Friday, 29 September 2017

Mix It Up a Notch: Loose Batik Top

It was actually by pure chance that I happened upon this top in my wardrobe. Whenever that happens, I just venture a guess that it used to belong to my late Mum or my sister, but often my sister wouldn't remember having ever purchased it—even though it often actually does belong to her. Whoever it used to belong to, it's mine now. I love how quite unique it is. It has such a 60s cut with the box neckline, the decorative buttons adorning the chest area, puff sleeves and absolutely baggy fit. The patterns are applied to work with one another. The baggy fit is perfect for my ever-changing body size, so it's a sustainable item in my closet. It works well with skirts, dresses and pants/shorts. A simple touch of patterns to an otherwise basic outfit. I love the cultural sentimental value too! What do you think? Which one is your favourite styling?

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Fernweh ≈ Wanderlust pt. IV

If you read the previous part, you might notice the irony at the end of the post. Who knew that within a month afterwards, I'd pack up my things to go home to Indonesia? Well, I didn't. I wasn't going to let that be the end of my adventures, though, I'm still going to roam about one way or another so you better watch this space. Outside of traveling, a lot of things have happened since then—like a lot!—and it has allowed me to acquire more friends from various parts of the world. It's still a dream of mine to visit them someday, but for now I'm just glad to be able to meet up with some online friends from my own country. My life has caught me off guard for years, but this development is the most unexpected incident to have ever happened in my whole life—not even joking—so traveling has taken a backseat like never before.

Bruxelles (Brussels), Belgium (June 2014)
Before I left Germany, I made sure to do some intense travelling. I made sure to visit one last country in Europe—outside of Germany, of course. It should be fitting that it's Belgium, which houses one of the world's Art Nouveau capitals, and it was beautiful! What a better way to bid farewell than to visit a tiny piece of heaven, am I right? Then two months afterwards I also visited Iva's turf—finally visiting Freiburg—and said goodbye to her and Kynann. We even had a blast at Europapark that I'd never thought I'd visit. When I came back to him, Firu finally kept his promise and took me to Hamburg—a city I've been dying to visit for years. The weather was terrible but it was still a trip we both would love to remember. All the while, I didn't even realise that I was terribly down with tuberculosis—even after I fainted in front of Iva, oops!
Hamburg, Germany (August 2014)
Kudus, Indonesia (October 2014)
The past three years I haven't been travelling much, due to financial issues and other obligations. I can't believe how much harder and pricier it is to explore my own homeland—compared to, say, Europe. In fact, it's apparently cheaper to go abroad than to visit certain parts of Indonesia—especially the less populated islands, like Papua and Maluku. But I do want to explore more of the country, so I decided to start small. I started exploring more of my parents' hometowns, Surabaya and Semarang, seeing all these sites that I never even bothered to check out before. Then I started to explore more of my own hometown, Jakarta. I started to discover so many historical sites—which is a given, since the capital city is obviously the hotspot for history. It's gotten me to appreciate more of my own country. I was so surprised to find the various museums and landmarks I never even knew before—and sometimes even the locals haven't necessarily been there too.

Semarang, Indonesia (June 2015)
Surabaya, Indonesia (July 2015)
Jakarta, Indonesia (2016 onwards)
This list makes me rethink my definition for traveling. What qualifies actual traveling for me, anyway? Usually, it's when I've been somewhere and seen pretty much all the tourist landmarks, tried the local food and learnt a bit about the local culture—which, ideally, takes several days. However, sometimes even in Surabaya or Semarang—or Jakarta, really—there are still plenty of landmarks that I've missed or haven't seen yet, but I obviously know the place rather well to say I've traveled there several times before. And, sometimes, to do so requires less than a day—like in Ambarawa—or that without having seen the landmarks I've gotten a feel of what the local culture is like—as is the case in Kudus—or maybe I visited all the landmarks but didn't eat any of the food—such as in Madura. And I really think I don't have to decide right now.

Madura, Indonesia (July 2017)
Ambarawa, Indonesia (August 2017)
It's taken me three years, but this list is finally complete to create one whole post. My hope for the future is simply to be able to take as many chances as I can in regards to traveling and exploring. For now, I feel like I can only afford to travel nationally—financially, if nothing else. I think at the moment it's best to just visit nearby cities and towns, which often comes with cheaper transportation fare—some can even be visited with the commuter line. Although, of course, if the chance ever arises, I wouldn't mind visiting a different country or farther destinations within the country. It would be swell if I could at least leave the island and seek an adventure on different parts of the archipelago altogether. It may take another three years to finish the next list—maybe longer—but I will be sure to document it here, for anyone who might be interested.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Last Hurrah

School has started again—yes, I'm back in uni now—and I'm somewhere between dreading it and excited about it. These photos, though, were taken on the last weekend before it began. Prior to its restart, the uni has brought me significant amount of stress already—gosh!—so this little sister date on Sunday was welcomed with wide open arms. It was our second visit to the World of Ghibli exhibition. It wasn't complete yet on our previous visit, so we were granted a second entry before the exhibition's over—which was actually that Sunday. The new additions were really great: there are storyboards of all the Ghibli Studio's animated features—which we unfortunately weren't allowed to take photos of and touch—and some other 3D attractions that weren't ready yet last time. The Flying Castle model was designed by my high school upperclassman, Wulan, who happened to be there when we visited too. So cool! Because it was the last day, the place was quite jam packed of people—unlike our last visit, which was rather devoid of visitors. We didn't stay for too long, because we already saw most of it anyway, but it was still such a heartwarming experience.

Book of Deer shirt // thrifted skirt + loafers // Sis's purse // photos by Akita

Let's talk a little bit about the outfit: as you may notice, there is literally nothing new on this outfit. The BoD shirt was from my first ever purchase, the skirt was thrifted years ago and the purse is eternally borrowed from my sister. There are some new stories, though. First of all, I can't believe why I never wore this top and bottom together, they just seem like such an obvious combo that I feel like I must have worn them together sometimes, right? Well, not on the blog, I haven't. So here they are. Also, the loafers—super old in my closet and probably a lot older in general—recently broke; one of the soles fell off. Recently, I took it to a shoe repair shop and had new pair of soles glued on. It feels rather strange under my feet, but great for walking so far. Let's hope they hold out! The problem with vintage shoes, am I right? Lastly, I've been dying to try this hairstyle since I had this hair cut. So happy to finally pull it off!

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Sunday, 17 September 2017


First outfit photoshoot of the month! It's actually been 2 weeks-ish since the last time I snapped some shots of my outfit and a lot has changed. The most apparent of all: I got a...let's say...less than conventional haircut—inspired by none other than Ruby Moon. It looks really great at times, but really shitty at others. In this case, it's somewhere in between. These photos were taken when my friend Caro—who I know from uni—and her boyfriend Jeremy met up with me. It's been months since the last time we saw each other—I dropped out, she did her internship—and we've been kind of dying to catch up. Unfortunately, almost nothing went according to plan that day. Originally, we were going to visit a museum in the city. But Jeremy had a meeting running late, so I decided to go sort something out first—and fell off a motorcycle on the way when it drove into a bush, because the driver fell asleep. The museum turns out to be government property, not open to public, and I ended up running late because I had to fix my tote bag—broken in the accident. In the end, we had only a couple hours—or was it one?—to catch up and snap some shots. It was brutal, but basically means we need to have a proper hangout sometime soon!

Sejauh Mata Memandang scarf (as headband) // thrifted top // hand-me-down purse + sandals // old skirt // photos by Caro + Jeremy

Usually, when a couple goes out with a friend—whether it's a friend of one of them or a mutual friend—there is a quality of a third wheel amongst them. The most obvious/popular occurrence is that the friend is naturally the third wheel—being left out of the romantic relationship. Often, in my experience, that is not the case. For instance, although Jeremy and Caro are still quite lovey-dovey—even after over 6 months of relationship—Caro and I talked about friends and things that Jeremy wasn't in on, thus leaving him in the dark. We surely don't mean for it to be that way, but it just sort of happens, because the dynamic of the relationships between the three of us are completely different. With me and Firu, it is likewise. There are times when we would hang out with friends—mutual or otherwise—and one of us would be sitting there clueless. In fact, it is rare that the friend is the third wheel, because we try to include them in our interactions as much as possible. I mean, sure, ideally there should be no third wheels—which is what we strive for—but it's few and far between. I just find it funny that most people would think, when a couple of lovers and a friend hang out, the friend would be a dragged third wheel, while more often than not, they're perfectly able to balance the bike.

P.S: The highlight of this outfit is the scarf/headband from Sejauh Mata Memandang. Absolutely love being able to support local, slow fashion brands, like this!

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Coconut Rice Peanut Butter Porridge

Lately, I've really been thinking a lot about taking care of myself. When I say that, I mean not just mentally, but also physically, financially and professionally. Ever since I moved back home, I've been pretty much hanging the fate of my meals in the hands of my Stepmom—who cooks food for us at home everyday—except when eating out. Although her food is great, sometimes it's not in keeping with my taste and/or nutritional needs. So, I've decided last week to start meal planning every week. Since I don't always have the time to cook my food or the money to buy excess ingredients, I thought I'd start with planning my own breakfast first. On the look out for breakfast ideas online, I was met with a barrage of breakfast bowls, using oats and chia seeds all the time. Unfortunately, those two are either hard to find or significantly expensive to get on this part of the world—especially the latter. Now, in keeping with my desire to use more local ingredients and recipes, I thought I'd put a twist on our Bubur Sumsum a.k.a. Coconut Rice Porridge instead. Researching other food that may be a good substitute to the trending chia seeds, I thought this would be a good choice for fellow Indonesians.

  • 65 ml thick coconut milk, diluted
  • 4 tbsp. rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pandanus leaf (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 4 grapes
  1. Boil half of the coconut milk (with the pandanus leaf) in a saucepan on low heat
  2. Add rice flour to the other half and mix well
  3. Sprinkle the salt and pour the rice flour mixture into the saucepan
  4. Stir the mixture well until it thickens
  5. Turn up the heat to medium and let it boil, while keep stirring
  6. Remove from heat and let cool
  7. Transfer the porridge into a bowl
  8. Add the peanut butter and mix well
  9. Garnish with banana and sesame seeds
  10. Dig in!
Tips:  The coconut milk used in this recipe is the one for cooking—which is quite thick—and definitely not one you can have as a beverage. If you want to be cautious, add the flour little by little after boiling, because only then is the thickness apparent. But, if you want to add more flour after boiling, make sure you dilute it with water. The pandanus leaf is only for aroma, so not using it is okay as well. If you're in a hurry in the mornings, it is best to make the porridge the night before, stick it in the fridge and microwave it for 30 seconds the next morning. If you don't want to use peanut butter, you can have the porridge with its usual kinca sauce—which is literally melted palm sugar—but the peanut butter is for your early-morning protein intake. Originally, I used only one banana and 3 table spoons peanut butter, but I've adjusted the recipe more to how I think it should be. Obviously, like any breakfast bowls, you can switch up the garnish with whatever fruit is available to you—I would trade the grapes for cherries, if they were easier to find. Lastly, I think it's best to divide this recipe for two servings. Lass es euch schmecken!

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