Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fire Rooster

It's been a week after the CNY, but I still can say 'Happy New Year', right?! Okay, so happy New Year. Have a prosperous year of fire rooster.

I managed to take a day off on January 27 and went back to Jakarta early in the morning to catch up the praying time. My grandma always does the same routines every year, arranging dishes, tea, bowls, candles, and hio on the table. Burning joss paper is followed afterwards as an offering to the deceased. As I've got informed, this tradition is almost gone in this country. It surprised me because I used to see my family do that often on every Chinese celebration day. I just thought every Chinese family does that also. But nope. Only a few of them.

In the evening, my family gathered to have a big CNY feast. The next day in the morning is an angpao hunting day. Well, actually I somehow felt uneasy receiving the angpao. It was certainly fine if I got the angpao from my close relatives whom I met often. I was really happy, I got bundle of cash. But it turned awkward when I still get angpao from distant relatives who I only see once a year. I got the feeling that they contemplated the night before whether to give me or not: 'But, Anggie is a grown-up'.

My outfit of the day is red shirt paired with loose jeans. Red is an obligation on Chinese New Year. To look hipster :D, I bought vintage glasses and I enjoyed wearing it. Looks cool.

Chinese New Year means angpao and angpao means money. Related to money, the prediction said that Horses will be quite lucky in finance this year. My Chinese Zodiac is Horse. Good news! I'm always expecting prosperity every year. Glad that someone said I could have financial luck this year. Must have believe it.

Speaking of finance, few days ago someone shared an article saying that Millennials tend to spend more on travelling than an investment. The result is they get broke, have no money left for 'the future'. At first I was against that idea. These days, people realize that experience worth more than materials, so spending money on travelling is something that should be everyone's goal instead of buying thing, like cars that make global warming even worse.

However, I started thinking it might be true because the internet now brings people to glorify travelling. The sad truth is not everyone can afford travelling, well, including me. All these 'take me to...' or 'follow me to...' hypes are like two-sided-coin. Travelling brings happiness indeed. But it's kind of the new form of consumerism. People make themselves travel for the sake of experience or collecting nice pictures for their Instagram. I think it's not worth at all to be broke or worse, to be trapped in debt, after the trip to Maldives that actually we could not afford. 

I'm being me. I'm going to take it easy. I'm still thinking to go to Japan first rather than buying car or house though. And, since I'll be lucky this year in finance, let me still expect my first out of country trip in 2017 *finger crossed.

Next story, coming soon


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Contact Lens Review: EOS Luna Brown

When I was searching for the next contact lens-to-buy, I intended to find a comfy one with very natural appearance that made it wearable for daily office makeup. I have been working at my current job for a year, and I didn't remember that I ever tried to look 'pretty' at work. I self-proclaimed that I am (or was) a beauty blogger, but I didn't do what I claimed to my office-mate. 

Every day, I just come to the office wearing my uniform top and my own trouser that I've worn days before, applying thin layer of BB cream, doing eyebrows, apply lip butter and lip cream or tint. Also, I'm too lazy to wear shoes. Ugly black flip-flop is my daily footwear.

"Because my office is only 1-minute-walk from where I stay" has always been my excuse for the absence of the effort to look good.

There was time though when I tried different lipcolor, or mix-matching my outfit for the day. The result: better mood for the day (and came to work a bit late). But I guess it affects me positively. So I'd love to start putting more efforts in looking pretty.

I was very excited when my order had arrived, and the contact lens I bought came out really really natural on me. Perfect!

EOS has been my ultimate choice for its comfort. I can wear it for hours without any problem. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this contact lens.

EOS Luna Brown
Diameter : 14.5 mm
Water content : 52%
Disposable : 1 year
Bought at: Dreamie Chuppa


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

#BandungLife: Rasa Bakery dan Cafe

Visited Rasa Bakery and Cafe about a  month ago after my weekly Zumba session. This place reminded me a lot of Ragusa in Jakarta, where you can find homemade ice cream. The vintage vibe it has assured me about their resemblance. The menu they offer is different though. And also, while Ragusa feels homey, Rasa somehow feels classy.

I ordered the ice cream: Pineapple and Coconut Ice Cream. Simple dessert. They consisted of scoops of ice cream, wafer, and crumbs, and specially served on the real pineapple and coconut. 

Poffertjes to accompany the ice cream.

There were some cakes being displayed for sale. All kinds of cakes were simple and really 'djadul'. Legend says they have been selling the same kind of cakes for decades 😮😮😮.

Rasa Bakery and Cafe
Jalan Tamblong No. 15
Braga, Bandung 40111


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Junji Itou

One day, I browsed on manga reader on my phone because I was so bored reading the series I'd been following, and the new chapter of the other series had not come out yet. I particularly searched for a horror manga. I intended to read some really creepy stories. I used to be a fan of horror manga when I was in primary school. I was a coward kid but horror story was so tempting to me back then. Maybe one of you, 90s kids, still remember Chie Watari's works. That's one of my favorites.

But I never know about Junji Itou. Only that day I read several horror manga, but nothing was as creepy as what I think horror manga must be. Perhaps because I'm too old to be scared by such stories like those. However, I found one manga that tells about a boy named Souichi Tsujii. It's not spooky like other horror manga, but it's creepy, and most importantly, witty.

The manga have different stories in each chapter, and every chapter always ends with a smart twist. It made me grin all the time. Souichi is a young boy who obsessed with black magic. He always has nails in his mouth because he needs to suck the iron due to his being anemic. He's such a freak! But he's the star of the story, so I can't help loving him.

If not about Souichi, Junji Itou wrote some really creepy stories, focusing on surrealism as the main theme. For example, the most famous one is about the hanging balloons that have shape like humans head. The balloon will move by itself and find their human, trying to strangle them with the noose. The illustration is really creepy.

The manga also talked about human insanity, that never fails to make me grin like a psycho. The most unforgettable story is from Uzumaki, where the whole town was obsessed with spiral. It was beyond insane. There's a man who died forcing his body to become spiral, and there's a woman who died from her effort to eliminate all spirals in her body, including her fingertips and her cochlea!!!

But when I first read the manga I didn't pay attention to the mangaka, Junji Itou. I didn't know who wrote those stories. Only few weeks ago, some people I followed on instagram took picture with the life-size freak boy statue. I, then, realized it was Souichi from the horror manga I've read and liked. I found out that there's an exhibition in Taiwan. So cool! And it seems there's a hype of Junji Itou in Japan as well.

Currently, I'm still reading the Manga Collection and Uzumaki, and will try reading Tomie too. I won't post much pictures because it may look disturbing for some people. Besides, Google Images provides sufficient sneak peeks of Junji Itou's works. Just take a look.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Look

I was pretending to enjoy winter in my country, even though the reality made me sweating. It's more than 32°C at that time, hahaa.

Purchased the new contact lenses named More Latin Honey, this was the first time I tried them. The color is so bright which I like so much, even though I didn't feel really comfortable wearing them. 

And because the lenses fit icy makeup so much, I played with blue eye shadow, applied with a thin black liner, and fake eyelashes.