Thank you FaceTime!

If you know me personally or have been reading my previous posts, you should know by now that I’m currently in a long distance relationship. HA. Distance.  Between California to Jakarta, this time. Waiiit.. this time? Yep, this is not my first time being in a relationship that involves distance. My previous relationship also involved distance, I was in the UK and he was in Jakarta. Then I went back home to Jakarta and he went to Sumatra. It lasted around one year. Did it end because of distance? I don’t know. But it was not meant to be.

Anyway.. I’m not going to compare the two relationships here.. but I just want to tell you, it is very easy to be in a long distance relationship nowadays! Yep, you read it right – easy. Now let me tell you my story..

Back in 2010, I had to rely on Blackberry Messenger to communicate. Skype was almost a luxury – given the fact that I only had a Blackberry phone which did not support video calls, and time difference made us hard to find convenient time for both of us to be able to be in front of the computer (not to mention Indonesia’s rather slow internet speed!). Once every week would be a blessing, a ‘quality’ call which lasted more than 30 minutes would be a jackpot!
Of course of course, I have to be fair. Good ol’ Blackberry phone allowed me to send and receive pictures, voice notes, and emails. That’s something.

Now, I’ve been talking to R for almost three years now. We both used Blackberry phone during the first 1,5 years and during that time we also had a couple of times of Skype calls, but after we both changed our phones to iPhone.. boy communicating was easy breezy! Like Blackberry, iPhone has an instant messaging feature, iMessage, which allows you to send text, voice notes, and pictures. But then there’s FaceTime. Our life saviour! Even before officially being in a relationship, we would spend at least an hour every day talking through FaceTime. The 14-15 hours time difference did not seem to be a problem, nor that it is a problem now. His morning is my night, so normally we talk before I go to bed/he goes to work and while my morning is his afternoon, we talk on my way to the office/on his way home from work.

With FaceTime, me and R could talk and see each other without have to spend time in front of the computer. We can do it whenever, wherever. Even with the new iOs 7 launched late last year, FaceTime now has Audio version, which is like a regular phone call, without the video. Makes it even easier! If previously I had to (at least) find a quiet place and decent spot so we could FaceTime, nowadays I could just use Audio FaceTime when it’s not convenient for either of us to use video. YAY!

I know being in a long distance relationship is not the ideal situation.. but if you have no other choice, might as well work your best to make the relationship work, right? Let me tell you, with the help of FaceTime, I have less things to worry about. Now why don’t I use Skype? or other messaging platforms? Simply because we both happen to use iPhone and somehow FaceTime’s connection is more stable than Skype, or other platforms’.

To end my story, here’s a snapshot of my latest #thankyoufacetime moment. It was taken last Sunday night Jakarta time (Morning in California), and we were talking before R decided to play basketball. He then decided to “take” me with him because the park was empty and he missed me  we still wanted to talk –  at first he was just sitting in the bench and we were talking, when suddenly his phone went off and he had to charge it. Lucky the park has an electrical socket put conveniently, so he could place his phone, charge it, while let me watch him shoot some balls 🙂

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The one where I watched him play basketball!

Though it was only for a while, seeing him playing basketball made me so happy! I know there are a lot of moments that I had to miss because of distance, but I finally got the chance to see him doing one of the things that he loves. I guess that was one of the things that made our long distance relationship easier. Just like what’s written in Apple’s website, FaceTime really made me feel that I was there in person, even though I was not. So thank you, FaceTime! 😀

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Jakarta Food Truck

Today I went to Kemang for lunch with my mum and little brother.  Jakarta Food Truck was our first destination because lately I’ve been hearing a lot of reviews on this rather new food joint, located in Jl.Benda Raya, Kemang area. From what I’ve heard, they only open on weekends from around 10 – late night, so I thought it’s a good idea to have lunch there. But, when we reached there at 1.30PM, the place was so packed! My brother insisted to have lunch there, which was immediately followed by a big no from me and mum, we wanted a laid back lunch, not the one where we had to queue or even stand when eating. So I suggested to eat somewhere else, and go there later on for dessert… and that’s we did! We went back there again at around 3.30 PM.

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The food truck! – Picture edited with Vscocam and Moldiv on iPhone 5

When we got there the second time, the place was rather empty. Some people were there, but there were no queue at all. I heard that their specialties are their Ribs, Sloppy Joe, and Oreo Fritters, and we wanted to try them. BUT.. all of them were sold out! Boohoo. We tried to order other kinds of food but they were mostly sold out too.. and among the left overs, we ended up ordering Fries and Bangers, and Red Velvet Pancake.

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The food – Top : Fries & Bangers, Bottom : Red Velvet Pancake.
Picture edited using Moldiv on iPhone 5, only to mix them – no filter used.

Their menu described Fries and Bangers as “Sausage, Onions, and Fries”. That simple. The price was IDR 30K, which is acceptable for something as simple as that. I thought the food was going to be plain, just a mix of all those ingredients, stir fried. But to my surprise, it comes with some sort of house special sauce, it looks like brown sauce but it has a decent pepper taste, perfect to my liking. I could imagine eating a lot of food with that kind of sauce. YUMMMM~

Now their Red Velvet Pancake is another story. I was hoping to get an American style pancake (you know, blood red), with maybe, just maybe, some cheese dip? or cheese sauce? But then what served to me was those tiny rounds of PINKISH pancakes, with drops of PINK sauce and some powdered sugar. Definitely NOT what I expected, and tasted nothing like Red Velvet at all… hiks. To be completely fair, the taste of that pancake is not that bad, only it does not resembles Red Velvet at all. For something worth IDR 15K, it would have been better if it’s called PINK Pancake, or Pink lover pancake, or whatever pinky.

Anywayy… The place is a must visit, just because it gives you a different eating experience (not everyday Jakarta has an American style food truck.. right?), I regret not having the chance to taste their famous menu, so I’m going back there again to try their Oreo Fritters and Ribs.

Ticket for one, please.

Have you ever been to the movies by yourself? I have, and I like it.

I still remember the first movie that I watched by myself- Babel, back in 2006 – did it because I had to kill time.  It became a routine for a while, but then I had a boyfriend, and I never went to the movies by myself anymore, because it was always part of our dating activities.

But when I was in the UK, I came back to my old routine. The first movie that I watched by myself in the UK was Michael Jackson’s This is it. While watching it, I immediately noticed the cultural difference between Indonesia and the UK in terms of going to the movies. In Indonesia, you barely see people going to the movies alone. In the UK, it’s a normal thing to do!

Now, being back home, as much as I enjoy going to the movies with company, I always try to spare some me – time and watch movies by myself. I found it relaxing, because I can totally focus on the movie, and enjoying the movie experience. Going to the movies by myself also give me the freedom to choose whatever movies I want to watch. You know how sometimes we’d have to argue with our friends/partner/family over choosing a movie to watch? Sometimes I don’t want to be bothered with that – sometimes I just want to watch a movie, any kind of movie, regardless if it involves a shiny vampire, crazy killer, or mean girls.

Of course, being back home, I have to face people’s shocked expression whenever I told them that I watched that brilliant Oscar nominee movie over the weekend, alone. When I was still single after my previous relationship, some would sympathetically offer their company – thought it’s because I didn’t have a boyfriend to go to the movies with! But still, I’m now in a relationship (a long distance one…), and some would (again) sympathetically offer their company, while jokingly telling me to tell R to come home soon so that I can have someone to go to the movies with!

Anyway… Yesterday I went to the movies alone again, but it was special. A milestone was made, that is, I watch thriller movie BY MYSELF! Yeaaayy me! Well this is something that I haven’t disclosed yet.. I am afraid to watch movies that involve blood, graves, death, and anything in between.

But yesterday, I went to see KILLERS movie, an Indonesian movie produced by the Mo Brothers. They produced “Rumah Dara” before, I watched it with friends and I remember closing my eyes most of the movie. That’s not the case yesterday. I watched Killers by myself (I chose the “safe” seat, not the one in the corner), and I successfully faced my fear! Wooohooo! You should go and see it! I won’t tell spoilers, all I got to say that it’s worth to watch. Now, will you watch it by yourself like I did? 🙂

I’m listening to : Clean Bandit

Last year, a friend of mine introduced me to a track from Clean Bandit. They’re a British group, which according to their Wikipedia, falls under Deep House and Baroque Pop genre. While I don’t care much about genres and such (to me anything suits my ears do!), I fell in love with them instantly after hearing Dust Clears.

Here’s why :

1. The tune.

It has a very catchy, cheery tune, with a lot of unique sounds – a good combination of bass, some sort of piano, and violin too! Basically the kind of tune that will make you move your head left and right, hahaha.

2. The lyrics.

With such cheery tune, you would expect to hear meaningless, repetitive lyrics – just like most top 40 songs nowadays. But no, Dust Clears actually has a very deep lyrics (at least to me!). It started with “Imagine if the life that you thought you shared wasn’t really there … ” and also this bit (!!) “Imagine if the friend that you thought you knew wasn’t really true … ”  Those kind of lyrics, especially when listened near your period time can really make you have deep thinking, right? :O

Anyway, lately I came across their new single, “Rather Be” feat Jess Glyne. Another instant favorite!  Have a listen first :

Don’t you agree that this one’s another hit? It was all over UK radio stations last month. Pretty sure that it’s big in clubs there, too… hahaha. Again, it has a marvelous combination of catchy tune and sweet lyrics. Who can resist this : “It’s easy being with you, sacred simplicity. As long as we’re together, there’s no place I rather be… “

So yeah, I’m currently listening to Clean Bandit, a lot! I think you should too 🙂

 

That moment.

That moment in a meeting with your bosses and the sales director asked: “did u learn this in university?”
I answered “no, i studied advertising.” Which is completely different than my current role.. And got him surprised.

That moment when commercial used to mean advertising to me, now it’s all about profit&loss, margins, and revenue.

While I’m enjoying this current role I am doing every day at work, I do hope that I can go back to what I was supposed to be doing – connecting brands to people and society.

Hopefully soon.

#thismonthsmusic – January

As far as I can remember, music has been a major part of my life. Growing up, I used to listen to the radio and made mixtapes (with an actual cassette!) to be played over and over. I have been a fan of  (in historical order – as I remember it) boy bands, girl bands, Eminem (!), Brit pop, RnB, Alternative Rock, Jazz, and of course, the various kinds of Indie. My interest towards music made me joined student radio twice, once in UI as Music Director of RTC UI FM, then in Bournemouth as Radio DJ and Producer of Radio PPI Dunia. I LOVED my radio days! Those days of exploring different kinds of music and having similar minded friends…. they were one of the highlights of my university days!

Okay okay now moving on.. after I started working I don’t really have the time to explore music anymore. SAD, i know. Since it’s still the beginning of the year, I’m going to start a #thismonthsmusic project. The rule is simple, each month I’ll share minimum 5 different tunes / albums / artists that I’m currently listening. Doesn’t have to be new discovery, anything goes.Easy breezy… right? :p So let’s start! 🙂

1. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter

Note : super excited for their new album – coming soon this year!!!

2. Lupe Fiasco ft Ed Sheeran – Old School Love

3. Panama – Always

4. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter

5. Dent May – Born Too Late

6. Ariana Grande ft Nathan Skyes – Almost is Never Enough

Note : I love Ariana Grande! finally a top 40 female singer who really can sing and does not have a  single with cheesy disco tune and repeatable meaningless lyric!

https://soundcloud.com/maker-music/ariana-grande-almost-is-never-enough

7. Jose Gonzalez – Stay Alive

Note : This comes from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’s soundtrack. Best movie I’ve seen this year, witty and full of breathtaking view!

Well.. that’s it for this month. 7 so far. Hope you’ll enjoy those songs as much as I do! 🙂

2014’s Project Bridesmaid #1

Last year, I was bridesmaid to 5 brides. This year, as far as I am aware of, I’m going to be bridesmaid to 4, and I’m going to document it in “2014’s Bridesmaid Project”.. hehehe. Last Sunday was Rissa and Yoni’s wedding.  Rissa is one of my best friends from the office and Yoni is her high school lover. As one of the bridesmaids, I went to both the ceremony and reception.

The wedding ceremony was held in the morning, following Islamic principles. They did not use a lot of cultural activities afterwards though, it was just sungkeman (asking for the parents’ blessings), and suap – suapan ( I don’t even know how to describe this properly – basically the bride and groom eat together as a symbol of facing the new life – something like that). But afterwards they read their wedding vows together. That’s interesting because Indonesian weddings normally don’t have vow readings, and if they do, the bride and groom would read them separately. In Rissa and Yoni’s case, they discussed the vows together and agreed on it, then Yoni read it for both of them. Sweet. Here’s a snapshot :

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The groom reading their wedding vows
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Adhisty, Me, Amanda, Kenny – at the wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony finished at around 9.30, leaving us with only 1,5 hours to get ready for the wedding reception. I was with Kenny, Adhisty and Amanda – all from the office too, we got ready together and got our hair done as well (Kudos to the hairstylist who got our hair done so quickly!). The other bridesmaids – Rissa’s friends from college and high school – were also busy getting ready in such short period of time. But afterwards we got to see Rissa and spent some time with her while she was getting ready. We had fun taking girly shots while chatting and laughing.

The reception was a typical Indonesian traditional wedding, grand and there were so many people! Too bad I did not spend a lot of time with Rissa and Yoni because they were busy greeting all the guests but I really enjoyed dancing to the music from the wedding singer… especially when they sang “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction in a jazzy way. WAIT, WHAT? Hahaha that was the first time I heard that song sang in a wedding and I can’t help but telling you, it was good and really enjoyable! :p I also enjoyed taking lots of pictures with my colleagues, chatted with my bosses who happen to be Expats and one of them actually told me stories of his wedding and how the wedding culture is in where he came from.

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Me, Adhisty and Kenny

 

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Some of the bridesmaids
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Bridesmaids with the bride and groom

I regret not staying longer in the reception – apparently Rissa expected to see us after the whole reception finished before they went on their honeymoon, but at least we got to spend some time with her before the reception started. But all in all, I wish Rissa and Yoni a – happily ever after, filled with love and God’s blessing –  marriage. Congrats, love birds! 🙂