For my friend, really…

Saya barusan bersih bersih foto di Hp. Terus ketemu foto ini

Cezh Beer

Teman kantor, Citra, ke Ceko 6 bulan sebelum saya pergi. Blio nitip minuman itu, katanya enak dan murah.

Lupa harganya berapa, kalau tidak salah tidak lebih dari 600Kroner (IDR 30,000-an)

Gampang banget sih nyarinya, macam kita cari Teh Pucuk lah kalau di Indonesia.

( PS : btw, konon. Penjualan Teh Botol S*s#* sudah dilampaui oleh Teh Pucuk? Incumbent tidak selamanya berjaya)

Balik lagi.

Yang bikin saya ketawa simpul, pas nemu minuman ini, saya bawa ke kasir kan. Bukan di convenient store sih belinya, tapi di sekitar deretan toko souvenir, yang jual minuman ringan.

Nah pas di kasir, yang jaga laki-laki. I think he is either Turkey or somewhere from North Africa (Tunisia / Algeria). He greeted me Salam.

Dia langsung nyari bottle opener, saya nyaris teriak

Me : hey don’t (open). It’s for my friend!

Him : where is he?

Me : in my country. I’ll give that as souvenir.

Him: *ketawa nyegir* yeahh! I trust you.

Me : bener kok!! (I said it In English, of course!)

Terus dia senyum penuh arti gitu ke saya. Ish!!! 😀

PS : itu tangan saya garis garis hitam karena lagi nyari eyeliner. My favorite eyeliner tetiba hilang, padahal besoknya ada janji . Ingin terlihat kece maksudnya, mewakilkan pesona wanita Asia gitu. #tsaaaahh

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Style is about knowing who you are

#readinPinterest 😉

Ditulis di twitter, saya tulis lagi ah di sini versi panjang.

Anyway….waktu saya ke Jogja bulan lalu, saya kan ke Lemari Lila. Sering banget lihat butik kecil ini di Instastory teman-teman yang berkunjung ke kota ini. letaknya tidak terlalu jauh dari Tempo Gelato – Restoran Bu Ageng.

I have a very soft spot on our Traditional Fabric, any kind! Si Hanny waktu jaman masih dinas keliling Indonesia pasti kena dititipin plus kopi lokal. Ntahlah hutang diantara kami benar benar lunas atau tidak! Haahhaha.

Nah, lemari Lila ini juga mengkombinasikan kain tradisional dengan model bajunya yang unik dan asimetris and still I can afford it. Sukalah aku!

Saya suka banget ke kantor pake batik atau baju dari kain tradisional kita. Expat di kantor saya mostly pakai batik lho! Walaupun di negaranya cenderung stelan jas hitam.

Pas saya di sana , kebetulan ada mbak Lila bersama tamu lain. Laki-laki. Dia juga lagi nyari nyari baju.

Jadi pas saya fitting baju, gantian ruangan deh.

Mbak Lila ngenalin sekilas ke kami, beliau sutradara dan akan ke Itali in few weeks ahead (oh em gee, baru sadar ITALI!!! It’s a sign!) mau terima penghargaan dan dia mau makai wardrobe kain khas Indonesia.

Dikasih tau sih nama dan judul filmnya, cuma saya lupa.

Model bajunya kan unik gitu ya, tapi yang namanya seniman, kayaknya cocok cocok saja sama muka mereka. Asik-asik aja gitu hahahah. Ntahlah kalo pakaian serupa dipakai anak kantor saya – the capitalist slave – pasti aneh!

Ini foto kami dengan mbak Lila.

Dia ngakunya tidak sekolah designer, she studied law! How funny life plays with us!! But it’s good to work with your passion.

Mbak Lila asked to post a pic of us wearing her umasterpiece and tag her. My sis already did. Saya belum foto nih! Hahahah.

Yang dibelakang kelihatan lengan saja, ya itu sang sutradara.

Ndilalah, kemaren Lemari Lila posting di IG nya.

Tuh, seru-seru aja ya! Pantes pantes aja kalo seniman yang makai.

Lagi ngebayangin kalau para corporate slave yang makai, aneh kayaknya! Haahhah.

Ngutip quote Marc Jacob :

Clothing is a form of self expresion, there are hint about who you are in what you wear.

Setuju Kelen?

JJS : ke Maja

JJS = jalan jalan siang

So, waktu saya iseng ke Rangkasbitung naik commuter line, di kiri kanan rel kereta saya liat banyaaaaak banget perumahan-perumahan kecil.

Ngobrol sama teman-teman, banyak juga yang tertarik beli rumah kecil di daerah Parung panjang – Tiga raksa terus sampai Maja. Ada yang bosan jadi “kontraktor” (a.k.a tiap 2 tahun cari rumah kontrak baru) ada yang memang buat investasi. Soalnya yaaa…beli rumah di Jakarta maupun pinggirannya sudah fantastis bener harganya!

Duluuu….kalau ke sana nyerah deh! Jalannya parah bet! mau naik kereta yang ada cuma Kereta Rakyat Djelata itu. Sekarang mulai enak dan nyaman, naik commuter line!

Sabtu lalu, saya ke sana. Ada perumahan baru dibuka. Iseng saja pingin lihat. Dari stasiun, ada shuttle bus-nya…ya sud, saya naik.

Begitu sampai kantor pemasarannya…

Setttt dahhh…ini beli rumah apa ngantri non Thor sih!! Asli ramai bettttt!

Lucu ya, liat rumahnya kain main rumah-rumahan barbie. Imut-imut banget. Dijual dari luas tanah 60-an kalau saya tidak salah.

Kalau ini termasuk rumah mewahnya sih, yang rumah RSS nya ada lagi.

Saya ditemenin sales-nya. Wujud aslinya sih, Saya posting di IG story kemaren.

Yang bosan jadi “kontraktor”, mungkin bisa jadi pilihan.

Pas saya pulang balik ke Pondok Aren, saya kan naik bus shuttle. Cuman saya penumpangnya. Supirnya ngajak ngobrol basa-basi nanya saya dari mana.

Saya jawab habis main ke rumah teman. Eh dia nyerocos

“Itu kampung saya bu! tau ngga bu, dulu ada yang jual tanahnya ke saya. 15 ribu/meter…eh saya lagi ngga ada duit lebih! Akhirnya teman saya yang lain yang beli,eh malah dibeli Citra (perumahan-red)

Ini nih, sekarang saya mau invest di (dia nyebut sebuah kawasan di dekat Serang, saya lupa) ntar lagi bakal ramai tuh bu!”

Ishhhh! Hebat nian pak Supir. Sudah berani investasi property! Hahahahahah!

Impulsive Trip : Rangkasbitung

A little question, who know this kota kabupaten exist??

Well I do, but for two reasons :

  • My family had helpers more than a decade ago, and they live here
  • Yes, they took train from Rangkasbitung Station to our house. People used the Kereta Rangkaian Diesel or we said it Kereta Rakyat Djelata. It was an economic train back in that time, sharing a compartment with goats and chicken. It was a horrible, smelly, dirty, devastated train…back in that time! I did commute with that train every now and then on emergency basis from Palmerah to Sudimara to save time.

Apart from that, zip, zero, nothing, nada! I only know the city from the announcer in train station.

It was two week ago, my childhood friend paid me a visit to Bintaro and she wanted to try commuter line! And owh, early this year, KRD is no longer exist. All those old trains (it was manufactured in early 1900’s) were replaced with Commuter Line. not all the schedule has trip to Rangkas tho. long story short, we only spend like one hour in Rangkasbitung since we took 4 pm train before going back to Tangsel (and Jakarta for Inong). I bought Rambutan and Salak one Kg each in near by pasar tumpah and it cost less than IDR 50,000 for me.

And yesterday, I paid another visit again with a former colleague who also lives in Bintaro.

Hell yeah, it only take 1.5 hr from Bintaro and IDR 6,000 (less than 1 SGD, 2 Malaysian Ringgit, 50 cents USD), per trip. What do we have to lose? 😉

I learn, unexpectedly, view after Parungpanjang Station was nice. With paddy field, here and there. I even wondering whether I am able to have trail run in those small cities? Not too far from the station and the back again.

Daru, a small station two stops after Parungpanjang. nice track to run I suppose.

So, yesterday, I learn that this city just opened a museum next to Library. Both are new and fully renovated.

Just take angkot for 5 mins or walk for 15 mins, stoped at Alun-alun. We opted for the first one, man it was 33 degrees!

Kaki si Lala

Had dzuhur pray first in its Mesjid Agung.

And the museum lies just a cros the mosque.

Without googling it, or peeking your history book,does anybody know Multatuli?

And the bad news was…both the museum and library were closed! I can understand the library, but the museum? On Saturday? Eh! c’mmon!

Padahal katanya nargetin pengunjung 500 rb tahun ini, atulah bu bupati! 😦

I wish I can do something about this! Wasn’t it common practice the museums close on Monday? I asked those teenagers in the pic, one of them said the museum open on Sunday until 10 am only.

Ah ya bener aja atuhlah bu bupati!! Semoga sementara ya! Btw, ada yang tau cerita bupati Lebak ini ngomel-ngomel marahin anak buahnya? Way it go, Ibu Bupati! 😀

Anyway, We had lunch near by, and it only cost IDR 75,000 in a decent restaurant. Oh em gee! Gw post di IG story gw.

We took train back to Tangsel at 3.10pm.

Little that I know, this small city played an imporant role during Dutch Collonial era. this train station was built in 1900 as a supporting dispatcher to transport harvest and crops!

Local goverment a.k.a PemDa must do something to keep this building as original as possible!

There’s always something we can do, besides going to Pondok Indah Mall 😉 on weekend (or any other public holiday)

Buat #kelasmenengahngehe sub-urban, banyak lho yang bisa dilakukan selain nongkrong di PIM. Sudah dibenahi pelan-pelan kok sama pemerintah, manfaatin donk! 😉 ngga mahal kan?

Kopdar!

Kata adek saya , muka saya muka gossip. A perfect stranger bisa saja datang ke saya trus ngajak ngobrol. Seriously….this happened a lot, especially during our Europe trip 2 years ago.

Sejam sebelum saya disamperin Gabriella, as written in that post, saya kenalan Harris. just because his Melayu look lah…I thought he was Indonesian. The name juga di Eropa, namanya juga lagi di eropa, ketemu kulit coklat ya seneng lah

Ya udah ngobrol 30 menitan, nanya itternary setelah Berlin dia mau kemana, gitu gitulah. And thanks to socmed, i asked his account. To keep silaturahmi lah, bukan kepo 😀 We don’t need people’s phone number and vice versa.

Habis itu ngga pernah ketemu lagi until today!

Ya ya ya, balik lagi…thanks to socmed I know people whereabout. Dia mamer aja lagi di Jakarta, my sis dropped a direct message and finally saya dan adik saya ketemuan di Grand Indonesia

And that was fun!

Bisa banget ngobrol pertama cuma 30 menit, ketemu lagi 2 tahun kemudian bisa ngakak-ngakak ketawa ketiwi kayak kita reuni SMA! And the good thing about having conversations with a Malaysian, we can use our language if we forgot the words in English! Right?

Some people were born with a good and natural story teller. Not a single time I stoped to check my phone! Eh ada deh sekali pas makanan datang.

Kata adek saya ngobrol sama Haris kayaknya nonton serial Ipin Upin :))

This pak cik set a target 20 marathon in 20 countries in 2020. he’ll do his 11th this year in Lombok.

Seru ya! Ayo, put on your shoes, go outside start run a mile you’ll meet amazing people along the way!

Now I really need to sign up for a marathon again!

Ps : marathon itu 42k ya, kalo 5K mah fun run namanya 😉

Flashback 

i’ve been doing sport since I was a kid (swimming course twice a week, softball, basket ball) but never do it seriously. Just to kill my ABG time (I lived with my parents and they had two helpers, nafff said!)
Anyway,i’ve done races here and there since 5 years ago. and as I read my late post, how I conquer my first 10K race, then my virgin Half Marathon, the Triathlon then Marathon … i went like

“Ya elahh Ky…10K aja meni lebay pisan!”

 segala takut kram, kepanasan, dll dll.

the night before my first 10K, I cant sleep.   macam anak SD mau dharmawisata saat itu. Too overwhelming. 

yang sudah ikut half ironman race waktu saya posting race pertama  10K ngikik kali ya? (Anyone?)
Aber so, if I read my virgin triathlon race recap, still somehow I am proud of myself. bihiksss…
I only had my bike for 3 months, never been on open water trail until one day before race day, not using cleat for my bike, yet…I managed to squeeze the obstacles. Not in good timing, of course! But still! Do Count any female with hijab doing Triathlon on that year 😉 

And owh, there are several races that I also met my readers. ” sikiky ya” For instance. Bahahahahha

Ish…bangga bukan main sayah! #disambitbidon.



Owh well, I didn’t join race as much as I did in 2013-2014, however…I set my bar higher a little bit.  I am competing with my old me, not with anybody else.

Itu yang saya lakukan di Jogja minggu lalu…
I secretly wanted to do cycling tour since the first time I took my Giant TCR home with me.


Picture taken from TdA Facebook page. i was one of the people in red jersey! 

more story later! 

mendadak tour guide 

i’ve been blogging since 2005 first in Blospot then MUltiply (now demished) and switched all the writing to wordpress. all free platform though. 😁
Of course, like whoever that blog, I bet you “met” new friends. NOwadays, blog seems being replaced with social media, but then again I also made new friend as well thru twitter, facebook and Instagram. 

Anyway, last Saturday, I became a tour guide.
it was Ridwan @theahmadridhuan, I knew him thru blogging years ago. Almost 10 years ago if I not mistaken. he wrote in blogspot, mostly about daily life.

He lives in Kuala Trengganu, Malaysia. that is 7 hours by bus from Kuala Lumpur on the east coast, facing South China Sea (well yeah, you can google. I never heard the city before until I know him). to note, KT the state is one of the 4 states in Malaysia that has Friday as holiday while business day starts on Sunday.

I can recall 6 years ago his wife called me, when she was in Jakarta for business trip, but unfortunately, we didn’t meet.

i don’t think he still writes, but yeah…we keep each other posted thru socmed, FB and Instagram. 

to make story short, Last weekend, he had a business trip to Jakarta for 3 days. lucky for him, Saturday was free. I was the only Indonesian he knows ( which I doubt, because he said later on, his grandfather was a Bugis- well yeah, jakarta perhaps,  hahahah). He left a comment in my IG account a while ago. so i knew he’d be in town.

 Since I was free but hate driving, I offered him trip by Trans Jakarta or may be Train if it is possible. he didn’t mind taking public transportation in a megapolitan city with the worst traffic and public tranportation. cool then! I refused driving, looking for car park, pay the expensive fee, etc! 

anyway…since it’s Saturday, I took the whole family too! the whole family include my sister. We picked him up in hotel around Senayan area (yeah sure, you can guess)

SO, it was the first time we met we in person. very easy to recognize him. he posted his pic a lot.

One tourist 7 tour guide


since it was noon, I offered a lunch in Jalan Sabang before continue our trip to Kota Tua Jakarta (also by Trans Jakarta) where the capital city started in 1500’s. 

i considered we were lucky because it wasn’t rain. Though walking  under hot sun is also uncomfortable, but better that heavy rain.

 

RIdwan busy takimg picture of macet and bajaj….and the Padang Food we eat.

of course, two Melayu’s face yet speaking English received attention in the bus. 

Some of the bus passanger even asked where Ridwan comes from 😀

Museum Bank Indonesia

We visited Museum Bank Indonesia. those who never visit this Museum, PLEASE do!

Face value!


Kota Tua

Street performer in Kota Tua


Anyway, kiky’s city- walking tour wasn’t bad! though he asked : 

“how come I didn’t see angkot? I want to take angkot!”

Atuhlah Pak Cik…..🤣🤣🤣
To make story short, we bid farewell in Halte Bus Trans Jalarta Dukuh ATas because I’d take the train back to Bintaro from Sudirman Station  (and unfortunately, he took my BCA flazz card too because he had to tap out where he got off). Unlike Commuter Line Train which has its own card  that can be refundable later, Trans Jakarta busses only alow debit cards. THat’s why I prepared him the flazz card from BCA. We didn’t have enough time taking train to Bogor.

So Ridwan, if you read this, I’ll take you with angkot next time as well as dining in Warteg and don’t forget, bring back the card! 

Selfie in TJ before bidding farewell

have you ever be a tour guide for your blog reader?