Monday, 20 February 2017

Dreaming with a Broken Heart

"Pandora's Box" by Wickana Laksmi Dewi

For some reason, the last two weeks of February seems to be packed with art exhibitions all across the city. It's making me feel both excited and dizzy, unable to choose which ones to look at first. I could probably just make a round, but, if you know Jakarta at all, you know it won't be easy. Not exactly by choice, last Saturday I decided to visit the Broken Heart Gallery exhibition—which is a super small installation at Plaza Indonesia—with my partner-in-crime of a sister. There were some interesting works—two of which from artists that I've heard of (and even interviewed) before. Although I didn't enjoy the exhibition very much—except for the fact that it served as a setting for an outfit shooting rather well—it made me think of heartbreaks. There are just so many shapes and sizes of heartbreaks, though it's a shame that the exhibition only highlighted the romantic kind—especially when all the other varieties can hurt just as badly. What do you guys think of heartbreaks? How did you go through it?

Book of Deer top // swapped pinafore // old tights + ribbon // MKS shoes (old) // hand-me-down purse // photos by Akita (again)

For me, for example, heartbreak is a daily occurrence. Every morning I wake up and find that I'm so far away from him, it reminds me of reality time and time again. It reminds me of the distance between us—not just in length, but also in time and money. Every time I think of what I'd rather be doing right now or where I'd rather be, I think of an alternate universe where I didn't make the decision I did, no matter how much happier it made me. I think of an entirely different world where I could've been happy with the situation that I had, although I knew that I left it for a reason. But I also think a heart has got to break now and then to know how to be whole. I think what doesn't kill you does make you stronger, even if you have to drag yourself to be so. My heart has broken one too many times, but I think I wouldn't be able to stand where I do now or be who I am now, had it not gone so much.

P.S: Whoa! This post got dark real quick. Just want to say: this outfit is another part of my "wear more of things I rarely do" goal!

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Apple Scones

There is really such thing as serendipity, don't you think? Well, this really doesn't explain much, but this month's recipe and post was created on pure chance. First of all, I still have a tremendous leftover apple sauce from the previous recipe, so I thought I'd incorporate that for this recipe as well. Secondly, I happened to have a food photography assignment, so the lighting in these photos was courtesy of the photo studio at my campus. Maybe I should invest in one too someday. The original recipe was taken from a Japanese manga I used to read in grade school called Delicious! Since it's the first recipe the main protagonist made—and she's not good at cooking—I thought it would be mighty simple—and it is!—so I thought I'd give it a go. I've never eaten/seen scones up close before, so I'm sorry if these don't look like scones. Let me know what you guys think!

(original recipe from Delicious! by Miyuki Kobayashi; makes 8)
  • 200gr flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 50gr butter, room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. milk, room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. apple filling (recipe here)
  • vanilla essence (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven at 200ºC
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl
  3. Add in the butter slowly while mixing with your hands
  4. Add the milk little by little while keep mixing the mixture
  5. If you have vanilla essence, you can add it here too
  6. Add in the apple sauce and mix well
  7. Divide the mixture into 8 balls (or use a glass to create scone shapes)
  8. On a baking dish lined with baking paper, position the scones in ca. 5 cm intervals
  9. Stick the dish in the oven for 16-30 minutes
  10. Take it out when it's turned golden
  11. Serve it while it's hot! 
Tips:  If you don't want to make the apple filling, feel free to use store-bought apple jam or sauce. Make sure all the ingredients are in room temperature, lest they should not mix well. Careful with adding the milk, if it turns out to be too much, the mixture might get sticky and take longer to bake. Add more apple filling, if you feel that the recommended portion is not enough. For the vegan option, you can substitute butter with vegan butter or coconut oil and the milk with soy or almond milk. This dish is a perfect companion for afternoon tea or a quick breakfast to-go or midnight snacks for an all-nighter. You can devour it with a bit of whipped cream on top or slather more apple sauce on the outside. Lass es euch schmecken!

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