Friday, 30 December 2016

December in Overview

Excited about...
well, as expected, the new year, of course. At this point, I have little to no expectations what the new year should hold. My sister taught me a clever and humble prayer recently: "Dear GodI believe that You have plans of Your own and I wish not to interfere with that. All I ask is to, please, give me strength to handle whatever is to come." I think I want to live with that prayer in mind. Everything else will be futile otherwise, anyway. So, do your worst, 2017!

Currently reading...
Und morgen du by Stefan Ahnhem, which is a German-translated Swedish crime novel that I received from my friend Frederick (thanks again, mate!). So far it's been rather intriguing and I'm still giddy to see it until the end. It's one of those stories that, even though you basically already have every piece of the puzzle, the mystery is still very much alive because you have no idea how to piece them all together. Also, this is the first Swedish novel I've ever read—and it spans into Denmark—that I have to open the map to see where all the cities are.

Currently watching...
Actually watched quite a number of films this month. I went to the movies for Moana—which I adore!—and watched a few anime series, such as 3月のライオン (March Comes Like the Lion) and Gi(a)rlish Number. Lastly, I finally got to watch The Revenant. It was a very raw and impressive film. The whole time I was watching it, it felt like I was actually peeking into someone's life as opposed to enjoying a studio production. 

Currently listening...
Moana Soundtrack, of course! Ever since I heard them at the cinema, I can't get the songs out of my head. Disney has done it again. I think Moana is the best Disney production in years! From the film, my favourite song would have to be How Far I'll Go. It's just so relatable. Then when it's basically reprised in I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors), it's really inspiring—I swear I almost cried. Really, really well done, Disney!

Thinking about...
Life-altering decisions (again). I can't say I have exciting plans for 2017, but I really want to expand and grow in so many aspects and fields. My life has felt like rocking on a boat in the middle of the sea lately, unsure of where I'm heading and unable to see what lies before me. It's almost as if I had just been floating along for a while. Maybe it's time I take charge of my life and do what I feel needs to be done. Since I'm the kind of person who loses her enthusiasm as soon as my plans are shared, I'm afraid I can't share with you guys until after it's at least a little bit more concrete.

Sharing a blooper from 2013 // museum outing with my sis // Moana love because that movie was so good! // missing Firu immensely this month // the result of the long-drawn project from last month // spotted: some juicy persimmons! // Mother's Day illustration // reunited with some Germany pals // burnt money with my siblings
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Mix It Up a Notch: Charcoal Grey Jumper

Honestly, I have absolutely no idea what to call this thing. Last I checked calling it a jumper is still valid, but what do I know? Ever since I found it at the corner of my wardrobe—I think it used to belong to my late Mom or something—I have been head over heels for it. Although I usually steer away from grey items, this charcoal grey just looks really warm and nice—not at all the bleak and gloomy impression grey usually has on me. The cut is also very, very clean and well done, with its intricate buttons and crosses. If you think it's a pain to put on, you're mistaken; it's actually very easy to throw on—just don't forget what goes where. The skirt actually has a flap on the back, although it's supposed to be kept together with a button and an...extender (?), but the button came off not sure when. It says a lot when a piece of clothing gets worn more times in real life than on the blog.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Ch-Ch-Changes

Welcome to the last outfit post of 2016! There are two reasons for the title of this post. First, it is to remember the legend that is David Bowie and the fact that he died earlier this year. I'd never really known much about him or his works, but I absolutely fell in love with "Space Oddity" thanks to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Following his death, many other iconic and important figures are moving to the afterlife—which I think is a major part of 2016 as well. I still can't believe figures who are so close to my heart like Alan Rickman and Anton Yelchin are now no longer walking this earth. To see how alive and kicking they are in their previous films make them seem almost immortal in my heart. It has been a hugely heartbreaking year—in that regard and so many others. I want to give them a moment of silence to respect their passing.

Thrifted hat + loafers // old striped dress (worn as top) // hand-me-down skirt + purse // photos by Iqbal

The second reason is because I'd love to talk about the changes the blog will (again) go through next year. This past couple years have been about experimenting with the blog and working out what works best for my schedule—and other aspirations. It has been really fun, taking the blog to its maximum potential and exchanging thoughts with other bloggers. However, as I try to be more consistent, more relatable and more structured about blogging, I've forgotten to get personal and lost touch with the blog. It's not until recently do I realise, as I am typing yet another interview or featurette that the blog feels like it was written by someone else entirely. I felt disconnected from it. So, starting next year, I've decided to strip the blog of some of its ongoing series and approach blogging in a less technical and robotic way. I want to talk more about the things currently taking residence in my mind and the causes I support. All in all, I just really hope you guys won't stop coming along on my journeys!

P.S: These photos were taken when a few Germany friends and I reunited, among whom were Cindy and Ervina who you might have seen on the blog before. Then there is Iqbal, who was so sweet and kind to take these photos for me—thank you so much! Wish I could talk more about them, but maybe on another chance. Oh and also, Merry Christmas, everyone!




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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Press Repeat

“Things never happen the same way twice.”  - C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

It feels like it's been forever since the last time I blogged, that I feel absolutely rusty about this whole shebang. An exaggeration, I suppose, since I'm exactly right on track, but a huge reduction from the previous years when I used to blog every other day. It can't be helped, I suppose, since I'm so swamped from other aspects of my routine, but I can't stop thinking that something's missing from my life. It's not necessarily the blog, since I'm technically still here. Perhaps it's youth, slowly but surely slipping away from me. I complain all the time about how I don't have time to do whatever I want to do anymore, thanks to uni and work. But once I have some free time to kill, I find myself freezing, unable to pinpoint what it is that I want to do. What did I use to do to make myself feel alive? For the life of me, I can't seem to remember what excites me anymore—aside from living abroad (which is out of the question) and spending my days with Firu (also out of the question).

Ask by Asky dress // thrifted denim jacket + loafers // hand-me-down purse // old hair ribbon // photos by Akita

These photos were taken around 2 weeks ago, when my sister and I went on a bit of a museum outing minutes before the museum was to close. The place was so quiet and devoid of people an hour before they basically kicked us out. I don't think I've ever gone to a museum or gallery right before the door is slowly closing. It's kind of nice to somewhat have the place all to ourselves. There were only a few other people there with us, most of whom came only to take photos—we were there for an impending assignment of mine, mind you. It's been weeks since I have the time—and money—to hang out and relax a bit, so I was ready to stretch my legs. Needless to say, we practically broke the bank, though, so I'll just wait until Christmas break—which is in 2 days—to really do whatever I want.


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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Persimmon Spritzer

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this post of persimmons that I managed to find out here. Back when I was in Germany, every fall/winter I always look for persimmons. It’s my favourite cold season fruit ever! However, out here in Indonesia, they are very, very rare. There is the local variant we call “kesemek,” which has a similar appearance with powdery skin, but even that is a rare sight in Jakarta, it seems. So as soon as I found these, I did not hesitate to bring them home—and maybe make a “recipe” with them. I say “recipe,” because it’s so easy it’s almost not worth making a whole post out of it. Let’s just call this my tribute-to-persimmon post, okay?

Ingredients 
  • 1/2 persimmon
  • 300 ml carbonated water
  • water (optional)
  1. Grate or juice the persimmon and pour it into a cup or glass
  2. Add in the carbonated water and stir well
  3. Add water if you think the persimmon juice is too thick
  4. Serve it chilled!
Tips: Remember to remove the seed(s) before you grate or juice the persimmon. If you don’t like pulp, juicing it is the best choice. If you have a cocktail shaker, you can use that to shake the ingredients well—which I think will probably work better. You can add persimmon slices into the drink to infuse the water or just for garnish. Lass es euch schmecken!


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Saturday, 10 December 2016

BLOOPERS: Outtakes from 2013

The other day I posted a bit of blooper/outtake from an outfit post I did back in 2013. That made me think of all the other outtakes of the year. I thought it would be a good idea to share them on the blog, because I'm in the mood for nostalgia and kind of want to let you take a peek of my personality a bit more when the photos are not filtered. So let me walk you through the various types of blooper photos that I have from 2013—which is the first year I used DSLR for the blog—and, if you like it, we can move on to 2014 and so on. First photo above must've been taken by Firu when I was still talking—and most likely complaining—to him.

Back in 2013 I took most of my photos alone. And, although I've always felt most comfortable in front of the camera on my own, it still feels quite awkward and weird to be taking photos of yourself. This is when I make faces to loosen myself up a little bit and maybe get an actual photo with a personality—which, for me, is highly important. Sometimes, though, I make faces unintentionally because someone was passing by out of frame and I was feeling extremely strange and self-conscious. That must've been what happened in the bottom left photo there.

The faces that happen in between shots/poses
Problem with blogging with glasses: fixing them up when the camera goes off
Sometimes strange and funny faces or poses happen when I'm transitioning from one pose to another, from one expression to another. This is the one that happens the most—be it alone or with someone else. Sometimes I make the ugliest or most awkward faces that the internet should never have to see—but here they are! Sometimes I'm just readjusting myself or ready to walk out of frame to start over. Sometimes, though, my body seems to bend in a strange way that it looks almost broken, like that bottom right photo there. What is up with those feet? They look like they're not supposed to bend that way.

Bringing to you a bit o' Behind-the-Scenes in front of the camera :')
Can anyone just tell me what the hell is going on with my hair here?
My diva face comes out every now and then when Firu refuses to take the photos seriously
Most of the time, though, I'm too focused in setting up the camera that I forget about all the other aspects/elements I need to prepare as well, like taking off the coat or adjusting my hair or, you know,.....climbing up a tree. Funny thing is, more than once the camera stops taking pictures before I'm actually presentable for the blog, so I have to start the timer over again. Way to go, me! In the case when someone takes my photos, they either don't know when to stop or simply refuse to stop, catching me off guard with these weird poses and faces. In Firu's case, he's so good at capturing my diva face because I'm pissed he wouldn't take the outfit photos seriously. Now you know how ugly I look when I'm in a mood.

Aside from these, most of the photos that didn't make it to the blog were just out of focus or I was out of frame or both—it happens at least 80% of the time. I selected these few that may be of interest to you—the rest looks boring—so I hope you'll enjoy these and know that taking photos for the blog isn't always perfect and it doesn't have to be. Thank you for reading!

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