Monday, March 2, 2015

How Do You Describe Yourself in One Word?

In my business trip in the Philippines, the facilitator asked us (participants) to describe him/herself in ONE word.

Turned out, the one with same description or same hobby would be seated together.
No one came close to how I describe myself. So the person I seated with, actually we had nothing in common!!

So, how did I describe myself?
I'm 37 and I still don't know how to explain myself in one word.

Here's what crossed in my mind:

  • I can't describe myself physically like "tall" "pretty" or "sexy". Yeah right, I got compliments years ago, by female and male, but I think I'm too old for that. And it was a professional meeting, I can't write that! (Anyway, I'm not THAT pretty. I realized that LOL).
  • "singer"? I love to sing and I can sing very well, but I'm not a performer. So I won't describe myself as a singer.
  • I was thinking about "material girl" but that would be not appropriate :)
  • I don't like to read, don't like to study and love to browsing about unimportant things, I should write "shallow" probably. 
  • I should write "environmentalist" but to be honest I still don't ride public transportation and don't compost my organic waste, so I think I'm still far from that title. 
  • I can't write "two cancer survivor" because people would be sorry for me. No way. And that would be 3 words instead of one. 
  • Too bad "makeup freak" is 2 words. Otherwise I'd write that.
So...I describe myself as a 'catlady' and nobody there liked cats. I ended up sit with one nice lady who described herself as 'civil servant'. I'm a civil servant. That's close :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Some Makeup Tips

Note: I'm not a pro, just want to share what I've done in years

I was little bit late weeks ago, didn’t have much time to apply makeup and only wore makeup base, little eyeliner and eyebrow pencil. (Yesterday I was late too, didn’t apply any makeup accept makeup base, it was disaster I looked like a sick person). When I was heading to my desk, a friend from another unit commented on my lipstick and we talked on makeup, and because I didn’t wear much I told them “please come to my unit’s meeting room and play with some makeup”

I left 2 blushes, many lipstick colors, 1 eyeshadow (4 colors), 2 lip liners, 1 liquid eyeliner and 2 pencil eyeliners in my office drawer –hey I’m a makeup freak- and brought 1 Mustika Ratu blush, 2 eyeliner (liquid and pencil), 1 eyelash curler, 1 Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express.
Then the ladies came to the meeting room and I tought them some tricks.

I’m not saying I’m an expert, but I’ve been wearing makeup regularly since I was collage girl, so I have 18 years of experience.
I’m old huh

While everyone’s skin tone, facial shape and taste are different, there are some universal things I guess.

  • Some people has warm, some has cold skin tone. Warm skin tone looks good with gold, brown, green colors and cold tone looks good with purple, blue, pink shades. Mine is cold tone. How do I know that? Easy. I got compliments every time I wear pink. Well, most of the time.
  • You can wear bright, unnatural color to your face, but keep your FACE color and EYEBROW shape (and color) natural.
  • Makeup base is important if you want flawless and fresh look. Everyone’s taste on foundation and powder might be different: some like it light, some like it heavy and full covered, but always test it on YOUR FACE, not on the back of your hand. And look for one or half shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
  • Some loose powder, like MAC, can turn darker after worn, so choose a shade lighter.
  • I believe in expensive makeup base. Most of the time they don’t cake and has variants of colors.

  •  I still don’t get the ultraexpensive-lipstick thing. It’s the lips not the lipstick. (I wrote this because I can't afford them LOL)
  •  If you want to experiment with crazy vivid bright color, try sample size lipsticks from Sophie Martin. They offer cute supersmall 3 finishes sample lip colors (shiny, matte, and pearly).
  • I rarely wear lipgloss, I don’t know why I don’t like them. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

  • For those who need eyebrow coloring, I love Etude Drawing Eyebrow in dark brown or Revlon dark brown eyebrow pencil.
  •  Unless you’re red-headed, don’t use reddish-brown eyebrow pencil. One famous cosmetic brand (V1va) is known for its eyebrow pencil, but I don’t like it because its reddish shade.
  • Keep the shape as natural as possible.
  •  It’s easier to apply liquid eyeliner on upper eye and pencil on bottom eye. Probably for most people it’s easier to have only 1 pencil eyeliner, so it’s not applicable for everyone. Right now my favorite is PAC pencil eyeliner in black.
  • Everyone with glasses can wear dark smoky eyes every day. Or probably it’s just me :D

Last(s) but not least:
  • If you do dark eyes, wear neutral lipstick. If you wear red lipstick, don’t wear smoky eyes. Errr…I do dark eye and bright lips actually, but I’m wearing glasses J (please refer to previous sentences)
  •  Look at the mirror and always trust your judgment. If it looks ugly, probably you’re doing it wrong.
  •    …or ask a honest friend for honest –but gentle- opinion. I told my coworkers “please tell me if I look terrible”.

So the key is experiment. Keep trying (and watch youtube tutorials) until you achieve your desired look!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Holiday Activity

I took eight(!) days off during the end of the year and what did I do on holiday?
Practically nothing, other than doing household work, playing with my animals and went grocery shopping.

First I wanted to learn how to cook. I cooked sweet-sour chicken (my mother taught me how to) and it was the last meal I cooked because after that my assistant got sick.
sour-sweet chicken

So I did the cat-cage cleaning, helped my mom with the household work. Then slept. Watched TV. Went to nearby mall/plaza and did little shopping. Then ate. What a life.

We also had cute (cat) babies because Beti and Congek gave birth around the same time, babies were supercute and mix (half long haired) we just loved to play with them.

This is older kitten: Mino (male) and Moni (F), Neri's kits. They're mix too.
Mino (male)

Mino (front) and Moni playing on cemetary roof
Beti's kits are special because they're so expensive, the mother can't give birth naturally we had to send her to the vet and paid expensive medical bills :D
Beti and 3 kits (with sister Jeli)

 And this one is our bundle of joy. Shelly, Beti's baby.
Shelly with mother Beti

our favorite, Shelly (female)
This is just ordinary day, Bodas my fixed male cat (who stays in Cat Room most of the time) with Petril, Panjat's adopted black kitten.
Bodas (white) and Petril
 Congek with her 2 babies. This female cat is one of the trouble maker, she stole Beti's babies all the time, so we sometimes gave her 1 of Beti's baby. Hers are mixed: one is short hair, one is long haired.
Congek and babies (with Mr. Kendul, a baby lover)
 Then some picture of cats from Depok Train Station, 2 of 4.
Depok Tidak Lucu (male)
Desi (female)

 This is Panjat, who gave birth in neighbor's place and brought her kits when they're bigger. Named Lighty and Darky  because one has lighter coat than the other. Both female
Panjat with daughters
Another activity was learning how to drive manual transmission. My father is a matic-freak, we didn't have many MT cars so I never knew how to shift gears. I took driving course and went there by motorcycle and didn't have any helmet. People here in Kranggan don't use helmet at all, it was terrifying. They just use hats. so first I used bicycle helmet, then decided to buy a REAL helmet. Here's the selfie

After 4 course I think I don't need to continue (I still have 5 lessons).

All the holiday activities included eat, eat, eat, eat. I bought lot of snacks, ate ice cream everyday and of course that leads to weight gain. Here's some wardrobe tips to conceal 2 kilos: use black.
black tunic on black jeans

 On last day of the holiday, I went to Ayang-ayang Shelter, a cat shelter located in Cinere. Around 100 cats there but I didn't meet all of them. The most impressive cat was Sparta, a blind cat who looooved human attention. Somehow he knew my presence and gave me a rub. That's cool.
posing with one of the members

some of the members
Not every cat is in the cage. Some were inside of the house, some were in cages because they loved to travel to neighbors (and neighbors hated cats. Ewww). They're not in perfect condition, but they're OK. Please donate if you can because the owner can't afford by herself.
(and if you comment "if she cant afford 100 cats, why keep those cats?" the answer is "could you leave small kitten, abandoned left to die in street, starving and crying for help??" And people are cruel, they just left the cats around the Shelter and left no food with them. Not cool.)

Last but not least, I have 3 new handbags


It was just cleaning the house, shopping and playing with my cats. Not cool huh?!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cara Ganti PIN Credit Card BNI

Seiring dengan kewajiban pemakaian PIN untuk kartu kredit (CC), gue dapet SMS untuk mengganti PIN CC.

Saya yakin banyak yang lebih canggih dari saya, tapi gak ada salahnya berbagi kesalahan (eh):

Pertama, ini untuk BNI yah: Ketik
RPIN [spasi] nomorkartu [spasi] tgllahir[dd/mm/yyyy]
kirim ke 3346

lalu dia akan memberikan balasan berupa PIN sementara yang harus diganti di ATM.

Part ini yang membuat gue bingung (dan bodoh) karena di ATM gak ada menu ganti PIN untuk CC.

Akhirnya gue ke BNI di kantor dan bertanya, jawabannya agak bikin gue malu
"ibu kartunya masukin kartu kredit kan?"

Gubrak. Karena yang gue masukin adalah kartu ATM. Ampe kiamat juga gak ada menunya?!

I know, I was an Eureka-moment

Langsunglah gue pencerahan. Si Mbaknya sampe mau minta anak buahnya dampingin, tp gue yang tengsin setengah mati (dia pikir gue gaptek tingkat tinggi kali ya) dan gue tolak "ya  nanti kalau gak bisa saya ke sini lagi..."

Si Mbak BNI bilang "cek saldo dulu ya mbak, baru klik Ganti PIN"

Okey. I'll do that. 

Setelah mendapat kecerdasan, si CC gue masukkan, pencet pin yang lama (yang dari SMS BNI), cek saldo/tagihan, keluar kertas (print out), pencet Ganti PIN, keluar kertas lagi.

Jadi untuk satu CC, kertasnya dua. What a waste of paper!!!

Demikiannya sharing gak mutu siang ini. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Motor!!! Taukah Kebiasaan Kalian Itu Berbahaya ???!!!!

Pagi2 gue udah marah yang gak perlu sama motor. Padahal masih pagi dan gue banyak kerjaan, tp gak tahan dan mending nulis dulu.

Ada banyak kebiasaan motor yang menjengkelkan: maunya di kanan doang plus pelan; nanggung > kanan nggak kiri nggak; dll dsb namun yang paling berbahaya adalah


ngerti maksudnya gunting?
Dia nglewatin gue dari kanan atau kiri, dan begitu lewat LANGSUNG motong, padahal depan gue kosong agak jauh. Itu kebiasaan yang bikin marah pengendara mobil. Sengaja bikin marah karena kita 'orang kaya'?! Alhamdulillah, berarti amal kita nambah kalau ternyata kita gak marah, dan dosa loe nambah..

Satu yang bikin gue tadi marah adalah kebiasaan harus nglewatin mobil, whatever it costs. Kejadiannya tadi pagi di puteran Prumpung (Pasar Gembrong), jalan walau gak supersepi tp agak kosong...gue muterbalik dengan mudah dan pelan2 PAKAI SEIN ambil kiri. Banyak motor tp gue gak motong, gue tunggu ampe agak kosong sampe gue dapet ke kiri...Ada satu motor yang ngikut ke kiri, dan maksa tetap di kiri dan feeling gue dia mau ke kanan (masuk flyover). Bener kan?! Dia dari jalur paling kiri 'menggunting' gue dan masuk flyover, membuat gue sumpah serapah dan meninggalkan sejuta kemarahan dan tidak perlu.

Kenapa harus ngotot ngikutin gue ke kiri??? Gue baik2 loh ambil kiri, gak gunting gak zigzag, orang punya otak pasti tau gue mau ke kiri???! Ya mungkin emang gak punya otak makanya begitu yah...
Kenapa gak lempeng aja?! Kanan gue kosong banget kok, dengan mudah dia ambil jalur ke flyover gak ada rintangan?!

Emang mentang gue punya mobil terus boleh dizolimi??! Ya moga2 lu dizolimin terus ma orang seumur idup loe.

Kejadian serupa yang membekas (hayyah) adalah jaman kuliah, ketika itu gue udah sampe depan rumah (rumah gue di kanan), berhenti, pasang sein dan pelan2 ke kanan...ada motor di belakang gue, as usual, gak mau ngalah, tp berhubung waktu itu gue masih muda banget dan mobil gue tank (Volvo 264), jadi gue biarin aja, ttp belok ke kanan, dia maksa 'ngikut' kanan dan jatoh. MAMP*S loe! Puas banget!

Tapi gue udah tua sekarang, gak gitu lagi.

Kejadian kedua yang gue inget adalah udah jaman kerja, di pom bensin. Mau isi pertamax, posisinya harus puter balik kalau dari arah masuk. Seberapa kenceng sih kita di pom bensin???! Pelan kan?! (ya ada sih orang yang kenceng terus, di kampung, di tol, dimanapun dia berada, tp gue gak gitu).. dan gue udah gak alert lagi, wong di pom bensin, pelan pula?! Tanpa feeling apa2 gue muter balik dan bruuuk!!!! Ternyata ada motor yang nyoba gunting gue dan dia gak nyangka kalau gue muter balik! FYI, tempat isi bensin untuk motor jauh dari situ, so eat that. Ga ada yang nyalahin gue. Sukurin!

Anyway, itu lah kehebatan pengemudi mobil. Kita bisa baca gerakan motor, tapi motor gak bisa baca gerakan mobil padahal kita gede yah??!

Mohon maaf karena saya tahu banyak pemotor di luar sana yang sangat santun (kalau pelan ya di kiri, gak selap selip, gak menggunting) tapi mengingat banyak kecelakaan, ya memang banyak motor yang begajulan.

Sekian marah2 pagi ini. Mari kerja kerja kerja.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My First (and probably Last) Time with Gel Nail Polish

I'm not a 'nail person' because I don't do my hands that much. Even sometimes I pick my cuticles. Eww. I know. But I've read a lot about gel polish because of the staying power, so I decided to give it a try.

First of all, if you don't know what the **** gel polish is, read about gel polish in Wiki

Second, you can't apply it at home, at least in Indonesia. In USA, there are some DIY gel polish, like OPI available in Sephora or Sally Hansen

Third, you can't remove it at home. So I have to go back to nail salon to remove it.

OK. One at a time.
This is the result of Artistry(?) gel polish I had on Her Glam Nail Salon in Rasuna Epicentrum.
glittery gel nail polish
First the aesthetician soak my nails in water and probably salt, remove the cuticles and shape my nails. Then she paint a coat of basecoat. Then put my nails under UV light. Then she applied 3 coats of colors, finished with topcoat. Please note that every layer she painted, she put me under the UV light. So I was exposed to UV rays :)

The process was fast because the UV light made the polish dry very very fast (under 20 seconds, I guess).

The aesthetician said it would last 14 days. Yes. Amazing, huh?!

Then I went there at day-5 to remove it. The aestheticians were like 'what happen? Why you wanna remove it after 5 days while it still looks good?" and I answered, simply, "I need to do salat"

As muslim I believe we shouldn't wear nail polish for praying because the water can't penetrate the nails because of the polish. I won't debate on that, some people still wear polish while the're praying, it's their choice, but I rather not.

And FYI, Inglot understands that need and created halal-polish, called
O2M Breathable Nail Enamel
yeah probably Inglot didn't create them for muslims, but to maintain nail health because of the coating would weak your nails..

Then the removal process began. It wasn't simple at all. She put remover on my nails, wrapped it with aluminium foil for 10 minutes, then SCRAPPED the polish using cuticle remover (I know, it was horrible), put acetone once she's done and left my nails slightly dull :(

I didn't time the process, but I think it took almost one hour I guess, or at least 40 minutes. So probably it would be my first and last experience with gel polish, because:

  • It costs IDR 250K to apply and IDR 40K to remove 
  • It takes time to remove and I can't do it at home
  • I just hate salon atmosphere, where the costumers chatted and the aesthetician gossips with each other, like we weren't there. 
So, if you don't need to salat and want superstaying power of nail polish, go ahead with gel.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pencitraan dan Tata Krama, dll

Gue akan memposisikan diri sebagai orang yang (alhamdulillah) berpendidikan, punya pekerjaan tetap, dan berharap diperlakukan dengan baik oleh semua orang.

Terinspirasi menulis ini karena ada pejabat publik yang hobinya marah2 ke bawahannya (dan dimasukin ke Youtube). Di satu sisi mungkin orang tersebut memang pantas dimarahi dan masuk Youtube agar ada efek jera, namun, menurut gue, seorang pejabat publik gak bisa berlaku kaya -maaf- supir yang bisa maki2 pengendara di depannya suka2 dia. I'm not a politician, but I think there are many descent ways to say something harsh in polite manner.

Jaman sekarang, video isi pejabat marah2 ke anak buahnya jadi trend dan dipuji2, membuat contoh buruk bahwa marah2 itu 'asik dan keren'. At least that's what I think :D

Kelakuan kedua adalah seorang yang baru diumumkan jadi menteri, duduk di bawah nyopot high heels (ini mah biar aja) lalu merokok depan wartawan.

Buat yang bela 'kan susah perokok berat nahan2 rokok?!", well as someone who smoked for 12 years, quit is easy. Very easy. It's about willpower. Just like they say
"If you want something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find excuses"
So if she can build an airline empire, she could quit, or hold smoking if she wants to.

Eh kok merembet ke quit smoking :)
Sebenernya merokok adalah hak azasi manusia, cuman kalau dilakukan pejabat publik, dimana pemerintah lagi gencar2nya kampanye antirokok dan berhasil membuat gambar2 seram di kemasan rokok, rasanya gak pantes.

Menurut gue, jangan lagi 'jadi orang biasa' kalau sudah jadi pejabat negara..jaga kelakuaan, jaga kata2..
Tapi mungkin itulah yang dicari rakyat sekarang ya, someone 'you can reach', bukan orang tinggi yang di awang2, orang yang pakai baju putih hitam lengan digulung berlari2 kecil.
(no offence to my catering owner friends, tapi baju item putih kaya seragam petugas katering kan?).

But, the People has made their choice. Live with that and move on.