What is wrong with you…

…world?


My friend, who currently lives in Stockholm just make herself “safe”. I learned the situation later, it was a truck terror like in Berlin last Christmas. I bet she is very scare considering her sons are also at school and she must stay at the office. indonesian, living far far away from extended family, and a minority….

few mins ago, I recalled my conversation with @julogzp. she was my host when I stayed in München. she said   ”  (syria) who  coming to German are rich ones. the poor can’t go anywhere”. MInd you, I had a quite unpleasent trip from Wien to München regarding to these refugees.

We both sad…we do notice,being “rich” for those Syirian means nothing. many of them are found dead in the middle of the sea.

Which leave even nothing to  the poor (at least, what I saw recently) with those chemical attack by Assad. i refused to see the video. It is beyond sad. When it come to war, Civilian suffered the most. 😦

And ( as my friends would have guess as well), Trump already sent missiles as a reponse. he do has a lot of homework in country, doesn’t he? 

And Make thing worst..

I read in one of my american’s acquaintance comment…

•No offense, Clinton wants this too•

Just a note, I am very very sick of reading local  news (Penista agama, kafir, Pilkada, syiah, anyone????) . my mistake, I involved in a stupid argument with one of my acquaintances last night over similar issue.I left her alone last night with her arguments. am not sure who is sick  now. THus, i prefer reading feed from BBC or Strait times (singapore).

reading that “clinton wants this (war) too” really pissed me off. I tried to avoid local news, but overseas news is even worse.

what is wrong the world now? 

feel like packing my bag, move to Anchorge! if only my tropical skin wouldn’t mind an almost-all-year-no-sun place…

Minggu Meracau

Kecendrungan saya sekarang, i followed random foreginer in my IG account. asli randomtapi lebih mem”bumi”. bukan Nomanden yang backpack kelililing dunia gitu. as much as I love travelling, pulang ke suatu tempat yang saya sebut “rumah” masih mejadi prioritas saya.

How random? misalnya nih ada seorang perawat tinggal ratusan km dari Kuala Lumpur, remaja Korea yang lagi kuliah di Wellington, PNS Malaysia tinggal di Penang, pelari yang tinggal di Amnecy Perancis, imigrant dari Mexico yang sekarang tinggal di Santa Monica, bahkan yang tinggal Saskatchewan, Kanada yang isi IG-nya putih semua beberapa bulan belakangan ini sampe pernah ada beruang di samping rumahnya.
nah kebetulan mereka ini lumayan sering posting keseharian mereka. dari urus keluarga, bersenang senang sampai pekerjaan atau sekolah. salah satu dari mereka pernah ngirimin saya resep masakan.

Saya memang suka bertanya tanya, “what is like to live at that part of the world”.  makanya suka banget baca tulisan-tulinsa di matardornetwork.com

Salah satu kota lapis kedua


Anyway…If I can draw a conclusion, their life surely not easy…ada yang harus cerita stok makanan sebelum badai salju datang, ada yang  cerita harus menyiasati belanja karena kota kecil pilihan juga sedikit,  dll dll. beda banget sama kehidupan saya sekarang, when everything is one click away. The perk of living in big city, I must say..but on the other hand, they survive and their life (seems) very content. Ya, posting di socmed banyak yang “nipu yaaa“. Yang di posting kan yang  bagus bagus saja. Tapi saya yang tukang ngayal ini, berpikiran kehidupan mereka seimbang saja. 24 hours- well spent. No time wasted di jalanan.

saya – most of my life – tinggal di kota padat penduduk. waktu masih remaja sih, biasa aja. atau mungkin keadaan belum seburuk sekarang ya…
But lately, Ich habe die Nase voll!

Waktu saya seumur si Kez, salah satu ibunda teman sekolah saya cerita ke guru les kami : 

“Duh, pak! Saya telat 5 menit keluar rumah anterin Ferdian, sampe sekolah (lalu kantor) bisa beda 45 menit”

Lebih dari dua dekade berikutnya, keadaaan ini tidak berubah. And it seems getting worse. Semakin saya baca artikel dari berbagai tempat di dunia seperti di web matador tadi,  semakin mikir kayak gini. bukan dari negara maju ya,  mostly dari third-world-countries juga.

Kalau ada bakat rasanya pingin buka bisnis di kota kota lapis kedua Indonesia (modal nanti dipikirin belakangan, hhahah), sekalian nikmati hidup walaupun fasilitas  tidak selengkap ibukota. Tapi saya belum ketemu sama orang orang kaya gini. Pengen denger cerita perjuangan mereka.

Now I wonder if is it normal?


resensi : Aquaterrace Bed & Breakfast

lanjutan cerita di sini

  • You live in Archipelago all your life (well, yaa sort of),thus, the coastal line is not too far from  where you live…
  • you live in a country that has many…many…..blue ocean and beautiful beaches…(forget the infrastructure, though)

And…

  • You watched those American FIlm Series when you were kids…with those rich guys had house facing the ocean…

Then….

  • You are dreaming of having a similar house. you wish to wake up and had your meal with a sea view…

terrace room


tadaaaaa…

SOOOOO…..this aquaterrace Bed and Breakfast could be the answer of your (in this case, my) childhood dream with an affordable price for me. 😉

From Ocean Room’s porch

Owned by a Japanese wife and Balinese husband, this B&B is very carefully designed and maintened. THe color of Blue and While really dominating the interior. Everything is detailed and very neat!

View from the bathroom


I had a chance to stay at Both Type of the room, the Ocean Room (has direct access to the beach) and Terrace Room (it has bigger room for up to 3 people).

of course, there is no TV but wi-fi works very well! 

each type of the room comes with pool.


those are the pool for OCEAN ROOM

while these are pool for Terrace Room 

Their food were good too!

The only downside was…it was raining most of the time. Once, it was a very heavy rain that our porch in Terrace Room was all wet (yeah, no surprise).

Seems Bali will not be in our list, at least for few months maybe years ahead, but I will forever brag this accomodation. the  best in the east, traveller said.
We had a blast! 

#tripbayarsendiri

Website : Www.aquaterrace.com

Or you can find in booking (dot) com and/or Air BnB.

Through the window

When my family lived in Irving, our kitchen was facing the backyard. behind the backyard was a two-storey-apartment. Jadi apartemen kecil kecil gitu, macam hotel-hotel di Bali, bukan skyscraper kayak di Jakarta.

since I was the oldest and the tallest at that time, doing the dishes was my responsibility. While doing so, I often looked at those apartemenr. i saw the same people coming and out…and I sometime made a story about their life ;))

when we moved back to Jakarta, we lived in the same house before we left. then i moved to TangSel…yet, never had the kitchen with windows. until recently…

We’re going to move to this house veryyyb soon!!

Ich liebe es so sehr! 

A risky job

Beberapa bulan lalu, saya baca berita di detik.com. Ada tersangka kerah putih, diadili karena kecerobohan yang blio buat , sehingga perusahaan tempat dia bekerja, dan mungkin juga negara, rugi puluhan milyar.

pas di pengadilan, anaknya yang berumur 10 tahunan  datang, langsung lari ke bapaknya, mereka gulimg gulimg di lantai. melepas rindu. Momen mengharukan ini di “capture” oleh kamera wartawan.

entahlah, si bapak menerima suap apa tidak. saya sedih lihat foto anak-bapak itu.

Lalu tiba tiba saya teringat peristiwa hampir 13 tahun lalu. Saya lagi hamil si kakak waktu itu, ada pelatihan table manner dan juga service excellent or a like. 

Yang memberi materi pelatihan sudah puluhan tahun kerja di bank, saat itu sudah pensiun. entah blio masih ada atau sudah berpulang.

Ketika saya mau berpamitan, bapak ini menatap saya lama. yang saya tahu, beliau jarang mau ngobrol basa-basi sama orang yang baru dia kenal. to note, lingkar satu pertemanan blio saja kategori “sosialita”. Indonesia’s tattler.

percakapannya kira-kira gini :

Him : Kapan kamu melahirkan?

Saya : next month.

HIm: Kerja (di industri ini) yang benar. jangan macam-macam. hati-hati.MUngkin nanti kamu bukan siapa-siapa. bukan pejabat, bukan direksi. But make your future children proud of you. Don’t let them down.

Saya hanya tersenyum dan menganguk. basa-basi, jujur saja…

siang ini…

Di salah satu Whastapp grup yang saya ikutin lagi heboh. salah seorang yang memiliki profesi seperti saya diciduk pihak berwajib karena merugikan instasi blio bekerja. berita yang every now and then saya juga baca sih.

Tapi kali ini, i know him in person….

saya mulas, langsung terbayang istri dan empat anaknya yang kecil-kecil…

How they can cope with this…

(Short trip) Surabaya

I just got back from Surabaya for a business trip in which…the schedule was very very friendly except for the fact that  I had to take 5.25 am flight…

Friendly enough that besides office matter , I had a change to eat these sehr lecker Essen! Wisata kuliner atas biaya dinas, judulnya.

nasi Krawu In Gresik


since the meeting in Gresik was start at 10, and I arrive at 7 am already (the second flight from Jakarta arrived at 9.30, that was why I took first flight), I asked my colleague to have local cullinary for breakfast first.

later, when we got back to Surabaya, my colleague (whose cousins is marrried to my cousin—- small world)  treated me at Bebek Sinjay. 

bebek sinjay at Jalan Tidar

Crispy duck with mango chilly sauce


office mater done at 2 am. went to hotel to take a nap since I was soooooo sleepy. Ich war sehr müde.

later, as recommended  by many of my friends, I opt for Sate Klopo Ondohen. anyway, I checked google map, the restaurant was less than 3Km from my hotel. so, instead of taking Gojek or Uber, I walked. the city becomes better in my every visit. Anyway, I stayed in Surabaya when I was an appetriance in my former company for few weeks. that’s why it has special place in my heart 🙂 


The Satay (beef and chicken) marinated with shreded coconut. Gee, my mouth is watering just writing this.

sate Ondomohen

the store

after I was done with this food, time for a little reunion with former colleagues who work in this city. I chose Kedai Tua Muda, recommended  by Adel. adel said this restaurant offers great variety of food and the place is nice too, with great music.staffs are friendly too. well, compare to Jakarta’s price, of course it is much cheaper! my capucino only cost leas than IDR 20,000 where it could cost more than IDR 30,000 in Jakarta.

Ade, Juniko and I

A cup of capucino

it’s surabaya. clock is ticking slower than Jakarta. Even like I’ve spent foreeverrrr with those gentlemen, it was only 7.30 pm that Jun suggested me to take another food. it was raining in Surabaya. seemed it was a good choice.

Baksoooo!


ade couldn’t join us. then we bid farewell. Until  we meet again, gentlemen! 

TO make story short, I still had one meeting in Pasuruan in the next day.

then, after we had our lunch, I just knew there is a mosque looks like a temple.

mesjid Laksamana Cheng Ho Pandaan


Oke then.rush back to airport, unfortunately flight was delay. there’s a lounge anyway. i ate again….at a lot.

Au- desus des nuages


until next time, Surabaya! 

powerman Indonesia 2017 race recap

seperti yang sudah  saya tulis di post sebelumnya,  hampir saja Powerman 2017 ini menjadi another DNS race – DID NOT START- considering batuk saya yang parah banget Week-1. I only practiced twice, one on the road during Pilkada holiday and the other on spinning class and no brick training at all. oh ya, ini pertama kalinya event POWERMAN Duathlon digelar di Indonesia. kalau di Malaysia sih sudah sering. i knew because many of my friends in Gaited Community post this event annualy on their FB.

then, I found out that it has a friendly Cut Off Time for a slow athlete like me, I decided to go and consume high dose medicine the night   before to ease my heavy cough. Besides, most of my Bintaro Trojan Runners were going anyway. it has been a while kita ngga race rame-rame lagi.

18 February

dropped of my bike.  You were only allowed to drop the bike. no helmet or tool allowed.Even I had to take off the pocket bag which was attached on my bike. Saw some “old friends”, even Pak Eddi Abott who currently resides in Kuala Lumpur. senang banget deh bisa silaturahmi lagi dengan teman sesama atlet (jadi-jadian). saya kenal pak Eddy waktu SCMS 2014, dia moto moto orang Indonesia yang ikutan race. 

Good luck kiss


19 Februari 

Ternyata sudah lama saya tidak bangun pagi-pagi buta, nyetir ke tempat race, en des bre. ha!

 arrived at Qbig a new mall in BSD. i was very sleepy I decided to go back to sleep. failed! transition area would closed at 5.00 am. ohhh Nooooo….so I’d better be hurry.

Us…again!

Strike a pose


perform sholat shubuh, then we were hanging around in lobby area. i was sooo sleepy, tried to sleep (again)  but failed(yes, again). it was raining hard, so I wouldn’t be surprise iF the EO postpone the start time…which what they actually did. however, it was more to safety reason. 
Seperti yang saya tulis di postingan sebeumnya, marka di track lomba dihancurkan alay-alay yang kebanyakan waktu tapi ngga kreatif, track lintasan dihancurkan, cone pemisah track di tendang2xin. Konon mereka kesal karena lintasan track liar mereka dipakai. Muss ich sagen,  These  marginal society  alay were suck! ones who always come out of nowhere in Indomaret / Alfamart for the sake of seriburupiah dengan modal periwitan! Stop giving money to them please.Ok, enough rambling.I took short distance category. it was a combination of 5K run  – 30 K bike -5K run the classic category was 10-60-10.

Anyway, I didn’t remember when was exactly the flag off time. what I remember….

  • Soon as flag off, I walked.  Out from the mall, turn right  there was a water station already. It suppose to be  for 10K athletes on the second loop.
  • I haven’t seen 1K mark yet, but already thinking in which km I should gave up. belum satu kilo saya  sudah mikir mau declare DNF di mana. Damn, I was so (have I said it?) sleepy.
  • of course, friends who joined 10K passed me, I said – hi – am tired – sleepy- go head- see you in finish line. Yeah, sort of.
  • Rain poured, not too intense. oh well, I will give up now, I said to myself.
  • later I remembered, I ALWAYS look good on my bike. Ha! Let me finished this run leg first. hopefully, there’d be pics of me on my bike. If I got flat tyre again like in Bintan, then I’d quit the race. I didn’t plan to change the tyre. kalau sampe pecah ban, ya sudah, DNF aja.
  • finish 1st run leg almost in one hour, owh I hated it!
  • Then went to transition area, on which- no surprise- empty already. I think my bike was the only one left hanging on the bike rack. I took off my visor, wore helmet, eat Soy-joy, drank a bit. To hydarete myself.
  • In transition area

Just started bike leg

Just start bike leg

  • So….many sharp U-turn. first,  i was afraid, then I enjoyed it very very much. it was raining again. fortunately, I didn’t cough at all. i passed many many bikers! Feel like the coolest road biker ever!
  • DI BSD banyak speed trap. Supaya tidak ganggu, speed trap ini ditutupin papan, yang mana sebagian besar dirusak oleh terong2xan kampret. Tetapi masih ada yang bisa dibetulkan panitia. banyak peserta tidak mau lewat lintasan kayu ini, karena licin, milih lewat speed trap.  Saya mah, naik lintasan.sok iye pisan.
  • Meanwhile many struggling to handle the bike, drinking and stop, saya jagoan lah untuk ilmu tidak penting ini. bisa bolak balik pakai kaca mata, minum dari botol tanpa berhenti, Balik arah pakai acara nikuk tajam pdahal track licin karena hujan, saya terabassas semua. Bahahahhahahha. Hamdallah ngga jatuh.
  • finish with one loop, I had to do another 15K, which is okey, because I’d figured the track. I speeded it up! Even I passed my sister! Ha! 
  • I slowed my bike down in last 2km,  so it wouldn’t be that hard for me to run. I remember someone gave me this tip. I regret I didn’t bring extra pair of socks. and owh, it was (for me) a looooooongggg walk from turun dari sepeda sampai ke area transisi. and note to myself, bawa kaos kaki extra kalau multisport gini just in case.
  • but, of course , thank God, no flat tyre! Das war gut! 


  • So, second leg of 5K run. ones who I passed during bike leg, certainly passed me again. ye ye yeeeeee….and it took 1 hour for me to finish this leg! I was completely wet, my shoes and sock were all wet.  basah-basah-basah, seluruh tubuhku….#mendadakdangdut
  • I saw the word “FINISH”. Ahay! ich liebe die Ziel! then saw kak uchi and sinta who were voluntering in this event. 


Die erste Medaille der Jahre!

My time? Owh please, you dont want to know….over 3 hours I think -_____-

And voila! After I’m done with this race, my (sporty) mood went back. I attended yoga class again the  next day for cross training, spinning class, etc etc. I regulaly ride again on Saturday and thinking I have to register a FUll marathon event and/or triathlon race. yeah, of course no Bintan Tri and/or Bali Marathon because I have done it before, and I am not going back to Bali again this year. so Bali tri is a no-no either.  jadi loe maunya dimana, kyyyy…..? *niagarafalls*

 I even I asked my sister let’s do another relay in Ironman event, I’d do  the first two legs ( those are 1.9km swim and 90km bike if you are wondering) as I am a very slow runner. I also was thinking of doing Powerman in Putrajaya just for the sake of it (well, to reunite with my GC friends as well ), unfortunately, not only the registration has already closed, but also I haven’t do any searching where to stay, etc.

As for myself, I enjoyed this race so much. the registration was easy, the track, water station  , marshals were good. really hope there will be another Powerman event  next year! Ein tolles Renen!  bis Nächtes Jahr! di Brazil, mungkin. 😀 

Btw, when I said I tried to sleep before the race while it was raining, I meant it! i envy Imelda for this!


si Imel bisa tidur lelap, saya mgga bisa! Ish iri! :)) 

Ada yang suka nonton AFI jaman dulu? tebak dia siapa? :))


She’ll kill me for that caption.

With Thomas Bruins – Championship winner


foto sama mas Thomas di post lagi, hampit nyeker doi.