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tears. years. friends. smiles.

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Count your life by smiles, not by tears. 

Count your age by friends, not by years.

Tears and years. Smiles and friends.  don’t only rhymes. They are perfect combination.

Tears and years.

Yup. Through these years, I have been facing so many tearing days, good and bad. Maybe it is because of my melancholy personality that I shed so much tears in life. But whatever the reason was, I am very much thankful for every tears I shed.

Most tears are created by painful time. Time where, you have to let go every tension and anger and bitterness through salty liquid from your body that God created exactly for that reason. Some says they are the ones who made my eyes even more soggy and small. They get a point there. But, I believe that God intended every tears I shed for a very good cause.  Read the rest of this entry »

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November 27, 2011 at 12:34 AM

It starts with #3 now!

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Ah… November is about to end. I cannot believe when it is  here and now it’s almost leaving me again. What’s so special about November? Well, it’s my birth month. And, yes, I am a person who make a great deal about birthday, mine, in particular.

About birthday. How could someone thinks that it is just another day in this world while 30 years ago (this year, for me) a small family of a father, mother, 3 kids were excitedly waiting for their youngest baby girl-baby sister to come to their lives. I cannot remember a thing about that day. And in 1981, there’s no video cam to take the whole birth event. Well, thank God for that! But I do believe, my teenager siblings, 13, 10 and 7 year old bros and sis were at home, studying, perhaps, as they were in their school age ,while their parents, who later to be mine, of course, were at the hospital. Hmmm… I bet I cried a lot that I must have been very annoying turd for their studying nights. Hehehe… I bet they love me so much too. And that month, that full of thanksgiving and praise should be remembered, as I celebrate every birthday every year. Don’t you think so too, my friend?

And this month, she is 30 year old. Wow. What a journey. I have to admit. I cannot remember most of them. And I am not sure whether I should be thankful or regretful. When the day is approaching, November 14, I remember how some my friends are facing their new decade. Some are cool, some are lukewarm, and some are hot. Cool as in, it’s just another day in this world while hot is the opposite, it’s a day when you turn old! Haha!! And lukewarm, is like me. Yes, I turn older. Yes, it starts with number 3. Yet, yes, it’s still a birthday! 🙂

I did promise one thing for myself though. And this promise is only happening when I turn this age. That is to try all new things that I can possible dare to do. And lucky me, I started with a good new thing. A Nasi Tumpeng (Tumpeng Rice) for my birthday, instead of having my always favorite birthday cake, The Magnificent Blackforest. 😉 Read the rest of this entry »

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November 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM

A clear turquoi…

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November 25, 2011 at 12:39 AM

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At Bunga Rampai

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A very unique and unexpected afternoon, when I decided to ride with my friend hunting tickets for our upcoming December break. We were so happy to get 100 000 IDR (equal to 10 bucks) for return train tickets to Semarang. And after struggling on that long queue, we decided to visit this quite famous restaurant, Bunga Rampai.

Bunga Rampai

Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro no. 35, Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia phone: +62(021) 3192 6224 / 3192 6225

Located in one of the most prestigious area in Jakarta, a colonial house built in a Dutch era, around 1900, redesigned to be a fine dining place, Bunga Rampai.

Front porch with white big pillars welcome visitors in a very elegant ways. It was like being invited for a banquet at a Dutch Governor mansion hundreds of years ago as the waitress dress in an white encim Kabaya and traditional male Betawi (an ethnic group from Jakarta, was known as Batavia) outfit opened the door for us.

We were so lucky to visit this house not in a meal time. It was all ours. So even though we cannot pick our seats, we felt served in every ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM


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Hello November… For me, you are the most wonderful time of the year 😉

It’s funny how everything turned upside down at the moment we were expecting them to be okay. I left my Blackberry home. And that one thing, can ruin the whole universe for me, let alone a day!

However, I remember that today is November 1st, I had promised my self to cherish the November days including today. So I refused to be in a bad mood. Time was ticking and I managed myself to forget this BB thing. Actually, it was not about the absence of Blackberry that stressed me out. It was the fact that I left that tiny important device. It is rainy season in Indonesia. Flood will be all around Jakarta. And not having any communication device on hand will be very troubling. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 1, 2011 at 11:18 PM

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