When in Rudeloffweg

I had rendang, nasi putih and sayur bening for dinner during my Europe trip, two years ago. yes, in that house. Stand at Rudeloffweg street.

The couple welcomed us very warm as if we were their long lost niece. Far from what written in media.

At dinner, I sat next to the mister and we talked a lot from refugees, living cost and simple thing like where the mrs had the groceries.

“Tambah lagi (nasi dan lauk) nak! om nanti saja!”

*malu malu minta digampar dalam hati menjerit senang*

“Ah om tau saja, saya lapar*

And when I was about to leave , put on my coat and walk to the back door I asked

“Kalau winter dinginnya kayak apa Om?”

“Ya lebih dingin dari inilah. Halaman ini putih semua biasanya. mampir lagi lah pas winter”

Jaa, I wish

Well, it was obviously not granted :))

And i wonder, if I ever go back to the city again, will I able to have sayur lodeh and pepes peda in that house for dinner?

Because they’ll come home. Tugas mereka sebagai wakil bangsa hampir selesai. Back to tanah air.




I need to recharge my brain and my eyes stumbled upon the above mention book in Kikokuniya grand Indonesia.


Well ya, i’ve been galau sana sini, for the past two years and reading the book on its first pages I went like…

Oh Em geee! I’m not alone!!! This overweight, child-trapped-in-overweight-adult body, banyak mau- tenaga kurang-duit apalagi- is certainly NOT ALONE!

The writers are telling the readers how this number scared and gave anxiety to them as well.

Unlike if you are in your 20’s… You’ll be cursed of being silly and stupid on this age. well yes, I barely post what I ate, or Outfit of the Day, or traveling here and there, or arisan here and there, how romantic your wedding anniversary is, how smart and well behave your kids are, attending this conference here or there but…

This book is written by 40 writers and consists of 6 sections. They are

  1. Speak your truth
  2. Gain new goal
  3. Health and fitness
  4. Master your money
  5. The subtance of style
  6. Keep it balance

You may guess what all those are about.

Then, I am happy the fact that I – actually – just like the others

  • Being jack of all traders, master of none! i signed up Latin Dance class like Caudron did signing for fence class 😉

And hey! I’ll be on stage next year! Wanna see? Hahahhah!

  • Considering going back to school like Tina Grant is normal. Hence, the several courses and classes I took and plan to take one in the future. Wish me luck on this one!
  • Yes! I am on the way preparing my pension plan! Fortunately, I’m not one of sandwich generation people (ones who have financial obligation for their aging parents and offspring. in Indonesia, this is a common thing). Thus, i’m consindering another type of investment. Big deal for me.
  • And Lisa Hoffman wrote! Do STRENGTH TRAINING! You don’t have to sign up for gym. Yoga mat, two barbels, you’re good to go! I religously did this when I was preparing marathon! i have to do it again!
  • Reconnect with old friends. As Sophrania Scott wrote, call your friends and tell you love them. This what I did last few months. I met up with them again. People come and go, but you need to stay in touch with people who know you since you were young. But no, I didn’t tell them I love them 😀
  • And so on and so on

I would suggest you to read this book when you turn 38! Honestly 😉

Oh well, the big four is coming up in a blink of eyes!

The Thought

It has been the third time for less than one year, i dreamt about you. Knowing you for just a year, but it changed many point of view. And still continue, even you’re not there anymore.

The “susah move on” is a true phrase after all.

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!

From Viswas Mudagal’s Linkedin

Taking a career break or sabbatical is not a sin. The culture of looking down on people with career gaps should stop. Period.

Many have asked me to write about this topic, for they are facing discrimination inspite of having genuine reasons to take a break. This is unfortunate. What we should assess is the capability, skill & attitude of candidates rather than rejecting them because of gaps.

Should we just work till we retire? Should there be nothing else in life apart from earning salaries & leading a dull life? Why should we frown upon people who want to go on an uncharted journey, to work at an NGO, to act in theatre or to live in the wild? You should be appreciating their guts to follow their dreams.

Why can’t people quit to take care of their children/family when in need? It’s the most human thing to do, no?

Let’s not set a culture where we tell people how to live. Let everyone be free to tell in interviews that they took a break for a reason. There is nothing wrong. Tell them to judge you on the skills required for the job, that’s what really matters right?

For all hiring managers/recruiters-next time you see someone with a gap. Don’t just reject their resumes. Understand why? Respect their choices in life.


PS-share with folks who need to hear this.

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?

This Sunday

Well ya, start with 1 hour 30 mins run with BTR, of course!

That little tiny guy is 3 months! Can you guess which one is his mother? :))

Anyway, my friend Nola, comes from Kyoto. her father is sick, very sick! Since I was free this afternoon and the hospital is not too far from Bintaro, I visited her. just to cheer her up and bring her Indonesia food. She must miss either Bakmi GM, Sate, Nasi Padang and alike. 😉

She was my classmate in high school. after losing her husband due to kidney failure, she continues her school (and life!) to Japan and stay there. I haven’t seen her for at least 3 years then.

Catch up each other life, what is like to live in Japan (and Kyoto!!) and stuff.

I rather not talking about what happen with her dad and how will the doctor treat him. It will be too frustating for her family.

I have personal issue right now and it’s nice talking about this issue with a friend who doesn’t see you in regular basis. they give you idea. Our conversation was interesting as well.

Just like what I said here, I need to see some people who know me when I was young(er) 😀

And hey Inong, she still remember you!