Friday, November 21, 2014

No More Frizzy Hair Thanks to Philips Ionic Brush

Sadly, my hair and I rarely get a long. I'm thankful I have a lot of hair but most of the time they are all over the place (baca: megar a.k.a rambut singa). I did hair smoothening about 3 months ago to calm it down a little bit. Even though it did help but it still not as smooth as I would like it to be.

So the search for the product that would tame down my hair was still on. Luckily, I was sent this new brush from Philips called Ionic Brush! Honestly, considering I rarely brush my hair (karena bikin tambah megar) I wouldn't try this if I saw it at the store because I wouldn't believe such thing would help. But boy was I glad I gave this one a chance :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Theme Song of The Moment

It's 11:03pm and I'm still working on my laptop but I'm super pumped because I'm writing something I had imagined for the past 3 months. So no complain here :) This song 'Beautiful Flower' by India Arie has been playing non stop. It's such a beautiful song to remind us that we are powerful enough to create our defining moment. A song that I will definitely share with my daughter :)

'Cause you're beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You can heal the world with your mind
There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thai Basil Chicken & Black Pepper Beef

Always feeling accomplished whenever I can go home before it gets dark and cook for the kids :). Today is one of those special days, even more special cause Jib picked me up at the office after his futsal tournament at Setu.

When I opened the fridge and found some beef and ground chicken that I've bought a while ago. Daripada keburu basi kaan mendingan langsung dimasak. So, Thai Basil Chicken and Black Pepper Beef it is. The basil chicken is no way near as good as my favorite one at King & I, but not bad lahh..Jehan loves it and asked to bring some for lunch tomorrow. Jib couldn't stop munching on the Black Pepper Beef. My kids always have a knack for making me feel like I'm the most brilliant cook :)

Recipe for my future reference:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Visualizing The Dream

I just created 'my vision' board on my Pinterest recently. Dreams are so much fun when you can see and picture it! One of the pictures in that folder is a picture I took of Trafique, a coffee shop + coworking space that just opened recently.

Ever since I started Female Daily, I've always told myself and everyone in the office I want us to have our own building. I've been told that 'Mimpinya jauh amat, Han'. But I believe if your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough. Trust me, putting all the pictures in that 'my vision' folder gave me chills, but I gotta start somewhere and be as specific as possible.

I don't have details on how many floors our own office gonna have, but I know for sure that there will be a warm and inviting open area with a coffee bar in the first floor. Seating arrangement will be plenty for the team to take a break, or to work alone or with a group. It's the place where we hold our regular events and gatherings. Of course, it will also be open for Female Daily & Mommies Daily Community as well as for public as we are aiming for a collaborative community.


When will this dream come true? I don't know. I may not there yet, but I'm closer to achieving it now than I was 4 years ago.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mana Terima Kasihnya?

Waktu lagi di jalan pulang ke rumah sama anak-anak, mobil kita papasan dengan mobil lain. Karena jalannya sempit dan ada yang parkir sembarangan, lewatnya harus gantian. Oki kasih jalan untuk mobil itu lewat duluan dan setelah mobil itu lewat, baru mobil kita jalan. Trus tau-tau Jehan nyeletuk..

"Kok, orangnya nggak bilang terima kasih, sih?"
"Terima kasih gimana, Je?"
"Iyaa..biasanya kan kalo abis dikasih jalan, Diddy suka dadahin orang yang nyetir mobilnya, atau kasih klakson. Kok dia diam aja?"


Didn't realize that kids notice the small detail like that. Gotta be extra careful arounds kids, make sure we do things we want them to do, or don't do things we don't want them to do. I think all parents should thanks their kids for we are a better person because of them.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thank You, Stranger :)

UntitledI went for a morning jog today at the Car Free Day, and as usual, I waited for Oki at Starbucks. I was planning to do some work but when I just opened my laptop, someone just sat on the table next to me and stroke a conversation about our twin laptop.

So we talked for quite a while. One topic led to another and we ended up talking about Female Daily Network :). I showed him the websites and he asked a lot of questions about the business, the team, how it all started and everything. He listened to my story with enthusiasm, he looked genuinely happy and excited for me. He gave me compliments a few times and told me I had found an unbelievable niche, 'there's a lot you can do with women and the business of making them feel and look beautiful', he said. He looked at me in the eye and told me that I will be very very successful in the future. When he finished his coffee, he said he wanted to wish me luck but he said he knows I won't need any more luck :).

Wow, what a nice encounter with a stranger  named Robert who comes all the way from Chicago for a short visit in Jakarta. He seemed to know that any entrepreneurs can appreciate a pat in the back once a in a while. I didn't get a chance to do any work at all, but I walked out all smiles and was touched by the kindness :).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Morning Ride

Hari Jumat minggu lalu, saya naik taksi pagi-pagi dari Wisma Mulia ke Plaza Senayan. Kebetulan, yang lewat duluan taksi Express. Tadinya agak ragu, sih tapi setelah dipikir kan jaraknya nggak jauh yaa, jadi nggak papa deh. Ternyata, supirnya baik sekali dan seneng banget ngobrol.Topiknya apalagi kalo bukan pilpres.  Semangat banget dia ceritanya apalagi kalo ngomongin Jokowi & Ahok. Dia udah nggak sabar untuk melihat apa yang dua orang ini akan lakukan karena selama ini dia cukup takjub dengan ide-ide dan kerja keras mereka. 'Berapa banyak itu mbak pegawai negri yang lagi ketar ketir sekarang karena biasanya ongkang-ongkang kaki aja..bagus lah biar pada kerja beneran' katanya. Lalu dia terus bercerita tentang keluarga Prabowo yang katanya berasal dari kampung yang sama. Dia juga banyak menyebutkan nama-nama dan kejadian-kejadian seru sepanjang proses pilpres ini. He seems to understand about politic really well he put me to shame.

Pas sampai daerah Senayan, dia cerita kalau anaknya baru saja lulus dari Metrologi D3 ITB, dapat beasiswa dari Deperindag, katanya. Sekarang lagi mau nerusin S1. Baru-baru ini, dia ajak anaknya ke pameran universitas di JCC, 'ya biar liat aja ada pilihan apa di luar Indonesia sana walaupun cuma lewat brosur'. 

And I thought wow here is someone who is not afraid to dream big. Anaknya pun diajarkan untuk punya mimpi besar. Banyak lho orang tua yang ngerasa nggak mampu dan akhirnya membatasi dan menyabotase mimpi anaknya sendiri, something that makes me really really sad. Dia bilang dia juga siap untuk kerja keras supaya bisa support cita-cita anaknya. Not one time he whined about the challenge he has to endure. Being a taxi driver in Jakarta I'm pretty sure there are a lot to complain! 

That was a huge morning inspiration for me. Yep, inspiration is everywhere from just about anyone, we only need to open our eyes and listen.

By the way, I was also happy that we finally have leaders who make people like him excited. Faith to government has finally been restored :). Here's to a better Indonesia and to more people like my taxi driver who is very optimistic and dare to dream big.

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