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2015 Best Nine

2015 had been an amazing year for me. So many life-changing events happened almost out of the blue. ‘God’s plan’ is the best way I could use to explain it all.

The “Best Nine” pictures from Instagram below might give you a glimpse of my “life parade”.

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So, in short, I met this man that turned into my husband 7 months later and then became the father of our daughter 9 months after.

I actually got married in December 2014, but let just say that everything beginning to get more exciting on the year after that.

In 2015…
I moved out of my parents’ house to his parents’ house.
One of my sisters got married.
I found out that I’m pregnant.
My sister found out that she’s pregnant.
My grandma fell and broke her thigh :'(
My uncle got a stroke and was in a comma because of it :((
My uncle passed away four months later T_T
My beautiful daughter was born.
My pretty niece was born.

In words, it just looks like a few simple sentences, but in real life it feels like an earthquake of emotions, changes, and consequences.

I do have a struggle dealing with all those events (yes, even the happy ones), I too have a hard time adjusting now and then.

I think everyone has their own struggle, it could be something that seems like nothing for someone else, but it could be hard for the one who’s having the battle. I like this quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” (some said it’s from Plato).

Back to 2015, it’s behind us now. It’s still astonishing looking back, and despite of all the hardship, the biggest feeling I have is gratitude.

Let’s see what’s the best nine of 2016 :)

*) This post was planned to be finished and published in January 2016, but time deceived me. So here I am, in the middle of the year, doing my regular job at the office, can’t wait to go home to my 9 month old daughter

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de Mingle

One day, my youngest sister got two IDR 100K vouchers  to use at a bistro named de Mingle. She asked me and my other sister to enjoy the vouchers and go with her on a lunch date. So to de Mingle we went.

We chose a table by the window on the first floor.  The waiters were so nice and friendly. One of them was kindly explained to us that even though the original version may not be, the version that they made there is halal (allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines). The waiter were also informed us about the second floor, that we might be enjoy better. We decided to go upstairs and did like it 😀

The second floor is more spacious with bigger windows where we could look outside while enjoying our food. The whole place is cozy with a nice interior.

The menu is divided into three categories: Indonesian, Dutch, and Western. Each of us ordered the food from a different category so we could try them all ;D

We like everything we ordered. It’s delicious! Or in dutch: lekker :9

The price range is around IDR 100K per person.

We totally enjoyed our lunch date that day :)

de Mingle – Indo Dutch Bistro Graha Handaya
Jl. Raya Pejuangan Kav. 12A Unit C., Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta Barat.

 

Four Races, One Medal, Lots of Happy Feelings

Like what I have wrote here, one of the things I started doing in 2013 was joining running races.

I was in the middle of trying to reignite my jogging habit when I heard about this race called Jakarta International 10K (also known as Milo Run as it was sponsored by Milo). I bumped into @mrshananto‘s tweet about the race and started to look for more information about it.

It brought me to the videos about how Milo trained these three people (one of them was @mrshananto, the other two was @millyshafiq and @alhabasya) to join the race.

Three of them were never really do any sport regularly, including running. In that 8 weeks program, Milo provided them with coaches and nutritionist to prepare them for a 10K running.

I hadn’t really do any sport lately and I never run that far. But the videos were truly inspired me, so I decided to join the race too. And I’m very glad I did.

I think I reached the finish line in around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Not so bad considering that I didn’t do enough practice. I walked about half the race. I got no medal or certificate that were provided for limited early finishers. But it felt so great! 😀

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Milo Runners

That was on June 23, 2013. On September 22, 2013, my work place became one of the media partners of this running event called Sunday Fun Run and get some free registrations number as part of the deal. This time I and some of my co-workers were joining the 5K race. Again, no medal (because apparently it’s not part of the deal :( ). But at least this time I had some company (in running and in not getting medal :p).

The third race was the best race I had so far. It was King of The Road (KOTR) that was held by Adidas on September 29, 2013, just a week after my second race.

It was very well organized, the race pack was nice, but what mostly made it best is that I did it with my closest friends. By the way, this time, I got a medal. Finally. Hahaha…

My last race on 2013 was Nike We Run or special for Indonesia called Bajak Jakarta (which somewhat means “taking over Jakarta”) on December 15, 2013. It was one of the most anticipated race of the year. The cool part of the race was when we get to finished it inside the Stadion Utama (Main Stadium) of Gelora Bung Karno which is not usually open for public (except the part for the football spectators to sit and watch the game).

That time we could be on the other side of the stadium, tasted the feeling of being an athlete whom were cheered by the audience (even though the cheering sound was just a recording).

It was also wonderful to meet some supporters along the way, doing high five with some supporters form Nike that wore big hands, listen to a group of old lady that cheered you to not give up.  And of course, nothing beats the feeling of reaching the finish line.

Here are some pictures from the races:

I got a finisher t-shirt instead of a medal on the last race, so the KOTR medal is still the only one I got on 2013. Thank God that the joy of the race is way above any medal. These running races is definitely one of the biggest contributor of my happiness last year. Looking forward to join some other races this year :)

 

Mesakke Bangsaku

I’m not sure how to translate the title. The first word of it is in Javanese, while the second one is in Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia). Together, it means something like “Oh, my poor nation”.

“Mesakke Bangsaku” is the third stand-up comedy special by Pandji Pragiwaksono, after “Bhinneka Tunggal Tawa” (2011) and “Merdeka dalam Bercanda” (2012).

This time, I watched the show with my youngest sister. Like the other shows by Pandji, the challenge began at the time we have to buy the tickets. It’s almost like a race, if you’re not fast enough you might wouldn’t get the ticket you want. It would be safe if we click (since it was sold online) at the exact minute the ticket start to be sold. So that’s what we did, and just a few hours later, the tickets we want (the cheapest one :p) were sold out.

The next challenge is how to get to the location of the show (which is about 12-15 miles from our house) the cheapest, fastest, most convenient way possible. Hahaha. It might not a challenge at all for most people. It just that it’s our first time going there by public transportation and it just sounds more fun to call it a challenge :p

Anywaay.. The day finally came. Desember 21, 2013. We got there at around 5 pm to exchange the online tickets with the real one (the trip was great by the way :D). The show was going to start at 8 pm. While waiting, we’re doing this:

I actually experienced some things for the first time that day. After the first time trip to that area with those particular buses, I finally get to try this food called Kerak Telor (I quite like it, but it’s not really my favorite). It’s our first time to go to that part of Taman Ismail Marzuki and watch a show in Teater Jakarta. 😀

So, the show began. Right on 8 pm, opened by Arief Didu (he’s one funny guy! :))). He might only performed for about 20 minutes and used around 10% of the stage (which he used as part of his bit) but he almost drained the audience out laughter. If Pandji was about to talk about how “mesakke” our nation is, then Arief was talking about him as the most “mesakke” comic (and that’s why he was choosen to be the opener that night). Lol.

Apparently, we had more stock of laughter than we thought or maybe we were just keep producing them again and again, because laughter was all over Teater Jakarta that night, until the very show ended.

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The stage view of the location, where around 1200 audience sat and watched the show (and the price of the ticket for each stage :p)

That was my sister’s first time and my second time watching live performance of stand-up comedy special, both by Pandji. I personally feel that there were some improvements than the first one I watched. The material, the way Pandji brought the whole set. As before, I learned somethings from that night show. About Indonesia, about us as a nation and about myself.

The funny thing is, listened about how “mesakke” our country is, made me love it even more. I think that just what comes out from the ability to laugh ourselves. Not to hate ourselves or deny our own flaws, but to accept everything and learn to love ourselves as what we are, while trying to be our better selves.

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With Arief Didu
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With the headliner of the show: Pandji Pragiwaksono

Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia

Stand-up comedy is something that we can say pretty new in Indonesia. There were not so many people know or even heard about it and even if there were some people that might do stand-up here, it remain below the surface. Not until the  end of 2011 it became popular in the country.

Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia (SUCI), the first television program about stand-up comedy in Indonesia, was also the first trigger that made people aware about this “new style” of comedy and start talking about it. Taking the form of reality show to find a talented stand-up comedian (comic) -like American Idol for comics, SUCI manage to create an enthusiasm among Indonesian people. Those who already into stand-up comedy or interested to be a comic to those who never really heard about it before but were willing to join the competition or just simply interested to find out what’s this all about.

SUCI was broadcasted from September-December 2011. Ryan Adriandhy, Insan Nur Akbar, and Ernest Prakasa were the three finalists.  The competition were finally won by Ryan.

The host of SUCI season 1

 

It didn’t end there though. As I said earlier, SUCI was the trigger.  SUCI put together some people from some different cities in Indonesia with the same interest of stand-up comedy. It then followed by the idea to form some kind of place to share that interest with more people that also into stand-up comedy, a place where they can learn and support each other. So then a community named Standup Comedy Indonesia (@StandUpIndo) was born. The two finalists of SUCI, Ernest and Ryan, together with Pandji Pragiwaksono, Raditya Dika, and Isman H. Suryaman are the name behind the community. With more and more people interested in this style of comedy, more communities of stand-up comedy from many cities and universities around Indonesia were also being formed.

The Finalist of SUCI 1

I got to say that I also a bit carried away by the hype. It’s not that I want to be a comic, joining the community and all that, but it does get pretty much of my attention. I like the concept of stand-up comedy. How you can talk about everything from daily life to politics and religion without being to serious. How you can learn to laugh yourself or the condition around you but at the same time make you think about it. Make you pay more attention on things you usually forget or try to ignore. Make you realize some things you don’t before, seeing things from other point of view, found similarities among differences, and make peace with anything that previously makes you afraid or bothering you.

I like that. And I like that I get to laugh while getting all that.

So far, I’ve only watched two stand-up comedy show directly-not trough some media like tv, dvd, or youtube- and enjoyed both of them so much. They are Pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”, which is part of his cool show INDONESIA: and a stand-up by Ernest on the launching of his book+DVD, “Dari Merem ke Melek” (the DVD is the recording of his Merem Melek Comedy Tour finale).

I went to the launching because apparently I’m one of the first 100 people who pre-ordered the book+DVD package. I never intended to get the invitation, but I absolutely don’t mind to get one! ;D

I even allowed to take some friends. So I went with my youngest sister (she’s the only one available at that time). We watch the DVD together with other guests, having a free pizza and sodas, watch Ernest doing stand-up, and of course having his signature on the book and taking a picture with Ernest and Ge Pamungkas, the winner of SUCI season 2 who become the host that day (too bad we missed Ge’s stand-up). We’re having so much fun! :)

Left: Me, Ernest Prakasa, and my sister; Right: With Ge Pamungkas

SUCI is going to start its third season now. They already doing the audition. Let’s hope that it will found some great comics that together with other Indonesian comics will make stand-up even better and do their part in making Indonesia a better nation. While making lots of laugh. 😉

INDONESIA:

I don’t even know where to start.  Yesterday was super cool.

I’m talking about this show called INDONESIA:. Yes, the colon symbol behind the word is part of the name.

You know how colon  is usually followed by an explanation or description of the word or sentence before it? This one is meant to be use that way too. But instead to be explained by words, it described by a show.

The show consists of two parts: Hip-Hop Music Concert and Stand-Up Comedy. Each part is trying to tell what Indonesia is all about in the eyes of Pandji Pragiwaksono, the man behind the show.

The show was started at 3.00 pm with the hip-hop concert. It’s actually a concert of Pandji’s fourth album, “32”. And it was amazing.

The main concept of  “32” is about the 32 years of Soeharto regime in Indonesia, that is a big part of the history of Indonesia and has a major impact on how Indonesia is right now. The album is also tell parts of the 32 years of Pandji’s life, and how the regime affected his life as an Indonesian in particular.

I don’t know much about Pandji’s music until he freely shared most songs in his last two albums to be downloaded on the internet. I downloaded them all and I like it! I can feel the spirit of the songs. His love for Indonesia, for his family, for the music itself. And this spirit was overflowing in the concert yesterday.

Some people said that nationalism is just a thing that he brought up to make himself popular. That there is something behind all this love he shows and promotes about Indonesia. But saw him in his concert yesterday… I mean who can fake those kind of love. Those kind of passions. Even if he did has any kind of insincerity  in it or just doing it for money then who cares? I still got all the spirit and inspiration from it anyway. And you know what, I’m willing to pay for it. For all those great things he creates, I think he deserves it.

Back to the show. Like I said earlier, the concert was amazing. It creates this fire inside you. To be a better person, to understand more about Indonesia, to think about what actually happens around the country, to contribute more, to actually care, to know your priorities, to fight for your dreams,  to create change more than just demand it.  I sang, moving my hands together with other audience. We’re having fun! That’s for sure. And we definitely got something from it.

Besides Pandji and his awesome band, there’s a bunch of guest stars (featuring), such as: Endrumarch (as the opener), Saykoji, Tompi, Ikang Fauzi, Glenn Fredly, Ge Pamungkas a.k.a Eninem, Angga Puradiredja (Maliq & D’Essentials), Davina Raja (theExtralarge), etc.

The concert ended at 5.30 pm, left this girl with more love and optimism for Indonesia, and a little crush on hip-hop. I believe I’m not the only one. :)

The second part of the show started at 8.00 pm. It’s laughing time! I did laugh a lot. Me and the rest of the audience that is. 😀

The stand-up was part of pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”. Jakarta is the last city of the tour, so last night the tour was officialy ended.

I don’t have too much to say on the stand-up.  It was hilarious. I do wish it talked more about Indonesia though. And I sure wish we got a better sit in the front row. But other than that, I enjoyed it so much. Including the opening stand-up by Adriano Qalbi (whose  actually talk more about Indonesia than Pandji). A nice appetizer before the main show.

Stand-up comedy by Pandji

Another special thing from this show is that it was held at Museum Nasional also known as Museum Gajah, the place that has a broad collections covering all of Indonesia’s territory and almost all of its history. And we got to have a tour around the museum right between two parts of the show. How cool is that? Too bad there’s no enough time to explore the whole place, but I believe it triggered some interest to visit the museum again some other time.

There are also some cool merchandise of INDONESIA: and else (related with Pandji’s piece of work) being sold at the location. Pins, T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and of course pandji’s albums and books, including his latest book “Berani Mengubah” that  was also launched that day. I bought a cool pin and a red hoodie both  with the word INDONESIA: printed on it. I also bought the book.

The show was over at 10.00 pm. After all that energy consuming show, Pandji still gave us a chance to get autographs and take a picture with him.

The show is totally worth every single rupiahs I spent on it. All I can say now is thank you, Pandji. Thank you for all those time and energy you dedicate for Indonesia. Thank you for the awesome show. Thank you for the inspirational work you’ve done. Looking forward for the next thing you’ll do. Looking forward for the next thing I’ll do. Thank you. :)

Up: Me, Pandji, and my sister; Down: The merchandise I bought

 

A Peek at Hydroponics

What do you know about hydroponics?

I’ve heard about it years ago, but never really try to understand what it actually is about. Until yesterday.

Couple of weeks ago, one of my best friend asked me to join this hydroponics workshop. I think the concept is pretty interesting and I would like to know more, so I said yes.

December 1st, 2012, we went to the workshop in Cibubur, one of Jakarta’s suburb. It started at 8.30 am-2.30 pm. We went with our other two friends from college, so it sort of feels like we’re having another class on college again :))

The main speaker of the workshop, popularly known as Pak Tani. In front of him is an example of floating raft technique.

These are some chunks of what I got from the workshop:

>> Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, it uses water as a medium to transfer mineral nutrients plants need. It also uses some other supporting medium that is not containing mineral in it, such as: sponge, rockwool, coco peat, perlite, etc.

>> The idea is to overcome the lack of soil especially in big cities. With this method, we could also give plants the exact amount of the nutrients they need without spoiling the soil for too much unused chemical residue. So we can grow plants in more places, it produces better plants in quality and quantity, it’s good for the environment.

>>There are some systems in hydroponic: Floating Raft, NFT (Nutrient Film Technique), Wick, Drip Irigation, Ebb and Flow (Flood and Drain), Aeroponic. Some are more simple than other, some is more efficient for commercial purposes. We should decide which system that fit the most with our situations and purposes.

Hydroponic NFT System in a green house. Pretty cool isn’t it?

>> There are two basic steps of growing plants in hydroponic method: 1. Create a seedling; 2. Move it to other place with any hydroponic system you choose right after it has roots.

>> Basically, all plants need four things: Lights, Oxygen, fertilizer (nutrient), and water. Make sure that each plant get all of that in the right amount they need, than it will grow just fine. In hidroponic method, you also need to pay attention to: a. The pH level of the water (5,5-6,2 is save level to grow most plants, especially vegetables); b. The amount of dissolved materials in the water (you use PPM/ Parts per Million measurement, the higher the PPM means the more nutrients you have  inside your water).

The participants! I’m somewhere between the crowd :)

Well, I think that’s all for now. We also got a hydroponic package (contains some seeds, two bottle of nutrient solutions, a slab of rockwool, couple of small plastic cups, few wicks made of felt) from the workshop so we could try to plant once we get home.

I might post what my package will turn into some days later. I won’t  promise you anything though :p