Thursday, January 22, 2015

Disneyland Anaheim

To explain further about the touristy pictures that I had for my USA trip posts, it was because my dad took the pictures. And it was as awkward for me to pose in front of him as for him to take pictures of my tights. Oh bless him. I asked him to take pictures of the closeups of my outfit that day in Disneyland and just then did I realise it must've been hard for him. And confusing. He must've thought why his daughter is addicted to take pictures of her own socks and tights?

Although, I can see he sort of enjoyed it. He likes photography, it's just that he never master it. That's why he bought cameras and lenses and stuff. When my sister lost her DSLR, I was like, "ASDFFK;LKJIBFIH!!!! Nu-uh you're not gonna get a new one." And before we know it, our dad has gotten her a new one. He was basically very generous about buying cameras. He was the one who accompanied me buying mine as well. And now that I'm eyeing for a new digicam, I might ask him *evil grin*.




























Top - Cotton Ink | Similar here
Skirt - H&M | Similar here or here
Tights - Forever 21 | Similar here
Bag - Cupcake | Similar here
Socks - Daiso | Similar here
Shoes - Antipodium for ASOS | Similar here
Sunglasses - Prada
Bracelet - Tealabel | Similar here

'Til next post!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

I have said it and I'll say it again. I love Hawaii. Too bad I didn't really go to the beach when I was there (and people be like, you went to Hawaii and didn't see the beaches!? What is wrong with you!?) But I promised myself, someday I'm gonna go back and give myself a week or two to enjoy the island because damn, look at those blue sky and water!


Iolani Palace

Pearl Harbour & USS Arizona Memorial









Nu'uanu Pali Lookout





Dress - COS | Similar here
Tank top - From Melbourne | Similar here
Shoes - Antipodium for ASOS | Similar here
Bag - Cupcake | Similar here
Sunglasses - Prada


On that day, we first went to Pearl Harbour and USS Arizona Memorial and learnt a bit of the history, which now I vaguely remember. I learnt about it in high school as well and I just knew the outline. It was cool, though. I'm very bias but the name U.S. Navy itself has its cool. Then, we went to Iolani Palace before having lunch and took (very touristy) pictures outside. After that, (okay I sound like I want to get this over with, but it's because I couldn't think of any better beautiful conjunction at 00:08) it was time for Nu'uanu Pali Lookout and the view was simply amazing. You can see the hills / mountains, the ocean, the city, the forests and the sky all at once. There wasn't much to do there, obviously, except looking at the mesmerising scene. Basically, if we usually see the planet Earth in sphere, it's like looking it in flat-3D perspective (I meant the blue and green building into one harmony). At the end of the day after we did all the touristy stuff, my family and I strolled in Kalakaua Avenue to do some shopping before heading to another city the next day. So stay tune on the blog to see the next destination (Disneyland Anaheim)!

'Til next post!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas!

First thing first, I would like to say Merry Christmas to all of you! It truly is the best time of year. It always brings up the spirit of happiness, laughter, warmth from most people. Christmas trees are decorated, streets are lit up with wonderful bright lights, Winter Wonderland is open, and one of my favourite things is the Christmas tunes are sang, played, continuously hummed from all over the place (even an oriental supermarket in Chinatown!)

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward for Christmas this year. This is the third time in three years I've celebrated Christmas in this most beloved (by everyone) city, London. And I was afraid that it might be my last one and that made me quite depressed. Of course someday I can come back to this amazing city during Christmas time for holiday, but it would never  be the same, wouldn't it? The feeling of celebrating it with your friends because your family is not here with you (hence your friends are your family away from home) is unbeatable. Therefore, on this post, I will write about "How To Celebrate Christmas (Especially When Public Transports are Closed on the Day Itself) With Your Mates?" (Yes, in London there are no public transports on the 25th of December, except taxis). This guide might be helpful for next year, guys!

"How To Celebrate Christmas (Especially When Public Transports are Closed on the Day Itself) With Your Mates?"
Step 1: Have friends (if you don't have, make friends--at least one of them should be able to cook).

Step 2: Create a Whatsapp / Line / BBM group to organise the party before the day.

Step 3: Decide whose house / flat you are gonna spend 3 days 2 nights in (24-26 December).

Step 4: Prepare extra beds, bed sheets, pillows, blankets and assign rooms (usually guys will take the living room with foldable beds and girls sleep in the bedroom on actual beds).

Step 5: Buy groceries on 23rd of December the latest (if you do it online you might want to think about delivery time). Book the turkey from a week before because it sold out fast. The party will start on the 24th at night so you need to prepare 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 supper, desserts and snacks accordingly.

What my friends (who can cook) prepared for us (who cannot cook) were beef burgers and fries. For supper on the 24th we ate rawon (Indonesian beef soup) and beef rendang. Lunch on the 25th itself was spaghetti bolognese with scones (+clotted cream + raspberry jam) as desserts. We saved the turkey for dinner and an addition to the roasted stuffed turkey was pork steak. We had chocolate molten lava puddings with vanilla ice cream as desserts. On the 26th (which is Boxing Day) my friend initially thought of making us sandwiches for brekkie but then we woke up late and rushed straight to Harrods to check out the sale.

Step 6: Buy a present(s) (budget is to be discussed with group) for exchanging-gifts-session. It is either you have Secret Santa (to give to a particular person that have been lot for beforehand)--this is for fixed amount of people who will come to the party--or Yankee Swap.

This year my friends and I agreed on Yankee Swap. We did it after dinner on Christmas day.

Step 7: Prepare games. The easiest one would be Charades. You don't have to have the cards, you can create your own words and everybody can guess. You can even make your own rules and it will be just as fun. What we played next was Mafia and Cards Against Humanity.

Step 8: Pick movies you bunch want to watch together. Home Alone 1 & 2 are probably the best picks and a must, then we watched Harry Potter (planned to have a marathon but lack of time), also stand up comedies like Russell Peters and Raditya Dika (Indonesian based). The movies can be played while eating or after meals.

Step 9: Agree on a dress code to make it more amusing. We chose to wear Christmas jumpers! :D

Step 10: Have a great loads of fun! Below are the pictures as proof.






We were so blessed with a stunning sunset view on Christmas day!


Pork steak on the left and roasted stuffed turkey on the right (the photos don't do justice!)



For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Might God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9 : 6

'Til next post! Have a blessed Christmas holiday, peeps!