I Will Never Get Enough of You

I’m talking about books.

I love books. Since I was little kid, I always excited to go to bookstore and that excitement made me confuse to

The book that I found when I was broken heart

The book that I found when I was broken heart

choose the books to buy coz I want all the books!

I read everything since I was kid. Magazines, comics books, novels, newspaper (even only the gossip columns) even labels in a jar, and reading is so amusing for me, no wonder I gain too much minuses on my glasses, but thanks to contact lenses these days, I dont have to wear my thick glasses every day. 🙂

My interest of books depends on my mood swing, but basically I just like something light to read. When I was kid, I was a huge fan of comic books, and on my childhood era, Japanese comic books or rather be known as manga, was very very popular. And my favorites are girly and funny manga of course. But I also read children and teenage novels and american comics such as Goosebumps, it was very popular teenager horror novels for teenager, also comics books such as Archie Andrew and Betty Veronica. That was my favorites. And I also read cultural books and legend of my own country, classics legend tales from many places in Indonesia, so basically that’s how I learn history when I was kid, through a comic an kids novel. I also learnt a bit of French history from a Japanese manga, Rose of Versaille, not bad, huh. :p

The book that i bought few years ago but never finished read. I bough it just bcoz of discounted.

The book that i bought few years ago but never finished read. I bough it just bcoz of discounted.

As I’m growing old, my fondness of comic books no longer striving in my soul. I’d rather read novels, or in the other word, a book without graphics, just words, hehe. But depends on my mood, I prefer a light read than a heavy one. I used to read Paulo Coelho books and I have some of his books, Veronica Decide to Die, The Witch of Portobello, By The River of Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, those  some of his books I have read but I cannot always read a heavy philosophy books, my brain cant always swallow all the meaning of those great philosophy. Paulo Coelho is brilliant, my brain is not, hehe. So mostly, I only pick some chicklit just to relax and have some laugh. And surprisingly, life lesson can come through an easy book.

But in this rapid growth of technology, books seems forgotten. People are too busy with their smartphone, I can rarely find people reading book in the corner of cafe, or holding book when they walk around, all I can see just people with smartphones on their hands, in cafes, restaurants or streets and everywhere.

I almost forgotten books, the last time when I bought a book was when I was broken heart bcoz of J. In an airport of Lombok Praya a year ago, I found a bookstore and I felt like I found a sanctuary, felt like I found myself again. 🙂

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The book i was just finished read

One of my favorite book of all time is P.S. I love U by Cecilia Ahern. Yes, the P.S. I love u movie, its from that book, its actually a chicklit. I read the novel before the movie was even made. Its brilliant and so romantic, well actually its just extra romantic, I was fall for the novel and when the movie made, I was fall for Gerard butler of course. And in  my opinion, the novel and the movie is really great, not disappointing.  How can i say not disappointing? bcoz mostly, when the book is great, the movie doesnt seems to follow.

And my unforgetten books of all time are Harry Potter series. I read Harry Potter when i was in college, even i dont have the books coz it was beyond my student pockets so I was just borrowed it from my friends. And I think Harry Potter is so crazy brilliant coz it really took our imaginations away, I remembered I chose to read Harry potter than studying for my exam, once I hooked to the book, I barely escaped, J.K. Rowling is fantastic!

The book that I currently read, I bring it everywhere in my bag :p

The book that I currently read, I bring it everywhere in my bag :p

So in this past few months, I am starting to buy books again. And my choice of books is absolutely depend of my mood. but mostly, I pick an easy read book, a refreshing and funny chicklit which story line is around daily girls life, bcoz its always good to know that a story of a book is not faraway from our daily life.

Maybe sooner or later books is become an ancient thing, replaced something more and more technology-ish. But, i will never lost my love on books. Reading a book compared to an e-book from computer or tab or pad is different. It has different sensation, different thrill and different satisfaction. When you read a book, the actual book, you can get the feeling when you hold the book and read it while you have a cup of coffee or tea, when you fold page by page, it’s different than to swipe a page on a tab. The smell of the paper, the feel of the paper on you finger, it’s undefinable.

I love books, the actual books. And I will never replace it with something more technology-ish, reading books is way more fun, believe me, or not :p

Happy reading!

Some books that I have left from these days

Some books that I have left these days

The quest of finding “The One”

In this past three months and more, I’ve been struggling to find “The One”..

Yes, the one, the perfect one for me, the best and one and only for me, the one that makes me comfortable and confident with, the one that can give me satisfaction and the most important thing is, the one that NOT ripping my hair off!

I’m talking about finding the right shampoo for me, becoz apparently all the shampoo that I bought makes my hair falling out more, and its so frustrating, I can afford losing the man that i’ve comfortably slept with without any promising future but I totally cannot afford of losing my hair, this is a freakin’ nightmare! The worst of the worst ever!

I couldnt sleep at night, I’m pretty anxious and brought the fear into nightmare, literally, i was had a bad dream of being bald. Its totally not cool and woke me up in a big sweat and fear! Please God , no!

I  might not having a pretty hair like all the girls in Kerastase ads, but experiencing my hair falling out every time I wash it is the worst thing I cannot face. I know I’m being dramatic and my friends say so, i’m the most dramatic person ever, but, I’m telling u, I cannot afford losing my hair, I’m a woman, and hair is a crown for woman, and I’m not gonna lose it ever!

Well, here it is the trails of my quest finding the right one, a.k.a the right shampoo for me, even for now i havent found it, but here we go :

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Kerastase Dermo Calm Shampoo (Image by google)

Honestly I have a big expectation about this shampoo. Becoz of the high reputation of the brand, the exclusiveness and the expensive price. I’m a lil bit got too far dreaming about having a thick, long and bouncy hair after using it but the fact, it scared the hell out of me.

How could it be?

Yes it indeed proved what it said of taking the good care of your scalps bcoz i can go through two until three days without washing my hair and I didnt feel any itch or uncomfortable feeling for not washing my hair for three days but whats scared me was I lost a big amount of hair while shampooing.

I was freaked out, like literally freaked out until my best friend told me to get easy coz its probably nothing coz hair is normally falling out while shampooing but no way girl, I cant get easy on this.

I have tried to use this shampoo for a week and more and my hair fallen out in a big clump and this really freak me out to hell, I even literally cant think anything else but my hair, but the price of this stuff cost me makes me not really easy to just give it up. But after few weeks I couldn’t help it to testify my hair falling out for more, so with the biggest heart I can deal with, I have to give this baby away to my best friend. So sad, but c’est la vie, U cant keep up with the things that makes u miserable and losing much more than u can afford even it already cost u lost of fortune. Too bad, the fancy Kerastase is not my “the one”.

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L’oreal Ever Strong Thickening Shampoo (image by google)

My second quest that I found in Singapore.

I was terribly shock while using Kerastase dermo Calm causing me lost lots of hair while shampooing, so I immediately tried to swept it with whatever I can get at the moment.

After a long walk in Singapore with my sister and from drugstore to drugstore that drained my sister’s patience coz I coulndt pick my choice to any shampoo and just kept reading the label, I finally gave my shot to this one.

It claimed to be able to restore your falling hair and make it thicker in 30 days, ,and plus its sulfate and SLS free. So I’m trying to back to nature and give it a go.

Well, at first, it gave me a very fresh feeling to the scalp, refreshing, and just like Kerastase dermo calm, this shampoo doesnt want to make me feel to wash my hair everyday, even after work out, I know its kinda gross, but indeed I feel not necessarily washing my hair every day, my head feeling fresh and cool, But, I still have something bothering me about this shampoo.

First, its not available in my country, its ridiculous tho to make a trip to Singapore every now and then just to buy a shampoo, and its an extra effort to ask my brother to buy it for me and send it to Jakarta which is a big no for him to do that. And second how could i depend myself on a thing that I cant get in here? So while experiencing with this one, I already started to look for another one.

And weeks goes by I feel not really comfortable using this shampoo, guess what? This thing also ripped my hair off, just like Kerastase one, so once again I freaked out. I cant handle my hair keep falling out of my head!

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Organix Awapuhi ginger shampoo (image by google)

Then I moved one to this one. After reading tons of reviews of my possible future shampoo, I pick this one out, once again non SLS and Non PABA. I read about the SLS is a total damage for your hair and back to nature thing, so it could be a good choice.

I also have a big expectation about this thing but the fact I do always have a big expectation about everything, not to mention a guy, hehe, I thing big expectation is a bad thing for me, so later on I will not (at least try) have any expectation of things (or guy).

So is this shampoo did a good job for me? I dont know yet. But I already stopped it bcoz I experienced itchiness and somekind of dump and sticky on my scalp and also my hair still falling out, in a big amount.

Actually it smells good, thats the pro but the cons is far more that I can handle, or face.

I dont know whether the itchiness on my scalp happened becoz of using this shampoo or bcoz of other thing such as natural aloe vera that I applied to my hair as a natural treatment, but so far I cant stop scratching my head during the day, omg, I’m pretty much like a monkey. So then I decided to cut my hair shorter and forget about my dream to have a long bouncy hair, I have to take care of this problems soon.

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The Body Shop Rainforest balancing shampoo for oily hair (image by google)

Out of desperation, I found this one. Well not actually the thing that comes in my mind after reading tons of reviews, i just accidentally stepped in The Body Shop counter when i was at the mall and after a few minutes reading the labels and even not quite sure bcoz my hair isnt oily, just the scalp but my hair more like dry, I decided to bought this one and push all my luck of my hair in this hand of this bottle.

SLS free, Paraben free and non animal testing, it should be natural and harmless so I took my chance on this one.

After few days using it, its actually not really bad. It stripped my hair and I felt squeaky clean after washing my hair but when I aired it dry without any flattening iron or blow drier, my hair seemed fine.

Until this night, the nightmare came back. I dont know why, its been more than a week using this body shop shampoo and last night, i cant help scratching my head bcoz of the massive itchiness that I felt on my head. God help! I cant even sleep and decide to wash my hait in the 00.30 am in the midnight, horrible! I dont know what happen to my head, and while I’m scratching my head of course my hair fallen out, many of it!

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Spinach Shampoo By Mustika Ratu (image by google)

This is the last thing that I used to wash my hair last night. Its actually not mine, its my sister’s shampoo that she left behind in my  mom’s bathroom before she left to Sweden to be with her husband.

It says that its formulated for hair fall, so what the worst thing I could get from this one.

This is the cheapest one from all the above shampoo that I have ever bought and plus, I didnt buy it, hehe.

Maybe i should go for the local brand than the imported stuff that I usually likes to buy. Maybe cheaper thing can do a better job than the luxurious expensive ones.

I have been changing 5 shampoo for the 5 past months, no wonder my head and my scalps seems and feels stressed out.

I know I have lack of patience handling problems that occurred in my life and my quick of change of decisions doesnt make any good of anything and so far didnt solve the problems.

It may not seems a big deal for anyone but it is for me. And from the overall point of view and in general, finding the right shampoo is more likely as hard as finding the right man, no kidding.

U cant keep using the shampoo that just make your hair worse and falling out more and more each day, no matter how expensive it is, same like man, u cant stay with the man that keep your heart breaking each and more day no matter how promising he is.

Oh God please help.. help me find the right shampoo and the right man at the same time, it would be a big win :p

Wish me luck..

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I have to cut it short

Back to The Future

To welcome the new year of 2015 few months ago, me and my newlywed younger sister went to Singapore and spent a week there.

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Me and my sister goes to the future land, Singapore ;p

Well actually its not our first choice of holiday destination, especially by me, which is more prefer beach than a futuristic land, but since my big brother and family lives here in Singapore, then we decided to spent our new year and holiday to visit my nephew in addition. Why I named Singapore the future land? Maybe bcoz its quite -but not so much- different than my hometown Jakarta, Singapore is really futuristic, at least from my point of view, hehe. Of course becoz I have never been abroad further than this, Japan maybe far more futuristic than Singapore, but my lack of my journey about modern land tells that Singapore is way too futuristic. i remembered J ever said that everything in Singapore seems so artificial, it looks like made by human, even the nature, hmm, even a Swiss man has the opinion about it,well, maybe he is right. But its a small country, and it was really pleasure to explore a country smaller than my town. Interesting!

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Changi Airport

I found this in Changi airport! I dont know what it is but its kinda cute to took picture with :p

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Underground MRT

What i like about Singapore, they have a very easy access with public transportation, unlike Jakarta. I can get straight to my brother home by MRT to the nearest station around the block he is living. And take a bus only two stops from the MRT station to his home. Very easy and comfortable. The taxi in Singapore can make me broke so it way better to take MRT or bus everywhere. And in Singapore I have no need to worry about the packed of the passengers like in Jakarta, even I carry a big size of bag, there will always be a space to sit or stand.

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Me and my nephew

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I’m kind of squeezer auntie :p

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The Harbour Front

Located in Vivo City, a famous big mall who connected to the famous Sentosa Islands where Universal Studio took place, here’s the Harbour Front. One of the harbor in Singapore to disembark to Batam, Bintan or any where else nearer in Indonesia by ferry.

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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant

Voilaa, the famous Jamie Oliver restaurant! This is the famous British chef’s restaurant that everyone’s talking about. Well, actually I didnt have a chance to stepped in and taste the food coz look at the price man! Its beyond my pocket. So all I did just took pic on the front of it. hehe. Its located inside Vivo city, ground floor, next to Starbucks and u can enjoy the sea view while having a meal here, well nice job mr. oliver, next time I’ll bring extra money to dine in ;p

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Siloso Beach

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I cant missed any chance not to go to a beach

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Life guard, anyone drowning??

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pardon me with the eggs

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can i have your kiss mr. Cooper?

Through inside Vivo city mall, we go through up three level to get into the MRT to go to Sentosa islands. I cant remember each of the name of the small island that connected by the MRT but as I remember there are the Universal Studio, the big Merlion statue and the Siloso beach where I strike pose on the pics above ;p

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Big Candy!

Every body who goes to Singapore wouldn’t miss the famous orchard Road, the biggest shopping street in that Merlion country. There are lots of fancy and luxurious shopping malls around the corner of Orchard, the riches of Jakarta people are very fond of spending their money here, for pleasure, leisure or just prestige. Maybe u are not valid visiting Singapore without taking a stroll in Orchard road. So for me, for validation being here will just took a pic of a giant candy in front of Ion Orchard, one of the biggest shopping mall here. Well not bad.. :p

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Marina Bay Sands

Another symbol of Singapore, the famous (pardon me for using the word famous too much here, but I cant help it ;p) Marina Bay Sands. Its big luxury hotel that formed a big boat on top of it and connecting 3 buildings below it. I never been up there actually, but J did. He told me that the top of Marina Bay Sands is a swimming pool, a fancy one. Yea, it should be very fancy to put a swimming pool on the top of 3 connected building, hehe. I’ll take a chance to go up there one day 🙂

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I dont know what it is but this sculpture looks interesting

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Altitude, higher than Marina Bay Sands

Here I am at The Altitude which is claimed as the highest point of Singapore. Altitude is a open rooftop bar located in building that I cannot recall the name, I’m so sorry. Its pretty awesome as we can view Marina Bay Sands from the top of it. The good thing about bars here in Singapore, no matter how fancy it looks, we not really have to dress up to get in. Big difference in Jakarta, we should always dressed up and look fancy to go to a bar or dining place. I can tell its pretty easy in Singapore coz I can go to the bar just wearing flip flops, as if in the beach, oh I like it! ;p I really enjoy here, but its a lil bit windy but the view is amazing. I really can tell through these pics below..

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In the noon

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The other side

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When the sun goes down..

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The light rises

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illuminating

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the city start to live

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and the dark falls, the lights take over

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it aint gotham city.. welcome to the future land, Singapore

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Bugis Junction

Next is Bugis Junction, a paradise for the cheaper shopaholic, just like me, hehehe. Bugis Junction is a big market and also a mall. There are two options of shopping style here, do u want to go to a cheaper one or middle up just like in Orchard? Its all your call. I like the Bugis Junction market where everything are just about ten dollars. U can find anything there, and how it excited me is the fact that I got so many mini skirt just priced ten dollars each, and all cute! I know, I’m such a girl, hehe. And normally, people and mostly tourist (like me) goes to Bugis to buy a little souvenirs to bring home for their fellas and relatives. U can find lots of things here, wallets, key chains, shirts with shout out “I love SG”, and many more just around ten dollar bottom line, its satisfying, tho.. ;p

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Somewhere in Little India

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A temple in little India

And the next thing is chasing Mustafa, in the Little India. I have heard so many people talking about Mustafa in little India, they say its the better place for cheaper shopping, way more cheaper than Bugis Junction. So I got curious, then me and my sister took a stroll there and tried to find out what the best thing that the fuss about. My opinion? well, I can smell the curry all over the place and turned out, Mustafa is a big mall that sells almaost about everything in one place. If I can sum it up, maybe just like Carrefour, or in my country, just like Tanah Abang, in smaller version. Hoho.. I dont really like Mustafa, once I stepped in. I directly went to the exit. Well, not exactly my favorite place to shop and look around.

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The mystic park

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another pose of the mystic park

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from different angle of the mystic park

Before headed home, me and my sister stopped by a park that we used to just passed by but this time we were curious whats inside the park. My brother told us that the park is somekind of a mystical park. But too bad we cant came there earlier, by the time we got there its already closed, so all we can do just took pic in front of it. From the outer sight, I can tell that the park is about Chinese beliefs, God and Goddess and their mystical creatures, its quite interesting actually, so maybe I will make time to visit there in the future.

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I am helping Minnie

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Disney Castle in Changi

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Knock Knock

Since it was holiday season, Changi Airport of Singapore decorate itself in Disney theme, pretty cute. And then holiday is over, I am expecting the new adventure in another town, or country or any exciting place in this year to happen, hopefully involving beach! I’m feeling this 2015 would be awesome, so I hope it is.. See u soon in another wonderful places!