Sawarna, Banten, West Java, Indonesia

Sawarna village is located in the south coast of Banten, West Java. Facing the Hindia Ocean, it’s impossible for people to swim on the beach because the waves are gigantic (it can go up to 5 m or more at times). The reefs are big and sharp, too. Even though swimming is mostly prohibited, the views are so pretty you can hardly look away from it.

I went to Sawarna in June 2013. This was one of those impulsive and not-thoroughly-planned trips I made. I saw a considerably priced weekend gateaway package on the internet and since none of my friends were willing to go (financial matter, etc, etc) I decided to just go for it. Turned out, it was fun and refreshing! I met a bunch of ladies who went in the same tour package as I was and it was just a very girlish weekend! The thing about traveling on your own was, even though you went with a tour, there was nothing to hold you back. When I wanted to know more about the area we walked through, I just roamed closely around the tour guide; when I wanted to socialize, I talked with the girls and had a good laugh; when I wanted to enjoy myself, I walked by my own pace and just absorbed things. It was great.











Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I went there with a friend in May 2013, particularly to see the Vesak ceremony held in Borobudur temple. We also ended up going around museums and whatnot. We went to Sonobudoyo Museum, Monjali (Monumen Jogja Kembali), Affandi Museum, and the Tamansari complex. We also went to Alun-alun Selatan and tried the game in which we had to walk pass the two big trees with eyes blindfolded. We had a chance to watch a traditional Javanese puppet show over at Sonobudoyo Museum at night time, all thanks to a pedicab driver who told us about the show like two hours before it started. Yogyakarta was magical! I’d love to go there again and just explore things. Since there were so many interesting things to see, I’m going to divide this particular trip into two posts: the going about town and the Vesak ceremony. Enjoy!












Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

A friend of mine and I went here during the Vesak ceremony 2557 or Vesak 2013. Vesak is a Buddhist holy day celebrating three important dates: the born day, the enlightenment day, and the passing away of Siddharta Gautama (Buddha). We went straight from Tamansari complex to Mendut temple by motorcycle cab (took us IDR 50,000). Then from Mendut temple we walked to Borobudur temple like the celebrating Buddhists did (about 3 km, more or less). Although the ceremony itself was a bit chaotic and we didn’t see the flying lanterns ritual, it was still worth seeing. The costumes, the festivities, the crowd. I was humbled once again by diversity. Enjoy the photos!








Tidung Island, Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta, Indonesia

I got inspired by a travel blog I read yesterday. So, I decided to put pictures I took from my travels from the past few years. These ones were taken in Tidung Island, Kepulauan Seribu. We went there in March 2013. Reaching Tidung took about 3 hours from Muara Angke harbor. The island was divided into two smaller islands: Tidung Besar (Big Tidung) and Tidung Kecil (Little Tidung) connected by a bridge called Jembatan Cinta (The Bridge of Love. Yeah, yeah, yeah. As cheesy as it might sound. Whatever, though!). We also went to several other neighbor islands to play in the water and snorkel. We watched sunrise and sunset, some of us tried the water sports available, we biked, ate a lot of seafood. It was fun! I found a tour that gave a discount fare through a website, so we only had to pay IDR 295,000 or so for the whole package. Pretty sweet bargain for a sunny weekend getaway off shore the busy bee Jakarta!









Friday night out with the boys


So, last Friday night was spent hanging out with these guys, Reva and Martin. I’ve known them both since 10th grade although i knew them from different places. They went to college together and became friends. Therefore we hang out together, like last Friday night.

We were supposed to hang out in Kemang, but the traffic was so packed that night so we decided to just go to Senayan City. I was so ready to talk and laugh like nothing else mattered. So there I was, Friday night, after work, a little rain, I went to Sency from Kemang with ojek. Not bad, though. I arrived there in just 20 minutes or less.

The guys were already in Pizza Marzano, so I went there, knowing that they must be sitting in the outdoor area. And ta-da! My guess was correct. I sat and we ordered and we talked and we ate while we talked and talked and talked. Basically, we just didn’t stop talking and laughing. We talked about lots of things from movies to politics to travel to recent events. I lost track of what topics we talked about, actually. But that’s when you know that a conversation is great, right? When you lose track of what you’re actually talking about.

The weather was so nice that evening. The rain just stopped so it was a little breezy outside. We could see the Jakarta skyline and the traffic in front of Sency was rather quiet. We actually didn’t mind just sitting in Marzano until late and talked. But we had a plan to watch a movie so we decided to do it anyways. We then watched 5cm at like 10 PM. Martin and I had watched it but not Reva. It was a totally good movie for me so I didn’t mind watching it the second time. Martin didn’t mind either. So we went to the cinema and watched it.

The movie was still hilarious when you watched it the second time! Martin and I still laughed maniacally when funny stuff happened. I felt like the three of us was the noisiest group in the cinema because we laughed hysterically (often), whispered to each other (every time), and even in the silent scenes we went giggly (always)! It’s like we’re a group of teenage girls talking about boys! Lol.

It was around midnight when the movie ended. We sat on the bench outside the mall and talked until like 1 AM. I think we talked about traveling or tv series, I kind of forgot.We stayed on the bench for a while and just enjoyed the rest of our night. Then we took cabs back home. I shared a cab with Martin and Reva went solo. Our boys night out then officially ended.

It was really nice meeting those guys. I mean, after a long week of work I feel like I need to be with people around my age. Just to feel sane, you know. I mean, my bosses and co-workers are cool as hell but sometimes I just want to be with people I’ve known from a long time who get me without questioning. It’s actually kind of interesting that I firstly met both of them in a kind of leadership programs. I knew Reva from when we were just about to go to USA for a scholarship exchange program. And I knew Martin from when we both were to enter the Student Body of our high school. I didn’t even think that I would be hanging out with those two at the same time but then, hey, here we are. I’m happy that the three of us are hanging out now! 🙂

Happy holiday everybody!


just a quick note

this is for me about 10-20 years from now, whether you’re currently feeling down, beaten up, tired of this life, trapped, or whatever negative ones you’re under right now. i want you to remember this. i want you to remember the 22 years old you, sitting behind the desk of your dorm room, with the radio on and the sunbeam comes from the window panes, doing the final project of your undergrad years with the hope to quickly see the world after. i want you to grasp the feeling that i have currently. the feeling that nothing is impossible. the feeling that i have after looking at the bluest of sky and the whitest of clouds. the feeling that i have after opening some airlines’ websites. the feeling that my life is going to be so good and awesome. i want you to remember the feeling that i have right now.

because, whatever happens, we are still the same person. you are me, only a few years older. what has that got to do with anything? nothing, right? you can still have all these mesmerizing and up-lifting feelings. i think you’ve saved up some money already all right, which is so good because right now i have all the time and energy in the world but no cash LOL. so, please please please, for the love of God, do yourself a favor and travel (if you haven’t already!). go somewhere you haven’t been before whether just by yourself, with your spouse, or whoever! go see the world for me. for your 22 years old self who is dying and willing to trade anything for seeing the world through her eyes. remember the time you spent in the USA, remember the time you went to singapore by yourself to see laneway music festival, remember the time you went to bali. just remember all those time and feelings, okay?

this world is too big not to be walked on or seen.


the bluest of skygarage salealicelittle globelightscoins

image courtesy: Flickr. click the images to see where the photo originally comes from 🙂

this is odd

blue sky

I feel like I’ve grown out some parts of my life, or some parts of me rather. isn’t that odd? I feel like the same person for years but then I meet somebody I used to hang out with and then bam! I realize I’m not the same person with the one I used to be a few years back. what changed? are the changes bad? am I heading towards a falling down or a stepping stone? why did I change? why couldn’t I stay the same? just so many whys. but they make me think of where I come from and then I get to see my destination more clearly. because, you know, if you don’t know where you are coming from, you’ll lose your way. big time.

when I’m facing a change, I’d like to imagine what myself as a kid would think when she sees me like this. sometimes I imagine she feels disappointed, sometimes I think she’s happy to see what I’ve become now. but, mostly, I think she’d think of me as a pretty cool chick. going to gigs and music festivals, visiting art galleries and museums, having been living abroad for a year, going to art college majoring in design, and almost finishing my college years with friends and memories. okay, so I think it’s rather cool or boring lol. but, the heck. I’m having a good time. I think even myself as a kid would know that.

I still love the thought of having a house in the middle of grass-field, with a soak of sunshine coming through the window panes. I still love the look of the blue sky in the afternoon, with or without clouds. and, most importantly, I still like the smell of sea and the touch of sand through my skin. you know, I have this idea that when I still remember all those things fondly, I would never get lost in the madness and mayhem of this one mixed up world.

I guess I just worry too much. quarter life crisis. just have to suck it up. ciao!

but anyway. I’m getting pretty obsessed with Nick Zinner currently. you know, the guitarist of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I think I’m over my crushing-a-member-of-a-rock-band phase. but I’m clearly not. after Laneway there was Faris Badwan (vocalist of The Horrors) and now all of a sudden Nick Zinner. I think that’s because I rented a YYYs concert dvd several days ago and that concert got me. bad. this isn’t even healthy.

all right. ciao for real now.


image courtesy by 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong on Flickr

The Most Remarkable Thing From My Exchange Year

I was asked to write about the thing that is most remarkable from my exchange year in the USA in less than 400 words last night. So here it is. I added some pictures too here. All these pictures taken when I walked up the hill near next to my host family’s home in the USA. Pretty, huh? It’s such a shame for me to realize that nature is cool when I was abroad, while in fact I live in Indonesia, a country with the most enchanting scenery in the world. But, it’s never too late for anything, right? So, enjoy!


Hello, my name is Dina. I was selected in the YES program for the year 2006-2007. In my exchange year in the USA, I  lived in Williamsport, the state of Pennsylvania.  Williamsport is a small town consists of more or less 35,000 people. The thing that amazed me the most when I was in the USA was the fact that USA was not only about all those movie stars with their big shiny cars. I was born and raised in Jakarta, with its population of 17 millions people or more. I am used to malls and all those artificial things since I was a little girl, although I haven’t been very fond of them. While in my exchange year in the USA, I lived in relatively smaller town in mountainous area, with one or two deers occasionally crossed the road near my host family’s home. I lived side by side with nature. I took a walk in the woods, went to parks, went swimming in the creek, walked up hills, and even collected strawberries and pumpkins right from the barns. All those I did when I was living in America. I don’t know what people have in their minds when they hear the word “USA”. For me, what I have in mind would be those captivating sceneries on the northeast part of Pennsylvania, where I spent 11 months in a country I never set foot in before but has now become a significant part of me.


there will be time

there will be time when i no longer want to click upon your name on my instant messenger

there will be time when i no longer want to have a late night conversation with you

there will be time when i no longer want to know your opinion on any irrelevant subjects

there will be time when i no longer want to tell you every single detail of my day

there will be time when i no longer see you as a significant part of my well-being

there will be time when the thought of you and i watching a movie screening together side by side no longer interest me

there will be time when an accidental glance of your picture no longer flick my mind

there will be time when thinking of you no longer happen constantly

there will be time when your name in my contact list no longer bother me

there will be time when you are no longer the one person i want to spend my life with

there will be time when you are no longer missed

and, most importantly, there will be time when you will regret letting me go out of your life

there will be time, there will be time

because fuck you, that’s why


Going Solo

Akhirnya gue traveling sendiri juga! Gue sempet aneh karena dibolehin sama bokap nyokap. Tapi, setelah dipikir-pikir, dulu gue dilepas gitu aja setahun di Amerika nggak kenapa-kenapa, sih. Mungkin itu jadi salah satu faktor juga kenapa bokap nyokap ngebolehin gue jalan sendiri ke Singapur. I mean, dibanding Amerika Serikat, Singapur is like next door. Dan jadilah gue ke Singapur sendirian. Di Terminal 3 Bandara Soekarno-Hatta gue dilepas begitu aja oleh nyokap dan adek gue. Check in sendiri, melalui imigrasi sendiri, menunggu pesawat sendiri, masuk pesawat sendiri, yah pokoknya serba sendiri lah. Parahnya lagi, Blackberry gue nggak bisa dipake dong pas nyampe di Singapur hahaha. Padahal gue udah bayar paket buat ke luar negeri, loh. Sialan emang, nih. Nanti gue tanyain ah ke Grapari. Mumpung deket kosan.

So, anyway. Gue bener-bener sendirian selama di bandara, baik di Soetta maupun Changi. Rasanya apa ya, reflektif banget hahaha. Bosen juga, sih. Tapi gue suka interaksi orang-orang di bandara. Kayak, pas gue mau beli kopi dari coffee maker di ruang tunggu terminal 3, gue akhirnya beli kopi ke mbak-mbak yang kelebihan masukin uang. Terus juga pas di pesawat mau ke Changi, ada bapak yang anaknya nangis nggak karuan sampai pesawatnya take off. Lalu ibu-ibu yang duduk di sebelah gue ngasih gue permen untuk diberikan ke bapak itu, supaya bapak itu ngasih ke anaknya, dan anaknya diam. Gue lalu memberikan permen itu ke orang yang duduknya di belakang bapak itu. Ketika gue balik dari Singapur, gue harus ngecharge handphone gue dulu sehingga gue jadi ngobrol-ngobrol sama ibu yang sedang duduk dan menunggu anaknya keluar dari terminal kedatangan. Dan juga obrolan singkat dengan petugas imigrasi. Yah, pokoknya hal-hal khas bandara seperti itu lah.  Gue sangat suka. Karena, apa yah, untuk sesaat, cerita kami saling bersilangan di tempat persinggahan ini, untuk kemudian kami kembali ke kehidupan kami masing-masing. Begitulah.

Singapur menyenangkan. Panas, seperti di Ancol. Tapi sangat rapi dan modern. Oh iya, selama di Singapur gue nggak sendiri. Gue nginep di tempat temen SMA gue, Agita Sesara. Uh, gue super dimanja deh pokoknya. Pas di Changi dijemput Agita, jalan-jalan ditemani Agita, tinggal di dorm Agita. Ah, thank you so so so so much for your hospitality and company! :* Selama di Singapur gue menginap di kamar Agita di dorm Nanyang Technology University (NTU). Sedikit banyak gue jadi belajar tentang kehidupan anak-anak perantauan yang tinggal di luar negeri. Gue ketemu beberapa teman SMA yang sekarang kuliah di NTU juga kayak Tony, Hafiy, dan Egi. Yah, seru lah. Malam pertama gue makan malem pancakes di kamar temennya Agita, si Renung. Malam kedua abis Laneway juga makan malam (yang super telat) di situ bareng sama Egi dan Hafiy. Wah, ini terima kasih sebesar-besarnya loh sudah memperbolehkan gue crash in dan ikut makan-makan hehe.

Apa lagi, yah. Gue banyak ke museum, sih. Kayaknya gue emang museum geek, deh. Pas di Amerika dulu juga kalau ke luar kota kerjaannya ke museum. Museum of art lah, museum of contemporary art lah, apa lah. Kalau pas ke Singapur kemarin gue ke tiga museum: Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore Art Museum, sama ArtScience Museum. Semuanya menarik, tapi yang paling gue suka secara exhibition-nya itu yang pertama Red Dot, kedua ArtScience, dan ketiga SAM. Gue emang lebih tertarik sama hal-hal kontemporer sih ketimbang klasik hehe. Tapi, gue emang nggak tahan banget kalau ke luar negeri cuma nggak masuk ke design atau art museum. Rasanya ada yang kurang. Yang uber cool sih pas ke ArtScience Museum di Marina Bay Sands. Kan ada pameran 100 Tahun Titanic gitu. Dapet tiket yang bentuknya replika tiket masuk Titanic, dong! Dan di belakangnya ada nama penumpangnya, yang nyata dan memang penumpang Titanic 100 tahun lalu! Lucu deh. Di dalam area display ada nama orang-orang yang selamat dan meninggal. Punya gue termasuk nama orang yang selamat. Ceritanya dia penyanyi di klub malam Paris dan Belgia gitu, deh. Hahaha. Super glamor.

Laneway-nya sendiri menurut gue emang sebagaimana festival musik seharusnya, sih. Gue suka sensasi di mana badan lo udah super capek, keringet nyampur baur sama orang-orang yang nggak lo kenal, mata udah kriyep-kriyep karena kecapekan, tapi lo tetap enjoy karena di depan lo ada band atau artis yang lo kagumi. Gue juga suka sensasi di mana lo dan orang-orang asing di sekitar lo terhipnotis oleh musik yang sama, dan menyanyikan lirik lagu yang sama berbarengan pula. Rasanya sangat magical. Itu salah satu alasan utama gue suka pergi ke konser. Gue suka banget nonton gig. Rasanya ketika lo nonton langsung si artis atau band itu, lo jadi mengerti kenapa lo bisa sampai suka sama mereka, dan kemudian lo akan semakin menyukai mereka dan musiknya. Sensasi mengetahui bahwa ada beratus-ratus orang yang sama-sama menghargai musik yang lo suka juga sangat rewarding. Maklum, gue suka musik yang mungkin di telinga kebanyakan orang dibilang aneh hehehe. Ah, akhirnya ada satu festival musik yang gue coret dari list music-festivals-to-see gue! 🙂

Apa yah. Yah menurut gue traveling memang merupakan salah satu cara paling baik untuk menepi sebentar dari hidup. Kalau selama ini lo ngerasa kayak sedang menjalankan sebuah role dalam sebuah film, traveling itu seperti duduk sebentar di pinggiran sambil bersantai dan melihat orang lain melakukan role-nya. Rasanya menyenangkan. Kayak mengambil napas panjang waktu di pegunungan, lalu dihembuskan lagi.

Nabung lagi ah untuk suatu perjalanan di masa depan hehe.

By the way, 30 Hari Menulis Surat Cinta gue gagal total! Haha!



Waktu itu gue sama aya baru pulang dari ngecek kursi di Eterno. Kita makan di A&W Pasteur. Abis ngobrol-ngobrol, gue punya hasrat untuk lihat-lihat ke pet shop di deket situ. Lihat-lihat pet shop, lalu melihat ke tempat hamster. Dalam sepersekian detik gue memutuskan untuk membeli hamster. Jadilah gue beli seekor hamster yang lalu gue beri nama Papaw.

Papaw jenis hamster Panda. Waktu gue beli dia masih sangat kecil. Karena lingkungan yang baru dan asing, dia jadi suka gigit-gigit. Tangan gue abis dia gigit, pernah sampai hampir berdarah. Dia gigitnya lama, terus dalam. Pokoknya sakit banget kalau dia ngegigit. Gue jadi sedih juga kalau dia udah mulai gigit-gigit. Itu tandanya dia masih belum kenal sama gue.

Tapi lama-kelamaan, dia jadi jarang gigit. Lalu, nggak sama sekali. Seneng deh waktu dia bisa gue ajak main-main di tangan dan gue elus-elus lalu dia tenang-tenang aja, nggak gigit sama sekali. Dia juga mulai tahu bau tangan gue, jadi waktu gue angkat dia nggak meronta-ronta lebay kayak dulu. Dia suka gue lepas di kamar kosan gue, biar dia bebas lari-lari. Lucunya, setiap kali gue lepas dia di kamar, dia pasti selalu balik lagi ke kandang. Pernah juga seharian gue lupa nutup kandang dan gue pergi kuliah. Balik-balik gue panik banget. Eh, taunya dia masih di dalam kandang aja dengan tenangnya. Kalau gue pulang kuliah dan masuk kamar, dia suka keluar dari rumah kecilnya yang ada di atas kandang itu dan berdiri-diri di gerigi kandang menghadap ke gue lalu gue ajak main. Pokoknya, Papaw hamster yang menyenangkan.

Kemarin malam dia sakit. Sekitar jam delapan gitu gue ngasih dia makan dan main sama dia. Dia masih aktif. Gue taruh dia di kandang kayak biasa. Gue lalu tidur-tiduran di tempat tidur. Tahu-tahu, maleman gitu, ada suara kayak mencicit-cicit dari arah kandang. Si Papaw bunyi terus. Gue panik, kan. Gue kira dia minta dicariin temen atau gimana karena selama ini dia gue pelihara sendiri. Bolak-balik gue keluarin dia dari kandang, gue elus-elus. Akhirnya, dia gue tinggal tidur.

Besoknya, gue di kampus seharian. Pas balik, dia masih bunyi gitu, kayak orang asma gitu bunyinya. Akhirnya gue bawa ke dokter. Gue nunggu di dokter hewan di Cikapayang, sendirian. Papaw udah kayak lemes banget, napasnya udah megap-megap gitu. Mas-mas sebelah gue yang udah ngantri duluan sampai ngasih gilirannya ke gue karena ngeliat hamster gue kayak udah sakit banget. Gue masuk. Diperiksa papaw sama dokter, dikasih suntikan, dikasih resep. Selesai dari situ gue ke Kimia Farma Dago, nebus resep. Selama itu, gue deg-degan banget mikirin Papaw. Bolak-balik gue cek dia di kandang kecilnya. Tapi, ketika sampai di kosan lagi, Papaw udah nggak bergerak.

Papaw, tidur yang tenang ya di sana. Maaf ya aku kurang cepet tadi bawa kamu pulang. Makasih ya, Paw. I’ll miss you :””””””””””””(



 Rumah. Kayaknya dari dulu gue selalu pengen punya rumah yang bagus. Bukan yang besar, tapi yang bagus. Mungkin gara-gara itu, tanpa disadari, gue mengambil jurusan Desain Interior di perkuliahan kali ya. Keinginan untuk rumah gue di masa depan berubah-ubah dari waktu ke waktu. Waktu kecil kira-kira gue pengen punya rumah yang seperti ini:

Little House on A Prairie

which is kind of weird, as I think about it again. Dulu gue emang punya obsesi tersendiri sama padang rumput, langit biru, dan kebebasan. I think, I kind of still do up to now, though hehe. Tapi dulu emang parah banget, sih, obsesinya. Pokoknya kalau nggak padang rumput ya pantai. Nggak tau kenapa, deh. Padahal gue dulu sama sekali nggak suka baca Little House on A Prairie, loh. Dikasih sama si Papa sih bukunya, tapi ya ampun gue bacanya aja udah males soalnya bosen. Padahal itu kan classic read, ya. Yah, intinya dulu gue pengen rumah mungil yang ada di tengah-tengah padang rumput. Dengan ilalang tinggi-tinggi, beberapa pohon dan semak-semak, dan rumput rumput rumput serta langit luas sejauh mata memandang. Ah, masa kanak-kanak yang indah.

Kalau sekarang, karena udah liat kenyataan begini-begitu, lokasi perumahan yang begitu-begini, dan begini-begitu lainnya, gue udah berubah haluan dari rumah di tengah-tengah padang rumput. Sekarang gue pengen rumah dengan lokasi yang bisa dinegosiasikan (I mean, mau di mana aja terserah haha –> murah), tapi punya halaman yang cantik di depannya. Yah, kayaknya semua perempuan pingin rumah kayak gitu, yah. Eh, tapi tapi gue punya beberapa foto yang menjelaskan detail visual rumah gue nanti hohoho. Kira-kira depannya seperti ini:


Emm, clearly tanpa bendera Amerika di atasnya, ya. Cuma yah kira-kira depannya kayak gitu. Nggak perlu banyak tanaman hias atau gimana sih soalnya gue nggak suka yang ribet-ribet. Halaman depan dengan satu-dua pohon dan rumput hijau yang dipangkas rapi udah cukup buat gue. Dan, yah, sedikit driveway ya. Gue nggak masalah punya rumah agak di luar kota. Mungkin commute-nya yang bikin capek, tapi yaudah lah ya. Gue nggak mau stuck di kota besar yang berisik, kotor, dan macet. Dan dengan keberadaan yang di pinggir kota, mungkin gue masih bisa melihat gunung, pematang sawah, atau pemandangan lain yang nggak bisa didapat sama orang yang tinggal di tengah-tengah kota. Who knows.

Lalu, lalu. Mari masuk ke dalam rumah masa depan gue. Rumah gue nanti harus punya jendela besar yang menghadap ke taman atau ke langit biru atau dua-duanya. Pokoknya menghadap ke pemandangan yang indah. Jadi kalau lagi suntuk atau bosen atau butuh inspirasi (yaelah. Iya Din iya dah inspirasi) bisa ngeliat ke jendela besar dan taraam jadi inspired atau tidak bosen lagi. Ah, pokoknya harus ada jendela besarnya deh! Kira-kira kayak gambar di bawah ini:

bid windows

cantik, ya? Terus ada bagian yang lantainya terbuat dari kayu entah itu parquet atau apa. Nggak perlu semuanya, cukup di bagian kayak living room atau ruang makan, tempat kumpul-kumpulnya gitu. Biar kesannya hangat dan agak crafty haha. Lagipula, gue suka warna alam.

Terus, di dalam rumah ada inner courtyard-nya. Indonesia kan negara tropis, ya. Kayaknya bakal adem kalau punya sepetak area terbuka di dalam rumah, biar sirkulasi udara di dalam rumah lancar, visual di rumah bagus, dan sinar matahari banyak yang masuk jadi nggak banyak kuman di dalam rumah. Nggak perlu yang besar atau heboh, cukup inner court kecil saja yang bisa dilihat dari balik kaca besar. Mungkin seperti ini ya, dengan kaca pembatas tapinya:

inner court

Dan, ke-BM-an gue yang terakhir adalah pengen punya backyard dengan patio! Patio berasal dari bahasa Spanyol yang berarti taman (yard, courtyard, foreyard). Sekali lagi, nggak usah lebay dan besar dan heboh. Cukup untuk duduk-duduk sekeluarga dengan nyaman dan buat masak barbekyu kali, yah. Patio ini juga akan dilengkapi decorative light bulbs berwarna kekuningan seperti yang ada di pohon natal atau di perayaan dengan tema garden party. Boleh juga dikasih lampion atau jar lamps gitu. Kira-kira penampakannya seperti ini:


Di gambar patio-nya besar ya, dan isinya dining table. Kalau dalam versi gue, lebih ke arah living room dengan sofa dan sedikit area untuk lesehan, sih. Jadi bisa menikmati taman, baca buku, ngeliatin hujan, nyelesaiin kerjaan, atau apapun dengan tenang di sana. Tapi ada roof dan pembatas kaca itu emang juara, sih. Jadi walaupun hujan tetap bisa duduk-duduk di situ. Kalau untuk decorative lighting-nya kira-kira yang seperti ini:

light bulbsjar lamp

Sekali lagi gue nggak bisa menemukan gambar yang pas. Yang penting adalah objek lampunya ya hehe. Di gambar sebelah atas kan banyak light bulbs di atas meja perayaannya. Dan di gambar bawahnya ada beberapa lampu yang dibuat dari toples kaca. Gue pengan ada salah satu atau kombinasi keduanya di patio rumah gue nanti.

Ihiw, kalo beneran bisa kayak yang gue jelasin tadi, rasanya akan menyenangkan sekali. Soalnya, rumah buat gue adalah sebuah elemen penting dalam kehidupan. Rumah kan tempat istirahat, juga tempat di mana gue bisa jadi diri gue sendiri tanpa peduli apa kata orang lain, jadi harus dibuat semenyenangkan dan senyaman mungkin. Ah, semoga semoga dan semoga, ya. Amin.

Makasih ya udah mau baca posting ini *nyengir senang.


Yogyakarta dan Semarang

last week i had a study tour then an extended trip after. the study tour was in yogyakarta and the extended trip was in semarang. the study tour was hectic, restless, loud, but nonetheless fun. the extended trip was somehow reflective and solemn. it felt great to be away from bandung for a while. things were pretty hectic when i left bandung, with all the final year’s assignments and whatnot.

now i come back here and i become pretty well collected. plus, yesterday i impulsively bought a couple of things at the bodyshop! a bottle of room fragrance (vanilla and tonka bean) and a can of shea body butter. i can’t resist the room fragrance. the packaging is so elegant and nice-looking. and the body butter, well, i need it for my oh-so-dry skin. so, yeah. now my entire room smells very good and relaxing 🙂 i have just finished listening to rivers cuomo’s alone: home recording. pretty wild stuff he made here. very quirky and interesting, extremely different from what he does with weezer.

here are some pictures i took when i was traveling. enjoy the weekend, everyone! 🙂


windowsthe malioboro streetsome furniturethe little brotherthe garden of ullen sentaluthe train museuminside the train

morning talk

two girls

“And then, so what if he smokes? If he drinks? If he does a few things that would bother me? I don’t mind being bothered once in a while. It would be.. rather nice, actually, to be bothered by him,” Cassandra, or Cassie rather, stops and sips her hot chocolate. Her roommate, Lily, stares at a blank spot ahead of her and takes one tiny gulp of her black coffee. It is Sunday morning at 9. They just took off from a party that happened last night. It was crowded and loud, not one of those comfy parties with only your inner circles. Both of the young girls don’t usually go to a party like that. But once in a while you got to do something new, right? After all, it’s college. What’s college without one loud crazy party?

Lily just made a tiny sound, like a hum almost, to sign that she’s listening what Casie says. She feels a little dizzy right now. She’s emptying her whole cup of coffee as fast as she can, hoping that her head won’t hurt anymore. It’s been a while since she actually drank that much. Casie didn’t drink that much at last night party, that is why they could get up rather early and then left to grab some breakfast. Both of them are currently sitting on the edge of a fountain, sipping their morning coffee and hot chocolate with one bagel each. A few people pass by, doing the Sunday morning routine like jogging, taking dogs for a walk, and so on. Silence fell upon these two young women now. So naturally, like a drop of dew falls from a leave on the dusk.

Cassie and Lily have been best friends  since the first day they set foot on their dorm room. From that moment on, they knew that they would be friends with each other. That feeling struck them so suddenly they couldn’t even comprehend it, even up to present time. Cassie majors in English Literature, Lily majors in Laws. Cassie likes all things to be beautiful and extraordinary, Lily likes them simple and neat. Cassie’s head is always high up there while Lily keeps hers very real. You could see that there aren’t much things they have in common. But maybe, just maybe, that’s why it is so great for them to be best friends to each other. They take care of each other like sisters.

“I think there are two reasons why we get attracted to people. First, it’s because they are just like us. Second, it’s because they reflect what we want to be but have no guts to,” Lily mumbles a statement. She still can’t shake the dizziness out of her head. She has never been great with hangovers, that’s why she prefers not to have them. But last night something felt different. She felt like she needed to drink. This morning, though, she realizes why she felt that way. Bad break up her ex and she had a few weeks ago. She has been coping with it greatly for the past week. But then she saw her ex-boyfriend showed up in the party with another girl she didn’t know. Lily then just sat down on the corner couch and just emptied can after can. Thank goodness, Cassie was aware with the situation so she decided to stay alert for the night. Lily is not proud of what happened. She doesn’t usually act that way.

“I just like his hazel eyes very much. I don’t even know which one I am, though. He’s not actually a bad boy. He has this slight quality of a bad boy, but isn’t enough to make him pass the boy next door line, if you know what I mean,” Cassie has a bite of the bagel in her hand then drink her hot chocolate. Lily looks at her, “I’m sorry. I just like to make justifications. You know how I am. I didn’t mean to put your situation in a box. It’s just that my head feels a little dizzy. I can’t think very clearly”. Cassie shakes her head, “I can’t believe how many cans you drank up in the party. And it’s amazing how your brain is still functioning this morning”. Lily tries to make a little smile, “I know. It’s also great of me for not throwing up like mad last night, huh? I just went to sleep quietly on that couch. Thank God you stayed sober.”

Then silence again. The sun is starting to go up high. They chew their bagels and drinks from their cups. After they have just finished everything and tossed the cups to the nearest garbage can, they both sit still in the same spot. It looks like they are thinking.

“I think that thing I said earlier was about me, Case. I think my last relationship was the second reason. I got attracted to him because he’s something I would never have the guts to be. He’s always been this guy who goes to every party and comes late to classes and everything. And yet he always gets away with everything. I want to be like that. I don’t want to be neat and punctual and live by the book. I don’t want to be boring,” Lily sets her eyes far away while she’s talking. She almost looks like she is sad. But, no, she is not sad. She is just indifferent.

“Oh, please. You don’t want to be like him, Lil. I know deep inside you don’t. You’re great this way. I’ve learned so much from seeing you being who you are. I’m not sure if you have learned anything from living with me, but, I like how we turn out to be such good friends,” Cassie shrugs her shoulders and looks at Lily with the look of assurance in her eyes. Lily smiles a little. “I’m also learning so much by being best friend with you, you silly girl. But better watch out for this guy, though, Case. You shouldn’t be with someone who’s such a bother for you in the first place. If you don’t think so, well, you know those pillows of yours could handle any amount of tears,” says Lily.

Cassie thinks about it for a while, then talks lightly, “No biggie. I can count on you.”

Then they both get up and leave the fountain for some late morning servings of ice cream.



pancakesfriendssnowmanhappy birthday

hari ini pagi-pagi bangun lalu duduk di kursi menghadap meja belajar, kemudian menyalakan laptop, dan meneruskan pengerjaan tugas kemarin malam. gue tidur jam setengah dua pagi. udah bener-bener nggak kuat mikir. buat nge-rotate pintu di cad aja mata gue udah berat banget dan otak gue kayak ngehang gitu. bangun karena alarm jam setengah enam, tapi kemudian tidur lagi karena mata masih berat dan baru bener-bener bangun jam delapan pagi. uh, langsung cuci muka, gosok gigi, pake lip balm (oke, yang terakhir nggak signifikan), dan duduk manis depan laptop klak-klik-klak-klik cad dan sotosop. hectic, hectic, hectic, akhirnya jam sebelas berangkat.

jalan cepat ke depan gang, naik angkot, turun angkot, jalan cepat sampai tempat print-an salman. waktunya super tepat. soalnya pas gue ngeprint, tau-tau ada mas-mas dateng mau ngeprint di kertas A2. fiuh, untung gue duluan. terus ke studio, ketemu iam. si kak koco ga ada. akhirnya gue dan iam memutuskan buat naruh tugas di mejanya aja. lalu ada bobi juga. bertiga ngumpulin bareng. lalu ke tpb. pas mau ke atas ketemu beberapa tpb. ada yang nyenyumin gue, ada yang nanya “ih teteh kok baru datang?” oh my god, malu! cepat-cepat ke atas, masuk ruang dosen, ada jeje dan tika. ke ruang display dulu, bantuin irna dan ume. abis itu makan! uuuu seperti biasa, makanannya selalu enak :-9 lalu ngasmas. ada dosen tamu dari jepang. bantu-bantu. abis itu pulang, turun dari tpb.

pulang-pulang, ke reading lights dulu. jadinya rame-rame sama aya, bubu, sasa, dan riri juga. padahal awalnya cuma gue sama tika yang pengen ke sana gara-gara ngidam pancake. ke rl, naik angkot, macet. tapi akhirnya nyampe juga dan bisa duduk di tempat deket jendela besar yang sangat gue sukai. makanan minuman datang, ngobrol lala-lili, nonton goban dari laptopnya bubu, nengok-nengok tempat buku anak sama riri dan tika, makan kentang goreng rame-rame, ngeliat buku unyu yang isinya karya-karya dari cetakan jempol, haha-hihi. cabut dari situ sekitar maghrib. yang teringat sampai sekarang adalah cokelat, cahaya, hangat, bau manis, musik bossanova, dan menghabiskan waktu bersama teman-teman. rasanya menyenangkan 🙂

sampai kosan mandi, bersih-bersih kamar, menyapu melipat selimut nge-charge handphone, lalu menyalakan laptop dan kemudian menulis ini sambil mendengarkan a fine frenzy. mengingat-ingat suasana di reading lights tadi dan udara bandung yang mendingin, gue jadi ingat suasana christmas di amerika. gue nggak merayakan natal, tapi menurut gue suasana natal itu menarik untuk diamati dan berkesan. apalagi di amerika dulu, banyak sekali lampu-lampu, lagu-lagu catchy, bau manis permen kue dan cokelat, dan hal-hal lain yang indah-indah. gue suka hal-hal indah. dan apalagi dulu gue dapat banyak hadiah natal dari host family. ups. nostalgia 🙂


setelah kerja keras beberapa hari belakangan, rasanya tepat untuk bersantai, walaupun mungkin belum saatnya yah. kemarin dipuji dosen idola. ih, senang :”> katanya kerja keras gue ada hasilnya, lalu gue dibilang untuk menjaga prestasi atau sesuatu semacam itu. ah, senang sekali rasanya kalau apa yang dikerjakan sungguh-sungguh kemudian diapresiasi oleh orang yang dihormati.

akhir-akhir ini selalu panik dengan pertanyaan pada diri sendiri yang menghantui pikiran: “habis lulus kuliah mau melakukan apa?” oh, tuhan, tolong bimbing hambamu yang clueless ini. tapi, setelah dipikir-pikir, lulus saja belum. mungkin gue harus lebih mengkhawatirkan langkah-langkah yang harus diambil agar lulus kuliah, baru setelah itu menimbang-nimbang tentang tahap selanjutnya.

karena kehidupan adalah tentang menghadapi apa yang ada di depan mata.

cheers to the freaking weekend, baby! 🙂