggest festivals in Tokyo, Kanda Matsuri, Sanno Matsuri and Sanja Matsuri. I am that one lucky traveler who do not know that I travel in the appropriate time where Sanja Matsuri was being held at Asakusa. 

The Sanja Matsuri is an annual festival in the Asakusa district that takes place over the third full weekend in May. It is held in celebration of the three founders of Sensoji Temple. The Sanja Matsuri features about one hundred mikoshi, portable shrines, in which Shinto gods (kami) are symbolically placed into and paraded about the streets to bring good fortune to the local businesses and residents.

A Glance of Odaiba 

Hello Disney Sea!

I do not have much time in Japan, so I have to choose between Disney Land or Disney Sea, and truly it actually is breaking my heart… And with this is mind I finally choose Disney Sea: there is only one Disney Sea in the whole world, and it was there, in Tokyo. Disney Land? I could visit it later when I have the chance to travel to Paris, maybe? 

And, by the way, I heard that Disney Sea offers a lot more variety of foods and restaurants than Tokyo Disney Land. And, I loveee foods! The architecture of course is divine and dreamy like you would imagine. This theme park consists of seven area: American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, Mysterious Island, and Mediterranean Harbor. But what makes me really happy is its vast area; I love getting lost inside, enjoying every corner, every restaurant and the different smell that come from inside the restaurant, looking at every piece of the souvenir they provide, sitting at a table and sip a cup of coffee while observing my surrounding, taking pictures, well lots of them. Well, you could say I'm not a fan of attraction, and those things above is what I do at theme park. 

As I enjoyed the park, I realize that crowds of people were starting to sit around the lake in Mediterranean Harbor area, oh it must be that famous parade that they're waiting for. You could see at my last picture above, how dreamy and spectacular the show was. It was a beautiful closing to my second last day in Japan. And now I hope that I could go back there, soon… Who would not?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bye Bye Dark Circle

Lately I've been working at one of the state hospital's emergency room, so I guess it is imaginable how much stress it puts to my mind and my body. It is hard to look radiant when I have dark circle under my eyes, so then I've looked into some product that can get rid of it. There, then I found Timeless Truth, a beauty brand originally from Taiwan which specialized in mask. They have a wide variety of product, including face, eye, and breast mask. Luckily, I was able to get two of their products, which are apple lifting correction eye mask and orchid extract whitening mask. Now that the urgent matter is my dark circle, I should try the eye mask first. 

Product: Apple Lifting Correction Eye Mask, Price: 150.000 idr (for 5 pairs)
Orchid Extract Whitening Mask, Price: 50.000 idr/piece 

The apple lifting correction eye mask contains apple extract, arbutin, and green tea extract. While apple  extract is good for skin metabolism, able to prevent early aging, and able to maintain the smoothness of the skin, arbutin plays its part at reducing pigmentation. So, together they claimed to be able to provides a great effect on dark circles under the eyes. Great news, just exactly what I  need! Let's see how it will affect my dark circle. 

How to use the apple lifting correction eye mask:
  1. Cleanse the face.
  2. Open the sachet and take out the eye mask.
  3. Gently place the mask under the eyes. 
  4. Remove mask after 15-20 minutes, gently massage the remaining essence under the eyes, post cleansing is not needed.

Before using Apple Lifting Correction Eye Mask
(I do not wear any make up, except a little lip cream)

How the eye mask looks like:
 It comes with bio cellulose mask that contains lots of extract liquid on it. It smells good, feels cool and refreshing once applied to the skin. After 20 minutes, it still is feel cool and refreshing.

After using Apple Lifting Correction Eye Mask:
I do not see any significant difference, but of course my eye looks a little bit more fresh. I guess it has to be worn a couple of times if we want to see maximum effect.

Based on my opinion, this product is worth to try, but it is best to buy one package and wear it regularly, after that then maybe we could see the maximum effect. The price is not expensive at all as you can see above, it is easy to get just by one click away at its web, and is easy to use for it only takes 15 minutes per session and we do not need to cleanse after using it. And for me, this mask does not give me any pimples or skin break out post-usage. I like to wear any kind of mask at night, for our skin is in optimum condition to heal itself at night. To conclude, I give 4 stars out of 5 :)
So, let me try the face mask and write another review while you can start to click Timeless Truth web and browse your desired product, shall we?