As the end of the year 2010 is approaching soon, few days ago, I watched this commercial and really like it.

So, this is my new spirit of living, and to welcome the year 2011.

I want to live my life to the absolute fullest.
To open my eyes to be all I can be.
To travel roads not taken, to meet faces unknown.
To feel the wind, to touch the stars.
I promise to discover myself.
To stand tall with greatness.
To chase down and catch every dream.

The Wonder of Christmas

Hmmm….let me sing..”so this is Christmas…” , ow, I love Christmas because that means I am having my year end holiday. Hehehehe..yeap, since last year, I finally have the so-called-christmas and year end holiday. I have to thanked God for this privilege. Well, this year Christmas isn’t different from any other Christmas day of the previous years. Err, then again, I think it’s kind of different, since for the first time, I bought cookies for Christmas, and some of my friends gave me some cookies. Hehehehehehe…and the best is I get chocolate cake!! Yummy..super super amazing and really love it!!!

awfully chocolate

I went home for Christmas…and the first sentence my dad told me was “Hello, finally you remember to go home, eh?” ..geese, what a straight forward one. He must be missing me so much! I had my Xmas mass in the church nearby, which is located in my junior high school area. I met many of my teachers there, and usual the most famous question was asked repeatedly : “When will you get married?” Gosh! What’s up with getting married, huh? Anyway, I liked and enjoyed the mass that night. The wonder of Christmas to me was that my dad drove me to the church, which I think he had never done that before. Thank you, Lord!

…so…MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody….May the Joy, Love and Peace of Christmas be with you…..always…

My best friends’ wedding day : 18 December 2010

Last weekend, my best friends’ had their wedding day. The ceremony in the church was beautiful and the reception was also wonderful. It was my pleasure to be part of their important moment of their lives. I almost dropped my tears when the groom said his vow. Here I share some pictures.

The Groom & The Bride

The Best Men & The Bride's Maids
The Bride & The Best Men
The Bride & The Bride's Maids

Well..Well..a new chapter of their life and my prayer for them...may them live happily ever after and always loving each other until the end. Amen.

One of The Happiest Day in 2010

On 11 December 2010, I had my birthday. I turned to 28 years old. Well, don’t worry, it’s perfectly fine for me to mention my age. I am happy being me anyway, nothing to be sad about of being 28-years single lady at all. This year, I managed to have an enjoyable celebration with some of my girl friends. I was really happy that day.
It wasn’t a very merry or such a very extravagant celebration. It was just a sweet and happy day. We decided to go to Bandung, one of our favorite city. Oh, before I forget, the “we” here is me, Christine Hawono, Natalia Komalasari and Vera Riesanti. We usually have a weekend getaway once a month, and since we didn’t managed to do so in November, then We went out of town on my day.

Let’s start the journey then, I’ll try to make it brief though.

On Friday night, they picked me up in my office. I had to ‘run away’ immediately from the office, before something came up in the last minutes. Hop in to the car and so off we go! Well..well…Jakarta is as usual, traffic jam everywhere! So that night, we were kind of struggling to pass the jam so that we could go to toll-road. Lucky, it was not that bad at all. We went from Jakarta around 7 pm and arrived in Bandung around 9 pm. Quite fast! Thank you, Dear God!  

So, first stop is definitely to have proper DINNER. We stopped to Nasi Kalong, in Jalan Riau. It was my first time, and the food was delicious. I like the Ayam Madu, plus they play jazz songs. I wished it wasn’t raining that night so we could stay a bit longer there. Belly was happy, next destination was to find a cozy café to sit and chit chatting. So, we decided to go to Cloud 9 in Dago Atas. Yet, when we arrived there it wasn’t much of called comfortable, since the music is absurd and hurting our ears, then we decided to move to another café nearby, The Valley, but it was closed already. So, we changed our direction and went to Ciumbuleuit, our lovely and memorable street, first stop should be Cabe Rawit, but, we didn’t see it and the parking lot was full, so we went to Gemboel, next to Jalan Menjangan. Gemboel is a warteg, they sell instant noodles, toasted bread ( I doubt they toast it, hehehe), orange juice, nasi kuning and others. This is another memorable place for the 3 of us (Cik Vera went to collage in Surabaya). We ordered Indomie, Es Jeruk (padahal baru klar makan malem ya! parah). It was quite busy night there, many students were still there. And what was amazing,I had the changing of day there, these girls sing Happy Birthday to me there. Kind of sweet!

We stayed in Novotel Bandung, and we were kind of disappointed since it felt not like a 4 star hotel. The accommodation and the service was so lame. Anyway, so, the next day, we went to Mie Rica, again, those girls, sang happy birthday to me there. Don’t u just love them. Next destination is PT Rasa for a delicious Coconut Royale ice cream. Apparently the place was quite near then, we directly ate those delicious ice cream. Yummy…Yummy…Oh yeah, these girls again sang the birthday song for me here. :)

Next Destination, Karmel. Yeap, to say my prayer for a wonderful life until this day. I love visiting this place and I can stay there for hours. What a peaceful place, which is rather hard to find in Jakarta. Then, we decided to go to La Oma to have our leisure time and lunch of course! (we are crazy! We just had noodle at 11am and at 1 pm we were about to have our lunch!! Goshhhh!!). We sat in one of the Gazebo, had a very good light chit chat and we postponed our lunch of course. Ono and I decided to have a massage. We had the massage in our gazebo. It was a very wonderful experience. I fell asleep while the lady massage me ^_^. Oh, these ladies bought me another cake and again, they sang the birthday song again. J We went home like around 5pm in the afternoon, it was one rare pleasure to have this moments with them. Actually it was quite windy and somehow, all of us fell asleep during the massage time. Feels like home I guess!

The day shall not end here, again, since none of us wanted to go for shopping, we choose to go to The Valley for dinner. Hehehehe…EATING AGAIN?? Yeap. We are ‘beautiful monsters”. Anyway, we didn’t have heavy dinner since our stomach was ready to blow up. Too much food will kill you!! We just had some soups and cocktails. And, Again, these ladies bought me another cake, err, 2 cakes!! The first time, the waitress brought a strawberry cheese cake, which is my fave cake, with a candle on it, these ladies again for the x-times, sang the song for me. I was surprised enough, then not long afterward, the waitress came again with another cake,Lemon pie cake, and yeah..they sang again the song for me. I was confused and more surprised. These ladies actually tried to make the entire guests sang the song together, but somehow those people were confused and instead of singing along, they only stare at us. THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORT GIRLS!! J and so, the day in Bandung ended beautifully.

I did enjoy my day, not really an extraordinary celebration, but I did enjoy spending a very sweet and memorable day with my inner circle, best friends, to have laughters and stories together. One sweet day to remember in my life.

I thank God for this beautiful day and His blessings.

Menulis adalah Terapi

Setelah sekian lama absen dari dunia tulis menulis, saya belakangan ini mencoba kembali menekuni hobi yang agak terabaikan itu. Menariknya, sepanjang tahun ini saya mencoba menulis puisi-puisi, tapi apa dikata, tampaknya, saya bukan orang yang bisa menulis puisi dengan baik, dengan aturan rima-nya dan kawan-kawannya atau merangkai kata dengan indah dengan kata-kata implisit. Yah, tak mengapa. Setiap orang punya talentanya masing-masing.

Menulis itu adalah terapi buat saya. Menuliskan berbagai-bagai rupa hal, mulai dari kejadian kejadian kecil dalam hidup, rutinitas yang terjadi sehari-hari, ungkapan rasa isi hati yang terdalam, dan berbagai ragam hal lainnya yang bisa ditulis, memberikan kenikmatan sendiri bagi diri saya. Melegakan sekaligus menentramkan jiwa.

Entah sejak kapan saya menyukai menulis, mungkin juga karena saya menyukai membaca, tetapi yang pasti, menulis sungguh menyenangkan dan memberikan kenikmatan sendiri, selama prosesnya, maupun nanti setelah selesai dan membacanya kembali. Pernah sekali waktu, saya membaca tulisan saya sendiri mengenai sebuah topik tertentu, dan saat itu saya terheran-heran sendiri; koq bisa yah saya mikir sampai begitu.

Di jaman serba modern ini, berbagai teknologi semakin mempermudah untuk membantu setiap saat menuangkan isi pikiran dan ide, ya, saya juga senang akan kemudahan ini, tetapi, bagi saya menulis di atas kertas, memegang pena, menggoreskan tinta adalah sebuah sensasi sendiri. Sebuah keindahan yang tak bisa digantikan dengan sekedar memencet tuts keyboard. Jadi, ketika hari hampir selesai, duduk di kamar, sendirian bersama journal saya adalah sebuah waktu istimewa yang saya usahakan terjadi setiap hari, meskipun hanya beberapa menit. Itulah waktu saya sendiri yang tak bisa dicuri oleh siapapun juga.

Jadi, saya akan terus menulis, bukan demi pujian oleh orang yang membaca, bukan karena ingin diapresiasi oleh orang lain, bukan karena menulis blog atau mempublikasikan tulisan melalui media internet sekarang sedang marak, tapi semata-mata karena menulis adalah terapi dan juga cara saya mengekspresikan diri.

Mari teruslah mengekspresikan diri!

progressing in new page

I have been several days trying to edit and redesign my blog. Gosh…since I’m not really good in technology, I couldn’t manage to find a better appearance. I like the previous setting which is almost like what you see now, but somehow, I delete that and now I kind of forget how it looked like. Oh man, I got to upgrade my memory and my ability in technology. Oh well, so at the moment is not the fixed page you will see. I still had several features which I want to add into this page.
We’ll see later. I hope I managed to spare extra time exploring these, and make a better page and make it permanent. So…explore explore...

Oh..i just love exploring things…