indonesian dishes # 1

Indonesia has tons of food, in Bandung alone I can find more than 50 kind of snacks and foods, that’s not included european/japanese/another asian kind of dish. This week, my mom and me visited one of the oldest restaurant in Bandung, Lumpia Semarang. The restaurant name is actually a kind of food, which it sell, the infamous lumpia semarang.

Restaurant Lumpia Semarang, Friday closed

Restaurant Lumpia Semarang, Closed Every Friday

this is the front look of the restaurant, if they don’t put the signage, it looks just like an ordinary house.

Fried Lumpia Semarang with it gooey sauce. yum

Fried Lumpia Semarang with it gooey sauce. yum

this is lumpia semarang, it is spring roll, filled with chicken meat and rebung. yum yum. I had two of this.

Nasi Uduk

Nasi Uduk

the restaurant have another kind of indonesian dishes too, this is Nasi Uduk,  rice cooked with santan (a juice from a coconut flesh), served with Gepuk (cow meat), when it cooked it was punched until it flat (gepuk is a javanese word for punch or hit). It have it’s own sambal (it’s the red spicy thing, Indonesia food usually ate with sambal, and I tell you we have hundred kind of sambal), Emping chips (it was made from melinjo nut, very high cholesterol, very delicious) and a cucumber to freshen up your mouth.

Tahu Campur

Tahu Campur

this is what my mom ordered, Tahu Campur (in english it would be scrambled tofu), the fried tofu comes with vegetables and a peanut/soy sauce and served with prawn chips (yes, Indonesia has a lot kind of chips too). Because this is a Middle Java restaurant, the Tahu Campur different from our family usually had, from East Java. It is more sweet and didn’t use Petis (a kind of stuff made from prawn that used as a ingredients in food)

Sambal

Sambal

this is sambal for tahu campur, it’s a green chili crushed, we called it rawit and more hot than the red chili.

we stepped out with a full stomach.

hope I can post another indonesian culinary.

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shawl we love.

shawl is the best accesories ever. You can wear it anytime, with any outfit and any occasion. if your outfit is a bit dull, put a shawl and voila, tres chic! I have so much shawl, I can’t help it. My newest shall I bought it on the blog, the brand is cotton ink, and it’s not too expensive. My shawl called Krey (I assume because it was cut like a window blind). I chose Sap Green for the color, and immediately like it when it delivered to my door step.

I just think it would be helpful if it comes with the how-to wear guide, because the shape  kinda weird, it can be thrown in several ways. My sister, who also ordered the shawl in different series, got frustated on how to wear it right. she find it though on the 50th attempt, and it looks lovely (she had in shocking pink color).

last weekend I wore it with my sister’s patterned top and my grey mango bag Banyoh gave me last month. I love the bag, I stuffed everything on there. My ixus, notebook charger, agenda, makeup purse and sometimes munchies. But sometime it killed me to find my car keys in there. (all the things are jumbled)

cotton ink shawl and the grey slouchy bag from bf

cotton ink shawl and the grey slouchy bag from bf

anyway, this is my first post showing me and my outfit. I usually don’t like outfit I wear, but I inspired with my friend blog, bini, that I decided to dress up for this post. It’s not as chic as hers. It will never be as chic as her, she’s so great with fashion, while I still clinging on my levi’s for every occasion. haha.

second time charm

the last three weeks, my weekend with banyoh is spent on cinema. And the last three movies we wathced, is a sequel or spin-off, I watch all with low expectation. but to my surprise, all the movies are great (way better than it firsts). It’s X-Men Origins : Wolverine, Angels and Demon and  Night at The Museum 2.

X-Men Origins : Wolverine

X-Men Origins : Wolverine

it was goooooooood!! many doesn’t agree, but I still think it way better than all the X-Mens combined. At least the mutant doesn’t have a ‘superhero’ label and wear a spandex suit with weird hair-do. It reminds me of Batman Begins. Plus, many character make an appear. Gambit (my favorite), young Scott, Wade, Zero, etc. Worth to watch, anyway it will be more helpful if you watch it with someone who reads the comic. Fortunate for me, Banyoh explains all the characters and their power.

Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

The best thing is : Tom Hanks did not keep the haircut he had on The Da Vinci Code, the second is where the setting took place, Vatikan and the streets and churches in Rome. I personally think the plot is ridiculous and when I read the books I thought ‘this book will be great in movie, but not my kind of book’. Anyway, the movie was great and full of suspense. Although many things happen ‘coincidentaly’, we will relate to it, it’s Hollywood movie, anyway.

Night at The Museum : Battle of The Smithsonian

Night at The Museum : Battle of The Smithsonian

The first one is good, but it’s not THAT good that I want watch the sequel, Banyoh had to drag me for this one. My expectation drop more low as I watch a bunch of kids with their parents (ugh, not another screaming babies), but I changed my mind on the first scene. When the story goes on, it took me by surprised that I enjoying the movies. The setting took place in Smithsonian (which is the biggest museum in the world). And my, you can imagine when it all things, and figurines, comes to life. You’ll have Amelia Earhart (played by charming Amy Adams), Al Capone, Akh Mun Rah (played by hilarious Hank Azaria), Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte and a cameo by Jonah Hill, he stars as Brundun (not Brandon) the guard of the museum.

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I hope Transformer 2 will be on my ‘second time charm’ list too.

to write about something

as I grew up, books and stories filled my world. I am lucky enough to have a father that always said, story-telling it is important for a child, he always told one for me every night when I’m ready to bed. His story (always different each night), left me with giggles, thrill and crave for more and more.

it’s about a lady with a horse legs, a battle between ants and tiger, a star in the sky, a boy stealing from his neighbour, a queen that rule a world under the sea, ghost in ancient sword, anything.

As I grew older and too ashamed to ask for a bedtime story, my dad introduce me to the world of fiction novels, I read my first Agatha Christie’s novel in very early age (I even couldn’t remember when). It started with the ABC murders, and then the Sherlock Holmes books. With him, I live in Baker Street and watching him quietly smoke the pipe, and when I’m with Poirot, I stand in an English garden, wondering who killed the rich landlord.

I was hopeless, I read many, many, many detective novels and even read some twice.

It didn’t stop at that, my craving for fiction leds me to possesion of hundreds and hundreds manga comic book. Like most girl, I was swooped by Mari Chan and her silver ballet shoes (I even begged my mom to pay for a ballet class lesson), I was with Aryanrod standing on colloseum on Crystal Dragon, I laugh at joke Nakki told her friends in Pop Corn and cried when Terry left Candy in Candy-Candy.

In junior high school I was the girl with glasses who reads too much fiction. And fiction got better. My manga collection become thousands from hundreds. (Right now, I’m crazy about this funny adventure of a pirate, Luffy, in manga One Piece).

I even got a bookshelves installed just to fill it with books.

I also like myth. call it weird, but I enjoyed reading over and over about greek god and goddess, about why a women can turn into a kuntilanak and the story of a girl with a glass neck. That’s why when my younger sister are old enough to get a bedtime story, I happily do it.

I read from 1001 stories from all over the world; a princess that demands a gown from the ray of sun and the twinkle of stars (imagine how beautiful it will be!!), about a village girl that visited by a prince with an eagle wing every night (he is cursed), about giants who likes to eat children, about a mermaid that turns into bubbles (yes, THAT’s the true story). I realised, the original stories like mermaid, ended sad. Disney make it happy for the children, but I thought the original one was beautiful.

when Harry Potter hit the bookstand, I was crazy about it. I’m a big fan of J.K Rowling and she is a genius story teller. she kept some of the fact until the very end of the series, letting the readers put the puzzle all by themselves.

It’s not always some magical fantasy adventure, I also read Nick Hornby’s books, Shidney Sheldon’s, Dan Brown, Milan Kundera, Kurt Vonnegut, Arudanthy Roy, Chitra Banarjee Devakaruni (take me to the road in India), Sartre (which takes me to Parisian cafes, with smokes and drinks), Simone de Beauvoir,Meg Cabbot (laugh out loud! the grandmere is not an elegant grandma play by Julie Andrews in the motion picture, but more like an old witch), Orhan Pamuk (who bewildered me with the story of an ancient time illustrator that work for Sultan), Ryu Murakami (I can feel the romanticism in the year 69 in Japan), Mario Puzo (and the grande of a godfather).

Books are unbelievable.

It can make you fly accross the continent, dive in the icy ocean, walking in the crowded street in London or in another dimension.

all while you sitting comfortably in your couch with a hot cocoa to sip on.

Stories of these great storytellers that encourage me to write my own. I know I’m far from where they stand, but I enjoyed every moment I walking to that spot.

to write about something, to make a world of your own from a 26 letters, it’s a gift of imagination only human can enjoy.

beautiful people

As I received my latest Vogue Magazine, I can help but let out a little gasp. It’s the supermodels issues!!!! the cover girls are Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodionova, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Trentini, Anna Jagodsinzka, Isabella Fontana, Lara Stone, Raquel Zimmerman. The issue filled with articles like ‘supermodel and the boyfriends’, ‘model off duty’, interview with top supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson. Also, Natalia Vodianova roleplay photoshoot as supermodels like Twiggy, Veruscha, Penolope Tree and Lauren Hutton.

Also, an interview with the legendary photographer, Steven Meisel, by Jonathan Van Meter. It just came to my acknowledgement that he’s the ‘famous model maker’, he ‘found’ them, this included Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Amber Valetta, Natalia Vodionova, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Agyness Deyn, Liya Kebede, Coco Rocha and many more. To put it right, he’s the one who made them supermodels. And he shot beautifully too!!

I know some say that this issue of Vogue kind of shallow (who cares about the models??), but when I read it through, I think what they trying to say is, that the condition change. there were years when models is the designer’s muse. they were the inspiration, as Lauren Hutton said over brunch with other younger models, years ago modelling is considering as an art, but now it’s all about the money, plus it’s boring to see tv star and celebrity in the cover. (duh, blake lively?). But I think, not all are bad, I like March 2009 issue, with Michelle Obama on the cover, it’s inspiring to see her and all the woman featured on the articles (the power issue).

anyway, shallow or not, fashion is meant to be beautiful and these beautiful people (I tried not to sound too envious), put the last piece of puzzle in the designer imagination.

I always enjoy Vogue, especially the photoshoot and the classy articles.

the beautiful people

the beautiful people

coco rocha, photographed by steven meisel

coco rocha, as the girl with the pearl earing

vogue pattern photoshoot

vogue Italia pattern photoshoot

my favorite photoshoot, vogue 2007

my favorite photoshoot, vogue sept 2007

still the same photoshoot

still the same photoshoot

and another

and another

all by Steven Meisel

in the mood for motown

You're all I need to get by.
Like the sweet morning dew, I took one look at you,
And it was plain to see,
You were my destiny.
With my arms open wide,
I threw away my pride
I'll sacrifice for you
Dedicate my life for you

I will go where you lead
Always there in time of need
And when I lose my will
You'll be there to push me up the hill

There's no, no looking back for us
We got love sure 'nough, that's enough
You're all, You're All I need to get by.
I all, you're all I want to strive for and do a little more
All, all the joys under the sun wrapped up into one
You're all, You're all I need to get by.

You're all I need to get by.
Like an eagle protects his nest, for you I'll do my best,
Stand by you like a tree, dare anybody to try and move me
Darling in you I found
Strength where I was torn down
Don't know what's in store but together we can open any door

Just to do what's good for you and inspire you a little higher
I know you can make a man out of a soul that didn't have a goal
Cause we, we got the right foundation and with love and determination
You're all, You're All I need to get by.

I all, you're all I want to strive for and do a little more
All, all the joys under the sun wrapped up into one
You're all, You're all I need to get by.

You're all I Need to Get By.
Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell

-sent by nuy via ym and played over and over on my winamp-

Papa’s new boy

He’s one of my student and my dad offering him a part time job, helping him feeding and cleaning our 30 canary birds every afternoon. at the end of the week, my dad will give him cash and every day he got two meals. not too shabby.

He’s name is Yadi and he is a fast learner. My dad so proud of him, he’s bragging about how smart Yadi is every night, once he claimed that Yadi is smarter than our ex-driver (who also cleaning and feeding those birds, but he quit last month). Come from a poor family (he’s mother is past away and he’s dad is away to no one knows where) he lives with his grandmother and sold corns every afternoon. He quit selling corns after my dad offering this job.

He said he’s saving his money to buy a bike.

I’m glad he got this job cause he’s a responsible kid and what most important he knows what important, unlike some of his friends that spend money for a cdma phone and don’t have any money to pay for school books.

Anyway, my dad so happy for his new assistant, he takes him to our flower farm and gave him he’s jacket (too big for him now) and used converse shoes.