What the world needs now: Pet photographers!

Forget wedding photography, there’s too many of them out there ! As pet lovers, I know how frustrating it is to not be able to capture my furry pals in their funniest, cutest moments ! Rawrrrr !! Because by the time my pocket camera snaps, the uncontrollable furries had gone elsewhere, distracted or they could smell the flash from the camera. So I always end up with blurry images -_-.
I found out that there are photographers out there who dedicated their skills to snapping images of our furry and not so furry best friends, they just don’t exist in Indonesia yet(or maybe I never met them). Just look at these pictures, cuteness !!
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Anyone interested??

Domestication Process … begins ..

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I think I’m quite a difficult person to live with. At certain days, I would want everything to be in perfect order(I have this urge about a week or so before my period comes, how strange), but in other certain days, I’m a living chaos. I have my books, laptop, whatever notes and exams, piled on my bed ! Yes, I sleep with them ! So now that I’m married, it’s going to be more difficult for me to do that. I think Erwin will complain if I use his side of the bed to pile my work up. So I thought, I need some help. I turned to the world’s best guru of homemaking: Ms Martha Stewart for this.

For years now, I’ve been wondering how Ms Martha Stewart can be so … you know.. Martha Stewart ! Years ago, I thought, she might be the kind of woman every men dreamt of marrying. She knows how to make everything beautifully, crafty, creative, an excellent cook, knows how to work on her drills, saws and hammer, and on top of all that, she’s beautiful and a great businesswoman too. Tsk tsk tsk … I’m nothing compared to all that. But alas, I also learnt that her husband left her for another woman. Anyway, aside from that, there’s no denying that she’s still awesome.

So, I checked her website, and figured out that beginners like me can probably start from here : “Six Things to do Everyday“. Only six and definitely worth trying.

And Martha says:
1. Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.
(ohmygod, she read me ! How could she knoww…)
2. Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
(well, only one person in the household that doesn’t do this)
3. Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
(must go shopping to get these four in-boxes ^^)
4. Clean as You Cook
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
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5. Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
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6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.
(hey, I mop more often than once a week! I guess I’m not that bad ^^, but yes, I will clean kitchen floor every evening).

I’m not trying to be a stay-at-home housewife, but I’d like to be better. Can I be a better me soon?

Visiting my old blog!

Haven’t blogged here for quite a while. I’ve been caught up with all sorts of things: wedding, moving together with dear hubby, and of course, work. I’m planning to move my jots from this blog to another place ^^. Where? We’ll see..

Manado Travelogue !

Sorry, this post came in superrrr late. I’ve been busy with work, wedding , and my various other highly demanding activities ^^.
So, why should you visit Manado?

1. A good time to visit Manado is when you’re sick of all the mess, traffic jam, rubbish, dirt, or whatever ugly things that Jakarta could offer you (if you do live in Jakarta), or sick of the generic, industrial, scorching hot, dusty sceneries that you wake up every morning to (read: Cikarang). Two days of Manado will definitely energise you! Manado is a city surrounded by water- clear, crisp, sparkly water! Albeit still hot and rather humid, Manado is always breezy. Allowing you to nap peacefully ^^.

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That’s my buddies in the hammock.

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We arrived in the afternoon, and not long after the sunset came the quiet peaceful evening. Gorgeous, right?

Another hammock shot:
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2. You definitely should visit Manado if you’re into snorkeling and diving. Because Bunaken is just too good to be true. No wonder the World Ocean Conference was held here.
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ehh, my arm looked kinda twisted here -_-.

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3. Manado redefines public transport!
Try these sampans, it’ll be an experience that you will never get in cities with dirty river like Jakarta -_-. I sound like I really hate Jakarta, but actually I don’t, Jakarta does have its own positive sides.
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And of course the angkots(*) !! Ohmygawd those angkots of Manado! They’re all pimped out with flashy colorful lights and super loud sound system! Each angkot- depending on the drive- plays selections of either Manadonese pop songs, western pop songs and some even plays rock. No dangduts were heard of. Maybe in Manado people don’t go to clubs, they just hop on an angkot. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of the angkots =( . Oh and the cost for an angkot ride is just Rp. 2000,00. Woohoo !
Nonetheless, I found this photo of flashy Manadonese angkot from this blog.
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4. A different culinary experience!
Ever imagine having fried banana with chilli sauce? In manado, they dip their pisang goreng in sambal terasi. The result, mmm… weird. Haha ^^. A must try is : Bubur Tinutuan (Manado style congee), and Nasi Kuning daun Woka (Yellow rice in Woka leaves). And if you’re into exotic food, Manado has lots to offer. While there, we sampled bats cooked in coconut milk, rats, and my friend tried snails too. Seafood is in abundance ! We tried a super yummy cockatoo fish that was grilled to perfection. Mmm….
So ya see, you don’t just get all the fun there, but you also get to eat and eat and eat …

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Nasi kuning daun woka

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Yummy bubur tinutuan

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These array of food is just their daily breakfast meal ! Whooaaa… yummm …

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And you need good companion to help you finish all the food !

5. If your best friend is getting married there, then you definitely have to go to Manado.
Yayyy !!
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Side note:
Although we were surrounded with all sorts of food, my friends had developed craving of …. INDOMIE + TELOR ! Jauh-jauh ke Manado, mereka pun sibuk nyari warung. Untungnya, ketemu juga warung yang dicari. Haha.. tidak lupa makan rawon dan segala macam makanan khas pulau Jawa -_-.
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(*) Cars used as public transport, kinda like bus. Usually vans are used for angkots.

Fanny and Pierre’s Bears Wedding!

Yay !! Congratulations to the bride and groom !
The bride is my former student and they have been together for as long as I could remember. Good luck with the marriage, be nice to each other!
The recap : Reception was held in Mulia hotel ballroom with very interesting door prizes (cool new models of cell phones and some fruit called black berries ! ). I think these prizes made most of the guests salivating and holding to their dear coupon numbers. For me, I just wanted to be there =D.

The bride and groom:
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Another awesome pictures of them:
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Gideon, Filbert, myself, Niven:
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Future Hubby, Gideon, Filbert, Alfred, Niven, Adit and THE BRIDE:
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in case you were wondering where the groom was, he was the one taking this picture ! ^_^

Random picture #1 – The Gigantic Ice Vase
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Random picture #2 – While the reception was still going on, guests helped themselves plucking out the flowers ! I know that they think the flowers will not be used anyway, but hmm … I find this a little weird. At least they could wait until the very end of the reception.
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The bears cake – not edible , of course:
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The bride doing the bouquet toss:
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That’s all for today ! =D Congrats !!

The Monthly Workshop

Once a month, all PU lecturers halt any of their activities to attend the monthly workshop. As usual, today’s workshop went from 8 am to 5 pm. Today though, we were told to go to Jababeka Golf at 1 pm to watch James Gwee’s talk. I sorta know who he is but I had never attended his seminar or listen to his CDs. I was quite astonished to find that he’s quite a powerful speaker! Of course, he had blasting music and super loud opening video played to help him set the stage. Fast forward by an hour, I fell asleep. Darn it ! How could I sleep when THE James Gwee was speaking in front ? His motivational seminars cost Rp. 1.2 million per session !
But anyway, I get some of his main points:
Leaders see things as they are.
Leaders see things as they could be.
A leader can be uncertain but never unclear.

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Note that I’m not exactly a big fan of motivational talks, and I probably won’t pay the amount of money to attend his seminars. But I guess it takes a lot of guts to be a motivational speaker, and as much as unenthusiastic I was, I admitted that I did benefit from the sudden reminders from James Gwee. Good job !