Minggu, 15 Januari 2017

Why Being Vegetarian Means A Lot of Fun


Years passed me by so quickly.
Counting again, it's been my 3rd vegetarian years. Well, not a flawless period, folks. I've switched from pescaterian, to ovolacto, now ovo. But still, need more effort to avoid terasi (shrimp-based) and such.

But anyway, I'd like to share some...fun moments during the time. Here's why being vegetarian equals happier life: 

Because, firstly, you're a bit further than guilt. If you started from guilt of supporting animal murder, yea, the very important feeling you'll notice is: you're not feeling that much guilty again.  In the transition, sure, you'll still cry over an incidental chicken broth in your veggie soup, or you'll miss a taste of crispy salami on your pizza, or rendang...BUT, get going and enjoy more and more happiness from stop eating living animals! You know what that means? PEACE! Peace in your soul. Really.
 

Two. Decided to eat only plantbased food is a challenge! Honestly saying: ONE BIG CHALLENGE. But, don't worry. You'll have many games to play, here are some examples:

1. Vege-meals seeking at wedding receptions 
Oh, mashed potato! Ah...mixed with bacon. 
Oh, nasi timbel! Hey...ikan asin. 
Oh, fried rice! Ah, bakso around.  
(eats only plain rice with some sprinkle of bellpeppers from sapi lada hitam, and a cup of es teler plus buah potong, buying mie tektek with no chicken after the party)  

2. Trying to explain how you want your pasta to cook to a waiter
"Without meat, please."
"But with sausage, right?"
"No, no sausage."
"What about meatfloss?"
"Oh, well, OK, I'm a vegetarian."
"Aah! I see. Is fish okay for you?"
Actually, I was so frustated with this kind of situation, at the beginnings. But slowly I've changed my perception about the tiring dialogue. It's actually silly, and funny. So why don't you just smile and speak softly? Don't make people think that vegetarians are annoying!

3. Telling your family / friends that you're a veggie one
"Mama, I love your ayam rica-rica, but I can't eat this any longer."
(Mother is nodding but, maybe, a little bit sad...) 
"Ow, we're going to KFC!?" 
(thinking hardly about what to eat besides french fries) 

Well, this is just a fun article anyway. Please don't put in too deeply into your heart, and no offensiveness, I wish. :D

Happy Sunday!   



Selasa, 27 Desember 2016

Tranquilty in The Heart


Mom and baby cow (?). Peacefully live on the Bali meadow. I pray so they're safe. 
Lookin' at their eyes. 
Was the moment where I seriously decided to be a vegetarian. 
It's around 2011. Phew, a long time ago! :D

So, December 2016.
I took a mug of iced coffee, poured with a simple, soothing soymilk. 

No more cow's milk.  
Cause I remember the cutest cows I've ever met on 2011. :)




Minggu, 18 Desember 2016

Haturnuhun, Taun 2016

hello, Peko Poko

Oh, unexpectedly, it's December already!
This means, the year 2016 will end soon. Wow, time flies!

If I have to name this year, maybe 2016 is a Clutter-Cleaning year. I got a lot of question about clutters, and letting go so many stuff around that have no more functional function (?) and magically started affecting my parents. A couple of human that I thought as impossible to join my clutter-cleaning movement. So, I'm touched by their kindness to support me, tho'. And they sell some of their random stuff, too! It's such a progress. Since it's crazy to walk alone through this journey.

Besides being free from a hoarder trait, I'm back to my musical path. I think I've found that music is my passion, so I'll always be with music. No matter how far I've wandered around, I always come back to the music. Or meeting music person. And other things. Like it's...stick with me. Accepting it as a fate, I think I'm grateful! ;)

Oyeah. And, recalling the biggest events of the year: my brother's getting married, doing a track-jogging in a sport field with Inez and becoming 'norak' because we never did it before, hahaha. Went to Singapore and saw A LOTTA SESAME STREET, plus...being with 4 A-blood types, 2 O-types, and 1 AB altogether with no water element (from zodiac)...oh, it's fun and crazy. Aoh. Human Jet Coaster. The Mummy track. Definitely an epic experience. (for a lady that never visited DUFAN)

MUSIC CAMP! Aw, yeah. My favourite music camp annual event. I've missed the camp for, like, 2 years, that's why it's so lovely to join 'em again. Another event? Ah, Gaby's wedding. Meeting school friends and spent an evening with them.

Ordered my first vegan cake from Kilivi/Talli Bhumi and it's delicious. Surprised my Mother on her birthday--for the first time in my life, hahaha.

Eh, and, hey, LSO gatherings! In November we held a barbeque session. It's cute that people remember my vegetarianism and gave me...grilled corn and sweet potatoes. And pumpkin soup. And fish, they believe I eat fish so they bought a fish for me unexpectedly, lol,  I ate a little of it anyway, hahaha. Thank you folks to at least remember! Had a good time playing UNO Stacko in twisted plots, by the way.

In December, we had another one-day trip. Almost canceled but happened anyway. Less people involved, but still, many laughters and happiness.

Ah, I'm not an expert in listing small details and stories, but let me show you some picture and a list of randomness, again.

THE MOST COMMON SENTENCES I RECEIVE DURING THE YEAR : 

"You're so slim now," said Kokol my brother, on May. 
"OMG you're even thinner now," said Kokol my brother, again, on December. 

"D'you still eat fish?" my friends asked. "What about eggs?"
They're consistently questioning my eating style, but, no problem.

"Monday is mop day," said Mama every single Monday.

"Please heat up the car machine," Papa asked me every Monday dan Wednesday. Duh. 

"Notice your right hand." Just my friend commenting on my viola playing.

"Just bring the cat home, Neng!" said random men around me everytime I feed a stray cat. 

"Ning," said everyone. (continued with various topics)

Well, though it's annoying, I'm happy that I'm surrounded by people who cares and pays attention. LOL.  

Last but not least, what about you? Did you enjoy 2016 so far ?  


favourite beverage, ever !

got lost in a small residential area and met this blacky







some shade...

hello...

charging my energy through the nature




Minggu, 27 November 2016

Polyvore Reveleation : Concert Days

Concert Days
basic t-shirt : wearable for daily occasions, too. skater skirt : easy to mixmatch and comfortable. no underarm maintenance required.  




I've forgotten how fun playing Polyvore was. So I reopen my account and create my virtual wardrobe. And now, when I limit my possessions, it's even more fun! Why? Because you're focused. You know what you're doing. You're integrated with your persona list--not living a consumptive dream. Just like when I started over my fashion-istic journal in the beginning of this year. 

I used to be a dress junkie. With so many reasons: wedding receptions, churching, concerts, hangouts, etc. In fact, 80% of my dresses are generally useless. I wear some of them only once or twice and forget their existence immediately. Because, how would you teach energetic kids with a lace dress, or how will you take a walk around the city with high pollution wearing pretty mini dress with ribbon on the waistback? It's...a dream. And sadly, most of my dresses are never, never been appropriate for those casual activities. Furthermore when it's sleeveless...since I become shy with that sleeveless stuff, can't wear 'em spontaneously without considering my hairy underarm situation. Or should I layer it with a cardigan eventhough it's sunny and hot outside? :p

That's why I've sold 3 of my little black dress (which is a-must-have, according to fashion experts and magazines, meh), my high-heels shoes, and all inappropriate things that usually stay deep down in the drawer without any human touch. 

Anyway, this is my previous concert pieces expectation: 







lesson learned : the shoes might be fine, but those dress' details on the neckline will make it hard to put on my viola on the shoulder. and sleeveless : need armpit hair clearance and it takes time...and effort.

And this (newer version of the one above):



the concept is better, but sequins all over? wait a minute! It's itchy like hell for energetic activities. plus, it's high-maintenance. and it usually comes with nonabsorbent lining. reality is, playing music makes you sweat a lot, you need a easy-breezy clothing!







Well, folks, how do you manage your formal attires? 
Will you sacrifice your comfort only to impress or to make sure you look good? 


Rabu, 16 November 2016

The Colour Combo


Some capsule wardrobe experts create their colour circle. Or pallette. Or whatever you name it. The point is: the general colour combination of your wardrobe to be sticked on.

I am not a strict, organized person. But naturally, I'm building a pallette in my daily outfit choice. Without noticing it!

Caution : some items in the illustration are not really something I possess. But it's generally something I'd like to wear...or it's just cute to be drawn. Hehe.
Anyway. After a while, here's my general colour pallette :
Pink, denim, yellow, and blue. Yes, it's just so me! Plus, some grey shade for cleanliness and neutralizer. You know, I'm full of emotion and excitement. Something has to...calm me down. :p

And, anyway, some printed stuff is ME. I do love pattern game! XD 

There you go. My pallette. Do you have a colour pallette for your wardrobe organisation? :D




Kamis, 03 November 2016

Neglected. Abandoned. Bye.

Noooo, don't misunderstand this post as a sad, hollow-faced lady writing up her feelings!
It's not about me being neglected or a pet being neglected or what. It's just a simple post about...how we have abandon the real quality of humanbeing. It's about humanity.

But, surprise! I'm kidding. Yes, I'm concerned about humanity nowadays, but actually, that title is just a representative for some little thing I've realized recently. Hahaha. Got you!

*minta dijitak 

OK. Anyway. I'm in the middle of the 20s now. In the world full of materialistic offerings. But I've been a make up hoarder in my early 20s, and an outfit lover in my 18s-23s. I also love to buy expensive imported food for the sake of gaya and ceritanya sih veganism and health. But in the end, because I wasn't wise enough (not actually gain much wisdom now, but not worse than yesterday!), I've thrown too much effort, money, and space. And time. Sorry. The enlightement started here.

And, after a while, I think I've left a lot of things I used to hang on to hardly. These are things I've neglected with a mindful reason :

+ plural lip products
I used to have lip butter, balm, tint, and colour stick together at the same time.  I only have one lips, but I thought I gotta use 4 products for this so-called-beautiful-organ. And...actually, rather than makin' me happy, it stressed me out.  I need to use it before the expiring date! My lips I dry I should use a butter! Balm before lipstick! Lipstick stains on tumbler neck! Lipstick stains on my clothes! 
Pale lips! Where's my lipstick? Oh I forget it. AAHH! 
What a stressful lady. I'm still young, I don't wanna be old earlier! And my lips are FINE. Definitely fine. My daily-game (call it a game or I'll be under pressure) doesn't even push me to wear lipstick! A proper lip-colouring session only appears in concerts or weddings / another party events.
The last time I wear my lipstick (which is this lipstick) was 3 weeks ago for my friend's wedding. So, it could be silly if I collect more and more lip products, since I only use it for special events?

During this time, I'm feeling lighter. Like there's no pressure or doubt about my lips being pale. Because, in reality, it's even brighter and more red after I left my habit of using lipstick every single day. 

+ eyeliner
I have a bad feeling about eyeliner everytime I see an additional stroke on my bold eyelids. But I still gave it a try, with such a ladylike expectation. It's not  bad, actually. Not actually annoying. Unfortunately, wearing an eyeliner increases my freedom. I didn't want to laugh too hard or it'll melt. I can't touch my eyes area. I...literally couldn't do anything without considering my eyeliner situation. HAHAHA. So I give my eye a freedom. Real liberacy. I'm thankful for that decision. 

+ handcream
Because handcream is just a body lotion being kept in a smaller tube and being labeled handcream. THAT'S ALL.

+ flat shoes
Nothing is wrong with flat shoes. But being realistic, I can't walk safely with this species of footwear. Especially on the bumpy road of Bandung, plus it's usually muddy and slippery during the rainy season. I have a zigzag walking style and some friends of mine know how often I fall down on the street! Flat shoes is definitely dangerous for me in my habitat. It could be different on you! It hurts, too. As much as stillettos. In my standard.

+grumpiness
Everytime I feel like complaining, I try to remember a joke or a funny puns...to switch to a better channel of mind. And good things are coming. Along with an optimistic feeling.

Happy Friday, people! :)

Senin, 31 Oktober 2016

Things I've Learnt from Kids

Kids. Oh, those tiny little folks are such a role model for me. Why? Here's why :


1. They don't complicate things. 
Hungry? Just find a food (or ask for it). Sad? Cry it out. Angry? Hit something. Everything's simple and straight in kids' world! And it's reflected on their expressions, their general face. Nothing is hidden. Nothing is kept inside waiting to explode.

2. They dream a lot higher. 
And they believe that they'll achieve it. Even if they dream of flying high riding a llama. Seriously.

3. They wear bright colours. 
Because there's no trend flow or fashion rules for them. And, you know, somehow, they tend to choose bright colours, because their life is bright! As bright as their intelligence!

4. They know that they know nothing. 
So they are always curious, asking for answers of their inner questions. In our society, they are banned for asking such random interviews. But, trust me, curiousity is our no.1 important talent! You'll bloom out of pure curiousity!

5. They're sincere. 
Loving people like there's no tomorrow. Starring at their beloved parents or friends or siblings's eyes with a lot of attention and affection. Why can't we just act as easy as that?

6. They love animals! 
D'you ever encounter a kid that doesn't want to feed or pet a stray cat? I don't. They naturally respect animals and nature, without nobody tell 'em to do so.

7. They choose their food wisely. 
Consciously, they know which food that is not good for their body. So, they're picky! It depends on their parents, tough.

Do you have special attention to kids? Do you think they're better than adults? :p