Wednesday, August 16

There's A Party

Last weekend, ISMAYA Live held their fourth We The Fest summer festival! Lucky me, I get to go to their first three-days music festival! It was held at JIExpo Kemayoran, with lineups such as Charlie XCX, The Kooks, Phoenix, Lany, Cash Cash, as well as superb local acts Stars and Rabbits, Barasuara, Scaller, The Adams, Raisa and plenty more! 

Wednesday, August 2

Over Sushi

Before we head our separate ways (Nilam will be going to Birmingham and myself to Bali), we got together and talked things over sushi. For some reason, we always ended up eating sushi whenever we're going out, wherever we are.

Tuesday, July 25

Berwisata bersama Fikri

On Sunday, I had a date to explore Jakarta. My boyfriend and I met up at my dad's office, and took a walk towards the Duren Tiga TransJakarta Stop (click here for bus route). We used my BNI Tapcash card to pay for the tickets.

We took the 6A bus towards the city, passing by Kuningan and stopped at Sarinah. The bus itself was comfortable and roomy, however I think the bus could be added more seats for non-priorities. Once we stopped at Sarinah, we had lunch nearby and head towards the Jakarta Explorer Bus Stop. We waited for roughly 20 minutes to get the bus we wanted.

Friday, July 21

Letters to Myself: Senior.

I found this note on my computer's Notes. I wrote it roughly two years ago, before I graduated high school. 

Dear lovers,

Here I am: Existing in this milky way as a not-so-little girl anymore, about to end this label as a senior, and start a new label called mahasiswa

It’s scary to think how I will soon end the twelve years of education I had grown attached to, and begin another four years of education, with a different perspective and method. When I was in junior high, I saw the seniors so powerful and free, I wanted to become them so bad. And now I’m here. It isn’t as free as I thought it would be. To be honest, sometimes I don’t think I am mature enough to be called a senior, let alone an undergraduate. But I have no choice. The universe keeps spinning and so must I.

Ending school scares me so much. I am scared to loose the innocence of a school girl. I am scared to leave the people I’ve encountered with. I am scared to go to uncertain places where there is no guarantee of secure and comfort like school has. I am scared to forget my prayers, as school always reminds me every midday. I am scared to leave the classmates that has been there for me whether they like it or not. I am scared to leave my comfort zone I have had for twelve years.

But I am excited to leave school as well. Excited for the late nights and late mornings I get to have. Excited for the surprise trips out of the city when I am bored, without any responsibility of going to school. Excited for the new people I will meet. Excited for the places I will travel to. Excited for the long-awaited freedom. Excited for the uncertainty life is preparing.

I’m not a psychologist or anything. I am not licensed to give out tips on how to live your life as a senior. But let me say this:

You will no longer be a student. You will no longer have your favourite cafeteria food waiting for you every lunch time. You will no longer be treated like a child, however, you will be expected to behave like an adult. Sometimes, too much. But those things will happen later. Right now, you are a senior. You’re spontaneous, silly, fun, sometimes stupid. You’re young. Act like it. You only get to be a senior once.

The One Who Is Desperately Trying To Find a Prom Dress,

Thursday, July 20

(Mostly) Coffee with Sas


An animation starring Steve Carell - Despicable Me 3 - is out in theatres and I just had to watch it. Saras and I decided to watch it on a sunny Monday afternoon, with a bag of small popcorn, tiny iced lemon tea and two pieces of bread. After entertaining ourselves with little yellow characters with a passion for bananas, Sas went to find a bowl of udon while I stuff myself with shrimp tempura.

Wednesday, July 12

Something Fishy


Thanks to Oji who insisted to have a barbecue feast in 2015, it became a thing. Twice a year, during the long holidays, with a group of close friends. After eating meat for so long, we decided to change the menu into fish and chips! An act of promoting Ibu Susi's Gemar Makan Ikan campaign (kind of). The feast started early, as we had to defrost the fishes (dory and tunas!), cook the fries and sausages, as well as prepare the upstairs room for Oji's 20th birthday surprise. In a sentence, the night was full of carbonated water (as usual), screams of laughter and fright as well as kindness to one another. My brother, a friend and I stayed over, woke up at 11 am the next morning, and continued watching movies until we were basically kicked out of the house (hahah kidding though, they just had somewhere to be). This was one of the best feast we had, as we celebrated our third anniversary together (it's actually our second year, but oh well).

Friday, July 7

In Giving

Give, but give until it hurts
Mother Theresa

If you're wondering why there's a picture of Joey and Rachel from Friends above a quote by Mother Theresa... I've always thought Friends as a TV sitcom whose characters are all about each other, almost always willing to embarrass themselves for each other, almost always willing to help each other even if it's a bad idea or will cause trouble, and mostly they will always love each other no matter how crazy their relationship gets (take Ross and Rachel for example). To maintain a friendship or relationship like the characters in Friends did, all it takes is to give. Give attention, give presents, give advice, give hugs and kisses, give food, give long talks that you'll know they hate but it'll tell them that you actually care, and so on. The list of what to give is only limited on your creativity.

Today, my boyfriend and I went out after quite a while of not seeing each other. We went to a mall very far from my place, and even though he knows my house is far from his place, he still decided to drop me off home. I've been itching to give him and his family some healthy snacks that I've bought two weeks ago, so as he dropped me home, I gave him the snacks. He shared it with the family and they loved it. And I can't be more happy to know that they loved it. Knowing that someone else is happy because of you really gives this dreamy feeling. I know that to give, you shouldn't expect something in return. But let me tell you this: the more you give, the more you'll get.