10 Things That Made Me Smile This Week

Wrapping my weekend up with lotta smile.

1. Sipping coffee at my favorite cafe in Sentul.

2. Monopoly board game with Abang kecil dan Abang Gede. I, as the only lady in the house, of course always win 🤣🤣

3. Tuck my nephews to bed; sing lullaby songs and even snores together with them. LOL. Geez, baby sitting 3 children at same time takes up lotta energy but it’s FUN!

4. Journaling

5. Hub drives me around this week

6. New VERY soft towels on the shelf

7. Strolling around old town Bogor for that famous porky culinary experience

8. Free ice cream from Dad 😅 (of course I can buy it myself but taking ice creams bought by my dad is like reliving sweet childhood memories)

9. Joined mid-week Woman Mass

10. Quality time with Mom

This 3rd week of April is a very fast pace week. I slipped on something in my job due to tiredness that led to lack of preparation and ended with me beating myself up for I couldn’t meet the standard I’ve set up.

But one thing doesn’t have to ruin the whole beautiful week I have. And here I am being grateful for lotta things God has given me.

It’s all about perspective ☺️

Indescribable Atmosphere; Energy Vampire

Have you ever experienced the moment when one person gets into the room and the aura changed? There’s like this indescribable uncomfortable atmosphere following the person? I experienced that several times.

Recalling on the day I first met with that person, I made a mistake by lowering my vibe even though I felt weird. While some people have this joyful or soothing and calming energy, this person is just the complete opposite. I felt the bad vibe even though it wasn’t openly expressed. Hubby said the same. He clearly told me to stay away from the person, things I didn’t listen which I regret later. The negative energy is just… Wow… Overwhelming. Like dementor, absorbing joy. Not only when meeting as a person even worse online.

I remember as early as I followed that person on socmed, I was shocked with the bitter vibe spread through the platform. Non-stop ranting of everything. High education even overseas doesn’t guaranty attitude or emotional stability. A friend advised me to mute the person if I couldn’t handle it.

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Recommended Netflix Binge Watching TV Series

I was closing 2021 in 5 different cities within 2 weeks and opening 2022 also in 5 different cities within 2 weeks. That life between plane to plane is not always giddy, lots of times involves early morning at wee hours in the airport, delayed flight due to bad weather or simply restless on board. Yet I found some of these Netflix series help me kill the time. 🙂

Recommended Netflix Binge Watching TV Series

1. The Bold Type

It’s a story of 3 close knit girlfriends with their own uniqueness trying to figure out life while chasing love and career in New York City. Working at the same office: Jane Sloan, a smart writer but up tight, a little bit old fashioned girl. Tiny is her nick name coz she’s short. Then there’s Sutton Brady, a girl from a small town who’s trying to climb her ladder of success. She’s gorgeous and a hardworking person. The last member of the gang is Katie Adison, the privileged girl who knows what she wants coz her parents raised her right.

The Bold Type

It’s so much fun watching them running around the Big Apple with cute inspiring new-fashioned style (well they work in a magazine). Each episode is just refreshing, they’re not just bringing cheesy drama but recent (sometimes global) issues wrapped into very contextual daily life. Personally, it’s a mind opening to certain topics that I’ve always questioned myself of. Geez, watching this series kinda remind me of my own friendship in college. I got this group of girlfriends who were so close and after graduated 3 out 5 girls were of course working in the same office! So, we got to continue giggling over boys and our crushes. Lol. Really, it is a must watch series.

4 Seasons in Netflix, around 45 min each episode.

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Feel Good Happy Moments

I feel a bit overwhelmed the past several months with the job, pandemic (who doesn’t?) deadlines and many other things. So I thought I’d post some “feel-good-happy-moments” pics here. 🤗🤗 Just a little reminder that eventhough sometimes life seems hard but in overall, it’s good! It’s been so f**king good ☺️

Speaker at a workshop in Bali attended by mid-level official as the participants and also speaker at several other Indonesian ministries. It’s an honour.

Received this beautiful post card from Manish Deo, an Indian friend I met years ago. You have no idea how my expression was getting this card knowing he sent it from the highest post office in the world! I feel wonderful, very special, and honoured, knowing someone remembers me during his trip and even putting extra effort by writing personal message and sending it like an old school. Sweet. This warmth my heart. Thank you!

Yeay for a sweet escape to Jogja. A simple family quality time yet very recharging. Did nothing but sleep, eat, swim, repeat with lotta laughter and love in between. I’m blessed! 🤗

Found the right conditioner. Say hello to my long smoother hair 🥰

Btw I get accustomed receiving compliments from various people in various occasions. I usually replied with simple “thank you”. But guess what, sometimes a frequently received compliment hits different when it was said just at the right time. Recently someone texted me, “Kamu cakep itu default.” I didn’t expect that and it made my day. So I am gonna include that as one of the happy moment here. Appreciating the right time of saying it.

Now, October has arrived and it’s gonna be another busy like a bee time. Oh hi, well… October let’s roll together.

Putting the Fun Between My Legs

Don’t you love the endorphins kick after exercising?

I like the sweats drop in every pedal I made,

I love the relaxed and happy feeling under the sun,

I like to see things through different eyes (from a moving bike),

But most of all, I like the small joy every ride brings in. For every pedal is a tiny holiday, a boost of good mood. 🥰🥰

Another 70km-ish ride!

Happy Sunday beautiful people! May you have wonderful day filled with lots of happiness. ☺️

My Ups and Downs Relationship with God

We all have that period of time where we simply decided not to follow any rules but ours. I grew up in a very strict Christian family as strict as my mom reads the bible every dawn and my dad would woke us all of his children with a loud religious songs from Radio Pelita Kasih at 6 AM. :mrgreen: So loud that I thought I gone deaf. Lol. Not to mention that we go to church every Sunday (no excuse or you’d get scholded) also attended mid week service. Well, those were not without reasons. Lots of our relatives from dad’s side are priests or pastors and even there’s a nun from my mom side. So yeah, religious activities and its values are something me and my siblings breath in everyday.

Those values lead my life well and keep me on track. I am forever grateful that my dad was putting a solid fondation for me so I wasn’t lost. But to certain point of life, I got bored. I felt like being restrained. In almost every situation, I always asked myself the WWJD question. You know, when in doubt, ask yourself, “What Would Jesus Do?” :mrgreen: So then I always behaved, always become the teacher’s pet and bosses’ fave person or something like that. To the point that I couldn’t enjoy my life freely the way I want it.

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Classic Hymns

Hingga sekarang saya masih terkagum-kagum dengan penerjemahan himne-himne klasik gereja dari Bahasa Inggris ke Bahasa Indonesia. Pilihan diksinya tepat sekali, indah, tidak mengurangi makna namun secara estetika tetap terjaga. Ah, Tuhan berkati mereka yang sudah jadi perpanjangan tangan mendatangkan damai sejahtera dan sukacita melalui pujian dan penyembahan.

Salah satu himne klasik yang diterjemahkan dengan sangat baik oleh E.L. Pohan di tahun 1975 adalah Pass me not O gentle Saviour karya Fanny J. Crosby (1868).

Pass me not O gentle Saviour,
Hear my humble cry.
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Saviour, Saviour,
Hear my humble cry.
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.

Diterjemahkan ke dalam lagu pujian KJ 026 berjudul Mampirlah, Dengar Doaku

Mampirlah, dengar doaku, Yesus Penebus.
Orang lain Kau hampiri, jangan jalan t’rus.
Yesus, Tuhan, dengar doaku;
orang lain Kau hampiri, jangan jalan t’rus.

Apa teman-teman punya himne klasik kesukaan?

Have a blessed Sunday!

The Lord’s Prayer

As a believer, I was taught to forgive your enemies. In Matthew 5:39, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” To turn your right cheek if they slap your left’s and bla bla bla.

I will not fight the Scripture who aged more than 2000 years. Have no guts, not that crazy. LOL. Furthermore, there’s nothing good coming from holding grudges. In fact by forgiving, we benefial more. So, about 2 weeks ago I start the process, resting my soul in God’s hand and it feels just right. After a long journey, I finally can let go, release and be at peace. 😊☺️ It’s relieving. So serene.

I still keep a safe zone though.

Monday has just begun and I’m gonna recite this Lord’s Prayer to start the day. Hope you guys have a wonderful day and wish you great week ahead. God bless!

Pic’s from christianitytoday