Home 2015 – Chinese New Year 2015 (Part II)

My holiday continue! Still at Medan and will go back to my hometown today. Buy first a little bit culianary for breakfast. My mom took me to have breakfast at infamous AKHUN Mie Pangsit, unfortunately it’s full so we moved to another place. I can’t remember the place name but it serves Hokkien Mie. Hokkien is like a Chinese Tribe or race, Mie is noodle. The Hokkien Mie has alot of ingredients – pork, meat roll, prawns, fish meatballs, prawn meatballs, egg etc. Seem busy but it tastes good. Various taste in one big bowl and I love it. The price also affordable. I think I will come again.

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Our tummies are full! My mom took me to tarditional wet market to buy some stuffs for Chinese New Year Eve dinner. After she finished do her stuffs. We’re back to our hometown, Kisaran. My sisters will go back at Chinese New Year Eve.  So it’s only me and my mom (+driver) will travel for 3-4 hours to Kisaran. But lucky the traffic was smooth enough so we arrived just in time.

Meet my brother – Ben, his wife – Dewi and my cute nephew – Owen. We had dinner at one nice cafe in Kisaran – The Ritz. My family have plan to develop a Cafe business in our home. So we’re kinda look like study this cafe and also we talked about life and future, discuss and argue. Family quality discussion. Hopefully all goes well.

My nephew is going 2 this year!! Ahh I miss him so much. I bought him a gift – car toys. He seems to like it but I heard my mom that he loves to play stacking Pop Mie. Pop Mie is an instant noodle in Cup Package. He loves to stacked it high then let it fall down. Very noisy but he always laugh and happy.

I also amazed he can recognize me although we seldom meet. I’m happy and proud of it. Hahaha..

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Below photo is the look of the cafe in our home. I think it looks good just need a little bit work of light,air circulation and some.decorations. My brother asked me to design the menu. I feel glad to help him ūüôā

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We need a lot of support to develop our cafe. I wish everything goes well, we can serve delicious food and beverages, nice atmosphere to hang out with family and friends. It’s gonna be wonderful if we can achieve it together.

Home 2015 – Chinese New Year (Part I)

This year I took a lot of annual leave for going back to my hometown to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family. I took 7 days starts from 14th to 21st February 2015. It’s going to be very exciting.. I miss my family, nephew and the local foods.

I didn’t sleep because I’m afraid I will oversleep.. I’m taking the early flight at 8.00 am using Lion Air. Delayed for 30 mins. Then depart and arrived at Kualanamu and meet my mom there. It’s feel amazing to her again. Mwah!

We went to Medan. Picked up my sisters, Wie and Min, then we’re having lunch at one of my favorite restaurant. It serves delicious chinese foods – Babi Hong (Steamed Pork) is my most favorite, Meat Roll, Garlic Kailan, etc. I ate a lot.

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Next, we went shopping at Brastagi Store. This is my mom favorite place to buy stuffs and fruits. I love store has display various Chinese New Year decorations and lanterns. All seems red and very oriental.

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We’re going out all day long. The night is coming. We stopped and rest, having dinner at Little Melaka Restaurant in Centre Point Mall. Quite nice place and foods.

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These are our food! Seem yummy? Hehe ūüôā

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BODYJAM‚ĄĘ 71: TOO TURNT UP Teaser Design

I love BODYJAM‚ĄĘ program so much and initiative to promote it when we want to do the launch in Fitness First Indonesia clubs. I’m so excited so I asked my BODYJAM‚ĄĘ Program Champion, Bobby Glenn, to help me prepare for the photoshoot. We did it at the tuition, I took the picture and designed it.

The program director – Gandalf ‘G’ Archer came out the theme – TOO TURNT UP and he said that it’s the 10 years of BODYJAM‚ĄĘ. So I assumed it was something like ‘TIME’ element, so I came out with futuristic, techno and time-lapse design mode. And It came out like these below. The team like it, some of them even put it for profile picture at Facebook. And we promoted it well. Hopefully next design can be better.

ANTHONY BJ DEE BJ DHITA BJ FIRA BJ GLENN BJ NATALIE BJ WINNA BJ

A Boy in Barcelona (Part II)

May 5th 2013, Sunday

Yep.. this is the day.. finally has come. I still worry about my baggage. My friend, Bo, helped me to recheck my stuffs and he will take me to the airport. Before going there, we went Central Park to have a brunch and exchange more Euro. After that off we go straight to the airport.

182 JOURNAL

He only dropped me and I’m waiting¬†at Old Town White Coffee in the airport sipping my tea and start writing my journal. I have to meet the Panorama Tour Leader, Daisy Djauhari at 4.30 pm at the assembly point. I met her, a very fierce woman but reliable! There’s a lot of people there. We will going to Barcelona together. Every one will receive a package bag from Prudential, inside are¬†Jacket, Soccer Shirt, Ulos, Umbrella. I’m usually happy receiving gift or goodie bag, but this time.. UGH! So many thing to squished inside my little bag coz my baggage is already inside the plane before I received this package¬†bag.. Only 1 bag with 7 kg weight¬†allowed to bring in the plane,…. ¬†Frustated! Squish – squishhh!¬†

183 MY TICKET

We’re going to Barcelona by KLM airline. They said it’s a very good airline.. well this is my first time and probably this¬†is gonna be my most exclusive plane I ever sat on. We departed at 6.50 pm (Indonesia time)¬†go to Kuala Lumpur for Transit. It’s about 1:30 hours and we transit for about 30 – 45 minutes and off to continue to a very loooonggg flight to Amsterdam for 12:15 hours. Ewww… It’s the first and longest time I ‘fly’ …

191 KLM

190 TRANSIT

The¬†flight was very smooth… no turbulence at all.. Almost all the passengers are Prudential agents. the man who sat next to me is Derry Kurnia, He will be my roommate. I like KLM :D. I love the food, I got 2 dinners – Nasi Padang and Nasi Kuning, They’re delicious!¬†I surprised they served WINE ‚ô•, Ahhhh I love it!!! Terra Andina 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot from Chile, 12 %, The red wine is sweet..¬† I wanna drink it again. Love love love!

189 INSIDE KLM

It’s a long long long journey.. Watching the flight tracking on the seat screen. I amazed how a super giant steel can fly such a looooonnnggg distance. Corner to corner.. Curvy line – Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam. KLM also has the video/movie service, I watched Hansel & Gretel and Mulan in the plane, entertaining :D. Start sleepy.. sometimes feel good but sitting for too long make my body ache especially my butt.. painful hahaha… need stretching once a while in the plane.. crack!

OK.. let’s sleep.. tomorrow..we will arrive at Amsterdam.

Good Night..

 

A Boy in Barcelona (Part I)

Hatyai – South Thailand is the most distant overseas trip I ever experienced. And now I’m receiving¬†a call from my brother, Ben. “Ko, You wanna go Barcelona ?” He asked. I¬†can’t believe what I’ve just heard, seriously? How ?? Like a dream..This Barcelona trip is from Prudential Insurance. ¬†He said that¬†our late¬†father has achieved the PRUflyer points more than 300 points.¬†For those who¬†achieve this point will get a FREE trip to Barcelona¬†at May¬†2013 for¬†a PRUflyer or¬†¬†a non-Prudential agent. My brother can’t go because¬†he’s an agent and waiting for his wife to giving birth in April.¬†And I just WOW!¬†Really ?? I still can’t believe it. And of course¬†I answer YES. It’s Barcelona – It’s SPAIN –¬†It’s EUROPE!! OMG so FARRR…

It’s a FREE trip but¬†it has a lot of procedures, registrations¬†and documents to be complete. It’s kinda exhausted. But have to! From the Prudential¬†office at Kota Kasablanka to¬†the Panorama Tour¬†office.¬†I feel so glad¬†when It’s all finish.. I just need to pay for the VISA, but still a little bit worried if it’s rejected, but the Panorama Tour said that I don’t have to worry, because I’m with Prudential. huff..

Yup! The date is set. I’m¬†with Star Club 2013 – Batch B: May 5th – May 11th 2013. I’m so excited and also nervous.. First time alone with Prudential agents that I don’t know in a faraway country. Oh well..Just enjoy!! There always something first in life. It’s gonna be OK!

And I’m so nervous to prepare and making list for my packing stuff. Make sure every things I need to be well prepared. I made a long list what to bring with a little doodles..(cute).¬†I think this is gonna be useful in the future if someday I’ll go travelling again.. or maybe you can remind me what’s missing?

181 TRAVEL LIST

To summary: Primary items to bring – The most important things of course the money, passport + visa, ticket. Camera is the greatest equipment to capture every moments, I bought SONY DSC RX-100 for this moment, It’s a great camera. Phone to keep in touch with family and friends, but I need Wi-Fi service.. Bring my best shirt to wear, so¬†it can help us look nice in the pictures, hahaha…¬†Toiletries might be optional because sometime you can use toiletries in the hotel..

I love to bring a journal book to write down what I felt, what I ate, what I experienced, where I went into doodle and story.. and also put some little flyer into it. I found this special journal book in the book store, quite expensive, but It was really a nice book.

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I cherish the memory and it’s precious for me. ūüôā

 

 

Malaysia Trip 2013 (Part IV)

This is gonna be a short story.. It’s the last day of my trip at KL. Wah.. Dun wanna go home lar… so fun in here. Imagine to have a job just traveling, eat, play and sleep and get money.. ahh so good..

It’s Monday, Koko Mike is going to work, Abang takes leave and accompany us. In the morning, we pick up Sherline and went to China Town – Petaling Street. It’s a ‘MUST’ to go place. We’re having brunch at a foodcourt. I miss simple traditional chinese food, a lot of food varieties to choose, yummy. After finish having our breakfast, we started to walk along the street. Like always, I want to drink the Malaysia’s signature drink, Air Mata Kucing, so cool and soothing¬†for this very¬†hot day. FRESH! It’s still on Chinese New Year period, so some shops are not open. We went to some booth and bought ICE WATCH, hehe cheap! I regret I didn’t buy a lot, just Red and Pink. Next time, I’ll bought RAINBOW colors! Anthony bought some clothes for his staffs. It’s very hot and we tried another drink called KIM SOYA BEAN, quite nice.. but still air mata kucing and tembikai lychee are my favorite!

 177 CHINA TOWN - PETALING STREET

178 I LOVE CHINA TOWN

Next place we went is BERJAYA TOWN SQUARE. Anthony heard that our friends are there. So we’d like to meet and join them. Berjaya town square is a big mall and a lot of shopss. The item prices are¬†quite cheap.¬†We met Ririe and Sandy first when we shopping at a store. Then we’re all gathered. We’re shopping together, from clothes, souvenirs and food. Having lunch at Food Court and Nandos. Time is ticking fast.. and it’s time to go.. T^T

179 BERJAYA TIME SQUARE

We separated in group. Sherline followed the other group and giving them a hugs.¬†When she came back, She’s crying.¬†Oww.. Is she so lonely ? Hope the best for her. Cheer up!! I think she’s really happy when we’re all came here at KL and stick together. Abang took me to KL Central, It’s the first time I’m gonna use bus to go to LCTT airport by my own.. worry-worry. Anthony will go back tomorrow.. (looks like I always depending on him..). Thank you abang for helping me. They accompany me until depart. Wah… now I’m going back, to airport and back to reality – JAKARTA!

180 BACK TO JAKARTA

In the plane, I met all again.. hahaha… We shared snacks and drinks. Took pictures until we reach Jakarta.

Selamat Datang di Jakarta.

Malaysia Trip 2013 (Part III)

We have met Koko Mike yesterday, he just came back from Singapore. We played suspect together, chat and eat snack. Koko Mike always sleep earlier.

Okay, This is SUNDAY! the Les Mills QWS 1/2013. Sherline came to Andalucia and bring us breakfast – Nasi Lemak. yeay! After finish, we went to Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. I’ve been here before when I was in the high school, but only the theme park and mall. It’s quite far. But Sunway is a nice place to visit. The QWS is super ultimate and it takes place at the hotel ballroom. Yeah! It’s big! Nice wide place to workout with the colorful flashing lighting. I like! Anthony will join the Bodystep¬ģ workshop. So me, Sherline, Abang and Koko are going for lunch.

162 GO TO SUNWAY

For me, Sunway is a unique design building, very luxurious and antique, somehow also vintage design. This building are connected – Hotel, Mall, Theme park and Water theme park. ¬†Nice Chinese New Year decoration in the Sunway Hotel. At the outside, there’s some big statues like exotic elephant, deers, fish, boat etc. We played and took a lot of pictures. Sherline seem so happy with it especially when we try to photo jump in front of exotic elephant statue. Inside the mall – Sunway Pyramid, there’s a great Chinese big boat at the atrium. I don’t know how to say in english, but I wanna say “NIAT!” (Indonesia word) haha… Very nice design, I love it. A lot of people took picture there, including me.

163 GONG XI GANGNAM

164 JUMP WITH ELEPHANT

165 BRONZE ANTLERS

166 SUNWAY PROSPERITY SHIP

Abang took us to Sushi Zanmai – Japanese restaurant for lunch. It’s a nice place, kinda same like Sushi Tei in Jakarta. We order a lot of food. Ah, my favorite Japanese appetizer – Chuka Iidako, baby octopus (drool). Not everyone like this food, because the look, baby octopus.. but it’s so delicioussss.. Even Sherline was closing her eyes when try to eat it… She’s afraid. Haha…¬†I’m swallowing my saliva when writing this. slurp.

167 SUSHI ZANMAI

168 THAT MOMENT YOU EAT CHUKA IIDAKO

169 LUNCH AT SUSHI ZANMAI

But I think the special ones is YI SANG. Ordered by Koko Mike. It’s the first time I heard this food. When It came on the table, Oh it’s salad but different. Kinda like “Gado-gado Vietnam” for me. This Yi Sang contains variety of vegetable and salmon with 3 different sauces – Honey, Lemon, Olive Oil. We poured the sauces on, grab our chopsticks. We greet, pray, bless each other with prosperity, succees and health. Then we snap and mix the Yi Sang while Koko Mike is taking the video. Horraayy!! It’s sweet and sour – Delicious!! Anthony joins us after he finished Bodystep¬ģ workshop. I just realised that Sushi Zanmai’s sushi is quite cheaper than Jakarta. Ahh full!

170 YI SANG

We’re going back to the Ballroom. Time to play and dance. Sh’bam¬ģ and Bodyjam¬ģ time schedule gap is loong.. Sh’bam was 1 pm and Bodyjam was 6 pm -_- , so after we Sh’bammed, we have to wait for Bodyjam¬ģ. I met Abang and Koko at Coffee Bean cafe near the ice skating area. We spending time by playing Suspect for about 5 -7 rounds. After that, we’re going to walk around the mall. Outside the mall, we tried to take the photo jump with the¬†Big Lion Statue. The¬†result is good. I¬†like.

171 PLAY

172 SH'BAM 11 WORKSHOP

173 JAM JUMP

What time is it ? It’s BODYJAM¬ģ time!¬†It’s party time! Yes finally!! This time, Bodyjam¬ģ featuring Chris Richardson, the Bodyjam¬ģ program coach and DVD presenter, also with Fetty, Arnold, Nayla, and some presenters. It’s always feels good to do Bodyjam.¬† We wore our customized Bodyjam¬ģ jacket only for Fitness First Indonesia Bodyjam¬ģ team! It’s Yellow and¬†the brightest of the crowds. ~so shine bright… tonighttt… you and I… ~ lalalala .. After the class like always there’s photo¬† session with¬†group, presenters.¬†Lucky I got one too.

174 FF ID BJ TEAM WITH CHRIS RICHARDSON

175 PRESENTERS

Tired and Fun day! Energy low and time to fuel on with delicious food. Abang took us to Yong Tofu. A lot of food to eat.. to ending this fun day. 

176 YONG TO FU

 

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Malaysia Trip 2013 (Part I)

Wah, I’m going to Kuala¬†Lumpur, Malaysia again! The last time was August 2012. It was really really¬†FUN! This time is gonna be great too!¬† The main purpose is Les Mills Quarterly Workshop I/2013, It is an Ultimate super workshop that gonna be held in¬†Sunway¬†Spa &¬†Resort Ballroom with Les Mills¬†Superstars and presenters, such as Chris Richardson (Bodyjam¬ģ), Lisa Osbourne (Bodyattack¬ģ,¬†Bodystep¬ģ), Michelle Dean (Sh’bam¬ģ) etc. The workshop will be¬†held¬†at Sunday, February 17th, 2013.¬†A lot of Indonesia Les Mills team gonna be there.

Anthony Kesuma¬†helped me purchasing my flight ticket, thanks to him. We will go together at Friday, February 15th – 3.40 pm. After I finished my job, I headed to terminal 3 – Soekarno Hatta International Airport. Not waiting too long, I met Anthony and we checked in together. We went to the boarding room, we met Errin, Tonny¬†Tsufami, William and Jeany. Chattering.. Then the time is ready, Let’s GO!! Depart!!

148 TERMINAL 3

149 SOMETHING HAPPEN IN THE PLANE

We arrived! Horray¬†KL!! It’s nice to be here again. We have to go to the KL Central, we used Aerobus¬†to go there. It’s about 45 minutes. We’re separated. Me and Anthony will meet Abang¬†Osman. We will stay with him for this 3 days. We went up the escalator, Aha! Abang¬†Osman is waiting for us. He’s with Zarina, She is the Bodyjam¬ģ¬†& Sh’bam¬ģ¬†presenter from Malaysia. She greeted¬†Anthony warmly. I knew her, but never chat. But she also greeted me .. hehe.. although it’s a little bit awkward.. hopefully next time will be better. I’m sure of it.

Zarina¬†has to stay with her family and We’re going with Abang¬†for dinner. Abang¬†took us to Bangsar¬†Village. Never been here, Bangsar¬†Village is a nice mall. He brough us to Marmalade, an italian restaurant? hmm serving pasta. We order Beef Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Mushroom Aglio¬†Oglio, Prawn Aglio¬†Oglio. They’re delicious.

150 BANGSAR VILLAGE

151 DINNER AT MARMALADE

After that, We going home.. remember I ever wrote about Abang Osman & Koko Mike new apartment? We’ve been there when it’s still renovating. Now It’s ready. I’ve seen some photo of their apartment in facebook. But now we’ll be there in minutes. Welcome to Andalucia!

152 ANDALUCIA CONDO

“WOW” that’s the first word came from my mouth. What a great nice apartment! It’s a big and spacious apartment, so homy and comfortable. It’s still Chinese New Year period, all the room decorated with Chinese ornaments,flowers, Hung Bao,¬†beautiful and prosper. We took a lot of pictures. So happy to be here and very inspiring! Make me motivated to have an apartment too. My biggest dream.. hopefully I can achieve it soon.

We haven’t met Koko Mike, because he’s at Singapore ūüė¶ . We relaxed at apartment and we played our board game, CITADEL! This time Abang and me lose to Anthony. Ha-ha… We played about 3 rounds and getting sleepy now… time to rest. Good Night!

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Family Trip 2013 – Jakarta & Bandung (Part III)

26th January 2013, Saturday

Wake up early in the morning, eat breakfast and take a lot of pictures before leaving. It feels really good to have narcissm sisters. Fooling around, drama play.. Never get bored to take pictures. And I keep practising to pose like a model. cia you!!

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033 MODEL

For the next bandung signature landmark, It’s Kawah Putih (White Crater). We have to go there earlier because it’s far from the city. Almost spend 2 hours to go there. On the way to the location, my mom and auntie keep chattering (gossip) so it didn’t feel like we take a long trip. Arrived, there’s already a lot of people there. They said it’s a dangerous crater. It’s interesting, we went down the stair. Right in front of us is an amazing turquoise lake. Wonderful! The world is amazing, how can it created? It’s also an active crater, we can see the smoke come out at the other side of the mountain. We cannot stay at the crater for more than 15 minutes and do not touch the water, it contains high sulfur and poison. A lot of people took pictures here and so we are with a lot of poses. Never get bored to take pictures.

034 THE WHITE CRATER

035 CHEERS AT KAWAH PUTIH 3

035 CHEERS AT KAWAH PUTIH

 035 CHEERS AT KAWAH PUTIH 2

036 NARCIS ME

036 NARCIS ME 2

037 ANCIENT CAVE

038 KAWAH PUTIH GATE

After finish here, we will go to Situ Patenggang Lake, on the way we passed the great tea field. It’s also the most beautiful view I ever see in my life, wide open space with green color in front of my eyes. Cool air, fresh air. Love the nature. We came down and capture this beautiful view.

 039 TEA GREEN FIELD

040 ME AND GREENFIELD

041 ME & SISTERS

Arrived at the lake. Hmm.. If compared to Lake Toba, it’s not really good. Oh well.. it’s vacation, so always exciting. There’s also a legend in this place about the Love stone. We have to visit there by boat. It costed IDR 150.000,- for one boat. I had fun on the boat. See the view of the lake and mountain. Arrived at the Love Stone location. hmm.. I don’t really get it here.. The love stone is just a block of stone, for me it’s not really special. After we took some picture, we’re going back.

042 SITU PATENGGANG LAKE

043 BATU CINTA

We’re heading to Cibaduyut, Appe said this is the largest market for leather shoes, sandals, bags, jackets etc. All leather specialist. hmmm… If I’m on the trip,¬† I don’t feel like shopping, more like to see the landmarks, culinary and take pictures. And also Cibaduyut location are so busy. We just passed by and heading to buy snack souvenirs at Kartika Sari.

044 BANDUNG LOCAL FOODS

Bandung is well know for its brownies, Kartika Sari is one of the best brand in Bandung. We’re having our late lunch here. My sisters order some local foods like batagor, nasi bambu etc. They are delicious. We bought some snacks like brownies, pisang sale, bagelen etc. After that, we’re back to Jakarta.

Tomorrow, Mom and sisters will be back to Medan. Before that we’re having lunch at Manhattan Fish market – Central Park. It’s a nice and fun Bandung trip with them.

Family Trip 2013 – Jakarta & Bandung (Part I)

My sisters, Wie and Min will come to Jakarta for holiday. They planned to go to Bandung too. Min has organized for the Bandung tour for 2 days 1 night. A few day later, my mom said she wanna come along too. That would be great. They’re coming at 24th January 2013 to Jakarta and stay at 4th Aunt’s house. I had a tuition to attend so I can’t join with them. After finish the tuition I contacted them and asked them whether they’re going somewhere near my position. Then we decided to go to Grand Indonesia, that’s my intention. I wanna bring them to Magnum Cafe – usually have to queue for 1 – 2 hours to enter this cafe. They have to go to some unique places here.¬†I’m queing and waiting for them to come. They will come along with 1st Aunt, 4th Aunt and cousin, Min-min. Finally they arrived and we entered the cafe. We ordered the spaghetti, Fish in the basket and Red Jewel Ice Cream by Magnum. The elders seem not really like the western foods. Ha..ha..

010 MEET AT MAGNUM CAFE

010 MAGNUM CAFE

After that, we walked along the mall and took a lot of pictures. Grand Indonesia has a lot of nice spot for photography. Then we had another dinner at Waraku – a japanese restaurant. We ordered a lot – Sushi, Ramen, Tempura, Udon etc. Eat a lot and full. Time to go home and take a rest for tommorow morning. We asked 4th Aunt to come along to Bandung.

011 GRAND INDONESIA MAIN STREET

011 PHOTO GRAND INDONESIA MAIN STREET

012 MARSHE COW

013 GI FOUNTAIN

014 TOKYO BELLY

015 DINNER WARAKU

016 IT'S A SMALL WORLD

016 MOULIN ROUGE

Isn’t it FUN ?

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