Sunday, March 18

How I've Been Productive: The College Life

The college life is a bit more complicated than high school, let me tell you that. The schedule isn’t always the same, as the lecturers are busy too. The homeworks and tasks are weirder... than high school homeworks. The syllabus is sometimes also a mess, tends to not go in order. You get my point. And that’s only uni.

Outside of uni, I have organisation matters like meetings and events to attend. Besides that, I sometimes have extra work load like conducting interviews or being interviewed, important phone calls, creating pamphlets and posters, just all the things you can imagine.

Due to the confusion and sudden classes and crazy load of work, as a student I would need a pretty decent productivity method. At least that will work for me. When talking about productivity, we immediately think of getting our activities done easily, efficiently and on time. To get productive, I like to combine handwritten and digital platforms, because not only is it fun, but also mobile. I think my productivity methods are pretty great because it keeps me ahead for almost all of my activities and makes me a bit more peaceful on crowded days.

Thursday, March 8

Just Keep Swimming

When I was in year 10, I decided to get my Scuba Diver license. I only had the permit to dive until 18 meters. But with that, and a whole lot of love for the ocean and whale sharks, I gambled my way to study at the Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Udayana University, majoring in Marine Sciences.

Monday, February 12

Things To Look Forward To

Taken by me with Fuji Disposable Camera

It's only the mid of February and there are so many things I cannot wait for. I can't wait to see more Manta Rays. I can't wait to get the exciting phone call. I can't wait to watch Posesif at Rumah Sanur. I can't wait to join the Women's March on March. I can't wait to watch the Oscars. I can't wait for my Bali sister's graduation day. I can't wait to surprise my boyfriend on his 21st birthday. I can't wait to post more Monday Movie Recommendations, especially for March (since the theme will be about women empowerment!). I can't wait for my brother to go to OZ and I get to ask him to get me some stuffs. I can't wait to have my two years anniversary with le boyfriend. I can't wait for the Ramadhan month. I can't wait to go back to Jakarta. I can't wait to meet my dearest BBQ gang, one of the most exciting thing that happens during my time in Jakarta. I can't wait to see Lorde at We The Fest 2018. I can't wait for my friend's wedding, me being the bridesmaid. I can't wait for the live-in programme from uni. I can't wait for halloween. I can't wait for my 21st birthday. I can't wait for my final year project proposal exam. I can't wait for 2019.

Saturday, February 3

If We Were a Movie

I recently got some 35 mm pictures from my cousin's camera that we took during New Years. We had a small gathering at my new house. We sang songs, exchanged gifts, watched Hannah Montana The Movie, and played ping pong. My dog was there too, rather tired and sleepy. Pictures are taken with Trista's film camera (not sure what camera though. Will update soon) and shot by many people at the gathering.

Monday, January 29


I miss the city. I miss breathing the semi-polluted air in a busy city. I miss seeing people walking quickly on the zebra crosses. I miss absorbing all the lights and the billboards that shine brightly. I miss walking on the sidewalk of a perfectly crowded area. I miss hearing information at train stations, reminding me to get to my platform. I miss sitting on a bus with the view of men and women running errands. I miss sitting at coffee shops with big windows on rainy days. I miss buying street food with lines like a snake. I miss the walking distance from one place to another, because you can find everything within a walking distance at a city. I miss spoiling my tummy with the avocado toast breakfast, sandwich lunches, and pizza dinners. I miss being the digital nomad one can be in a hustling city. I miss the views my eyes get to fall in love with of the skyline during sunsets. I miss being surrounded by the tall buildings and skyscrapers. I miss being educated by the architectures of the buildings in the city. I miss going to the hidden alleys to find that one specific food everyone's talking a out.

I am talking about Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Jakarta, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Boston, Sydney, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and so many more to explore. I miss going to big cities and immerse myself in the hustle and bustle of each of the city. I miss exploring the characteristics of each city and what makes them different from the other cities I've visited. I miss the city.

The island life is great, believe me. It's laid back and a place to chillax. But I miss facing the big cities. I can't wait to go home this summer, and hopefully to Japan next year.

Monday, January 22

Something in the Air

(L-R): At the Yellow Bridge, by kak Raka / The coast of the (no-longer) seaweed farm, by me

My second week in Nusa Lembongan was... rainy. We only head to sea once this week due to the crazy weather Bali's been treating us with. We spent most of our time in the lab, processing the samples we took the week before, and counting the microplastics. When I'm not at the lab, I usually come by cafes, restaurants or warungs to chill and feed myself. Just this week though, I finally tasted Warung Ridho's Chicken Porridge. Happy me! 

Tuesday, January 16

Fresh Out of the Sea

Photos (L-R): The sunset view from a warung by the beach (by me), my view when cycling by the beach (by me)

Hurrah! It's late, but welcome 2018! I started 2018 by forcing myself to swim as far as 200 meters (after a while of not swimming!), got my diphtheria vaccine shot, and flew back to Bali to start my internship. I am currently doing an internship at Marine Megafauna Foundation, a non-profit organisation that mainly focuses in conserving, well marine megafaunas, such as whale sharks and manta rays. Here at Nusa Lembongan, the island of the MMF-SEA office, a senior and I are helping a PhD student finishing her research on the impacts of microplastic towards manta rays at Nusa Penida & Komodo Island.