food is love

I have another blog!

It is about food and restaurant in Bandung and Jakarta, and it’s in Bahasa, so sorry if you don’t speak Bahasa, but I think by using Indonesian language I make the blog more friendly and useful since all the location is in Indonesia.

my new blog! click to enter!

It’s me and my friend, Amet  blog. But mostly is me who done the writing and the photos, Amet show me new places and restaurant and he is quite good giving a sharp comment.

So fellow Indonesian, I hope this blog is useful to you guys. 🙂


hot air balloon festival

Indonesia 1st hot air balloon festival will be held in Sentul City, Bogor, 26-28 March 2010.  20 experienced pilots from Belgium, France, Dutch, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand will be participating in this event. The balloons will be flown twice a day, 9-10 am and 9-10 pm. ( I really want to try at both operating hours). They charged 50.000 rupiahs (around 5 usd) per person, I think it’s affordable for most family.

Can’t wait to be in that basket, up in the air. 🙂

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

NJ Hot Air Balloon Festival 2008

Reno Hot Air Balloon Festival

all images are taken from (click the image for the photographer’s link)

fashionable victoria

The Young Victoria (2009)

Directed by Jean Marc Valee, starring Emily Blunt as Victoria, Rupert Friend as Prince Albert and Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne. This is the dramatization as Victoria first year as a queen, and the love story between her and Albert. Costume designed by Sandy Powell and from the beginning of the movie, we see the difference in Victoria’s gown. More light and cheerful color like light yellow with flowers when she was still a young princess and more sophisticated like deep green and purple when she was a queen.They have great cast and script, but what is really struck me was the amazing costumes, settings and the details in each movie. The costumes, the make ups and the setting make a perfect picture in every frame.

going to the King's Birthday

see how each characters costume in this scene is harmonious. Vitoria pale yellow dress and her mother lime green dress and Conroy deep green suit is in the same color palette.

walking in the garden with Albert and Dash

this is the scene when Victoria had a talk with Albert, who is told by his uncle to allure Victoria by having her favorites as him too , Victoria seems bored, but when Albert decided to said what on his mind, “I like Schubert, I know you don’t but I do!” Victoria smiles and says, “I don’t mind Schubert”. Albert blue coat, fur and scarf is matching with Victoria’s baby blue bonnet and turquoise ribbon belt. Victoria’s scarf is match with her silk embroidery dress and Albert’s hat. But what most important both costumes is match with the scenery. Gorgeous!

Victoria just had a talk with the prime minister

Victoria  beige and red stripped dress is in harmony with the room’s interior. Red velvet coach and gold furnishing, also the carpet and red and golden marble coffee table.

into an accident bump with Lord Conroy

The scene is took place in an empty hall, when the queen accidentally bump into Lord Conroy. The hall room is painted green with gold framed paintings, really match the queen’s deep green gown and gold jewelery.

The coronation

Here the scene is dominated with rich red, gold, white and dash of black.

with her mother and Conroy

these three characters outfit is in a beautiful color palette, the queen’s mother green and red-maroon stripped collar and belt is goes with Victoria’s pink-beige-light maroon dress and cape, and also with Conroy’s burgundy coat.  I love the colorpalette and also how the stripped pattern dress in both two women (three actually if you see the lady beside queen’s mother) didn’t clash but support each other.

the cast

Victoria  in her wedding gown. I also love the details in Prince Albert and Lord Melbourne’s outfit.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The queen bright blue and white lace is a match with the prince dark navy blue suits and his blue collar suede. I love the details in prince’s suits and the queen’s jewelery.

mixed cd from my ex

cassette from my ex book cover

I read this funny book, stories from people about mixed tape they got from their ex. It’s like chicken soup but with no moral to learn, just that relationship fade and mixed tape stays.

I remember, back in high school I made one for my ex too. I forgot the song but he got me one too. I remember so much about him, my ex boyfriend. I was 16 and he was waaaay older than me. (save to say, I dated him behind my parents back). Not only he was older, he’s in a band (the kind where the vocalist doesn’t sound like singing, but screaming with anger to the world) he plays lead guitar, the band was kinda popular (I didn’t know this until we were going out and he said the band already had four albums), he had a tattoo, piercing (ears and yes, tongue).

I skipped my private lesson just to hang with him, upsetting my parents, got huge fight with my mom, and spent my teenage years loving him.

He is smart and love to read (he gave Sartre for my birthday) and always managed successfully to make me laugh. He knew I hate his music, and he just laughs when I pointed that out. We were two totally different person, but we’re connected. I don’t know what he saw in me and vice versa, because I knew this relationship wasn’t going to last, I love him even more. We used to take a walk, and talk. We met and then talk. I got home and then we talk on the phone some more. I never get bored.

But that was it. Maybe at some point he realized I’m just a girl and he is a man. We broke up on my first year in college. And like a young girl with broken heart, I cry and cry and then mad at him. Now he’s married and I’m happy for him.

Because of the book, I look at my cd rack, all dusty, and found one of his mixed cd he gave me. I think when he made the cd, he try hard to put songs I will like. And I did. I really appreciate the effort and that is why I think so much about him. The relationship ended bad and I ended hating him, but the years I go out with him I know he really cares.

CD one (I lost CD number two) :

1. How I Miss You – Foo Fighters

2. I’ll Miss You – Frente

3. Kiss Me -Sixpence None The Richer

4. King of Pain -Alanis Morisette

5.What I Am – Edie Brickel

6.Lover’s Rock – Sade

7. Whatever We Imagine – James Ingram

8. Commercial for Levi – Placebo

9. I forget the tittle and the artist

10. Forever Young – Alphaville

11. Somebody – Depeche Mode

12. Long and Lasting Love – Glenn Medeiros

13.Somebody (originally by depeche mode,sang by a woman which  again, I forget)

14. Shellshock – New Order

up in my living room

one day, not long ago

my city is washed with rain, I opened my windows to let the cool air enter.

I still glued to my laptop, and the guy that accompany me that late afternoon,

waiting patiently with a cup of hot tea.

I don’t know much about him, but if I think about it again, I know so much about him

Our relationship is, if I may say, a little bit strange.

I don’t need him and I know well enough, he get by without me just fine.

He lives his life differently with mine. I don’t know his friend or his family.

He’s the closest stranger I ever know, and I like it that way.

Long time ago, we share a moment. When we stand on a same spot, but not now.

When I saw him again, years after years, seeing him walking around looking at my family pictures,

doesn’t feel strange at all.

He said, “I feel comfortable around you, it’s like it was meant to be, being here with you, holding you.”

I never thought it, I said. I look into his eyes to find my answer, but yes maybe he’s right.

When he kissed me, he said, “don’t fall in love with me”

I laugh because that would be strange. The idea of we’re going together is just totally absurd even for my head.

I don’t love him, I even don’t know if I actually like him.

The rain still pouring and it seems will linger a little bit longer,

the house is empty and the only sound that break the silence is

Up score by Michael Giacchino on the piano.

“play that again,” I shouted from my study room. He obliged.

That moment, was perfect for me. I don’t know about him, but I know I shouldn’t care too much.

We are two strangers, and it will be better remains that way.

But that afternoon, the piano, the rain, the hot tea, the smile,

make me understand what comfort really mean.


it’s just too bad he’s not the one for me, as I for him.

I can never love him, and he will never loves me,

This will end when the rain stop.

But the rain lingers too long that afternoon.

sentiment du fleur

the carnation

the aster

the gold chrysant  

when I was a little girl, I read Enid Blyton all the time.

In one story, there is a girl who put lavenders in a silk bag with a ribbon

he put it in her garden, so that the lavender fairy will come to gather it,

then one day, the little girl meet the fairy.

Though the illustration is in black and white,

I imagine the fairy have  a long brown hair with and wear fluttery pale purple dress.


it was a long time ago

I grew up

and forgot the fairy. the book. Enid.

but nobody can’t really forget their childhood right?

pictures taken on a hot sunday noon

when me and my mom did a flower arrangement job for a little wedding ceremony

mangoes and murder

currently reading now : A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

here what’s written on the back cover:

There is an ancient saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down.

This is the story of one such plane. Why did Hercules C130, the world sturdiest plane, carrying Pakistan’s military dictator, General Zia Ul-Haq, go down on 17 August 1988?

Was it because of :

1. Mechanical failure

2. Human error

3.The CIA’s impatience

4.A blind woman’s curse

5.Generals not happy with their pension plans

6.The mango season

Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

Not finished yet, but I love how the author put humor in this story, and how he write so light and comical around the issue of Islam (which I rarely found in Indonesia’s author). It’s refreshing that you can laugh (though it’s not laugh matter if you think about it seriously) how General Zia act when he goes to Umra (like a twelve year old who had a bad birthday) and how the Maoist in Sweeper Union hate the phrase ‘Cleanliness is half the faith’ (it’s insulting since all the sweepers is Hindus and Catholics).

I enjoy it so much.

love the mango color and the crow