Sabtu, 31 Januari 2015

EF#4 Three Wishlists From Doraemon's Magic Pocket

This week's English post challenge is quite difficult because: (1) the topic is unusual to my blog, (2) I should pick JUST ONE gadget? Oh please, Doraemon has looootttsss of interesting tools! I'm confused which one I like the most :D Hehehehe...

Doraemon is like my childhood friend. In the early 90's, I met him every Sunday morning in front of the TV. Now I have 3 favorite items I would like to grab from Doraemon's pocket:

Selasa, 27 Januari 2015

Tanda-tanda Salah Pakai Warna Jilbab

Sebelum ngerti teori warna hangat dan dingin, kalau mau jilbaban aku comot aja apa yang ada di lemari. Pilihan biasanya jatuh di warna pink pucat, coklat muda, dan abu-abu karena netral. Tapi kalau lihat foto-foto pakai jilbab warna tersebut, mukaku kelihatan pucat, kusam dan nggak sehat!

Warna Ria Miranda dan Jenahara

Kadang ketika mencoba warna jilbab, baju, atau lipstik, ada teman yang bilang, "Kamu sih cocok pakai warna itu... Kamu 'kan kulitnya putih..."

Eitssss jangan salah, teori warna ini bukan dilihat dari kadar gelap dan terang kulit. Yang menentukan adalaaah... Rona kulit! Coba googling warm and cool skin tone, pasti banyak website yang mengulasnya.

Untuk contoh, di foto atas aku sandingkan Ria Miranda (RM) the pastel queen dengan Jenahara (JH) yang biasanya pakai jilbab hitam:
  • Menurutku nih yaaaa, RM lebih 'bersinar' ketika pakai warna krem hangat. Di foto RM yang kedua, dengan inner jilbab agak kebiruan (warna dingin) dan warna lipstik pink dingin, RM terlihat agak pucat.
  • Sedangkan JH terlihat 'terbakar' dengan warna merah hangat, namun cocok banget dengan jilbab ungu muda (dingin) dan lipstik pink dingin.
  • Tapi pada dasarnya mbak-mbak dua ini memang sudah kece sih, pakai warna apapun ga masyalaaaah...
PS: Kepada mbak RM dan mbak JH, maaf yaaa kalau foto-fotonya dibuat contoh dan dikomentari seenak saya >_< Karena signature look-nya sangat khas, jadi lebih mudah untuk perbandingan...

Minggu, 25 Januari 2015

Review: Ariel Impulse Homme Eau De Parfum

Kali ini, aku berkesempatan mencoba wewangian baru: Ariel Impulse Homme eau de Parfum dari Sophie Paris. Pertama ditawari, kukira maksudnya Ariel dari Little Mermaid-nya Disney :)) *maklum diam-diam ada jiwa ke-princess-princess-an hehehe*. Tapi di judul parfumnya ada kata Homme-nya, yang dalam bahasa Perancis artinya "Pria". Berarti, Ariel sang penyanyi! Baiklah, parfum ini jadi rejekinya pak suami ya!

Ariel Impulse eau de Parfum review

Siapa nggak kenal Ariel, vokalis band Noah, yang dulunya ngetop dengan bendera Peter Pan. Meskipun agak kontroversial dengan kasus videonya dan sempat masuk penjara, toh akhirnya Ariel bangkit lagi dan nggak kehilangan pesonanya. Tetep digandrungi ribuan fans-fans ceweknya! Hayooo kamu termasuk yang suka lagu-lagunya Ariel nggak?

Sophie Paris menggandeng Ariel untuk meluncurkan parfum baru. Kabarnya, Ariel sendiri yang memilih mau ada wewangian apa di dalam parfum ini. Yak, mari kita coba!

Jumat, 23 Januari 2015

EF#3 How Gadget Affects My Marriage Life

UPDATE 28/01/2015: I made some corrections in my post, as my post was one of four articles that were discussed at BEC group. Thank you mbak Eva and mbak Lorraine who corrected my grammar mistakes and wrong words ^_^ I should pay attention in my consistency of present and past tense!
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This post is another Blog English Club (BEC) 'English Friday' challenge!! :D This week's topic is How Gadget Affects Our Life, which idea was submitted by Ola in BEC whatsapp group. Since "Our Life" is too expansive, I will limit my scope to... my marriage!

Kamis, 22 Januari 2015

Tour To Berlin Day 2

Setelah foto OOTD di depan hotel, tur kami berlanjut ke tembok Berlin. Kata mas tour leader, "Nah, kemarin kita sudah lihat tembok Berlin menjelang sunset. Hari ini kita lihat pagi-pagi, pas salju turun lho, bapak ibu!"
Suasana kota yang mulai bersalju, dijepret dari dalam bus
Setibanya di tembok Berlin, rombongan salah fokus. Kami malah foto-foto di seberangnya si tembok: ada lapangan tertutup salju. Yang paling senang tuh si N, keponakanku. "Main saljuuuu!!!"

Senin, 19 Januari 2015

OOTD: Houndstooth for Winter

Waktu sarapan di hotel Berlin hari kedua, aku lihat ke jendela ada putih-putih jatuh dari langit. Wah, salju turun! Hebohlah daku ngasih tau anggota keluarga yang lain. 

Sambil menunggu bus berangkat tur, kami foto-foto dulu. Outfit Of That Day (OOTD) pakai sweater motif houndstooth punya ibuku dan dalamannya kaos heattech fleece dari Uniqlo. Dalaman heattech Uniqlo lumayan hangat lho! Recommended kalo mau dipakai di negara musim dingin.

winter hijab fashion
Kali ini ngikutin tips 'lepas jaket' waktu foto OOTD :p Alhamdulillah masih bisa nahan dinginnya 2 derajat celcius...

Minggu, 18 Januari 2015

Galau Ngeblog Euy!

Sejak ikut IHB, hasrat ngeblog makin besar. Lalu muncul kegalauan-kegalauan yang berkaitan dengan teknis blog ini:

Apakah nama domain saya aneh? 

Tiananana itu nanana-nya nggak penting banget kan hahaha... Kalo di-search pun rawan kekurangan "na" atau kelebihan "na". Tapi sampai sekarang belum dapat wangsit mau ganti nama blog apa, jadi ya sudahlah... Ada yang mau kasih ide?

Mau lanjut ngeblog berbahasa Inggris atau bahasa Indonesia?

Dari tahun 2009 aku berusaha nulis pakai bahasa Inggris, karena kalau bukan lewat blog, gimana lagi aku bisa latihan? Selain itu juga kepingin ada bule yang baca blog-ku :p Tapi dilihat-lihat dari stats yang nggak seberapa, 75% pembaca blog ini adalah orang Indonesia. Sisanya ada dari USA, Malaysia, Ukraina, dsb. yang entah nyasar di blog terjebak keyword apa di Google.

Kemarin ada yang nulis komentar, bahwa bahasa Inggrisku sebenarnya simpel, tapi kadang-kadang dia nggak ngerti :( Yah sayang banget ya, nanti apa yang ingin kuceritain nggak tersampaikan ke 75% pembaca yang orang Indonesia itu.

Jadi, insyaAllah mulai sekarang aku mau pakai bahasa Indonesia untuk 75% postingan. Nanti 25% bahasa Inggrisnya ada di challenge blog post English Friday dan review-review wisata lokal, kali aja ada bule yang jadi kepingin main ke Indonesia :) Devisa datanglah ke negeriku!

Terlanjur Mengubah Sistem Komentar Jadi Google+ Comment (!!!)

Bulan lalu, aku bingung gimana supaya di kolom Comments bisa me-reply komentar tiap orang langsung di bawah komentar dia. Karena kurang browsing, iseng lah aku nyalakan Google+ Comment. Apalagi baca beberapa reviewnya di forum bule, kayaknya mereka sangat menantikan fitur ini: bisa nyambungin komentar dari Google+.

Jumat, 16 Januari 2015

EF#2: Wildest Dream Challenge

Back to English Friday, a challenge of Blogger English Club!
Oh my, I was really nervous to write on this topic. Partly because I am a shy girl *what??? girl??? You're too old to say you're a girl, Tia :))) But this challenge is just for fun and for practicing English, so here I am writing...

My wildest dream, besides riding on a hot air balloon, being able to use make up with special effect like a zombie (aha I know this is a weird wish), and wearing a princess' dress (this is even more weird and tacky for a grown up lady hahaha), is...

Ribbon picture from Centsational Girl.

HAVING ALL CRAFT SUPPLIES AT CRAFT STORE!!!
And have my own craft room to keep them all :D

Kamis, 15 Januari 2015

Unexpected Holiday Expenses That Makes You Broke

Assalamu'alaikum readers... Holiday is over (although I haven't finished writing all the stories on blog :p). As we got home and checked our bank account, we were shocked about the amount of money left. We thought we didn't shop that much. We didn't buy branded items as everyone who goes to Europe does (well lots of people take advantage of tax refund policy to buy branded bags / watches, right?). So where did our money goes to??


Here's a list of expenses that's not necessary but does happen:

Selasa, 13 Januari 2015

Tour To Berlin Day 1

Assalamu'alaikum!
At the end of 2014, me, hubby, and in laws had a trip to East Europe. We were 8 people who can't go to a place without arguing and debating, so using a travel agent service was the best choice because the itinerary has been arranged professionally. After a long flight from Jakarta, we arrived in Berlin.


The first object we visited was Checkpoint Charlie.
"Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War." (Wikipedia)
Checkpoint Charlie what to do
Photo with the guard at Checkpoint C. Bayar 2 Euro supaya bisa foto :p
If you asked me what was the most memorable moment during this day, my answer would be related to: FOOD! Yeah while other group members took pictures (and some of them bought McDonalds), I spotted a Kebab stall across the street near Checkpoint Charlie.The seller told us that their kebab was halal, they're from Turkiye.
It was THE MOST DELICIOUS KEBAB I've ever eaten!!!! The taste of its hot chili sauce and fresh herbs and savory lamb meat mixed in my mouth and made me want to take more bites. I missed it! When can I taste that kebab again???
Big kebab was 3.5 Euro
We're lucky because we had chance to taste that kebab. Later, other group members who didn't buy any food felt hungry, because as in the itinerary, travel agent only serves dinner for the 1st day.
Berlin Wall!
It was 25 December and every store in town was closed. But there were christmas markets, and we visited it as a replacement of shopping center. The ambiance of christmas market was nice, reminds me of Pasar Malam in Indonesia :D I bought woolen sock because my feet felt cold with cotton sock. At this market you can also buy souvenirs, winter accessories (gloves, ear muffs, hats) and food...
Berlin December Christmas Market

Then we all went to Chinese Restaurant, ate dinner, and checked in to hotel! Oh yeah, if you use travel agent service to Europe, prepare yourself to eat Chinese food almost everyday. Bring your own sambal & abon if you like.

That's all for the first day! Still a long-long journey ahead ;)

Jumat, 09 Januari 2015

A Word for 2015: Productivity

Wait... Two posts in a day? Well, yes! Today is Friday and there is a blog challenge from Blog English Club (BEC): a post in English every week with different theme. You can kepo-kepo BEC from here.

My previous post mainly talked about my blog plans, and in this post I'll write about my self plan.

My word for 2015 is: PRODUCTIVITY! I chose that word because I feel like in 2014 I was really terrible in time management. I did write a to-do-list but somehow I can't finish all my plans in a day (even though my list was only daily activities such as washing clothes, going to the market, ironing, painting on wood, cooking, etc). That's not cool! Many housewives out there do lots of things daily, taking care of children and still can bake a cake and run a business and write a blog and this and that, why can't I?

Printable daily planner by me. You can click it for full size and print it if you want :)

Blog Plans in 2015

I remembered writing a new year resolution when I was a teenager, because every teen magazine told me so :)) But as I grow older, somehow I forgot to write my resolutions. Oh I should start mapping my life plans because it seems like I'm stuck in a comfort zone!

Seperti keset Welcome, tempat kita melangkahkan kaki dan merasa disambut :D

BLOG RESOLUTION 2015

Special for IHB Blog Post Challenge I will make some plans regarding to my blog:

1. Write More Often

A few years ago I can reach 90 posts a year! That's the time when I didn't think too much about what to write. I write anything that makes me happy. In 2014 I wrote 52 posts, and this year... ummm... well, I think minimum 52 posts will be awesome too :) No increase in number, but for an average 1 post per week, I think it's okay to my capacity.

2. Review More Products

I found that most of time when I want to buy something, I'll be googling product reviews from other blogs. Product reviews can be useful for someone who need information, and that's what blogging is about: sharing information. Maybe I'll review body care products I used, restaurants I visit, shoes I wear, etc etc. Wow that will be lots of blog post ideas :)))

3. Read More Blogs

After joining some blog communities: Indonesian Hijab Blogger and Blog English Club, I have a bundle of blog lists to read. I believe reading more blog will increase my knowledge and perspective, and I might find some new favorite blogs :) I was just realised, there are many many Indonesian bloggers right now! Wow!

4. More DIY Posts

Because I love it! And I missed it :D

Actually, this post is my first post in 2015 (my previous post was a scheduled post from December 2014 that I prepared because I had to travel for 2 weeks :P). So, welcome 2015!

This post is a response for IHB Blog Post Challenge ;D What do you plan for your blog?

Jumat, 02 Januari 2015

Clothes That I've Worn Too Many Times #1

Do you have a favorite item you'd love to wear over and over again? I have this brown striped tunic tees, that my mom gave me in 2010. I've worn it maybe a hundred times, and now it's kinda stretchy (melar/molor) T_T But I still like it!
From top left to right: 1. The tunic goes to Netherland. 2. Goes to Singapore River Safari. 3. DIY shrug project. 4. OOTD in 2011. 5. Goes to Cipari, Kuningan. 6. Hang out with friends making scrapbook together.
There are still many blogposts which I worn this striped tunic but my pictures were so smaaalll :))) This item was really a savior in my daily outfit, comfortable to wear, no wrinkle, no need ironing, and long enough for me to wear trousers. That's why I ALWAYS bring it everywhere I travel.

My hubby complains whenever I wear this, "Ahhh you're wearing that clothes again??" and I stopped wearing that for 2 months. But then I missed it and wear it again hahahaha...

I should look for the substitution of this comfy tunic! Ah yeah, in case you're wondering where did my mom got this clothes? She bought it at Pasar Atum Surabaya, in Korean fashion shops.

Do you have a favorite item too in your wardrobe? Let's take a look into your closet. What's the oldest item you have and still wear it occasionally?