Jakarta

Jakarta Inspired (Needs A Part 2 πŸ˜)

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A not-so-good picture of the Grand Indonesia Mall

Where I live is so uneventful for my disposition that every once in a while I just need to get away. So earlier this month we went on a 5-day trip to Jakarta to celebrate my birthday and to get Riri a passport. We stayed at the lovely Ascott hotel which is just a dozen or so quick steps away from the Grand Indonesia shopping center. (Can you spell “perfect”? 🀩)

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The notorious Jakarta traffic jam 😣

As this was my first time to be in the nation’s capital, I was looking out for its notorious traffic jams, typically found on top 10 worst lists on the net and, wasn’t disappointed 🀯Thankfully, it didn’t put a damper on the whole trip as my husband was smart enough to get us a place where everything (that mattered) was within walking distance.

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I went straight to their bookstore and got my fill of English books & magazines πŸ’–

Normally, I’d wear my shoes thin shopping. But because I’m no longer a stranger to online shopping, I was content with just a few items (exquisitely smelling shower cream from France, anyone?😘), eating really good food (still haven’t found a resto in Batam that does Western food well) and practicing my Bahasa Indonesia.

Speaking of which, I really liked the fact that Jakarta service people -from security guards to cleaning staff to sales ladies- didn’t shy away from me when I approached them. In Batam, I sometimes feel like a leper, driving people away just by the way I look. I know some people in Batam can speak English, but maybe are just not comfortable doing so. (Aaaand, I should just get over this fact and move on with life, non? 🀨)

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I can make that. And the one underneath. Fo sho! 🀩

But what I really enjoyed from this trip is that I saw inspiration for crochet and knitting everywhere. It was like I was given a magic pill of sorts! I might not have found a yarn supply store, which was my original plan, but I saw ideas everywhere, especially in store displays. I might even try and re-create them at a later time. I don’t know if my skills are enough at this point but like I always say when faced with something daunting but exciting: “all progress depends on the crazy woman” πŸ˜‰

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Drool central 😍 🀀 🀀

Staying in Batam has made me realize that while I love being close to nature, I am a city girl at heart. Cities give off a certain energy that I just thrive on, so every once in a while I need to get my fix of metropolitan buzz. This trip was just the thing I needed πŸ’–

Oh and, it definitely needs a part 2. This time with proper pictures & souvenir items in the bag! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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Melbourne, Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #19

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With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world and which may not always match our reality.

You win a pet monkey but this isn’t just any old monkey. It can do one trick for you whenever you want from getting a pop out of the fridge to washing your hair. What would be the trick?

Iron clothes. No wait, massages! Yess, definitely massages πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

After a week-long, vacation induced hiatus from working out, my muscles are sore from yesterday’s strength training session. I’m going to do a deep stretching routine on my mat today and I can already feel the yumminess of it!

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Light neutrals & black.

Complete this sentence: Β When I travel I love to ….

… people watch, walk the streets, peruse their department stores and sample the food. I usually don’t flip out my camera to take pictures because I find that this just interrupts my mojo 😁

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Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week ~

Easy! My amazing trip to wonderful Melbourne 😍 😘

and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?Β  ~

Going back to my exercise routine. Believe me I really did miss it although I also welcomed the break last week. I already feel flabby and ‘soft’ after missing just 1 week! 🀣

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Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #17

 

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With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world and which may not always match our reality.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?Β 

Pencil! I hadn’t even given this much thought if this question wasn’t asked πŸ˜€ I used to collect pencils by the way, in a previous life. There are so many kawaii ones out there with different colored erasers. I just love the smell of new pencils too. Isn’t that weird? ❀ πŸ˜€

What’s your choice: jigsaw, word, maze or numeric puzzles?

I love word puzzles, but I live for jigsaw. It’s on my bucket list to work on and complete one with a thousand pieces (or more, why not?). But I’ll do this later, when we’ve finally settled in someplace I can finally claim as ‘home’.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?Β 

Long! I love my hair. I have a lot of it but it’s very fine. It’s got lovely natural waves and it is brave and courageous because it’s stuck with me even through all the toxic styling processes and products I’ve put it through in the past (up until October of last year) that’s made it brittle and dry 😟 😒 😭

This year I decided that no type of hair trend or style is going to be as impressive as healthy hair, so I’ve made it my goal to be kind to my hair and nourish it back to life. Maybe I’ll post about it one day πŸ™‚ I can tell you this much now though: since I stopped using store bought conditioner, my hair has grown longer and has done so impressively fast! I noticed the difference in just a month’s time. But like I said, maybe this is another blog post altogether πŸ™‚

List five some of your favorite blogs.

Oh no … so many of them and I keep discovering more. I’ll take a rain check on this one, ok?Β  πŸ‘

Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week ~

One thing that stood out for me last week was that my daughter was awarded Best In Biblical Insight at her school. She didn’t tell us about it and I only knew when another mom sent me a picture of my beautiful angel with the headmistress in some sort of recognition ceremony ❀

Part the seas once again Moses, proud mama coming through! XD XD

~ and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?Β 

By the time you read this blog post we will already be in Melbourne, Australia for a week long vacay.Β  (Squeal!) πŸ‘ πŸ‘

I don’t know if I’ll have the time to blog. If I won’t, please excuse me.

I hope you will miss me.

If not, I hope you’ll welcome me back the week after next πŸ˜€ ❀

I love you too! πŸ˜€

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Share Your World 2016 #15

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Name one thing not many people know about you.

Not many people know that I am an introvert. Apparently, I come across as a gregarious, smiley, bubbly person. So when I tell them I have a bias for solitary activities, or that groups and crowds (and even loud, aggressive people) drain me, it’s more often a surprise to them than not.

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

Make that money grow through day trading and with its earnings fly off to Hobbiton and pretend that I’m a Sindarin Elf (mayhaps Tauriel) visiting The Shire 😎 😎

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Hmmm … I usually don’t have junk because I like to tidy and organize. But if it so happens that there’s some when you come over then just don’t mind it πŸ™‚ A little random disorganization is sexy πŸ˜‰

Complete this sentence: Β I want to learn more about …

Crocheting clothes, especially shaping. And Irish crochet. And cooking. And lots of other random stuff.

Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week ~

I am always grateful that my family is together and that we’re healthy and safe.I’m also grateful the rains have started to come back πŸ™‚

Rainy days remind me of when I still used to work and would wish I was cozy at home instead XD In other words, rainy days make me feel grateful I am able to stay at home πŸ˜€

And of course, this πŸ™‚

~ and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?Β 

Finishing crochet WIPs so I can move on to other projects πŸ™‚ I’m specifically looking forward to buying more of that local polyester yarn for some colorwork projects I have in mind. And some cherry pie with coffee …. mmmmmmm ❀ ❀ ❀

 

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Tuesday Trivia

This Lovely Thing Called Batik

In the beginning, there was a dot …

My friend, who came to visit me about a week ago, was adamant about buying ‘batik‘ in Indonesia instead of in Malaysia or Singapore. I always assumed batik was a special type of cloth printed with intricate tribal-inspired designs. It therefor surprised me to be presented with ‘batik bali‘ by a shop owner which was basically just a cheerful yellow number with black polka dots.

“Oh, she’s probably pulling my ‘bule‘ leg” – I thought.Β  But I went home confused and thinking “now there’s something I should blog about” πŸ™‚

And so with the help of the internet, here are 10 things I found out about Batik – but you might want to view this video I found for you first:

  1. It is a technique of wax-resist dying applied to whole cloth or cloth made using this technique.
  2. To make batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs.
  3. Batik is found in many other Asian countries but the Indonesian batik is the best known. (my friend did her homework!)
  4. Indonesian batik made in Java is the most developed in terms of pattern, technique and the quality of workmanship.
  5. UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2009.
  6. The word batik originates from the Javanese word “tik” which means “little dots” or “to dot”, and the word “ambatik” which means a cloth with little dots.
  7. It’s believed by some experts that batik might have originally been reserved for Javanese royalty since certain patterns were reserved to be worn only by royalty from the Sultan’s palace.
  8. Batik cloth must be of natural materials like cotton or silk so that it can absorb the wax. The cloth must also be of high thread count to maintain batik’s intricate design qualities.
  9. Major batik designs are the “kawung” which consists of intersecting circles, “ceplok” consisting of geometric designs, and “parang” consisting of slanting rows of knife-like segments running in parallel diagonal bands.
  10. The evolution of Indonesian batik has been influenced by exposure to foreign cultures. Batik Indonesia, also known as Batik Modern, is made of bright colors and was influenced by Indonesia’s freedom from Dutch colonial rule.

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So I was right about it being of “intricate” design.Β  I best go back to that shop owner and haggle now that I am armed with new knowledge πŸ˜‰ Oh but wait, I’m not really into polka dots XD XD

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my daughter’s own stash o’ loveliness πŸ˜€
Monthly Reviews & Blog Updates

“The Authors Have Deleted This Site”

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This short post is for my new followers – whom I am not able to follow back.

I want you to know that I am honored and happy by your follow and I do follow back – it’s just that for some of you this is what I get when I click on your avatar:

(blogname).wordpress.com is no longer available.

The authors have deleted this site.

I don’t know why this is. If you’re reading this, it might be a broken link? If so, fix it asap!

Glitter & blessings,

Paardje πŸ’‹β€

Feel-Good Fridays

Good Food, Fun Company & A Slice of Beautiful Indonesia

My ladies took me out to a corner of paradise again – delectable food, sassy friends, warm sunshine and vibrant colors all around.Β  I loved it! ❀

On the way to our chosen seafood restaurant …

on the way to restoWhich is of course by the water …

by the seaThe calm before the storm …

beforeI don’t know what they did to these crabs but they were delicious!

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A word of advice when eating Indonesian food ~ despite the fact that it’s gonna burn your tongue, just have something at hand to wipe the snot & the sweat off XD Indo food is irresistibly delicious in an exotic, novel way. While I’m here I’ve made it a point to train my tongue to adjust to higher levels of spicy-ness because the ‘torture’ is worth it! πŸ˜€

And then there were the beckoning Riau Islands ….

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Riau~

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Have a wonderful weekend, WordPressers πŸ™‚

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