book review : sebuah buku masak

Kemampuan masak saya, bisa dibilang di bawah  rata-rata air ya. Pas-pasan nyaris memprihatinkan. Waktu masih ada mama, ngga masalah banget, ada yang masakin. Selepas kepergian mama, masih ada bibi yang sempat ikut mama beberapa bulan sebelum mama berpulang. Jadi masakan mama masih ada yang bisa dia ikutin lah.

Bibi itu – sebagaimana asisten lain – ya suka suka aja pergi dan pulang. Tapi waktu dia pulang, dia sempat lah bikin stok makanan dulu. Jadi pas dia pulang, saya either beli catering atau manasin masakan blio.

Awal tahun ini, blio for good balik. Sudah terlalu tua juga. Sayapun langganan catering. Tapi lama-lama bosan ya. Coba pesan via Go Food deh, restoran favorite dekat rumah. Lama-lama yaa…bosan juga. Akhirnya saya harus keluar dari rasa malas.  selama ini ada sih buku-buku punya alm mama dulu, cuma ngga sreg ya.

Untungnya era digital sekarang, banyak banget ibu-ibu yang berbagi resep favorite keluarga mereka. Salah satunya @xanderskitchen.  Ternyata blio bikin buku dan saya memutuskan membeli. Tetap saja ya, when it comes to cooking, pegang step-by-step via buku lebih enak. hahahah.

Ihiy, biar masih di bawah rata-rata air, lumayanlah. I cooked some for my lunch box too. Kuberasa jagoan!

 

Some of my cooking

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Ayam Betutu! First time bikin!

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Daku berasa finalis master chef!

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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?

la dolce far niente

Dua tahun lalu saya posting ini, ringkasan percakapan between me and my old friend. Teman dekat banget sih engga juga, but he’s one of those who happened to be there in each of my milestone.

Minggu lalu, kita kumpul lagi. Rencana berempat, Liz ngga bisa datang. mendadak ke dokter. Buat saya pribadi, ketemu mereka kayak terapi lah. makanya saya suka banget quote ini :

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Sometimes having coffee with friend is the only therapy you need

Berteman lebih dari separuh umur (dari SMA kelas 2) mereka kan ngerti, saya dulu ngapain aja, salah-benernya dimana, naksir siapa, berantem sama siapa, kayak gitu gitu deh :))

Anyway, seperti yang saya tulis di situ, Don had his Doctorate in Bologna, Italy.

Kemaren ngobrol sana sini, tiba-tiba saya ingat, saya ngga pernah ngeh Don dulu kuliah apaan, terus ngapain aja. I even skipped the fact, he also lived in London for two years. Yang saya ingat, dia ngga jadi kasih oleh-oleh dari Italy karena tasnya kebuang :)) itu yang saya “ungkit” terus sampe 8 tahun kemudian.

Ya sudahlah, dia cerita waktu di Italy jalan-jalan kemana saja. Kalau saya ada rejeki ke Eropa lagi, saya ingin banget balik ke negara ini sama papa (well ya, beside for London for the Marathon)

3 yr old me and mom in Trevi Fountain

Banyak yang bilang sih, kalau ke Italy, ya khusus di negara itu saja. Sangat menarik di setiap kota walaupun sovereign risk nya tinggi. #halah. Diselamatkan oleh keagungan Romawi. Konon kalau ke Spanyol juga gitu sih. Don also told us, how laid back the people are. They do art of doing nothing, il dolce far niente. Kalau orang Jepang kesana bisa stress kali saking laid back nya.

Tiga tahun menuntut ilmu di negara itu, tentu Don sudah  kemana mana, bahkan sampai ke selatan tempat mafioso. ish kesel dengarnya. orang banting tulang belajar dia masih bisa jalan jalan lulus nilai memuaskan pulak, sampai profesornya menawarkan untuk ngajar di salah satu universitas di Eropa situ! Some people…. dasar otak encer!

So he came up with these cities kalau saya mau liburan 2 minggu.

Dengan rincian,

Masuk Italy ke Milan, keluar dari Rome. Penerbangan dari Indonesia (ntah transit mana) bisa masuk dari 1 kota lagi, tapi saya lupa.

Milan 2 malam

Venice 1 malam – tapi kalau bisa mampir Verona yang femes dengan cerita  Romeo and Julliet

Florence 2 malam – naik pesawat ke …

Napoly 2 malam

Rome 3 malam

Spare 2 malam di jalan. Yah nasib, cuti Banyak ngga bisa sebulan diambil :))

Besoknya, hari Senin. hari kejepit nasional. Suasana seperti hari Jumat. Saya browsing donk, berapa lama naik kereta between those cities. Sebaiknya apa yang dilihat lebih dahulu, ke menara Pisa dari Florence gimana, dll dll. Semangattttt banget, macam ada budget buat jalan jalan lagi. Tapi kan kalau ngayal harus detail ya! Pas kejadian kita tahu harus ngapain, lebih mudah eksekusi rencana! Sepakat kita?

Cetak cetek tuts komputer heboh lalu..

Bossku saya ke meja

Bellissimo!!!!

Ketahuan ngga kerja!

Race recap : Mandiri Jogja Marathon 2018

Collect memories..

What I did : Down load a 16-week-Full Marathon plan on which, time based. Not Distance Based.

What I didn’t do : exercise what training plan said. I didn’t religiously follow my TP, yet, this was the worst.  Only 40% of it…more or less.  My knee and heel were still hurt as I didn’t finish my therapy. Secondly, I forgot to cut my toe nails. More about this later.

What I did my best:  On longest run, I only clocked 18K for 3 hours run. I knew, I can’t finish tis race in the next 3 weeks. So, I planed to stop at Km 24. Why 24? keep reading! hahahaha.  However, H-7 from Sunday to Friday, I had beet juice everyday. I always consume Beet Juice before big race.

And owh, I was also interviewed by local TV. After introduction, like how many marathon I have done, when was the last time, he asked

BTR Interview 🎤 . #bintarotrojanrunners #taping #interview #bintaro

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Q : Gimana nih mbak? Waktu di Berlin kan dingin, nanti Jogja kan panas

me : Ya, latihannya mulai siang mas. Saya mulai jam 7 biar terbiasa panas.

#pencitraanitupenting. Padahal sik, gw telat bangun terus.  

Anyway, here’s the review:

  • I stayed in Maliboro which is far from Prambanan. When I was about to leave the hotel, #2 said “Jangan DNF ya bun” hiks…I felt bad from myself.
  • Arrived at 3.30 pm in Prambanan area, prepared for Subh Pray. But the Musholla was small and packed with runners already.  Subuh Time was 4.25 while FM Gun Off at 4.45. I have to be quick, I found another tent next to musholla,where the comittee work.  Asking permisision. They said yes. Save my time, thank you Committee.
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Just Arrived at Prambanan

  • Run Frantically to starting Pen. It was quite far, I think I took the wrong entry point. Meh. Saw noboby familiar later…saw Eri.
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before gun Off

  • Gun fired at exactly 4.45 am for Full Marathon (and 45 mins later for Half Marathon). We ran thru village area, when local just started their day after Subuh Pray. Women just about to clean the house, kids just back from Mosque, things like that. It was still dark and the illumination was great.
  • I was doing fine in my opinion, at least with this injured knee and heel.  Like I told you here, I’m no longer pace 8 runner. It dropped to 10 even 11 during normal run! As I maintain under 9mins/km is achievement for me. I – as always – talked to other runners to kill the boredom. I saw a young man with JogMar 2017 finisher tee, I asked him whether we would run with same route as last year. He said yes. then I told him  “saya plan berhenti abis candi deh Mas. kurang latihan nih”. He replied “Candi nanti mbakkkk, mau finish. Finishin aja!”njisss
  • Btw, unlike any other local race, there were Check Point Cut Off Time every 6K, with 2 hours time frame. So I planned to stop at Km 24 — ya biar orang-orang tau saya ambil FM! bahahahhah. Lemah aja masih pamer!
  • We took left turn on the way to Km 8, and cheered by local. It was fun, even the Pak Camat was there to cheer the runners with gamelan. This point forward, we really ran in village area. Sampai lewatin kuburan segala lho.
  • This was the view, blue sky, white cloud and a mountain! RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! Masya ALLAH, my lens can’t capture its beauty.

can you see the mountain?

  • Btw, the support system was sufficient. Water Stations were adequate, water, isotonic and even banana every 3KM. However, it was sooo hot that I needed a COLD SODA. Saw a warung (pa-ma conventional store) and yelled “Ibu….ada Coca Cola ngga?” and she said yes! Haleluya! Of course, I brought money with me.
  •   Later in Km 14, I found it hard to catch my breath and I was running with a guy and he said “ya kan rute-nya nanjak terus mbak sampai Km 19! habis itu turun! makanya tadi gunung Merapi kan depan kita?” heyakkkkkk
  • I forgot in which Km, I bought another bottle of cold soda.
  • Before Km 19, we made a left turn and the marshal said..”hayo mbak semangat! turunan semua” They didn’t lie. It was down hill…RUN FAT  GIRL RUN!!!!! and I could catch my breath again.
  • It was far before 8.45 am, the cut off time for Km 24 (4 hours after gun off). I wanted to stop, but the marshal said “terus lari saja. Masih lama bus pengangkutnya“. She told me to keep going, I tried! I kept going. Oh heck, why didn’t I give it a try. I asked myself.   We were passing a very small – kampung – road. Probably a short cut.
  • I stopped a while to buy…yes, another Soda! I saw two runners. One, suffered from serious blister. He tried to find bandage/handyplast for the last 10K, medic didn’t supply. The other, was just tired. I gave my drink to him, so he’d get the energy from the sugar. In case you’re wondering, taking sweet drink is considered ok during endurance activity.
  • I walked the moment I crossed Km 25 marker. I felt slightly cramp in my left calf.  yes, yes yes!!!! My marathon drama has ALWAYS been in KM 25! Didn’t I write it down what to bring on my virgin marathon? I couldnt find the medic, as I needed a spray for pain reliever. I cursed, for the FOURTH TIME, yes FOURTH! I didn’t prepare a pain reliever. And my feet were hurt, gesekan kuku kaki dengan sepatu lari sangat tidak nyaman. That’s why, do cut your toe nails  before the race.
  • Then the guy with blister pained passed me, and lend me the spray. Thank you! He left me! “jrit….musti lari donk gw ngejar dia?”  I tried my best to return his spray, he was wearing Telkomsel Jersey so I called “Mas Telkomsel….ini spray nya” so he would slow down! ahahahhahaha.
  • we passed  paddy field. Since I was exhausted, unlike my Bali Marathon, I didn’t took any picture during the race. I’ve to took one! A marshal saw me and took my picture with her partner. jiahahahaha.
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    with a marshal

  • I remembered, I haven’t take any picture with Km Marker! huh!

A proof I didn’t stop at Km 24

  • My sister called me, checking my where-about or whether I still alive or not.
  • From this point, I entirely walked.Cried for tukang ojek  (joking!) , couldn’t find one. Then regroup  with some young men from Bandung. One was extremely tired, he was injured. His name is Andreas it was his first FM. We walked until the end of the road before I saw…..
  • OH yeah, my Garmin said it was 9.50 am! I cant continue the race! They have to open the road!

5 mins too late

  • “maaf mbak, tidak bisa lanjut!” The other  DNF runners cheered me up, one of the girls said “Jangan kecewa ya mbak!”(YA KECEWA GIMANA, GW UDAH MAU SELESAI DI KM 24 sih!!!) . tentu saja dalam hati! GIlak apa orang ngomong baik baik gw bentak. bahahahhahah
  • On the bus which was provided to pick the DNF to start point, Andreas said “Duh sedih banget mbak, ini FM pertama saya!” Tante Kiky langung kesel dengernya “Ih NGAPAIN LOE SEDIH! BANYAK WAKTU LOE! GW AJA UDAH TUA SANTAI AJA!Benerin dulu tuh kaki, latihan yang bener! Race masih banyak, ada Bromo, Lombok atau Singapur sekalian” I bet if he read my blog he’ll said “LOOK WHO IS TALKING!” bahahahhahah.
  • Later I know, Eri didn’t finish his Marathon either. He was also picked up earlier by the bus in Km 30! Jiahahahahahahah. So we took pictures holding virtual medal!

DNF  Runners!

This is what the elevation for Full Marathon Jogja Marathon looks like.

FINAL NOTE

Although I couldn’t nail my fourth marathon, I said this race was great. Water Supply was abundant, marshals were great, view was amazing and a very nice Jogja People. This race has passed Bali Marathon as my #1 favorite local race. Yes, it was hot, yes road is narrow, dan banyak yang komplain jalanan ngga rata, belok-belok, etc. Tapi, teman kami Valas justru dapat Personal BEST TIME di race ini, bukan di Berlin 2016 yang lalu. So, intinya LATIHAN SAMA SEPERTI MERPATI -TIDAK AKAN AKAN INGKAR JANJI!Saya tidak kecewa saya gagal, saya sadar saya ngga latihan. Tapi ada rasa gantung deh, ngga finish FM, apalagi terakhir FM sudah 3 tahun. Ingin sign up FM next semester (jeda 6 bulan dengan 4 bulan latihan) I still searching the even. But, I still want clear up this unfinished business! Come back to Jogja Next April to run another FM…only…and if ONLY…..

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I try my luck for the third time!

only if  failed the ballot for 2019 (also in April)

Kansai Trip : melancong ke Kobe

Yes, the city not Bryant #krik

Musim semi sudah mau kelar, catper musim dingin belum selesai juga. Saya sih masih niat rampungin catatan.

Anyway, jalan jalan di Jepang ini tidak sulit sebetulnya although you dont speak/read Japanese. Ada di google semua, it’s really in your finger trip.m

Karena 5 Januari adalah Jumat pertama di tahun 2018 dan #pencitraanitupenting, saya bikin jadwal untuk sholat Jumat di Kobe Mosque, the oldest mosque in Japan!

Sekalian menepi, Osaka is a big city and I have enough with big city! Ich habe die Nase voll!  :(( On weekdays, hidup saya aman sampai jam 8.30 am, the moment I arrive at Palmerah station, setelah itu senewen dengan rentetan klakson, debu dan macet! Rasanya ingin kulempar bom molotov.

Ok balik lagi. Hari itu hujan di Osaka. trip dari Namba harus pindah stasiun. Stasiun yaaaaa bukan pindah jalur macam di Stasiun Manggarai! Sudah sampai stasiun yang dituju, as usual saya ngga percaya diri, tetep lagi nanya ke orang lokal. Cem waktu di Fussen lah.

“Sumimasen…this train goes to Kobe?” Sambil nunjuk hp ke 3 orang ibu lansia yang sedang berdiri dekat pintu. They said “haik”

Dari Osaka Station ke Kobe Sannomiya Station butuh sekitar 30 menit with 5 stops.

Ngga lama, saya dapat duduk, setelah setengah perjalanan, salah seorang ibu itu nyamperin saya.

Obasan (an older female) : &@?;$@:@: *then her fingers formed V-sign* she explained to me Kobe will be another two stations.

Saya (yang sudah mengerti 2 stops lagi sampi Kobe dari google map tetap harus komen ramah donk. Namanya juga saya tamu )!

Haik

Wakarimasita ( I understand)

Domu Arigato Ghozaimasu (thank you very much)

Matane Kudasai (see you!)

Obasan : Nihongo jyouzu desune (you speak good japanese). And she gave me thumb up.
Nyiahahahahahha! Kuingin ambil phD di Waseda University rasanya!

On the train to KOBE

Sampai di Kobe, begitu ingin keluar stasiun, ada petugas manggil saya. Kasih peta! Service Excellence kali! Our southeast Asia look with me wearing jilbab! Ukhti ini  mau ke mesjid pasti! Mungkin begitu batin si petugas.

When the officer gave me the map, he explained in Japanese. Gw ho-oh aja

Rainy Kobe

Dua minggu sebelum ke sini, saya liat Instastory-nya Een, teman kuliah saya yang tinggal di KL. Kota ini tampak menarik di mata saya, namanya juga kota pelabuhan. Pasti ada asimilasi budaya, etc

Jalan ke mesjid sendiri nanjak dan angin musim dingin ini kok ngga santai yesss!

Rainy Kobe, can you see the hill?

 

 

While papa dan #2 sholat Jumat, kami nunggu di kafe dekat situ. Saya minta ijin mau nunggu agak lama. Saya ketik bahasa Inggris di hp untuk diterjemahkan ke bahasa Jepang biar yang punya kafe mgga keberatan saya nunggu lama di situ.

 

View Outside

Mana lagi hujan, suasana kafe-nya santai, view keluar juga bagus…bweuh, kalo saya penulis novel pasti sudah bikin cerita romens Menunggu di Kobe.

Setelah sholat, kami buru buru cari restoran…tentunya Kobe Steak! Aheyy! Kenapa musti buru buru, karena last order tuh jam 14.30 lalu jam 3 restoran tutup sampai jam 6 sore baru buka lagi.

Kobe Steak

 

 

Halal Restaurant

Inside Mesjid Kobe

 

Rainy Kobe

Since it was raining, I cancelled my initial plan to stroll around harbor area, jump in Giant Ferris Wheel.  It was two degrees Celsius and extremely cold for tropical kids (with the wrong clothes.

Long Story short, ya sudah langsung kembali ke Osaka.

I finally spend time in the famous Dountoburi and snapped a pic of me with the famous Glico Man.

The Famous Glico Man

Eh giling yaa di sini, every other two people I met speak Indonesia! Banyak bettttt sis sis IG yang buka Jasa Titip! Berasa di Pasar Baru!

Short Trip : Empat Hari di Jogja

And it was aweeeeesome!

Last weekend I was in Jogja again, with family and extended ones. Taking Taksaka Train on Friday with Tina, 7 hrs++ journey arrived before dawn. Check in Whizz Premier Malioboro right in front of the Jogja Train Station (I booked from Friday so I can check earlier). Why I choose this hotel? it was designed by my little sister (proud big sister here!) The details are sooo….her!

anyway, take a walk to Mal Malioboro and….reunited with Oki, Reza..to have breakfast in

How we start our Saturday

TGw, Tina and the boys berangkat naik kereta. tapi beda kereta gitu, gw salah booking, harusnya Argo Luwu – departed 30 mins earlier. Dari masih di Gambir, si Oki udah ribut aja mau makan sego pecel.

Anyway, in that warung-makan there were many visitors with XXX Finisher written on their shirt! own, runners who were just arrived! I happen to meet a familiar face too.

Long story short, after (almost) all  Trojans arrived in Jogjakarta, we had luncheon in Bu Ageng (again!)

BTR CARBOLAODING

Then, repeating what we did in Jogja last July, of course....IL Tempo Del Gelato

BTR SUGAR LOADING

Salted Caramel and Mint

Can’t get enough of this!

Then check out a coffee shop

EKOLOGI

It’s 8Km away from Tempo Gelato, didn’t  know why we picked this place. reunited with my sister who just arrived at 2 pm. The we go back to hotel.

Why Trojans was in Jogja? For the marathon of course!!! like I told you here, I signed up for FM

verdict : I didn’t finish my race! Evacuated in Km 30 (it’s in my Instagram)! Still, I’ll write a recap!

Ah, after the race, I managed to visit some coffee shop, including:

Kafe 80’s Bocor Alus

A unique coffee shop, outskirt of Jogja. They play  80’s music and vintage things as interior.

On The Next Day, with a rented car, I took my kids to see the one of Unesco Heritage site. The famous Buddhist Temple, Candi Borobudur.

Little confession, last time I was here, I was 10 years old! My stupid mistake, I didn’t check how much cash I have left! Fortunately, I can pay the entrance fee IDR 40,000/ per person with debit card.

however, I couldn’t took a guide with us! BIG MISTAKE! When it comes to historic site, I preferred paying a guide rather than taking countless selfies! Uang di dompet tinggal 80,000 gitu. Berapa sih wajarnya bayar guide gitu? Asa ngga tega kasih 50,000 doank. Waktu di Gua Sunyiragi kan site-nya kecil ya.  Duh, nyesel sampe sekarang.

Borobudur

The Stupa

Mein Lieblingsbild von Borobudur

Still as beautiful as I remembered it.

When we were about to leave site complex, I decided to rent old car that could take you around the village, via Bukit Manoreh. I wonder why I am so familiar with the name?

Candi Borobudur at the back

The car took us around the village and stopped at ATM Mandiri :)) I asked him too. IDR 150,000/car for 30 mins ride. It was so-so. You can skip it.

Another stoped, Candi Mendut

Candi Mendut

Built in the same era with Borobudur, another Buddhist Temple. Entrance fee is cheap IDR 3,000/person.

Had lunch in Kopi Rolas! oh whyy oh why Telur Goreng Crispy itu enak banget!!!!

Bahagia itu Sederhana

Back to Jogja, strolling around Malioboro.

HI mister! Where do you come from?

Local kids, trying to practice their limited English with foreigner. The couple from UK, overheard 😉

My plan to end the day, was waiting for  the sunset in Candi Ijo. The hidden gem in eastern Jogja, up in the hill…between heaven and earth. Unlike previous two temples we visited earlier, this is Hindu Temple, the same site with Prambanan.

Candi Ijo

Mikir Gaji kapan naik #curhat

Too bad it was cloudy. but I love this place, the hill breeze, over look the airport and I wonder it was Monday but still a lot of local visitors (let alone Borobudur! phewww) But that’s good though!

Entrance fee for this site is  IDR 5,000/person and it close at 6 pm. Along the way, you can stop at the new tourism site, Tebing Breksi.  I didn’t stop by.

The next day, before bidding this city good bye, I took recovery walk. Kak Indah managed to seeme then we had breakfast in kaki lima, not too far from Monumen Tugu.

Tuesday Morning

My #1 turn 14 that day, that’s why we flew home on Tuesday.  For her birthday, she wanted to wake up somewhere not in her home :)) Ah, ABG jaman now

Btw, the seller, the lady is in her 80’s, has selling Lupis, Batok,Cendil, Ketan etc since dutch colonial era. Pakai nomor antri lho belinya. Tapi ngga lama banget sih.

Terima Kasih Jogja, kamu memang Istimewa!

Race recap : Powerman Indonesia 2018

My labil relationship with this event. Last year, I was suffering from heavy cough for the past 2 weeks before D Day and thinking not to show up.

Well this year, my right knee and heel were hurt. I’m still suffering from Plantar :-/

On Saturday, when friends checked their bike in and I was away. Then my sister offered to bring the bike and all the bibs to Mal Alam Sutra, where the event was, so I can check the bike in. I  was in doubt, but manage to check my bike in. Oh, we had to leave our bike on the transition area D-1.

Bike Check In D-1

Went home, prepare bidon, helmet, Soy Joy (for fueling), unfortunately i cant find my bib holder.

Slept early, picked up my sister and at 4 am -club hoppers pun belum pulang clubbing – we arrived at the parking lot then realize

E ya ampun, gw ngga bawa sepatu lari!!!!

I didn’t bring my running shoes! PS: this is a dualthon event, run-bike-run.

Go bare foot! Suggested my sister, of course it’s impossible. My heel could got worst

“Hahaha, kasihan amat nganterin gw race doank”

“Na,a I wont!”

#panas nih gw ceritanya

Then I (we) asked in BTR Whatsapp group anyone bring extra pairs. Alhamdulilah, rejeki anak pemalas race tapi daftar terus, Acha brought extra pair. Her shoes is Asics Gel Kayano, the same type with mine, although it’s one size bigger. the heck, I’m gonna walk anyway.

Prepare our things in transition area, lucky I brought extra socks! thick one. This is why I’m writing recap, to review what work and what doesn’t. Last year it was raining hard during the event, I was suffering blister since running with wet socks. i didn’t bring extra pair.

Then we went to Starting Pen, reunite with other athletes including Ko Eddy, fly all the way from Medan.

On Starting Pen

gun off should be 5.30 am but a force majeur it was postponed for another 30 mins, with the Elite Athletes start first – then clasic – then last short.

short Distance 5Km Run – 30K bike – 5K run, while Classic is double that distance. Ones who participate in Short Distance either newbie or aiming Age Group podium or just having fun like many of us.

Here’s my story

  • You may get bored if I’m writing this, but my endurance has been dropped for the past two years, I’m no longer pace 8 runners. During my practice it went into 10-12! Yet, I managed to do it below 9”. I’m not gonna push myself.
  • last year, I was thinking DNF in Km 2 hahhah, This year I decided to run the whole. Unless emergency happens.
  • Running track was along the Park not too far from the Mall, it’s a U-turn track, I usually hate, but not in this race. Knowing I was one of the last runners, either my friends or me-myself cheering each other. Yaaa semacam artis jumpa fans!

  • on Km 2 or something, a runner slightly hit me from the back “Daaa Faaaa….eh, hi Tom” #akrab. It was Thomas Bruins, trying to win the race (again).  He was the winner last year, and I think ones in Malaysia as well. Running track in the park was narrow, it was difficult to overpass slow runner in front of you. So does the bike track- later on this one.
  • make u-turn in Km 3 then I saw Classics Participant on the other side. No more short distance ones
  • weather was still oke when I finished first run leg. friends cheering me up, thank you bebs!
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FINISH FIRST RUN LEG Pic by Tine

  • of course, My bike was the only one left in the transition area :)) jajahahahahahha. At least in my row. I took a bite or two of Soy Joy for refueling! dont forget to do this! I also forgot to set up helmet, bla bla bla. Tips for me : put your helmet, and hand glove on the bike instead of laying down on the floor.  Taro di stang sepeda dibandingkan di lantai. Gerakan lebih efektif and ngga pegel bungkuk2x
  • walking out transition area, Yippe! My favorite leg! I Always Look Good on the wheel #selfclaimed. Bike track at the other side of Alam Sutra CBD, not passing IKEA of you’re wondering.
  • I’m familiar with the track, of course. I can handle the speed bump

“you no Anak Tangsel, know nothing about this!”

#Pongah. Jadi berhubung saya pernah latihan di sini menjelang Ambarukmo, agak ingat sama speed bump and how to handle.

  • then I hear noise from my bike then muttered “Sianjissssss…..baru ingat, terakhir servis sepeda ya…pas Mau ambarukmo! Terakhir latihan sepeda awal bulan Maret” doh! Last time I serviced my bike was on July, last time I ride my bike was on March. And, I never do Brick Practice (run first then bike) for this event! Ya udhalah kalo yaaa pecah ban ya wassalam!
  • Track lead us to Living World mall, then housing complex. the 5K Alam Sutra Loop. The negative part, it wasn’t sterile like one in CBD area, people, motor cycle, cars are crossiing. it’s their home anyway.
  • then I talked to myself, I survived Parang Tritis Hill, I have to survive here! My training ground (well ya, for the long run, barely for the bike heheheh)
  • in Km 8, I saw a familiar figure

“Well, hello little sister!”

  • She gave me “meh” look. it was her first time wearing cleat (bike shoes, it’s firmly attached to the pedal, easy to fall if you cant handle it) I’m so proud of her though.
  • I love U-turn, balik arah, berasa keren lah! Not in Km 10 though. Road is narrow, I was slowing down my bike. Many many fast riders ask their way

“keep Left!!” They yelled

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Not all have bad manner, many are still polite. jujurly, terlepas dari race ini, kadang gw suka suka kesel liat yang sepedahan di binloop atau alam sutra. Terutama hari kerja. Lampu merah dilawan. Orang mau nyebrang pas lampu merah diteriakin karena mereka mau kebut-kebutan. Sering sampai maki-maki. Padahal mereka yang main motong- ngga ada beda sama anak alay naik motor ngga punya Helm sim apalagi. Cari apa ya? Pujian di Strava – wow – kencang-banget? Di endorse? Ngerti sih mereka orang ada (read: tajir) sepeda lebih mahal dari Avanza, sudah boss yang ngga perlu datang pagi, tapi respect orang juga lah yang harus cari nafkah pagi-pagi berangkat kantor. Kan bikin kampanye #sharetheroad

  • anyway…before heading back to Living World I asked my way,  “misi massss mau nyalip”. That cyclist gave me his way and I passed him. Then he said “Eh mbak kiky, speed tukang somay aja mbak” Eh, sapa tuh? Well, He is my colleague, we managed to have conversation before fast cyclists asked their way. The track was only enough for two cyclists side by side. Kalau mau speed KangSomay ato sepeda hias, you have to keep on the left.  Then I left Adhi.
  • my Garmin said 31 mins when I saw 14K mark, oke then I can do it it one hour or so, shorter than 1 hr 30 mins. Barely practice, I was aiming 22Kph min but I can stay at 26.
  • 30 K in Alam Sutra requires two loops, on the second loop,after passing Mal Alam Sutra, I stopped to have my biddon fueled. I prepared water and honey previously as I  need the sugar for the energy.

Mind my big fat body I love this pic. By Cieko

  • on Km 20, slightly before making U-turn, I saw familiar figure again

“duluan ya manis” I greeted Acha.

She gave me ugly look!Hahahahahahahha and this become the jokes later.

  • To make story shorts, near Km 30, I slowed down the bike. gw ingat ada yang kasih tips, untuk melambatkan sepeda menjelang transisi. Inget terus juga sama yang kasih nasehat sih #eaaaa #curhatmbaknya
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Done with bike leg, taking my bike shoes off. Pic by Hifdzi

  •  Alhamdulilah no Drama on the wheels! Finish bike leg. Going to transisiton area again, changes my socks, it was wet since I took my bike shoes off and the carpet was wet.
  • now the hardest part of the event! My hate and hate relationship with running after cycling.Nih pantat berat benerrrr
  • well, it was 8 am, matahari surely lagi lucu lucunya. Back to the park again
  • I saw Cieko with his camera

“FOTO gw ada nggga CIEKKKK”

“Ada ah banyak”

“Awas kalo ngga ada! Gw jegal loe di Kereta”

cieko naik kereta juga kalo ngga bike to work.

  • well hell. Walk walk walk. saw many participant suffering cramp. i didn’t consume salt stick though. i ate lots of seaweed previous days, my friend said it’s a natural MSG.
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Pic by Princess Ayu

  • the last 100 meters was hard...Gusti! Kok ndak sampe sampe sih. I saw mas Danny who already finished hours ahead me

“Lari gih dikit lagi”

“Bareng”

“Ogah”

“Cih!”

Sempet sempetnya ngomel gw

  • and ternyata…iya finish line pas belok. With BTR crews cheering me up!!

“Acha ama Yola mana? “

“Behind me”

“Dasar alay! Labil, males latihan, selese juga”

Guilty as charge. i know. that’s why I chose short distance :))

Here, some of the pics

Short Distance Duathlete!

Left : 2017 BSD under heavy rain Right: Alam Sutra under schorching sun

Dan emang gw niat banget foto sama Mas Tom.

hope you enjoy this year race under hot sunny day of Alam Sutra ya mas #akrab.

See you next year!

oh, here’s the convo later on!

If you guys wondering my Jersey…yes the same with last yest. together with the pants were designed to accommodate hijabers who want to do Triathlon. I’ve tried the pants during my swim. not yet with the jersey. my friend Yanti (a catholic Indonesia-German lady married to an Australian) designed this! How thoughtful of her!