Friday, June 2

Going Away: The College Life

It's the end of the semester and I will have little sisters and brothers in my faculty! Congratulations to those who are already accepted at their chosen universities! And good luck to those who are still trying to find the perfect university!

Like me, my faculty might not be available (more like I didn't get accepted) at the university in my hometown, therefore I had to go away. Until now, I am the first person in my family to go away for uni. My cousins are all studying in Jakarta and I am literally the only one who got accepted in Bali. It sounds fun but scary.

Here are some things you should know about me: i like to cook, i hate doing the dishes, mopping the floor hurts my palm, sweeping is okay, i get scared doing the laundry (what if the colours all get mixed???), i can't iron my clothes, and i can’t drive neither a car nor motorbike. Do i seem like the perfect candidate to live INDEPENDENTLY? Maybe not.

Sunday, May 14

How I Eat: The College Life

Okay. I’ve been in college for almost two years now, and I’ve been in love with cooking and baking since high school. When I realised I was going to live in Bali by my self, all I could think about was all the food I could make for myself. It didn’t turn out as fancy and free as I expected. I thought I’d be able to make breakfast every morning, whether it’s cereal and milk, or oatmeal with condensed milk, or pancakes, french toasts, bananas with peanut butter, or the usual scrambled eggs. But after a while, and understanding the wrecked schedule of the uni life, there was a point in my life where I gave up making breakfasts. I would simply go to the store across my place, buy biscuits and milk while waiting for my friend to pick me up. I grew tired of it, and at times I would skip breakfast. I know how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when your schedule’s messed up and you haven’t gotten enough sleep… Getting through the day seemed like hard work already. Luckily though, sometimes my friends have their fund raising event where they sell fried rice for a minimum amount of money, so I usually go for that. But it could be too greasy at times.

Anyway,  I finally reached a point where I know breakfast is important, and I know that I’d have to eat something at the beginning of the day, especially when I’m ill because it will affect my medications as well. To make up for my lack of breakfast, first things first: eggs. Eggs are life savers during busy mornings. I usually make my eggs scrambled, or sunny side up.

Sunday, April 30

Early Riser: Coastline

Photo taken at Geger Beach, Bali.

I can easily conclude that during the fourth semester, I have gone to the beach almost at least once every week. The practical activities this semester are crazy (ocean productivity, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, marine numerical methods, and digital imagery analysis). A lot of them require fieldwork and a few of them require computer work. Believe me, both of them are tricky.

The practical activities are usually done at noon - afternoon and early in the morning. My class and I would rush to beach after lunch, and sometimes I would wake up at 05.00 and already be at the field by 06.00 ish. The vibe and surrounding of the beach at that time of day is calming, and sort of gives you soft and soothing energy to start the day, as you get the energy straight from the morning sun. Here is a playlist I made to listen to during silent mornings at the beach (more songs will be added soon)

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Wednesday, April 12

Freshwater Escapade

You can tell it's going to be a great year when you started off the year with some crazy fun experience, don't you think?

Earlier this year, my friends and I went to Banyumala waterfall. It’s a waterfall located towards north Bali in the Buleleng regency, therefore it is quite far from where I live (South Bali). January was still the raining month, but we went anyway and it was magical.

Wednesday, April 5

Buy Experience.

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Experience, needless to say, is one of the best lessons given. Am I right?

I remember going to a mini concert that Grimes had in Jakarta back then and I wore boots with heels. It was okay for an everyday walk but for concerts, man my feet were hurting. Those boots were not made for long stands. And i never wore those boots (to concerts or basically things that forced me to stand long enough) ever again. But the concert itself was great! The Grimes ticket wasn't expensive roughly Rp250.000, and the show wasn't as crowded and cramped as I expected. And of course, Grimes herself was incredible. And... I actually got a picture with her as well as her signature! I remember my cousin, her friend and I was pushed from behind and we were saying "ouch it hurts!" And the security guy let us in to see Grimes herself. Being small has its perks.

Experience like that is a great thing to have though. A great thing to tell. A great thing to cherish. A great thing to keep. And I'd like to get more experiences this year (too late for a new years resolution?). Here are a few things I'd like to experience this year: 

Thursday, March 2

Bali Blessed: An Interview with Canti Widyadhari

On a Sunday in February, the sun decided to shine so brightly after hiding behind the clouds for a whole week or so. A good day to meet with friends and acquaintances, yes? On that bright and sunny morning, I decided to head North Kuta to meet up with Canti Widyadhari! A bright and charming lady who owns a well-named tarot services in Bali, Foxglove Tarot. If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you must've remembered the time I interviewed her back in 2013.

Canti and I have never met before in real life, just throwing back emails at each other. However, our first meet up wasn't awkward as she went to the kitchen when my boyfriend and I arrived, making us herbal tea infused with her blessings.

Wednesday, February 15

Wide Eyed Wanderers

taken with iPhone 5s at Balangan Beach, Bali

When I was in junior high, my dad bought me a Lomography Sprocket Rocket Panorama camera in the colour bright red. It’s basically a film panorama camera, where it uses two frames per take, thus making only 18 pictures per film roll. I randomly take pictures with the camera, not knowing enough about film cameras. In uni, I decided to experiment more with my friend’s Fuji film camera which has a built-in flash therefore making it easier to use than my Lomo camera. The results of the Fuji film camera were posted a few months ago. After using two rolls of my Lomo camera, I decided to get them washed and scanned yesterday at a film studio in Denpasar. I didn't take the DigitaLIZA Scanning Mask, therefore the sprocket holes aren't scanned. The results weren’t all good-looking and some of them were accidentally either overlapping, too bright or too dark because of my clumsiness and forgetfulness, but it made me happy anyway. I am still learning to make good looking pictures and not burning or overlapping or blurring pictures.