Thursday, 31 January 2013

Muster-Mania

The snow's started to melt. It hasn't snowed in around a week and the temperature's risen in a heart beat. Spring is coming and I can't wait! The lake and river in the park have also started to melt, which makes them look all milky. Excuse my disobedient hair, the lake was extra windy. The whole park wasn't, though. Of course, I had to pick the windiest spot, what with my sore throat, coat-shedding and all. Oh, but wind and rain mean winter is starting to melt away and spring is just around the corner. Yippie! I didn't use to be a huge fan of spring but the temperature is just optimal. Plus, I just purchased the perfect dress! Can't wait to share it on the blog. The finals are coming and I probably won't be too active on the blog. Wish me luck, guys!

C&A coat // Vero Moda blouse // New Yorker belt // flea market skirt // 11Eureka tights // H&M socks // Deichmann chelsea boots

I know what you're thinking, did my closet just explode and these are the only things left or did I go crazy on the patterns? It's the latter, by the way. In fact, my classmate told me that it's "yet another crazy combination." Maybe my eyes' prescription's gotten worse but, personally, I really do think this outfit works. I wore this to Firu's last weekend but we didn't go anywhere because he got sick. Obviously, we didn't take pictures of this outfit. So I recreated it. The upside to that whole weekend: I got into cooking again, real meal this time. Hopefully, I'll be able to come up with a few recipes after the finals. Until then, have a windy Thursday! Cheerio!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My Heart Aches for the Shining Sun

Winter has caught up with me. It's got to the point where I can't even tolerate snow anymore. And that has never happened before! Being a girl from a tropical world, seeing and feeling snow are two of the main reasons to travel to lands with four seasons. But winter is such a drag. I miss being able to go out without so much as a tee and shorts. And the flowing water, the festivities, the feeling like I don't have to worry about anything. Those are the best. The first summer I spent working and suffering in the blazing sun while last summer I traveled and took care of some applications. This summer I want to live the dream: go to the beach - with or without sea -, stargaze, visit a sunflower field, go on awesome picnics/barbecue, visit flea markets often, blow bubbles, etc. The list goes on and on as I am making one right now. Summer, please come soon. I can't stand the cold no more.

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P.S: Today is my late Mom's birthday. Not to be sad about it, though. Just want to say I love her and she would be 47 if she was still around.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

They Search for the Colours But Can Never Quite See

I have absolutely no idea why people prefer wearing dark colours in winter. Winter is dark enough, people! What with the seldom availability of the sun, whether or not it's still supposed to be daylight. It helps that the snow covers the land, though, giving the world less of a gloomy feel. But that makes winter only consist of black-and-white. Which, I believe, is the perfect chance to dress up in bold colours. You'll definitely stand out plus it might actually cheer you up. Winter has a static feel to it, in contrary to summer which just seems ultra-dynamic. Neglecting that entirely, I danced in the snow until my fingers and toes went numb. A couple actually stared at me all strange - while pushing their baby on a stroller - until I threw them an awkward smile. Hey, just because it's winter and gloomy, doesn't mean I'm not allowed to be colourful and happy, am I right?

Taman Safari tee // Only skirt // C&A scarf // 1982 kids varsity jacket // H&M gloves + tights + socks // Deichmann Chelsea boots

Despite the fact that the cold's gotten to me, I still enjoy the snow from time to time. It's about time too I take snowy outfit pictures in the wild...well, sorta. Lately, life has seemed even less eventful than before. I haven't gotten my winter wish yet: have a snowball fight with Firu. And seeing how we won't see each other until April, it seems that this dream has to die yet again. I can't wait for summer to come and have been making a wish to-do list to be done in the upcoming season. Now these must be done, no matter what. Enjoy the Sunday while you still have it. Cheerio!

Friday, 25 January 2013

One Year of Alive as Always

Whoa, I can't believe it's been a year since the first time I blogged! Technically, I've blogged longer than that but it wasn't in this blog here. Also, it wasn't personal style-blogging. This was a whole new experience for me. A year was so brief, apparently. I have yet to experience much of anything through the blog but I've done a lot. My perspective on personal style has totally changed and I'm much more stylish now. My closet also grew, in which I don't simply own tees and pants. I also experimented a lot with photography and fashion. Probably kind of geeky of me to remember this blog's first anniversary. As commemoration, though, here are some of my favourite posts/series in this blog in the past year.


I remember the first time I wanted to blog was after stalking Bonnie of Flashes of Style on her blog  and seeing how pretty all her clothes are. I wanted to give it a shot too! Just like that, I asked Firu to snap the photos for my first ever outfit post. Turns out, one of my friends, Zahra has a blog, where she also posts her outfits - not as regularly as I, sad to say. With this blog, I got to inspire people, like Zahra and my best friend, Gina - who made a blog because of me. In the end, I decided to post more than just outfits on the blog. It was a wonderful ride! Thank you for all the support this past year and thanks for reading this blog. I've definitely shared a lot and been introduced to a number of possibilities along the way, including winning a huge amount of money to buy my first SLR camera. I will keep on blogging here, I'm sure. If you don't mind, please keep following me on my journey with this little ol' blog. Cheerio!

P.S: Coincidentally, today is also my best friend, Uli's birthday. Happy birthday, Lai! Welcome to the 20s!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Fernweh ≈ Wanderlust pt. II

Sometime last year, I made a list of places I've been to since I moved out to Germany. Although it has yet to be exactly a year, it occurred to me that I've traveled enough places to make another one of such lists. Aside from my actual desire to go and see the world - or at least Europe, so far, boredom also had a hand in the matter. With the inability to see Firu for four months, I had the freedom to go elsewhere and see more friends, traveling and exploring different sites in the process.

Kassel, Germany (May 2012)
Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland), Germany (June 2012)
Ever since Godknowswhen, traveling has been one of my life-long passions. I dream of going around the world for my honeymoon - unrealistic, I know. Knowing that would probably not come true, I am using the opportunity I have now that I'm still young. Little by little, slowly but sure. Having friends from all over the world is also one of my main goals in life. For now, at least, having friends from all over the country is quite enough. This is also the reason I love having a short-distance relationship with Firu, living in different towns. It gives me a reason to travel more. Plus, Firu lives in probably the biggest state in Germany, with a semester ticket to take me around it. Yippie!

Halle (Saale), Germany (June 2012)
Göttingen, Germany (July 2012)
Berlin, Germany (July 2012)
Last year, I totally splurged on traveling. All these trips done in a short period of time. Not to mention, I actually went to WeimarHannover and Bremen in June, Dresden and Leipzig in July, Frankfurt in August and any other cities in NRW as well in October and November. It was crazy! Although some of them don't even cost money for the transport. There are various reasons, mates, methods and stories to each trip but I enjoyed each and every one of them to the fullest. Some trips lead to destiny in the near future - like Kassel, per se - while others are simply trips. This year, I think I'm going to lay low on the traveling side, though. Use my time and money to do something useful for my future maybe.

Düsseldorf (Dusseldorf), Germany (October 2012)
Duisburg,  Germany (October 2012)
Venlo, The Netherlands (October 2012)
The best part about traveling is being able to do it with your loved ones. Which is why we went back to our first hometown nearing the end of the year, to gather with our closest friends in the country. I guess we were blessed, after our trip earlier that year, to have another trip together again. It wasn't a month of work together, though - we did that once in Hannover two years ago. With all the years to come, I hope we could spend more time together, exploring different places, creating more memories and inside jokes. Oh, these friends of mine.

Karlsruhe, Germany (December 2012)
Paris, France (December 2012)
Apparently, going abroad has become a sort of annual thing for me by now. Last year was Italy, this year was The Netherlands and France. I have only seen one city of each, though. But it's okay. To dedicate at least one full day to appreciate a city is better than to shift through a number of cities just to say you've been there, not knowing the place at all. Iva and I are so excited to make plans again this year. There's a good chance we might go to Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg since Firu lives near there now. I'm still pretty much interested in visiting Prague, though - I have to see Mucha's last hometown! - so we'll see. I have so much hope for what this year holds, though. In the meantime, I'm going to have a blast staying put. You guys go have a happy midweek! Cheerio!

P.S: I put Halle in as well because it was the time I started exploring the place for real. Plus, now I don't live there anymore and it was another town to put into my list. I put Karlsruhe in because Firu and I took a trip to go back there.

Monday, 21 January 2013

After School Special

H&M dress // Primark chunky cardigan + belt // Pieces scarf // Bare Denim jeans // Exsport slingback // Soho Zoo boots

Obwohl das Outfit eigentlich nichts zu tun mit Schulen hat, ist der Titel dieses Postes so wegen des Ortes dieser Fotos. Ich glaube, ich hab niemals zuvor meine Uni euch gezeigt. Na, so sieht sie aus...oder zumindest eine kleine Ecke davon. Trotzdem normalerweise gibt es auch hier Leute. Zum Glück hab ich niemandem begegnet, weil es noch die Ferien war. Dieses Outfit ist wahrscheinlich das ideale Studenten-Outfit aber komischerweise hab ich so was fast gar nie in der Vorlesungszeit getragen. Aber total bequem! Und diese Tasche war die einzige Tasche, die ich erstmals aus Indonesien mitgebracht hab. So groß wie meine Bedürfnisse, passt mir natürlich schön. Vielleicht soll ich solche Outfits mehrmals anziehen. Übrigens, schönen Montag und genieß es! Cheerio!

Although this outfit actually has nothing to do with schools, the title of this post has more to do with the location of this photo shoot. I think, I have never, not once, shown you my university. Well, here it is...or at least just a small corner of it. Despite that fact, normally people will go through here. Luckily, I didn't stumble upon anyone, mostly because it was still the holidays. This outfit is probably the ideal student-outfit but, strangely, I have never put on such an outfit on school days. Totally cozy, though! And this bag was the only bag that I brought along from Indonesia the first time I came here. As huge as my needs, of course it fits me perfectly. Maybe I should wear this kind of outfits more often. Anyway, happy Monday, all! Cheerio!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Every Girl Has a Fat Girl Inside

This is something I surely have never shared on the blog before. But, lately, I've seen and read people changing their diets or lifestyle to live healthier and/or lose weight. So here I am, out of the blue, sharing with you my fat girl story. Unfortunately, I don't really have a diet story. I didn't stick to one diet pattern and lose weight because of it. But just hear me out.

All my childhood, I've been a fat girl. It's kind of funny, remembering, when I was very little, I wasn't all that fat and don't have a chubby-face built - unlike my sister, who, ironically, was and is always the skinny one. Anyway, when I was in middle school, it got so bad that I actually hit 68 kg (my height is 161 cm). It became so bad that I couldn't even shop in the women's section of any clothing store. I had to try out pants several times before I found the ones which fit me. They were usually men's cargo, which are actually too big for my legs and too heavy for my hips. The sizes which fit me were L or bigger. I didn't even have curves! Of course, back then I didn't realise how bad it was.

I started eating healthier when my mother asked me to go on a diet with her. This required no dinner, just veggies. That's it. That's all I had to do. It helped a lot, though. Plus, I had cram schools and school projects which required going to places within walking distances, which was the most exercise I had outside of P.E. Oh yeah, it also helped that my middle school had weekly jogging plans that I almost never missed out on. This kind of diet continued on in high school. Somewhere along the way, I started consuming more low-fat products, eating daily fruits, doing more exercise (my arms actually have hard muscles!), etc. After I started dating Firu, my weight stays the same or reduces now and then. When I was living in Halle, though, I barely ate out of mild depression and laziness to cook. I lost more weight. Now I have curves, my collarbone is visible for all to see and I fit into smaller-sized clothes. Yaay!

Despite my weight loss, I still feel like losing some more. There are parts of my body that, I feel, still needs some tweaking, i.e. my thighs and calves. Plus, living healthily never hurts. If you want to join in, here are some great diet tips from Tieka, fitness tips from Emma plus lifestyle tips from my friend, Grecia. I say these ladies are awesome to be able to accomplish this. Here are some tips from me as well, aside from what they've already said:
  1. Eat only when you need to! - This means don't eat when you're just bored or want to chew/something tasty in your mouth. More often than not, when you do this, even just one bit can trigger your hunger. If you do this often, you start to get hungry quickly and, before you know it, you eat like a pig.
  2. Walk it off! - If you need to go somewhere and it's within walking distance, don't take the bus/tram/other transport systems (unless you're in a hurry). This also stands for sitting down. When you're in a bus/tram and there's still enough space to stand around, choose that rather than sitting down. This will help your digestive system.
  3. Multitask it! - Doing house chores or running errands can be a good form of exercise. It's probably isn't much but definitely better than nothing. Plus, you get to accomplish two things at once.
  4. Give yourself a break! - Following a set of strict diet rules is good. It disciplines you. But there's no harm in treating yourself now and then. So you haven't eaten chocolate for a month, per se. There's no harm in eating some now. It'll feel like a reward after your long, hard work. Just don't neglect your own rules tomorrow.
  5. Keep yourself motivated! - This, often, is the problem. You sometimes lose sight of why you started doing this in the first place. Get your loved ones to help you or keep a poster of motivations in your room. Maybe a picture of the body you want to have or set of motivational words. Just don't lose sight of it.
Personally, I don't think you need to go to the gym to start. But, if you think that will be more discipline for you, it's recommended. I myself don't like the gym. I'd rather jog in the park or play any kinds of sports. Also, you should check out diet tips according to your blood types. It's very healthy and true! Let me know if you're doing this too. Cheerio!